Finally! Our discussion of Hostage to Pleasure is done. We are so sorry it’s taken so long! Real life kind of threw a wrench in our plans. We are back on track though and check out the calendar because we’ve updated some of the dates. We will finish this read-a-long before Heart of Obsidian is out! We are determined!!!
– Casey and Courtney
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…
Here are the past discussions!
|Slave to Sensation – the discussion||Blaze of Memory – the discussion|
|Visions of Heat – the discussion||Bonds of Justice – the discussion|
|Caressed by Ice – the discussion||Play of Passion – the discussion|
|Wild Invitation – the discussion||Kiss of Snow – the discussion|
|Mine to Possess – the discussion||Tangle of Need – the discussion|
|Hostage to Pleasure – the discussion||Heart of Obsidian – the discussion|
|Branded by Fire – the discussion|
Things are becoming much more tense in the PsyNet. People are starting to pick sides between Silence and rebellion, even the Councilors. The Human Alliance is also starting to become a force in the world. And the Changelings are going to greater lengths to protect the world from the Psy.
Dorian – Sentinel of DarkRiver who lost his baby sister in Slave to Sensation to Enrique. Dorian is a latent leopard, meaning he cannot shift. Dorian is determined to see Silence fall because he believes that Silence is what led to his sister’s death.
“Dorian had torn the killer apart with his bare hand, but that hadn’t quieted the rage in his animal heart, the torment in his human soul.”
Dorian promised to do a favor for Ashaya in return for her helping two human/Forgotten children get out of her evil lab assistant’s hands in Mine to Possess.
“…A woman he’d seen as a shadow in the darkness two months ago…and hadn’t been able to forget since.” – Dorian
Dorian also makes himself both captor and protector of Ashaya when she rescues herself from Ming LeBon’s clutches. And then he starts to fall for her even though he knows she is keeping a secret from him.
“I have you. I have Keenan. I’m happy.” Dorian to Ashaya
Ashaya – Ashaya Aleine is the head scientist of the Implant Protocol known as Protocol Il. She is a M-Psy who can ‘see’ things on a genetic level. She helps rescue two human children but secures a favor from Dorian during Mine to Possess.
“He’s on the side of good, the side that protects children, but I am ninety-nine percent certain that tonight, in the darkness, he almost pressed the trigger that would’ve ended my life. Perhaps that’s why I can’t stop Thinking about him. “ – Ashaya Aleine
When she ensures he has saved her son Keenan, she escapes from Ming LeBon herself. She then goes to any lengths to save her son…even going on international television to tell the public about the Protocol I…and an even more dangerous project.
“…I admit that every act, every movement, every plan, is for him. For my son. For Keenan.” – Ashaya Aleine
When it comes to her family’s safety she will risk anything. And she finds herself surprised to find out she considers Dorian as a part of that family.
“Dorian is in my blood, in my very veins…I don’t know what to call it, how to describe it. I just know that I would die for him.” Ashaya Aleine
|Dark River Sentinels||SnowDancer Lieutenants|
|Nate – Senior||Riley – Senior|
|Vaughn||Judd Lauren – Psy|
Aden – Works for Ming LeBon. Former student of Walker Lauren. Ordered by Ming LeBon to kill Judd Lauren. Member of the Arrow Squad.
Amara – Twin sister to Ashaya. Biological mother to Keenan.
Vasic – Works for Ming LeBon. The only true ‘traveller’ i.e. Teleporter in the PsyNet. Member of the Arrow Squad.
Zie Zen – A mentor of Ashaya and on paper the father of Ashaya’s son Keenan. He is a very important and high ranking member of the rebellion. He also has ties to Councilor Anthony Kyriakus.
|Psy Designations||Psy Council|
|Tp-Psy – Telepathy|
|Tk-Psy – Telekinesis||Ming LeBon|
|M-Psy – Medical||Henry Scott|
|F-Psy – Foresight||Shoshanna Scott|
|E-Psy – Empathy||Nikita Duncan|
|Ps-Psy – Psychometric|
|Tk-Cell – Influence physical bodies on a cellular level||Tatiana Rika-Smythe|
|Tk-V – Teleport|
Henry and Shoshanna Scott are starting to drift apart on how to make sure Silence survives.
Henry Scott is starting to make a much more radical route trying to ensure Silence.
Ming LeBon is starting to think that the Arrow Squad is not as loyal to him as he previously thought. He is not entirely wrong.
Human Alliance is starting to make their presence felt. And not in a good way.
Kaleb Krychek is looking for someone on the PsyNet. Wonder who…
Glossary of Terms
Vocabulary from the previous novels can be found on their discussion pages:
- Slave to Sensation is now posted here.
- Visions of Heat is now posted here.
- Caressed of Ice is now posted here.
- Wild Invitation is now posted here.
- Mine to Possess is now posted here.
- Hostage to Pleasure is now posted here.
The Omega Project – An old project started and funded by the Psy Council that, if worked, would wipe out all conception of the Psy unless it was approved by the council. It could easily be adapted to be used as a biological weapon against the Psy.
Do you think Ashaya and Dorian work together?
What about Amara? Did you like her/hate her?
And what about the theme of sisters?
What about Kaleb? Where do you think his loyalties lie?
And what about Henry? Smart? Crazy? Both?
Thanks to Nalini Singh and the wonderful people at Penguin, I have a couple of every single novel in the Psy-Changeling series, and while some of them have been claimed, all of them haven’t. So this is what we’re going to do – we’ll be giving away all the books in one shot at the end of the Read-Along. That means you have 13 different chances to enter for any one of the Psy-Changeling novels. Join in on any of the discussions and you’ll automatically be entered to win.
To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: Where do you think Kaleb’s loyalties lie? Don’t be afraid to answer any of the discussion questions above either!
The contest will stay open until July 1st, at which time we’ll determine the winners with help from this snazzy plug-in that Jackie has.