Review: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

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40551683The hunt had begun. And Sascha Duncan was the prey. 

Published: September 1, 2006

Publisher: Berkley

Pages: 346 (Kindle edition)

Series: Psy-Changeling #1

 

4 Stars

 

Like an addict, she craved the sensations he’d shown her. 

 

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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Hello and happy New Year! I’m writing this in early December but Holiday reads are scheduled all this month, so this review will be one of my first of 2019! I need to thank Teresa over at Reads Romance for pointing this series out to me! I used to read a lot of paranormal/urban fantasy romance but it fell to the way side, when I wanted to jump back in Teresa had some great recs! Go follow her if you don’t already, she’s the bomb!

So, this was the first in a very popular PNR series, which has about 18 others, and I was not disappointed in the least. I will definitely be continuing this series! I really liked the author’s writing style and I thought the world that she crafted was highly original and captivating. I think this was a great book to get me back into the paranormal realm, I haven’t picked this genre up since I was in high school, after I had finished the True Blood books, but I forgot how much I liked them!

That being said, I do have a few things here that I didn’t like very much. First thing being that there were so many characters that were introduced right off the bat. It got a lot easier to remember names/ties later on in the story but it was hella confusing at first. But, overall, I enjoyed all the characters for different reasons. I loved Lucas, I thought he was the perfect hero to go up against Sascha and her conflicting feelings/emotions. I really liked the way their relationship played out and unfolded, it wasn’t rushed or too slow, there was the perfect amount of sexual tension and growing angst.

This even had one of my favorite things; serial killers! That sounds a little weird, but I’m a true crime freak and so murder story lines are some of my absolute favorites. I loved the way this felt like both a romantic suspense and a PNR at the same time, and they just played off each other in terms of pacing and drive of the plot. My only issue here is that the ending of the murder plot line was a little (okay, a lot) predictable for me and I wish I had been a more surprised. That being said, I can’t be too mad about it because the romance is supposed to be the main plot line, but still, if you’re gonna add in a murder mystery you gotta do it right.

This was my first PNR in a while but it certainly won’t be my last! I have a few on my shelf right now to read and I’ll be picking up book two for this later in the year! If you’re looking to get into the world of paranormal romances then this would be a good starter for you, it was a really great read and the writer has some incredible talent.

Happy reading

 

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