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Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh
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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* I LOVE Dorian!!! And I loved this book and Ashaya! ^_^

Dorian, from the first moment I met him in the first book of the series, captured a piece of my heart. In Slave to Sensation, we meet Dorian when his beloved little sister, Kylie, had just been murdered by a Psy and he was in so much pain and filled with rage. My heart just ached for Dorian.

The other pain in Dorian’s life is that he’s a “latent” leopard – a leopard who can’t shift into his animal form. In every other way - his senses, speed, strength, etc. - Dorian is a leopard. To compensate for his latency, Dorian is a high achiever, always striving to make sure he is the best. He is a super-skilled sniper, a computer genius, and is as lethal as the other sentinels of the DarkRiver leopard changeling pack, despite looking like a gorgeous surfer. Dorian, with his charming nature, portrays to the world that he has come to terms with his latency and he mostly has…but deep down, he hasn’t really.
“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?”
Ashaya Aleine is an M-Psy (Medical); a specialist in DNA. Ashaya never really took to the Silence Protocol, ie. the conditioning the Psy race has imposed on the race to eliminate emotion, in order to protect their society from mental degeneration and madness. But because of this, Ashaya has very strong psychic shields, and she had to carry out a ruse for her own, and her son’s, survival in the PsyNet. She is intelligent and compassionate.

Ashaya sought help from DarkRiver, the dominant leopard changeling pack in the San Francisco surrounds, to rescue her son, Keenan, after she helped them out in the previous book.

Ashaya manages to escape from the Psy research facility where she was required to work on some special projects. After she escapes, she ends up with DarkRiver - Dorian, specifically.

I loved being sucked into the electrifying sexual tension and developing relationship between Dorian and Ashaya. Dorian battles with his hatred for the Psy, and his leopard-self telling him that Ashaya is his mate; he was a hostage to his compulsion towards her. I loved the banter between these two. Ashaya is strong and doesn’t back down from Dorian, and Dorian can be both charming and demanding.
‘Her eyes opened.

Locked with his.

“Why are you watching me?” Her eyes, he saw, were not blue, not truly. They were a vivid pale gray with blue shards coming in from the outer ring to hit the pure black of her pupils. Strange eyes. Wolf eyes.

“My leopard is fascinated by you.” By her sensuous, flawless skin, her wild hair, her damn curves. He leaned in and blew a gentle breath that made a rebel tendril dance. “I dreamed of running my tongue across your skin.” He spoke to release some of the tension, to leash the beast before it broke its bonds. “Of exploring you in long, slow licks.”

She didn’t break the deeply intimate visual connection. “You’re crossing lines again.”


Hell yeah. It was either that or go insane. “And your heartbeat just got erratic.” The cat smiled, pleased. Ashaya Aleine wasn’t as immune to him as she liked to pretend. “What would happen if I tasted you? If I took a bite out of you?”’

*SHIVERS* Hell yeah, Dorian is insanely SEXXXY!

There is plenty of hot, sexy romance, intrigue, and suspense in this one! But what I loved most was how Ashaya helped Dorian heal, and how a family was formed between her, Keenan and Dorian.

Ashaya’s son, Keenan, was adorable, and I loved watching the bond that formed between him and Dorian, with Keenan’s almost immediate trust in Dorian, and Dorian’s protective instincts toward Keenan.

Ashaya has a twin who will... Creep. You. Out. Yet the bonds of twinhood are so strong.

I’m really enjoying the world that Nalini Singh has created, with the tensions between the cold Psy, especially their governing body, the Psy Council, and their machinations, and the changelings and humans.

I admit that I enjoy watching sci-fi but not necessarily reading it, and I had found the concept of the PsyNet a little confusing, initially, but now, I am really enjoying it!

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I love how racially diverse the characters are in this series. I believe Nalini Singh’s own background of being a Fijian Indian, who moved to New Zealand as a child, and then teaching English in Japan for a few years, gave her a real appreciation of different ethnicities and I love how she knit this into the fabric of the Psy-Changeling world. Nalini Singh has removed the prejudice against the colour of one’s skin, and instead, created a world where it is the dichotomy between cold logic versus hot emotion and the mental/psychic versus physical/sense-driven which breeds prejudice.
‘“Hate will destroy you,” she whispered. “It’ll destroy…us.”

He shuddered, burying his face in the curve of her neck. The electric curls of her hair cushioned him with a soft warmth that was so intrinsically female, he couldn’t hope to explain it. Wrapping his arms around her waist, he simply held her, allowed himself to hold her, to accept that she was his mate. And that she came from the very race he’d made a target of all his rage, all his pain…so that he wouldn’t have to face his own guilt.”’
….

“Then save me, Shaya.” He laid his heart bare, invited her to savage it.

Dropping her hand, she turned in his arms. Then, rising up on tiptoe, she cupped his face in her palms and drew him down. Her kiss was innocent, vulnerable, a caress so gentle that it made him her slave between one breath and the next.”
THANK YOU, Nalini Singh, for a wonderful addition to the series!!!

My Dorian (Jesse Pavelka) and My Ashaya (Unknown)







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Psy-Changeling Series Reading Order:

1. Slave to Sensation – (Review here)
1.5 "The Cannibal Princess" - Free short story:
http://www.nalinisingh.com/freebies.p... - (Review here)
2. Visions of Heat - (Review here)
3. Caressed By Ice - To be reviewed.
4. Mine to Possess (Review here)
5. Hostage to Pleasure
5.5 "A Gift for Kit" - Free short story:
http://www.nalinisingh.com/freebies.p...
6. Branded By Fire - (Review here)
7. Blaze of Memory - To be reviewed.
8. Bonds of Justice - To be reviewed.
9. Play of Passion - To be reviewed.
10. Kiss of Snow - To be reviewed.

And there are also stand-alone novellas:
1. "Beat of Temptation" in An Enchanted Season
2. "Stroke of Enticement" in The Magical Christmas Cat
3. "Whisper of Sin" in Burning Up

But if you wish to read in strict chronological order, see Nalini Singh's website (link to the page here): http://www.nalinisingh.com/psybehind.php


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Nalini Singh
“Dropping her hand, she turned in his arms. Then, rising up on tiptoe, she cupped his face in her palms and drew him down. Her kiss was innocent, vulnerable, a caress so gentle that it made him her slave between one breath and the next.”
Nalini Singh, Hostage to Pleasure

Nalini Singh
“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?”
Nalini Singh, Hostage to Pleasure

Nalini Singh
“Make me forget." A whisper, a plea.

Not giving her what she wanted wasn't even an option. He switched their positions so she was under him. "Aren't you afraid I'll take advantage?"

She wiped away her tears. "Please do."

"Ask nice."

"Why don't I make you angry instead? That gets me kissed a lot.”
Nalini Singh, Hostage to Pleasure

Nalini Singh
“When the darkness receded, she found herself lying on the bed, still half-dressed...and being watched by human eyes that held a very feline satisfaction. "I said slow."

He smiled. "Oops."

Charm.”
Nalini Singh, Hostage to Pleasure

Nalini Singh
“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.”
Nalini Singh, Hostage to Pleasure


Reading Progress

September 30, 2010 – Shelved
August 25, 2011 – Started Reading
August 25, 2011 –
page 3
0.91% "“To survive, you must become more Silent than the Council, your heart ice, your mind a flawless prism. But never forget - prisms bend light, change the direction of what is known, generate fractures of beauty. Ultimately, prisms create their own truths." ~ From a handwritten letter signed "Iliana", circa June 2069"
August 28, 2011 –
page 330
100.0%
August 29, 2011 – Finished Reading

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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) I love this book. Still my favorite!


 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* Lady Danielle "The Book Huntress" wrote: "I love this book. Still my favorite!"

Yes, I LOVED this book and Dorian, Danielle!


Leah DORIAN! *swoon*


Wendy Fantastic review Jaynie! Oh how I love Dorian!!

Loving the pics Jaynie!


 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* Wendy wrote: "Fantastic review Jaynie! Oh how I love Dorian!!

Loving the pics Jaynie!"


Thanks, Wen! I love Dorian, too! ^_^


Kristen Ohhhh, what a great review, Lady Jayne!


message 7: by Baba (new)

Baba  Wonderful review, Jaynie! Ohhhh, I loooooove the pics! YUM!!!


message 8: by Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* (last edited May 24, 2012 07:51PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* Thank you, Kristen and Baba! I love this series and it was fun skimming this to revisit my favourite quotes/scenes, to finally review this. Dorian is just delicious . ^_^


 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* Lady Danielle "The Book Huntress" wrote: "Great review, Jayne!"

Thanks, Danielle! BTW, Just to let you know, I ended up loving Dev's and Katya's book. I was all prepared not to like it, but was very happy I did. ^_^


Shawna Awesome review and pics Jayne! I love this series! I think I devoured the first six books in a week. Nalini Singh is amazing. I love her Guild Hunter series, too.


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) I'm glad you loved Blaze of Memory as well, Jayne.


 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* Shawna wrote: "Awesome review and pics Jayne! I love this series! I think I devoured the first six books in a week. Nalini Singh is amazing. I love her Guild Hunter series, too."

Thanks, Shawna! Sorry I missed this comment earlier. I'd read the first Guild Hunter book, last year, but I think I need to re-read it before continuing with the series. I'm trying to get up to date with this series first. ^_^


message 14: by Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* (last edited Mar 03, 2012 07:42PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* Lady Danielle "The Book Huntress" wrote: "I'm glad you loved Blaze of Memory as well, Jayne."

Oh, I did, and I'm glad, too, Danielle! ^_^


Lisa Kay Hey, Jayne! I want to post a hyperlink to your review, since I mentioned your great pic of Dorian in mine. However, you pics have gone! Eep! Can you fix?

Great review, BTW!


message 16: by Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* (last edited May 24, 2012 08:53PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* Lisa Kay wrote: "Hey, Jayne! I want to post a hyperlink to your review, since I mentioned your great pic of Dorian in mine. However, you pics have gone! Eep! Can you fix?

Great review, BTW!"


EEK! Thanks, Lisa Kay, for drawing that to my attention! I've fixed it! *fingers crossed* That's happened to several of my reviews, and the formatting, as well, got all out of whack whenever I bolded and italised anything together, or blockquoted, after they had some updates here at GRs in recent months. I've been meaning to check through all my reviews to see which needed fixing but haven't got to them all yet. I hate seeing it all messy or with images missing.

And THANKS!! Happy to share the Dorian yumminess! ^_^


Karla As always Jayne...a stupendous review!! Jesse/Dorian...RAWRRRRR!!! When I read this series I will go back to your reviews, get my visual fix and then I can enjoy the books even more! I want the full experience.


 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* Karla wrote: "As always Jayne...a stupendous review!! Jesse/Dorian...RAWRRRRR!!! When I read this series I will go back to your reviews, get my visual fix and then I can enjoy the books even more! I want the full experience."

As always, Thank You, for your kind words, Karla! Oh, yes, Dorian/Jesse is so YUMMILICIOUS so enjoy him fully when you get to him! ^_^


message 19: by Ness (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ness great revieww!! perrrfect dorian:)


☆.。.:*・°☆Love2Read♡HEAs☆.。.:*・°☆ {Anne} What an awesome review Lady Jayne. The biggest compliment goes to your fab pics! You're the only reviewer I've found that's put photos in it. Thank you for showing me my sexy surfer shifter sniper, Dorian. (^_-)


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