Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Nalini Singh offers a very original, futuristic world to her readers in Slave to Sensation. As the first book in the series, Ms. Singh starts out her writing legacy with an instant winner when comes to entertaining her audience with a story of irrefutable love, sensations, mystery, and characters that pounce off the pages and into your imagination. This novel revolves around Lucas, a Changeling, who is the alpha of the Dark River pack and Sascha Duncan, a Psy, who was raised in a community that emphasized and prized the use of the mind sans emotions. The Psy are very nearly robots because they base all of their business and personal relationships with cold, calculated strategy where emotion has no room to be a factor in any of their behavior. However, Sascha perceives that she is flawed because she does have feelings. A fact she desperately tries to keep from her mother and the entire race. If her "flaw" becomes apparent she will suffer the consequences of rehabilitation.
Lucas and the other Changelings represent everything that is the antithesis of what the Psy population represents. The Changeling Community operates on a depth of emotion (loyalty, sensuality, touch, etc.) that the Psy cannot fathom and disdain this "weakness" in the Changelings. Therefore, the Psy consider themselves far superior to the Changeling population. As a result, they underestimate the Chengelings and shrug them off as people who truly are just animals with no or little intellect due to their "weakness." However, both sides need each other to reach a lucrative business arrangement involving real estate.
Sascha and Lucas meet at a business meeting. This chance encounter invokes deep feelings of interest on both their parts. Despite Lucas' physical interest in Sascha, he need to remain detached from her and keep their relationship to business. He also needs Sascha to aid in an investigation involving a string of Changeling murders perpetrated by a Psy. However, as the two spend more time together, their immediate interest in each other grows into something extraordinary. Lucas' panther (and the man) start to need her on a visceral level. Sascha's buttoned up emotions start leaking out as she realizes sensation is a need she has that has never been met while growing up in a cold, unemotional environment.
This paranormal love story invites the reader to discover Nalini Singh's innovative society where love becomes one of the most sensual and binding experiences. But, add mystery and suspense into the mix and you have got a recipe for an exceedingly captivating reading experience. I absolutely loved my first venture into the Psy/Changeling world. If you are a lover of Paranormal Romance and suspense, you should not pass up this reading experience. This book will hook you and you will be compelled to read on in the Psy/Changeling series.
Happy Reading from Bona Fide Reflections!!
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