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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 comp 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…


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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 comp 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…

30 review for Bonds of Justice

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession

    3 meh Stars This book was okay for me, but Max and Sophia didn't really wow me. I liked the on going plot with Silence breaking down and I am really interested in Nikita. I really want Sascha and Nikita to make up and I want Sascha to have her mother's love. Still enjoyable but nothing super special. 3 meh Stars This book was okay for me, but Max and Sophia didn't really wow me. I liked the on going plot with Silence breaking down and I am really interested in Nikita. I really want Sascha and Nikita to make up and I want Sascha to have her mother's love. Still enjoyable but nothing super special.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sophia Triad

    Max Shannon (human) and Sophia Russo (Justice-Psy) “Hello, my Max,” she whispered. “Hello, my sweet, sexy Sophie.” I loved Max and J-Psy Sophia together. Sophia is the sweetest girl who has suffered a lot as a child and now as an adult and a justice Psy, she knows that she does not have much time left being herself. All J-Psys after a certain time they go crazy, or they die or they get “rehabilitation” and they are never the same. Since they have the power and can dive into the darkest minds, th Max Shannon (human) and Sophia Russo (Justice-Psy) “Hello, my Max,” she whispered. “Hello, my sweet, sexy Sophie.” I loved Max and J-Psy Sophia together. Sophia is the sweetest girl who has suffered a lot as a child and now as an adult and a justice Psy, she knows that she does not have much time left being herself. All J-Psys after a certain time they go crazy, or they die or they get “rehabilitation” and they are never the same. Since they have the power and can dive into the darkest minds, they are used in order to provide evidence for the worst, darkest actions of evil humans. Obviously they can not stay sane for long. In one of the cases, Sophia needs to dive into the mind of a serial killer who reminded me a bit Patrick Bateman from American Psyco. He is rich, good-looking, smooth and he loves to torture his victims before he kills them. The problem is that he does not reveal where he has buried his victims. So Sophia needs to dive into his mind and find out what he has done with them. At the same time Sophia will have to work with a guy that has piqued her interest, Max, and find out who is killing Sascha’s mother associates. There is obviously a disturbance in the net. The PsyNet seem like it has been split into two separate functions. Max is human and he is such a strong, honourable character. He will never push Sophia and he will offer her respect, acceptance and love. I think these two are one of the nicest couples in the series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alex is The Romance Fox

    Bonds of Justice, Nalini Singh’s 8th book in her Psy-Changeling Series focuses on Max Shannon, a human cop working for the New York Enforcement, who we previously met in Mine to Possess, Clay & Talin's story. He’s asked by Nikita Duncan, one of the Psy Council members to assist in an investigation into discovering who is causing a series of murders. He’s teamed up with Sophia Russo a J-Psy whom Max previously met while working his last case. Sophia knows that she doesn’t have much time to live. S Bonds of Justice, Nalini Singh’s 8th book in her Psy-Changeling Series focuses on Max Shannon, a human cop working for the New York Enforcement, who we previously met in Mine to Possess, Clay & Talin's story. He’s asked by Nikita Duncan, one of the Psy Council members to assist in an investigation into discovering who is causing a series of murders. He’s teamed up with Sophia Russo a J-Psy whom Max previously met while working his last case. Sophia knows that she doesn’t have much time to live. She’s broken Silence, her shields are severely fractured and all the dark memories she’s able to retrieve from criminals, has damaged her to the point that rehabilitation will be next.. “There's not much left inside me, Max" Sometimes, all she heard were echoes.” She longs to feel love, feel cared for, to feel emotions before it’s too late. I felt for her. And I really liked her. Max is deeply attracted to Sophie – he appreciates her for the person she is, for her beauty and understands her abilities and sees through the coldness she attempts to project. I liked the way their relationship develops and loved seeing how tender and loving and understanding Max was with Sophia. I really liked Max and Sophia as a couple. They had incredible chemistry and the sexual tension between these two is pretty hot!!! The storylines in Bond of Justice are multi-faceted. We are given an insight into the Psy Council organization and how they continue to fight for control and power, causing a further split in it. We are also introduced to Kaleb Krycheck, a very mysterious and fascinating Psy. He’s on a mission we have no idea what it is…. Not today. Are you certain, Nikita? She didn’t ask him how he knew what she was going to do. There’s no use fighting the wave. Those who do will drown. Some will say that you’re the one who’ll drown, smashed against a wall of Silence. And you? Kaleb looked down into the blackness of the gorge, but it was another darkness that he saw, the light blinking out in a woman’s eyes as she begged for mercy. I think it’s time. We also see another side of Nikita Duncan I never expected!! Key appearances made by characters from previous books and Sascha and Faith play a very important role in this story. A huge and unexpected surprise at the end………and believe me …ALL IS NOT WHAT IT SEEMS!! Another great addition to the series. One of my favorite quotes:

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maya

    So...this book was not so good as the previous others. Yeah, it happened and I blame my (too) high hopes for this book to be really great or as great as the others in this series. I love PNR and with this story I just didn't feel that much of PNR going on. You have a human detective and a psy. They have two murder cases and one of course leads to a deadly situation that resolves in some action and good loving afterwards. I love that type of plots but with this book, it simply felt too real, too So...this book was not so good as the previous others. Yeah, it happened and I blame my (too) high hopes for this book to be really great or as great as the others in this series. I love PNR and with this story I just didn't feel that much of PNR going on. You have a human detective and a psy. They have two murder cases and one of course leads to a deadly situation that resolves in some action and good loving afterwards. I love that type of plots but with this book, it simply felt too real, too non PNR and I just wanted more changeling and their world. But it happened and now I have to deal with it, yeah, yeah... What I'm trying to say here is that this book is good for readers that don't mind to be in a world where there main focus is more on real life, action and mystery than on romance and fantasy. For me, that was what let me down so I couldn't enjoy the story so much. I don't know, maybe it's just me or I'm in a weird book mood but for those of you who don't mind that kind of a plot, go for it! The writing is as always amazing! It's Nalini Singh after all! :)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    Wow! Max, you sure know how to seduce a reader, I mean woman. I just fell in love with you. They should put a 'Dangerous' label on you. You are not at all intimidated being a plain old human (snorting when I write that), even though you are surrounded by folks who could rip you to shreds or melt your brain. You are confident enough to claim a formidable 'J' Psy as your very own woman. How could you not become one of my favorite heroes in this series? Not to mention the fact that you are gorgeous Wow! Max, you sure know how to seduce a reader, I mean woman. I just fell in love with you. They should put a 'Dangerous' label on you. You are not at all intimidated being a plain old human (snorting when I write that), even though you are surrounded by folks who could rip you to shreds or melt your brain. You are confident enough to claim a formidable 'J' Psy as your very own woman. How could you not become one of my favorite heroes in this series? Not to mention the fact that you are gorgeous and part-Asian (drooling on keyboard). Again, I wonder if this author is actually a Psy and is extracting data directly from the dark corners of my mind. Bonds of Justice moved up the list of books in this series, and to near the top of my favorites list. Unlike many fans, I actually enjoy the Psy-focused storylines. Something about these people of formidable mental abilities, and their struggle to stay in control. Control is a theme that hits me hard. Control of oneself, control of others. Escaping control, gaining control. Different aspects of control as a concept resonates deeply with me. I like stories in which the protagonists wrestle with control issues. I like to see the ice cold walls come down, or for them to loosen enough to let that character love and be loved. Max and Sophia are a perfect pair. They are both wounded on the inside (and for Sophia-also on the outside). Both of them look deeper to see their soulmates. Max was one of the first people to actually 'see' Sophia. To want to take care of her, and to know her. She was thrown away by her parents because she was deemed 'unfit' after she was nearly destroyed by a psychotic Psy as a child. She took the only option available for a Psy of her talents, that as a J-Psy. They have a notoriously short lifespan because of the stressors of their job. They have to work with the worst of humanity, extracting ugly memories to help to solve the most heinous of cases. Eventually all that ugliness destroys them from the inside out. When Sophia meets Max, she knows her days are numbered. But, because she was never subject to Silence, she feels an attraction to him that she decides to pursue, to allow herself to feel that way before her life is taken from her by the Psy (or face total rehabilitation). Close proximity to Max on a case in which they are trying to determine who is trying to kill powerful Psy Councilor Nikita Duncan reveals that he's a man she cannot resist. And Max is more than willing to pursue her. I cared about Sophia, loved her. I wanted her to find that chance of happiness with Max. I think she's deserved it, with her lonely, selfless life. No one should feel so isolated and unloved. Max has all the traits I love in a hero: keenly intelligent, possessive, strong-minded, a good sense of humor, an infallible sense of justice, and the insight to see the beauty in a wounded Psy like Sophia. Max had some very deep scars. His mother was very cruel to him, abusing him and showing her hatred in every way. He never felt worthy or loved growing up. As an adult, he became dedicated to seeking justice for people, and became one of the most relentless and formidable cops in the Enforcement system. I just adored him. I wanted him to see how worthy he truly is. I was rooting so hard for Max and Sophia to find their happy ending. I like the way that Nalini Singh worked things out in this book. She broke a pattern and found a resolution that progresses the Psy storyline in a way that makes my interest even more keen. Big changes are coming for the Psy, that have the potential to affect all three races: Psy, Changeling, and Human. I am excited to see where things go from here. Gosh, I am so addicted to this series, and this book only made it worse. Ms. Singh tantalized me with glimpses of one of my favorite supporting characters, Psy Councilman, Kaleb Krychek. She has me drooling here. What a sexy, scary, cool, dangerous character here. He's terribly enigmatic. The man has one heck of a siren call going on for this reader. She has to write a book for him. I insist. I can't speak for anyone else, but I loved this book. There was quite a bit going on, but the romance was lovely, and the Psy elements were awesome. There was even a good mystery thrown in. It was cool to catch up with some of the characters from past books, and to see that they were doing well. I liked how Ms. Singh intertwined Sascha's ongoing storyline so well into this story. There are layers and layers of subtext going on here that balance the Psy-Changeling storyline beautifully. Yup, this is definitely in my top three books in this series. Max, you are giving Hawke, Dorian, and Dev a run for their money, and you have surpassed Judd, although I love that man too. What a major feat for a mere human! Great story here. Loved it!!! Check out this absurdly-addictive series if you haven't yet. It starts with Slave to Sensation.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    4 Solid Stars Bonds of Justice is a FANTASTIC addition to this AMAZING series. It's not my favorite as the plot and romance seemed to drag a little, but I went gaga over Max and loved the active role some of the DarkRiver members played in this book. As for the Psy Council…HOLY COW! The plot thickens! NOTHING IS WHAT IT SEEMS!!! *rubs hands excitedly* 4 Solid Stars Bonds of Justice is a FANTASTIC addition to this AMAZING series. It's not my favorite as the plot and romance seemed to drag a little, but I went gaga over Max and loved the active role some of the DarkRiver members played in this book. As for the Psy Council…HOLY COW! The plot thickens! NOTHING IS WHAT IT SEEMS!!! *rubs hands excitedly*

  7. 5 out of 5

    Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

    Max *sigh* where have you been all my life? And Sophia, you were a beautiful, BEAUTIFUL heroine.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alp

    Bonds Of Justice is the eighth installment in Psy-Changeling series. Even so, the author never ceases to amaze me with the world she has created. In this book, we will meet Detective Max Shannon, a human cop who was born with a natural mental shield that protects him from Psy mental interference, and Sophia Russo, J-Psy who has almost reached her 'retirement' age and her telepathic shield are beginning to fail. Max and Sophia were chosen to work together to solve the special case. Both of them we Bonds Of Justice is the eighth installment in Psy-Changeling series. Even so, the author never ceases to amaze me with the world she has created. In this book, we will meet Detective Max Shannon, a human cop who was born with a natural mental shield that protects him from Psy mental interference, and Sophia Russo, J-Psy who has almost reached her 'retirement' age and her telepathic shield are beginning to fail. Max and Sophia were chosen to work together to solve the special case. Both of them were intensely attracted to each other. I loved this couple, they were brave enough to take a risk and open their hearts to love without restraint, no secrets, no holding back, just trust and love. It was wonderful seeing how these two imperfect persons create one perfect relationship and make each other whole. He could almost feel the vibrating tension in her, every tendon held taut. “I know who you are,” he said, holding her gaze. “I’m not going to be scared away because of your ‘imperfections.’” A sheen of wet in her eyes, turning the midnight iridescent. “We fit, you and I,” he whispered looking into that haunting gaze. “Two broken pieces making a whole.” It wasn’t the most romantic of statements, but it was torn from his soul. “I am not losing you.” But their time together was almost up. Sophia came close to losing an ability to get her thin, fragile mental shield under control. Still, Max never gave up and he would do anything to save her. All in all, this was my thrilling read, full of emotion, passion, fast-paced suspense, and drama. This series just keeps getting better and better! Nalini Singh is definitely one of my auto-buy authors.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Shawna

    5 stars – Paranormal Romance WOW! This is another amazing installment in Singh’s phenomenal, original, and brilliantly crafted Psy-Changeling series. I just loved the relationship between sexy, possessive, protective alpha human cop Max Shannon and Justice-Psy Sophia Russo. I’m continually impressed by the unique, spellbinding world-building, intriguing, complex characters that are impossible not to fall in love with, and the deeply emotional, passionate romance, and this is one of my favorites of 5 stars – Paranormal Romance WOW! This is another amazing installment in Singh’s phenomenal, original, and brilliantly crafted Psy-Changeling series. I just loved the relationship between sexy, possessive, protective alpha human cop Max Shannon and Justice-Psy Sophia Russo. I’m continually impressed by the unique, spellbinding world-building, intriguing, complex characters that are impossible not to fall in love with, and the deeply emotional, passionate romance, and this is one of my favorites of the series. Oh, who am I kidding? I love them all! In this, we get to see a lot of Lucas, Sascha, Faith, and other members of the DarkRiver pack, and I just melted over Lucas’s fiercely protective, affectionately tender nurturing of his pregnant mate, Sascha. He’s definitely one of my very favorite Changeling heroes! Bonds of Justice is another exceptional read in an awesome series. My only complaint is the same I had with the previous book, Blaze of Memory, which is that the sensuality and steam level of the love scenes seems to have cooled a bit compared to the other, earlier books in the series. Ms. Singh, I’d appreciate it if you’d turn the heat back up just a little, and I’d really love another Changeling hero, please! Still, it’s worthy of big 5 stars!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    “Max?” “Yes?” “Will you remember me?” His heart broke into a thousand pieces. “Always.” No one knows much about the Justice-Psy. Except that they’ve always been part of the world’s justice system, able to retrieve and share memories from minds. They are quite rare, and have a short work span. Everyone among the justice world knows that they are only around a certain number of years, until they just disappear, never to be seen again. And Sophia Russo has been a J-Psy for twelve years. He “Max?” “Yes?” “Will you remember me?” His heart broke into a thousand pieces. “Always.” No one knows much about the Justice-Psy. Except that they’ve always been part of the world’s justice system, able to retrieve and share memories from minds. They are quite rare, and have a short work span. Everyone among the justice world knows that they are only around a certain number of years, until they just disappear, never to be seen again. And Sophia Russo has been a J-Psy for twelve years. Her mind is filled with nightmares, with the evil she has witnessed over the years. Her shields are paper-thin, on the verge of collapsing, and she struggles with the darkness that urges her to take justice into her own hands. The only one who fractures the ice around her heart is the human cop, Max. But her yearning will never come to fruition, because no one has ever been able to love her broken self. “Max, are you trying to fix me?” It was impossible, and she couldn’t bear for him to realize that too late, walk away. “No. I’m trying to save you.” An implacable, absolute answer. Because of his natural shield Max Shannon is immune to Psy mental invasions. This means he won’t ever advance in the justice ranks which is dominated by the Psy, but that has never bothered Max. He is a good cop, and all he cares about is getting justice for those wronged. His latest case brings him to the aid of a powerful Psy Councilor, whose closest advisors are being targeted by a murderer. Max always works alone, so when he’s assigned a Psy liaison, he’s more than unwilling. Until he finds out the liaison is the very woman who has been fascinating him with her haunted eyes. “There’s not much left inside me, Max.” Sometimes, all she heard were echoes. I loved the broken Sophia. She has suffered so much, broken into so many pieces that it’s a miracle she’s still alive. The horrendous acts she has witnessed as a child, and as a J-Psy would have broken most people a long time ago. However Sophia might be broken, but she’s brave and determined to never again be helpless. She has never experienced love, and I thought it was so sweet how hopelessly attracted she was to Max, but so unsure about how to act, how to handle the feelings she had about him. And I loved the way she viewed him, how he made her want to fight for her survival, for keeping the darkness at bay. He’d lost everything else and survived, but he couldn’t lose her, not his J. It would break him. I adored Max, and how serious he took his promises, how determined he was to bring down the bad guys, and protect the innocent. His childhood wasn’t easy either, and he knew what it meant to lose those you loved, and to be unloved. I loved how he saw the real Sophia, the woman beneath the scars, and how patiently he pursued her. And of course I loved his possessiveness and protectiveness over Sophia, and how playful he could be with her ;-D The possessive urge, the violent need to claim her to the core was a gnawing ache in his gut. He wanted the world to know she was his—make certain no one would dare lay a finger on her. I absolutely LOVED the romance in this book. The intense fascination both of them experienced, and the attraction neither could deny. It was so very special the way they shared secrets they never told anyone else, and how it just strengthened the bond between them. Both are so damaged by their pasts, has so many nightmares, and seeks justice for the innocents. They understand and accept each other, and are just perfect together. I love how much they loved each other, how hard they fought to be together. Their romance was simply beautiful and so very powerful. With every book we learn more about the Psy and about the effects Silence has on the PsyNet. I loved that we learned more about the DarkMind, which is so broken, slowly going insane because of Silence. This race has so much power, but also so much horror, so many monsters. Change is definitely coming for the Psy, but will Silence ever fall, and if it does can the NetMind and DarkMind be saved? The plot was very captivating, not only with the increasing escalation of threats from the Pure Psy, but also the serial killer case that Sophia and Max were working on, and how they had to get information from him about his victims. And things with the Council also gets more interesting, and I can’t wait to see what is going to happen next. I’m very happy that we got more information on the mysterious Kaleb and cold Nikita. Both are such fascinating characters, but until this book I was unsure whether they were good or bad. Luckily we finally get that answer in this book ;-) Nalini Singh is my favorite author, and this my all-time favorite series. I love this series and its amazing world-building, loveable characters and fantastic romance. HIGHLY RECOMMENED TO EVERYONE!.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Choko

    *** 4.5 *** A buddy read at BB&B with my friends Joanita and Angela! We love our Psy and Changelings:):):) Wow! I can not believe this is the 8th book in the series already! I think in the case of PNR this is a better fit, since every book deals with different couples within the same world, imaginatively created by Nalini Singh and richly populated with humans, changelings and Psy, all with their racial and cultural differences and all basically yearning for the same things, even if some of them *** 4.5 *** A buddy read at BB&B with my friends Joanita and Angela! We love our Psy and Changelings:):):) Wow! I can not believe this is the 8th book in the series already! I think in the case of PNR this is a better fit, since every book deals with different couples within the same world, imaginatively created by Nalini Singh and richly populated with humans, changelings and Psy, all with their racial and cultural differences and all basically yearning for the same things, even if some of them have lost the ability to understand or accept that. " ... “Take care of my heart won't you, Sophie? It's a little odd having it outside my body-but I'm planning to steal yours to make up for it.” ..." This time we deal with a character we have met before, the human cop Max, who on occasion works cases with the Justice Psy, J designation, Sophia. Max finds her fascinating, somehow understanding that this Psy is not like most others, he can feel her humanity trying to come up on the surface of her Silence trained shields. What he does not understand is that this same humanity is what is dooming her to the faith of the broken Psy - complete rehabilitation, a total decimation and erasure of her personality, memories, everything that makes her who she is. "... “This reconditioning will be your last—your telepathic shields are too severely degraded to allow for a further reset.” Cool green eyes met hers. “Do you understand?” “Yes.” The next time she walked into a Center, only a shambling, empty-eyed shell would walk back out.... " Sophia knows that she is living on borrowed time and the assignment she is given by counselor Nikita in San Francisco is just a temporary reprieve. Aware of her expiration date, she decided to explore this weird attraction she feels when she is in the company of the human Max, whom she has been partnered with. All the unfamiliar feelings, sensations, need that run through her body and mind are things she can not even define, they are so foreign to her and she sees them as just another symptom of the erosion of her shields and her unnaturalness... So, lucky dog that he is, Max get to teach her what all of those feelings are and how much fun they can be:):):) But Sophie is broken, shattered, on the verge of self-destruction... Can Max find a way to put the pieces back together and heal all her fractures??? " ... “I’m just trying to know who you are.” And why she spoke to a part of him that had gone quiet a long, long time ago. “Nobody,” she said, her tone so flat, he could’ve imagined the soft-voiced woman who’d told him his nightmares would pass. “I’m nobody.”..." What a sad people Silence has made of the Psy! So afraid of their nature, so terrified of the tendency to go insane and violently bad, that they have suppressed all the good and positive feelings and connections which are also part of their nature.... How terrible a life, when suicide has become one of the acceptable ways to end it, instead of giving in to feeling and the desire for human interaction... Once again Nalini gives us not only a wonderfully appealing couple, who are sexy and fit together, but also enriches our knowledge of the world, the variety of Psy abilities, and deepens the overall political intrigue of power and unexpected alliances. Nikita, I am looking at you girl! You fascinate me and I am waiting for a book where you find your human core and give in to happiness and love!!! And once again Nalini shows us that no games or needles angst is needed for sexual tension between the characters and they can keep our interest without manufactured drama:):):) I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but I am very well aware that I have invested myself in this world and my liking of the books has to do with this attachment, so it is not an impersonal judgement:) I want to thank my very enthusiastic buddy readers Jo and Angela - reading this series with you guys is a joy and pleasure on its own!!! Thank you! I wish all Happy Reading and may you always find something uplifting in the pages of the books you read!!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Blacky *Romance Addict*

    Edit after reread: This is very strange, but this book didn't work for me even after the reread, but for completely different reasons. The romance was actually sweet and lovely for me this time, but the story and the case they were working on were extremely boring, plus that horrible psycho dude was, well, horrible! But at least I like them more as a couple than I did at first read :) Although I love the Psy world and characters, this book I just couldn't get into. First of all - I miss the usual Edit after reread: This is very strange, but this book didn't work for me even after the reread, but for completely different reasons. The romance was actually sweet and lovely for me this time, but the story and the case they were working on were extremely boring, plus that horrible psycho dude was, well, horrible! But at least I like them more as a couple than I did at first read :) Although I love the Psy world and characters, this book I just couldn't get into. First of all - I miss the usuall characters, the pack members even though some made a short appearance, that just wasn't it. Only Sascha had a bigger part, and I loved that, the whole story with her and Nikita! I hope Nikita really does have some feelings for her daughter or something <3 Second - The love affair here seemed forced. From the first scene there was talk of their attraction and almost immediately Sophia wants to touch him and stuff So after a few touches (yes only touches) they become the love of their lives, all muchy and gooey Third - The saddest thing is that I read this for all the story that DIDN'T involve those two touching and seducing one another. I really wish the story was better and much more developed, because Singh really knows how to make this universe interesting, and I have to admit, I'd read her book about Psy even if there wasn't any romance in it ( yes I know ) and sadly, this book here would be better if the romance was a little toned down, and made a little more believable. Off to the next one, hope it'll be better

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mindy Lou's Book Review

    Bonds of Justice is a Psy/Human pairing. I was so curious how this one was going to play out because I really didn't know how Sophia was going to escape being rehabilitated. In the Psy/changling pairings, the Changlings were able to carry the Psy mates in their own network. Sophia did not have that available to her since Max is human. I clearly did not expect what happened at the end but I also am not sure I understand it either. I'm sure more scenarios like this will come up in another pairing Bonds of Justice is a Psy/Human pairing. I was so curious how this one was going to play out because I really didn't know how Sophia was going to escape being rehabilitated. In the Psy/changling pairings, the Changlings were able to carry the Psy mates in their own network. Sophia did not have that available to her since Max is human. I clearly did not expect what happened at the end but I also am not sure I understand it either. I'm sure more scenarios like this will come up in another pairing in the series. Overall, I liked the story, the main couples, and I genuinely enjoyed the small appearances of the previous pairings. I'm looking forward to seeing Lucas as a father. I'm also curious about Nikita. Things are changing and I wonder how her personality, or lack thereof will be by the end.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jilly

    The great thing about this series is the world it is set in. And, the chapters go back and forth between what is going on in the big picture and what is going on in a romance between different characters each book. So, even when I'm not a fan of the romance, I am still hooked on reading the books to find out how the bigger story will play out. And, that's a good thing because as creative and interesting as the world is; the romances can get a bit stale. The males are almost all the same - alpha's The great thing about this series is the world it is set in. And, the chapters go back and forth between what is going on in the big picture and what is going on in a romance between different characters each book. So, even when I'm not a fan of the romance, I am still hooked on reading the books to find out how the bigger story will play out. And, that's a good thing because as creative and interesting as the world is; the romances can get a bit stale. The males are almost all the same - alpha's who are over-protective, jealous, and sexually aggressive. I mean, I can see it with the changelings - they are part animal, but in this book we get a human male and he is written in the same exact way that the changelings are. He wants to "mark" her (with a hickey), he practically growls when another man looks at her, and he pretty much does the old "mine" thing with her. I almost expected him to start humping her leg or something. (Freaking dogs! My poor teddy bears! I don't leave them on the bed anymore...) step away from the bear, sir! So, in this one, we get Max, the human cop, and Sophia, a J-psy. A J-psy is a psy who can see into people's memories and are used to find out the guilt or innocence of a criminal. They also have a tendency to go crazy because of the crap they are forced to watch in the minds of the deranged. There are two "mysteries" going on. One is with a serial killer whom they are trying to extract the locations of his victims' bodies. The other has Max and Sophia working for Nikita to find out who has been killing all of the people close to her. Of course, this brings them together, in close proximity, and sparks fly. And, also of course, Sophia is on the edge of going crazy and will die if Max touches her too much. Sucks to be you, Sophia! going crazy never looked so good... So, we get a lot of sappiness because Sophia is expecting to die. That's another thing that is getting a bit old. The females in these books are always about to die. Owning a uterus myself, I find this a little objectionable. All the males get to be domineering asshats, and all the females have to be martyrs willing to die for these asshats? Personally, I would rather go without some alpha jerk slobbering all over me if it meant my death. there are other ways to scratch that itch..... non-deathy ways... So, we have disgustingly corny and annoying beautiful heartfelt notes that they write to each other about losing each other, and long long conversations about "hanging on and fighting for their love." Seriously, for a person like me (emotionally dead inside) - it made me want to puke. Ryan Gosling is right! Never cry and Always eat burritos! Umm, burrito..... (shit, I hate dieting! I'd kill someone for a burrito right now. With guac! Don't forget the fucking guac!) Alright, I'm grouchy. Time to end this rant/review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    ᴥ Irena ᴥ

    I have a lot of favourite characters in this series, but these two are special in their own way. *** Bonds of Justice is still one of my favourite books in the series. I love both main characters. Also, Nikita is awesome. And Krychek. And Arrows (what, you didn't think I'll miss this opportunity to mention them again?). *** I loved Bonds of Justice the first time I read it. This time it was even better. In short, there is the main story reserved only for this book. A number of Councillor Nikita Dun I have a lot of favourite characters in this series, but these two are special in their own way. *** Bonds of Justice is still one of my favourite books in the series. I love both main characters. Also, Nikita is awesome. And Krychek. And Arrows (what, you didn't think I'll miss this opportunity to mention them again?). *** I loved Bonds of Justice the first time I read it. This time it was even better. In short, there is the main story reserved only for this book. A number of Councillor Nikita Duncan's people either committed suicide, had some kind of accident or just died. Too many not to be suspicious. And who better to find out what is going on than the cop with strong natural shields, the fact a lot of Psy told Max Shannon revealing that every now and then someone tries it. Nikita partners him with Sophia Russo, a J-Psy that is nearing her 'expiration date'. That's the main story. That is not the only thread that connects Max and Sophia. There is a human sociopathic serial killer sitting in jail thanks to Max, and Sophia is the Justice Psy sent to extract the information about the victims still waiting to be found. The romance is beautiful, but it definitely doesn't overwhelm the rest of the book. These two were simply waiting for the other to appear to be whole. However, as much as I loved these two characters, I loved the other parts of the book even more. My favourite Councillor doesn't just appear in the book but plays a very important role. His story kicks off for real in this book. The information he has been searching for six years comes through. It may sound weird but I love Nikita Duncan's character. She was interesting before but now when I pay more attention to her behaviour towards Sascha and a lot of other 'flawed' Psy (like Sophia), I appreciate this character even more. She will end up being one of the strongest characters in this series if she had done what I suspect. I can't explain how much I love reading her parts of the book whether she is with the changeling, other Councillors, Sascha (these moments are truly special) or a 'flawed' Psy like Sophia. And to end this, I have to mention how much I love Justice Psy. They are heroes. The way this particular designation is described is heartbreaking. Since they are telepaths born with a quirk that allows them to retrieve other people's memories and share them, they are perfect for justice system. Js are needed so their weak Silence is tolerated. They do have to be reconditioned every now and then, though. When they get to the point of no return when it comes to their shields, they are discarded. Right from the beginning, you can see how peculiar they are compared to other Psy. 'And Js were rare enough and necessary enough that they were allowed their little . . . peculiarities. Of course, Js were also never to be left alone in “suggestive” locations.' Being anywhere near, say, a paedophile is suggestive to a J-Psy to do something about it. I freaking love this trait. 'We’re the last resort when the tools of justice fail the victims.' Anyway, there are so many things I haven't mentioned (NetMind and DarkMind and Sophia's shields, the Arrow squad). It would simply be too long.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dina

    Going straight to the point: I loved the continuing development of the overall story arc and can't wait to see what will happen next, but Max and Sophia's romance was kind of bland. I also thought that the ending was "strange": it wasn't as unsatisfying as a HFN would be, but it wasn't a fulfilling HEA either - at least, not to me. Going straight to the point: I loved the continuing development of the overall story arc and can't wait to see what will happen next, but Max and Sophia's romance was kind of bland. I also thought that the ending was "strange": it wasn't as unsatisfying as a HFN would be, but it wasn't a fulfilling HEA either - at least, not to me.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lena

    Take care of my heart won’t you, Sophie? It’s a little odd having it outside my body—but I’m planning to steal yours to make up for it. - Handwritten note from Max to Sophia Third Reread: Still enjoyable... but I fast forwarded all the love/sex bits. That part is boring the third time around. I’m more interested in the vertical happenings. And when will River be part of the story again? Second reread: I thought Max and Sophie happened a little quickly and without foundation but once that tr Take care of my heart won’t you, Sophie? It’s a little odd having it outside my body—but I’m planning to steal yours to make up for it. - Handwritten note from Max to Sophia Third Reread: Still enjoyable... but I fast forwarded all the love/sex bits. That part is boring the third time around. I’m more interested in the vertical happenings. And when will River be part of the story again? Second reread: I thought Max and Sophie happened a little quickly and without foundation but once that train started I felt no need to get off. Nikita and Kaleb's characters are fleshed out and the PsyNet itself becomes a character. I had completely forgotten about River but I hope to see him again soon. It was also nice to see the changelings from the outside. Love my Singh rereads. Four stars.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)

    Audio March 2018: Had a superb time listening to the audiobook for Bonds of Justice I actually enjoyed the audio more then reading the book. I think it's because I'm getting so much more out of hearing these characters. The voices are all so different and enjoyable. I feel I get a more in-depth feel for them. I highly recommend the Psy-Changeling series in audio and/or reading. ~ 4 Bonds of Justice Stars ~ I love this series. Love the characters. Love the factions. Love the world building. Amazin Audio March 2018: Had a superb time listening to the audiobook for Bonds of Justice I actually enjoyed the audio more then reading the book. I think it's because I'm getting so much more out of hearing these characters. The voices are all so different and enjoyable. I feel I get a more in-depth feel for them. I highly recommend the Psy-Changeling series in audio and/or reading. ~ 4 Bonds of Justice Stars ~ I love this series. Love the characters. Love the factions. Love the world building. Amazing! Fascinating! Interesting! Bonds of Justice is book eight in Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh. I had a wonderful time reading about Max and Sophia. We don’t see Max expect in Clay and Tally’s book Mine to Possess. It was a suprise to see him get his own book, but very rewarding, especially after being disappointed in the last book Blaze of Memory. We get a great plot, lots of suspense, several new Psy being revealed, more in-depth into the Psy world and romance. I enjoyed the visits with past characters. We get to see how they are doing and the parts they play in the storyline. The Psy, at least most, are finally understanding that change is coming a type of awakening. I liked the progress of the plot with the Silence and the Council. I also liked the idea of the J-Psy, Justice Psy, they have a hard life. The concept as a whole, with the J-Spy, was interesting. The sexual tension between Max and Sophia was at an all time high. Their was no lack in making me wait and wait for the relationship to hit the critical point. As for Sophia she was a little flat I never really felt like I got to know her. Max I liked as a character, but was never completely enthralled with him. Another good book in the Psy-Changeling series. I can’t wait to read the next one.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Fani *loves angst*

    What I didn't like is that the romance was an exact replica of that in the previous book, Blaze of Memory: Psy heroine with a time-bomb in her head and severe fractures in her mind, meets extremely handsome and thus far very cold man, who upon first setting eyes on her becomes possessive and obsessive. I know many people will say that the storyline was completely different between the two books and I agree, but I read books mainly for the romance and as far as romance goes, these two were pretty What I didn't like is that the romance was an exact replica of that in the previous book, Blaze of Memory: Psy heroine with a time-bomb in her head and severe fractures in her mind, meets extremely handsome and thus far very cold man, who upon first setting eyes on her becomes possessive and obsessive. I know many people will say that the storyline was completely different between the two books and I agree, but I read books mainly for the romance and as far as romance goes, these two were pretty much the same. I also have the impression that in this book, the romance took second place to the rest of the story. So many things happen between the Psy, the leopards and the case that Max and Sophia are investigating that the action is non-stop, thus the romance was more or less cast to the side. As Max and Sophia didn't really have any emotional issues to solve since they both early on agree that theirs is a serious relationship, this was not difficult to happen. And since I'm not fond of love at first sight plots, I found it hard to understand Max's initial obsession with her. The good thing was that Sophie was not the weakling that Katya was in BOM, but I still felt she didn't have much to offer as a heroine herself. Max was much more interesting, but after a while, I felt like Sophie was dragging him down to her own mediocrecy:) All in all, a lackluster romance but a very engaging read as far as politics and suspense go. Luckily, there was too much of Lucas and Sascha and Nikita and of course Kaleb to keep me interested. Worth reading for the developments in the overall arc of the story rather than the protagonists' romance IMHO.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Somia

    It's been a while since I've read this book and overall it was an enjoyable read even if it's not one of my favourites. Max is a fab fit for Sophia, and Sophia is one hell of a strong Psy. As a couple they don't pack the punch I would like but they are nice. Loved seeing more of Lucas and Sascha in this. How the Js are treated by the Psy council is deplorable and I'm hoping one of the new books will show things getting better for them since the fall of Silence. It's been a while since I've read this book and overall it was an enjoyable read even if it's not one of my favourites. Max is a fab fit for Sophia, and Sophia is one hell of a strong Psy. As a couple they don't pack the punch I would like but they are nice. Loved seeing more of Lucas and Sascha in this. How the Js are treated by the Psy council is deplorable and I'm hoping one of the new books will show things getting better for them since the fall of Silence.

  21. 5 out of 5

    new_user

    I should've just asked a friend to summarize this. I enjoy Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling novels, if not for the romance, then for the overarching plot and action. The elements of Bonds of Justice that affect the overall plotline of the series can be summarized in a paragraph, and the action in a line. So, the romance. Max and Sophia gush without much grounds from page one, literally between every line of dialogue so that I could imagine Paul Rudd and Cheryl Hines reading with relish. Imagine those I should've just asked a friend to summarize this. I enjoy Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling novels, if not for the romance, then for the overarching plot and action. The elements of Bonds of Justice that affect the overall plotline of the series can be summarized in a paragraph, and the action in a line. So, the romance. Max and Sophia gush without much grounds from page one, literally between every line of dialogue so that I could imagine Paul Rudd and Cheryl Hines reading with relish. Imagine those two tag-teaming this excerpt:"That'll make things easier." Easy words, but his tone said something else. "I won’t be spying on you, Mr. Shannon." Something long dormant in her stirred at the challenge she read in him. "To be quite frank, your personal activities hold no interest for either me or Councilor Duncan." Not quite the truth. Nikita might not care about Max Shannon’s personal life, but Sophia found herself compelled to know the man behind the enigmatic mask of an Enforcement detective.The narrator's asides after every line contribute to a dramatic, over-the-top tone, along with abuse of adjectives. Singh can never say "anger" or "power," she must say "vicious power" and "masculine anger." She pushed the "masculine" especially hard, too hard -18 times- unless you think the human male an inexplicable, wondrous species whose anger even differs from ours. I don't think so. At any rate, you're probably thinking, "But NU! You've read seven books in this series! Are you telling me you've decided you don't like her style now?" I probably wouldn't have noticed the style if Sophia and Max had moved from their apartments or hotel rooms. Ever. They spent the entire investigation in their rooms, alone, while Max initiated Sophia to touch. Didn't we read this in Slave to Sensation and Visions of Heat ? This is no longer new, Singh. I like to read about the nuances of love too -"tap-dancing his fingers along her thigh"- but an endless, snail's pace catalogue as Sophia Russo learns touch from Chapter 1, Handshakes requires intermissions for secondary storylines or action, minds that toss furniture or claws shredding a dude to pieces-- or risks tedium. You can't down them straight, "And now Sophia learns about hugs. And now Sophia enjoys kisses on the cheek. And now..." Why is this book eight? The narrative speeds up with some action in the last quarter, too late in the game. The titillating glimpses of fan favorite Kaleb Krychek were not enough to save this just-sort-of-suspenseful contemporary romance for me. I'll only be skimming Play of Passion , which I never do!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Meagan ✊&#x1f3fc; Blacklivesmatter ✊&#x1f3fc;Blacktranslivesmatter

    This novel is a change in the atmosphere of the Psy-changeling world that we have experienced thus far. We have spent 7 books getting to know how the psy world operates and slowly seeing rebellion/reveloution begin take place. But now we have reached a tipping point where things begin to make major impacts on the way of life that the Psy covet. The focus of this novel was definitely change and new beginnings. And I mean large-scale change in the Psy world. Council alliances begin to shift and so This novel is a change in the atmosphere of the Psy-changeling world that we have experienced thus far. We have spent 7 books getting to know how the psy world operates and slowly seeing rebellion/reveloution begin take place. But now we have reached a tipping point where things begin to make major impacts on the way of life that the Psy covet. The focus of this novel was definitely change and new beginnings. And I mean large-scale change in the Psy world. Council alliances begin to shift and some of the members secret plans and power plays come to light causing a major rift in the councilors stance on Silence. Overall, I didn't think this was a remarkable book. (I'll explain down below). What saved it is the focus on Sascha, Nikita and Kaleb. I also found the new developments with PsyNet and changes in the Psy world very interesting. Sophia and Max: Not that interesting. I didn't really care for their love story or steamy scenes. I find the relationships with at least one changeling partner much more interesting. I did like how Singh wrapped up their love story. It was different than how she handled her other relationships that had a psy partner. I thought I would really love this because the J-Psy were previously unexplored and we were going to get up close and personal with one. However, we only see her J abilities used so minimally that I lost all interest in it. Since this was the main couple and supposed to be the major focus of the book and I didn't really enjoy them I have this book 3 stars. I teetered between 3 or 4 stars and while all the other aspects of the book were interesting, I felt that I couldn't give this book 4 stars. Nikita: I have officially fallen in love with Nikita's character! I am eager to see where Singh will take her. She was absolute favorite part about this book. Sascha: I have always loved Sascha and she will continue to be my fav. I mean she is the original after all! I love any extra page time we get with her. But her struggle in this book definitely trudged up old feelings I had from book one regarding her and Nikita. However, I feel in love with Nikita's character. So my hatred for Nikita was short lived. We also get to see Sascha evolve more and learn more about her E designation. Sascha is one of the only characters that we continually get to see evolving. Most characters from other books get their happy ending and are still involved in the plot of other books, but they don't evolve or grow any further. I love that Sascha's story continues in such depth. Kaleb: His story is unravelling the slowest and proving to be so intriguing. The anticipation to get to know his character on a deeper level is killing me. I am loving the little tidbits and hints that are dropped about his true goals and alliances. I do feel like a major bomb about his character was dropped in this book, but it left us with more questions than answers. Questions I am eager to have answered. At this point, is there even a question of if I am going to continue this series or not. There shouldn't be lol I am TOTALLY invested! I am going to see this to the end.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    I am still stressed out at work, so I am still bingereading this series. I still have theories. And not all that much to say about this book, except that it was fun.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    Almost insta-Love and feeling formulaic brought my rating down on this one.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    “Max?” “Yes?” “Will you remember me?” His heart broke into a thousand pieces. “Always.” Like the previous one, this book involves a Psy and a human, no changelings. Obviously, I was a bit reluctant to read it but it was a great surprise because I ended up really liking the main characters. Max and Sophia were amazing together and individually. Nalini is a rock star. Why 3 stars? Because I found the story quite boring, it was slow and I had to force myself to keep reading. Lucky me, I “Max?” “Yes?” “Will you remember me?” His heart broke into a thousand pieces. “Always.” Like the previous one, this book involves a Psy and a human, no changelings. Obviously, I was a bit reluctant to read it but it was a great surprise because I ended up really liking the main characters. Max and Sophia were amazing together and individually. Nalini is a rock star. Why 3 stars? Because I found the story quite boring, it was slow and I had to force myself to keep reading. Lucky me, I loved the H/h so it was worth it and Nalini also gives us little insights on Kaleb and Nikita. This was super interesting. Also, the fact that Max found his brother so easily at the very end was just too unreal. I didn't really get it, how did River find him? What happened to him? I'd have liked to know more. But, like I said, I really did love Max and Sophia. Max was a really interesting character, deliciously hot and determined, sweet and fair. Sophia was as interesting, J-Psy are pretty awesome and I had some serious admiration for what she did. The both of them did not have an easy life and I think Nalini did a wonderful job in putting them together. “I’m not sure I’d enjoy being pounded against a hard surface.” The word “pounded” acted like an aphrodisiac, sending his good intentions all to hell. “Then you can ride me,” he said, his cock a steel rod in his pants. “The view”—he ran his gaze over her breasts—“would make me more than happy to be pounded.” I'm addicted to the Psy-Changeling series, I can't stop reading the books. Nalini is going to ruin me.

  26. 4 out of 5

    AvidReader

    Absolutely amazing!. Their journey was one hell of a ride. The plot, the action, their witty banter, secondary characters, I enjoyed it all. Recommended.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tara♥ {MindforBooks}

    "Max?" "Yes?" "Will you remember me?" His heart broke into a thousand pieces. "Always.” ______________________________________ 2nd read - 11 March to 13 March 2013 3rd read - 3 May to 5 May 2014 4th read - 15 to 21 April 2015 5th read - 8th April 2021 ______________________________________ I'm going to start this review by saying that I absolutely adore Sophia and as a result there may be some gushing about her in this review. As with 'Blaze of Memory' this book has a different feel to it compared to the "Max?" "Yes?" "Will you remember me?" His heart broke into a thousand pieces. "Always.” ______________________________________ 2nd read - 11 March to 13 March 2013 3rd read - 3 May to 5 May 2014 4th read - 15 to 21 April 2015 5th read - 8th April 2021 ______________________________________ I'm going to start this review by saying that I absolutely adore Sophia and as a result there may be some gushing about her in this review. As with 'Blaze of Memory' this book has a different feel to it compared to the rest in the series. Here we get to see the development of a relationship between a Human and a Psy who is all but broken. We first met Enforcement officer Max Shannon in 'Mine to Possess' after he'd traveled to San Francisco in order to help Tally with the disappearance of children linked to The Shine Foundation. We learned then that Max had incredibly strong natural mental shields that prevented Psy from messing with his mind (Human's lack of natural shields being something that the Psy have taken advantage of regularly). On account of these shields and his moral code Max is a rarity in Enforcement, he is incorruptible. Sophia, a J-Psy, a Psy designation that allows her to enter someones mind and take their memories, then share it with others, is introduced to us as she sits across from a human serial killer, she is about to attempt to enter his mind in order to find the burial sites of his victims. Max has dedicated himself to capturing the truly evil Gerard Bonner and bringing his victims home. Bonner is a twisted individual and the insight we get into his mind is really very unpleasant. Sophia is incredible, she faces down an absolute loop the loop, enters his mind and sees the nightmares that he has gotten off on. But this is her job, she has done it countless times, she has done it so often that her telepathic shields are all but worn away and she knows that soon the world will bombard her and drive her to insanity. Sophia's gift is such that it is unlikely that she was ever really Silent which makes the fact that she is still sane even more incredible. Her life is quite simply a living nightmare. Add to that a heart breaking past and a crushing sense of loneliness and it becomes almost too much to bare. Sophia knows her time is almost up, and when she gets recruited by Councillor Nikita Duncan to pursue a traitor within Nikita's ranks she realizes that her time is hurtling ever faster to an end, when she discovers that Max has also been brought into work with Nikita she decides to try and live before it all ends, by doing so she allows Max to give her something beyond compare. Max and Sophia are both broken in some way but as Max points out together they make a whole. They both fit together and Max accepts everything that is Sophia and he does not see her as flawed and scarred, what he sees when he looks at her is everything he wants. I liked Max before, but the way he treats Sophia is so sweet and tender that it's hard to do anything but love him in the end. WARNING, PRETENTIOUS WAFFLE TO FOLLOW AND MAY CAUSE FLASHBACKS TO LITERARY THEME EXAM QUESTIONS Now I'm not one for pulling different themes out of books (there is always a but!!) BUT this story seemed somehow darker than any of the others to me, I think maybe it was the human element involved here. This series is fantasy but with the addition of a human serial killer a certain amount of reality manages to make its way on to the page. Gerard Bonner is not a fictional character in a fictional world he is very real but he has many different faces and many different names, humans are capable of great cruelty and evil. But, on the other hand as humans we are also capable of great kindness, dignity and compassion, the ability to stand up for what is right and fight for what we believe in such as the way Max does. Bonner definitely stayed with me a lot longer than the other villains in this series and I think that the reason for that was his humanity or lack of. PRETENTIOUS WAFFLE ENDS Anyhoots, I really liked this, Max and Sophia are great together and I loved their story, again there is not much of the Changeling's in this but we see snippets. We get to see how amazingly, totally, fabulously, incredibly in love the oh so perfect Sascha and Lucas are. This is not getting old at all. Seriously though, they are becoming nauseating!!! Also from what we learn in this book, Nakita and Kaleb don't appear to be what they seem. Most intriguing!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    2016 Re-read: Max and Sophia are as fantastic as ever. This book just makes me happy. There's also so much fun world stuff going on here! 2013 re-read Note: Review is from first reading. This book holds up. I love Max, and Sophia. The "no games" rule is one of my favorite things ever, and how they come to love each other and deal with the very real issues in their world (no changeling bond to save Sophia from the PsyNet) gets me every time. Original review: Max Shannon is a human cop for the New Y 2016 Re-read: Max and Sophia are as fantastic as ever. This book just makes me happy. There's also so much fun world stuff going on here! 2013 re-read Note: Review is from first reading. This book holds up. I love Max, and Sophia. The "no games" rule is one of my favorite things ever, and how they come to love each other and deal with the very real issues in their world (no changeling bond to save Sophia from the PsyNet) gets me every time. Original review: Max Shannon is a human cop for the New York Enforcement with a gift that allows him peace. His mind has a strong natural shield that excludes him from the suggestions that are sometimes planted in his fellow officers' minds by the Psy. This has also precluded him from rising in the ranks, but Max doesn't mind as long as he is sure he's the one making the decisions in regards to his cases. Knowing this it comes as a huge surprise when he's tapped as a special investigator by a Psy Councilor, and not just any Psy Councilor, but Nikita Duncan herself. And he won't be working alone... Sophia Russo has been a J (Justice) for over 12 years. The long active period has left her with terrifyingly thin shields and she knows it's just a matter of time before she's called in for that final rehabilitation that all Js must either succumb to, or escape from through death. Having first met Max on the case of a sociopath, Sophia was intrigued by, and attracted to, him - something a perfect Psy would never be. Sophia is a long ways from the perfect Psy though, and has been for longer than she's been a J. Knowing her interest in Max will only lead her more quickly to her final end, she's relieved (and disappointed) when she's out of his presence. But then she's called to be Max's liaison and partner on this new deadly case for Nikita. Can they find out who's killing those close to Nikita before they strike again? Will the bonds Max and Sophia form be strong enough to save them both? I have to admit, in this world of the Psy/Changelings I was not that interested in the main couple going into this book because of the human hero. I'm not afraid to admit when I am wrong. And boy was I wrong. At a glance humans are the very lowest of the three races. They don't have the mental abilities that the Psy do. They don't have the strength and enhanced senses that the Changelings do. They're thought of as less by many Psy and Changelings. But Max is a fantastic hero. One hundred percent human, he's got an intelligent, quick mind and strong ethics, added to the fact that he's very protective, totally loyal, persistant and incredibly, absolutely sexy-as-hell. Sophia, on the other hand, is kind, caring, smart and intriguing all with an underlying core of steel. She's strong and vulnerable. Sweet and sexy (as Max would say). She's been a J for longer than most others, and yet she continues to push that, in the end, things are fair. It's such a likable quality, and one that could easily push her over the edge into either too good, or not good enough. The balance is perfectly attained, and Sophia is a character that I'll love for many years to come. She faces some of the same issues that most of the Psy that are still in the Net, but with new, heart-breaking twists. Max and Sophia are now some of my favorite characters in the story, and I hope that we get to see more of them in the future. There is a lot going on in Bonds of Justice, with the Psy, the Changelings, and the relationships between many of them. We get to see many of our favorites, including Lucas and Sascha, Faith and Vaughn, Clay and Tally, Nikita, and (my personal favorite enigma) Kaleb. The depth that Nalini Singh continues to give each and every character - whether they've been in the story for books, or a couple of pages - always amazes me. The plot, attempts to get at Nikita through those closest to her, is solid. It'd be tempting to think that her calling in a human/J combo to figure this out is out of the realm of possibility, but it's not only realistic, it's addressed by the characters themselves. And the reasoning makes the story all that more intriguing. The mystery itself, and the continued work with the serial killer that brought Max and Sophia together in the first place, are too interesting for me to spoil here. But the real joy here is the fabulous love story between Max and Sophia. I have to admit that there were a few times I had to put down my Kindle in order to wipe the tears from my eyes. The way they come together, with trust, and openness, love and honesty spoke directly to my heart. Being the tenth book in the Psy/Changeling series I wouldn't recommend starting with Bonds of Justice. Ms. Singh does a fabulous job with providing all the relevant information needed to read it as a stand-alone, but you'd be missing out on some fantastic tension, world-building and romance to skip the previous entries in this wonderful series. Every time I read Nalini Singh's books I think 'she can't possibly get any better than this' ... and then she does. Nalini continues to blow me away with a detailed world, beautiful love story, and fascinating characters. Bonds of Justice is an absolute must read. Intrigue, danger, passion and more fill the pages, tempting you, forcing you, to keep reading well into the night.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Glamdring

    “Take care of my heart won’t you, Sophie? It’s a little odd having it outside my body—but I’m planning to steal yours to make up for it. —Handwritten note from Max to Sophia“ This book is focused on the intra Psy-Council war. More specifically on Nikita Duncan who has her top management people mysteriously murdered. There is also a sub plot and I loved how it intermingled with the main one. Sophia is a Justice-Psy. She has the ability of retracting memory from people and projecting them into ot “Take care of my heart won’t you, Sophie? It’s a little odd having it outside my body—but I’m planning to steal yours to make up for it. —Handwritten note from Max to Sophia“ This book is focused on the intra Psy-Council war. More specifically on Nikita Duncan who has her top management people mysteriously murdered. There is also a sub plot and I loved how it intermingled with the main one. Sophia is a Justice-Psy. She has the ability of retracting memory from people and projecting them into other people's mind. As a result of their ability J-Psys must be reconditioned several time in their lives until they are simply rehabilitated or decide to suicide. When the story starts, Sophia has already an exceptionally long career as a J-Psy, her telepathic shields are threatening to shear, living her utterly vulnerable and she knows her end is close. Sophia also has a dark side in her and I loved that she assumed it. “Max?” “Yes?” “Will you remember me?” His heart broke into a thousand pieces. “Always.” Max is Human, but no less alpha than our other heroes. He is one hell of a cop, has a brilliant mind and natural strong shields that protect him from being manipulated by the Psys (who run the legal/law enforcement system). His curriculum as well as his shields are the reasons why Nikita wants him to find the mole in her organization. From the moment they meet they are attracted by each other. I found their love story touching. No fight for dominance or trust issues in this one. The general plot continue to be riveting.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aly is so frigging bored

    Buddy read with Maru and Sarah I like Max and Sophia more then I remembered... and OMG I love Kaleb!!! Buddy read with Maru and Sarah I like Max and Sophia more then I remembered... and OMG I love Kaleb!!!

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