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"so many twists and turns that you simply can't read fast enough"

Ashaya Aleine was a scientist for the Psy Council, only Ashaya holds a secret inside her mind and her heart. In one act of bravery her life changed forever. In that one act of releasing children from the hands of the Council, she finds herself face to face with a sniper, a very lethal man. In desperation Ashaya bargains for her son's life, begs for the very sniper holding a gun to her head to save her only child. Now Ashaya must face terrors even worse than the Council, but what wouldn't a mother do for the life of her only child? It's simple, there is nothing a mother will not do for her child; especially when that mother feels emotions and has secrets when a Psy in the PsyNet are forbidden through Silence to have such feelings, even for her child. The Council will not allow Silence to be compromised. The Psy live with the threat of Rehabilitation looming over their head if they break Silence, a fate worse than death. Her feelings become glaringly obvious to the brilliant Ashaya when she comes face to face with the most lethal man she's ever met. Still she gambles on the sniper, yet soon finds he is not only lethal to her life, her shields, her existence, but her very peace of mind and a heart thought buried so deep no one would touch it but her son and one dark secret. Because not only is Dorian all of that, this dangerous leopard Changeling is also the one thing that breaks down the barriers of false Silence and reaches her heart. Once there, she finds that leopards are very single minded when they have a mission to fulfill. Soon she will find that not only has Dorian broken into Ashaya's heart, but Ashaya has breached the heart of a cold and emotionally damaged Sentinel of the Dark River Leopard Pack.

Dorian Christensen, Sniper, Computer Genius, Sentinel for the powerful Dark River Pack, holds many secrets locked in his heart and in his body. Dorian is devastated by the loss of his baby sister to the brutal hands of a Psy sociopathic murderer. Dorian lives with a guilt, hatred and anger that threaten his very existence. He also lives with the knowledge that he is latent, he is a very dangerous and strong Sentinel who lacks the ability to shift into his animal form. The fact has eaten pieces of his soul away year after year. Now Dorian is trying to rebuild his life, with the help of his pack and his Alpha's mate, the E-Psy Sascha. But some wounds not even Sascha, a strong Psy empath, can heal. Some things Dorian must learn to heal for himself. He never once thinks that he may find healing in the arms of a Psy, let alone one who was a puppet for the Council, an enigmatic scientist named Ashaya Aleine. Ashaya is a mystery, so many layers, so many temptations; and once his leopard has decided she is a mystery worth unraveling, worth having and worth keeping, he will never let her go. Despite the fact that she is Psy, a race he will never forgive for the death of his sister. Dorian keeps his promises though, even to the beautiful Ashaya and saves her son, then saves her and in doing so finds himself face to face with a pure Psy sociopathic evil once more. An evil bent on taking Ashaya from him. The question is, can Dorian let go of the past? Can he see past his hatred, can he protect what his leopard feels is his own from the most dangerous threats his pack and this woman face? Will they even be able to survive it? Only time and skill will tell, but time is running out and they may not be able to outrun the murder and blood that threatens to destroy them all.

Dorian and Ashaya find themselves faced with one impossible task after another. For Ashaya, the ever looming threats of capture by the Psy Council spell out the woman's death at the hands of a deadly Council, or worse. Is there something worse brewing in this war with the Council, than the Council itself? Are they missing something crucial? She could find her demise at the hands of so many suspects, will it be someone she loves or is growing to love or a new threat she doesn't yet know, or the ever present Council? For her child, a mother will face anything. Ashaya's fate seems sealed, it's only a matter of time, a matter of which threat will find her, and who will be the one to deal out such a fate. Will it be the brutal Psy Council, Rehabilitation, a Sociopath, a Sniper, or something far worse? Only time will tell if any of them will make it out of this alive and well.

I have been waiting impatiently for Dorian's story and this book has proven yet again, that Ms. Singh is truly one of my favorite authors. Her Psy Changeling World is intricate, thrilling and the war is brewing. Rebellion is growing. The series is woven with so many twists and turns that you simply can't read fast enough. I couldn't tear myself away from this book, this is truly thrilling from page one. Nalini Singh only proves time and again why she is at the top of her game, why she is fast becoming one of the greatest paranormal authors of our time. She is truly amazing. I wholeheartedly recommend this book. Though, I will say this, this series is not a stand alone series. In my opinion, it needs to be read from the start of the series to be fully understood and enjoyed. Please do yourself the service of reading them as they were intended, from the beginning with book one so you can enjoy the full experience of the storyline. I knew Dorian's book would be intense, but intense doesn't begin to describe the range of emotions you will feel for this couple. As always, I will be impatiently waiting for the next book and I was not disappointed with this book in the least, there was not a thing I could say against it, read this book if you love this series as much as I do.

Reviewed by Stephanie Q. McGrath
Posted August 19, 2008

SUMMARY

**2008 PEARL NOMINEE - BEST SHAPESHIFTER**

**A PNR Staff Top Pick & Reviewer Recommended Read**

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...

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shapeshifters, Psychics

Psy/Changeling reading order per author's website:

  1. Slave to Sensation (September 2006)
  2. Visions of Heat (March 2007)
  3. Free short story: The Cannibal Princess
  4. Caressed By Ice (September 2007)
  5. “Beat of Temptation” in An Enchanted Season (October 2007)*
  6. Mine to Possess (February 2008)
  7. Hostage to Pleasure (September 2008)
  8. “Stroke of Enticement” in The Magical Christmas Cat (October 2008) *
  9. Free short story: A Gift for Kit
  10. Branded by Fire (July 2009)
  11. Blaze of Memory (November 2009)
*This novella was written to stand alone so you can pick it up at any stage in the series.

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Hostage to Pleasure
(Psy/Changeling: Book 6)
by Nalini Singh

Berkley Pub Group
September 1, 2008
Available: September 2, 2008
ISBN #0425223256
EAN #9780425223253
352 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
Nalini Singh

Tangle of Need
Angels' Flight
Lord of the Abyss and Desert Warrior
Lord of the Abyss
Angels of Darkness
Archangel's Blade
Kiss of Snow
Archangel's Consort
Play of Passion
Burning Up
Bonds of Justice
Archangel's Kiss
Blaze of Memory
Must Love Hellhounds
Branded by Fire
Angels' Blood
Angels' Pawn
The Magical Christmas Cat
Mine to Possess
An Enchanted Season
Caressed By Ice
Visions of Heat
Slave to Sensation
Desert Warrior


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