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"Another great story in the Psy/Changeling Series!"

Once again we get to visit the world of the Psy and Changelings. However, this excursion is a bit different. This time, we learn about a different type of Psy—the Js. A J Psy has the ability to slip into minds and retrieve memories and now they work in the justice field with Enforcement. Unfortunately, Js don't have a long lifespan. With the work they do, most of them only manage to do their jobs for about ten years. The lucky ones get desk jobs after that. The unlucky ones—and that would be most of them— end up undergoing a thorough rehabilitation. Sophia Russo has been working for twelve years now and she knows her time is short. Her telepathic shields are barely holding and she's also become a Sensitive. Her current assignment is to get the locations of the victims of the Park Avenue Butcher—a man who is evil personified. Trying to get anything out of a sociopath is almost impossible for a J because every memory is as the person wished to see it, not as it really occurred. Not surprisingly, Sophia doesn't get anything out of Bonner, he was only playing everyone again.

Detective Max Shannon has been with Enforcement his whole career. Since Enforcement is basically Psy, it's kind of a surprise Max has risen as high as he has, especially considering he has a natural shield the Psy can't penetrate— very rare in humans. Right now, he only wants to bring peace to the victims' families of the Park Avenue Butcher. Max was able to catch the Butcher, but they only found the body of one of his victims. They know there have been more, but Enforcement hasn't been able to find the bodies. Now that the Butcher is behind bars, Max is surprised when he receives a new assignment. The new assignment is to find out if there is a plot to assassinate Psy Councilor Nikita Duncan. Seems a few of her key employees have died recently. Even though all have been claimed to be suicides, the Councilor wants an investigation into their deaths by an independent party and she specifically requested Max. Max doesn't complain too much when he finds out his partner will be Sophia Russo. After all, he's been attracted to her for quite some time now.

As Max and Sophia work together, they find themselves attracted to each other—in itself a surprise considering Sophia is Psy. They also find that Nikita might not be as paranoid as they originally thought.

Is there a chance for a happily ever after for Max and Sophia? Will Sophia survive long enough to find out, or will her shields totally disintegrate? Who is behind the plot to kill Councilor Nikita Duncan and will her daughter, Sascha become a target? How will the DarkRiver pack respond to that?

BONDS OF JUSTICE is an unforgettable story. Once again Nalini Singh comes through and proves why she's on my autobuy list. This is one of the most touching stories I have read in quite some time. Our hero, Max is still coming to terms with why his mother hated him and whether his younger brother is dead or alive. And Sophia is living on borrowed time, literally. I just love seeing how these alpha men break the Silence of their Psy women and just how tender they can be. While each of the Psy/Changeling books tells the story of one couple, we also get to learn what's going on with those couples we've already come to love. Not to mention, a little more of the whole plot underlying each story comes to light. In this one, lines have been drawn between the Psy Councilors. Can't wait to see what happens next. This is one series you don't want to miss!

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted July 12, 2010

SUMMARY

Return to the powerful, turbulent Psy/Changeling world created by the “amazingly talented”* Nalini Singh, as a human detective finds himself working the most unlikely of cases—in the dark heart of a Councilor’s domain…

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…

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shapeshifters, Psychics

Psy/Changeling reading order per author's website:

  1. Slave to Sensation (September 2006)
  2. Visions of Heat (March 2007)
  3. Free short story: The Cannibal Princess
  4. Caressed By Ice (September 2007)
  5. “Beat of Temptation” in An Enchanted Season (October 2007)*
  6. Mine to Possess (February 2008)
  7. Hostage to Pleasure (September 2008)
  8. “Stroke of Enticement” in The Magical Christmas Cat (October 2008) *
  9. Free short story: A Gift for Kit
  10. Branded by Fire (July 2009)
  11. Blaze of Memory (November 2009)
  12. Bonds of Justice (July 2010)
  13. "Whisper of Sin" in Burning Up (August 2010)*
  14. Play of Passion (November 2010)
  15. Hawke's Book (2011)
*This novella was written to stand alone so you can pick it up at any stage in the series.

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Bonds of Justice
(Psy/Changeling: Book 10)
by Nalini Singh

Berkley Pub Group
July 1, 2010
Available: July 6, 2010
ISBN #0425235440
EAN #9780425235447
368 pages
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Other Books by
Nalini Singh

Tangle of Need
Angels' Flight
Lord of the Abyss and Desert Warrior
Lord of the Abyss
Angels of Darkness
Archangel's Blade
Kiss of Snow
Archangel's Consort
Play of Passion
Burning Up
Archangel's Kiss
Blaze of Memory
Must Love Hellhounds
Branded by Fire
Angels' Blood
Angels' Pawn
The Magical Christmas Cat
Hostage to Pleasure
Mine to Possess
An Enchanted Season
Caressed By Ice
Visions of Heat
Slave to Sensation
Desert Warrior


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