Narrator: Angela Dawe
Length: 9 hrs 39 mins
Published by Berkley on September 5, 2006
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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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.
After a lot of urging from friends, I finally was able to start a Nalini Singh book. It was a tough choice as I had heard that both the Guild Hunters and the Psy-Changelings were really good. After a flip of a coin, the Psy-Changelings won out.
This was a really different world that Nalini has created. The Psy are a different type of character than what I’ve come across before and found that I spent a lot of time studying their abilities as they were revealed.
Having some kind of Psy “flaw” would probably be the only way to make a Psy character likable. The make-up of the Psy would make Sascha a pretty boring character without those flaws. She is so scared of her flaws being found out and being “rehabilitated”. This fear is made even worse when a certain Changeling comes into her life and causes total upheaval.
I am a shifter fan, so of course I liked Lucas. His pack was trying to find the Psy who so horribly killed one of their members. Their approach was very strategic. The Changelings are anything but the animals the Psy believe them to be. This could be why the Council was so interested in the information Sascha could bring back to them. The leopard Changelings are a successful, organized pack.
The special connection between Lucas and Sascha was beyond the physical. This made it so much easier for Lucas to win Sascha over. She knew she was going to be rehabilitated so she refused to mate with Lucas. The way this is worked out brings about a change that is not only going to affect Sascha and Lucas, but all the Sentinels as well. I thought it was played as a really good prelude to upcoming books featuring the Sentinels.
I really enjoyed Slave to Sensation. Lucas and Sascha were great leads with a lot of fight in them. The dynamics of the pack are shaping up to be really interesting and I can’t wait to see just what all they have their hands in. We are introduced to the next animal pack and I have to say, I really love their alpha. I think the stories from their pack are going to be really fun.
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- 2015 Audiobook Challenge