Taking a break from the round-up to post a short IMB blurb on a Nalini Singh book which I read in 2010, so here’s the verdict:
Title: Hostage to Pleasure
Author: Nalini Singh
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: BERKLEY BOOKS
Year Published: 2008
Stand alone or series: Book 5 of the Psy-Changeling series
Why I read it: I’ve followed the series until the Guild Hunter came along, so this book is just me trying to catch up on this series
On 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, emotionless…at 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…
In my books …
I’ve been curious about Dorian from the beginning of the series, especially since he seems to be the odd one out – he can’t shift due to some psychological trauma. Regardless, he’s every bit as fierce, protective and enigmatic, maybe because of this disability. I think it’s also one of the reasons why he was able to connect with Ashaya and her fear of feeling emotions, and her conflicting mothering instincts when it comes to her son.
This may be another Psy-Changeling pairing, but Ms Singh has managed to bring a fresh perspective to the relationship. The secret that Ashaya carries was a point of conflict yet it provides a common goal for both main characters to unite. They make a really excellent pair, and the romance builds up and grows on you.
What more can I say? It’s classic Nalini at her best. You won’t regret reading this.
IMB Rating: 4.5, Really liked it