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SLAVE TO SENSATION by Nalini Singh

SLAVE TO SENSATION by Nalini Singh

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SLAVE TO SENSATION by Nalini SinghSlave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #1
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Paranormal
**Slave to Sensation the first book in Nalini Singh's infamous Psy-Changeling series is being reissued! Joyfully Reviewed is celebrating by doing a reissue of our own. Below you can read why former Joyfully Reviewed Reviewer Maura fell in love with Singh's beloved series. Reviewed by Maura Anderson
Sascha Duncan has always known she was different from the other Psy.  A race of “superior” humans that are conditioned from birth to feel nothing, the Psy have become the leaders and renowned for their icy disdain and lack of emotions.  But Sascha is forced to guard her every word and thought to prevent others on the PsyNet from discovering she is flawed.  If it was discovered that she could feel emotions, it would result in her being sent to “rehabilitation” and the total psychic erasure of everything she is.

Sascha has been assigned the task of working with the Changeling, Lucas Hunter, on a joint business project between the Psy and the Changelings.  The Changelings are the opposite of the Psy and revel in their sensual nature and their enjoyment of life, emotions and physical desires.

But Lucas isn’t just any Changeling, he’s the Alpha ruler of the DarkRiver Leopard pack and he’s determined to find out the truth behind the brutal murders of several Changeling women by a Psy.  He sees this business partnership as a way to look into the secretive Psy society through their representative, Sascha.

But Sascha and Lucas both find the other is not what they expected and they are fascinated by each other.  Will the secrets they discover mean their destruction and perhaps the destruction of their very societies?

I had already read some of Nalini’’s contemporary romances by the time I saw the announcement of this paranormal romance and I’ll admit I was a little uncertain.  You just never know what to expect when an author does a genre shift, but the premise and blurb was so interesting that I gave it a try and I am extremely glad that I did.

Slave to Sensation is a fascinating look at an alternative reality where society has taken their separation to extremes.  I started to read this book late one evening and couldn’t put it down until I had devoured it–then I read it all again the next day.  With hot sex and an all-consuming love, the characters totally enthralled me and especially Sascha’s struggles to be what she was expected to be, then her desire to protect Lucas and the DarkRiver Leopards in the face of everything she’s been raised to believe and her certainty that it will mean her own destruction.

I completely and Joyfully Recommend Slave to Sensation. With an incredibly rich world and societies, hot sex and enthralling emotions, I will undoubtedly read this book again and again.  Now I can’t wait for the next book in this series!

SHARDS OF HOPE by Nalini Singh

SHARDS OF HOPE by Nalini Singh

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SHARDS OF HOPE by Nalini SinghShards of Hope by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #14
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Paranormal
ReviewedbyShayna

 

The Arrows live in the shadows, more myth than reality to many of the Psy race.  They are justice, and they are seemingly invincible.  And after the fall of Silence, they are in danger.  When Aden Kai, leader of the Arrows, wakes up in a cell, cut off from the PsyNet and without his abilities, he knows he’s in trouble.  In the cell with him is the last person he would expect: Zaira Neve, the most lethal Arrow in his squad and the only woman who ever managed to break through his Silence and capture his heart.  Neither Aden nor Zaira have any idea who would take them or why, but when they break out of their prison it’s only the beginning of the mystery.  Someone is targeting the Arrow squad and Aden specifically, and the further Aden and Zaira dig the more they begin to see that a deadly conspiracy has been put into place, one that threatens not only the Psy, but humans and changelings as well.

 

Aden will do anything to protect his people, to foster a new age where Arrows are free to live and love.  But to do so he needs Zaira’s help.  And Zaira knows she can never open up enough to be the person Aden needs.  For her, Silence was a blessing, containing the danger inside her.  If she tears down her walls for Aden, the rage will slip out, destroying everything they hope to build.

 

Shards of Hope is a brilliantly crafted, powerful romance you don’t want to miss!  Nalini Singh’s fourteenth full-length Psy-Changeling book is by turns exhilarating, heartbreaking, hopeful, and romantic

 

Aden and Zaira are impossible to resist and their romance is one that will make you melt.  It’s clear from the start that Aden and Zaira love one another, but sometimes love just isn’t enough.  Zaira’s powers are lethal and because of the way she was tortured as a child, she feels like she’s permanently broken inside.  She fears that by letting Aden in, the dark and twisted part of her will overwhelm everything, making her a very real danger to others.  Zaira isn’t exaggerating her power or the rage inside of her; she is lethal and the abuse she suffered as a child left an enormous scar.  But she’s also far stronger than she knows and her capacity for love, compassion, and caring is unrivaled as well.  She’s the perfect match for Aden, a man who was never truly Silent, a man who will sacrifice himself a thousand times over to protect his squad.  Aden and Zaira see each other for who they are and love the whole of each other.  It isn’t easy for them to get that elusive happily ever after, but it’s worth every rough spot on the journey.  Aden’s faith and love in Zaira and her trust and love in him are simply beautiful.

 

The Arrows have long been prominent players in the Psy-Changeling series, but Shards of Hope brings the focus on the group as a whole like nothing before.  The Arrows are some of the deadliest members of the Psy race, and that level of inherent power comes with a price.  Silence helped many of the Arrows control their lethal abilities, and post-Silence they must now learn to adapt, to become the men and women they need to be not only to protect their race, but to nurture and guide the youngest generation.  I absolutely loved watching Aden learn from the changelings and adapt the concept of Pack into something that works for the Arrows.  Ms. Singh shows the inner workings and loyalties of the squad in a way she hasn’t done before and it’s truly marvelous to uncover the secrets of this mysterious group.

 

Shards of Hope begins a new storyline, one involving a dangerous new group that’s targeting all three races.  Though this is bad news for the characters we’ve come to love, it’s great news for readers.  This compelling storyline brings together almost every single major character from the Psy-Changeling series.  The fact that Ms. Singh can seamlessly blend together so many points of view is truly a marvel.  The new plotline (which I won’t spoil) spans the globe and all three races, creating intriguing new opportunities for future books.  Because of the breadth of this storyline, Shards of Hope likely shouldn’t be read as a standalone.  But fans of the series are going to love it, not just for Aden and Zaira but for all the characters who’ve already found their way into our hearts.  And though I won’t spoil it, I will say that readers should prepare to see a major character-building payoff from a supporting character who has been with the series from the beginning.

 

Shards of Hope is smart, complex, and touching.  Aden and Zaira’s romance is powerful and the world of the Psy-Changeling series continues to develop in new and interesting ways.  There’s so much to love about Aden and Zaira’s book and I’ve barely touched on what readers will uncover.  Psy-Changeling fans, don’t miss Shards of Hope.  I Joyfully – unreservedly – Recommend it!

MIDNIGHT’S KISS by Thea Harrison

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MIDNIGHT’S KISS by Thea HarrisonMidnight's Kiss by Thea Harrison
Series: Elder Races #8
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Paranormal
ReviewedbyJo

Julian is the Nightkind King after taking over as the heir from his sire. Julian trusts very few people, so he isn’t really surprised when an attempt to over throw him happens.  What does surprise him is who is behind the actions and just how the coup is taking place.  Now, two of the few people that Julian let into his life have been harmed: one, his right hand man, and the other, the woman he all but gave his heart to.

 

Melisande (“Melly”) is the heir to the Light Fae Queen, and she is a mostly light hearted person.  When Melly is kidnapped by someone she considered a friend, her first reaction is that it must have been a mistake or a way to get her mother’s attention.  However, as Melly’s personal nightmare goes on, she understands that not only was her taking intentional, but that it has absolutely nothing to do with her mother.  No, she has been taken to be bait to the one man that Melly thought she could love with her entire heart until, for some reason, he turned her away without hearing her side.

 

Julian was about to start his hunt of the instigator of coup for his crown when he is contacted by the Light Fae Queen and then discovers that Melly has been taken.  Julian might not believe Melly ever loved him now, but he will do anything to protect her and save her from the mad woman who has her—even give himself up.  The nightmare just gets worse as Melly finds out that Julian is willing to surrender himself for her safety.  Teamwork is how Julian and Melly escape and make it to Julian’s home, only to discover that the coup has taken another turn that could lead to yet more innocent deaths.  During this time, when it should be the darkest time for both Julian and Melly, they discover that their love is stronger than ever, and then they discover the betrayal which led to the misunderstandings and hurt feelings.  In one drastic day and night, Julian and Melly find a way to not only permanently end the coup and stop anyone who might think to restart it, and they also deal with any barrier to their love forever.

 

Royalty comes in many shapes and sizes when you are dealing with the Elder Races.  Two of these examples are the Nightkind King, an old Roman soldier, and a Light Fae Princess and heir to the crown, an actress who loves life—not exactly a twosome you would expect to be a couple.  Yet, Julian and Melly will prove just how wrong you are in Midnights Kiss.  I wondered just how the attempted coup would go on after reading the prior book in the series where it began, and I also wondered just how Julian would react.  Vampires are long-lived, and you would think they would remember that Romans took over the majority of the known world during their time for a good reason.  I wasn’t at all surprised by how Julian took the coup and the harm to his friends, yet even I was surprised at how he reacted when Melly was drawn into the danger. Even more enjoyable was watching as a person who seemed like a lightweight prove just how well she was matched to her lover, Julian.  I loved watching as they not only overcame the betrayal that tore them apart years ago, but also seamlessly teamed up to kick butt and take names and heads to defeat any and all risk to the Nightkind.  Even better, I had to smile as yet another relationship was given the chance to heal for Julian at the end of the book.  Midnights Kiss is full of action, danger, and passion almost from the first page to the last. For me, it was a story that I read in one sitting just because I couldn’t stop turning the pages.  I will bet that you will love Julian and Melly by the time you turn the last page. I know I did.

DICTATORSHIP OF THE DRESS by Jessica Topper

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DICTATORSHIP OF THE DRESS by Jessica TopperDictatorship of the Dress by Jessica Topper
Series: Much “I Do” About Nothing #1
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyVanessa

Laney Hudson has been chosen to deliver her mother’s wedding dress to the location of her destination wedding.  However, Laney is carrying more than the designer baggage on this flight.  Being mistaken for the bride and getting a little ‘star treatment’ didn’t seem like a big deal, until Laney finds that she might have bitten off more than she can chew.  Will she be able to let go of some of her luggage in order to move on, or will she clutch on tight to past hurts and forego a HEA for her future?

Noah Ridgewood is in route to his bachelor party in the city whose motto is, ‘what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas’!  Finding himself stuck next to a seatmate his handy app never anticipated, software designer, Noah soon finds that his second thoughts on his impending marriage may have some solid foundation to second guess what he has chosen to do with his life.  Noah and Laney are forced to spend more than the normal flight time together, and as both begin to unravel some things from their pasts, they find that they just might harbor the answers for one another’s futures.  However, will they take that leap or stick to the known?

Dictatorship of the Dress masquerades as a campy beach read, but it is so much more than that!  The whole set-up of Dictatorship of the Dress is life-like in its simplicity and circumstances of getting Noah and Laney in the same place at the same time.  The characters are deeply real and completely fleshed out with their lives and their pasts that culminated into forming them into what they are in Dictatorship of the Dress.

Noah and Laney are very likable, but I especially enjoyed the changes they made in order to let go of what bound them and held them back.  It was as though they were waiting to finally reach the next pinnacle of their lives and their chance encounter on that flight set them up to start cracking the past in the Dictatorship of the Dress.

I began Dictatorship of the Dress with a preconceived notion about Noah, but I was pleasantly surprised, and I liked the fact that the secondary character tied to him wasn’t that bad. I wondered about Laney’s foundation for why she did what she did, and Ms. Topper held her secrets close, not completely revealing all until wrapping up the Dictatorship of the Dress, which kept the pages turning too.

QUARTERBACK DRAW by Jaci Burton

QUARTERBACK DRAW by Jaci Burton

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QUARTERBACK DRAW by Jaci BurtonQuarterback Draw by Jaci Burton
Series: Play by Play
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyMelissa

Grant Cassidy know he wants Katrina Koslova from the moment he sees her. But Katrina doesn’t have time for a relationship, no matter how hot the chemistry is between them. She’s been raising her teenaged siblings since the death of their parents. Even her job as a model is to provide for them the best life she can. As a famous quarterback, Grant’s not used to women not being interested and he intends to pursue Katrina. But as their relationship becomes something more can Katrina let go and let Grant in?

 

Quarterback Draw maybe my favorite my favorite Play by Play novel! Grant and Katrina make the book sizzle page after page. Jaci Burton has always been a favorite author of mine and Quarterback Draw proves why!

DEAD HEAT by Patricia Briggs

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TAKING IT ALL by Maya Banks

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