Series: Psy-Changeling

Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

Posted June 11, 2015 by Anne in Book Review | | 3 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Slave to Sensation by Nalini SinghSlave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #1
Published by Berkley on May 2015 (first published 09-01-06)
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: NetGalley
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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…

Psy – Changeling series has been enjoyed by friends and recommended to me for a long time. When Berkley offered me the option to get the first book, Slave to Sensation, to review when the newest book,   Shards of Hope #14 is coming out,  I decided it was time to finally read it. I love stories about the mind so I thought the Psy part would appeal to me.  It does but it wasn’t what I expected so it was hard to read initially.

I read so many books and many of them are of good quality. I have access through publishers and the library so much, I have become sometimes very picky about what I will read.   I wanted to love the Psy people as a whole and I didn’t.  That surprised me.  I noticed when writing the review it is set in / near San Francisco but I didn’t realize that while reading.

But Sascha is a worthwhile heroine.  She really tries so hard and I liked her. I related to her very much. Actually, I relate to the Psy.  I often choose to live in my head since it feels safer than feelings. Lucas seemed as though he might be stereotypical but really, he isn’t.   I came to love the members of the Pack.

I guessed the “villain” almost immediately and knew the couple would make it because it is paranormal romance, after all.  I enjoyed the details and the fierce love which allowed them to succeed.  I will try to read on in this series over time and see how it continues.


Giggle worthy quote:   

Lucas gripped the back of her neck, pulling her toward him.

He was very careful with his strength, but the dominance of the gesture wasn’t lost on her. “ Stop it.” He might be alpha but she was a cardinal.

He didn’t bother to answer, speaking to his sentinels instead. “ Why the hell did you let her disobey my orders?”

She kicked out with her boot, catching Lucas on the shin. He didn’t wince. “You’ll pay for that.” It was a silky warning.

And it made her explode. She might have been a failure as a cardinal, but she had a little specialty not many people knew about. Reaching out with her mind, she pushed Lucas Hunter so hard, he was two feet from her before he could blink.

Everyone froze.

Sascha realized she’d just attacked the alpha of DarkRiver.  Too bad.  He’d been acting like a complete Neanderthal. Meeting those eyes, which had gone more panther than human, she put her hands on her hips and tried to pretend the telekinetic effort hadn’t worn her out.

“Still want to play?”

It was a taunt she’d never have made before she’d started spending so much time with changelings.


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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.

New Look and Giveaway | Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

New Look and Giveaway | Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

Posted May 22, 2015 by Jennifer in Misc | 0 Comments

To celebrate the upcoming release of SHARDS OF HOPE (Berkley Hardcover; June 2, 2015), the 14th novel in the series, Berkley has repackaged the cover of Slave to Sensation. Check out my audiobook review of books 1-5 in the series Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling #1) by Nalini Singh Visions of Heat (Psy-Changeling #2) by Nalini Singh Caressed by Ice (Psy-Changeling Series #3) by Nalini Singh Mine to Possess (Psy-Changeling #4) by Nalini Singh Hostage to Pleasure (Psy-Changeling #5) by Nalini Singh Stop back by to see what Anne has to say in her review for Slave to Sensation.     GIVEAWAY Penguin is giving away the first five books in the series and a Penguin tote bag! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Audio Review: Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh

Audio Review: Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh

Posted January 26, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | 0 Comments

  I’ve been waiting for Dorian’s story but I have to say that Hostage to Pleasure was a little disappointing. Sure it has a hot alpha and a head strong heroine. But really this series as very predictable formula like so many PNR books do. I’m just not feeling this series at the moment. It’s not the writing, it’s my mood. I think I just need to take a break from it. And come back to see if it can get my attention again when my reading mood has changed. But in any case Dorian was hot and his Psy woman was like the others, cold until he melted her panties. Meh. I don’t have anything else to say about the book. But I think I […]

Audio Review: Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh

Audio Review: Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh

Posted January 14, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | 0 Comments

I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again, I really enjoy it when the couple has a history instead of falling in love/lust after only knowing each other for a day. Mine to Possess is the first combo of Changeling and human mating. Clay is a leopard that joined the DarkRiver pack after growing up away from other Changelings. He didn’t know anything about his animal side and it made his younger years hard. Tally is the human in the relationship and Clay thought her to be dead for about 20 years. Tally has been scared of Clay ever since the day he killed her foster-father but not in the way Clay thinks. Tally finds herself lusting after her childhood protector even after their 20 […]

Audio Review: Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh

Audio Review: Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh

Posted November 9, 2012 by Jennifer in Book Review | 2 Comments

I was wondering how Judd, “The Ice Man” would be thawed. I mean so far the Psy in the couples have been women and all they needed as the touch of the hot Changeling men. A man like Judd would need more. But Brenna had just the right amount of heat to bring Judd to his knees. After Brenna’s ordeal in the last book, she really needed someone like Judd instead of a Changeling. She needed his coldness to get her through some rough times; a like of tough love. Judd might be Psy but he has feelings deep down and the ones that came out to play first was he need to protect Brenna like he did his family. Even though he didn’t realize […]

Audio Review: Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh

Audio Review: Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh

Posted May 17, 2012 by Jennifer in Book Review | 2 Comments

I don’t know what difference, if any was, about the production of this audio verse the first book on audio but the narrator did a much better job with the male voices this time around; helping me enjoy the listen more. While the narration was MUCH better this time, the story level was about the same in Visions of Heat as it was in Slave to Sensation. By that I mean, I enjoy the concept of the Psy-Changeling world but the main characters that have been introduced so far are just lacking something. There are some secondary characters I am more interested in, so I can’t wait to get to their respective books. I liked the couple well enough but I wanted more. Faith was […]

Audio Review: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

Audio Review: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

Posted May 10, 2012 by Jennifer in Book Review | 7 Comments

  I’ve had this series on my TBR list for a long time. So when was having a sale I grabbed books 1, 2 and 4, 5 (yes I don’t have 3 in audio but I have it in ebook). I really wish I had only used one of my credits on this series. I didn’t love the narrator. IMO she didn’t change her voice enough for the male characters and I found myself a little confused from time to time about who was speaking or thinking. But since I have the others I will continue to listen to them. But I can’t help but think I would have enjoyed reading Slave to Sensation more than I did listening to it. While I didn’t […]