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.
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©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)
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I gotta say it's hard to top Judd and Brenna but this book almost does it. You have to wonder with the leopards and the wolves playing nice, if any of them will hook up? I absolutely LOVE this coupling. Alpha Male and an Alpha Female fighting for who is more dominant? Yum!
Riley is Hawk's second, and you will know him from Book 3. Mercy is one of Lucas's Lieutenants and is in the midst of realizing there aren't many men higher ranked than her in her pack. To make matters worse, her Alpha grandmother sends her two of her own alpha-types to flirt and see if anything comes of it. That one night where she scratched an itch with Riley simply wasn't enough, though.
Most of Singh's books are formulaic but this one starts off with a fun romp in the woods and the addiction it creates. Oh the angst. The snarling. It's all so good. 5 stars.
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!!
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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!!!!!
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.
If/ when I decide to re-listen, it will be to the entire series. (I'm the type to power-listen first to find out what happens, then go back and re-listen for the enjoyment factor.) This whole series is so much fun - I'm actually looking forward to starting from the beginning when it's all done.
I liked that this story was between a wolf and a leopard. It added a new twist, but also meant this book had some extra steam since it involved the physical needs of 2 changelings. More hotness? Why yes, please!
Meh. It's hard to tell characters apart sometimes, even between the throaty women and the raspy men, but she doesn't make me cringe, so yeah. Asi asi, gracias.
This series continues to pay off. I paid for this book ($20 with audible member discount) and feel like I got my money's worth. Here we go book 7!
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.
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I love the way that Nailini intermingled the Wolf and the cats. Riley and Mercy the powerhouse excitement that they brought to the story is just awesome. Bringing together the two different packs were a great twist to the story line.
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This is the story of Mercy and Riley....Mercy the Leopard and Riley the Wolf...I guess it was kind of like an interracial love story...um...with a cat and a dog? I think the story spent too much time in listing all the ways Mercy said she would never be with a wolf, and not enough on Riley. We heard a lot about Mercy and her past and her family, but I guess the author thought we had heard enough about Riley in book 1...but that was 6 books ago so a little bit of a refresher would have been nice.
All in all I kind of missed the Alpha's involvement in this, I would have taken Hawk or Lucas...just missing something...maybe it was lack of psy? Not sure, but it sounds like the next book is a doozey, so I think I'll take a bit of a breather from the psy gang.
If these ever go on sale you should get them all...they really are a fascinating world!
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