So this wasn't exactly what I was expecting from the reviews. I loved it because I liked the characters of Dev and Katya. They were both strong in their own way and needed each other. I liked seeing more of the Shine Foundation and this other facet what the psy could be. It was also nice to check in with the characters we've gotten to know in the previous books. Angela Dawe did a fantastic job as always with these books.
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Excellent narration, the story introduces new characters and makes you care for them. Sexy as always and hard to put down. I love her work.
Say something about yourself!
This was definitely one of the best of this series so far. It had been so long since I'd read one of these books, that I thought it might take me a while to get back into it and remember the world. But, it sucked me in and I found myself not wanting to do anything but listen. It twas like coming home.
The two main characters here are both so believable and real. The 'formula' for most romance novels is of course, that some flaw or outside influence comes between the two characters and they have a serious argument that threatens their relationship. This book somewhat goes against the normal formula though. While there is an outside influence that threatens their relationship, they don't fight or split up willingly.
I found myself so emotionally invested in this couple by the end that I was crying and then laughing and crying at the end. Normally, I'm mentally 'glad' for a couple when it works out, but this one was like watching my best friend or favorite cousin fall in love.
I enjoy reading series and very rarely read stand alone series. I mostly read romance and sci-fi & fantasy.
I really liked how instead of it always being a changeling and a psy finding love Nalini Singh wrote a story about a psy and a human. I really liked that. It was different and entertaining. I just wish that there was more depth in terms of Katya's background. In terms of how and why Ming left her alive and the purpose of her torture.
I really liked Katya. She show strength and wit. When she needed it. She was able to fight off a counselor who is the best in mental combat. She is a great female lead in the book. And if she was a real person I wold want to be friends with her.
She brings a bit of life. When it is a humorous part in my opinion you can tell that she is smiling when she reads it and in sad or more serious parts you can tell by the vocal tone of her voice.
If there had been more in terms of resistance. If Dev or Katya had sown more resistance in their attraction to each other. If there had been more tention and then have them come together not in a story of fury but in a blinding moment when they were like "oh they are the one" that would be perfect.
I have been enjoying this series in order. I keep thinking they will get stale or old, this one has another new twist and might just be the best one yet!
This novel delved into the background of the Psy world more than the others, and there were some eerie parellels to true history that make the story believable.
I like strong characters, who overcome traumas, and I am drawn to displays of raw compassion. Man's inhumanity to man is a common thread in this installment. There is significant brutality implied although it is not gruesome (more disturbing). This all is overcome by love, courage, and loyalty.
As in all of the books so far, love and physical passion are tied together. These guys all find enviable soulmates rather than cheap one-night stands.
"Hostage to Pleasure" (Psy-Changelings, Book 5)
The heroine of this book is tied to the heroine of the preceding installment. Both are scientific and clever women. This ties up a few loose ends from that novel.
All of these books build upon each other. They are repetitive in some ways. The stories are relatively predictable. That said, they are more intelligent than others in this genre. I HIGHLY recommend "Hostage to Pleasure." That had the most depth and contained more surprises than the rest.
The guy introduces the half starved girl to an ice cream fruit smoothie. I craved smoothies for a week after. LOL
Honestly, that's what I remember most without giving anything away.
Two children work together to do something unique at the end. That's the most memorable part. Emotions run high, and it's somewhat unexpected. Anything more would be a spoiler. Sorry!
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This series is not rocket science. It isn't brainless "smut" either. There's a real plot in each novel, and all of the characters stick around to be woven in and out of various threads of narrative. I intend to read all of these. Listening to them back to back makes the adult scenes dull and repetitive - only one of them really did anything different. I suggest reading other books in between to keep it "fresh." I really like the back-story. None of the characters are irritating. They're all endearing and still unique. For what it is, I'm torn between 4 and 5 stars. These aren't classics, but they're worth the credits in my opinion. In fact, I've paid outright to see what happens next with some of them. Happy Listening!
I enjoyed the myster aspect of this book as much as the Romance. Nalini is an excellent author.
The Psy Changeling aspect is very riveting.
The Scene that Santos finds her and is trying to figure out what to do with her.
It made me fall in love with Santos.
More likeable main characters would have made this book perfect. Also, I couldn't understand the whole premise around the metal magic. It seemed to come out of the blue and was not fully integrated or explained in the storyline.
No. I really love the Psy-Changeling world in this series. The 6 books prior to this one were amazing! So I'll continue to read the rest of the books in hopes that this was just a really terrible one off.
Angela Dawe does a great job with the reading in all the books. I'd have to say that her perfomance of Mercy is my favorite even though she's not a lead in this book.
I would have cut out all the scenes with Dev & Katiya. Which is sad since they are the mains in this book. I wanted to skip to the next book in the series within the first hour. But I powered through it anyway because I didn't want to miss any of the background story that is central to the Psy-Changeling world.
I felt Dev was a total jerk and crossed that thin line between being possessive and an obsessive kidnapping creeper. Katiya was too submissive of a female lead for me. I found myself rolling my eyes throughout the entire book during their various scenes. Because of this it was impossible for me to draw any kind of emotional connection to them or the book. In my opinion, the only thing that saved this book is the ongoing background drama that carried over from the previous books in the series.
Great series!!!! This is my favorite series. Each book builds on the overall world while keeping you interested in the individual romances. A few of the book were about secondary characters that I didn’t care about at the beginning and absolutely loved by the end. This review applies to the first 9 books in the series.
I've enjoyed all the books thus far in the series, this one was just odd. I think the narration was odder than the story. Usually, I've really enjoyed Angela Dawe's performances, in this one she was speaking slower than usual with unnecessarily long pauses between sentences and this threw me off. The story developed just about ok, I didn't really end up rooting for either Dev or Katya. They were just OK. The end too - meh! Whatever. The story line didn't add much to the overall world building for me either. Just meh!
I'm listening to the next one in the series now and Angela seems to have got her mojo back. What a difference a good narration makes!