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Product Details

  • Series: Psy-Changeling Novels (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575100036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575100039
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,430,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


It is an action packed, erotic romance. If this is your kind of reading, then go for it! British Fantasy Society

About the Author

Nalini Singh was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. She spent three years living and working in Japan, and travelling around Asia before returning to New Zealand now - although she's always plotting new trips. She has worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher, not necessarily in that order. Some people might call that inconsistency, but she calls it grist for the writer's mill. You can learn more by visiting or by following @NaliniSingh on twitter.

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Nalini Singh loves to write, loves to read, and thinks chocolate is a food group.

She enjoys hearing from readers, so drop her an email at nalinisinghwritesATgmailDOTcom if you ever have any questions!


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Well developed story line and characters.
In this book, Ashaya Aleine is a Psy scientist who is calling in markers to protect her son from the Council that would destroy him.
Judy from Indiana
This series is one of my favorites and I can't wait to read the next one!
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on September 3, 2008
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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 that has been haunting him for the last two months. The last time Dorian had seen Ashaya had been through the scope of his sniper rifle and seeing her again brings back all the hate and rage he has towards her kind, as well as a fierce need to claim her as his own. Dorian needs to come to terms with his conflicting emotions because she needs his protection now more than ever. She has information that could bring down the Psy Council and she's not going to hesitate to use it. Ashaya hopes by bringing her story public, it will make her and her son untouchable in the eyes of the Council. Unfortunately she has another enemy that is a much bigger threat to her safety, someone who has been slipping in and out of her mind since childhood and knows her every secret. Ashaya's twin senses her emerging feelings for the DarkRiver sentinel and refuses to share her. Ashaya has been dealing with the burden of her twin sister's sociopathic tendencies since the age of seventeen and it's this responsibility that keeps her from falling for Dorian's seductive lure and the promise of a full life with him. Dorian however is not going to deny his feelings for her and neither is his cat. He uses every sensual weapon he has and slowly wears down her battered defenses.Read more ›
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Elaine C McTyer VINE VOICE on September 5, 2008
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I have waited for Dorian's story and I think this is one of the best in the series. This is a very sensual series and this book is no different. Dorian is a sniper and the only one of the Dark River Pack who can't shift to cat. He has been like this from birth and has never let it stop him from becoming one of the sentinals of the Pack.

Ashaya Aliene is an M-Psy, one of the smartest. She helped the pack recover two young children in the last novel. At that time she told them she might need help at some future time and now that time has come. She needs them to kidnap her son who is being used as a hostage to her good behavior.

This is a deeply sensual read, with a wonderful fully fleshed out world. The demarkation between good and evil has been clearly marked, but now we find shades of gray. Maybe there are some good Psy. Just as there are some evil shapeshifters. We also learn there are other players in the game. I found the story engrossing and captivating. The relationships between all the characters are growing and all will learn that they come from the same root stock.

Good book do not miss it.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By H. Grove (errantdreams) TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 17, 2008
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I've heard so many amazing things about Nalini Singh's books that I worried they might not live up to all that hype. I shouldn't have worried. Hostage to Pleasure is an absolutely fantastic book. It has a ton of action, plot, twists and turns---far more than most romance novels. There are plenty of fascinating characters, and while I would have enjoyed them even more if I were familiar with the preceding books in the series, this one stands alone surprisingly well. If anything, the designation of this book as a romance rather than an adventure or a paranormal or near-future SF is mostly an arbitrary marketing thing, since it functions just as well on all of those levels.

The world-building is stunning---of particular fascination to me are the Psy in this book. They undertook something they call Silence (a forced suppression of emotion) in order to curtail the danger from emerging aggressive and unstable psychic abilities. Unfortunately this has backfired---those best able to be emotionless are the dangerous sociopaths. Over time these people have gone on to rise in the ranks and take over. As a result, Psy society is becoming dangerously unstable in new and different ways.

Ms. Singh has found a beautifully plot-based manner in which to keep her two would-be lovers apart. Dorian's presence threatens Ashaya's carefully-cultivated Silence, which for her is more than just a protection against her government's scrutiny. It's also a protection against an even greater threat that stalks her and her son in particular. Meanwhile, Ashaya threatens Dorian's sanity---his hatred and loathing for the sociopath-dominated Psy society is so great that the very idea of desiring one of them is nearly enough to send him off the all-too-close deep end.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Katie Babs VINE VOICE on September 2, 2008
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Hostage to Pleasure is all about one of her most beloved characters, Dorian Christensen. He is DarkRiver's best sniper, a changeling leopard who has one fault, he can't shift into his leopard form. Even though he can't change like his pack members can, Dorian is strong enough, more so than some of those who can shift at a moment's notice. Dorian has some inner turmoil, mainly because his sister, Kylie was viscously murdered by a Psy serial killer. Dorian did get his revenge by gutting the Psy and watching him die. But it wasn't enough, and Dorian blames himself over his sister's death. He is entering into a dark place that he may not come back from and everyone who cares for him is worried. For the moment, Dorian wants to do the right thing and that is because of a four year old Psy child called Keenan. Dorian rescues Keenan because his mother, Ashaya Aleine was able to save some children who were being used in experiments by Psy scientists (this is all explained in Mine to Possess). Ashaya aided in the fight alongside the changelings and because of that she called in her IOU in order for them to save her son. Now that Keenan is free and able to break through his bonds of Silence. Ashaya will break free also, which in her mind means death.

Ashaya is a very interesting Psy because she does feel emotion and pretends to embrace the Silence that is forced upon the Psy when they become teenagers. Ashaya must keep all emotions at bay, not because of what she is, but because of her twin sister, Amara who becomes more enraged and twisted whenever Ashaya feels deep emotion. Amara has no moral compass. She doesn't know the difference between right and wrong, she is an empty soul and it is up to Ashaya to keep her under control.
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