I got an ebook ARC of this book from Nalini back in January, so she’s been waiting a while to get my thoughts. Yet she still gave me a copy of the book to give away earlier in the month (Kimber, have you read that yet?? We need feedback!). Slave to Sensation was one of my top reads of 2006 so I was especially eager to read the sequel. This book releases March 6th (next Tuesday!)
Go deeper into the world of the Psy and the changelings, where a gifted woman sees passion in her future-a passion that is absolutely forbidden by her kind…
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…
What didn’t work for me: You know, there’s not a lot I can point my finger to and say “this didn’t work for me”. I thought the book was more about Faith than anything. The “suspense” part of it was perhaps a little weak and more of a plot device to bring Vaughn and Faith together than anything, so that’s not the strongest part of the book. And at one point, I experienced a momentary disconnect from the relationship between the two, as if it was either too pat or not working for me, but I can’t tell if that was something that occurred because of the book, or because of me the reader.
What did work for me: First off, Vaughn…yummy. I love an alpha male in a romance. I don’t care if it’s politically incorrect or whatever, reeoooowr. I think the strength in this book lays in two things; Vaughn’s yumminess and the interesting world-building. I did find myself wondering, at one point, how Nalini was going to keep building the series, because it would get a bit old to keep reading of female Psy’s who need rescuing by a male Changeling. The books would start to take on a pattern, if that were the case. But for this book, Faith does grow into something stronger than what we see originally, her relationship with Vaughn is much different than that of Lucas and Sascha, who we see some of in this book, and it’s interesting to learn more of the Psy-Net and the world which Nalini created.
Overall:Truthfully, I was skeptical about the sequel being as good as the first, and while I do think Slave to Sensation is slightly better, perhaps because of my preference for Sascha as a heroine, Visions of Heat was a fantastic read, nonetheless. I recommend reading Slave to Sensation first, because while Visions of Heat could probably be read on its own, much of the foundation of the world would be lost on the reader. But I do recommend both books for pure entertainment and reading pleasure. If you haven’t read the first yet, you’re in for a treat. Double your pleasure, double your fun!
And, of course, everyone who comments on this post will be eligible to win a copy of either this book, or Slave to Sensation (if you haven’t read it yet), winner to be drawn on Friday.