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.
How have I not read this series before?! I was on a mission for another amazing adult series similar to Patricia Briggs and Ilona Andrews, so I went on a Goodreads hunt. I ran across this one, and it was actually available through my library’s ebook site, so I grabbed it the first change I got! OH. MY. GOD. Nalini Singh is a writing genius. I loved every single second of this book. I’m so so so so so so so SO excited that I found this series!
I absolutely adored the whole concept of the Psy world. Sascha was an amazing character. It was really interesting watching her go back and forth between no emotion and allowing herself to feel some emotion. The emotionless demeanor of the Psy world was just…..so cool!
The blend between the Psy and Changeling world was utter perfection! I really liked how Lucas and Sascha started out so hesitant around each other. It was a love/hate/emotionless relationship that progressed each and every page. I liked how Lucas was such dominant male character who challenged Sascha to every single one of her limits and was still always there to catch her if she fell. They were such a magnificent couple!
There were a couple of things that knocked the rating down to a 3.5 First, I didn’t like that I knew who the murderer was from the very beginning of the book. I wasn’t shocked at all. In fact, I would have been shocked if I was wrong. The author gave it away from the very get-go. She didn’t even try to challenge the mind or anything. She just laid it out there point blank. I like to be challenged when it comes to murder mysteries. I don’t want the answer up front. Second, for an emotionless world, I found the Psy to be full of emotion. I understand that the whole point was for the Psy to be releasing emotion and fighting the Psy system, but I mean……they ALL were full of anger, power, and hate. I didn’t run across a single Psy who didn’t feel some sort of emotion. It was just really confusing that the whole series was focused around the Psy not having any emotion at all.
Overall, I adored this book. I did think that there were some flaws but nothing that took away from the book as a whole. I’m already reading the second book, and I LOVE it! I have every intention of straight binging this entire series all the way through! If you’re a fan of adult urban fantasy/paranormal series, then go read this one ASAP!
Publication Date: September 5th, 2006
Publisher: Berkley Sensation