Bonds of Justice (Psy-Changeling, book 8) by Nalini Singh
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 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 a catastrophic mental fracture…
Sophia Russo is a Justice-Psy, cursed with the ability to retrieve memories from men and women so twisted even veteran cops keep their distance. Appointed as Max’s liaison with the Psy, she finds herself fascinated by this human, her frozen heart threatening to thaw with forbidden emotion. But, her mind filled with other people’s nightmares, other people’s evil, she’s standing on the border between sanity and a silken darkness that urges her to take justice into her own hands, to become judge, jury…and executioner…(
If I'm up front Bonds of Justice took me a while before I got a feel for its rhythm. Max and Sophia immediately captured my attention, so that was all well. But there were a few brief moments in places where I had no idea who was talking. Which is a first for me with Singh. Also, some major grammar errors and one name error. But it was brief and thankfully didn't detract from the story.
I was a little nervous about reading a Psy and human hookup. The previous book Blaze of Memory hadn't quite worked out for me, so I was nervous about the lack of shifter loving yet again. Shame on me, Bonds of Justice brings back the fire! Max is a totally amazing character flawed and dreamy. He's the perfect type of hunky cop that will make readers swoon. What's more interesting is the J Psy (AKA Justice Psy) are the most at risk to break Silence, and they're reconditioned a lot for “tune-ups” so that they can get the most out of them during there life expectancy. Sophia is probably the most compelling female yet to take center stage. She's dark and lethal, and looks into the abyss of insanity that is the Net. Sophia is only too willing to jump into the arms of Max, which is such a fun thing. However, her Psy power and conditioning make touch hard to do. Which means lots of fun practicing for readers.
Bonds of Justice is a huge stepping stone for the plot and the universe of this series. The council is split as those who want Silence back and the Pure Psy, verses those who understand that Silence needs to end. Every twist of this book is amazing, and the two mysteries that are the focus of this book. Best of all we get to take a peek in on Sascha and Faith. It's been great following around a pregnant Sascha and as she finds out more about Empaths. Even better is the growth of Nakita and Sascha's relationship. While it's not what normal people would call real progress, it's still progress none the less.
Bonds of Justice doesn't just hook up two characters and make fire. It's building some amazing plot arcs that I can't wait to find out where they’re going. Things are going to get messy in the Net as many councilors are going to find out that the Psy aren't just mindless followers. Gives readers a look on some of our favorite past characters—mainly from Darkriver—and also shows the developing world of the Psy and what's really happening. This is the first time that a Psy love interest has had to actually stay in the Net. Well done Singh I'm forever a loyal fan with this latest entry, for shame that I ever doubted you.
Sexual Content: Psy-Changeling yumminess. Hmmmmmm.
4/5- Great! Really enjoyed it.