REVIEW: ‘Slave To Sensation’ by Nalini Singh (Psy-Changeling #1)

UK cover of 'Slave To Sensation'

Paperback: 334 pages

Publisher: Berkley Sensation

Release Year: 2006

Setting: San Francisco, Alternate Earth, Futuristic

Series: The Psy-Changeling Series #1

From the back cover of the book:

A fresh new talent in the realm of paranormal romance, Nalini Singh dives into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind – and none of the heart…

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 pack mate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovered that his 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…

My thoughts:

So let’s get clear on one thing! Before reading the first book in this Psy-Changeling series, I used to read only Young Adult novels. I thought books with erotic scenes in them were completely disgusting, but man, I was sooo wrong.

The transition from YA to paranormal romance & urban fantasy couldn’t have happened with a better book. I just cannot go back to that anymore now that I had a taste of this. I simply loved Lucas and Sascha, the leading characters in this installment.

Sascha grew up thinking there was something wrong with her, especially after being thought to live without emotion. So imagine the surprise on her when she meets Lucas Hunter, this sexy shapeshifting panther with vivid green eyes…yep, she was lost.

As for him, well, I liked the way his inner instincts took control of the situation. With all rational thought thrown away, there was no way he could see her as the enemy. The attraction between them was simply explosive, addictive and sweet. It was fascinating to watch Sascha learn to accept she has feelings, that she is what she is, and that she is not at all flawed. The love between them blew me away!

Nalini Singh’s writing was one of the best I’ve ever seen, and after finishing the book, I was left wanting more. I couldn’t believe it’d ended. Luckily though, there were already another nine books waiting for me, but each book follows a different character so there’s no need to fear that the story is dragging on and on. With each new book, you discover something new, something fresh, and you don’t feel like reading the same thing over and over again.

So go ahead and try it like I did! I’m sure you won’t be sorry!

Rating: 🌙  – a golden moon!

(review edited on March 12, 2012)