Published by Orion on 2010-03-04
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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 her personality . . .
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 murder 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 . .
“She was his and he was hers. They had under-the-skin privileges.”
I read this book after reading a load of reviews singing its praises. It shouldn’t work but I can’t recommend it enough (By the way…the covers are awesomely awful but they have recently been redone in the UK!) This book is set in a futuristic world where three different races live alongside each other in faux harmony; Humans, Psy and Changelings. The changelings are, for want of a better term, shifters. In this book we meet werecats and werewolves, beings whose animal and human sides live hand in hand. We also meet the Psy; a race of telepathic beings who have shut off emotions and each have special “powers” signified by their letter designation.
The book revolves around Lucas (the Alpha of the werecats of the area) and Sascha (a Psy of undetermined designation). The two meet as their races collaborate on a housing project (a first for this world apparently) and pretty soon there are feelings where there shouldn’t be feelings. Lucas shouldn’t feel anything for the cold, emotionless Psy who, he believes, is harboring a murderer (which is the real reason they approach the psy for the deal- to get information). Sascha shouldn’t be able to feel anything for the charming cat, who she believes is causing her to “fracture”, which will lead to her eventual reconditioning.
I LOVED this book and I literally couldn’t put it down. Lucas is just so dreamy! Sascha is a fantastic character, a Psy who struggles with her emotions so much, she is forced to hide her true self from everyone that she knows. I enjoyed the fact that this woman wasn’t a weak creature that could only be whole once she met a man – she was holding herself together anyway and he just opened up a part of her she didn’t know existed. He is a man who just can’t give up on what he wants – her. He trusts his animal so much he knows it wouldn’t want a being that is truly evil, and that is enough for him. He is so self-assured and single-minded that he cannot do anything but push her into accepting him (once he gets a hint that she isn’t as cold as she should be) Miss Singh isn’t one to go into graphic detail and make smutty sex scenes, but there are some seriously sensual and steamy scenes that made me a little fluttery. The world building was amazing; from the immediate pack structures to the global wide psy network, the detail was so great that the you can literally walk through their world. The characters are so 3D that you cant help but fall hopelessly in love (or lust :D) with them. The secondary characters are as equally fascinating as the primary ones, and that alone makes sure you read the next one.