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Hostage to Pleasure (Psy-Changeling #5)

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  15,588 ratings  ·  705 reviews
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 t ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 330 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Berkley (first published September 1st 2008)
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Kristen (Peddler of Smut)

I've been waiting for Dorian's story since he first stole my heart in Slave to Sensation, the first book in this series. Boy, do I have a MASSIVE crush on him, and have from the beginning. His book was every bit as good, if not better, than I thought it would be. And the epilogue…OMG!!! It was freaking AMAZING! The best ending in the series thus far! On to the next book...

If you haven't already noticed, I think I'm having a love affair with this series. LOL
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
5 Stars!!! - Also reviewed at: Lady Jayne's Reading Den

Time to catch up on my reviews for this series…
“I heard the sniper’s voice against my ear when I woke today. He whispered sensual promises so savage, I can hardly believe these thoughts come from some corner of my own psyche. And yet they must. Because, at the end, he called me prey.

And told me to run.

- From the encrypted personal files of Ashaya Aleine”
Now why does that give me a delicious shiver?! Because it’s DORIAN!! *sighs and swoons
Blacky *Romance Addict*
Wow. This series just keeps getting better and better Photobucket Best book so far, loved it!

Ashaya appeared in the last book, and I was crazy to find out what happened to her. This book is her story, what a mother would do to protect her child, and a terrible choice she must make regarding her psycho twin sister. She's the best developed female character so far. I really loved her. And wow what a spine she has Photobucket she's incredibly strong as a person, having broken Silence many years ago, she had to act em

5 Ginormous Stars!!! Dorian...bite with me...I'll be a hostage to your pleasure any day!!! RAWRRRRR!!

Hot damn was this good!!

I feel like I finally found my footing in this series. What I mean by that is, it's such a complex story with amazingly well developed characters, that it takes a while to get a real feel for what's going on. Who is with who, how they came to be, where they are now, how it all connects, and now I'm on solid ground!

From beginning to end this book was brilliant.
5 stars – Paranormal Romance

Whew, the Psy-Changeling series just keeps getting impossibly better and better and continues to impress and amaze me! Although Caressed by Ice is still my favorite so far, Mine to Possess and Hostage to Pleasure are tied close for second place. Singh has created such a unique and fascinating futuristic universe with the conflict between the emotionless, cold, psychically powerful Psy race and the Changelings (shifters that are both human and animal) at its center. Wi
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This book was fantastic. I thought that this series would get less interesting as it continued, but it seems to get even more intriguing. I loved the hero Dorian. He is full of contrasts: ice cold, but hot, violent but controlled, and deeply sensual. He is unable to change into a leopard, which he has mostly made peace with. Instead he has honed his skills as such a formidable warrior, that being unable to shapeshift is not a liability. However, being unable to shifts makes him no less in touch ...more
Lisa Kay
Shazahn Padamsee (actress) as Ashaya Aleine
“Shaya” - as Dorian calls her - has pale blue-gray eyes; so, this is when she is wearing her dark contacts.

& a Whoa! (This is a review of the audiobook.) Angela Dawe does an excellent job of reading this powerhouse episode in Nalini Singh’s fifth installment of the Psy-Changeling series. There is a reason she is up for an “Audie Award” for an another audiobook this year.* She makes Dorian sound not only filled with possessiveness, but suitably c
Dear Caressed by Ice,

You know that I love you. I truly do. You were my favorite for a while, especially compared to Mine to Possess. Alas, I must ask you to step aside. I have been caught up in a brilliant love affair the past two days with Hostage to Pleasure. At the close of this love affair, I find that I do not want it to end. Therefore, Hostage to Pleasure is now my favorite book of this series, with you as my very close second. You will always hold a special place in my heart.

Lovers You,
Julie (jjmachshev)
Reviewed for; book release Sep08

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 rachets 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 r
◊♦ Naomi
"Pieces of my heart, Dorian. You're in so many pieces of my heart."
I am in love with this series. Seriously. I never thought I could love a series that much after having read so many different series but, here it is. I love everything about these books, the universe, the writing style, the characters: all different and interesting, the plot... each book is fascinating and I can barely wait to read the next one.

Hostage to Pleasure is Dorian's story and let me tell you, I have been *impatient
Beanbag Love
Nalini Singh drives me a little nuts. Every one of the Psy-Changeling books I've read has made me so frustrated in the first half and then made me love it in the second. I swear, it's at 50% in each book that things pick up.

In Hostage to Pleasure we get the story of two characters we've met in earlier books. Dorian, the latent leopard changeling, has been around since he wanted to rip out Sascha's throat in the first book. Ashaya was introduced in the last book -- Mine to Possess -- although I t
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Hostage to Pleasure is the fifth book in the Psy-Changeling series and Dorian has been one of my favourite DarkRiver sentinels from the very start!

He’s latent, which means he can’t shift and although many see it as a disadvantage, Dorian doesn’t let that hinder his determination and protectiveness over Pack. He makes up for it with his sniper abilities and sharp mind. I loved his charm in Mine to Possess so I was very excited to read his story. Instead, Dorian was very angry and tense for most
Alex is The Romance Fox
The 5th book in Nalini Singh’s incredible Psy/Changeling Series, continues the world-building of the new societies that threaten world peace.

Dorian Christensen is a sentinel and sniper in the DarkRiver pack and struggles with his uniqueness of being a latent leopard changeling…..he is unable to shift into his animal form. He has an undying hatred for the Psy, after the terrible loss at their hands and when he’s asked to help kidnap a PSY child, he finds himself at a crossroad.

Ashaya, a brilliant
♡Karlyn P♡
I loved this one! I enjoyed the previous books enough to slowly continue with this series when I was in the mood, but I honestly never understood the fan crazy fascination with this series until now. This one really made me a believer.

Dorian and Ashaya started off as opposite as could be. She is a cold non-feeling psy, and he is a hot tempered changeling with a blinding hate for her race. He fought his attraction, but as Ashaya broke away from her silence and started showing human emotions, he
Hostage To Pleasure starts right where Mine To Possess left off. The DarkRiver clan has paid off it's debt to Ashaya Aleine and have kidnapped her son and hidden him away in their Pack. With her son safe, Ashaya also manages to escape the Council's sphere but her contact had to abandon her in lynx territory. Surrounded by the vicious animals, DarkRiver sniper Dorian Christensen comes to her rescue, drawn to the smell of her blood and the unmistakable scent of her exotic femininity. The scent tha ...more
Holy shit this book was fantastic!!! Dorian & Ashaya were amazing together!! Loved every second of this book<3
Now I just have no idea why I remembered so little about this book because it's definitely one of the bests! It may have not been as good as books 1,3 and 6 but definitely the best after those. If I have a thing to say about the books I have re-read so far it's that I do love the psy-changeling pairings, they are so amazing. While as a general rule I adore reading about changelings, I miss the psy when they don't have an important role in one of the books. There's just something so amazing about ...more

“We're a race that leaves no art, no music, no literature. Our immortality lies in the genetic inheritance we pass on to our offspring. Without that, we're nothing once we cease to exist.”

Another favorite!

All the books are linked together by the general plot but this one kind of started in Mine to Possess. In this story we have another Psy-Changeling couple, Ashaya and Dorian.

We met Ashaya in Mine to possess. She’s a M-psy specialisized in DNA and she’s the best in her field. Because of that s
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
Dorian's book at last! I have been wanting to read his from the very beginning. And I wasn't disappointed I loved it! Dorian was intense yet charming with just a pinch of angst, the perfect ingredients for a hot alpha hero.

I also really liked Ashaya, she was in the previous book as the scientist who helped Jon and Noor be freed from being experimented on by a psychopath. But now she wants to collect her IOU from the DarkRiver pack when she asks them to save her son. Ashaya was different from th
BJ Rose
Loved it! This did not seem quite a 5* book as I was reading it, but by the time I got to the end I couldn't remember why! There's lots of conflict in this book - between the main characters and between the races. Dorian and Ashaya had lots of issues to deal with before they could accept their attraction and growing feelings for each other. Dorian has to deal with his rage and hate for all-things-Psy because of the brutal murder of his younger sister by a Psy sociopath; Ashaya has to deal with t ...more
Hostage to Pleasure (Psy-Changeling Series #5) I absolutely adored this book and now believe there to be tie between this and Caressed By Ice as my favorite book in this series (so far).Once again the author's talent shines through the characters (new and past), their interactions and relationships, the story, the plot, and the wonderful continuation of the series' common theme.

I loved both Dorian and Ashaya and their slow development and growth as they came to terms with their attraction and fe
Can someone explain how a series as good as this with psychics, werewolves and sci-fi excitement carries porn worthy cheese covers like "Hostage to Pleasure"?


Whenever rating a book, one must take into consideration the genre and what the author is trying to accomplish. For example if it's light, humorous romance, how well did the author succeed in making us laugh while telling a good and believable story? In the genre of futuristic, paranormal romance, Nalini Singh comes as close to perfe
If I could rate this 3 1/2 stars....I would.

I stopped reading this series after Mine to Possess. The Psy portion of the story line was too sci-fi and, for me, too hard to follow. I especially struggled with the Psy story line when it involved the female lead as the Psy character. Judd's book, Caressed by Ice, was easier for me to swallow. I guess I like me female leads to be ....emotional.

With Kiss of Snow now out, I decided to try this series again. I've been interested in Hawke's story since
Sep 05, 2008 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Lara Adrian, Kresley Cole and Karen Marie Moning
Wow! What a great 5th installment in the Psy-Changelings series by Nalini Singh! Lots of action, adventure, romance and passion!

Ashaya is an m-psy. Her specialty is medical with an emphasis on DNA. We met her in the previous book as the woman who helped rescue the 2 kids from the psy medical facility. Dorian, a changeling leopard who was the head sniper on that rescue hasnt been able to get Ashaya off his mind for months. When Ashaya fakes her own death in attempt to escape from the psy council
Susan (susayq ~)
I think this is my favorite of the series! Dorian was sexy, protective, aggressive, caring, and did I mention sexy? And while Dorian was all those things, I liked Ashaya just as much. She's been my favorite Psy so far. Of course, that could be because (view spoiler)

For anyone who's been reading my reviews about this series, you know I love the underlying story of the Rebellion that is starting in the Psy. Once again,
******Slight Spoilers******

FABULOUS!!!! This book was just amazing!!! Dorian has been a huge interest of mine for a long time, so I was tickled pink when I finished the last book and then found out that the next was about him! HUZZAH!!!! And for as intrigued by him as I was, I am VERY happy to report that he did NOT disappoint!! ~~swoon~~

After Dorian and other DarkRiver sentinels rescued Jon and Noor from the Council's lab, headed by Ashaya, and ever since he had her in his crosshairs during the

In this book we have Dorian and Ashaya, DarkRiver sentinel and M-Psy. Now I had already semi fallen in love with Dorian in previous books, so now that i have read his story i have completely fallen in love!

Ashaya is M-Psy and is forced to create the implant that will leave all Psy without choice. They will be worker bees in the hive and the council will be calling the shots and dictating their lives. The council is holding her son hostage
Erica Ravenclaw
Is this a 5 star book? Of course not, smut is never 5 stars, don't be absurd. However, this book was written for me and for that it gets 5 stars from me .

Here is the thing about me, I have some sort of radar when an emotionally fucked up man walks in the room. I sit a little straighter, I angle my body so I can casually glance around until I find him, I know he is close and I'm going to find him. It's so obvious to me as his charm and unequivocal good looks stand out but after a quick observa
Reread (May 22, 2014)

I love Dorian and Ashaya together! And the ending is so epic.

Originally read (Apr 19, 2012)

I really love Dorian and enjoyed reading about his relationship with Ashaya.

It ended so sweetly. I just wanted to hug him as he grew accustomed to his new self. For those of you who have read this, you all know what I'm talking about him, hehe. That ending made it 5 stars alone.

I loved Mercy! I think towards the end of this novel was the first time we really got to see her and hear he
♡♥Ang ♥♡
Hot Damn!!
Dorian and Ashaya we all so good!!!
Fantastic heart moving story i love this one as much as all of them but D and S together was so good!! and Add the son Keenan it was just so good, and sweet!!

I cant wait to see where the series goes now!

What a wicked ending the best!!

You guys got to read this series when you can!!!

Re Read LOVED IT!!
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Other Books in the Series

Psy-Changeling (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling, #1)
  • Visions of Heat (Psy-Changeling, #2)
  • Caressed by Ice (Psy-Changeling, #3)
  • Mine to Possess (Psy-Changeling, #4)
  • Branded by Fire (Psy-Changeling, #6)
  • Blaze of Memory (Psy-Changeling, #7)
  • Bonds of Justice (Psy-Changeling, #8)
  • Play of Passion (Psy-Changeling, #9)
  • Kiss of Snow (Psy-Changeling, #10)
  • Tangle of Need (Psy-Changeling, #11)
Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1) Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling, #1) Archangel's Kiss (Guild Hunter, #2) Caressed by Ice (Psy-Changeling, #3) Archangel's Consort (Guild Hunter, #3)

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“She got to me."

"It happens to the best of us."

"Yeah? Who gets to you?" He was so strong that sometimes she worried. Everyone needed to bend a little, even a panther responsible for the lives of his entire pack.

"That damn wolf. He sent you a present last week."

Sascha smiled at the thought of Hawke's flirting. The SnowDancer alpha did it only to jerk Lucas's chain. "I never saw any present. What was it?"

"How the hell should I know? I stomped on it and threw it into the deepest crevice I could find." He smirked. "Then I called him to ask how Sienna was doing."

She burst out laughing. "Wicked, wicked man.”
“When you want something so bad it hurts,” he said quietly, “and you bury it, bury it so deep that you convince yourself it no longer matters . . . and someone tells you you can have it, it's terrifying. What if you take the chance and you're wrong? What if you let yourself feel the loss and it's this huge pain and you can't put it back in the box?” 64 likes
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