"a fantastic and intriguing world"

An intriguing world view of what could possibly have been. Set in the gorgeous and picturesque San Francisco and the splendor of Northern California in a not so distant future lays a world of humans, Psy and Changelings alike, trying to coexist without another war. Power plays and games, genetic manipulation and evolution, wars and treaties, cool and hot, genius and madness, psychic and psychotic... man and woman. Amid looming war, distrust of species, fears of insanity and the burning need to bring justice two of the most unlikeliest beings will come together, cool and hot becomes one and warm.

Lucas Hunter is a Changeling, an Alpha Leopard, and a Panther of great power, strength and skill. While trying to make the best deals with the Psy possible for his people's protection Lucas must solve a gruesome string of murders. The murders lead directly to the Psy and their cold minds. The psychic mind can be powerful and cold with no emotion, but that power can sometimes bring madness and murderous actions. All Psy are to be distrusted, all until she came into the picture. She was cool yes, but lurking below was something else that called to his Panther in the most primitive of ways.

Sascha Duncan is a Cardinal Psy, or she appears to be anyway, she is marked with the distinctive traits, should have the ability, should but doesn't. What she has is emotion and that is one thing the Psy do not allow, Silence is allowed, emotions lead to individualism and possibly to madness, but most assuredly they lead also to Rehabilitation. If that is not death, it will be a fate worse than death, one Sascha will go to great pains to avoid. She lives daily with the fear her emotions will spill over and she will be discovered and taken by PsyNet. Something she fears even more when a Changeling threatens to bring all of her emotions and sensuality to the surface, all of her desires and her fears.

Lucas seeks to stop the murders killing Changeling women, always suspecting a Psy. He never bargained on finding one he couldn't live without, but how could they live together. Sascha has desired, been lonely and wants desperately to feel the heat being in the arms Lucas promises, but could it be her death sentence as well. Amid, wars, politics, psychics, changelings, humans and killers they must find a way to a future that includes them both.

Absolutely a fantastic and intriguing world, Ms. Singh's style and imagination is incredible, beautiful, brilliant, sensual and so action packed that you simply can't tear yourself away. Her characters are vibrant, deliciously alpha, warmly sexual, delightfully funny and very intelligent. Nalini Singh promises to be a brilliant star in paranormal fiction; I am completely and totally hooked! Have the next book handy if you can, because you will devour this one and hunger for more, guaranteed. As a lover of paranormal romance, I highly recommend Ms. Singh and her book Slave to Sensation to anyone who is a fan of intense, articulate and gorgeous, romantic paranormal fiction. I was truly moved and engrossed!

Reviewed by Stephanie Q. McGrath
Posted December 29, 2007



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...

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shapeshifters, Psychics

Psy/Changeling reading order per author's website:

  1. Slave to Sensation (September 2006)
  2. Visions of Heat (March 2007)
  3. Free short story: The Cannibal Princess
  4. Caressed By Ice (September 2007)
  5. “Beat of Temptation” in An Enchanted Season (October 2007)*
  6. Mine to Possess (February 2008)
  7. Hostage to Pleasure (September 2008)
  8. “Stroke of Enticement” in The Magical Christmas Cat (October 2008) *
  9. Free short story: A Gift for Kit
  10. Branded by Fire (July 2009)
  11. Blaze of Memory (November 2009)
*This novella was written to stand alone so you can pick it up at any stage in the series.

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Slave to Sensation
(Psy-Changeling: Book 1)
by Nalini Singh

Berkley Pub Group (Sensation)
September 1, 2006
Available: September 5, 2006
ISBN #0425212866
EAN #9780425212868
352 pages
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Other Books by
Nalini Singh

Tangle of Need
Angels' Flight
Lord of the Abyss and Desert Warrior
Lord of the Abyss
Angels of Darkness
Archangel's Blade
Kiss of Snow
Archangel's Consort
Play of Passion
Burning Up
Bonds of Justice
Archangel's Kiss
Blaze of Memory
Must Love Hellhounds
Branded by Fire
Angels' Blood
Angels' Pawn
The Magical Christmas Cat
Hostage to Pleasure
Mine to Possess
An Enchanted Season
Caressed By Ice
Visions of Heat
Desert Warrior

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