Favorite Lines: “The possessive, protective nature of the cat uncurled in a lazy movement. It pushed at him to reach out, to show her she wasn’t alone. But that was the way of Pack. And Ashaya was nowhere close to Pack.” (p. 124)
Dorian Christensen’s sister was murdered by a Psy psychopath and he has nursed a hatred of the Psy people ever since. A sniper, he is also a DarkRiver sentinel whose genetics make it impossible to shift into his animal self, but this disability does nothing to stop him in his pursuit of the only woman both he and his leopard want. A woman who is part of the same group of emotionless people that killed his sister.
Ashaya Aleine is the scientist in charge of the neural implant laboratory. It is her job to create a working device that will turn the Psy people into a hive-like race, and to ensure her cooperation the counsel has taken her child, Keenan.
When Keenan is rescued, Ashaya begins a deadly withdraw from the Psy community and a cat and mouse game with her sister. Her sister, a woman determined to have Ashaya all to herself, and a woman who wants something that Ashaya has.
I fell in love with Nalini Singh‘s Psy-Changeling world in Slave to Sensation. It is a world of humans, psychics and shifters that refuses to turn its back on love despite the many incentives to do so. The world is continuously evolving and stretching while trying to fix the many wrongs humanity has done to themselves.
A great pairing is made in Hostage to Pleasure in the form of Ashaya and Dorian. Both have been traumatized and together jump over the hurdles of life. They don’t keep huge secrets from each other, but lay down their cards in hope and trust. This method works for them. It makes them likable and made me root for them.
In the beginning, it took a lot to make me sympathize with Ashaya, because Psy people seem cold and their relationships with their children are non-existent. The children are their legacy, not an emotional tie. By showing the cracks in Silence within Ashaya, Singh made me understand the hidden core of the woman destined to become Dorian’s mate.
All I wanted was for Dorian to be happy and by giving me a worthy heroine, Singh made me believe it was possible.
A book is about entertainment and I was definiately kept entertained and happy with Hostage to Pleasure.