When a brilliant young researcher is kidnapped, DarkRiver sentinel Mercy, a cat, and SnowDancer lieutenant Riley, a wolf, must work together to track the young man---before his shadowy captors decide he's no longer useful. Along the way, the two dominants may find that submitting to one another uncovers not just a deadly conspiracy, but a passion so raw that it'll leave them both branded by fire.
Mind over matter: listen to more in the Psy-Changeling series.
©2009 Nalini Singh (P)2011 Tantor
"One of the greatest pleasures of these books is their ability to deliver both an intensely personal love story as well as a riveting societal drama. Singh is on the fast track to becoming a genre giant!" (Romantic Times)
I enjoy reading series and very rarely read stand alone series. I mostly read romance and sci-fi & fantasy.
I would. Mercy is one of my favorite females in the series. I was hoping that there would be a story with her as the female lead. She shows that even a strong woman can find love and not be afraid to grab it and hold on to it.
When the matting bond snapped into place moments before there was suppose to be a bomb blowing up a building. I enjoyed how Riley described it has them being better than being drunk.
When Riley realized that Mercy was his mate. And it just sat there stunned for a long time. It caught him off guard just like it did to Mercy.
When Mercy went to the SnowDancer den and was told that Riley had a big heart and she should be careful. Because he didn't expect anyone to do anything special for him while he would do anything for those he loves.
In the 6th Psy/Changeling book, we move right along with the pairing of the the Sentinel Mercy from the Dark River cats, and the Lieutenant Riley from the Snowdancer wolves. They're the liasons between the two packs ~ and have to be able to work together. Which, yeah, they've been doing ~ with some sniping and clawing...and now a little kiss and no tell.
When Mercy has an itch that it just seems like no one but that wolf can scratch, she can't control the urge...but it's a one time thing, right? Or a fling? Because a cat and wolf? Just not gonna happen on anything but the short term. And being as they're both high ranking members of their respective packs, this 'thing' can lead no where...right? But Mercy had thought she'd go her whole life and never find anyone who could actually equal, let alone dominate her cat. She'd thought she'd therefore go mateless...but Riley? Yeah, that wolf could meet her one on one.
Riley has always thought the woman for him would be a woman he could depend on to stay safe and sound at home while he was out protecting the pack and his Alpha...never did he want a woman like Mercy.
And while Mercy and Riley are fighting the natural (or unatural ) urges between their cats and wolves, the Psy and Human Alliance are creating havoc all around them, threatening their city as a whole, and they youths in their pack. And the Psy Council are plotting in the background...
I ADORE this series ~ but I want to caution you, this is really not a stand alone series. The romances in each book ARE stand alone, but the Psy/Changeling story is a long one, and the threads run through each book. It's such an engrossing tale, it's a fine line for Nalini Singh to keep the back story from taking over the relationship in each book ~ I think she does an amazing job, but sometimes I find myself wanting more of the story about the Council than I do about the hero/heroine, lol. Yes, she's THAT good! This is an amazin series, with characters you can't decide from one book to the next if you love them or hate them, trust them or want to strangle them...And whose side are they on, anyway?
Mercy and Riley were amazingly strong characters ~ I loved how they played off one another, and had to learn to deal with the fact that they were BOTH dominant. Awesome book ~
The Narration ~ I'm a fan of Angela Dawe. When I first started listening to Nalini Singh on Audio, I wasn't sure about Angla Dawe ~ but she really does do the series justice...I won't say it's fabulous, but it's pretty great, and for the Psy she's fab. And you have to take that she's doing male and female, and she does an excellent job of distinguishing between them, and letting us know exactly who we're hearing each time. Important for me ~ I've bought more audio books just because Angela Dawe narrated them, so I'm pretty impressed!!
I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)
This book is just as wonderful as the previous 5. Intense romance and action... So worth the credit!
I love this book (and series)! Mercy is as strong and independent as Riley, which causes fireworks to ignite both in and out of the bedroom. I really hope Audible adds Book 7, 8 & 9 soon so we can have the complete series!!!!!
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
This is book 6 and the series is still amazing! So far Mercy and Riley's story is my favorite! After so many books I thought the series would get old. Thankfully that's not the case here. The story remains fresh and interesting. As always, the Psy-Changeling series is very sexy and this is by far the best!
Can't wait for the next book! Always a great listen and worth a credit.
Mercy and Riley's story is sexier and more romantic than any other couple.
I LOVE THIS BOOK! The book is richer and more complex than any other. It's more than just Mercy and Riley's story. The secondary story lines will catch your interest! They set up some pretty interesting dynamics for other characters...
Don't miss this one. It's Singh's finest work in either series, so far.
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4
Who said a cat & dog can’t play nice?
Well if you are Riley and Mercy you might just kill each other before that happens. But funny thing about love, it turns you on your ass when you least expect it. :)
These two were great fun to read about. They may not be my favorite couple of the series (so far) but I did love them. They both push each other’s buttons almost to a fault. But both know when to hang there head in shame and beg for forgiveness.
As always Nalini writes an amazing story and Angela delivers an amazing reading of this story. These two are like Peanut Butter and Jelly, they go together so well.
If you have not started this series. For real, what is wrong with you? Read or listen this is a series you have to experience.
I purchased the book from Audible.com and this review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a very good book. Mercy and Riley made a good couple, regardless of the challenges they had to get past in order to be together.
Mercy is a leopard changeling (shifter) and a Dark River Leopard pack sentinel (sentinels are the warriors that rank immediately below the Alpha and are blood bonded to him). She's worked hard to reach her current rank and takes her responsibility to her pack seriously. Mercy is a very dominant female (pretty much a given considering her rank in the pack) but this is an issue for her because all the males in the pack that were more dominant are mated and Mercy doesn't like less dominant males. Since changelings need touch, especially sexual touch, to sooth their beast and keep their emotions steady, Mercy's lack of options for a partner is problematic.
Riley is a wolf changeling that is a Snow Dancer Wolf pack lieutenant (roughly the same position Mercy holds in her pack just a different name). Riley had to raise his sister and little brother and grew up with a load of responsibility. Because of this he tends to be rather serious and focuses on his responsibilities. He became even more serious when his sister was kidnapped and brutalized and it hasn't gone away even after she was saved.
Riley isn't currently in a relationship and he figures that his future mate will be a submissive, maternal type (thoughts that are fueled by a tragedy in his past). Unfortunately for Riley, he can't get Mercy out of his mind and he decides he needs to get Mercy out of his system. Mercy has an attraction to Riley but has no interest in a wolf and beside...Riley tends to be a pain in Mercy's butt and she doesn't want to deal with him. That doesn't stop the heat from ratcheting up when they encounter each other in the woods when Mercy is dying for touch. Their attraction quickly explodes and they have sex. Mercy insists that it's a one time thing but Riley isn't willing to let things lie. When they end up getting pulled in to an investigation regarding a kidnapped shifter together it becomes impossible for Mercy to avoid Riley or their attraction.
Mercy and Riley begin working on their investigation, which reveals a plot by the Human alliance. They start taking the needed steps to safeguard their people and figure out the plot and the reasons behind it. In the mean time, Riley does end up getting Mercy to give in to him again and starts feeling very progressive. Mercy isn't sure what to think, she's strongly attracted to Riley and part of her wants him but then he's a wolf and they're in 2 different packs...where would they end up if they did mate? Also she's worried because Riley revealed his thoughts on having a submissive, maternal type as his mate and that's not Mercy and will never be her. Mercy has to figure out if she's still willing to be with him knowing that they may not end up mating. There's some difficulties as they try to figure out how they fit together and how to work together. Riley doesn't make things easy as his urge is to protect and when he gives in and attempts to protect Mercy she just about flays him alive. Riley does recover from his bout of relationship stupidity and manages to get Mercy's forgiveness. Things don't go easy for them but I liked the chemistry between Mercy and Riley. Mercy brought out Riley's less serious side and it's evident that they're good for each other. I loved seeing them work things out and how things turned out for them in the end. I was happily satisfied with the way things turned out and their HEA.
This was a very enjoyable story. Riley and Mercy made a cool couple and an interesting story. The action plot wasn't a major part of the story but it added some good content and continued the series storyline in an interesting fashion. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :)
Yes I love the series it is just that this book was not up to par with the rest of the series. The narrator is great!
The book Nikita sent to Sasha. Riley and Mercy .
Hawk can't wait to get to his book!
onto the next book in the series. I Love the series just not this book.
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