Nalini Singh dives into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind - and none of the heart. Born a Psy, Sascha Duncan must hide the emotions that mark her as flawed. But a passionate Changeling will tempt her to reveal everything - and risk her very soul.
Mind over matter: listen to more in the Psy-Changeling series.
©2006 Nalini Singh (P)2011 Tantor
"This book is a must even for those uninitiated in the paranormal genre." (Romantic Times)
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I almost didn't buy this book because the description was vague at best...boy did the publisher do a disservice to this book. If I did the blurb it was say something like....”Sasha has known all her life that as a Psy there were certain expectations she MUST live up to…no fear….no emotion…no humanity. Yet all her life Sasha knew that she was different from other Psy, and lived in each day in fear that someone else would find out her secret. To live up to her mother’s high expectations Sasha must oversee a building project for her people, but when she stares across the table at proposed builder Lucas Hunter…a Changling… a species fully capable of emotion, she starts to lose her hold on the lie that has been her life and embrace her desire.
I have never read or listened to these books but they were always recommended. I was pleasantly surprised. I loved the fact that it was too much sex but it was enough passion to make it romantic. It was a nice love story. The characters were well written and believeable. I have never written a review before but when I book makes you lose sleep and rewind for when apparently you took a nap well in my book that is good. There are great reviews also found on Amazon.com which also led me to use my credit. I do believe I will continue to listen to this series.
I have read Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series and have waited for Audible to acquire these books. I enjoyed them immensely through reading and hoped to enjoy listening. Wonderfully out of the ordinary storyline and characters. I'd recommend this series to anyone looking for something new and in a futuristic type world.
I've heard the first 4 books so far. This first book in the series was very good for a romance. The second was sadly cliche both in the dominant-submissive romance dynamic and authors choice of words. But Book 1 was strong enough that I was still willing to try books 3 & 4 and the series just keeps getting better. The author keeps using the words "dominant male" and "possess" but the actual dynamics are sophisticated and modern.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
I think it could be good but as a first there were too many characters, all their descriptions, all their special powers, their partners, their relationship to each other, the tragedy in their past and on and on and on....my brain was overloaded. I usually like A. Dawe but she was extra monotone in this book and with all the characters again it was difficult to keep up.
The good news...it was a daily deal.
But there was a good sex scene.
I liked the world creation and character definitions. But the method of storytelling didn’t work for me. Too much drama was in the head instead of normal dialogue and action. There were too many mental ponderings and inaccurate assumptions. Some of this would be ok, but there was too much of it. It dominated the story. I needed to see more physical activity. Examples follow.
1. A Is thinking: We need to do B, but if C happens, then I’ll have to do D, and then I’ll worry about E, but F has special powers and I don’t know if my shields will hold. (mental ifs and thens.)
2. Lucas tells Sasha he likes her smell. Later Sasha tells herself she must leave him because: he is using her, he’s exploiting her, he thinks she stinks. (He just told her he liked her smell.)
3. A is planning to die because she believes that is the only way to do something. So the reader is worried. A doesn’t tell anyone, or consider other possibilities, or ask questions. Then B does something. Now A is surprised to learn she won’t die after all. She didn’t know B could do that.
4. Someone tells the changelings who the killer is. The next scene has the changelings report back that they killed the killer and did such and such with his body. That should have been shown. I wanted to see how the changelings arrived, what they said, watch the fight, see the killer suffer, save the victim, talk to the victim. None of that was shown. It was just a couple sentences afterwards. A let down.
This is book #1. There are many books in the series. I read book #3 five years ago and gave it 2 stars. I wanted to give the series another chance with this book, but I guess it’s not for me.
The narrator Angela Dawe was very good.
Genre: paranormal romance
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - Sasha is a psy who is supposedly incapable of human emotion. Lucas is a changeling (a human with a panther lying just beneath the surface.) They share a physical attraction for each other, but pursuing a relationship will have its challenges. Throw in a business venture and a kidnapping which they must investigate together, and you've got the basic formula for this story.
This was my first experience with psys and changelings, so I enjoyed learing about these two species, however, once I became comfortable with the characters and their unusual powers I found nothing left besides your basic sexy romance story. There is a decent plot behind the romance and I enjoyed the book, but I was hoping for more from this series that just wasn't there.
NARRATION - The narrator does a pretty good job and I like the male voice she gives to Lucas. She rushes a bit between chapters sometimes, which can be distracting. A pregnant pause would give the listener a moment to think about what has just happened and change gears for what's to come.
OVERALL - If you're looking for a sexy supernatural romance, you will probably enjoy this book. The story underlying the romance is okay but could have been much better.
It took me awhile to take a chance on these books but I just finished the first one and went straight to download the next. First time listening to this author. Glad I took a chance.
When I first came across this series, I looked at the cover and thought "2012 Harlequin". The description was just enough to make me take the chance and I'm glad I did. My only complaint: With all the beauty she describes of people with genetic backgrounds from all over the world, the covers look like updated Harlequin novels with the only indication that they're meant to be the main characters being hair color and tattoos. *Shrug*
Since this was my first Psy-Changeling novel of any kind, it was a learning experience and really a good read. Sascha and Lucas' interactions are priceless from beginning to end. The plot weaving around them had me totally looking forward to book number 2.
have not read print version.
When she found out that she was not "defective" or of lesser vale than other psy but was part of a segment of psy that they tried to wipe out.
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