Review: Bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh

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Review: Bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh
Bonds of Justice

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Series: Psy-Changeling #8
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on July 6, 2010
Pages: 348
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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The Delight

I have been enjoying my reading journey this year through the fantastic and engaging Psy-Changling series by Nalini Singh for the Readalong and my re-listen/re-read of the books. Singh’s 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 the series. 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 Psy, 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 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 with Silence and Pure Psy being splintering issues. 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.

Challenges Met

COYER Community #52 Buddy Read with Kai
Mt. TBR #75
Romance BINGO #27 mode of transportation on cover
Library Love #10

About the Book
Bonds of Justice by Nalini SinghBONDS OF JUSTICE BY NALINI SINGH

A Psy-Changeling novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Shards of HopeShield 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…


About Nalini Singh

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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5 months ago

I will come back to this once I’m caught up, but nice to see you enjoyed it, Sophia!

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Rachel

Looking forward to your thoughts on this one, Rachel.

Anne - Books of My Heart

Truth. Every time I finish one I want to start the next one now. I am going to start Play of Passion this week. Terrific review!

Sophia Rose
5 months ago

LOL, always tempting to binge. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
5 months ago

I’ve only read a few of her books but with so many books in this series I can understand why you should read it in order.

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Yeah, they fall under paranormal romance with a different romance pair each book, but there is a lot of the plot that continues over so it has the feel of an ongoing urban fantasy series. I like how she does that.

5 months ago

I agree Sophia, so much going on and yet it flows so well. I really felt for Sophia – such an incredible ability and strength, but also so awful for her. I wondered how Nalini Singh would be able to wrap it up but she did so well, while giving us a lot more in the world too! Can’t wait for more!

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Berls

Usually lots of plot threads like this make me crazy, but Nalini Singh has a gift. 🙂 Oh man, that poor woman. Same here.
Onward to the next one. 🙂

Carole @ Carole's Random Life

This is a series that I do want to read at some point so I am thrilled to see how much everyone seems to be liking it.

Sophia Rose
5 months ago

I will love reliving the series through your reviews once you are able to start them, Carole. 🙂

Melanie Simmons
5 months ago

I do love this series. I need to do a revisit from the beginning. Wonderful review.

Sophia Rose
5 months ago

Yes, it is interesting what I forgot and what stood out to me this time around. 🙂 Thanks, Melanie!

Carole Rae
4 months ago

Slowly chiseling away at these!

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Yep, making my way to the point where the series is all caught up. 🙂

Lover of Romance
3 months ago

So happy to see you reading and reviewing this one here. YAY for some Psy Changeling love. I agree that you definitely need to be reading this series in order due to the world building of the plot as a whole. Its a much better and fuller experience to read them in order.

Sophia Rose
3 months ago

Thoroughly enjoying my re-read/listen of the series. 🙂 Such a well-written world!