Review: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

, by Kt Clapsadl


Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
Psy-Changeling #1


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…

I'm a huge fan of Nalini's Archangel series, but aside from a novella from an anthology that I read last year, I just never got around to starting the Psy series. That being said I'm so glad I did. Granted right now the Archangel series is still my favorite, but I can easily see this one moving right up there. The attraction, tension, and romance between Sascha and Lucas was both sweet and sizzling at the same time. I was hooked from the start at the byplay between them as they circled one another. Enemies to lovers is by far my favorite trope, so this one definitely helped give me my "fix." Sascha and Lucas practically sizzle right off the page and I really loved seeing the push and pull between them as well as there being a full plot in addtion to the romance. In fact if they are any indication of the rest of this series, I'm practically kicking myself for not starting it sooner.

With as much as I enjoyed the couple and the plotline in this book there were a few things that kept me from giving this one a five star rating. First up, there just wasn't quite enough world building, leaving me scrambling at times to figure things out. This tends to be an issue in series opening books for me, there's either too much world building to the point where the pacing is bogged down, or like in this case, where there's just not enough and I'm left scrambling to keep up. The second part that kept me from rating a five was due to the resolution somewhat fizzling. There was this amazing build up of tension both sexually between the main characters and also with the plot as they searched for a truly evil killer racing against the clock. I just felt like the climax wasn't quite enough after all that built up intensity. That's not to say that it wasn't good, I just was hoping for a bit more.

All in all, Slave to Sensation is a good kick off to what I can easily see becoming a favorite series. So if you are like me and have been meaning to give this one a shot, don't wait any longer!

(Received a copy from the publisher)

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