Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

Slave to Sensation  - Nalini Singh, Angela Dawe

GR Cleanup Read in June 2011

 

I won an unabridged copy of Slave to Sensation over at the All About Romance Blog (thanks!) and “read” it for Lea’s Audiobook column.

I have to say I was expecting a super fantastic read. This is a series that seems to be a favorite of many of my goodreads (and real life) friends but I’m afraid it didn’t quite live up to the amazing read I had built up in my head. It wasn’t bad, not by any means, but it didn’t leave behind any lingering emotions or sense of awe. I’ll read more of them, I am intrigued but I wasn’t blown away by any of it.

I’m not going to rehash the plot because so many have done it so well and I’m lazy. I’m just going to jump in with my random thoughts, issues and complaints.

The narrator did a decent enough job, I think she got Sascha’s monotone down pat but I have to admit the entire reading was a wee bit too emotion-less and sleepy inducing. Even sexy Lucas was all quiet and breathy. He was a sexy panther-creature but I couldn’t sense the purrs nor the growls and had to rewind on numerous occasions because I didn’t catch what “he” was saying. I can get what the narrator was doing but it just didn’t do it for me.

The world-building was well done and relatively interesting without being too over-powering BUT the love story just didn’t have enough “awww” moments to hook me and I felt a little detached from the whole thing. I know, I know, I’m too freaking picky. The shared sensual dreams and Sascha’s introduction to the world of “sensation”, sex, food, etc. was fun to read and I enjoyed watching the bonds shared by the changelings and loved the shoe nibbling cubs wish there was more of that stuff.

In the end, there was too much psy-techy talk, suspense and too many characters for me. I like more intimate character studies I guess and the balance in this type of PNR novel is a difficult one. It’s a solidly written, good book but it didn’t have that something special to knock me over the edge into 5 start territory and if I’m being completely honest, I found myself bored through too much of it. I never felt moved by any emotion (maybe I’m just dead inside!). I actually listened to this twice to be sure it wasn’t my mood or that I’d missed something special the first time around but alas I still felt the same way on the second reading.