Nalini Singh dives into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind-and none of the heart.
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 coexistence, 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.
I loved this book when I first read it years ago and it is still on my reread shelf. I have a digital copy, a paperback, and a signed paperback (thanks, Nalini). It was the first in the Psy-Changeling series I read and it made me fall instantly in love.
I adore both Sasha and Lucas. They'll always be one of my fav Psy-Ch couples.
As far as the writing goes. Nalini's writing style evolved a lot over the years and even during this particular series. Personally, I like her style between Caressed by Ice and Kiss of Snow best.
Plot-wise this series is one of the best fleshed out paranormals I ever read.
(Source for cover and blurb: Goodreads)