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Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
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Slave to Sensation

by Nalini Singh

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Series: Psy-Changeling (1)

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Orginale, sensuale e semplicemente strabiliante.
Premetto che la serie tradotta in Italia dalla Nord di Nalini Singh è decisamente bella e intrigante ma, con questo primo romanzo della serie Psy-Changeling, l'autrice si è conquistata la mia devozione eterna.
E' amore indiscutibile.
Adoro come scrive, impazzisco per ciò che scrive e, nel marasma di romanzi in cui navigo (uno più scontato dell'altro), questi picchi di assoluta orginalità sono sempre i benvenuti.

Complimenti all'autrice, da oggi ha una nuova fan assoluta.

... Mi chiedo se ci sarà, in giro, anche per me un bel Changeling affascinante come il nostro Alpha in giro!

( )
  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
Just wanted to say, I loved it! Loved, loved, loved it! There, I said it. ( )
  veredi | Mar 25, 2017 |
It took me a while to get accustomed to the jumping/changing narrative POVs (I'm simply not used to them anymore), and the writing was not, perhaps, the best in the whole wide world, but this was still a really fun book - and interesting to read a paranormal romance that was actually a sci-fi! ( )
  jwryn | Feb 27, 2017 |
I loved the story between the Psy and the Changling.

It seemed the the first part of the story and the second part was more Sascha. I wanted more Lucas, darling. It was refreshing to read a book without a lot of profanity since there was several sex scenes. Plus, i was able to learn about the world of the Psy an changing without a dictionary or glossary. HUGE...

Since there really wasn't a cliffhanger I'm wondering what the other books in the series will be about. I will continue this series. ( )
  Sunshine22222 | Feb 19, 2017 |
I’ve been wanting to try the Psy-Changeling series for a while now, and I’m so glad I finally got around to picking up the first book. Slave to Sensation was an excellent start to this new-to-me series. The author has created a world that’s quite different from anything else I’ve read so far in the paranormal romance genre. It’s part sci-fi, because it takes place on a futuristic Earth with advanced technology. It’s also part fantasy, because the inhabitants of this future Earth fall into one of three races: human (although we don’t really see many of these in this story), changeling (the shape-shifters), and Psy (mentally advanced beings who have various psychic capabilities). To make things more complex, the Psy, who are mostly seen in the upper echelons of society in business and government, have shut down all their emotions, ruling strictly by cold logic. Also all Psy are connected to one another via the PsyNet, which is an Internet of sorts made up of all Psy minds. To some degree, they can all access each other’s minds and also feed off each other’s psychic energy, something they need in order to survive just like air and water. For Trekkies, the Psy are kind of like Vulcans meet the Borg. It’s all a very intriguing and satisfying new world that I can’t wait to read more of.

Sascha is a Psy who feels her mind deteriorating daily. She knows she’s not supposed to feel emotion, and yet she does, finding it increasingly difficult to hide this defect from her mother and the other Psy with whom she associates. Sascha believes herself to be broken, and at some point, knows she’s going to be caught and sent to the Center for “rehabilitation,” which basically amounts to lobotomizing the Psy mind, leaving them a zombie-like shell of their former selves. She lives in fear of this daily until her mother sends Sascha to represent their family business interests by cutting a lucrative deal with a local leopard changeling pack to build housing on changeling land. There she meets pack alpha, Lucas, who makes her feel things she’s never felt before. When she learns that changeling women are being kidnapped and murdered and that the changelings believe it’s a Psy committing the crimes, she doesn’t want to believe it at first. But before long, Sascha realizes the truth and decides to help the pack ferret out the perpetrator even though she knows she’ll likely be caught. Since she refuses to be “rehabilitated” and knows there’s no escaping from the PsyNet without dying in the process, it’s her way of going out is a blaze of glory while helping the changeling male she’s come to love and righting a wrong in the process. I have to give Sascha a lot of credit for being strong enough to stand up to Lucas’s alpha posturing. She’s every bit as a stubborn as he is and very brave, too, to go up against years of accepted Psy wisdom. I was also extremely intrigued by the things she discovers about herself and about Psy nature in general as she goes on this journey, and I look forward to seeing where it all leads in future books of the series.

Lucas earned his status as alpha of his pack at a very young age. He was still just a juvenile when he saw his parents murdered by rivals and barely survived their beating himself. He vowed revenge and took it at the tender age of eighteen, which led to him beginning to gain the respect of his fellow leopard changelings. While violence is part and parcel of changeling nature, Lucas tries to rule with his head and not always his heart. That’s why when one of their own females falls victim to the Psy serial killer, he knows they must investigate first. Going in “guns blazing” so to speak will only get them into a war with the Psy that will lead to the loss of thousands of lives, so his plan is to identify the killer and seek retribution on him alone. But when a female from a wolf pack with whom the leopards have a tenuous truce goes missing, they know they only have one week to find her or war will be imminent. That’s why Lucas decides to try to leverage his connection with Sascha to get information out of her. Of course, his inner cat quickly awakens to the mating dance which leads to him discovering that his little Psy is far more than he ever dreamed. I typically prefer my romance heroes to be more on the vulnerable side, so Lucas was perhaps just a teensy bit too alpha for me, but he did balance that dominance out with his touchy-feely nature. Touch is an innate part of changeling nature to express pack and familial bonds, and being a tactile person myself, I really like that. Also, when he faces the possibility of losing Sascha if she disconnects from the PsyNet, he does show more of the emotion that I like to see in a hero. I love that he wouldn’t give up on finding a way to help her survive and was willing to sacrifice himself to that end.

Slave to Sensation has a lot of secondary characters. First, all of Lucas’s pack sentinels, who are basically the soldier/protectors of the pack, go on to get their own books. Vaughn is the hero of the next book, Visions of Heat. Clay, the enigmatic loner, becomes the hero of book #4, Mine to Possess. Dorian, the brother of the murdered leopard female and a changeling who can’t shift, intrigues me. He’ll be the hero of book #5, Hostage to Pleasure. Then, Mercy, the only female sentinel, becomes the heroine of book #6, Branded by Fire. There’s also Nate, who’s already happily mated to Tamsyn, the gentle pack healer, but it looks like the author wrote a prequel novella about them (after the fact :-)) titled, Beat of Temptation (from the anthology Wild Invitation). Also from the wolf pack side, alpha Hawke, who seems even more closed off than Lucas, becomes the hero of book #10, Kiss of Snow, his lieutenant, Indigo, who was barely mentioned becomes the heroine of book #9, Passion Play, and Brenna, the kidnapped wolf girl, along with Judd, a Psy who I can’t really say anything about without giving away spoilers become the hero and heroine of book #3, Caressed by Ice. There might be other minor characters who show up in some of the novellas, but these are the carry-over characters I know about for sure.

Overall, Slave to Sensation was a really good read. There were a couple of plot points that were a little predictable for me, but it didn’t really detract from the fun of getting to the reveal. Perhaps there could have been a little better emotional connection, but at the same time, I recognize that Sascha was a Psy who’d been taught to suppress her emotions and Lucas, as pack alpha, doesn’t easily show a lot of emotion either, so it definitely wasn’t a deal-breaker for me. A few more love scenes wouldn’t have gone amiss either. There’s only one (unless you count the dream sex), but it is pretty hot, so I guess I can’t complain too much. All these were pretty minor things in an otherwise exciting story. Not to mention, the author gets some extra points from me for the racial/ethnic diversity of her characters, which I loved. I’m very enthralled by the intricacies of this new world and look forward to exploring more of the stories to see just how far the changeling/Psy integration goes. I’m also interested to see if the Psy hierarchy is dismantled. They definitely suffered a blow to their supremacy in this book, so I’m very much intrigued to continue on with the series soon, as well as check out the deleted scene and free short story on Nalini Singh’s website that show readers more of Lucas and Sascha’s relationship. ( )
  mom2lnb | Feb 16, 2017 |
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This one is for my wonderful editor, Cindy Hwang, and my awesome agent, Nephele Tempest, for being so enthusiastic about this book from the start, and as always for my family, for being there no matter what.
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In an effort to reduce the overwhelming incidence of insanity and serial killing in the Psy population, the Psy Council decided, in the year 1969, to instigate a rigorous program called Silence.
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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…

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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…

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Nalini Singh dives into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind--and none of the heart. Born a Psy, Sascha Duncan must hide the emotions which mark her as flawed. But a passionate Changeling will tempt her to reveal everything and risk her very soul. First in a new series.… (more)

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