Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Review: Hostage to Pleasure

Title: Hostage to Pleasure
Author: Nalini Singh
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Psy-Changeling/Book 5

First off I want to say that I love this series. The characters are well developed and the world building consistency is amazing. I dare you to find inconsistencies in the world building. While I do have some favorites in the series (Mine to Possess). I've enjoyed all the books and would highly recommend this series to any paranormal romance reader.

Dorian Christensen is a Changeling except...he can't change. Dorian was born latent and while he can feel his cat inside him that's where his leopard remains, stuck inside him. So at a very young age he learned to compensate for his inability to change by striving to be the best at everything he tried. He is one of the best snipers and is also an expert at various weapons and hand to hand combat. He feels immense hatred for the Psy since his sister was brutally murdered by a Psy sociopath who Dorian later killed with his bare hands. He is a member of the DarkRiver pack and has been asked to help rescue a Psy child who is being held captive.

The Psy child that needs rescuing is the son of Ashaya Aleine. She is a M-Psy scientist who is in charge of completing the Silence protocol. Her son Keenan is being used by the Council to ensure that Ashaya continued with her work on Silence. She was able to get in touch with the pack and arrange for her son's rescue. Now Ashaya just needs to save herself.

Dorian and Ashaya are thrown together because Ashaya needs protection and Dorian is it. They fight their attraction for many reasons but they can only fight it for so long before they must give in. Their path to HEA is not a smooth or easy one.

Out of all the changelings Dorian is the one that especially made me feel like he and his cat were two separate beings. I'm not sure if it was the inner dialogue Dorian had with his leopard, the references he made to his cat or because the two had been kept separate from each other due to Dorian's inability to change.

Dorian also swears, a lot. It surprised me a bit since I don't remember the other males swearing so much. It's endearing and it's just so him. He's very much an enigma with his surfer dude exterior but inside he is an intensely focused man. Driven by his latency and obsessed by his sister's death he is tormented by guilt because of his feelings for Ashaya.

Psy characters are not always the easiest to relate to. Ashaya is no exception, at first. While still under the Council's watchful eye she must maintain her shields and keep her emotions buried. She must be the good M-Psy or not only will she be in danger but so will Keenan. Once she escapes the Council and begins to interact with Dorian and Keenan we see more cracks in her shields and the glimpses of emotions come through.

Singh also brings back much loved characters from previous books. We get to see Clay, Lucas, Sascha, Vaughn and Tamsyn, who is one of my favorites and who I think of as the heart of the pack. We also get to see a softer side of Dorian's pack mate Mercy. She and Dorian have been good friends since childhood and have remained close. Mercy's book is up next.

Hostage to Pleasure is sure to be one of the series favorite of many. It was a joy to go back to San Francisco and get lost in the wonderful world that Nalini has created.

Rating: A-


  1. I just finished this one myself a couple of days ago and really enjoyed it. I think it's my favourite of the series so far. Although.......her next one in the series looks like it will be a good one too judging by the excerpt on her site.

  2. Hi Kristie,

    I think this series just keeps getting better.

    Yes, Mercy and Riley in the excerpt - HOT! Can't wait.

    And she has the new series coming out next year too. Lots to look forward to.