Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling #1) by Nalini Singh
Goodreads Summary: 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.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Review: Sascha Duncan does not have the easiest relationship with her mother Nikita. She is Psy, the race taught not to feel any emotion at all. On top of that, she is a Cardinal Psy, her eyes marking her as different from others, the most powerful type of Psy. When she is tasked with forming a deal with the Changelings, she meets Lucas Hunter, alpha leopard of the DarkRiver clan.
Sascha's flaw allows her to feel emotion, which is expressly forbidden, and should she be found she will be sent into rehabiliation, a place that is rumoured to be worse than death. However the Changelings see a different side of her, and soon she is immersed into their world, cut off from the Psy.
Lucas Hunter is an intriguing hcaracter. He's an alpha male through and throuhg, but he's a little different from both the 'human alphas' in romance novels and the shapeshifter (mainly werewolf) men found in fantasy novels. He is a leopard, but called a panther due to his black colouring in animal form. I found that I like his panther side a lot and his animal characteristics.
There was very little missing or wrong with Slave to Sensation, however I found that the serial killer was very predictable and I guessed it correctly from near the start of the book. I would've liked to hear more about Sascha's mental exercises and how they calm her down as well. A more detailed description of Lucas's panther would also have made me like the book more.
This book contains mystery, romance and paranormal in an all-in-one. No pat of the above lacks when compared to the others, they are equal parts of the book and treated as such. I enjoyed reading Nalini Singh's writing and how she decided to write Sascha's perspective because of her important but difficult choices, her development and changes as well as the hardships she went through in order to survive.
Purchase Location: ~I received a copy from Hachette New Zealand and willingly reviewed it~
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Recommended for: Fans of paranormal romance and mystery.