I'm not going to bother with a back blurb. For one thing, it is WAY too early in the morning and for another, I'm just not! :~P
Hostage to Pleasure is one of the most anticipated books of 2008 (for me anyway). I first fell in love with Nalini's writing when Slave to Sensation first came out. I fell in love with the Changeling/Psy world. I fell in love with the tough Alpha males and the strong heroines. I'm happy to say that HtP was not a disappointment! Yay!
Dorian was introduced all the way back in StS right after his little sister was killed by a psychotic Psy. Full of rage and frustration, he turned to his duties as a Sentinel to help keep him human. And though he was born fully a panther, he's latent. He is not able to switch to his animal self and has trained himself to be super strong, fast, and lethal.
As Darkriver's sniper, he was sent to watch over Ashaya in Mine to Possess. She was trying to save a few children who'd been taken by the Psy. This is totally outside of what the Psy are supposed to do and he's intrigued by her.
In HtP, Ashaya knows her time is limited. She fakes her death and is able to escape. She finds herself in Darkriver territory and is saved by Dorian. See, Ashaya has a problem...a big one and it turns out that Dorian is the only one who can help save her.
HtP is a book full of twists and turns. Every time I thought I had something figured out, something new would pop up. I was going to go to bed at 11 (due to the horrific hour I was supposed to get up), but found myself going to bed at 12:45 because I could NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! Nalini is evil! Her books are so good, you can't stop reading them! Argh!
This book seemed more action-packed than others. The two of them were in constant (or almost constant) peril throughout the entire book. And when they finally make love? One of the most sensual, sexy love scenes I've ever read. Nalini seriously needs to write a book on how to write the ulitmate love scene.
HtP is a phenomenal story. Caressed by Ice is still my favorite of the Changeling/Psy series, but HtP is a very close second. Excellent story and Nalini just keeps adding more to the world she's created. How cool is that?!?
My Rating: A