Hostage to Pleasure (Psy-Changeling Series #5)

Hostage to Pleasure (Psy-Changeling Series #5)

by Nalini Singh

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A rebel Psy scientist finds herself at the mercy of a changeling who has sworn vengeance against her kind in this thrilling romance in Nalini Singh’s New York Times bestselling series.

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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425223253
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/02/2008
Series: Psy-Changeling Series , #5
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 128,445
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh is passionate about writing. Though she’s traveled as far afield as the deserts of China, the Highlands of Scotland, and the frozen landscapes of Antarctica, it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her most. She’s beyond delighted to be able to follow her dream as a writer. Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand. You can contact her directly through her website. While visiting the site, Nalini invites you to join her newsletter for up-to-date news about both the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series, as well as fun exclusive extras, including free short stories set in her worlds.

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"One of the greatest pleasures of these books is their ability to deliver both an intensely personal love story as well as a riveting societal drama. Singh is on the fast track to becoming a genre giant!" —-Romantic Times

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Hostage to Pleasure (Psy-Changeling Series #5) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 167 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Psy Council orders scientist Ashaya Aleine to conduct research that she finds is an abomination. However she feels cornered with no options as the Council has abducted her son Keenan and she knows how nasty their torture can be.---------------- Ashaya assists the Changelings who rescue several kidnapped children. In return she pleads with the Changelings to liberate her child. Changeling sniper Dorian Christensen hates all Psy who he holds culpable for the murder of his sister. However, to his chagrin he and his inner leopard essence are attracted to Dorian. When she risks her life to defy the Council, he knows he must help her and her son although he expects to die in the effort.--------------- HOSTAGE TO PLEASURE, the fifth Psy-Changeling, is an excellent urban fantasy romance that stars two terrific lead antagonists who have reasons to distrust one another making love unwelcome. The story line is cleverly devised so that this exciting tale can be read by as a stand alone, but for saga fans adds depth to the overall ¿super¿ plot. The sub-genre audience will enjoy this entire wonderful series (see MINE TO POSSESS, SLAVE TO SENSATION, VISIONS OF HEAT and CARESSED BY ICE).------------------ Harriet Klausner
IrredeemableBibliophile More than 1 year ago
This is such an original and detailed series, and with each installment the author reveals to us another aspect of the world she is building with such mastery. As a mystery and as a drama, this more than book delivers. Suspense? Yes. Humor? Definitely. Plot? Check? Characters? Check-check! Love story? Unforgettable. My only complaint is that the cover art may turn off a lot of people. These are very good novels, and their multi-faceted nature and will satisfy many needs in readers. I'd hate for potential readers to be turned away from such an original and precious gift of a series by the cheesy man-candy images. It actually took me a long while to take the leap and read the first book in the series because the cover pic was just too ridiculous. I'm glad I went against my instinct. Now, I mark down when these books are due to be released and I re-read them all the time. Brava, Ms. Singh!
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ashaya Aleine has escaped from the Psy, she's trying to keep her sanity, keep her child safe, keep the Psy from imposing a device that will make most of the Psy into slaves. Dorian Christensen is a DarkRiver sniper and lost his sister to a Psy psychopathic killer, he hates psy and cannot see a future for himself anywhere near a psy, but plans have ways of changing when (authors) and romance get in the way.It's pretty predictable, I wish there was more about the background and why people sleepwalked into this control and vulcanlike supression. It's pretty close to bending my suspension of disbelief beyond my usually flexible tolerance, it just doesn't feel real enough for me.The story is entertaining enough and I'm curious to know what's going to happen, but I don't really care about the romances, it's pretty clear where they're going during the story.
dkthain on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿ve enjoyed all the books in this series ¿ some more than others. I gotta say that so far this one is my favourite. It is REALLY good!So ¿ what makes it so good you ask? Well first off the hero Dorian is great. Although a sentinel in the Cat Clan, he has never been able to `change¿. Although this is hard for him to accept, he has and in doing so, has made himself better in all other areas. He is still reeling from the loss of his beloved sister and is horrified that he is strongly attracted to a Psy ¿ and not only a Psy ¿ but one who has been a member of the hated Council. At first he is almost cruel to Ashaya after he saves her and is made her guardian, but Ms. Singh writes his character so well, that we don¿t really blame him for his treatment of her. He still manages to be charming with her at times. He makes for a wonderful wounded hero who is really thrown for a loop. But once he accepts his feeling for her, he is all alpha protective of both her and her son.Secondly Ashaya is a great heroine. She never really fell victim to The Silence ¿ something that all Psy¿s are forced to partake of in their youth. She is a very complicated character and Ms. Singh unveils all her fascinating layers slowly until we see the vulnerable, strong rebel underneath ¿ the woman who has had to hide her basic nature all her life. She is very loyal to those she loves including her psychotic and truly frightening twin sister.The suspense with it¿s twists and turns in this book build upon themselves and it got to the point where I could hardly bare to put it down as Ashaya is torn between her growing and passionate love for Dorian and her loyalty to her sister, twisted and broken as her sister is. As we progress in this series, we see that there is so much going on in this fascinating world that Nalini Singh has created.
saturnnalia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ashaya was introduced in a previous book and I found her very intersting. I liked Clay in the previous books too. So what went wrong? This had all the elements for a good story. But I couldn't connect with the characters. He hates her but wants her, read that before. Also a lot of time was dedicated to ploting what the Council was doing and I felt that took time away from the couples love story. Still it was well written.
rocalisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hostage to Pleasure - nalini SinghParanormal Romance; Psy/Changeling, Book 5; 9/10Nalini Singh continues to develop the characters and world of her Psy/Changeling series. This time the book focuses around Psy Ashaya Aleine and Changeling Dorian (can't remember his last name). When we first met Ashaya in the previous book, I didn't think I was going to like her. She seemed cold and harsh and I couldn't see how Singh was going to turn her into a sympathetic character for her own book. Of course, I should have had more faith. Ashaya turns out to be a fascinating character, one way on the outside and another completely on the inside. She needs to learn to integrate the two and slowly does so over the course of the book. What is different about Ashaya is that she has chosen Silence (or an approximation of it) for herself and Dorian has quite a job to convince her the alternative is an option for her. As for Dorian, the Changeling who cannot change, I loved him the first time I met him, way back in Slave to Sensation and I love him just as much here. He's carrying a lot of rage and guilt and to find himself attracted to a Psy just exacerbates both, meaning he too has a significant journey to make before he can find a happy ending. Singh does her usual wonderful job of blending world-building, outside plot, character development and relationship development without going to extremes in any particular direction. I also loved the ending of the book. She had a choice to make on whether or not to allow Dorian, latent since birth, to gain the ability to change shape. To have him learn to shift would really have been too pat considering he'd been latent all his life, but while making him stay latent would probably be more realistic, it would also be desperately sad for Dorian (and for me the reader, who wanted him to learn to shift, but didn't want it to feel like Singh was tying up the resolution with a pretty ribbon for the sake of it). Again, I should have trusted more. Singh finds an alternative solution that works perfectly. Now I'm hanging out for her next books - Angel's Blood, which is the start of a new series that sounds like it has an equally unique spin on the world-building, and Branded by Fire the next Psy/Changeling book, both due out next year. (Although I do have to say that the think the titles to the Psy/Changeling series are pretty awful.)
LadyIsis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have had a soft stop for Dorian for sometime. The loss of his sister effected him so badly that I wanted him to find someone who could love him and pull him back from the darkness that was eating him alive. I should have known that he would in up with a Psy and not just any Psy but an M-Psy that specializes in genetics. To think that she, Ashaya, might be able to free Dorian's leopard intrigued me throughout the story. The additional developments to the destruction of the Silence were also exciting and distrubing at once. With more and more sociopathic crazies getting loose you have to wonder how the Changelings and the Human are ever going to handle the problem on their own. There is also the Council that someone needs to lock up and experiment on like all their victims. I continue to wonder what will happen to all of them. None died in this book but that doesn't mean someone isn't looking to put a stop to their unacceptable behavior. I love this series and I am not looking forward to getting to the last book that has been released. To many unanswered questions and so many stories yet to be told.
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ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
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.
aeynera More than 1 year ago
Dorian you sexy, sexy bastard! Okay, now that that's done with. I really liked this book. Shays was not what I expected.
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northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
Gripping and Excellent I love this book because of the profound acts of bravery on the part of the heroine and this amazing look at motherhood. The love story  between the emotionally awaken Psy genius doctor heroine and the brooding Changeling warrior hero is compelling. A reader can completely understand why each would fall in love with the other. All the nuances of great world building and character development are here. And there is so much love.  This book moves the overall plot of series forward in vital ways so I wouldn't read it out of order but It is worth getting caught up in this series for this book and several others in this world that are simply excellent ways to spend your time. 
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PassionReaderTW More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of well written books and new story plots. This book, and the whole series thus far, are a must read for all of you who love great stories with romance, manly men, smart woman, and great adventures!! I could write forever on how great this book is so just read it!! (Thank you H&H for putting this on my must read of all times list.)
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