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Book Review: Slave to Sensation

In a world where three races struggle for domination, Cardinal Psy, Sascha Duncan, struggles to live her life as the perfect Psy: emotionless, heartless, passionless. Devoted only to ambition, power, and commerce, the Psy dominate the business world, using their skills to get the scoop on the rest of the races. And that includes real estate. To broker a deal for her prestigious family, Sascha is thrust into the passionate and sensual world of the changelings—animal shifters who are the sworn protectors of the planet and oftentimes rivals to the Psy. Sasha’s objectives are simple: broker the best deal possible for her family, oversee the contract, and discover whatever she can about these changelings. But her simple objectives are complicated when she meets the head alpha of the change in plan she must work with, Lucas Hunter. Lucas Hunter is a problem. At least he is for Sascha. He’s an alpha. A leader. Passionate. Driven. Complex. And he’s on the hunt for a serial killer targeting changelings. He knows the killer is Psy. He can smell it. And Sascha is his best bet for discovering who the killer is. He was supposed to probe her for information. He didn’t expect to find his soulmate. Especially a soulmate who is a member of the Psy. But when the serial killer abducts the wrong changeling, Lucas and Sascha must hurry to discover the killer before an all out war descends between the changelings and the Psy.

This series was recommended to me by a blogger over on Twitter, and I can really see why people like this series. It’s light, like cotton candy, and super fun to read. The world is fascinating. Set in 2079, this alternate Earth features psychics, shifters, and humans battling for control of the planet. The book throws you into the world by means of what’s essentially a little history lesson. It’ll be interesting to see if this history lesson continues throughout the rest of the series. I liked the characters. But I didn’t love them. I had a hard time with some of their actions. Mostly on Lucas’s side. Sascha is emotionally stunted, but that’s the whole point. I wasn’t a huge fan of how much Lucas pushed her and that he wasn’t good with her boundaries that he kept crossing over them even when she had said no and this includes touching and kissing. I had to keep reminding myself that this was written prior to the start of the #MeToo movement.

Honestly I found the plot and the world much more intriguing than the romance. I figured out who the serial killer was pretty much from the person’s introduction. Which isn’t a problem; it was nice to be right. What was more surprising was some of the other world building and discoveries relating to Sascha herself. It was a fun read, and a good way to pass the time while recovering from an illness. I’m definitely going to check out the next books in the series (Yay Library!). So that means this book gets:

Four stars

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