Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling #1) by Nalini Singh

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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 was an alright read. A light, fluff read. Something that was entertaining and good for when you just want something quick and easy to read. 

I really enjoyed a lot of the ideas in Slave to Sensation, but the author didn't always do much with those ideas. I like the world in which it takes place and that the world building didn't detract from the story. It was just there when needed, but didn't feel like we stopped in our tracks to detail everything out. It was just very interesting. 

Sascha is a Psy, someone who is not supposed to feel any emotions. Only she does. She is curious about the world around her, but she has to try and hide that at all costs. If she slips up she will be sent to "rehabilitation" which is worse than death for her. She has seen what happens there. She knows what she would become and she doesn't want it. She can't even escape if she waned to. She, and all of the Psy, are link together on the Psynet. She needs to be linked in to survive so she doesn't have a lot of options besides hide what she really is. 

Lucas is a changeling. He and the other changeling clans are trying to find a killer. A Psy is kidnapping and killing changeling women and no one is doing anything about it. They decide to partner with the Psy on a building project to try and get an in. To try and find the killer. They get partnered with Sascha and right away Lucas is curious about her. She doesn't seem like the typical Psy, cold and unfeeling. And his animal side really likes her as well. 

Lucas and Sascha were sweet together. She has basically no experience with any of this, she is terrified of being found out, but she is also drawn to Lucas. She has been told her whole life that she has no powers, that she is weak and worthless, and she believes that. Only, with the help of Lucas, she realizes that she does have powers, just powers that the Psy don't consider valuable anymore.

Through the whole book there were things that happened that I liked the ideas, only not always the execution. Like the dreams that Sascha and Lucas would have with each other. I thought for sure that they would be used later for something. That Sascha would reach out to him that way for some reason, but no. It was just thrown in there in the beginning to have some sexy time before the characters are really ready for that in real life. And the dreams themselves were a bit...not quite how I would imagine that going for someone who has never been able to touch another person in that way before. Good idea, I just didn't like the execution that much. Things like that. Good ideas, but not always useful to the story.

Overall this was a good read. Light and fun. I enjoyed the bond between Sascha and Lucas, I liked how it was insta attraction that slowly turned to more, I liked the whole Psynet and Psy/Changeling world, I liked how Lucas' animal side was dealt with, I just enjoyed most of the ideas presented in this book. While reading it did remind me of a "classic" romance novel. The way it was written was like the books that would have been shelved under romance at the bookstore when I worked there. Back before we had a billion categories. A good, light read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★


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