Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling #1)

  • By Nalini Singh
  • Editions: audiobook, ebook, paperback
  • Published: September 5th 2006 by Berkley Sensation
  • Genre: Adult Paranormal / Romance
  • Source: own copy
  • In a Flutter: Fun & exciting!
  • rating-system4

    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…
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    Fluttering Thoughts:

    Worldbuilding: I loved Slave to Sensation’s world, the Changelings (packs of shifters) and the Psy (psychics with all kinds of talents like telekinesis, telepathy, teleportation, mind control, etc) were really awesome and had great social structures. Nalini Singh gave special attention to building a whole new world order and I loved the details she put into each faction. Awesome worldbuilding!
    Characters: Sascha won me over from the first page or so, and I loved her more and more as the story evolved. She’s ‘flawed’, ‘broken’ – or deemed so by the Psy, and she struggles to belong, she strives to be what’s expected of her. She was very real, strong yet vulnerable, but most of all, honorable and fiercely loyal though she felt torn about her allegiances along the way. I loved her.
    Lucas was every bit the alpha male, in control, possessive, protective, charismatic and oozing sex-appeal. He had a tough past to live with, and demons to overcome – and he did it beautifully.
    Their chemistry was off the charts and their romance was an insta-attraction with a slow burn type of romance. When it happened, the one on one was very hot and everything I might have wished for xD
    The bad guys were well rounded characters as well, and I felt they were in good balance with the good or semi-good ones.
    Favorite Character: Sascha {rare of me to love the female MC, I know, I know…}
    Plot: The romance arc is very satisfying, and there’s a secondary mystery-like plot to go with it, there’s a serial killer running rampant – you know me, I love crime mysteries, and this one was well done too. Both the arcs were entertaining and kept me fully engaged.
    Writing: Third person narrative, his and and her POV. It’s not the sense-of-humor-riddled style I generally love to bits, the tone of the writing is more emotional, a bit more fluff/sweet than edgy/snarky maybe. It’s a good thing, especially if you’re not into the snarky/edgy tone, but I tend to be.
    Curb Appeal: Hot cover, hooking blurb, and well-known name. I wouldn’t say this was a compulsive buy on the presentation merit alone since Nalini Singh is one of those instant-buy names in itself 😀

    All in all, I felt this was a very well rounded read and it had a lot to give, I loved it. I wasn’t driven into fangirlism for some reason, but it was a very good read on all accounts. If you’re into shifters and romances that have more to give than just the actual romance, do read this novel if you haven’t already.
    I fully intend to keep reading the series and definitely wanna read more by Nalini Singh.


    4 thoughts on “Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

    1. Lizzy

      A paranormal romance with great world building and great characters…wow, sign me up!

      I’ve never read anything by the author yet, but I think you’ve convinced me to give her a try. Is this your favorite book by her or would you recommend another series to start with?

      1. Livia Post author

        This is the second novel I’ve read by her, though she’s a very prolific author and has lots of titles out. The other one I’ve read is Lord of the Abyss (Royal House of Shadows, #4), and I loved that one, liked it more than this I think because I responded to the characters better. I totally recommend giving that one a try, it’s part of a series of stand-alones by different awesome PNR authors.
        But this one was a very good read too in my opinion, I loved the worldbuilding for sure. I’ll try to read more by her for sure, and I think both novels I’ve read by her so far are definitely worth giving a try 🙂


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