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Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling #1)

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Nalini Singh dives into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind-and none of the heart.

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
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Berkley Sensation (first published September 1st 2006)
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Kat Kennedy
This is a romance novel. If you're unfamiliar with the romance formula then I'm about to spoil every single romance novel ever:

They all end on a deliriously happy note with an abundance of perfection.

So whilst I won't discuss the actual end to this book, I don't think I really will be spoiling everything if I discuss the TYPE of end this book has and why it means that I just wasn't really meant for the romance genre.

There was a lot to enjoy about this book. For starters, considering it is billed

I honestly don't know what to say about this book that hasn't already been said numerous times other than it's easily become my FAVORITE paranormal romance thus far. There wasn't a single thing about this story that I didn't absolutely and completely love.

I won't go into detail about the plot, the characters, or the writing; there are plenty of fantastic reviews already written that fully express my feelings, thoughts, and sentiments about th
Dec 04, 2013 Dd rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites

A short conversation between me and my conscience-





Oh God.Stop reading Visions of Heat for a second.Shouldn't you be writing a review for this book, instead of starting with the next one immediately?

All right!!!

Readers, this is one of the best PNR I have ever read.Excellent writing.Excellent characters.And a world in which you'll lose yourself.If there is anyone who has not yet read it, please do it ASAP!


Huh.Fine, just do not forget that
Blacky *Romance Addict*
This book goes to one of the best pnr's I've ever read. The writing is phenomenal, so great that I knew just with the first book that I'll be reading all the others :)

I first heard of this series a few months ago, and my reaction was like this: O.o Psychic people devoid of emotions and shape-shifters as couples Photobucket . I decided I definitely wasn't going to read something like that.
I was VERY, very, very, very stupid. Photobucket Photobucket

The story very much remindes me of the movie "Equilibrium", in which the hero l
Mar 17, 2016 Choko rated it really liked it
*** 3.66 ***

A buddy read with the Paranormal Romance friends at BB&B!

The world is divided. It is populated by Psy and Changelings, and human races, all different in their ways of life, mores and codes, things they hold dear. We learn nothing about the humans here, unfortunately. The Psy have been bread out of emotions, which are considered as weaknesses and flaws, a hurdle keeping them away from perfection. The Psy hold power by "linking" into a network of all Psy individual minds, feeding
There are various reasons that I can’t rate this book fairly. You see, there’s too much riding on it. Friendships might be broken, chocolate could be withheld, fisticuffs might ensue. So instead I’ll say this:

If you think that Luke is “yours”, you have another thing coming.

If your name is Joanna, you’ll be pleased to note our friendship isn’t over. Also, your level of crazy far exceeds mine if you have a thing for Enrique.

If your name is FREEBIRD, you may have to choose weapons and seconds to

5 Stars!!! Fantastic! What took me so long to read this?!?!

Out of all the paranormal creatures, shifters are my favorite, and Slave to Sensation, captured the true nature of these sexy human/beasts!!! RAWRRRRR!! The merging of the unfeeling, emotionless citizens of the Psy community, and the touchy feely, possessive Changeling pack members, made for a very sensual, fascinating, and extremely gratifying read. Amazing world building, memorable characters...that got under my skin, terrific dialogu
Val⚜Shameless,  Bitchy, Skanky, & Not Sorry⚜ Mrs. ClayDanvers/RemingtonTate
This is Book One in one of my FAVORITE UF/PNR series of all time.

***This is not really a review per say, just a little note to help those who might be considering starting this series***

After reading this one, some people get concerned that EVERY book will be a Male Changeling / Female Psy coupling - because both Book One and Book Two both are - and since I've been asked numerous times by various friends who are just starting out in this series if such is the case, I decided to list a breakdown
4 -5 stars – Paranormal Romance

Since I’m a little late jumping on the Psy-Changeling series fan bandwagon, there probably isn’t much to add that hasn’t already been said about this fantastic series. Slave to Sensation is a fabulous debut that sets the foundation for the war between the emotionless, cold, psychically powerful Psy race and the Changelings in the year 2079.

In a world where the Psy have enforced a mandatory code of Silence that denies and prohibits all emotion, Psy member Sascha Dun
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
(Edited to add further thoughts.)

5 Stars - Also reviewed at: Lady Jayne's Reading Den
*~*Slave to Sensation *~*

Touching fingertips,
To ice-cold lips,
The skimming touch,
Sensations, too much;
The brushing thigh,
Escaping sigh,
The softest whispers,
Sends primal shivers;
Barely leashed control,
Of a fractured soul,
The heat of skin,
Burst flames within;
Instinctive artistry,
Reactive chemistry,
The ragged breath,
Cerebral death;
Who thought such bliss,
In just one kiss?
Now, his changeling touch, she craves,
Has sh
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

4.5 Holy Hot Shifters stars!

Slave to Sensation is the first book in Nalini Singh’s wildly popular Psy-Changling series. This world she’s created is exciting, passionate, poignant… it’s like none I’ve ever read before.

Dive into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind—and none of the heart…

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 woul
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Boy, I am so glad that I had read one of Nalini Singh's Silhouette Desire novels, and was searching for some more paranormal romances to read and finally picked this one up by her. I kicked myself for having waited so long. I loved this book. Lucas is to die for. He's totally yum. I loved the combination of paranormal with science fiction. I typically find science fiction a little bit dry at times, since I am more of a fantasy person. But there is a perfect mix of science fiction and paranormal ...more
*Buddy read with Sarah. You can read her review here.*

What I expected:
1. Lust at first sight leading to lots of sexy times that magically develop into love overnight.
2. A boring plot.
3. A lickable likable yet cliched hero.
4. A nice but entirely forgettable heroine.
5. A hundred eyeroll-worthy and puke-inducing moments.

What I got:
1. A beautiful romance that slowly develops (emphasis on slowly) into true love on the basis of friendship, understanding, communication, respect, and a healthy dose o
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
5 Wild Stars

This is gonna be short because I have the whole series to re-read to get to the last one.

Why I love this book

1) Lucas is HOT! As an Alpha he is possessive, protective, domineering, caring. All that in just the right measure to be hot and not overbearing.

2) Sascha is so brave. I can't even imagine how hard it must be growing up with secrets that will get you killed when you know that your mind is intimatelly connected to those you're keeping your secrets from.

3) The packs. The packs a
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
I'm not usually a fan of romance and I'm pretty new to PNR so I didn't really know what to expect from this book. I've had the whole series on my Kindle for some time but wasn't planning on reading it until Sarah and Angela ganged up on me. Ah, good old peer pressure never fails! So I decided to give the series a try despite the cheesy titles and ridiculous book covers. Well, I have to say, thank you so much ladies because this was fun!

I expected silly romance but what did I get? Complex, well t
There's just not any other book more worth of a re-read than this one! I'm not kidding. OMG, I mean, I had loved it the first time I read it but nothing close as the way I felt about it this second time. I had completely forgot what it was to be so lost in a book that you didn't notice at all the pass of time. I just couldn't put it down, and every time I checked my clock I was so sure only an hour had passed but so much more had... *blushing, seriously, I completely lost track of time. But what ...more
◊♦ Naomi

To be completely honest, I was only going to give 4.5 stars to this one but that was before I read the two short stories, “The Cannibal Princess” and “The Shower”. I think Nalini should have included these short stories at the end of Slave to Sensation, as a part of the epilogue or something, because I found the ending of the book a bit too abrupt and I was a little disappointed. But I've read the two short stories right after Slave to Sensation and, for me, it was still Lucas and Sascha's story
Jan 20, 2009 Felicia rated it really liked it
Ok, trash trash trash. And this cover is utterly awful, someone get the Barbie Hookah out of there, the pink smoke kills me! But actually, I really enjoyed this book. This is WAY more romance oriented than I usually read, but I was interested in the characters, the world was interesting with the Psy aspect, sci-fi angle something new (Vulcanish perhaps). Whatever, I read it in one sitting, satistfyingly indulgent! I might read another in the series. Maybe.
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
May 09, 2011 Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: paranormal romance and science fiction fans
Recommended to Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) by: Suzanne
How Singh can write such complex storylines and characters with such ease and fluidity is beyond me.

First off, I want to talk about her amazing worldbuilding in this series. It’s only the first book but my god, there is so much depth and complexity to the world that Singh has built! Set well into the future, Singh has created a world were humans live among Psy and Changelings.

Out of the two new races, I must say my favourite has to be the Changelings. There is the DarkRiver panther pack and th

Let`s clear this out. I'm really not into PNR genre.. the blood sucking business is a difficult world for me to engage.Shifters are another realm entirely for me to even begin to grasp.. So when i kept reading the premise of the series i was not very enthusiastic, but i wanted to give it a chance non the less because my very good friends kept throwing the rec my way.

Result = Thoroughly amazed in so many levels for so many reasons.

I have read many mixed opinions. Mainly discrepanci

So... I've heard a lot of good things about this series and since I'm already a big fan of this author's Guild Hunter series, I knew there would come a time to read this series. BUT FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, WHY DID NOBODY TELL ME IT WAS THIS FREAKING GOOD SOONER!!! It's what I've been waiting my whole life for! And now I've finally found it! Thank you, Nalini! THANK YOU!!!


Annnnd on to the next book it is!!!

Hey! If you are a guy, then please wait a minute, I have a question to ask you. No, please wait, just a minute. Yes, I know you only stumbled across this review by accident, but bear with me, I will get back to you in a minute.

I'm sure this book would have impressed me more if I already hadn't read most of the books in the Dark Hunter series. Now, before you Psy-Changeling fans start a Lynch Kim Facebook group, hear me out. I already had my share of hunky men with amazing bodies, who have voices
This is one of those books that nearly loses me because of a very bad cover. The cover is violently pink and purple with a bad title font and a cheesy-looking guy staring seductively out. Urgh. The celebrity author plug made me laugh, too. Christine Feehan (whose books I really don't like) proclaims, "I LOVE this book! It's a must read for all of my fans!" Uhh... I know that she's trying to bring her considerable fanbase in, but that sounds really conceited, haha.

However, I was drawn in first by
Emily May
Jun 13, 2011 Emily May rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr, 2011
This book receives so many rave reviews that I guess I was just expecting a bit of something more. In fact, I was fully convinced before I started that I would probably give this book a 4 star rating, it just shows that I should stop making predictions - I'm usually wrong. I will say that I liked it enough to take a curious look into the rest of the series, it's not as if they're particularly difficult to read so I don't mind as much suffering through them.

The thing about this novel was that I
♥~♥Geri ~ the Racy Lit Reader ♥~♥
I can probably count with one hand the paranormal books I've read since I learned how to read. To say that I'm not much of a fan of the genre is an understatement. But in keeping with a promise I made to myself to step out of my comfort zone this year, I finally picked this series up. Guess what? I am so, so glad I've decided to start this series.

Slave to Sensation, the first book to Nalini Singh acclaimed Psy-Changeling series made a slave forever to Ms. Singh. Not kidding. I loved her style o
Kate Phoenix
5 Unfortunately I can’t give it more as Goodreads won’t let me Stars.

When you read a lot of pnr/uf you need something that stands out of the mass otherwise you think that you are reading the same things. Finding something as exceptional, unique and remarkable as what I read with a Slave to Sensation is rare.

I worship the ground that Ms. Singh has walked on since the Guild Hunter series. Admittedly I read both a sample of Angel Blood & Slave to Sensation a couple of years ago and I wasn’t im
I've been waffling on whether or not to read this series for a long time. I bought the seventh one, Blaze of Memory, on a whim a while back but never really read it. Once I started hanging around Goodreads, I met a bunch of people who read the series and loved it. So I was finally convinced to give it a try annnnndddd...I loved it. I loved Singh's world-building, character-building, and just the general awesomeness of the book and dialogue. Obviously, there are still some loose ends left untied ...more
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
4.5 Stars

Why did I wait so long to read this book?! It has been waiting on my shelf for a while. I am so glad that I have picked it up; it was one of the best new (to me) paranormal romances I have read in a while.

It is set in the future where the human races have branched out into 3 distinct peoples, the powerful Psy, Changelings, and normal Humans. The Psy have tried to get rid of all emotions through a programme called Silence that started generations ago, they have enhanced psychic abilities
Camila, the opinionated Catruler
Apr 21, 2016 Camila, the opinionated Catruler rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like PNR with good plotlines and original worldbuilding
First read: 3.5*
Second read: 5*
Third read: 5* (view spoiler)
Fourth read: 5*


Quite simply, this book is like coming home.
Dec 04, 2012 Sans rated it it was amazing
Can I give this ten stars? Or fifty? I'm a bit speechless. Not sure if I'll be able to form a coherent review that involves more than gushing gibberish interspersed with fangurl squeeing, even in a day or two. Epic, awesome, and I need to get the books I'm missing from this series. Right now.
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I've been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There's no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted t ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Psy-Changeling (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • Visions of Heat (Psy-Changeling, #2)
  • Caressed by Ice (Psy-Changeling, #3)
  • Mine to Possess (Psy-Changeling, #4)
  • Hostage to Pleasure (Psy-Changeling, #5)
  • Branded by Fire (Psy-Changeling, #6)
  • Blaze of Memory (Psy-Changeling, #7)
  • Bonds of Justice (Psy-Changeling, #8)
  • Play of Passion (Psy-Changeling, #9)
  • Kiss of Snow (Psy-Changeling, #10)
  • Tangle of Need (Psy-Changeling, #11)

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“Sometimes I remember that I can't always protect those I love." Under his fingers, her hair was soft and silky.

She didn't try to tell him that he wasn't God, that he couldn't protect everyone. He knew that.

But knowing and believing were two different things. What she did say succeeded in stopping his heart. "I wish you'd love me."


Because then maybe you could protect me, too" Haunting sorrow whispered through her tone.”
“She was his and he was hers. They had under-the-skin privileges.” 92 likes
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