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)
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 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've become a sucker for Audible. I love audiobooks, to the point of addiction. Especially a good romance audiobook... :)
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.
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!
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.
I love how this series keeps getting more and more complicated, especially fleshing out the overarching storyline. Every couple from the previous books shows up in some form in this book and I really like that. The main couple is a little different, since this is the first changeling/changeling we've had. I like how each new couple increases the complexity within the storyline and also enmeshes the two changeling packs together. I'm definately looking forward to future books in this series. Angela Dawe is a wonderful narrator for these books.
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.
I spend 90+ minutes a day in my car, Audible makes it enjoyable regardless of what's happening in traffic. My taste varies from endurance fitness to economics and from to combat stories and romance novels.
Alright, I'll admit it, I'm hooked on the whole series, but this one was definitely the best so far for me. Great passion, a few interesting complications in the story-line, and characters I really enjoyed learning about.
I really enjoy the twists and turns of the power dynamics in this series. It fascinates me and always has me looking for deeper insights while mostly enjoying the fluff, too.
I'll admit, book 3 was the most challenging for me, but this more than made up for it with the passion starting off hot and heavy followed by so many interpersonal hurdles to overcome.
This one's a keeper. Sexy, smart, funny and with an ending that managed to resolve most of the tension without making me feel like the author was either reaching or oversimplifying. She stays true to the rules of the world she's created while making room for new discoveries and change that will keep me coming back for more. I wasn't completely sold on this series, even though I loved the first and third books, but this one has gotten me truly hooked.
She does a great job clearly differentiating the characters' voices without overdramatizing them.
It was a feel-good read, with enough plot beyond the main couple's romance that I didn't get bored.
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