Hostage to Pleasure (Psy-Changeling, #5)Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ashaya Aleine was separated from her son, forced to create a neural implant that will forever enslave her psychically gifted Psy race. After fighting a desperate battle to save her child and escape the PsyNet, she’s lead not to safety, but into the lethal danger of a sniper’s embrace.

Before I read this book, I read some reviews on my favourite website Goodreads. The one that stood out started with the reviewer writing a letter of apology to “Caressed by Ice,” the third book in the series. The reviewer, like me, had already nominated Caressed by Ice as her favourite of the series so far, and was writing to apologise for the fact that “Hostage to Pleasure,” had replaced that book in her affections. I have to agree whole heartedly with her. Whilst the third installment still holds a special place in my heart, this book just blows it out of the water.

The “sniper” described in the preamble is Dorian. Those of you who have read the previous books in the story will know that Dorian is a latent leopard (meaning he can’t shift), has A LOT of pent up agression and hates Psy with every fibre of his being. He is the brother to Kylie who was brutally murdered in the first book. All in all, he’s got enough problems on his plate without adding the clinically cold Ashaya to the mix.

Dorian is determined to hate all Psy till the day he dies, and if he can take out a few along the way, then all well and good. He’d certainly never willingly mate one. Problem is he can’t get Ashaya or her son Keenan, with whom he seems to have made a strange psychic connection, out of his mind. He is physically impressive and has all the attributes of a true Alpha – cue drooling.

Ashaya on the other hand is different from other Psy we’ve already met. She’s an M-Psy (medical abilities with a focus on DNA) and after an event in her childhood, Silence never really stuck. She’s been trapped in a lab by Ming Le Bon (or Ming the Merciless as I like to think of him) working on some truely horrendous invention meant to turn the rest of the Psy nation into automatons in a hive mind, trying to keep her lack of silence a secret, trying to protect her son who’s held hostage by the council and avoiding her twin sister’s prying mind. Dorian to the rescue!!

On the twin sister – Amara is seriously scary. She’s psychotic in the very true sense of the word, but strangely and irrevocably linked to Ashaya. Where one goes, the other is sure to follow, so it leaves the packs with a dilemma – what to do about Amara. It’s not something I’d want to deal with. She is proper scary.

The best bit about this book is watching Dorian deal with his issues – and there are many. He’s a strong man who learnt from a very early age that he’d have to prove himself in everything he does to compensate for his latency. And boy does he compensate. A dark brooding hunk of a man with loyalty and love to give in spades to those who deserve it. The problem is of course that he doesn’t want to admit that Ashaya does deserve it. Sexual tension through the roof, some seriously steamy scenes, more action than any of the other books and unexpected happy ending ensue. Brilliant. Just brilliant. I loved it!

Read it. Now.

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