Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling Series #1)

Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling Series #1)

by Nalini Singh

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THE FIRST PSY/CHANGELING NOVEL from the New York Times bestselling author of Shards of Hope, Shield of Winter, and Heart of Obsidian...
The book that Christine Feehan called "a must-read for all of my fans."
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…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101042953
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/05/2006
Series: Psy-Changeling Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 18,461
File size: 523 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Nalini Singh is passionate about writing. Though she’s traveled as far afield as the deserts of China and the temples of Japan, it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her the most. She’s beyond delighted to be able to follow her dream as a writer.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand. For contact details and to find out more about the Psy-Changeling series, please visit her website.

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Animal Instincts

She was tall but there was nothing willowy about her. The woman’s body had more dangerous curves than should be legal on one of her race. In spite of the black pantsuit and stiff white shirt she wore like corporate armor, he could tell her breasts would overflow his hands. When she bent to examine something on the ground, he almost gave in to the urging of his beast. The curve of her hip was sensually female, her bottom a heart-shaped enticement.

Her head turned as if in response to his intent gaze, and despite the distance separating them, he could almost taste the earthy sensuality she’d tried to bury. Frowning at his own thoughts, he began to walk toward her. The Psy weren’t sensual. They were about as close to mechanical as you could get and still remain human. But there was something different about this one, something he wanted to sink his teeth into…;

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“I LOVE this book! It’s a must read for all of my fans.”—Christine Feehan
"The alpha author of paranormal romance."—Booklist
“Nalini is brilliant.”—USA Today

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Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 367 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sascha Duncan is a member of a race known for their emotional detachment, cold precision and deadly sharp minds. Only Sascha isn't like other Psy. She feels powerful emotion and she grows worried she may soon not be able to repress the building surge. A business meeting with changeling Lucas Hunter, the alpha of the DarkRiver leopards, lures her even closer to the edge of certain discovery. As she is assigned as the Psy contact for the ensuing project Lucas's company takes on, she soon begins to fear grave repercussions from her people. Lucas feels something different about Sascha--she's not like other Psy. It doesn't take long for the dominant male to begin asserting his blatant interest in her in traditionally pack ways. Could her mysterious differences be the key his and a rival pack's have been looking for? A serial killer has targeted changeling women, and the packs believe the killer to be Psy. As a Psy with connections amongst her race, Sascha will become the only saving grace in a race against time to stop two opposing groups on the brink of war. Her and Lucas's efforts will bring them to some shocking realizations as well as some heated and sensually stimulating encounters. The first impression of this romance was that it combined an awesome feel of not only paranormal elements, but sci-fi as well. Lucas's pack dynamics will ring somewhat similar to other paranormal romances, while having their own unique qualities at the same time, most notably their love for one another and family dynamics. The chilling addition of the Psy brings to mind a more futuristic sense with their sparse and utilitarian lifestyles. There are some very interesting twists to the plot that makes good use of the pacing throughout the book, making for a very hard to put down read. Sascha is a heroine readers may sympathize with in her plight to become fully herself, while Lucas is so wonderfully sexy in his concern for her welfare. Look for the sequel, Visions of Heat (March 6, 2007) about Psy member Faith NightStar and changeling Vaugn D'Angelo.
prissysox More than 1 year ago
Picked up the series last week. Signh had been on my list of authors to check out. I was looking for something to read until other titles came out. From the first page i was hooked. Ms Signh did not take a twist on an existing idea. She created a complex, rich, intriguing world. The depth and richness of the world she created is breathtaking and heartbreaking. I have not been so completely captivated in the first pages since I first read Laurell K Hamilton. One of the defining characteristics of a great author/book is not just that you like the book, it is that you loose yourself, fall into the pages and when you can manage to put the book down, the characters still live on in your head. I managed to read the Psy/Changeling series in less than a week. I can not wait for the next installment in November
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading Nalini Singh with the Guild Hunter books. I really enjoyed those, so I got this one to see if the Psy-Changling books are as good. THEY ARE! The characters are will developed and likable. I really cared about what happened to them and I will read the rest of this series as soon as I get them.
Yvette4 More than 1 year ago
After reading many positive reviews about this series from various sites, I finally decided to give this author (new to me) a try. Wow! I totally loved everything about this book. I like that the plot is layered and complex and just fun and interesting. I love how very interesting Psy and Changelings are. Many characters were introduced that I'm hopeful will show up in future books. This is my kind of series! I can't wait to get started on the next one.
SharingBooks More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. I recommend the whole series. I stumbled upon this series with a novella in anthology and loved it, so I had to get my hands on the whole series. This is the first book in the series, there are 10 books released for this series to date. All are really good.
sj9642 More than 1 year ago
This was recommended by an employee at Barnes and Noble and boy am I grateful. I loved this book - so much so I had to run out and get the 2nd one as soon as I could. The conflict between the way of the Psy and the changelings was riveting and turbulent. Sascha's character was strong and I enjoyed learning about how the Psy operates through her. Lucas was defiantly the perfect match for her. I enjoyed the dynamic of the pack and liked the differences between the wolves and the leopards. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading it all again in the future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this author has made it on to my buy list not my check it out at the library list, and i am very picky about what i will make a full time resident of my shelf. The characters and the world were unique and realistic,I am so glad that this looks to be a series. i was skeptical when i picked it up and made myself give it at least five pages, with all the copying authors do of worlds filled with shape changers and phychics i was delighted to find a new spin that didn't sink to being cheesy and overly drama queen. i am waiting impatiently for the next book!
DanielleRomero More than 1 year ago
Imagine my surprise when I realized that while I'd read Slave to Sensation a few years back, I hadn't reviewed it yet. What a shame because the book is like Magic so when I realized that Slave to Sensation got a new look via a brand new cover design, I thought it the perfect time to re-read an oldie but a goodie and share my thoughts. Read through number 2 did not disappoint. There is just something about a Singh book that captures the readers attention so fiercely and doesn't let go. I knew where the story was going from the get go but I still couldn't stop turning the pages. Sascha Duncan and Lucas Hunter are our couple of interest in the first Psy-Changling installment. Sascha is Psy but she is flawed, unable to be truly silent as she is expected to be and she fears that if her secret comes out, if her race realizes that her silence isn't as perfect as she leads on, that she'll be sent to rehabilitation and lose the very core of who she is. When she's placed in the middle of a joint Psy-Changling business venture, her entire world opens up to new and terrifying possibilities. She comes face to face with the Leopard Alpha, Lucas Hunter and the two of them work hand in hand to find a serial killer who is targeting Changling women. The two create a dynamic and sensual pair. The sexual tension between the two is tantalizing and you cant help but eagerly anticipate where their relationship will go. It was exciting to watch their relationship unfold once more and to experience the twists and turns that Nalini so expertly places throughout the story. If you haven't read the Psy-Changling series yet, you absolutely must. Slave to Sensation is an exciting adventure filled with the perfect amount of sexual steam to keep you craving more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The nice thing about this book is that it had an actual story line that didnt revolve around sex. Yes it does have it but it doesnt consume the whole story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone that loves/d Christine Feehan, Laurell K, or Charlaine Harris will love this series!!
MegMM More than 1 year ago
I was a little skeptical when I started this book because it is written in the future. The plot was totally different than any I have ever read before. I absolutely loved this book! I was hooked from the beginning. The characters are unique, sexy, and intriguing. The love story is well told from beginning to end. The series starts with a bang and continues on, each book just as good as the next. I have fallen in love with this author and plan on reading all of her books! I would recommend that you go out and buy the 2nd and 3rd books in this series before you read #1 because when you are finished, you will definitely want them! This author is a New York Times Bestseling Author for a reason!
mkchad More than 1 year ago
I read a short story by the author and then went and bought this book the first in a series. I didn't let me down. The characters are strongly defined and interesting. I went out and bought the rest of the series after reading this one.
fantasydream3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love the original and fascinating world of the Psy-Changeling! This is not the same old paranormal romance that everyone is used to. The PsyNet reminds me of a cross between the concepts about the mind in the movie Inception and the computer network in Terminator (where unfeeling and cold "machines" start gaining some consciousness and emotions). Very intriguing and captivating!
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love urban fantasy. Its my favorite genre. Along with UF I enjoy Paranormal Romance IF it has a good, detailed concept, world, and characters. A couple of series that really stand out as favorites in the Paranormal Romance category are JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series and Kresley Cole's Immortals after Dark series. I have read and given up on several other paranormal series that was more focused on shallow characters having lots of sex. The Psy-Changeling series is going to be added to the list of paranormal romances that I will actually read and enjoy!This series is based on a world where there are humans, psy and changelings. The changelings are shifters and this book features two packs. A wolf pack and a leopard pack. The psy are very different from anything I have read about before. They are a race of psychic people who have an array of special abilities. Many years ago they instituted "the Silence". The Silence conditioned each of the psy to become void of any and all emotion or feelings. They are calculating and supposedly make every decision on logic. For instance, they don't eat dessert or yummy foods when they can take in only foods (in in only the quantity) that meet their nutritional needs. There is no love or affection between people. Reproduction is handled in a scientific manner. On the opposite spectrum are the changeling. These people are basically animals in the fact that they do love and adore each other. They are loyal to each other. They would fight or even kill to keep their people safe. They show affection more than humans do.Lucas Hunter is the alpha of the leopard pack. He harbors a lot of pain in his past from seeing his parent's murdered. He starts working with Psy Sasha Duncan on a building project for a changeling or human market. Sasha should be cool headed and devoid of feeling but Lucas notices right away that she is different from other Psy. He also finds her attractive. Sasha knows she is different from the other Psy and fears that she is broken and that the psy society will have her instituted and rehabilitated. She would never be the same. To complicate matters there have been changelings murdered and the evidence points the the killer being psy. That shouldn't be possible, Sasha believes, because no psy should have the rage or emotion to want to kill, to take pleasure in torture and murder. Together Lucas and Sasha try to figure out who the killer is.There is the required romance and sex scenes of course. I have to say they were done well. I really liked the characters but I actually liked some of the supporting characters even more than Lucas and Sasha. I know I have to keep reading the series so I can see them get starring roles in their own books. I believed the romance between our couple here. There was tension but not a lot of dragged out inner turmoil. In fact most of the inner drama happened as Sasha worried about being broken and what would happen to her.I am giving this book 4 stars because I did have a little trouble understanding the PsyNet. The concept is so foreign and different from anything I have read about in the past. I think it could have been explained in more detail to make it easier to understand. I hear it plays quite a part in future books as well so I hope the more I read about it then more clear it will become. Also I would have liked to have seen more scenes like the one where Sasha visited Lucas's friends and played with the baby leopards. It showed Lucas how Sasha was more than she seemed.Overall this was a very strong paranormal romance. It was extremely well written. I will continue with this series as well as make an effort to read her other series as well.
librarymeg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I struggled with how to rate this one. I really enjoyed it (hence the 4 star rating), but I've read one of Singh's novellas (from Burning Up) and Slave to Sensation lacked the snap of that shorter work. I can see the promise in this first book, though, and wait breathlessly to watch as the style and sizzle I expect from Singh really develops.
shelleyraec on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
With a title reminiscent of the worst soft porn movie i really wasn't expecting much at all from this book but here is a case in point of that old adage "don't judge a book by it's cover".Slave to Sensation is a blend of sci-fi and paranormal romance that has a solid and fairly unique premise and a cleverly layered plot. It established the world and characters well and as such is a great introduction to the series.I really hope that as the series progresses that there will not be the repetition of the basic character and plot(like in Kenyon's Darkhunter and Feehan's Carpathian series)as the writing is skilful and interesting
thehistorychic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bought for MyselfOverall Rating 4.25Story Rating 4.25Character Rating 4.25Audio Rating 4.50Note: Alright all my friends that have read this series, swore to me that I would want to devour it, and made fun of me for not jumping on the Psy-Changeling Train---YOU WERE RIGHT! I am now buying my ticket (aka the rest of the books) on the Psy-Changeling express!What I Loved: What a fantastic opening to a series! Slave to Sensation held all the things I loved in a series opener: good groundwork, introduction of characters outside the main couple, interesting world building, and just enough unresolved issues to keep you coming back for more. The world in which the controlled Psy exist with the very feeling Changelings is one full of rich possibilities and introducing those through Lucas and Sascha was a perfect way to go. I don't want to give away the story but I think both of these character were great reflections of the two races that we will see in this series or at least I hope so.What I Liked: Just about everything else: the tracking down of the serial killer, the dealing with the council, the striving to come to terms with accepting who you are, and the connections made/broken are all really well done. The pacing was spot on and I really didn't feel any kind of lag at all in the story.Complaints: NoneAudio Specific: Angela Dawe did a fantastic job on the narration! She had good pace, great voice technique, and made sure to make each character unique.Why I gave this a 4.25: Fantastic freaking opening to a series. I was not disappointed at all.
HCross9820 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sascha Dunca is a broken Psy, but she can never let anyone know it. The Psy have been conditioned not to feel any emotions, and have varying levels of psychic powers. They see themselves as higher beings on the evolutionary chain then the Changelings (shape shifters) and the humans. If the Psy every discovered Sascha¿s weekness they would rehabilitate her, which is a fate worse then death. Nikita Duncan is Sascha¿s mother, a member of the Psy Council, and the head of the Duncan family. Nikita and Sascha are about to ink a business deal with Lucas Hunter, wereleopard and alpha of the DarkRiver Clan. Lucas has own agenda. He wants gather information on the Psy community and hunt down the Psy that has been kidnapping and murdering Changeling women. Can Sascha and Lucas see past their differences long enough to solve these murders and possibly form a friendship?In a literary climate overwhelmed with vampires novels, Nalini Singh¿s Psy-Changeling Series is a breath of fresh air! While I felt that the world-building in the beginning of this book felt a bit heavy, it was necessary to set up this extraordinary world. Believe me, it well worth pushing through the first couple chapters.I love the complex and sexy character that is Lucas Hunter. At a very young age, he had to step-up into an alpha role, due to a per tragedy. He was smart enough to listen to the elders of his pack to help him do what is best for his clan. Not only is he strong physically, but he has a sensitive side. He believed in Sascha, even when she didn¿t believe in herself. He helped her become who she was always meant to be.The deeper that Sascha becomes involved with Lucas and the rest of the DarkRiver Clan, the more in-touch she becomes with her emotions and feelings. She has built up so many walls so that she can still pass as a normal Psy, that it was hard for her to see what she truly was. As a listener, it broke my heart to see Sascha spiral out of control. Even though she thinks she¿s about to lose herself, she gives everything that she has left to help recover the missing Changeling.This is my first audiobook narrated by Angela Dawe, and I was amazed by what I heard. Her ability to capture every character, from the cold Psy to the emotion-filled Changelings, was incredible! Her pacing and voice techniques were terrific.I was completely captivated by Nalini Singh¿s Psy-Chagelings world. She built layers upon layers of amazing primary and secondary characters. I cannot wait to see how they develop throughout the rest of this series. For those readers who also haven¿t had a chance to check out her Guild Hunter Series, take this opportunity to dive into another well thought out paranormal-romance series.
rainrunner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
ok, it started out as a possible 3 star. It was too descriptive at times and I just wanted her to get to the point already. This had quite a few good reviews so I didn't want to discard it. It picked up midway and ended up very good. I had quite a few "awwww" moments. I do like when that happens.
SockMonkeyGirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I did not think I would like this series when I picked it up (the titles are all a little overwrought for my taste). But Nalini Singh creates a very interesting world that is both urban and wild and peoples it with shapechangers, humans and psy of depth and intensity. I wouldn't call them fantastic, but they are very good paranormal romance with better developed world and more elaborate over-arching story than most others in the genre. I surprised myself with how much I enjoyed them.
Islabooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The realization occurred to me that my exposure to erotic paranormal romances was disgracefully limited and in need of some serious expansion. In order to remedy this glaring deficiency, I set out to find a handful of books that would be widely considered qualified ambassadors for this genre. Based on countless recommendations and glowing (to the point of gushing) reviews it appeared that Slave to Sensation would fit the bill perfectly. So, I ordered the book and waited with bated breath for my immersion into the seedy world of trashy lady reads to begin. Once the book arrived, I exhaled and began to read. To my surprise, I didn¿t find a hero who was a lusty billionaire psychic alpha shape shifting were-lion vampire hunter who also happened to be a prince and a pirate, who incidentally, had the recent misfortune of pulling a much needed muscle in his groin area and the only way for the world to be saved from certain destruction was for the virgin heroine to reluctantly help "heal" him from this wound through her uncanny ability to perform surprisingly proficient tantric massage.It¿s a shame really because what I did find was slightly less sensational and I was unfortunately left a bit underwhelmed. It wasn¿t altogether a bad book; in fact, it was a fine book for the genre. It even had a few moments of gluttonous goodness but overall I just couldn¿t seem connect to the characters or the world enough to care what happened. I have decided to try and bear the burden of reading a few more racy reads before ruling out the genre entirely. I figure it¿s the least that I can do.
ABookwormsHaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got this book as a Labor Day present (we decided to give each other books to celebrate this holiday) from my friend Monica from The Bibliophilic Book Blog. She and I have such similar tastes and anything she sends my way I read. I have gotten enough awesome recommendations from her to trust her completely now so when she suggested this series I picked it up and dove in.I am so glad I listened to her because this book was awesome! It was a totally new mythology and I ate up every word of it. I loved learning about the Psy and their cold and logical life. Their lives are so dominated by reason that they often miss out on all the fun things in life such as: happiness, love, warmth, basically all the things Changelings lives for. Which is why watching a Changeling Alpha try to win over a Psy was more than amusing. I loved the relationship between Lucas and Sascha, watching them try and work through their feelings for each other and not submit to them.I also liked that this book introduced two completely new species to us because I had no preconceptions going in and I loved that! I know that the changelings do have some similar charterers to ¿were¿ but they are still different enough to keep me very interested. What also kept me reading on was learning about how the Psy get into the minds of others and work through different barriers to get information. It was fascinating to me and I could not read fast enough towards the end of the book because everything was coming together so quickly and it was really intriguing.Basically, this is an awesome paranormal romance and I am so glad I have been introduced to this world. While the book may have come out a couple of years ago, I think the characters and their species are different from anything else out there right now and that is a huge plus. The only thing I don¿t like is the cover, I mean really? The guy may look alright, but it definitely doesn¿t set the tone of the book, well not for me at least.Even though I am not a fan of the cover art, that has nothing to do with the author or the story. So if you have not found this series yet, you should go out and get this book, because I think you will like it just as much as I did :)
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an exceptional story, and I can't believe it's taken me this long to read it. The whole psy-concept is fantastic, especially when paired with their exact opposites, the changelings. And I love the characters -- they're exciting, complex, likable, the whole nine yards. They really come alive off the page, which is what I look for most in a story. Best of all, Singh has a wonderful talent for writing. This book is a clever as t is entertaining. There's a good pace from start to finish, it never got boring for even a minute, the imagery is exceptional, and there's a satisfying sense of a complete story that, nevertheless, leaves you eager for more.
psychobabble4u on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. Lately when I read "paranormal romance" I end up putting the book down before finishing for a variety of reasons: the characters are too unbelievable, the writing is bad, or the plot is too simple(boring)/too complicated(confusing) to follow. I liked the characters, and the story was interesting.
reneebooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book! I loved the world building and I can't wait to go back there with the next one. StS is set in an alternate reality Earth with three species: Psy, changeling and human. The Psy are an interesting species of psychics who are all connected through the PsyNet which is sort of like an internet for their minds. Due to serious problems with insanity and serial killings, the Psy have instituted a program of surpressing all emotion from birth. Sascha Duncan is Psy and knows she has been different all of her life because she has emotions and is desperately trying to keep it a secret. She fears 'rehabilitation' if her ability to feel emotion is discovered which would wipe out her mind. But lately she is having a harder time keeping her emotions under control. Lucas Hunter is a changeling who is a member of the DarkRiver pack of panthers. Changelings feel emotions and are proud of it.The sexual tension between Sascha and Lucas was incredible and the dream scenes set the pages on fire. The characters were all well drawn and the plot fast paced. My only quibble is that I was a bit confused near the end when Sascha 'surfs' the PsyNet searching for clues to help find a serial killer since it was hard to tell what was going on. Other than that I thought the book was nearly perfect and I can't stand the thought of having to wait for the next book. I'll need to keep this one around so I can re-read it before the next one comes out. (Grade: A-)