Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

Slave to Sensation by Nalini SinghSlave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Berkley on September 5, 2016
Pages: 356
Format: Paperback
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Just as I suspected after devouring her Guild Hunter series, this was a book and series opener that I would love.  Amazing worldbuilding, plotting, and characters.  I was eager to dive in and now I’m eager to press on.

I’m well aware that because I’m coming to this one late, most folks already know the score, but I just can’t help myself so I’m doing a summary.  Haha!

The story is set not far into the future and the earth as we know it is populated by three races: humans, advanced psychic humans known as Psy, and the animal shifting changlings.  Several generations before, the Psy began instituting changes because they feared the trouble that came with emotions so they instituted laws that brought Silence.  Now all Psy are indoctrinated as young to suppress feelings and emotions and any weaknesses or flaws for fear of death or a mind=wiping.  The Psy are also not born equal with some having more psychic power and these are known as Cardinals.  Cardinal Psy are generally slated to hold a powerful Council position and ruthlessly gain it and keep it.

Slave to Sensation begins with Sascha Duncan being sent out on a business dealing between her Psy family and the unheard of partnership with a powerful changling pack.  Sascha suspects her cunning mother has a purpose for this business deal as does the alpha, Lucas Hunter.  Sascha has to walk a tightrope between psy and changling hostilities and intrigues, but this is nothing new because she’s been doing that all her life.  Sascha considers herself a broken psy because unlike her people, she feels and senses emotion in others.  Her very freedom and life is at stake so she has developed the strongest mindshields ever to protect her secret.  Only now, with the contact she has to the sensual Lucas, her shields are cracking and it’s only a matter of time before her secret is out.

Lucas is the alpha of his pack of leopards and it is his job to protect them.  Only now, his pack and others have had females go missing and then their bodies are found tortured days later.  The scent of a Psy male is on them and the Psy leadership is suppressing the investigation.  The changelings are organizing for war if the psy can’t be brought to justice.  Lucas has his own plans to gain justice and revenge, but avoid a war- he’ll use the opening he has when the Duncan family agreed to a business deal.  Sascha Duncan is his way inside to investigate if he can only break through her coldness to gain the information he needs.  His encounters with Sascha surprise him because he senses that she is hiding that she feels and she is denying the truth of what he shares from his investigation because it leads close to home.  Lucas is also aware that his panther side doesn’t see enemy when he sees Sascha.

I enjoyed the introduction to the Psy-Changling world and the characters.  It was exciting to have the story paired with the intense intrigue surrounding Sascha’s secrets and also the psy serial killer.  The romance development was a little weak, but the romance was full of passion and connection.  I suspect this is a little because it was the first book in the series and somethings gotta give so maybe the next books can focus more strongly on development now that the groundwork is laid.

I look forward to what is to come now that things are starting to come out about the psy race and the tension between the races.  Each of the wolf and leopard pack members introduced seem to have a story to tell.  I would definitely recommend this book/series to paranormal romance fans.

Challenges Met (2016):

Romance Roundabout #359 PNR
Mt. TBR #108
New to Me #137 series
Read All the Books #1

About Nalini Singh

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I haven’t read any of this author’s books! She and a few other powerhouse romance authors are on my eternal TBR. I think I would have to start from the beginning with this series, correct? I’m glad you are enjoying the books, Sophia!

    Have a wonderful week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Oh yes, you must definitely start at the beginning. This is the first book of her Psy-Changling series. I’m working my way through this series after reading her Guild Hunter series. I know what you mean about the eternal TBR pile. Slowly, I’m getting through my own. 🙂

      Thanks and you have a great week, too, Alyssa!

  • Debbie Haupt

    Thanks Sophia Rose, great review. This is one author I HAVE to read, sometime. LOL 🙂

    • You really do, Debbie. Her books are absolutely fabulous. 🙂

  • I haven’t read this but dang that sounds like I should.

    • Oh yes, Mary! I think it would be right up your alley.

  • WHOOT WHOOT!!! I am so thrilled you finally gave this series a shot hehe

    I love this one but I will say the series does get better as you go on. I love what she has developed with the world building on this series. And its definitely not the last time you will see Lucas and Sasha’s influence either. And on a side note her novellas are just as good as the novels in this series.

    I can’t wait to see what you think of the others in the series.

    • Hey, hey! I’m glad I got to start the series, too. I’m actually just finished with book four and the novella that came after it. You’re right, I like those as much as the novels. Love the growing cast of characters though I almost didn’t like Tally the heroine from book four. So far Judd’s story has been my favorite, but now Dorian’s is looking pretty promising.

  • I am working on her psy-changeling series. I enjoy her books 🙂

    • Hey, that’s great. I’ve got this one for my series challenge so I’ll be working on them, too. I’ll watch for your book thoughts on them, Kimberly.

  • I’m so glad you started this series. I think you will love it as much as Guild Hunter. The series gets better and better with each book. I know that I will enjoy revisiting this series through your reviews.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • I was excited to finish off the World of the Lupi and start this series as my next series challenge. I’m actually just done with book four and the 4.5 novella (trying to fit all the shorts and novellas in with the book order). These are definitely as good as everyone said. I’ll not review all of them on the blog just some of them, but I will at GoodReads. I like revisiting favorite books/series when someone else reviews them, too.

  • This is one series that I’m determined to catch up on this year. It’s been a long time since I read this book, so I may do a reread before continuing. Glad you enjoyed it!

    • Oh cool! I was determined to get through this series this year, too. I know what you mean about starting and leaving one lay so long that you feel like you have to start over. I’ve gotten lucky a few times that some series are written so that each book gives a little running start to help the reader get back into things. This one has those little hints and ongoing mysteries that make it a little harder to do that.

  • I’m kind of in the mood for some hot romance that includes supernatural creatures, so maybe I should start with this one. It sounds like it has a lot going on to keep my interest and just may get me out of my slump. 😉 I always LOVE to read your positivity and love for books. It gives me hope that I’ll get out of my book slump one of these days. T.T

    • i think this would be a good one to help you break your slump, Keionda. All sorts of mystery, romance, and paranormal action. 🙂

  • I don’t remember if I have read this one but if I didn’t I think I have some of the series in mt TBR pile

    • Oh hey, I hope this is one that you have on your pile, Melliane. This is starting out a good series.

  • I haven’t read this series, although i am sure I’ve seen it around as it sounds familiar. The psy sound a bit like the Vulcans in star trek with how they suppress their emotions. The politics/ interactions between the different species sounds interesting. Your review makes me really curious about this series as it sounds like a good one and those two sounds like a nice couple with how different they might seem at first. Great review Sophia!

    • Haha, yes, just exactly like the Vulcans except the psy all have psychic gifts, too.

      Yes, the interactions and the different species is pretty cool. I think you’d like this series. There’s a good mystery suspense element besides the paranormal and romance.

  • Shari Delighted Read

    I totally adore this series and felt it needed to end a little earlier than it did. Now I can’t wait for a reboot with the next generation, but I hope for a new world to deal with. Lucas and Sascha are favorites of mine!

    • Oh now this is neat. I didn’t realize that those newer ones were about the new generation. I really like that pair, too.