Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

September 15th, 2015 Kimberly Review 75 Comments

15th Sep
Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
Slave to Sensation
by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #1
Published by: Penguin
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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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 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.

Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh is the first in her wildly popular Psy-Changeling series.  From page, one Singh’s talent for creating a story was evident and I quickly became immersed in this world of Psy and shifters.

Five Reasons to Read Slave to Sensation

  • If you love original worlds filled with shifters and other supernatural creatures Slave to Sensation offers an interesting one. While some of the world feels familiar particularly the shifters, Singh introduces the Psy. The Psy are a diverse race that have abilities from telekinesis to mind control. They behave like a hive, and hold positions of power in this world. As they evolved, they removed emotions and refer to it as the “silence.” Sascha Duncan is a Psy with a dangerous secret; she has emotions and must hide them to avoid being rehabilitated.
  • While the story centers around Sascha, trouble is brewing between the Psy and changelings when the brutal murders of changeling women are discovered. A joint collaboration for a housing project has Sascha and Alpha Lucas Hunter working together. He plans to use her to infiltrate the Psy and discover who the killer is. Their interaction was interesting and highlighted the prejudices of each race giving readers a greater understanding of the complexities of this world.
  • The chemistry between Sascha and Lucas was clear from the beginning. Lucas’s panther can detect the differences in Sascha, but the man is confused. Sascha finds herself overwhelmed with emotions particularly for Lucas. She has to keep her protective walls up or risk discovery. Only in the carefully guarded walls of her home can she think about him. There is a playful banter between them that I found unique as Sasha kept up her façade. It was delightful watching the cracks begin to appear. Sascha may appear meek to her people, but I thought she was clever, fearless and quite the little kick-ass.
  • The flow of the story allows the reader to lose themselves in the world, romance, and investigation. There are twists, discoveries, danger and sweet moments filled with heat. Singh fleshed out the characters giving us their background and allowed us to bond with them. The killer, pacts with other shifters and  enter the hive as Sasha searched for the killer was intense delivering  nail-biting suspense.
  • The Psy are a fascinating race from their abilities to their collective minds. Singh gave us a basic understanding of their race, history and hierarchy. She also exposed flaws and I am excited to see how Sascha and others impact this society.

Slave to the Sensation is sure to induce “just one more chapter” syndrome so I recommend reading it over the weekend.

About Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling, Guild Hunter, and Rock Kiss series. She lives in New Zealand but travels as much as possible (the travel bug bit hard from when she escaped working as a lawyer to run away and teach English in Japan). Nalini loves to write, loves to read, and thinks chocolate is a food group.

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75 Responses to “Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh”

  1. Lorna

    I am so glad you enjoyed this one too 🙂 I think the second one is really good as well. I have the next five, but they are in the trunk of my car and I really need to remember to bring them in so I can read the next one!

  2. Jessica

    Wow, are you just getting started with this series? *applauds your commitment* I did this same thing a few years ago with both her series–it was ALL Singh, ALL the time. For like a month, LOL. But I do not regret it. Great review! *whispers* I like her Guild Hunter series even more 😉

  3. Wattle

    I’ve heard great things about this series and Nalini Singh but haven’t quite got around to it yet myself (I keep thinking – I need to read that! And then get distracted by everything else :/)

    Great review Kim, I think I’ll go grab the Kindle version before I can forget again!

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  4. Nise'

    I’ve been wanting to read this series. I think I will wait until winter, because I know I will want to binge read the books as I did when I started the BDB series. One good thing about being late to a series is not having to wait for the next book!

  5. Kathryn

    I love this series, I only started reading in in 2013, I thought it might be too sexy for me, but … I sampled this one and was hooked. I then read them rather obsessively. I read her Guild Hunters too, that is different in some ways, still wait for each book to appear though. I just love the changelings and her next book in this series is going to be a one that goes back to the changelings and I look forward to it.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am so glad I took the plunge. The plan is to read one a month. I think I am going to do the Guild series on audio after this or maybe after BDB…LOL

      • Kathryn

        That’s what I am doing with the J D Robb series – one a month until I catch up. Unfortunately I can’t get Guild Hunters all on audio so just read (internationally). But I see the first three which I can get have great narrator reviews.

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  6. Bookworm Brandee

    This is a series I’ve always intended to read but haven’t gotten there yet. I picked up her Guild Hunters series instead – maybe because it was newly released at the time. But now I’m behind in it as well. 🙁 I love the world Singh created in the GH series and I’m certainly curious about her Psy supes. I’m glad you started this series, Kimberly. Maybe it’ll motivate me to finally get started. 🙂

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