Wednesday, June 30, 2010

review: SLAVE TO SENSATION by Nalini Singh

Psy-Changeling #1
Penguin: Berkley Sensation
released September 5, 2006
source: bookstore
352 pages


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…


Sascha Duncan is a psy, having been trained since birth to feel no emotions whatsoever. But she has a secret - and it's becoming more and more difficult to contain the feelings that mark her as flawed.
Lucas Hunter is a changeling. Emotions and sensuality have been bred into his kind. He needs Sascha in order to break into the upper ranks of Psy society and find the killer who is preying on his kind. What he can't figure out is why she intrigues him so much. He should be turned off by her icy demeanor, yet instead he finds himself increasinly drawn to her with every passing day.
As Sascha enters Changeling society and begins to understand their ways, will she be able to let go of everything she has ever known to follow her heart?
I can't believe I waited so long to read this book! My copy has the original, very cheesy pink cover, not the lovely UK cover, and it was tough to get past that roadblock. However, many people from my online book groups have recommended the Psy-Changelings series, and I finally broke down and read it.
Pretty much the only thing I have against this book is the distinct lack of commas, but beyond that it is fantastic. Singh introduces the reader to this alternate world but doesn't overwhelm us with too many details all at once, which is a common mistake with first-in-a-series books. Written mostly from Sascha's point of view, we are also given an insider view of Changeling society from Lucas's perspective. The interplay between a supposedly frigid Psy and a sensuous leopard Changeling is simply captivating.

Monday, June 28, 2010

review: THE DEMON IN ME by Michelle Rowen

THE DEMON IN ME by Michelle Rowen
Living in Eden #1
Penguin: Berkley
released May 4, 2010
source: bookstore
326 pages

rating: LOVED IT!

Hell hath no fury . . .

Fate has led Eden Riley to become a “psychic consultant” to the police, even though her abilities are unreliable at best. Those paranormal powers are about to get her into a jam she couldn’t have predicted. After her hunky police detective partner guns down a serial killer in front of her, Eden realizes that she’s quite literally no longer alone. A voice in her head introduces himself as Darrak. He’s a demon. But not in a bad way!

. . . like a woman possessed.

Darrak lost his original body 300 years ago thanks to a witch’s curse. This is the first time he’s ever been able to speak directly to a host, plus there’s a bonus. Eden’s psychic energy helps him to take form during daylight hours. He wants to use this chance to find a way to break his curse — finally. Otherwise, Eden’s going to have to learn to live with this sexy demon…like it or not.
And she thinks she might like it.


Eden Riley's life has just become infinitely more complicated.

After a serial killer is killed right before her eyes, Eden realizes that she is no longer completely alone in her head. She's now possessed by a demon. Because of her psychic abilities, Darrak is able to communicate with her telepathically. He is even able to get his body back during the day - for the first time in three hundred years.

However, Eden has a bigger problem. If she doesn't help Darrak break the curse that destroyed his body, she'll die within the year.

The Demon in Me is fantastically written. I had only read her two young adult novels (Reign or Shine and Reign Check) before cracking open this book, but I think she shines as both a young adult and an adult novelist. Eden's world is filled with psychics, witches, demons, shapeshifters... and one very determined exorcist. Action and witty banter follow Eden's attempts to rid herself of her demonic companion, all the while trying to keep her life together.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

2010 Summer Romance Challenge

My goal is to read 16 romance novels between June 1st and September 30th.

  1. Fired Up by Jayne Ann Krentz
  2. Burning Lamp by Amanda Quick
  3. Riding the Storm by Sydney Croft
  4. If Angels Burn by Lynn Viehl
  5. The Demon in Me by Michelle Rowen
  6. Dance with the Devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  7. Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh
  8. Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh
  9. Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh
  10. Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh
  11. Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh
  12. Blaze of Memory by Nalini Singh
  13. Bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh
  14. Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole
  15. Kiss of a Demon King by Kresley Cole
  16. Sin Undone by Larissa Ione