Cover Image from: Nalini Singh's Website
Source of my copy: Bought from Book Depository
Synopsis: (from GoodReads)
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 co-existence, 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...
Every time I'd look up a paranormal book on Amazon this book, as well as the other books in the series, always show up in the "customers who bought this item also bought" list. I avoided clicking on it and the other books because the covers are so... unappealing (or I felt a lot more so than most paranormal covers). Add to that the silly titles and, well, I wasn't in the mood to read silly paranormals.
Slave to Sensation is the first in Nalini Singh's Psy-changeling series (I believe it is also the author's debut book) and I finally gave in and looked more into the series after hearing so many readers gushing about it. Then, I didn't just buy StS but I also bought all the books in the series as well. I hope I won't regret it because while this book is good, I'm not completely in love with it. However, I'm glad to report that the story had a lot more substance than what the cheesy covers and titles imply.
I enjoyed reading about Lucas. He was a changeling and can morph into his leopard form. He was the alpha of his pack of panthers so he was tough, strong, smart, sexy and was completely devoted to the heroine--the best kind of heroes in romance. However, he had a dark, tortured past and it makes him a fascinating, complex hero. Sascha also has a tortured soul because although she was cardinal Psy (Psy with the highest potential to be the most powerful), she'd always felt that something was wrong with her and believed herself flawed. The Psy race had always prided themselves in their "perfection," achieved through Silence, where the Psy were programmed from birth not to feel emotions. Sascha, no matter how hard she tried to suppress it, feels and she had to hide it from her people her whole life or else she'll be put through rehabilitation and turned into a vegetable. I also loved the fact that the heroine, Sascha, was of mixed descent (Japanese, Caucasian, Indian), something you don't see a lot in romance. Separately, they're great characters but together they're just okay. I'm just not convinced they loved each other in the end as much as they said they do--hopefully a growth in their relationship is seen when I read the rest of the books in the series.
The secondary characters were also very interesting and added to the plot. Many of the secondary characters were screaming for their own story so much so that often I wished I was reading theirs instead of Lucas and Sascha. Maybe it was just me but it became a problem because Lucas and Sascha became less interesting and their story started to drag. I think the best part of this book was the futuristic Psy-changeling-human world the author created and I could easily lose myself in it. I want to know more, especially about the Psy, and I can't wait to read Caressed by Ice (the third book in the series) because it features a Psy hero.
There was a mystery element to the book and I enjoyed that aspect of it. The author's voice in the story was also good and readable for the most part. There were some confusion when I wasn't sure if I was reading Lucas's thoughts or Sascha's because the author goes back and forth between the two in some scenes. Overall, a good book and I can't wait to delve more into the Psy-changeling world.
4.25 out of 5 stars
Here are the other books in the series in order: (click on the covers for blurbs)
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