Wednesday, September 9, 2015

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

Source:  Purchased the audio

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...


I continue to be amazed at how much I am enjoying this series.  Each book completes a couple story but expands the overarching story of this world.  And while the last book added the humans as featured characters, this one adds some human mystery.  

Having never liked third person writing, I am equally amazed how much this authors third person writing just works for me.  The POV changes and so the connections are made that I normally miss when reading this type of writing style.  But because of this style, we learn so much about what's going on in with the Psy council and the mystery human group that pops up in this book.

I love how this author adds the characters that will become important in the next book.  This time, we learn a little bit more about Mercy and guess what?  Her book is next.  It's like when you need to know about them, they show up and that feature really appeals to me.  

Additionally, we get bits about couples that were previous featured.  Lucas will always be around as the alpha of the cats but I love how we still see him take pleasure in kissing his mate and being there for pack.  And I can't wait for more wolves.  There was a bits and pieces with them in this book and so I love the dynamics over in the Snow Dancers pack.  They have become good allies to the cats and vise versa.  This makes me all kinds of happy.  

The writing continues to HOLD my attention, the story always surprises me and the characters are definitely part of my pack.  I just can't get enough.  More...give me more.

AND did I mention HOT?  These shifters love to touch.  Love to bring the pleasure.  Yum.

Dorian.  My heart broke for this cat that can't shift.  He's become the best of the best just to prove his place as a Sentinel.   His surfer looks and protective personality had me loving him even more.  But this story was personal for this cat.  How can he love someone from the race that killed his sister?  He's vowed to take down the council.  So he fought his cat on this one.  Course, cats can be pretty persuasive.  

As for Ashaya...what a mystery this M-pys is.  Nothing is as it seems.  Even when I thought I had her figured out she had more secrets.  Did I mention that Dorian doesn't like secrets?  Some pretty fun scenes between these two as they tried to work through some of it.  But nothing prepared me to love her as much as I did.  Her love for her cat...her Dorian and how she completed him made her perfect to me.  She doesn't back down from this protective cat.  She loves him.  She challenges him.  She satisfies him.  Yeah, I love her for that and all her little secrets.

Satisfying.  Addictive.  Surprising.  Enjoyable.  Pleasurable.  Demanding of my attention.  AND it should be your next read...this series.


  1. You got me to read the first three in the series. Book number four is on my TBR pile. This one though, I have been waiting for! Great review!

  2. You have me dying to give this series a go. I'm not typically one for shifters but this series sounds so good. Great review.

  3. I'm glad you are enjoying this series. I enjoy Singh's writing and how connected you get to the characters, despite being written in 3rd person. I remember loving Dorian too, and how she introduces the next characters throughout the series. From memory, Mercy's book has a scorching beginning! *wink*

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace