Max Shannon is a good cop, one of the best in New York Enforcement. Born with a natural shield that protects him against Psy mental invasions, he knows he has little chance of advancement within the Psy-dominated power structure. The last case he expects to be assigned to is that of a murderer targeting a Psy Councilor’s closest advisors. And the last woman he expects to compel him in the most sensual of ways is a Psy on the verge of catastrophic mental fracture.
Max Shannon, human cop, and Sophia Russo, Psy J, meet when Sophia is called in to extract a memory from a serial killer. J Psy are Justice Psy and can extract memories from people but because of the horrors that they see and who they are they have extremely fragile mental structures and are usually “rehabilitated” quite early in life (rehabilitated=brain stripped and basically turned into a vegetable). Sophia is one who is severely fractured but she’s been able to fool everyone for so long she just wants to hold on for a bit longer.
Sophia and Max are then called in to San Francisco to work together for Nikita Duncan, Psy businesswoman and Sascha Duncan’s mother. It seems that employees of Nikita’s inner circle are being murdered – even though some have been made to look like suicides. Nikita wants to know why and who and she doesn’t trust the other council members to help as they may be in on whatever “it” is.
Sophia’s Silence crumbled years earlier but she’s been able to playact the part of the perfect Psy for years. She discovers a bond with Max, however, and she knows this is her last chance to actually feel. Max has the same attraction and bond to Sophia and though he knows that there isn’t much time he’s not willing to give any of it up, or accept the fact that she may not be around for much longer.
Sophia and Max’s relationship was so tender and loving which was something that neither of them had had in their childhood or the years following. Sophia had broken Silence long before she met Max but he gave her the opportunity to be who she really was and experience the touching and loving that she deserved.
The plot unfolded in such a way that you really didn’t know who was doing what and it kept me on my toes and turning pages just as much as the romance portion of the story did. They were really quite intertwined so you didn’t feel like you were reading two different stories.
Also, even though this was a Psy/Human love story, Singh had a nice bit of Changeling stuff going on. With Max being Talin’s friend we saw her and had appearances by Dorian, Clay, Sascha, Lucas, Vaughn and Faith as well.
Once again, Nalini Singh gives a story that is beautiful in its love story and amazing in its world building. The intricacies of the Psy/Changeling/Human world that she’s built fascinate me every time that I read on of the books in this series. She really has a wonderful way of bringing all of the three worlds together in a way that I can picture it easily in my mind.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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