Book Review: Hostage to Pleasure (Psy-Changeling #5) by Nalini Singh


hostage to pleasureSeparated 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…


Book Review:

Hostage to Pleasure was the toughest book for me to read in the Psy-Changeling series. I had the hardest time connecting with the book, and I couldn’t STAND Ashaya AT ALL. It’s a shame, because I was looking forward to this book, since I love Dorian so much. I was really underwhelmed, though.

For sure, my biggest complaint with this book was Ashaya. I couldn’t stand her at all. She just came across really cold, too scientific, and stiff. I know that’s how she was supposed to be portrayed, but I hated it. On the other hand, Ashaya is my mom’s favorite character in the whole series, so far, (she’s also reading the series with me.) I guess, it just depends on your own personal taste in female characters! She was a huge downer for me, though. And, to back me up, I haven’t cared for her in ANY of the books that she has appeared in.

Since I didn’t like Ashaya, it dulled Dorian in my eyes. I’ve always been a fan of Dorian. I was so looking forward to his book, but… didn’t work. I was bored out of my mind. It didn’t get to the point that I wanted to skim the book, but came very close.

On a more positive note, there are several action scenes and oh-shit-did-that-really-just-happen!? scenes in this book. As this series progresses, those scenes have developed more. I really felt like the action in this book kept me on my toes and gave me several almost heart attacks. There’s one big scene toward the end that I was like WOAHHHHH. So, that was a bonus!

As always, I really enjoyed all of the side plots and the sections with past characters that I’ve read about. I also really liked the whole twin aspect of this series. I really hope, though, that the author doesn’t give that psycho a book down the road. She really doesn’t deserve one, and I think I would be highly creeped out to read about her in a romantic situation……..No, thanks.

Overall, this book was okay. I would never read it again, though.


Pages: 330

Publication Date: September 2nd, 2008

Publisher: Berkley

Rating: [rating: 3]