September 6, 2013

Hostage to Pleasure

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Hostage to Pleasure    #5 Psy/Changeling series
Nalini Singh
Publised: Gollancz
Date: 2011 (1st published 2008)
Pages: 330
Format: Paperback
Genre: Paranormal romance
Source: Local library

Summary from back cover
Separated from her son and tasked 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 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 a passion has a way of changing the rules....

My thoughts:
Another great book in this series that I have fast become addicted to.  I was asked in a comment on a post if I was going to read this series straight through or take a rest!  Well if you like chocolate and there is a piece just waiting there for you - what do you do?  Eat it of course. And in my case read the next one of course.  My 'inner reader' is loving having a series that I just can't leave alone.

In this book we have an M-Psy,  Ashaya.  She is in charge of the research for Protocol one, which the council want to implant in all Psy brains, and by doing that have a mindless hive that obey every whim of the few leaders.  To add to the complication in this book Ashaya has a twin sister.  It soon becomes apparent that Ashaya does not support the council's objective, that she is on the side of good.  But where does her twin stand and how much influence does she have?  The tension between the two of them plays out throughout the book, and adds to the tension of the plot.

Dorian - a changeling, who is latent and is unable to change into his leopard form makes for another fantastic hero.  He has helped in the rescue of three children who have been held for the sake of researching the Protocol.  He has been drawn to Ashaya from the first time he sighted her down the scope of his rifle.  Ashaya's young son Keenan has already bonded with Dorian while being rescued by him.  One of the aspects of these books is the care and respect for the young, I am hoping that some of the previous couples who have had books will begin to have there own families.  Or is that too much to hope for!?

In this book there is another mysterious group introduced that remain in the shadows, and are definitely - well so it seems to me, I guess nothing is definite - on the side of evil.  They are human and do not like the power that the changelings are beginning to assert in their world.  When will these phantoms strike? With every book links are made and new pieces of information are added.  There is mystery, adventure and romance.

4 stars

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