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September 6, 2008

Review: Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh

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Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh

As tempting and satisfying as Belgian chocolate! “Hostage to Pleasure” by Nalini Singh is the fabulous fifth book in her Psy-Changeling world and it’s oh so worth the cost and the time to visit there. She ratchets up the suspense and the heat in equal portions and I couldn’t put the darn book down once I picked it up. This book is easily read on its own, but if you’ve been following the series you need to MOVE, RIGHT NOW and go get this book. It reveals more about the Psy and more about the Changelings and more about what’s happening with the Silence and the Council. She even gives us glimpses of a possible new enemy and/or ally?

Dorian is a latent leopard, unable to shift. This ‘lack’ has been the impetus behind his fierce need to excel at everything to become one of the toughest Guardians of the DarkRiver Pack. He hates the Psy and the Silence with a bitter rage that hasn’t lessened since a psychotic Psy brutally tortured and killed his sister. When he rescues a young Psy child, he unwittingly forms a blood bond that enables the child to escape from the Net. Then he is given the assignment to guard and protect an M-Psy defector who happens to be the child’s mother, and both he and his leopard are confused and furious with their instant and unflagging attraction to her.

Ashaya is a brilliant and talented M-Psy who is desperate to escape from the Council’s clutches. But first, she must free her son, the Council’s hostage for her cooperation in concocting an implant to enslave her race. And if she must die to ensure her son’s freedom and safety…then so be it. When her daring escape is successful, she becomes the Council’s #1 target for elimination; so she’s assigned a Guardian for protection. She’s met this Guardian before and hasn’t been able to forget him or his actions in saving her child. But Ashaya is also keeping some VERY big secrets; secrets that could cause serious problems for Psy, Changelings, and humans and upset the delicate balance between the three. To keep her secrets, she MUST maintain silence. But every minute she spends in Dorian’s company is undermining her ability to stay cold and unfeeling.

What a rush! Every time I thought I had the ending figured out, Singh kept throwing something else in the mix. The tension built so skillfully I didn’t realize how tense I was until my hubby remarked on my facial expressions! And the heat between Dorian and Ashaya… Yowza! His fierce protectiveness combined with the fire of the mating bond—well, you’ll want to keep a fan handy. This world has such an extensive and complex society, yet it’s not hard to keep track of the main players and issues, even those that carry from book to book. That takes a real talent and Singh has it in spades. She does a fine job of keeping a balance between romance and action, I didn’t feel ‘cheated’ with either. The entire cast remained in character throughout the book and the relationship obstacles were logical and reasonable for her universe. The ‘happily ever after’ was probably the best yet, but you’ll have to read it yourself to see what I mean.

I’ve read each of Nalini Singh’s four previous books in this series and I think I become a bigger fan after each one. It’s hard to find anything to dislike except maybe that she doesn’t write faster. And she does such a great job of subtly setting up the next book in the series. It’s part of the plot of this book and doesn’t leave you hanging or jump out of nowhere. More than anything, it makes me anxious for her next release, “Branded by Fire” coming in ‘summer 2009’. I can’t say enough good things about “Hostage to Pleasure” and this series. It’s original, it’s interesting, and it’s sexy and that’s really all I’m looking for in a book or a series!

Until next time…

 

Reviewed by Julie

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