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Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

Dominated by a triumvirate of three competing races – psy, changeling and human, Nalini Singh has created pretty much the perfect fictional universe.

Unusually for me this was a re-read.  Given how full Amazon’s shelves are I’m not much of a re-reader.  What’s the point when I know what will happen?  However, with the 14th book in the series out June 4th and a new cover reveal there’s a bit of buzz about it and I’ve been swept along.

In actual fact I didn’t re-read it, I savoured it.  This time there was no rush to the end to see what happened.  Ooh what a delight!

Two things struck me this time round.

The concept of sensation.  Like the rest of her race psy Sascha Duncan has been programmed to shun all emotion.  An emotionless state isn’t totally unique, but the psy live in an airtight vacuum.

When I first met the psy I thought they couldn’t feel but I needed to expand my understanding of feeling – its also touch, smell, taste.  Sascha’s world isn’t just devoid of emotion but anything that might appeal to the senses.

Think about it – no silk dresses, no freshly laundered sheets, no sand between toes, no sloppy kisses, no hazelnut lattes, no chocolate, no smell of home.  Certainly, no gorgeous male like Lucas Hunter to inflame all your senses!

But the real shocker was Ms Singh’s genius.  In this first story she put out the tentacles of a story still coming together fourteen books later.  Its an intricate universe, carefully balanced and wonderfully crafted.  Now, I know where she takes the story I am in awe.

If you want a HEA romance with passion, you’ll enjoy it.  But if you want romance plus – something that takes you to another world and lays down the possibility of so much more you’ll love it!

First time round I gave it a solid 5 stars, this time round I’m annoyed there isn’t a 5 star plus.

Want to see what all the fuss is about?  To celebrate the new cover for Slave to Sensation and introduce new readers to this fab series ahead of her 14th book, Nalini is offering the chance to win the first 5 books in the psy/changeling series.  Its open to readers everywhere – so no excuses for not entering!

https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/984c05ae22/?

And here’s the new cover – I liked the old rather intense paperback image better but maybe this one captures Lucas a lot more?

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bags of potential

Propositions Tanya Joyce

This was an enjoyable and easy read – perfect for sitting on the sofa with a coffee for a couple of hours.

The main characters were lively and likeable, with passionate chemistry and just the right amount of sizzle.  Jess’ high stakes fashion spiced it up just a bit – I want they necklace!  Nate’s behaviour towards the end was so abhorrent. But I guess that’s story telling for you, when it annoys you its a good sign you’re hooked!

Given I’ve just finished Nalini Singh’s Rock Hard – I did miss the humour, pace and oomph of character that she delivers.

However, I got stuck on a few things that bothered me.

First up – the best friend doesn’t know about the son’s father, especially after the divorce?  Rubbish.  Not much more to say on that.

And there were some things that just felt rushed or muddy.

– having lived in both countries, I can confirm that British men don’t wear jocks (in fact so far my test audience have all confirmed that a jock is an American athlete). Maybe Aussie men wear trunks but it just didn’t read right. In both countries men say boxers – wouldn’t that work?
– there was a lot about how short notice the launch was – 6 months right? As I know a lot about this industry it annoyed me – if only 6 months to organise huge gala like that, was the norm – usually its so much less. Nate seemed to have nothing to do but meet Jess and her team all week – not really what you get from the CEO! And no social media?
– the dates surrounding Jess’ age, Connor’s birth, Troy’s disappearance/wife’s death, her marriage to Graeme just didn’t seem to add up. Not overly sure why.

Tanya Joyce demonstrates lots of potential – she’s definitely got the ability to craft a good tale, create some interesting characters and describe her setting well.  One to watch definitely.

Thank you to netgalley for an ARC in return for an honest review