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Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #5
Published: September 2, 2008 by Berkley
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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.
Dorian and Ashaya together were really great together because they both struggle with a lot of baggage from their past and they find a way to work together and through their love start to come to terms with that baggage. The great thing about this one is the splintering of the Council that we’re beginning to see. The overall story arc is bringing a lot of change to the Psy race and more people are resisting what’s been the status quo for a 100 years; this makes the story very rich and interesting.
Dorian has been one of my favorite characters since the beginning, so I was very excited to read this one. The honesty of Dorian’s anger is very brutal in this book. But even with all that, Dorian’s natural charm really came through and once he accepted his feelings for Ashaya, he became the sweet and teasing Dorian that we saw in previous books. However, Dorian is so angry in this one and even understanding why he’s so angry, I just wanted it toned down a bit. He’s been so charming and laid back (for the most part) in the earlier books so I was expecting more of that.
I also really liked Ashaya because she was very different from the previous Psy characters. Sascha and Faith were both dealing with unusual abilities that were forcing them to feel emotions but that was not the case with Ashaya. She was a part of the resistance and opposed to what the Council wanted to do but most of all she wanted to protect her son from all the dangers presented to him. It made a nice change of pace for the series. Having Keenan included was great; he’s so and adorable and it’s always fun to see a hero who loves children and can interact with them in such a gentle way.
5 stars – loved it!
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