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In einer Welt, in der Gefühle verboten sind und die telepathisch begabten Psy jede Form von Leidenschaft unterdrücken, führt die junge Sascha Duncan ein Doppelleben. Als sie dem gutaussehenden Gestaltwandler Lucas Hunter begegnet, fällt es Sascha immer schwerer, die Maske der Gleichgültigkeit aufrechtzuerhalten. Hunter kommt indessen einem fürchterlichen Geheimnis auf dieIn einer Welt, in der Gefühle verboten sind und die telepathisch begabten Psy jede Form von Leidenschaft unterdrücken, führt die junge Sascha Duncan ein Doppelleben. Als sie dem gutaussehenden Gestaltwandler Lucas Hunter begegnet, fällt es Sascha immer schwerer, die Maske der Gleichgültigkeit aufrechtzuerhalten. Hunter kommt indessen einem fürchterlichen Geheimnis auf die Spur ......

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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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Leopardenblut Reviews

  • Kat Kennedy
    2019-05-19 15:25

    This is a romance novel. If you're unfamiliar with the romance formula then I'm about to spoil every single romance novel ever:They all end on a deliriously happy note with an abundance of perfection.So whilst I won't discuss the actual end to this book, I don't think I really will be spoiling everything if I discuss the TYPE of end this book has and why it means that I just wasn't really meant for the romance genre.There was a lot to enjoy about this book. For starters, considering it is billed as a romance novel, its world building was rather impressive. The "Psys" (people with specialized psychic/mental abilities), "Changelings" (shifters of various animal varieties) and humans all live together with Psys generally occupying the higher echelons of society.The Psys are supposed to be completely unemotional and rational.Which generally means they live long and prosper!While Changelings are moving up the social ladder leaving the humans in the gutter... where presumably they belong. I'm not sure - they don't feature much in this novel and I must say, as a human, I find this pretty offensive. The sole token human in the novel barely has a part!Okay - so emotions are forbidden which makes things kind of awkward for resident Psy, Sascha Duncan and Alpha Changeling hunk, Lucas Hunter.Luckily, it's a romance novel so they naturally work through it.Or else...My issue is that I just obviously wasn't really meant for the romance genre because I was perfectly fine with this book up until the last couple of chapters. I don't want a super happy ending. Not if it doesn't make any bloody sense and just comes out of nowhere. Also, I have more issues with paranormal romance and that is because most of them have a "mate for life" policy in which the paranormal creatures actually CAN'T mate with anyone else - even if their spouse dies.Look, this isn't even true in nature. First of all, not all wolves mate for life in the wild - usually only an alpha pair. And you know what - if one of that pair dies, the other one will probably find another mate!It's kind of a sick thing to romantizice over too, when you think about it. "He loves me so much, that if I died, he'd rather abandon our children and the world to come join me."I don't think that's romantic at all. In fact, I think it qualifies as a very unhealthy relationship!There were definite dominance and control issues in this story that annoyed me as well. Because, you know, the man is always right and a woman can't choose to make a sacrifice for something she believes in. That's just not right. She should listen to her man. She needs permission to do these things.What is it with that in today's literature? Do we still want a man that's going to knock us unconscious just to retain control? Okay, story time with Kat:I'm pregnant and am therefor clinically insane. Mr Kennedy arrived home from work a few weeks ago to find me in the backyard tilling the soil."What the hell are you doing?!" he exclaimed angrily.I glanced up from my hard labour, puffing but excited. "Look, honey! I'm making a veggie patch! Now we'll have nice fresh veggies to eat!"Mr Kennedy looked at me with a special kind of horror as he began to mentally tabulate exactly how many more weeks this madness was likely to go on for. "You hate gardening! Why would you want a veggie patch? Why, Honey? Why??!!"I laughed at his silliness. Everyone needs a veggie patch. Silly, silly man! "Oh! It'll be fun! I'll just finish tilling this soil and then we can go out right away and buy some seedlings! We'll have nice fresh veggies by the time the baby comes!"Mr Kennedy now has a Pavlovian upchuck reflex to any sentence that ends in, " the time the baby comes!" There is a certain manic way pregnant women say that, which instantly informs the rest of the world that reason and logic no longer hold any value.I then began furiously churning up the soil with one of those pick-axe-like things that you use to do this kind of work. I don't know really, I found it in the shed and it looked like it'd do the job. I think I've seen someone use it in a movie."Will you stop that! You're pregnant!""Don't be silly, I'll be done soon, darling!"Mr Kennedy groaned before stripping off his work shirt, snatching the pick-axe from me and saying, "Fine, I'll do it! You just go sit down over there!"It was at this point that I could KIND of understand why my female ancestors traded some of their freedom and rights if it meant getting to watch a man like him work in the field every day.Because frankly, he looks a lot like this. And he was very, very impressive... with that pick-axe...But I'm crazy, and pregnant and hormones are what they are.The fact is though, that as crazy and pregnant and hormonal as I am, I still don't want a caveman who thinks he can threaten, control, dominate and bully me. Though I have consistently made sure I'm doing heavy work around the time Mr Kennedy gets home so that I can watch him do it instead, no man is hot enough to be ordering me around and stomping all over my free-will, damn it!Thus the three stars! Because I can't enjoy a story where the final lines go something like this, "And so I learned that my husband was right all along..."Seriously, people? I'm married. My husband hasn't been right since he signed those papers! It's a fact of life.Married men are never right.The end.

  • Val ⚓️ ShamelessBitchySKANKY ⚓️ Steamy Reads
    2019-05-15 17:13

    ***Updated for book 16***This is the kick starter for one of my FAVORITE UF/PNR series of all time. ALL.FUCKING.TIME, people. If you love paranormal romance and/or urban fantasy, look no further than this series. Look no further than Nalini Singh.Her writing is flawless. Her world building is incredible.And her characters and story lines are in a league of their own. LOLZ.See what I did there?Side note: I actually have a love/hate relationship with this movie. When you played softball for 16+ years like I did?Believe me, you've SEEN A League of Their Own way more than any one person ever should in their lifetime. Almost to its detriment. But anybadjoke, back to this book and Nalini Singh's awesomeness. This book is the beginning of a true PNR saga of legit proportions. In this book, you are introduced to some changelings (shifters) and what I think is a truly brilliant and utterly original people (at least I had never read about anything like it before): The Psy race and the thing they call "Silence."Will it blow your PNR mind?Not only that, but in this book, we are introduced to one of my favorite book husbands of all time:Lucas Hunter. Seriously though, I love this series so much, I am LEGIT pimping it out right now. I just can't say enough good things about it. And ya'll know I'm not one to gush too much. If you haven't read it, you fucking should. On a series setup side note:After reading this one, some people get concerned that EVERY book will be a Male Changeling / Female Psy coupling - because both Book One and Book Two both are - and since I've been asked numerous times by various friends who are just starting out in this series if such is the case, I decided to list a breakdown of the coupling types for the series up to its current point (Silver Silence). So, for those interested:Book 1 - Male Changeling (DarkRiver Alpha) / Female PsyBook 2 - Male Changeling (DarkRiver) / Female PsyBook 3 - Male SnowDancer Psy / Female Changeling (SnowDancer) Book 4 - Male Changeling (DarkRiver) / Human Female Book 5 - Male Changeling (DarkRiver)/ Female PsyBook 6 - Male Changeling (SnowDancer) / Female Changeling (DarkRiver)Book 7 - Male Human / Female Psy Book 8 - Male Human Cop / Female Justice Psy Book 9 - Male AND Female SnowDancer ChangelingsBook 10 - Male Changeling (SnowDancer Alpha) / Female SnowDancer Psy Book 11 - Male Changeling (SnowDancer) / Female ChangelingBook 12 - Male AND Female Psy Book 13 - Male AND Female Psy Book 14 - Male AND Female Psy. Book 15 - NO focal couple. This books acts as a bridge between season one of the story arc (books 1 - 14) and season two (books 15+). While this book doesn't focus on any particular couple, it's a must-read for the series. Book 16 - Male Changeling (StoneWater Alpha) / Female PsyI don't know if this helps anyone out, but I thought I'd share. Plus, I just like making lists...Anyway, like I said, if you haven't read this, go. GO already.

  • Kristen
    2019-05-07 20:18

    5...HUGE...GIGANTIC...IMMENSE...STARS!WOW! WOW! WOW! I honestly don't know what to say about this book that hasn't already been said numerous times other than it's easily become my FAVORITE paranormal romance thus far. There wasn't a single thing about this story that I didn't absolutely and completely love. I won't go into detail about the plot, the characters, or the writing; there are plenty of fantastic reviews already written that fully express my feelings, thoughts, and sentiments about this fantastic book (series). I will say, though, that Slave to Sensation had the perfect mixture of world building, character development, story depth, intrigue, action, eroticism, and romance. Not once did I become frustrate or annoyed with the plot or the characters. Nope! I spent the whole book captivated, fascinated, and enthralled. I was unable to put it down. In fact, much to my family's dismay, I was so absorbed in the story that I read it in one sitting. I'm not sure why I waited so long to start this series because I knew it would be right up my alley. Now I understand why so many of my friends consider the Psy-Changeling series one of their favorite paranormal reads. If the rest of the books are anything like this one, there's no doubt this series will become my favorite in the paranormal genre.

  • Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
    2019-04-29 20:26

    4 Feels for the first time starsSlave to Sensation is my first book by Nalini Singh and I really enjoyed it. I know I have had this baby on my kindle for a few years now and I sit here and wonder why I waited so long to start this series. I loved the whole world set up. The Psy being all mind with great psychic powers, and no feelings , the Changelings being shifters that feel greatly, and of course the boring humans. I do wish there would have been a bit more paranormal world development as I would have liked to known things like..... how long do the para live, how do they know when they found their mates? How do go about mating? All these things were touched on in a glossed over kind of way. Lucas was sexy as hell and full of life and passion, which made Sascha seem like a lump by comparison. I did end up warming up to Sascha as the book went on but at first she was so flat it was hard to connect to her. I loved Lucas and Sascha together. Although I did wish Lucas would have figured out she was his mate a little bit sooner. I also really liked the others in Lucas' pack and I liked Hawke and I really hope he gets a book. I sure he will since this series is so long. Slave to Sensation was a great start to the series. It got me hooked on the world and the secondary characters. I can't wait to start book two!

  • Dd
    2019-05-04 15:31

    A short conversation between me and my conscience-Dd...Dd......Hmmm????DD!!!!DDDDDDDDD....WHAT??Oh God.Stop reading Visions of Heat for a second.Shouldn't you be writing a review for this book, instead of starting with the next one immediately?All right!!!Readers, this is one of the best PNR I have ever read.Excellent writing.Excellent characters.And a world in which you'll lose yourself.If there is anyone who has not yet read it, please do it ASAP!There.Happy?Huh.Fine, just do not forget that you have Chemistry to read too, or you'll flunk your exam.Go hang yourself!**sigh**

  • Blacky *Romance Addict*
    2019-05-09 21:34

    This book goes to one of the best pnr's I've ever read. The writing is phenomenal, so great that I knew just with the first book that I'll be reading all the others :)I first heard of this series a few months ago, and my reaction was like this: O.o Psychic people devoid of emotions and shape-shifters as couples. I decided I definitely wasn't going to read something like that.I was VERY, very, very, very stupid.The story very much remindes me of the movie "Equilibrium", in which the hero lives in a society where all humans are without emotions, he is a member of the highest authority, and he deals with extinguishing everything that might trigger an emotional response (great movie btw, one of my favorites, Christian Bale is awsome)Here the heroine is part of the Psy society, they are genetically modified humans with some amazing psychic abilities, but no notion of emotion. She was born different, and forced to hide her nature from everyone. Lucas is a changeling, a species of shifters, able to turn into animals at will. He is wild by nature and ruled by emotion, and he finds her irresistible. Being able to sense she's not the usuall Psy, he sets on seducing her for information Their chemistry was off the fu*king charts! I mean, wow! Sascha was constantly trying to keep her facade of calm and emotionless, and Lucas was constantly trying to break it. The touching, caressing, the dreamssimply HOT. I wanted to pet him myselfthe fact that he's a shifter - didn't really bother me, in some books that part has an icky feel to it, but here it was perfectly ok :)And so I have to say, this book is a beginning of an obsession, I can already tellI love the style of writing, the world the author created has me in it's grip and I don't think it will let go untill I reach the final book.BTW, Hawk was in this one, the alpha of the wolf pack, I sooo want to read him

  • Maya
    2019-05-10 21:29

    So... I've heard a lot of good things about this series and since I'm already a big fan of this author's Guild Hunter series, I knew there would come a time to read this series. BUT FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, WHY DID NOBODY TELL ME IT WAS THIS FREAKING GOOD SOONER!!! It's what I've been waiting my whole life for! And now I've finally found it! Thank you, Nalini! THANK YOU!!!Annnnd on to the next book it is!!!

  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    2019-05-04 20:22

    I'm not usually a fan of romance and I'm pretty new to PNR so I didn't really know what to expect from this book. I've had the whole series on my Kindle for some time but wasn't planning on reading it until Sarah and Angela ganged up on me. Ah, good old peer pressure never fails! So I decided to give the series a try despite the cheesy titles and ridiculous book covers. Well, I have to say, thank you so much ladies because this was fun!I expected silly romance but what did I get? Complex, well thought-out, refreshingly original world building. I've always been a shifter fan (what can I say? I can't resist domineering/possessive Alphas who need taming^^) and the idea of mixing them up with the Psy (a race with psychic abilities) was just pure brilliance. Cold, analytical Psy vs emotional, tactile, unpredictable Changelings? This is one world with huge potential. I can't wait to see what Singh comes up with in the next instalments. There are so many possibilities here that I can't see how this series could ever get boring *crosses fingers* If I wasn't feeling so lazy I'd give more details about the world but I am so if you want to know more about just go read the book:p Trust me when I say that this is good. Really good.I think the main weakness of the book is the plot. Hold on, no that's not right. It's not the plot, it's the resolution. No, that's not right either. The plot is fast-paced and pretty good but its resolution is disappointing because of the culprit's identity. I guessed who it was very early on. I kept hoping there would be a twist and it would turn out to be someone else but it didn't happen. This is part of the reason I didn't give this book a 4. It was still a very entertaining story though. Singh's writing flows effortlessly despite the changes in POV. They can ruin a book when badly handled but here they only add to the story dynamics.The characters? Sascha is great. I just love how complex her character is, the way she constantly fights with herself and struggles with her arising emotions. She's very straightforward, strong-willed and isn't easily pushed around. That's my kind of girl! Lucas is the designated possessive/stubborn/sexy Alpha. I have to admit that he's a bit on the light side as Alphas go and not as aggravating or overbearing as I expected. It doesn't mean I didn't like him though and I wouldn't mind having this particular cat to tame;o) As I said before I'm not very big on romance but I have to say this one was handled fairly well by Singh as it wasn't too overwhelming. It's more insta-lust than insta-love which fits the story perfectly. The relationship between Sascha & Lucas slowly evolves throughout the book and although you know from the start where it's heading Singh manages to keep things interesting until the end. Okay, so it takes a while to get to the steamy sex scenes but the dream trick adds just enough lust and sexual tension to make it worth the wait. And yes, the sex scenes are pretty hot^^Now the ending of the book is a bit too HEA for my taste but I guess it's pretty much a requirement in this genre so I'll try to get over it.A surprisingly good read which leaves me wanting more. Next please!

  • Beatriz
    2019-05-23 14:17

    La novela empezó requete bien. Me tenía atrapada el universo que creó la autora, con estas razas que conviven con los humanos y me gustó como las introdujo, ya que a las pocas páginas era muy fácil entender las características e intereses de cada uno, y cómo lo anterior se transformaba en juegos de poder. También me tenía muy interesada y expectante la relación que comenzaba a desarrollarse con la pareja que protagoniza la historia.Peeero, avanzando un poco más, la narración se vuelve bastante repetitiva: me quedó muy claro que Sascha tenía que rearmar sus protecciones mentales a cada rato y que Lucas le debía lealtad al clan (estas ideas se repiten por lo menos dos veces por página). Pasada la mitad del libro, lo anterior se vuelve realmente cansador.Argumento: Bueno, original, pero se cae estrepitosamente en un final que se resuelve en forma muy precipitada y sin ninguna vuelta de tuerca llamativa.Romance paranormal: mehh, hay libros muchísimo mejores en este plano. No conecté con la relación. (view spoiler)[Creo que lo que me chirrió fue que sus primeros encuentros fueron de sexo desenfrenado en un plano onírico, por lo que me faltó el juego de seducción y tira y afloja inicial. (hide spoiler)] Me gustaron los personajes, pero más cuando actuaban solos que en las escenas juntos.Estilo narrativo: Mejorable si evitara tanta repetición de ideas y no intercalara pensamientos extensísimos entre los diálogos de los personajes; varias veces tuve que devolverme en una o dos páginas para recordar qué era lo que se había dicho/preguntado antes.Destaco eso sí la idea de la PsiNet. Me recordó algunos relatos de ciencia ficción con esta concepción de conciencia colectiva.De todas maneras, como ya me han advertido que la serie mejora en las próximas entregas, probablemente les de una oportunidad más adelante.

  • Navessa
    2019-05-01 14:30

    There are various reasons that I can’t rate this book fairly. You see, there’s too much riding on it. Friendships might be broken, chocolate could be withheld, fisticuffs might ensue. So instead I’ll say this:If you think that Luke is “yours”, you have another thing coming. If your name is Joanna, you’ll be pleased to note our friendship isn’t over. Also, your level of crazy far exceeds mine if you have a thing for Enrique. If your name is FREEBIRD, you may have to choose weapons and seconds to claim your right to Hawke from the above mentioned Grecian. If your name is Sarah, you were right. If your name is Beth, you should finish this damn book.If your name is Ellis, you’re going to love this. If your name is Aly, you can stop harassing me now. If your name is Brandi…*growls*If your name is Anne, I hated this book. If your name is Angela, I loved this book. *holds out hand*Now give me my chocolate.

  • Choko
    2019-04-29 22:28

    *** 3.66 ***A buddy read with the Paranormal Romance friends at BB&B! The world is divided. It is populated by Psy and Changelings, and human races, all different in their ways of life, mores and codes, things they hold dear. We learn nothing about the humans here, unfortunately. The Psy have been bread out of emotions, which are considered as weaknesses and flaws, a hurdle keeping them away from perfection. The Psy hold power by "linking" into a network of all Psy individual minds, feeding their mental state and supporting as well as spying on all of them. If a Psy is detected to "feel", they are either "rehabilitated" for life, or killed... The Changelings on the other hand, OWN their emotions, experience all the levels of closeness to each-other, and live to what they see as the fullest. With the severe differences between them, it is easy to see how hostile the two can be to each-other. It gets even worse when women from the packs of Changelings began being found dead, obviously killed by Psy, but a murderous Psy should not exist... What has happen??? This is what the Alpha of the Panther pack Lucas has determined to find out and avenge! Sasha thinks she is dying... She is a Psy, a daughter of one of the high Counsel, but she is broken... Something is very, very wrong with her - she FEEL!!! (the horror!!!) She has been trying to hide it for a while, trying to belong, but lately it has been getting harder and harder... She has a chance to prove herself to her mother by working on a business deal with the Changelings on a building project with DarkRiver. This is when she met Lucas and her life changed for ever more... This is a love story. A Changeling (shifter) and a Psy find out about each-other and their different worlds. But even more than a love story, this is about the human attributes we put value to and what devoting to one extreme or another can do to our way of life. It is the constant battle we live between the thinking of our minds and the urges of our hearts... It is about the conflict of being who and what we are... I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. Yes, it is a typical Paranormal Romance, and yes, it has many of the tropes this genre relies on, but after all, isn't that why we come back for more??? Why fix it when it works, right?:):):) I am planning on finishing this series, so this is the best recommendation I can give:) I wish you all happy reading and many, many good books to come!!!

  • Karla
    2019-05-03 19:14

    5 Stars!!! Fantastic! What took me so long to read this?!?! Out of all the paranormal creatures, shifters are my favorite, and Slave to Sensation, captured the true nature of these sexy human/beasts!!! RAWRRRRR!! The merging of the unfeeling, emotionless citizens of the Psy community, and the touchy feely, possessive Changeling pack members, made for a very sensual, fascinating, and extremely gratifying read. Amazing world building, memorable characters...that got under my skin, terrific dialogue, and a detailed, yet interesting storyline, make this book a stand-out! I did a combination of reading and listened on audio, doesn’t matter the format you choose, it’s well worth your time. Thank you to Jayne, Kris, and Autumn! They pointed me in the direction of this series, and have been encouraging me to read it! I took the plunge girls…I’m totally immersed in the Psy-Changeling world! I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book!

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2019-04-28 16:23

    Well I think the Psy's are jerks. Except for Sascha and a few others! Anyway, Psy's are made to feel no emotion, void, nothing, zip, zilch. But . . . Sascha has feelings and if they find out she is "broken" they will rehabilitate her or kill her. REALLY? Because I'm broken. And the Psy don't allow borken creatures to live.The Changelings are the shifters and they are cool and then there are humans but they don't take on a big role in the book. Sascha is sent by her mom who is on the Psy Council to oversee some business dealings they are doing with the Changelings. Sascha is going to be spending a lot of time with the alpha of the DarkRiver leopard pack, Lucas and he's yummy. =) And they are also working with the SnowDancers pack which is the wolf changelings. And Lucas has some kind of feelings for Sascha that he doesn't understand because they all hate the Psy. As I have said, Sascha isn't like the others, she's "broken" and I hate they think of themselves that way when they are actually normal. But I digress! Lucas and his panther self start having feelings for Sascha, he wants her as his and Sascha has feelings for Lucas. I felt really sorry for Sascha because she was having so much fun being away from the Psy. She didn't know what it was like to touch someone. She didn't know what CHOCOLATE tasted like because they have not need for that, only balanced meals. It would suck to be a Psy and have actual feeling like Sascha and be scared to death at all times that they will find out and kill you! But for now she is having a wonderful time with the changelings. Then she finds out about this serial killer that has been taking changeling women for quite some time and they are Psy. She refuses to believe this at first because it never showed up in any of the networks. The changelings finally convince her that is is a Psy because they could smell them around the mutilated bodies. Sascha decides to help find out who the killer is and she does and I knew who it was :-D And all the while Sascha and Lucas fall in love with each other and have some passionate moments if you know what I mean. The ending was good, the book was good and I look forward to more of the series. MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List

  • Shawna
    2019-05-03 19:31

    4 ½-5 stars – Paranormal RomanceSince I’m a little late jumping on the Psy-Changeling series fan bandwagon, there probably isn’t much to add that hasn’t already been said about this fantastic series. Slave to Sensation is a fabulous debut that sets the foundation for the war between the emotionless, cold, psychically powerful Psy race and the Changelings in the year 2079.In a world where the Psy have enforced a mandatory code of Silence that denies and prohibits all emotion, Psy member Sascha Duncan has had to conceal her “flawed” makeup out of fear of discovery and forced ‘rehabilitation’. When she works alongside Lucas Hunter, the alpha leader of the Changeling (shifters that are both human and animal) DarkRiver leopard pack, to find the Psy killer responsible for brutally butchering several Changeling women, including his packmate, it becomes impossible to resist her long denied emotions and feelings. Sascha calls to the panther in Lucas, and he brings out her pent up passion. The two engage in a dangerous, consuming affair that could forever alter the precarious co-existence between Psy-Changelings. Lucas and Sascha’s relationship is sexy, emotionally stimulating, loving, and scorching hot. Singh’s writing is top-notch, and she does a great job balancing the world building and romance. It’s a great first book in a unique, erotic paranormal series about the cold Psy race ruled by the gifts of the mind and the Changeling race whose strength comes from the heart. 4 ½ stars...almost 5 stars!

  •  Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
    2019-05-03 22:22

    (Edited to add further thoughts.)5 Stars - Also reviewed at: Lady Jayne's Reading Den*~*Slave to Sensation *~*Touching fingertips,To ice-cold lips,The skimming touch,Sensations, too much;The brushing thigh,Escaping sigh,The softest whispers,Sends primal shivers;Barely leashed control,Of a fractured soul,The heat of skin,Burst flames within;Instinctive artistry,Reactive chemistry,The ragged breath,Cerebral death;Who thought such bliss,In just one kiss?Now, his changeling touch, she craves,Has she become sensation’s slave?(by J.M.A. a.k.a. Lady Jayne, 12th August 2011)~*~*~*~*~*~ Nooo… Slave to Sensation isn’t a book of poetry. I had drafted a review for this, but unfortunately, it was on my laptop, which was among the items stolen in a recent break-in. And somehow, when I sat down to re-write this “review”, this poem came out. Sorry. If you are one of the few people (like me) who has not read this series yet, PLEASE do not judge it based on my humble “ode” to it! LOLSlave to Sensation is the first book in the stimulating Paranormal Romance (PNR) Psy/Changeling series by Fijian-New Zealander author, Nalini Singh. I kept seeing this series being hailed as a favourite PNR amongst my Goodreads friends. I must say, now I know the appeal! What a deliciously enjoyable first book in a series! This book was published in 2006, so yes, I've been slow to jump on this bandwagon...but that's okay, that just means I have a lot of Psy/Changeling books to enjoy! *grins*While Nalini Singh seduced me, with this first taste, to crave more of the books in this series, this poem was my attempt to capture how the sexy, tactile and sensually primal Changeling, Lucas Hunter, a panther who is the Alpha of the DarkRiver leopard pack, managed to overwhelm Sascha Duncan, of the cold Psy race, with sensation – something “unnatural” to the Psy, who do not touch. Slave to Sensation is indeed an apt title.I’ve always had a fascination for stories with characters who have psychic abilities, and have developed, in the last few years, a love of the sexy animalism of shape-shifters. And this book combines both loves! I loved this remarkably interesting, detailed and imaginative world that Nalini Singh created - Bravo, Ms. Singh! The writing and the story were thought-provoking and evocative.This story is set in 2079 in San Francisco and its surrounds, where co-exist, though not without its tensions, three main groups of people: The Psy - a psychically advanced and logical race who conditioned emotions out of their society through a program called “Silence”, which was instigated in 1969, in an effort to reduce the high incidence of insanity and violence in the Psy population, and who consider themselves the “superior” race; the Changelings - the instinctual, emotional, territorial and sensual shape-shifters, made up of various animal packs, who are cunning and underestimated by the Psy; and the humans - there is only mention of them in this book, though I am told that there will be human characters in later books. I loved that there was suspense and mystery in this story – of a serial killer targeting Changeling women. Lucas and Sascha meet as part of a Psy-Changeling business venture and end up working together to solve the mystery.I loved, and connected with, the character of Sascha, who is terrified about being found out as a “flawed” Psy and as a matter of survival struggles to hold on to her fragile mask of a calm, cool, and collected Psy. Sascha is no “typical” Psy and the ability she possesses is one that I wish I had. And Lucas? Mmm, mmm, mmmm… He was dangerously sexy hawt, with a tortured past, determined to claim Sascha as his mate, and he was just so there for Sascha. Purrrrs….The only wee issue I had with the book…which is my problem, really… was with the concept of the “PsyNet”, which, while incredibly fascinating, was a little confusing, especially with the projection of a “shield” within a “shield” within a “shield” and the computronics imagery – I’m not tech or computer savvy - which reminded me of Matrix meets Tron meets Inception. Brain buzzingly cool.I loved the cast of characters of the Changelings and the two packs introduced in this book – the DarkRiver pack (leopards) and the SnowDancers (wolves). I had recently seen the prevalent love for Hawke, the Alpha of the wolf pack, and from his introduction in this book, I could already understand the fascination with him and am excited to get to his book….which unfortunately isn’t until Book 10! I was also fascinated with Vaughn, from the leopard pack, who wears his beast closer to the surface than others in his pack, and just had to read his book, which was next in the series, Visions of Heat, straight away!If you are one of the few people who haven’t read this series yet, make sure you pick up Slave to Sensation ASAP!!! "He tasted better than her dreams, as rich and delectable as the most exquisite chocolate, as exotic as the panther he was.”Lucas Hunter - Lusciously dangerous to the senses A panther and Alpha of the DarkRiver LeopardsSascha Duncan - An unraveling cardinal Psy, with night-sky eyes Sascha's animal instincts are awakened by Lucas~*~*~*~*~*~Edited to add - Thoughts on "A Society Without Emotion?": I mentioned in this review that this book (well, the series) is “thought-provoking” and just wanted to share some of the thoughts it “provoked”. I’ve been thinking about how interesting it is that the Psy race has so many people of interracial genetic background, as a majority of them are “test tube babies”. For example, Sascha is of mixed Asiatic (Japanese) and Anglo-Indian descent. It seems that the prejudices for the Psy people, however, run not in the colour of one’s skin, but rather in the fact that one has less cerebral development/ lack of psychic ability / is an emotional being. The Psy consider themselves “superior” to the Changelings, who they consider only a step above animals and humans.Then I thought about the kind of extreme society the Psy have created by eliminating emotion. It seems, though, that the Psy Council, the ruling body of the Psy, can be ruthless. Is ruthlessness a result of the absence of emotion? “Ruthless” is defined in the dictionary as “having no compassion or pity”. The Psy, having conditioned emotions out of their race through the “Silence Protocol”, have no compassion or pity.But… the Changelings, who are emotional beings, are also capable of being ruthless. This is mostly evident in their ruthlessness in vengeance. In this sense, it is the presence of the emotion of rage and drive for revenge, which may cause them to be “ruthless” – it is their overwhelming emotion which may render them unable to feel compassion or pity... or maybe it is just a choice not to. One of the questions posed by this book is: Has the Psy decision, based on logical reasoning, to eliminate emotion in order to eradicate violence and mental illness, instead created the very monsters the Psy sought to control? So, to feel or not to feel? Crimes of passion versus the cold killings of sociopaths?Also, what about the Psy’s “indifference” as opposed to “ruthlessness” – will apathy be the downfall of the Psy?I just know that I wouldn’t want to live in a world without emotion. But I would like to live in a world without violence. With or without emotion, is violence an inevitable part of the human condition?These are just some of the thoughts I had - mostly just rhetorical questions! LOL~*~*~*~*~*~Psy/Changeling Series Reading Order:1. Slave to Sensation1.5 "The Cannibal Princess" - Free short story: - (Review here)2. Visions of Heat - (Review here)3. Caressed By Ice - To be reviewed. 4. Mine to Possess (Review here) 5. Hostage to Pleasure - To be reviewed.5.5 "A Gift for Kit" - Free short story: Branded By Fire7. Blaze of Memory8. Bonds of Justice 9. Play of Passion10. Kiss of SnowAnd there are also stand-alone novellas:1. "Beat of Temptation" in An Enchanted Season2. "Stroke of Enticement" in The Magical Christmas Cat3. "Whisper of Sin" in Burning UpBut if you wish to read in strict chronological order, see Nalini Singh's website (link to the page here): DISCLAIMER: I do not hold the copyright to any of the images used in this review. They are posted to add visuals to the review and for fun. If any of these images are yours and you would like me to remove them, please let me know, and I will do so as soon as possible. If I can identify the copyright, I will do so.

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2019-04-27 22:34

    Boy, I am so glad that I had read one of Nalini Singh's Silhouette Desire novels, and was searching for some more paranormal romances to read and finally picked this one up by her. I kicked myself for having waited so long. I loved this book. Lucas is to die for. He's totally yum. I loved the combination of paranormal with science fiction. I typically find science fiction a little bit dry at times, since I am more of a fantasy person. But there is a perfect mix of science fiction and paranormal fantasy in this book. I love how Singh created this future world where there are three types of people: Psy (completely cerebral with enhanced psychic abilities, reject emotions), Changeling (part human/part animal, embrace emotion), and Humans. This story focuses mainly on the Psy and Changeling dynamic. In Singh's Psy/Changeling world, race is not an issue. Most of the characters are of various ethnic backgrounds and interracial relationships have no stigma. I found this very refreshing. Singh's worldbuilding is so plausible that you don't doubt that in the future humans can reject emotions and build their psychic abilities to the penultimate. It takes a leap of faith to believe in changelings (shapeshifters), but if you don't have that, then you shouldn't be reading this book. If you do, then hang on. Lucas doesn't care for the Psy. To him, they are soul-less, conscienceless beings. But for the sake of business, he deals with the Psy. When he meets Sasha, he is drawn to her. She doesn't have the stink of Psy (they have a cold, deadly metallic smell to the Changeling breed). The Psy are hated because they have ruthlessly gained control of society and are not above killing those who stand in their way. So at first, Lucas is off-put by his attraction to Sasha. Not for long though. It doesn't take this very confident cat to recognizes she is his mate, and he doesn't wait much longer to claim her as his. Their relationship was blistering hot. I was fanning myself during the love scenes. Sasha has had issues with her powers, having blackouts and feeling scary losses of control of her emotions that she has been hiding from her parental units, because Psy who lose control and break Silence (the lack of emotion) are sent for rehabilitation, eventually becoming mindless vegetables. Lucas inspires violent passion in her which is unheard of in a Psy. She has no idea how to deal with this, yet she is required to work with him. Lucas seems to enjoy teasing her and inspiring sensual feelings in her. I loved their interactions.I am a big fan of shapeshifter stories, and I loved the descriptions of the pack of big cats of which Lucas is the alpha. I also enjoyed reading about their new allies, the pack of wolf shapeshifters, who is alphaed by the enigmatic Hawke (can't wait for his story). Really, I cannot recommend this series enough. If you are like me and typically get a little bored with hard science fiction, but want to expand your horizons, I would suggest this book and the Psy/Changeling series. The romance is the focus, and the science fiction elements teamed with paranormal is like marshmallow sauce on chocolate, just the right touch. Singh is a gifted author who has won my devotion as a fan.

  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    2019-04-25 15:29

    It's been a little over a year since I read this the first time. I wasn't really impressed, but I just finished the Guild Hunter series (LOVED it), so I decided to give Singh's other series another shot.I'm glad I did.I might have been in a reading slump the last time I read Slave to Sensation, or maybe I just couldn't get past the cheesy (and let's be real--it is cheesy) title and book cover. Whatever it was, second time was the (a?) charm. Sascha is a Psy. That means she's been trained to be a Vulcan. But Psys, unlike Vulcans who as a race eventually "evolved" past emotional reactions, are born with emotions and are brainwashed out of feeling them. Or at least they're supposed to be. If a Psy is resistant to the brainwashing, they are rehabilitated. And by "rehabilitated" I mean lobotomized. Lucas is a Hunter and the Alpha of the leopard pack in California. He is Changling. Changlings and Psys do not play well together. They have nothing in common. Psys are cold, emotionless robots while Changlings are vibrant and passionate and alive. Even the smell of a Psy stinks to a Changling nose.Until Lucas meets Sascha. He immediately senses she is more than the average Psy.But he can't think about that too much b/c he's using their business arrangement to gather information about the Psy race in order to catch a Psy serial killer.Romance and havoc ensue before the token para-romance happy ending. That's what I love about para-romance. No delayed gratification. A happy ending is coming and soon.

  • Emily May
    2019-05-24 18:12

    This book receives so many rave reviews that I guess I was just expecting a bit of something more. In fact, I was fully convinced before I started that I would probably give this book a 4 star rating, it just shows that I should stop making predictions - I'm usually wrong. I will say that I liked it enough to take a curious look into the rest of the series, it's not as if they're particularly difficult to read so I don't mind as much suffering through them. The thing about this novel was that I found the first half to be at complete odds with the second half. I thought the story focus shifted, the strong heroine became weak and whiny, and the male love interest who I had previously thought was sexy to death became a misogynistic control freak. Yeah, he did somewhat recover what I'd liked about him towards the end... but I felt that he could never be the character I originally thought he was after he pushed Sascha (the aforementioned heroine) around for trying to decide something for herself. What is with romance novels today? Particularly paranormal romance novels, it seems as if they all contain a relationship where the man completely controls the woman and her lifestyle. Please say it's not just me who thinks these kind of relationships are stomach-turning?I get the alpha-male attraction. I get the bad boy attraction. But that's all a sex issue... a guy playing mr dominant in the bedroom is one thing, but it's something else entirely when he thinks he can say who the woman is allowed to speak to, where she goes, what she wears. It makes me cringe. The point is that Lucas (mr hero guy) started off as sexy-in-a-suit, he identified Sascha as a powerful woman from a powerful and dangerous race that should not be taken lightly. They start off as equals and their flirtations and attraction to each other is hot to the point where I was on edge all the time and wondering where we would go next. But...The exact minute that Lucas discovers that the attraction is mutual, he has sex with her and, from then on, attempts to completely take over her life. That's what I hated. They went to bed together (admittedly - very hot!) and the next morning he woke up an entirely different character. And not only him, but her too. She is from the Psy, a race of creatures that are just as powerful, if not more so, than the Changelings but as soon as he takes her virginity she turns into a dithering mass of patheticness. Aside from being annoying, it also didn't flow or make any sense at all.The story that formed the bigger picture was fairly good. You can sort of imagine a future where a superior race has been developed, each member completely immune to the ultimate weakness: emotion. They are programmed to be this way and let only facts and logic rule their minds... then, of course, amongst the ranks of this new race is one with the unforgivable defect - Sascha, who is starting to feel. This is a good idea and I was loving it until everything turned upside down halfway through. It's bad enough to be let down by any book that you were expecting to be good, but it's even worse to be let down in the middle of said book when the first half had been so promising. Ah well, I'll still see what the other books in this series bring and I hope they don't all fall into the same pattern.

  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
    2019-05-05 18:36

    4.5 Holy Hot Shifters stars!Slave to Sensation is the first book in Nalini Singh’s wildly popular Psy-Changling series. This world she’s created is exciting, passionate, poignant… it’s like none I’ve ever read before.Description…Dive 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 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…My review…I’ll start by saying that I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf for years, but never felt the pull to read it. My awesome Goodreads friend, Kristen, and I were chatting on the phone and she started raving about the audio version so, me being a recent convert to audio books, decided to give it a listen.Sweet Mary! Am I ever glad I did!!There are so many awesome reviews already written, but even though everything that needs to be said has already been said, I want to share my thoughts, too. Like I mentioned above; it’s an exciting, passionate, poignant world, and it’s so unique that if you asked me to compare it to some other series, or another author’s writing, I wouldn’t be able to do it. PNR and Fantasy are what lay the foundation for this world, and even though I am not a fan of the Fantasy genre, this worked for me, no doubt about it. A big part of why it worked is that the characters are people whose lives make this a very emotionally charged, poignant read, and those characters are people whose stories demand to be told.Angela Dawe is the narrator and she did a fantastic job of showing the emotions these people feel; frustration, helplessness, pain… and yet hope, strength and joy. I hear these stories just get better and better and I cannot wait to find out for myself!Thanks for the not so gentle nudge to listen, Kristen! YOU ROCK!

  • Dija
    2019-05-18 21:34

    *Buddy read with Sarah. You can read her review here.*What I expected: 1. Lust at first sight leading to lots of sexy times that magically develop into love overnight.2. A boring plot. 3. A lickable likable yet cliched hero.4. A nice but entirely forgettable heroine.5. A hundred eyeroll-worthy and puke-inducing moments.What I got: 1. A beautiful romance that slowly develops (emphasis on slowly) into true love on the basis of friendship, understanding, communication, respect, and a healthy dose of chemistry. 2. An extremely interesting plot with some of the greatest world-building I've ever come across in PNR.3. A delicious hero I adored. 4. A lonely and heartbroken heroine I really liked. 5. Witty banter and thoroughly engaging dialogue...for the first half. The second part did have those above-mentioned moments, but they were only about two dozen in number. Yippee.To sum it up, I loved the beginning of the story and it only got better and better. Up until the middle, when Sascha and Lucas get together for real. It simply went downhill from there and everything was surrounded by So. Much. Drama! What completely killed the 4-stars I was leaning towards was Sascha's self-sacrificing act towards the end. I can't stand those, and hers was one of the most melodramatic of the lot. That aside, I love nearly all of the supporting members of the cast. Right now, I'm most intrigued by Hawke and Brenna. I have around ten more books to go before getting to know Hawke properly, but Brenna's story isn't too far off and I can't wait to read it. But before that, I plan on reading Tammy and Nate's novella, An Enchanted Season, because I loved these two much more than Lucas and Sascha. For more reviews, visit my blog.

  • Jilly
    2019-05-01 18:35

    The cover of this book? The name of this book? I was like no-way-Jose. But, then Jose said to me, "jilly, stop being a snob. Your friends all loved this book for a reason. Now, go read it." That Jose is so freaking smart.and a cheerful mofo too!Anyhoo, the world-building in this book is fun. We have humans (boooring), Changelings (shapeshifters), and people called "Psy's" who are psychically gifted and connected to each other through a network in their brains. The Psy race undergoes a treatment from youth to erase all emotions from them. They are supposed to be walking computers, basically.This story is about a Psy with all the feels. And, that's just wrong! She needs to keep her feels to herself or the other Psy's will kill her. No broken Psy's allowed.But, our broken Psy girl meets a Changeling guy and all the feels break loose. They have to work together AND solve a murder-mystery before the next girl is killed. Duh! Obviously there is a murderer loose that only our broken Psy girl can find.Oh yeah, and this is all set in the future, so hovercars!! Yeah baby! Finally! I've been waiting my whole life for a freaking hovercar. They'll probably come out the year after I'm dead, so I'm all about the hovercars in books. I guess you could call me a hoverhead. if they do come out in my lifetime, this is what I'll be able to afford!I think this is the start of something good.

  • Felicia
    2019-05-10 22:17

    Ok, trash trash trash. And this cover is utterly awful, someone get the Barbie Hookah out of there, the pink smoke kills me! But actually, I really enjoyed this book. This is WAY more romance oriented than I usually read, but I was interested in the characters, the world was interesting with the Psy aspect, sci-fi angle something new (Vulcanish perhaps). Whatever, I read it in one sitting, satistfyingly indulgent! I might read another in the series. Maybe.

  • Elizabeth Hunter
    2019-04-30 21:33

    It's somewhat mind-boggling to me that I have not reviewed this series here because this is one of my all time favorites. So this review is WAY overdue. I'll review this book and then give you a brief overview of my view on the series, which is something like fourteen books now and I'm still not bored.Fourteen books. Still not bored. Yes, you read that correctly.First off, like other reviewers have said, ignore the cheesy US cover. It makes this book look like a typical paranormal romance (not that I don't love those) but this book is so far from typical. Singh has created a world in the Psy-Changling series that defies categories. It's paranormal. It's SciFi. It's alternate history. And it's totally believable. The world-building is stellar and the romances are unique and character-driven. No cookie-cutter plots here.Imagine a world—our world—split into three subspecies of humans. Regular old folks like you and me, Psy humans who have supernatural mental abilities like telepathy and teleportation, and Changelings who shapeshift. Imagine these three groups have existed for most of history and interacted, all adding depth and their unique talents to the world. Interested yet?Now imagine one of those groups, the Psy, cut themselves off from the others because of fear of their own abilities, madness, and violence. Cut themselves off and cut all emotion out of their lives and the lives of their children, instituting a program called Silence. The Psy join or they die. They cannot exist without the others of their race, and they do not believe their race will survive if they allow emotion to exist. This happens to this world seventy years or so before the start of Slave to Sensation and some of the prologues that Singh writes throughout the series describing the process and progression of Silence are some of the most chilling scenes and scenarios that I have read.The heroine of Slave to Sensation is a powerful Psy named Sasha Duncan, but she is struggling at the start of the book. In fact, she's pretty sure she is going insane. Why? Because despite her years of intense conditioning under Silence, Sasha is starting to FEEL. And that, for the Psy, means mental (and possibly physical) death from a Council that controls their race with an iron hand. Sasha would know, because her own mother is part of that Council.The hero of the book is Lucas Hunter, the alpha of a leopard Changeling pack near San Francisco. He's ambitious, smart, and ruthlessly protective. When he meets Sasha, something about her rubs him the wrong way... aaaaand the right way! IfyouknowwhatImean. AndIthinkyoudo.But Psy don't feel. They're basically human robots. Right? RIGHT?(Of course they're not robots, and this series has enough steam to power a decent sized generator. In fact, the eventual Psy heroes have all been favorites. JUDD. VASIK. OMG KALEB I CAN'T EVEN.)So Sasha is in trouble! But she's no helpless heroine. Lucas wants Sasha big time. He's a total alpha-type hero, but he's also a sneaky, sneaky cat. This couple, and this book, defy the expectations we've come to have about paranormal romance. Their relationship LITERALLY CHANGES THE WORLD. (But, you know, in a good way.)And the series doesn't stop. This is probably my favorite paranormal romance series for several reasons. The world never stands still. It only grows in depth and complexity. This is political, smart, action-packed, deep ROMANCE. The relationships are never easy, and they're never the same. Each couple stands out in a different way, making this one series I've re-read multiple times and will continue to re-read. It's also a really diverse world, which I appreciate, and the settings hop all over the globe, though a lot of the action is centered in Northern California.To sum up: read this book, read this series. I love it, and I think my readers (especially those who like the Elemental series) will really enjoy Nalini Singh's work.

  • valee
    2019-05-05 18:14

    There's just not any other book more worth of a re-read than this one! I'm not kidding. OMG, I mean, I had loved it the first time I read it but nothing close as the way I felt about it this second time. I had completely forgot what it was to be so lost in a book that you didn't notice at all the pass of time. I just couldn't put it down, and every time I checked my clock I was so sure only an hour had passed but so much more had... *blushing, seriously, I completely lost track of time. But what I'm trying to tell you all is that this is a book that NEEDS to be read at least 2 times. The first time I read it I really couldn't enjoyed it as much as this because I was trying too hard to understand all the plot and world building. This is a very complex series with too much new information to us and it takes a lot to completely understand it all. For me, it was a lot to take in the first time I read it so I couldn't' appreciate Lucas and Sascha's relationship as I did this time.What a complex book, I just didn't remember so many things happen in it. There's just so much to take in. First we have an introduction to a whole new world with beings so unknown to us that it will take you some time only to grab the smallest of knowledge about them. I'm talking about the PSY: They are not really human, but they look like them. The difference is that they are introduced to the SILENT treatment since they are born. This means no feelings for them at all, no love, no hate, no selfishness, no caring, nothing at all. The reason for this was that if you don't feel you won't kill nor destruct, nor do any harm. The PSY species has their power in their minds, some are telekinetic, some can create mental viruses while others can kill others just with a thought. Such is their power that they have become the more powerful beings on Earth. But this is about to change as the PsyNet is getting fractured and many Psy are changing, becoming broken. The PSYs who rule this species, the Council, are suppose to fix every problem that appears. They are the most powerful PSYs and they have complete power to rule as they feel like doing, so what is it to stop them from doing the wrong thing? PSYs are suppose to do the logical thing, the right one, so nobody expects the Council to act wrongly because they shouldn't be able to do so, they are PSYs after all. But if some PSY are starting to break, how can you put all your trust and give free power to PSYs who are not being controlled by anybody else than themselves? As if getting to know this amazing and complex species wasn't enough, we get to read about the CHANGELINGS, beings who are not completely human but are half animal. Lucas is a changeling Alpha who would do anything to protect his people. While he is at the top of the command chain, there are others on his pack that could be able to take him down merging forces if he goes rouge; but they never would as they love their alpha and would do anything to protect him. He has won his place and has everyone's loyalty. Lucas get's introduce to Sascha after starting business negotiations with the PSYs. Both will get to know better and realize none was what they thought would really be. So many things happen, so many mysteries get resolve while others begin. Two races are now on the verge of war, things start to change, the Changeling wont allow so much power to the PSY.Where will Sascha stand? How can a PSY change if she isn't even suppose to feel anything at all? How will Lucas be able to make her understand?So many things happen in this series that it's not possible not to ADORE it. This is the series with the best plot, no doubts what so ever, you just can't help to get sucked into it. The need to understand and get to know more about everything is overwhelming. I'm just happy I made this re-read because now I was finally able to understand everything and get to appreciate the book way more. I really wanna recommend you guys a 2nd read, definitely the best course of action with this book.

  • ◊♦ Naomi
    2019-05-21 15:11

    To be completely honest, I was only going to give 4.5 stars to this one but that was before I read the two short stories, “The Cannibal Princess” and “The Shower”. I think Nalini should have included these short stories at the end of Slave to Sensation, as a part of the epilogue or something, because I found the ending of the book a bit too abrupt and I was a little disappointed. But I've read the two short stories right after Slave to Sensation and, for me, it was still Lucas and Sascha's story. I really liked that, so, I've decided to give this book 5 emotional stars.I am not going to detail the story or anything because, I think I'm the only person on goodreads who hasn't read the Psy-Changeling series. I'm a bit late but I'm getting there...slowly but surely.I really really liked Nalini Singh's writing style. It's fluid, beautiful and quite unique. I was hooked from the start and I definitely don't regret buying this series on my kindle. I already want to read the next book and the next one after that. I also think that Nalini created a great and surprising new universe, it's like nothing I've read before and I liked that. I really did, I want more.Lucas was a great character, completely at ease about who he is, proud of his pack and of his race. I loved him, how sweet, understanding and patient he was toward Sascha but still very protective of his pack. Sascha is completely different, I loved her as well. She was a very strong and selfless female lead, containing her emotions all her life, pretending to be someone she's not and when she finally found a place where she's loved and where she belongs, she's willing to sacrifice herself to save a girl she doesn't even know.I loved both of them individually, they surprised me, they made me laugh and they made me cry. Both are emotionally scarred but they were really good together, I think Nalini did a wonderful job with them. It was great to see them trying and succeeding in healing each other and finding their way to happiness together. I adored the secondary characters as well. I cannot wait to read more of them! My favorites are definitely Julian and Roman, how freaking cute are they?!The plot was solid and interesting, admittedly the story was more centered around Sascha and Lucas and since it is the first book in the series, Nalini had to describe and explain in details this new world but the plot was still there, a serial killer on the loose, killing changeling women. A psychopath, a Psy. That's why Sascha was so important to Lucas (at the beginning, before he realized that she was his mate). Like I said, it was well done and I cannot wait to read the next book.

  • Jo ★The Book Sloth★
    2019-05-02 18:31

    5 Wild StarsThis is gonna be short because I have the whole series to re-read to get to the last one.Why I love this book1) Lucas is HOT! As an Alpha he is possessive, protective, domineering, caring. All that in just the right measure to be hot and not overbearing.2) Sascha is so brave. I can't even imagine how hard it must be growing up with secrets that will get you killed when you know that your mind is intimatelly connected to those you're keeping your secrets from.3) The packs. The packs are full of interesting people. I can't wait to re-read their books!!That's all for now. A nice love story, unique worldbuilding, shapeshifters and a psychotic serial killer. What's not to love?31/08/2014 Re-readThis scene is just so heartbreaking!“Sometimes I remember that I can't always protect those I love." Under his fingers, her hair was soft and silky.She didn't try to tell him that he wasn't God, that he couldn't protect everyone. He knew that. But knowing and believing were two different things. What she did say succeeded in stopping his heart. "I wish you'd love me.""Why?""Because then maybe you could protect me, too" Haunting sorrow whispered through her tone.”

  • Bark
    2019-05-05 19:27

    *Ugh, I am sorry I accidentally bumped this one when I was fixing a typo I spotted. I wish that damn add to my update feed was left unchecked!! Old review alert . . .I won an unabridged copy of Slave to Sensation over at the All About Romance Blog (thanks!) and “read” it forLea’s Audiobook column. I have to say I was expecting a super fantastic read. This is a series that seems to be a favorite of many of my goodreads (and real life) friends but I’m afraid it didn’t quite live up to the amazing read I had built up in my head. It wasn’t bad, not by any means, but it didn’t leave behind any lingering emotions or sense of awe. I’ll read more of them, I am intrigued but I wasn’t blown away by any of it.I’m not going to rehash the plot because so many have done it so well and I’m lazy. I’m just going to jump in with my random thoughts, issues and complaints.The narrator did a decent enough job, I think she got Sascha’s monotone down pat but I have to admit the entire reading was a wee bit too emotion-less and sleepy inducing. Even sexy Lucas was all quiet and breathy. He was a sexy panther-creature but I couldn’t sense the purrs nor the growls and had to rewind on numerous occasions because I didn’t catch what “he” was saying. I can get what the narrator was doing but it just didn’t do it for me.The world-building was well done and relatively interesting without being too over-powering BUT the love story just didn’t have enough “awww” moments to hook me and I felt a little detached from the whole thing. I know, I know, I’m too freaking picky. The shared sensual dreams and Sascha’s introduction to the world of “sensation”, sex, food, etc. was fun to read and I enjoyed watching the bonds shared by the changelings and loved the shoe nibbling cubs wish there was more of that stuff. In the end, there was too much psy-techy talk, suspense and too many characters for me. I like more intimate character studies I guess and the balance in this type of PNR novel is a difficult one. It’s a solidly written, good book but it didn’t have that something special to knock me over the edge into 5 start territory and if I’m being completely honest, I found myself bored through too much of it. I never felt moved by any emotion (maybe I’m just dead inside!). I actually listened to this twice to be sure it wasn’t my mood or that I’d missed something special the first time around but alas I still felt the same way on the second reading.

  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    2019-05-20 18:25

    How Singh can write such complex storylines and characters with such ease and fluidity is beyond me. First off, I want to talk about her amazing worldbuilding in this series. It’s only the first book but my god, there is so much depth and complexity to the world that Singh has built! Set well into the future, Singh has created a world were humans live among Psy and Changelings. Out of the two new races, I must say my favourite has to be the Changelings. There is the DarkRiver panther pack and there’s also the SnowDancers who are wolves. Both are predatory and rely on instinct and I just love the whole animal nature that Singh has incorporated into each of the characters. It’s so vastly different than the Psy who are devoid of any emotions, whether it be anger, fear, or love. Sascha is a cardinal who has the potential of great power, but her powers have been underdeveloped. As a result, she’s an outcast even among her own kind.But when she meets Lucas Hunter, she finds that her Psy flaws actually make her a more suitable mate for the alpha male. I absolutely adore Lucas! I’ve developed a crush on him and I don’t think it’s going to end anytime soon. I loved his possessiveness over Sascha. I loved the pack mentality and the sense of loyalty to one another. Most importantly, the contrast in personalities between the Psy and the Changelings really makes for an intriguing couple. In the beginning, I was a little slow to warm up to Sascha because she’s so callous and unemotional, but there were hints of her heart here and there and I learned to love her character as well. I was worried that the romance wouldn’t be as hot and steamy as I would have like because of her callousness, but I was wrong! It’s great! I shouldn’t have doubted Singh’s abilities to write sex scenes! I loved every moment of it.Slave to Sensation is something so different than what I normally read that it was like a slap in the face. It was refreshing and I loved every bit of it! I’ve been missing out on some really great love stories since it’s taken me so long to pick this series up. I can’t wait to read the rest!

  • Kate's Corner
    2019-05-05 14:28

    5 Unfortunately I can’t give it more as Goodreads won’t let me Stars.When you read a lot of pnr/uf you need something that stands out of the mass otherwise you think that you are reading the same things. Finding something as exceptional, unique and remarkable as what I read with a Slave to Sensation is rare. I worship the ground that Ms. Singh has walked on since the Guild Hunter series. Admittedly I read both a sample of Angel Blood & Slave to Sensation a couple of years ago and I wasn’t impressed but now I am and I freely admit when I am wrong. With a first introduction to a new world it is hard to not overwhelm the reader with too much information. But then there is also a lacking in the world that you want the reader to picture in their imagination. Ms. Singh feeds enough to keep us sated but keeps us curious about the world that we have entered and that we want to continue reading without food, drink and going for a pee. Imagine a world with no emotion, no rage, no jealousy, no envy, no happiness and certainly no love at all. Sascha Duncan a Psy cardinal is different to the other Psy. For years she has been protecting her shields not to expose her flaws to her mother, the council and all other Psy beings. She is beginning to fail. Sascha is a fantastic main character, she is strong, sassy but still has a certain vulnerability about her that you just can’t help but not like. Lucas Hunter a changeling and an alpha to the DarkRiver pack, he is the youngest alpha, strong possessive and I loved all of his character. He is interesting, we see what he sees and what he feels. The Psy and the Changeling are entering a business deal and Sascha is going to be Lucas associate. Lucas as well as his animal are fascinated with Sascha as she acts like a Psy but there are signs that not all is what it seems. Sascha feels even more then she should when she is around Lucas. Fear, Amusement, Hunger, Lust, Desire, Need. Changeling women are being kidnapped and murdered and that other a certain period of time. One of his pack died and they want to find the killer. Sascha & Lucas start to trust one another and Sasha has such a strong character development. They are great together, Sascha & Lucas have something special. Their sexual encounters occur in dreams to begin with but they have such a strong connection in such a short time span and it didn’t feel forced. On top of that there was attraction but never instalove. They complement each other. They have sparks, fireworks the whole shebang. “We’re way beyond skin privileges, darling”But there were also times where there seemed to be the possibility that it wouldn’t work between them. “I wish I’d been born in another time, another place. Then maybe I could’ve escaped fate… maybe I could’ve been your darling.”There are funny moments in the book as well. Her eyes narrowed. “We’re going to have to talk about this dominant streak of yours.” “It’s not a dominant streak. It’s all me.”Sascha goes against the system and is willing to pay the consequences for her desires. What makes Sascha special will most likely get her killed. There were twists and turns to the book and my main concern was how it was going to be pulled off with the Psynet etc. Colour me surprised I loved that frigging ending. I see so many possibilities for this world and one I can’t wait for is Hawke from the SnowDancers.

  • Autumn
    2019-05-04 18:21

    PURRS!!!!! Let`s clear this out. I'm really not into PNR genre.. the blood sucking business is a difficult world for me to engage.Shifters are another realm entirely for me to even begin to grasp.. So when i kept reading the premise of the series i was not very enthusiastic, but i wanted to give it a chance non the less because my very good friends kept throwing the rec my way.Result = Thoroughly amazed in so many levels for so many reasons. I have read many mixed opinions. Mainly discrepancies with some of the character`s traits,but we all agree about Singh`s amazing skill to build a world practically from scratch,like a maze;you just find yourself so immersed into it hardly wanting to get out. To be honest, i cannot point to a particular part responsible for my likeness of the book. I`m an analyst by nature; dissecting a book apart to examine each piece is perhaps one of my favorite parts of reading (competing along with escapism). So when i found myself with a book that as as well executed as this one, I indulged myself reading it thrice- Yes, that's right. I read it 3 times in 1-1/2 day because I just couldn't get enough feedback in one read. there was so much for me to grasp.So let me see if i can gather my thoughts and write them out,before i burn out from so much analyzing. :PI admired, praised,even envy Singh`s ability to create such unique worlds. I was fascinated by the Psy world. She made it so detailed that I couldn't help myself,closing my eyes from time to time so I could have more of a mental pictures of what i just have read.. Sometimes my imagination came short. I wanted to see all those stars of light (the diamonds in velvet) while minds scattered around a vast net thoughts. Singh`s make worlds so creative, yet accessible for the readers to understand it and keep up with it. Mental themes are my favorite-this was definitely a stand out example. The Changeling world is a bit more known, with some variations in several PNR series.I was gladly surprised to find myself interested in the romantic life of a shape shifter. (because like i stated before its really not my cup of tea)The interaction between species being the main appeal factor: the race who thrives-survive on sensations and the one that suppresses it completely. their opposite fortes made them so lethal that when they clashed,it was spectacular.This was the case of Sacha and Lucas.I read different intakes of Sascha. Her coldness,and how it fitted a Romance heroine was where most of my thoughts went to. Making the lead characters come from such different backgrounds,they were bound to a lot of emotional friction. This was (for me) a very interesting way for Singh to bring up issues of our current world that i kept resonating with( I know i went deep.. this is just a book.. i can only hope your still reading.)When i thought about the characters being cohesive to the plot, I tried to look past their individuality.I gathered the world that influenced them to became the persons they were. So Sascha comes from this sterile-cerebral world where feelings are suppressed. Her internal struggles to put the facade of aloofness in place,drives her to an almost breaking point. The circumstances of her upbringing give her good reasons to feel "different", broken, unworthy of love;wanting to belong. Now this particular Psy world does not exist, but the feelings she experience are very much prominent in the world we live in. This aspect is highlighted when the dynamics of the Changeling world come into play. Which opened up a whole new world of probabilities and points of view. I always questioned what makes the PNR`s books so successful??.There is always the element of imagination and escapism,but when i thought about it in the Romance genre there was this pattern among the books that kept coming up: The The Alpha primitive world and all that entails. Before you go "wot??" and think I`m a Neanderthal ,I invite you to think about it for a sec.Our society now days, specially females are always subjugated to engage in a battle of sexes to prove that we too, can take care ourselves;that we can be independent. I myself engage in that lifestyle ,and find it very fulfilling. But there are times where i become so absorbed to thrive, that loneliness does creep my way from time to time. How exactly does this observation correlates with the book?. Well you see, while i was reading about the interaction between Lucas and his pack, and the way they loved each other: with a fierce passion that drives them to be so protective to whom they love. I found myself mirroring Sacha's yearnings. She wants to belong, to be loved unconditionally for who and what she is. PNR worlds are often colored with this traits-Where love is showcased raw, passionate. Primal. It`s not as if we want to be "rescued" (although, is what often happens in the stories) But there are some of us that crave a piece of that undiluted fierce love. The need to feel more than protected ,but to be cared for in an unconditional manner. The world we live in strives for efficiency; eager to exploit all there is to discover. to outdo ourselves.We multitask, and try to grasp all that its out there, often forgetting to filter the things that are truly important:a tender caress, a soulful kiss ,a carnal affection, a gesture of validation.The need to nurture this needs is what makes me, and perhaps other readers to come back for more.I try not to generalize as i can only make conclusions from my own perceptions. For some this was just a good book, an awesome story. For me was perspective. Singh`s direct and prosaic writing complemented the complexity of the theme. Very enjoyable to read. I`m not really sure what was her thinking process like when writing this book.Maybe i went deeper than intended. But it was very bit as worthy. I can only say that the book held true to its tittle, because i felt very much a slave to sensation to the very last page.