She was his and he was hers. They had under-the-skin privileges.

Redonk Nutshell: Psy woman finds herself experiencing intense emotion toward a shape shifter

I’m a big fan of Nalini Singh, and for awhile I had thought about trying out her other series, The Psy-Changeling series. I finally got around to it recently, and I’m glad I did. I was a bit put off at first with the idea of shapeshifters.  They don’t really do much for me.  The whole pack mentality thing, and the animalistic behavior just doesn’t appeal to me.  I put aside my own prejudice and mentally prepared myself. I’m glad I did, because I really had to have a clear slate to accept the complex and crazy world Ms. Singh has built.

In this world there are two kinds of humans: Psy and Changelings. The Psy are people with crazy intense psychic abilities. Their minds are literally linked in a psychic Net that keeps them all intermingled.  Different Psy have different strengths (telekinesis, healing, etc.). The kicker, however, is that the Psy have all but eradicated emotion in their race. They are cold, calculating, and brilliant. Any of their kind that emit any sort of emotion or weakness are “rehabilitated,” basically wiped clean, and used for menial labor. This lack of emotion is called “Silence” by the Psy and is ingrained into their children from a ridiculously young age.

The shifters are humans who can shapeshift into a specific animal. They typically live in packs and are ruled by alphas.  They mate for life, and are all very closely knit.  The shifters are wary of The Psy, and rightfully so because of the Psy’s emotional and clinical detachment from the shifter’s very intimate pack life.

Sasha Duncan is a Cardinal Psy with a dilemma.  She’s different.  She has no definable strength, and she’s struggling to keep emotions, which shouldn’t be in existence, on the down low. When she’s brought in a project to work with the Leopard shifters, she struggles to remain unmoved by their alpha, Lucas.  Lucas is having a similar dilemma, and he find he can’t keep himself from provoking the intriguing Psy.

When these two team up to track down a rogue Psy who is butchering the changelings, they find themselves battling a forbidden attraction.

I very much enjoyed this book! I loved the world building (so unique!), and I really found Sasha intriguing.  I was able to overcome my dislike for shapeshifters and found myself really enjoying the interaction with the leopards, and eventually the wolves.  Ms. Singh is extremely talented at building up the sexual tension, and it really packs a punch in this book.

I’m definitely looking forward to reading more of this series.  So glad I finally gave it a shot.

Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh (Psy-Changeling #1)

Rating: B

Romance: 4/5              Raunch: 3/5

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