Review: Bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh

Posted March 3, 2017 by Lily B in Guest Post, Reviews / 28 Comments

Hi guys, today I have a special surprise for you. I want you to welcome my new Guest Reviewer Sophia Rose. Some of you may know Sophia from her regular posting on Delightful Reader. Today she is reviewing for us a great paranormal romance Bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh, you can read her wonderful review below.

Review:  Bonds of Justice by Nalini SinghBonds of Justice by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #8
Published by Berkley on July 6th 2010
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 348
Source: Bought
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Rating:4 Stars

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…

I have been enjoying my reading journey this year through the fantastic and engaging Psy-Changling series by Nalini Singh. Her futuristic paranormal world where three races of humans (regular humans, animal shifter humans, and psychic humans) share the planet and all bring their own brand of danger and intrigue to the table with each new book installment.

This is not a good series to skip around and get the books out of order because, though it features a new romance pair with each book, there are ongoing story lines the continue through each book. The world and the large cast of characters was shared in the beginning and build as it goes.

In this latest installment, Bonds of Justice, Singh introduces the reader to another type of psychic human, the ‘J’ or Justice designation (variation on telepathic types) and pairs her with a human. All along, I’ve felt some pity for the psy because many of them stand a better than average chance of either going nuts due to their psy gift messing with them or getting their brain wiped because they are deemed unstable by their own government. Sophia Russo, a Justice Psy, has a truly tough row to hoe in that her designation of psy has a really short shelf life because of the nature of her job- dipping into the darkest of criminal minds to extract the truth so that justice can be served when the forensics and testimony at the trial aren’t quite enough. This is another one of those situations the author does so well when the reader wonders just how she is going to pull out a win for the home team. Sophia is essentially dying, she can’t walk away from the latest assignment that might well be too much and kill her, and now she has fallen in love when a man who loves her back and has had his own struggles that might break him when she dies.

Sophia and Max are a great pair and their backstory, characters, and ongoing relationship that builds between them make a good case why they are so right for each other. Sophia has lived the cold, sterile world of a psy until she encounters red-blooded sensual, but very much alone Max who teaches her to live even while she shows him he has someone to come home to finally.

Their romance is set against the conflict of a ticking time bomb that is Sophia’s eroding mental shields, a dangerous sociopath serial killer, and a cunning murder mystery that they must solve for a powerful psy councilor. There are also check-ins with Lucas and Sascha’s story and other previous couples that Max knows from earlier stories. And beyond that is the ongoing underground civil war taking place in the psy race. It might seem like it was all too much, but it wasn’t. There are quick scene changes, but they lead in and transition well. They serve to tighten the tension and keep the reader riveted rather than distracted.

It ended on a high note and left me with a strong desire to grab up the next book in the series to keep going and see what comes next. The series still feels tight and fresh with a strong conflict that is moving forward steadily. For those who love spicy paranormal romance, I can definitely recommend this series.

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28 responses to “Review: Bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh

    • Thank you for stopping by Sophia 😀 and for the lovely review! Glad you are enjoying this series so much, a little jealous over here 😀

    • I just counted and I have six hot spots to hit occasionally. 🙂 I think Traveling Blogger is a fun thing.

      I have been meaning to catch this series up for so long. This year I made it my series challenge priority. I’m trying to read all the shorties, novellas, and the novels in order while I’m at it. I think I’m going to implode if I don’t find out who the Ghost is soon. 🙂 I have my suspicions and oh boy, this one had an interesting bit of insight into Sascha’s mom, Nikita the Ice Queen. 🙂 I’m having a good time catching up with the series.

  1. Hi Sophia Rose. Nice to meet you. I have been saying I want to start this series for years. I love a good paranormal romance, and I have heard such good things about this author. I am definitley going to plan on doing these as soon as I can get my hands on the audios from my library.

    • I think you’ll really love them, Heidi. The three races of people, the futuristic elements, the intrigue, and the romances all make it wonderful.

    • I’m hoping to get all caught up by the time the latest one releases. It will be close because there are so many stories and novels left after this one. 🙂

    • Don’t feel bad, Kristin. I have a long list of great authors that I haven’t started yet. I definitely won’t be the one to toss stones. LOL. I’m kicking you gently because these are great and I’d love it if you liked them. 🙂

  2. *waves* Hi Sophia! You are everywhere! I’ve not read any books by Singh – she is on my never-ending list of authors whose books I need to try. But I feel like her series are just too long for me to deal with. 😀 It sounds like the romance is pretty satisfying – though maybe a little slow. I’m glad you enjoyed this one, Sophia!

    Have a great weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Hey, lady! Yes, I’m everywhere. LOL

      I get intimidated by certain series that seem so long. Every time someone reviews a Christine Feehan I’m interested, but don’t want to face up to forty books.

      Thanks, Alyssa!

  3. I think I only tried the first book and I really liked it but I still need to read the sequels. I think I have some in French. I’ll have to dig them out!

    • Oh these are great, for sure. I think you’ll pick right back up with enjoying book two when you get the chance, Melliane. Neat that you have some French copies. Love to see when books get released in so many languages to make them easier or more accessible to everyone.

  4. I actually read Sasha and Lucas’ story, it was the first of this series, and really enjoyed it. I would be on edge worrying for Sophia. Sounds like the series is still going strong after eight books. I’ll have to get back into it. Wonderful review, Sophia! 🙂

    • You’ll love how many times Sascha and Lucas return to be part of other stories so you can keep up with their lives. Oh yeah, the danger and intrigue get me in their grip with each book. Hope you get the chance to keep reading the other books. Thanks, Rachel!

    • Howdy, Ronnie!

      Thanks! Oh yeah, these are a rush once things get rolling in each book. Some are more exciting than others, but all have pretty good stuff going on. Hope you get the chance to snag book one. 🙂

  5. This is a totally new author for me but sounds a great paranormal. I’ll look at it. I’m in the mood for a different genre.
    Awesome review, Sophia. Thanks for sharing. 😀

  6. I have not gotten this far in the series although I am definitely working my to it, the last one I think I read was Blaze of Memory. I love this series and world.

    • I can’t believe how long I waited to get around to this one. I knew I already loved her other series. I’m with you, Leona. Love the world of this series.

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