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.
Title: Slave to Sensation
Author: Nalini Singh
Publication Date: 1st September 2006
Series: YEEEEEP – Part of like, a 15 book series and IT STILL HASN’T FINISHED. From what I know, they’re sort of stand alones so not reading book 2 won’t kill you.
Anyways…THIS IS MY FIRST BLOG TOUR!!!! *Releases fireworks into the night sky* SOOOOOO HAPPY I WAS INVITED TO BE PART OF THIS!!!
Anyways…Cool stuff. A giveawaaaaaay. *GASPS* You definitely wanna stick around until the end.
Book was epic.
And speaking of the book, the blurb does not do it justice. When I first read the blurb, it just looked like a lot of sexy sexy fun times without much plot. The plot is there. And. It. Is. Gooooooood. (There’s still sexy sexy fun times though.)
Sascha is the main character and she is Psy, a race with telepathic powers and no emotions. But Sascha is different. She can feel and she feels strongly too. The only problem with this is that if she is found out, she’ll be turned into a vegetable. (Not literally. She ain’t gonna become a carrot.) It sounded really interesting and then as we read, we find out that Sascha is going mental and SHE IS GONNA DIEEEEEEEEE. She meets Lucas Hunter and then things go from bad to worse… It was really interesting to watch Sascha change and sort of “come out.” Slowly she lets herself do normal things that Psy aren’t allowed to do, and she becomes a more open person for the first time instead of shutting everything up inside of her.
Lucas Hunter is part of another race called the Changelings. They’re both fully animal and fully human, and you can be born different animals. This book only showed us leopards and wolves, but I’m sure there’s more. The Changelings can change forms at will which sort of reminded of werewolves to be honest. He’s your typical (almost) mysterious, arrogant, sexy, dominating beasty male every book I read seems to have. I didn’t love this guy though, but I didn’t hate him.
There are loads of other characters and only 1-2 really stuck with me. The others, although weren’t all the same, didn’t leave an impact on me. The novel did not explore the other characters enough (or at all) but that’s the way the books are written: every book focuses on different characters – and this one focused on Sascha and Lucas.
What I didn’t like though, was how new characters came and there would be a paragraph explaining who he/she was. LET ME FIND OUT MYSELF.
The blurb is horrible. It makes the book sound really trashy. In my opinion anyway.
There’s a bit of mystery (YES!) here in this novel as the characters are trying to find out who the murderer of the changeling women is. The book starts off a bit randomly, with some housing business deal but it’s how the characters meet. As things move, and more information is revealed, things get really exciting and I was like, “WHOOOOOO? TELL ME.” And then at various points, I’d be screaming.
The “romance” in this book didn’t feel lovey enough. I’m not one to love overly gushy romance, but I mean that the relationship seems pretty much strictly sexual.
So I was a bit like, “hmmmm?…”
But then nearer the end, things change and LOVE. SACRIFICE. TEARS. They all hit you. Hard.
Ok…MY BIGGEST GRIPE.
Can the author please chill with the phrase “man and beast” for one second??? At the beginning, every other page would have something like this. “Both man and beast was fascinated by this woman.” That ain’t a quote but it’s probably close to one.
And it was especially at the beginning that I found everything entirely unsexy. I almost hated it. There was too much “man and beast” and talk of the beast in him prowling in the cage and blah blah blah and how he wanted to lick her blah blah blah – maybe it’s because they’d just met and wanting to LICK someone already was a bit…creepy. Also even if a book is told from 3rd person, I prefer it to be from one point of view and without switches without telling me both characters’ feelings and thoughts AT THE SAME TIME. This only happened at the beginning though.
The smut in it wasn’t bad. There wasn’t crazy descriptions of length and hair and urgh *shudders at the memory of another book* And I don’t mean pretty locks kinda hair… You get what I mean…
A lot of it seems to be nipples, boobs, kissing and just touching. Not overly smutty. Chill.
It’s only when things get going between them two that it actually gets better and I got sucked in. I didn’t notice as much “man and beast” crap and it’s like the author finally got into the world properly, forgot about “man and beast” and just WROTE…and I STARTED LOVING IT.
Oh and my second biggest gripe???
I THOUGHT I HAD 15 PAGES LEFT BUT IT TURNED OUT TO BE ADVERTS AND A SHORT PREVIEW *cries* BETRAYAL. ABSOLUTE BETRAYAL. I didn’t want the book to end by the time I got to the end… NUUUUU…
I suck at writing conclusions. It’s a great book set in an interesting world and I really quite enjoyed the book! I think it would be something I would reread if I wanted smutty stuff with dangerous attraction without wanting a trashy book with no plot. It’s a short read so it’s great for breaks.
The smut wasn’t just penis talk and the whole dangerous attraction thing was refreshing after basically all my recent reads being perfect couples with no obstacles. The plot was exciting as it dealt with Sascha’s possible death, possible exposure alongside the murder mystery.
I found it slightly hard to really get stuck into it at the beginning especially whenever “man and beast” came up and I would just get distracted.
But will I read more of this series? YES. I want to see more of Sascha and Lucas, and while they won’t be main characters anymore, just little glimpses -will kill me- but make me happy!
- Easy to read
- Interesting world and races
- I loved watching Sascha free herself
- Takes a while for the goodness to kick in
- Not enough depth to the other characters
Rating: Instincts tell me to give this 4 stars but if I do proper analysis and maths it should be lower… FOUR STARS IT IS! I’m trying not to think of my other books I’ve rated and how it compares as this is a personal thing AND NOT MATHS – See my rating system.
Owned: Yes! Thank you Orion for sending me a copy! YOU CAN GET YOUR OWN COPY VIA A GIVEAWAY DOWN BELOW!!!! Or you know…just BUY a copy…
Recommended for: Adults that want to read something relaxing. Older teens that like smut. Any 16+ that like male dominating relationships. Definitely for those that like paranormal romance and also those that like werewolves and the idea of people with no emotions. Oh and I also get the feeling you may like this if you enjoyed the Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick.
The competition has ended but that doesn’t mean you can’t read it! Think you will? And if you have, did you enjoy it? 🙂