Title: Slave to Sensation
Series: Psy-Changeling #1
Author: Nalini Singh
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Edition/Pages: Mass Market Paperback, 334 pages
Sascha believes she is flawed. The Psy are supposed to be Silenced, devoid of any feeling or emotion. But something went wrong with her, she feels everything and she is mentally and physically deteriorating. She is determined to keep her secret, especially while working with her powerful mother.
Lucas is working with Sascha’s company to build Changeling housing in his territory. As a Changeling, Lucas thrives are emotions. He is certain that Sascha is different than her cold, metallic race and tries to draw her out.
When a serial murderer steals another Changeling girl, Lucas and Sascha must work together to discover who and why a Psy is stealing, torturing, and killing Changeling’s. But the longer they’re together, the harder it becomes for Sascha to keep her secret. And maybe she can’t for much longer..
➸ POV: 3rd Person from Sascha & Lucas’s POVs
➸ Sascha Duncan: 26, Cardinal Psy, Daughter of Nikita (Council Member), Failed Silencing and has feelings and emotions, Has massive power potential but no known specialty
➸ Lucas Hunter: 33, Alpha Changeling of the DarkRiver Leopard Pack, Panther, Lost both his parents, Overbearing and protective
➸ Content Warnings: Death of a loved one, Abuse, Serial killing, Torture, Talk of suicide, Emotional abuse, Mental illness (talked of in a negative manner)
Oh my god Nalini Singh never ceases to blow me away. Her paranormal romances are peak for me. I could not get enough of this book and never wanted to put this down. I absolutely flew through this first book and am really glad I have 18 more books I can binge, because that’s what I desperately want to do.
One of my favorite things about Nalini Singh’s books, and this was definitely apparent in here, is her seamless world building. I never feel overwhelmed by info dumping because she expertly weaves information about the world throughout the book. This magic/hierarchal system is really intricate and could easily have become confusing or difficult to keep straight. But I never even noticed the world building happening.
I also love the balance between the crime/mystery plot line and the romance plot. Both story arcs were so strong on their own, so putting them together made for such an engaging and unputdownable book. I was invested in not only the plot but each and every character in here.
The romance was so slow burn and tension filled. I was desperate for these two to get together by the end. I love a good alpha hero, fated mates romance so this just did everything for me.
I have have no idea who the subsequent books follow, but I don’t care and want to read them all right now. If you love paranormal, urban fantasy, romance and you’ve been sleeping on this series like I have, please pick this up immediately!