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Bonds of Justice

(Psy-Changeling #8)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  23,272 ratings  ·  1,151 reviews
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 kno
Mass Market Paperback, 348 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Berkley
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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.
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
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

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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
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 ...more
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*

Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Max *sigh* where have you been all my life? And Sophia, you were a beautiful, BEAUTIFUL heroine.
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
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
“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

Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*** 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
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
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 ...more
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
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
~ 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,
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
Robin (Bridge Four)
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Re-read This one holds up about the same. I really liked Max and Sophia seems like a great match to him. I like seeing the Humans make a strong showing since they deserve some love in this series too.

3.5 Stars

“You can drive.”
When he raised an eyebrow, she said, "I've had enough contact with human males to realize you seem to have a congenital inability to function while a female is at the wheel, and I'd rather your full attention be on the case.”

And with that I fall in love with Sophia. Thi
Oct 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
After reading Last Guard, the latest in the Trinity-Psy-Changeling, it was nice to get Sophia's story. She's one of the anchors for the Psy-Net mentioned and integral to it's survival. Loved her an Max together.

Got a softer side of Nikita and I'm intrigued by Kaleb Krychek. He's been in the future Trinity books, but I'm looking forward to his story/romance. Getting his backstory.

As usual Angela Dawe's narration is excellent!
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 ...more
Tara♥ {MindforBooks}
"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
Lana Reads
Oh how wonderful it was to read this book after the catastrophe of the previous story! I loved Sophia and adored Max, their slow burn was everything and it was really well done.
And even if the conflict was resolved kinda fast and a bit chaotic after a huge buildup, I'm still happy with this addition to the series. 

I'm loving how much the author manages to make every character just a little bit different so that every couple has its own believable dynamics. And I loved how the main conflict was
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.
Meagan ✊🏼 Blacklivesmatter ✊🏼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 ...more
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, romance
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.
Almost insta-Love and feeling formulaic brought my rating down on this one.
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
“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
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
I love this series. I love the characters. I love the factions. I love the world building.

Know what I don't love?

The I'm-dying-and-there-is-nothing-anyone-can-do-about-it-just-kidding theme that the last several books have had in reference to the MCs. It's getting a little bit tired.

Just saying.
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