Book Review: "Slave to Sensation" by Nalini Singh

Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling, #1)Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ignore the strange pink smoke and the crazy cover - this is not your mother's romance novel.

I admit - I never really read romance or erotica before because every time I tried there was basically no plot, nothing to hold my interest. Then I found Nalini Singh and WHAM! Instant love!

Ms. Singh writes two different series at the moment; "Slave to Sensation" is the first book in her Psy-Changeling series. I love these books because Ms. Singh creates an entire universe populated with believable characters. In this universe, the human race has split into three subgroups: regular humans, Psy, and changelings. The Psy have mental abilities, such as telepathy and foresight. Also, the Psy are all connected to each other through the Psynet. The changelings possess the ability to change into various animals, such as leopards, bears, and wolves.

At the beginning of the novel, you learn that the Psy attempted to remove emotion from their lives about 100 years ago through a protocol known as Silence. The main female protagonist of this story, Sasha Duncan, is a Psy who is about to break her Silence. Breaking Silence means a virtual death, so Sasha tries as hard as she can to fool everyone into thinking she is as Silence as everyone else.

The main male protagonist is Lucas Hunter, the leader of the local leopard pack. He and the changelings are on the warpath, because there is a Psy serial killer on the loose who is hunting changeling women. Someone in Lucas's pack has been murdered, (view spoiler)

Ms. Singh brings together these two people in such a way as to resolve both immediate conflicts, but she sets up a large story arc that has spanned 12 books and multiple novellas. Her next book to be released finally begins a new story arc in this universe.

Overall, I love the characters, the universe, and Ms. Singh's writing style. I never thought I'd say this, but I will be looking forward to more books from her, more romance novels, in the future.

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