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Slave to Sensation

(Psy-Changeling #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  70,542 ratings  ·  4,359 reviews
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 would be to sentence herself to the horror of “rehabilitation”—the complete psychic erasure of everythi
Mass Market Paperback, 334 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Berkley Sensation
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Brit Ok so this is a huge list - but I promise all the books listed really great or at least very good if not great)

Elder Races - Thea Harrison (The MOST s…more
Ok so this is a huge list - but I promise all the books listed really great or at least very good if not great)

Elder Races - Thea Harrison (The MOST similar to psy-changeling series in my opinion...)
Immortals After Dark by Kresley Cole is a close second...although some of the books beat psy-changeling books in my opinion (same with Elder Races)...also the novellas for Thea Harrison are seriously amazing, just like psy-changeling novellas are great. (Also, this series is great in audio)

Kingmaker - Amanda Bouchet

K.f. Breene - ALL her books but in order from favorite to (still great but..)less favorite - Fire and Ice, Darkness, Fate of Perfection, Warrior Chronicles... but really all these are FUN reads! And the first 3 series listed are not only cool PNR but funny too!

Burn in You- suzanne Collins (more interesting and likeable characters than Phoenix pack series by the same great romance and really funny)

Kate Daniels - Ilona Andrews

Poison Study(and spin off series) - Maria V. Snyder - LOVE LOVE! (Also this is a great series to listen to on audio)

Graceling series - Kristen Cashore - highly recommend!

Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J Maas (AMAZING book 2 and 3, and better than Throne of Glass series, which I highly recommend also)

Walker Saga - Jaymin Eve (really interesting world, and like this series each book has new main characters)

Charley Davidson - Darynda Jones (Awesome series with so many LOL moments)

Seven Realms - Cinda Williams Chima (OMG you will love this series!)
OMG how could I forget - Immortals after Dark is AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME! Definitely start with "A war lord wants forever, I think its listed as .5) (Also, this series is great in audio)

Fae Chronicles - Amelia Hutchins ( really really recommend this series, LOL moments, fun world, no annoying characters...just really great.

Ollie Witt - Donna Augustine (only 1 book out but a good start to a series that I am sure will be great)

Pride - Shelley Laurensten (the world and characters are more fun than serious and definitely LOL moments here and there)

Bargainer - Laura Thalassa (1 book out so far but the second book to be released soon) - This is also a top pick..

Dragons of Bloodfire - Erin Kellison (I loved book 1 and enjoyed book 2, I am not sure why it isn't more popular but, in my opinion I really liked it, and if you have read through the suggestions thus far and agree with me about the ones you have read, then I me and not the mixed review for this series)

The Remnant Chronicles - Mary Pearson (This series was amazeballs! AND the series is complete so you can read it straight through without waiting for the next in the series to be released.)

An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir (GREAT start to a series)

Vampire Academy - another series that is complete.

Starbound and Illuminae Files - Amie Kaufman (more sci-fi than paranormal but definitely good reads)Nightwalker - Jacquelyn Frank (I loved this series, but World of Nightwalker series is really bad! and her stand alones aren't great either. but THIS series I highly recommend. AND the series is complete - so no waiting)

Both C.L Wilson series - Tairen Soul series is complete. Weathermages series book 1 was really good, but the second book is seriously taking forever, which is really annoying...
And just some other series to check into -

Seven - Dannika Dark

Immortal Guardians and The Gifted Ones - Dianne Duvall

Black Daggar Brotherhood - alot of people LOVE this series but I think its good, not great)

Lords of Underworld - Gena Showalter

Kricket - Amy Bartel (series complete)

The Black Mage - Rachel E. Carter (series complete and book 1 is so much less than the rest of the series, so if you start this series and are unsure if you want to continue, DO continue because the rest of the series gets better with every book).

Blood Destiny - Helen Harper

Fever - Karen Marie Moning

Merry Gentry - Laurell K Hamilton - VERY graphic sex and erotica (just warning you)

A few standalones -
Firebird - Susanna Kearsley(the audiobook is AMAZING - irish accents!!)
Anything by Marissa Meyer!!
The Duke of Shadows - Meredith Duran - some really memorable moments and a sweet romance

Ok these are NOT PNR but still HIGHLY RECOMMENDED -

Maiden Lane - Elizabeth Hoyt (books 3 on are my favorites, you dont necessarily need to read in order)

Neighbors from Hell - Hilarious series and the book that is the 1 historical romance (the original family) is so so funny with the sweetest romance and ending!

I hope I have given you many choices that you have not already read! Please let me know your opinion on my suggestions!(less)
M.L. Sparrow In my opinion, the first few books could act as stand-alones though you won't get the full effect, however, the story line gets more complex as it goe…moreIn my opinion, the first few books could act as stand-alones though you won't get the full effect, however, the story line gets more complex as it goes on so you probably should read them all in order. I absolutely love this series and would definitely recommend it! (less)

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Val ⚓️ Shameless Handmaiden ⚓️
***Updated for book 19***

This is the kick starter for one of my FAVORITE UF/PNR series of all time.



TIME, people.

If you love paranormal romance and/or urban fantasy, look no further than this series.

Look no further than Nalini Singh.

Her writing is flawless.
Her world building is incredible.
And her characters and story lines are in a league of their own.



See what I did there?

Side note: I actually have a love/hate relationship with this movie. When you played softball for 16+ ye
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
Sep 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
#2 in my chain-smoking. I don't know what's happened, truly I don't. I probably have QB™ again.

At any rate, now I understand why Singh is so popular and has approximately ninety books in this series. First, brilliant set up: a race of highly emotion-blocked psychic people finally getting in touch with their emotions and the physical sensations in their bodies (we'll set aside pain at the moment, but if Singh is any type of erotic scene writer, I fully expect it). Second, combine them with an ad
Phuong ✯
– 2.25 stars

Do you ever start a series, because you want to read the 12th book in the series? No? only me? Okay. 😔

I was super excited to start Slave to Sensation , because as I said, I can't wait to get to Heart of Obsidian. I heard SO MUCH praise for Heart of Obsidian that I knew I needed to read that book and my brain dictates me to read the series all in order starting with Slave to Sensation . And oh boy did that not go well. Usually, when I go into a book, I have a pretty good fee
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 Feels for the first time stars

Slave to Sensation is my first book by Nalini Singh and I really enjoyed it. I know I have had this baby on my kindle for a few years now and I sit here and wonder why I waited so long to start this series. I loved the whole world set up. The Psy being all mind with great psychic powers, and no feelings , the Changelings being shifters that feel greatly, and of course the boring humans. I do wish there would have been a bit more paranormal world development as
Jul 14, 2013 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 th
Giorgia ~ Reads
3.75 Stars

One of the things that I liked most about this story is the world building. It wasn’t necessarily intricate nor was I blown away by the concept BUT I have never read anything similar.

There are 3 kinds of people in this world. The Psy, the Changelings (who are basically shifters - so nothing new there) and the Humans who didn’t really make an appearance in this book but I think we will have human characters in the next instalments.

It’s the first category- the Psy - who give flavour
chan ☆
tragically, this is gonna be a dnf for me

i really wanted to like this because i really like nalini's writing and while the guild hunters series is not my favorite i figured maybe psy-changeling might be a game changer. and this is a first book in a series so i don't want to judge too harshly... but i don't think this is going to work for me. it's almost the antithesis to everything that paranormal is in my eyes: passionate, fated mates etc. with psy characters... they're emotionless or at least
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 t
Mar 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
I FINALLY picked this book up after it's been on my tbr years. This is a book that you definitely have to pay attention to because of the unique world. I am still a bit confused about how the whole network and mind stuff works and I do wish we got a bit more of the changelings in here. But the romance was AMAZING and I really loved Lucas and Sascha's relationship. I am such a sucker for fated mates and loved how deeply they fell for each other. I loved the dreams they had together and how Sascha ...more

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!!!

Emily May
Mar 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, pnr
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
Sophia Triad
Sascha Duncan (Psy) and Lucas Hunter (Changeling)

This was about murder… and the greatest lie that had ever been perpetuated by a race upon its own kind.

This book is an impressive start to a series that I have a feeling that it will become one of my favourite PNR series.

Psy-world is an interesting different new world. I haven't read anything similar before to be honest. The Psy have great psychic powers, but not feelings or desires.
They basically live in two worlds:
1. The real world which al
✘✘ 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
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, 2020, paranormal
Every once in a while, I feel like reading a romance book as a “guilty pleasure”. It's no guilty as much as a mindless/fun book. Since even then I can no longer stand NA, I find paranormal romance to be the most suitable choice. Having read Angel’s Blood and enjoyed it, I started Slave to Sensation knowing how famous it is among the fans of this genre.

The first half was rather enjoyable but the second was very predictable (saw most of the “twists” coming) and it became a bit boring. Angel’s Blo
Bhavya Marya
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranomal

The word buliding in this book is honestly SO GOOD. I just kept on wanting to discover the world. I was hooked to the book from the begining. Seriously, I could not stop reading it. I read it in one single sitting. Sleep is overrated anyways.

Nalini Singh's writing is just fantastic. The story and the world she came up with is so amazingly unique.
Along with everything else, this book had a great romance and so much action.

Discovering Sascha and how her mind works wa
The cover of this book? The name of this book? I was like no-way-Jose. But, then Jose said to me, "jilly, stop being a snob. Your friends all loved this book for a reason. Now, go read it." That Jose is so freaking smart.

and a cheerful mofo too!

Anyhoo, the world-building in this book is fun. We have humans (boooring), Changelings (shapeshifters), and people called "Psy's" who are psychically gifted and connected to each other through a network in their brains. The Psy race undergoes a treatment
Jan 20, 2009 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.
Aug 12, 2014 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 thei
1st read - 27th March 2016, 2nd read - 29th May 2017, 3rd read - 3rd May 2020

One of the best series in PNR out there.

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
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook-owned
4.5 stars - I remember enjoying this one the first time I read it, but this time? I could not put it down. I laughed, I cried, I stayed up until like 3am and am now a zombie. Cannot wait to talk about this on the podcast!
Jun 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Karla by: Jayne, Kris and Autumn

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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

Well I think the Psy's are jerks. Except for Sascha and a few others!

Anyway, Psy's are made to feel no emotion, void, nothing, zip, zilch. But . . . Sascha has feelings and if they find out she is "broken" they will rehabilitate her or kill her. REALLY?

Because I'm broken. And the Psy don't allow borken creatures to live.

The Changelings are the shifters and they are cool and then there are humans but they don't take on a big role in the book.

Sascha is sent by her mom who is on the Psy Council
 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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
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
4 ½-5 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 Du
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
It's been a little over a year since I read this the first time. I wasn't really impressed, but I just finished the Guild Hunter series (LOVED it), so I decided to give Singh's other series another shot.

I'm glad I did.

I might have been in a reading slump the last time I read Slave to Sensation, or maybe I just couldn't get past the cheesy (and let's be real--it is cheesy) title and book cover. Whatever it was, second time was the (a?) charm.

Sascha is a Psy. That means she's been trained to be a
Robin (Bridge Four)
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Reread Time

I enjoyed this more the second read. Maybe because I knew more about the word or maybe because I love Sasha and Lucas more now so I was more invested in seeing them again. I'm not sure but I'd say 4-4.25 Stars this time around.

First Read

This is Vulcan’s without pointy ears meets Shape Shifters. How could I not like it?

Sasha is a Vulcan, I mean Psy. The Psy do not have any emotions and have evolved enough to interact with each other on a psychic plane, sorta like the internet. Well all
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Still liked it*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

Re-read: 29.10.2018
I got curious as to why I had liked this book the first time reading as I couldn't remember a thing about it or why I stopped. The book center around ‘flawed’ Psy Sascha Duncan (26) and alpha changeling; a black panther (or a leopard?), Lucas Hunter (33). Lucas is hunting a Psy killer, and he plans to use Sascha do get an 'in', however, Sascha is not what it seems. Sascha is broken, her mind-shields are crumbling and she has little time left
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