Saturday, August 23, 2014

Review: Bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh

Title: Bonds of Justice
Series: Psy-Changeling
Author: Nalini Singh
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: July 6, 2010
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 0425235440
ISBN-13: 9780425235447

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...

My rating:

Well, this was yet another great installment in the Psy-Changeling (shouldn't we add human as well?) series, just not as "good" as the previous books.

The main series arc is progressing nicely, whenever we think we know what's going on, Ms. Singh surprises us, creating yet more questions, more intrigue, more suspense...But it isn't the main arc that's a problem here. It was this particular story that didn't "do it" for me. I simply couldn't relate to the characters, the romance fell rather flat, and though I love me a slightly possessive, straight-to-the-point, you're-mine-and-I'll-die-before-losing-you kind of hero, I thought there was something off with Max. I cannot put my finger on it, but we just didn't click. And Sophia was no better. I missed Ms. Singh's usually spot-on characterization in this one, sorry to say.

But we did get a few glimpses of secondary characters that warmed my heart. It's always great seeing previous heroes and heroines living their HEA, especially Sasha and Lucas. There was a nice little development on the Nikita front, a little tidbit about Hawke, but it was Councilor Kaleb Krychek's rather significant little role in this book that made me squeal. Darn, but I'm curious about him and can't wait to read his story. He's just full of surprises and this little searching mission he's on, intrigues me a great deal. *giddy clap*

Anyway, as I wrote at the beginning, it was good, but not par with Ms. Singh's previous work. I expected more.


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