Bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: July 6th 2010
Genres: Romance, Paranormal
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A Psy-Changeling novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Shards of Hope, Shield of Winter, and Heart of Obsidian..."the alpha author of paranormal romance" (Booklist).
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...
Man, this book.
Bonds of Justice is the eighth book in the Psy/Changelings series and it’s a book that hit me right in the feels at every turn. I know that I’m in the minority with my love of all things Bonds of Justice but I can’t help it. I loved Max and Sophie right from the jump.
Max Shannon is a human detective who was hired to find out who is targeting Councilor Nikita Duncan’s senior advisors. They’ve been dropping like flies and Nikita trusts Max, a human who has a natural shield against any Psy mental invasions, to find out what’s going on. His partner on this case is Justice Psy Sophia Russo who retrieves memories from the worst criminals on the planet for a living. She’s brought in on cases where the facts and evidence don’t add up and a more concrete look is needed.
Max and Sophie are intrigued by the other. Sophie, who can hear anything and everything of the people around her and the people who touch her, can’t hear anything where Max is concerned. He is the Bella to her Edward (from Twilight). Sophie is interesting to Max because her job, the way that she carries herself and the curiosity he can feel coming his way from her make for one interesting interaction after the other. Max is thoroughly attracted to Sophie but won’t push a pursuit because he’s got to find a way around her shields. Justice Psy’s don’t live long and Sophie’s almost at the end of her rope.
Sophie didn’t want to get close to Max, knew that it wasn’t the wisest course of action for her but the heart wants what it wants and hers wants Max. Seeing these two fight their attraction and then turn to fight for each other was such an entertaining read and it hit every one of my “I LOVE THIS” feel buttons.
Max’s relentless determination to chase this killer down, protect Sophie and then find a way to be with her forever hit me in the feels and I just absolutely loved the hell out of him. He was my favorite kind of hero. Fierce, determined and hot damn sexy all rolled up in the best damn package ever. He was fair and he was hard working and the love he had for Sophie melted me at every turn.
Sophie was a great heroine. She knew that she was different from the other J-Psy’s and seeing her hide things from the Psy Net and her superiors and then seeing her grow into her own as she came into her feelings for Max was great. I loved that once she made the decision to find a way to fight for Max, she was all in. I really loved seeing the iciness around her thaw with each passing day spent in Max’s company. I loved seeing her learn how to be a part of a couple and I loved the loyalty she displayed toward Max and how good she tried to be for him. She was strong and she was smart and I really liked her for Max.
There’s a lot going on in this book but I enjoyed being all wrapped up in all of it. Trying to figure out who was behind the killings, trying to figure out how Max and Sophie could be together, how to fix Sophie and just everything, I enjoyed the hell out of everything. Nalini Singh has created characters and a world that I just can’t get enough of and this book was just one more reason I fell in love with this series to begin with.
Visions of Heat
Caressed by Ice
Mine to Possess
Hostage to Pleasure
Branded by Fire
Blaze of Memory
Bonds of Justice
Play of Passion
Kiss of Snow
Tangle of Need
Heart of Obsidian
Shield of Winter
Shards of Hope
Allegiance of Honor