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Hostage to Pleasure: Psy-Changeling Series, Book 5 | [Nalini Singh]

Hostage to Pleasure: Psy-Changeling Series, Book 5

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, 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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, 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.

Mind over matter: listen to more in the Psy-Changeling series.

©2008 Nalini Singh (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"One of the greatest pleasures of these books is their ability to deliver both an intensely personal love story as well as a riveting societal drama. Singh is on the fast track to becoming a genre giant!" (Romantic Times)

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    Debbie Upper Marlboro, MD, United States 01-07-13
    Debbie Upper Marlboro, MD, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the Best so Far"

    While "Slave to Sensation" will always be my favorite, this one come in a close second and probably the best in Psy-Changeling relations. Ashaya was the first one who seemed strong enough and ready for what was happening with Dorian.

    I am totally loving how each new character is weaved into the lives and drama of DarkRiver and SnowDancer packs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kytten 09-13-12
    kytten 09-13-12 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Flaws in the writing and editing more obvious"

    This book, like the previous one, was still too angsty to me. The main male character is all torn apart by guilt and treats the female character fairly badly. It becomes somewhat hard to believe that they could fall for each other given the way they act toward one another.

    The use of the word 'however' is also becoming annoying in these stories. I get that there are a lot of details and positions that need to be represented and all that really does add to the story and the world, but the editing needs to be cleaned up and the use of a thesaurus is highly recommended.

    I would like to see more integration of the upcoming main characters and previous main characters in these books. We get to know the characters and then they just become very very peripheral. It's like we're missing part of the story without knowing more about the lives of those who have come before.

    Anyway, aside from some specific flaws that are fairly easy to overlook, the series is still one of my favorites and I can't wait to get the next one and start listening.

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    Marta 09-12-12
    Marta 09-12-12
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    "Great Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hostage to Pleasure to be better than the print version?

    I listen to audio books because I don't have time to read the book but can listen as I work or as I sew and quilt.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The mail characters are another part of the Psy/Changeling community.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I could listen to the whole book in one sitting I would.


    Any additional comments?

    It you like any of the Psy/Changelng books then you need to listen or read the whole series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 04-20-12
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 04-20-12 Member Since 2015

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Another good one."

    This is a good one in the series, keep on reading if you like them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Charles Walnut Creek, CA, United States 01-30-12
    Kathleen Charles Walnut Creek, CA, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2010

    Kathleen

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    "Great story. Flat monotone narrator."
    What made the experience of listening to Hostage to Pleasure the most enjoyable?

    The written story was much better than the audio edition. My listening experience was not nearly as enjoyable as reading the book. Angela Dawe is quite awful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole IAD world. Kresley Cole knows both character and world-building.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A talented, more experienced narrator should have been selected, preferable a man. Angela Dawe reads in a monotone, flat voice. Compared to Robert Petkoff who read A Hunger Like No Other, she reads like a sixth grader.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Many laughs, and several crying jags. A wonderful addition to the series.


    Any additional comments?

    Another great addition to the Psy-Changling series. But putting up with monotone narrator Angela Dawe is just about more than I can bear. There are some great narrators out there, and I wish the publisher/author would have engaged an effective narrator.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    marolyn Burbank, CA, United States 04-17-12
    marolyn Burbank, CA, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2015

    Addicted to Audio Books !

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    "Entertaining, Great Story, Awesome Narrator"

    I loved listening to this story, it came together so perfectly. So far my favorite of the series. The narrator does a great job bringing the characters to life. I couldn't stop listening. I really enjoy that this series has the same narrator for all of the books and that characters from previous books are brought back into each book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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