Review: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh.

Posted August 9, 2012 by Rowena in Reviews | 10 Comments

Review: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh.Reviewer: Rowena
Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy/Changeling #1
Also in this series: Mine to Possess, Hostage to Pleasure, The Magical Christmas Cat , Kiss of Snow, Tangle of Need, Wild Invitation, Heart of Obsidian, Shield of Winter, Shield of Winter, Visions of Heat, Mine to Possess, Caressed By Ice, Branded by Fire, Blaze of Memory, Mine to Possess, Hostage to Pleasure, Hostage to Pleasure, Shards of Hope, Shards of Hope, Heart of Obsidian, Caressed By Ice, Branded by Fire, Blaze of Memory, Play of Passion, Allegiance of Honor, Kiss of Snow, Tangle of Need, Shield of Winter, Shards of Hope, Allegiance of Honor, Allegiance of Honor, Wild Embrace, Wild Embrace, Wild Embrace, Silver Silence, Silver Silence, Tangle of Need, Ocean Light, Ocean Light , Caressed By Ice, Wolf Rain
Publisher: Penguin, Berkley
Publication Date: September 5th 2006
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 352
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Series Rating: five-stars

THE FIRST PSY/CHANGELING NOVEL from the New York Times bestselling author of Shards of Hope, Shield of Winter, and Heart of Obsidian...The book that Christine Feehan called "a must-read for all of my fans."

In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of “rehabilitation”—the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was…

Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a Changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy coexistence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several Changeling women.

Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion—and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities—or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation…

Holy cow! This book was fantastic!

Quite a few people have told me that this book was good and that I should give it a try but because I haven’t been in the mood for paranormal romance, it sat on my TBR pile for the longest of times…until last week. I promised some people that I would get this book read and I did. I could kick myself for waiting so long to read this book because I loved it. Julie James was walking around with a button at RWA that said, “Judd is my boyfriend” and I was on the edge of my seat, anxious to meet him when I was reading this book. I grinned like a crazy person for five minutes straight when he finally came onto the page.

In this world, Singh created a paranormal world where humans and paranormal folk live in the same world and they know about each other. There are Psy’s that are like supernatural humans that don’t turn into animals, changelings that are your humans/animals and then there’s just the regular humans. This book deals with a Psy and Changeling couple, falling in love. They’re from two different worlds. He’s an Alpha Changeling who is on the hunt for a Psy serial killer who is preying on changeling women and she’s a troubled Psy who thinks she’s not special enough and that if her people find out that she’s flawed, they’ll kill her. They’re brought together by a building project that will benefit both worlds and they’re working together to make some money and learn more about each other.

Lucas Hunter is contracting some work, building houses for Changelings and Sascha Duncan is hiring Lucas Hunter to build the houses that the Psy will profit from. Right from the beginning, you can see the chemistry sizzling between Lucas and Sascha. I ate up every single scene that these two were in. I loved the way that Lucas was with Sascha. How sexual he was and how dominate his personality was. He was all things sexy and I wanted to eat him up. I really enjoyed getting to know him and I really enjoyed everything that came out of his mouth, even the stuff that should have pissed me off because they’re so alpha but man, loved him!

Usually, if I love the hero of the book then odds are, I’ll love the book as well. In this book, I loved the hero but I really enjoyed the heroine as well. The way that Sascha was written, leaped right off the pages of the book and right into my heart. Her struggle with keeping her secrets from the other Psy and the way that her conflict is dealt with made me want to hug her close and do all that I could to help her. I thought that Singh did a fantastic job of fleshing Sascha’s character out in a way that was believable. I really enjoyed Sascha’s character and in the end, I loved the heck out of her.

Now I will say that I spent a good portion of the first half of the book confused because I wasn’t familiar with the world that Singh created for these characters and it took some getting used to but aside from some right off the bat confusion, I loved it. I loved the world that she created, I loved the characters that were introduced and I loved the romance between the main couple in this book. I cannot wait to continue reading this series, I’m definitely hooked.

If you haven’t read this, fix that pronto…don’t be a dummy like me and wait years before finally giving this one a go.

Grade: 4.75 out of 5

This book is available from Berkley. You can buy it here or here in e-format.


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10 responses to “Review: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh.

  1. You almost make me regret giving away my signed copy to someone lol I haven’t read this series by her yet although after picking up her Guild Hunter series which I love i’ll give this one a chance.

  2. Rowena

    @azteclady: This is my reward series now. I need to knock out some August release reviews before I can reward myself with the second book in this series….but I can’t wait!

    @Alex: I really enjoyed this book and the hero, Lucas? He is delicious. You should read it, especially if you like alpha heroes. Lucas is definitely that.

  3. I’m so happy you read this AND liked it so much! It’s good to break out of your comfort zone every once in a while, isn’t it?

  4. Rowena

    @Book Flame: You should definitely give this series a chance. After only reading one book, I’m super excited to finish out the series.

    @Marg: Isn’t the third book, Judd’s story? Girl, read that book! I hear it’s the best in the entire series.

  5. Rowena

    It is, I’m so glad that I finally started that series. I’m anxious for more. It’s really hard for me not to glom the hell out of Nalini Singh’s books but I’ll reward all of my hard work soon. =)

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