Slave to Sensation

The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, #2)

Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
Pub­lisher: Berkley Sensation
Pages: Paperback, 334 pages
Series: Psy-Changeling
Pub­li­ca­tion date: September 5th 2006

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...

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 clichéd 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 of chemistry.
2. An extremely interesting plot with some of the greatest world-building I've ever come across in PNR.
3. A delicious hero I adored.
4. A lonely and heartbroken heroine I really liked.
5. Witty banter and thoroughly engaging dialogue...for the first half. The second part did have those above-mentioned moments, but they were only about two dozen in number. Yippee.

To sum it up, I loved the beginning of the story and it only got better and better. Up until the middle, when Sascha and Lucas get together for real. It simply went downhill from there and everything was surrounded by So. Much. Drama! What completely killed the 4-stars I was leaning towards was Sascha's self-sacrificing act towards the end. I can't stand those, and hers was one of the most melodramatic of the lot.

That aside, I love nearly all of the supporting members of the cast. Right now, I'm most intrigued by Hawke and Brenna. I have around ten more books to go before getting to know Hawke properly, but Brenna's story isn't too far off and I can't wait to read it. But before that, I plan on reading Tammy and Nate's novella, An Enchanted Season, because I loved these two much more than Lucas and Sascha.

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