Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
Book purchased from Borders
[box] Synopsis from Goodreads: THE HOT NEW NAME IN 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 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…[/box]
This was a really cool book. What an intriguing world. In this world, people with Psy powers who are taught from an early age to suppress their emotions. The Psy do not feel rage, nor are they violent. They are in absolute control of their emotions, logical. The Psy are known to have enhanced mental capabilities such as telepathy, foresight, telekinesis, and psychometry.
This world also includes changelings. The Darkriver Leopard Pack is led by Lucas Hunter. The other changeling pack in the area is the Snow Dancers, wolf changelings.
The Psy do not mix with the changelings but Sascha Duncan is given the opportunity to work with Lucas Hunter on a construction project. She is given this assignment so that she can learn more about the changelings. Sascha is a little bit of an oddball among her kinds. She thinks she is broken and lacks a Psy power.
I must admit that I am kicking myself for not reading this sooner. I was floored by the writing style and I’ve seen that it only gets better. Nalini Singh has an elegant, beautiful writing style. It was so relaxing to kick back and read this book.
There were a few things that stood out for me in this book: The chemistry between Sascha and Lucas. I loved that Lucas’ panther was fascinated by Sascha. I enjoyed the slow buildup to a relationship. The sensation thing was exquisite. It made me want a Lucas of my own….Hot!
“Traveling” the Psy-Net – Cool beyond cool. Sascha was able to use her mind and enter a collective of minds and stored data to glean information. Fascinating.
Changelings accepting Sascha – As changelings and Psy do not normally associate; it was very odd that Sascha would be so readily accepted by the changelings. One of my favorite scenes was the one where the young changeling cubs were playfully chewing on Sascha’s shoes. Priceless.
Of course, there was a great story. Changelings are being kidnapped and killed. I was able to guess who the bad guy was, but it was a fun read nonetheless.
Off to find myself a copy of the next book – Visions of Heat.
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