Sunday, August 17, 2008

Review - Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh

Hostage to Pleasure
Psy-Changelings, Book 5
Nalini Singh
Berkley Sensation
September 2, 2008
ISBN# 978-0-425-22325-3

From the back cover:
With her darkly seductive Psy/Changeling world, Nalini Singh has created "a sensual, dangerous adventure not to be missed" (New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh). Now, as the deadly Psy Council tightens its grip, a rebel Psy scientist finds herself at the mercy of a changeling who has sworn vengeance against her kind...

Separated from her son and forced to create a neural implant that will mean the effective enslavement of her psychically gifted race, Ashaya Aleine is the perfect Psy--cool, calm, least on the surface. Inside, she's fighting a desperate battle to save her son and escape the vicious cold of the PsyNet. Yet when escape comes, it leads not to safety, but to the lethal danger of a sniper's embrace.

DarkRiver sniper Dorian Christensen lost his sister to a Psy killer. Though he lacks the changeling ability to shift into animal form, his leopard lives within. And that leopard's rage at the brutal loss is a clawing darkness that hungers for vengeance. Falling for a Psy has never been on Dorian's agenda. But charged with protecting Ashaya and her son, he discovers that passion has a way of changing the rules...

My thoughts:
Ashaya Aleine is part of the PsyNet and its Silence. She’s been raised to live without emotion, to be cold and efficient without the complications associated with feeling. Despite the appearance she maintains, her foundation was breached long ago and what she does now is for the safety of her son. With a changeling’s help she’ll get away from the Council that forces her to do their bidding through threats and consequence, but accepting the all too human emotions that freedom brings could become her destruction.

Dorian Christensen is a DarkRiver changeling. He’s a leopard with all of the strength and skill that brings, but without the ability to change into his cat form. He’s also the sniper who helped Ashaya, and he has taken on the roll of protector where she and her son are concerned. Falling for Ashaya would be an incredibly foolish move for a man who lost his sister to a murderous Psy, but when circumstances keep them in close contact he may not be able to resist.

This is the fifth book in the Psy-Changelings series, and it focuses on Ashaya’s escape from under the Council’s thumb, the past that’s made Dorian what he is today, and the romance that blooms between them. With a well-written storyline and plenty of action, Ms. Singh creates an intriguing world that’s sure to keep readers coming back for more. While I have not had the opportunity to read the previous installments in this series, Hostage to Pleasure is nicely detailed and works well as a stand-alone story.

To learn more about the Psy-Changelings series, please visit Ms. Singh at her website: Here

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews


jessewave said...

I love Nalini Singh's writing. I still think that Slave to Sensation is her best work however Hostage to Pleasure sounds great.

Kimberly Swan said...

You'll have to pick this up when it releases. :) Besides her writing style being easy to follow, another point that I thought was very well done was the time taken on the romance. So often you read a book where the characters meet at the beginning and five pages in they're declaring their love, that isn't the case here. :)

Anonymous said...

Now see, how can I keep myself out of the Hostage to Pleasure loop if all the sites I check have managed to get their hands on it already!? I'm least we won't have too much longer to wait for it. I can't wait for this to come out.

Kimberly Swan said...

Hi Jackie - I try to avoid spoilers, but I know exactly what you mean. It's just 2 more weeks...not long at all. :)

Wendy said...

I think I'm the only schmuck in the whole world who hasn't read this series.

Great review!

Kimberly Swan said...

Hi Wendy - I hadn't read any until this one, now I'm sorry I hadn't! lol