Monday, April 20, 2009

Nalini Singh--rocks!


So, some of you recommended I read Nalini Singh's books, since I'm so in love with Lora Leigh's Breeds. Well, I picked up the first book in Singh's Psy-changeling series "Slave to Sensation". I loved it!


A few things. I did love the world building. I feel anyone, even those who aren't big on shifters, will enjoy this book. The hero was totally alpha and the heroine was intelligent, strong and not at all TSTL. The heat level isn't Lora Leigh hot. That was my only complaint with Slave to Sensation. The title leads you to think this is going to be a scorcher, but it's really not. However! There's enough tension between the hero and heroine to make you sweat! You won't be left wanting!


What does a person do when they read a book they love? A book they couldn't put down no matter how bad the house looks? Well, they go out and buy the whole series, of course. LOL Seriously, after reading the first one, I checked the author's website and realized there's already four other full length books out there just waiting to be read. Cool, huh? Yeah, I ordered them all. They should get here by the weekend. Yes!


What am I talking about? In order, I present to you Nalini Singh's Psy-changeling series:



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…




Used to cold silence, Faith NightStar is suddenly being tormented by dark visions of blood and murder. A bad sign for anyone, but worse for Faith, an F-Psy with the highly sought after ability to predict the future. Then the visions show her something even more dangerous-aching need...exquisite pleasure. But so powerful is her sight, so fragile the state of her mind, that the very emotions she yearns to embrace could be the end of her. Changeling Vaughn D'Angelo can take either man or jaguar form, but it is his animal side that is overwhelmingly drawn to Faith. The jaguar's instinct is to claim this woman it finds so utterly fascinating and the man has no argument. But while Vaughn craves sensation and hungers to pleasure Faith in every way, desire is a danger that could snap the last threads of her sanity. And there are Psy who need Faith's sight for their own purposes. They must keep her silenced-and keep her from Vaughn...



As an Arrow, an elite soldier in the Psy Council ranks, Judd Lauren was forced to do terrible things in the name of his people. Now a defector, his dark abilities have made him the most deadly of assassins—cold, pitiless, unfeeling. Until he meets Brenna… Brenna Shane Kincaid was an innocent before she was abducted—and had her mind violated—by a serial killer. Her sense of evil runs so deep, she fears she could become a killer herself. Then the first dead body is found, victim of a familiar madness. Judd is her only hope, yet her sensual changeling side rebels against the inhuman chill of his personality, even as desire explodes between them. Shocking and raw, their passion is a danger that threatens not only their hearts, but their very lives…





Clay Bennett is a powerful DarkRiver sentinel, but he grew up in the slums with his human mother, never knowing his changeling father. As a young boy without the bonds of Pack, he tried to stifle his animal nature. He failed...and committed the most extreme act of violence, killing a man and losing his best friend, Talin, in the bloody aftermath. Everything good in him died the day he was told that she, too, was dead. Talin McKade barely survived a childhood drenched in bloodshed and terror. Now a new nightmare is stalking her life--the street children she works to protect are disappearing and turning up dead. Determined to keep them safe, she unlocks the darkest secret in her heart and returns to ask the help of the strongest man she knows...

Clay lost Talin once. He will not let her go again, his hunger to possess her, a clawing need born of the leopard within. As they race to save the innocent, Clay and Talin must face the violent truths of their past...or lose everything that ever mattered.


Separated from her son and forced to create a neural implant that will mean the effective enslavement of her psychically gifted race, Ashaya Aleine is the perfect Psy--cool, calm, emotionless...at least on the surface. Inside, she's fighting a desperate battle to save her son and escape the vicious cold of the PsyNet. Yet when escape comes, it leads not to safety, but to the lethal danger of a sniper's embrace.

DarkRiver sniper Dorian Christensen lost his sister to a Psy killer. Though he lacks the changeling ability to shift into animal form, his leopard lives within. And that leopard's rage at the brutal loss is a clawing darkness that hungers for vengeance. Falling for a Psy has never been on Dorian's agenda. But charged with protecting Ashaya and her son, he discovers that passion has a way of changing the rules...

Coming in July!



Though DarkRiver sentinel Mercy is feeling the pressure to mate, she savagely resists when Riley Kincaid, a lieutenant from the SnowDancer pack, tries to possess her. The problem is not simply that he pushes her buttons; the problem is that he’s a wolf, she’s a cat, and they’re both used to being on top.



But when a brilliant changeling researcher is kidnapped from DarkRiver territory, Mercy and Riley must work together to track the young man—before his shadowy captors decide he’s no longer useful. Along the way, the two dominants may find that submitting to one another uncovers not just a deadly conspiracy, but a passion so raw that it’ll leave them both branded by fire…

Thank you ALL for recommending her to me. I've found myself a new auto-buy author! I love moments like that!

8 comments:

Regina Carlysle said...

She was recommended to me, too and I bought Mine to Possess not realizing I'd picked up something that was in the MIDDLE of the series. So until I buy the others, it's setting on my shelf. LOL.

Kelley Nyrae said...

I've heard really good things about the series but haven't read them yet. I'll have to give them a try.

Mary Ricksen said...

I'm with Kelly another series to look into!

Anne Rainey said...

Regina--Some series you can read out of order, but this series would be confusing. You were smart to wait!

Kelley--I don't think you'll be sorry if you pick up these books. I'm really enjoying her writing style.

Mary--I really felt I was living under a rock when I read "Slave to Sensation" then checked out the author's website and saw she has bunches of books on the shelves. LOL I hate being the last to know, don't you?!

Rhonda said...

Anne, I will have to check this out too!

J.K. Coi said...

I LOVE Singh! My favourite was Caressed by Ice. Whoo Hoo--who knew that ice could be so hot :)

Anne Rainey said...

Rhonda--you won't be sorry! I should get the rest of the series in the mail this week and I'm dying!

Anne Rainey said...

J.K.--OMG! Such a wonderful writing style and the heroes are totally hot!