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Slave to Sensation (Berkley Sensation) Paperback – 2006
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"I LOVE this book! It's a must read for all of my fans."--Christine Feehan
"The alpha author of paranormal romance."--Booklist
"Nalini is brilliant."--USA Today
About the Author
Nalini Singh is passionate about writing. Though she's traveled as far afield as the deserts of China and the temples of Japan, it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her the most. She's beyond delighted to be able to follow her dream as a writer.
Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand. For contact details and to find out more about the Psy-Changeling series, please visit her website.
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To those Neto Nalini Singh this is what is called season 1 and she has just begun season 2 great books you just have to read over and over.
Fantastic read with a new world with new species its like a breath of fresh air in the paranormal theme. Lots of possibilities can happen in this series the doors are wide open for anything to happen which makes it hard to predict what can happen next.
Nalini Singh is fast becoming a favourite of mine. 💖
Our main characters for this instalment are Psy Sasha and Changeling Lucas. Sasha has always known how different she is from the other Psy and learnt from a young age to keep her feelings closely hidden - even from her mother who would never understand her behaviour. As the daughter of an important Council member Sasha knows more than most just how dangerous it would be if anyone found out just how different she is and she knows that not even her mother would protect her if she is discovered. Lucas is the alpha of the DarkRiver Leopard pack and he is working to track down the Psy who has been brutally murdering Changeling women. The latest victim was a member of his pack and he will do whatever it takes to make them pay, even if that does mean working with Sasha and trying to use her to get the information he needs.
I absolutely adored this book, I loved the world building, I'm fascinated by the Psys (although I wouldn't want to be one!) and I always enjoy reading about different kinds of shapeshifters. Above all I loved the relationship between Sasha and Lucas, Nalini Singh takes the time to develop their relationship slowly and I enjoyed every minute of it. The way Lucas cares for his pack is heart warming but it was so good to see the way he began to care for Sasha and how determined he was to protect her and keep her safe from harm. Sasha had never been allowed to freely express herself so she finds it hard to even understand all the emotions that Lucas brings out in her, she instinctively knows how to love but she is so used to locking all her feelings away that she finds it hard to express herself. Lucas never pushes her beyond what she is prepared to give though, he understands how hard it is for her and he teaches her how to care for him and his packmates. One of my favourite things about the couple was the banter between them and when you have conversations like the one below it is very hard not to laugh out loud:
"I could turn your mind to mush if I wanted"
"But then who'd lick you to orgasm?"
Slave to Sensation was a fantastic start to the Psy-Changeling series and one that has left me very excited to find out more. We have been introduced to a great range of side characters so I'm happy that each book focuses on a different couple but I'm also interested to see how the ongoing storyline of the political relationship between the Psy and Changeling races will play out. If Nalini Singh wasn't already on my list of favourite authors this would have earned her a place there so if you haven't read any of her books before then you really should do as soon as possible!
I found the world that she has created for this series fascinating. I love the contrast between the Psy and the Changelings and I was interested to find out more about how they interact. It was a very good premise to have a Psy character who has been hiding her imperfections from the rest of her race for some time. The Psy are well-written. Their coldness and lack of emotion really comes off the page when you are reading. Similarly the warmth and family orientated attitude of the Changelings is clear to the reader. Lucas is the perfect domineering male shape-shifter character and Sascha is well-written as a cold Psy who secretly feels emotion.
Where the book falls down is the large amount of "glossing over" that Ms Singh is keen on. Lucas and Sascha's relationship happens before your eyes but has little or no explanation throughout. At the end, I had no real idea what sort of relationship they were having. The contrast between Lucas' world and what Sascha is used to is touched upon but not expanded in any detail. We have no clue as to how the sudden change affects her. There is some heat between the characters but nothing to get excited about. I was interested in them but I wasn't really willing them to get together which is surely the point of the book?
In short, I think that this is okay for the beginning of a series and an interesting world has been created. However, I would expect a great deal more from any future books in the series. There particularly needs to be a lot more detail in the relationships between all the characters. This was far too brief in that regard. If you are used to the way other writers in this genre write their characters' relationships and emotions (Kresley Cole, JRWard, Gena Showalter for eg) then you will find this sadly lacking in detail. A good start but serious room for improvement.
NB/ Kindle buyers- this Kindle version does not have any major problems with formatting or typos etc :)