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.
Singh is one of the big names in paranormal romance and while I have read from her Guild Hunter series this was my first foray into the world of Psy-Changelings. While I had no idea what I was in for I like what I found.
The Psy are Borg-like, shunning emotion and sharing a hive mind of sorts. Uniformity and logic rule. Changelings are were creatures that burst with emotion and sensual energy. I see why this series is at sixteen books and counting – a romance between such opposites is a gold mine of internal conflict, and the mechanics of the world provide all the external oomph you could need.
A series opener like Slave to Sensation could be overloaded with info dumps but the romance balances out the world building nicely. While part of me would love some more back story I’m more than willing to let it play out in the many books ahead.
As for the romance itself… it’s okay. Lucas is sexy as all get out and respects Sascha’s professional abilities from day one, which is much appreciated. Once the action plot kicks in, though, I got annoyed. Any time the heroine is offered up as bad guy bait my mental alarm bells go off. Luckily she’s not too stupid to live, and the way things went down stayed just this side of forgivable, but I’d rather it not happen in the first place.
A negative note, to be sure, but I’m excited to continue the series. The world Singh is building holds a lot of promise and fans clamoring for volume eleven-zillion of a series can’t steer me too wrong.