Because, BEARS.

I’ll concede right now that I read a lot. And a lot of what I read isn’t worth reviewing, as I read to clear my head before sleep, or to drown out the chaos around me. This last two weeks with the cold virus has been awful and I haven’t retained a lot. Except, bears.

The latest Psy-Changeling book was released last week, and a couple of days later the e-book dropped into my Kindle. Oops. Oddly enough (given we live in a tech world and I’d also pre-ordered the audiobook for the same release date) Audible didn’t deliver that version until the evening. I will say it was harder than usual to work that day as all I wanted to do was hibernate. I should have taken a leave day and curled up – I would have had six un-interrupted hours in between the school run, so totally worth it. Next time!

BLURB: Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater bears, brings with him.
Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence—her mind clear of all emotion—Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious…and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.
Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed…

I really enjoyed this book. It’s the first in the Trinity story arc and so, so different a world from the first book, Slave to Sensation (2006!) yet still the same. Seeing a glimpse of some older characters settles my need to have linking books, and I can see a few of the issues that the three cultures need to resolve showing thru to what will form at least the next few books (note Nalini, you need to give us more than just the Trinity conclusion!!) but as ever, Nalini’s characters are not entirely predictable (bears!). The only thing that I found jarring was who the culprit was, and I can’t say more than that so early on in the publication life. Perhaps after I’ve re-read (or finished listening) that will settle on me. I can inadvertently not “grab” a meaning because I am devouring the book too fast & I suspect that’s the case here.

Because I don’t seek to fund this blog & I purchased these editions, I won’t give specific links but you can read an excerpt or look for local editions on Nalini’s site : 

Lastly – I much prefer the darker UK covers. Thankfully that’s what we get down here 🙂

REVIEW Slave to Sensation

If you’re a guy, tune out…now.


the first edition cover

STS is the first book in the Psy-Changeling paranormal romance series by Nalini Singh. It was one of the first paras I read, way way way back in 2008 when I was working with the Fiction buyer at the then major book chain here in NZ, and set the standard as to what I expect –clever hot guys, clever powerful women, family ties, punctuation & depth. I’m not going to go in-depth on the book as I really think you’ll enjoy it without my spoilers!

this was the cover of my print versions - lining up the cover guys always made them look odd!

this was the cover of my print versions – lining up the cover guys always made them look odd!

If I owned a print version still, it would be on my Keeper shelf. That’s the one marked “family-do-not-touch-even-if-I’m-dead”. As it is, it lies on both my eReaders and is regularly re-read, as I like to do before each new title comes out. Nothing like a binge! I would like to note that I was very generous and gave away my print versions to someone who had lost their stash & have regretted it ever since!

new slave

the new cover

Synopsis: 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 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 co-existence, 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…

  • There’s a prize draw to celebrate the launch of the new cover, which is open until May 31st (NZ Time). You could win one of 5 Psy-Changeling Prize Packs for 5 winners, open internationally!

One Prize Pack =

– 1 Penguin tote bag

– Books 1-5 in Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series, including the newly repackaged Slave to Sensation!

Followers will recognize the name – I reviewed one of Nalini’s contempory romances recently AND LOVED IT:

Excerpt link

Link to free Psy-Changeling Short Stories

And lastly, if you need incentives to sign up to her eNewsletter, Nalini bribes with free stories on the newsletters first: