Book Review #18: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

Posted 11th January 2018 by Wattle in Books, Reviews / 10 Comments

Book Review #18: Slave to Sensation by Nalini SinghSlave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #1
Published by Gollancz on March 10th 2010 (first published September 1st 2006)
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 356
Format: E-Book
Source: Owned
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars
Heat Level: 3 Flames

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 her personality . . .

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 murder 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 . . .

Yes. It took me forever to start this series. Let us ignore the fact that I’m yet to continue it (I’m going to!)

Not gonna lie. I enjoy reading about alpha males for the most part. Unf. Lucas. A couple of things happened where I thought ‘that could be problematic if taken out of context…or if I read too far between the lines’. But fiction is good for figuring out what makes one uncomfortable (does this make sense?) I was fine with Lucas’s dominant attitude on the page, but wouldn’t dig it in real life.

So. Lucas is our alpha shifter. Sascha is a Psy with a secret. She’s broken, and has to fight to keep it together so as not to reveal herself – it would have dire consequences which would cost her life. I loved these two together. Sascha exploring new things and what it was like to feel; I really connected with her. Lucas was charming, so sure of himself; though he also has secrets.

The secondary characters were great as well. I guess I’ll be able to learn more about them as I continue reading!

I was quite fascinated with the Psy and changeling worlds to be honest. There’s a familiarity of course (there’s also humans in this world), but it had some really interesting elements, like PsyNet and the links between people.

Slave to Sensation had an interesting premise that intrigued me. I’m not a huge fan of romance, but I think paranormal romance might be my thing (or is this Urban Fantasy? Teach me the difference lol). Nalini Singh has a way with words that sucks you right in to the story, I’m so glad I finally came to the party and read this!

Rating Report
Overall: 4.1

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10 responses to “Book Review #18: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

  1. I heard a lot of things about this series, but haven’t read it myself either. Good to know it’s a good one. The psy sound a bit like vulcans with how they don’t allow emotions. They do sound like a great couple.

    As far as I know in Paranormal Romance the focus is on the romance, while urban fantasy usually might have romance as a side plot, but it’s not the main focus. Kinda like the difference between a contemporary or women’s fiction and a contemporary romance book. But it can be hard to know sometimes if a book is more the one or the other.

    • Ah thank you for the clarification. This is definitely Paranormal Romance then ๐Ÿ™‚ it was a pretty good read, and you’re totally right about the Vulcan thing. I hadn’t thought of it like that!

  2. Yes! “fiction is good for figuring out what makes one uncomfortable”…I know what you mean. I’ve heard of this author before and I like paranormal romance from time to time. Sounds good!

    • It’s funny how our minds work sometimes isn’t it? I know I’d think he was a complete prick if he existed IRL but somehow the fictional circumstances and shifter thing make it okay. Weird.

  3. Same same. Half of what we read in fiction we wouldn’t stand for in our lives, that’s the great thing about books, as long as it’s not deliberately offensive it’s okay to enjoy it. A decent adult paranormal romance are hard to come by sadly, they all sound the same but this has piqued my interest. It sounds wonderfully written. Looking forward to seeing what you think of book two Bre, brilliant review! <3

  4. I agree. Books are way for us to experience and explore things we wouldn’t in real life, and there are plenty of things I’m ok with in a book but not in real life. This book has an interesting premise! And it sounds like the characters were great. Glad you liked it!

    I think PNR is when the focus is on the romance, and basically it has all the romance genre expectations, just with paranormal creatures and stuff. Whereas UF can have romance, but it’s not the main focus and isn’t expected to fulfill all the romance tropes and expectations. I think that’s the distinction, but don’t quote me on that lol.

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