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Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
Psy/Changeling Series, Book 1
Berkeley
Paranormal Romance
ISBN: 0-425-21286-6
Reviewed by Maura Anderson

Sascha Duncan has always known she was different from the other Psy.  A race of “superior” humans that are conditioned from birth to feel nothing, the Psy have become the leaders and renowned for their icy disdain and lack of emotions.  But Sascha is forced to guard her every word and thought to prevent others on the PsyNet from discovering she is flawed.  If it was discovered that she could feel emotions, it would result in her being sent to “rehabilitation” and the total psychic erasure of everything she is.

Sascha has been assigned the task of working with the Changeling, Lucas Hunter, on a joint business project between the Psy and the Changelings.  The Changelings are the opposite of the Psy and revel in their sensual nature and their enjoyment of life, emotions and physical desires.

But Lucas isn’t just any Changeling, he’s the Alpha ruler of the DarkRiver Leopard pack and he’s determined to find out the truth behind the brutal murders of several Changeling women by a Psy.  He sees this business partnership as a way to look into the secretive Psy society through their representative, Sascha.

But Sascha and Lucas both find the other is not what they expected and they are fascinated by each other.  Will the secrets they discover mean their destruction and perhaps the destruction of their very societies?

I had already read some of Nalini’s contemporary romances by the time I saw the announcement of this paranormal romance and I’ll admit I was a little uncertain.  You just never know what to expect when an author does a genre shift, but the premise and blurb was so interesting that I gave it a try and I am extremely glad that I did.

Slave to Sensation is a fascinating look at an alternative reality where society has taken their separation to extremes.  I started to read this book late one evening and couldn’t put it down until I had devoured it¾then I read it all again the next day.  With hot sex and an all-consuming love, the characters totally enthralled me and especially Sascha’s struggles to be what she was expected to be, then her desire to protect Lucas and the DarkRiver Leopards in the face of everything she’s been raised to believe and her certainty that it will mean her own destruction.

I completely and joyfully recommend Slave to Sensation. With an incredibly rich world and societies, hot sex and enthralling emotions, I will undoubtedly read this book again and again.  Now I can’t wait for the next book in this series!

 

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