Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh, published by Gollancz in 2010
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.
'Slave to Sensation' is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh. I have wanted to read this series for such a long time. I first saw it highly recommended by another blogger, but as I always have such a towering TBR pile, it's taken me this long to get around to giving it a try. I'm a massive Christine Feehan fan, so I thought that it would probably be quite similar to some of her books. There were certain aspects which definitely reminded me of Feehan's writing and plots.
There are two different groups in the book - the Psy and the Changelings. Sascha is a Psy - people who cannot feel emotion and have certain psychic powers and controls. What is apparent about Sascha from the very start, is that she is different. She experiences and feels things that she shouldn't feel and this alone is enough to place her in grave danger. She was an interesting character and I enjoyed finding about more about how the Psy live.
Her opposite in the book is Lucas, a Changeling. He can change into a panther and is determined to find the Psy who is responsible for killing his packmates. He was hot, hot, hot! He recognises something in Sascha from the start and their developing relationship was one of my favourite aspects of the story.
I love paranormal romances and this one came laced with an edge of danger and suspense which kept me glued to the pages. I was really impressed with this opening instalment to the series and I'm dying to read the rest of Nalini Singh's books now. If it's as good as this one then I'm going to be in for a real treat!