Thursday, July 8, 2010

Bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh

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…

You know I could try harder to wax poetically about what makes Nalini Singh such a great author and the Psy-Changeling Series such a wonderful series, but I just don't you'll get it.

Every time Singh comes out with a new book this series gets better and better. Not only is she terrific at creating self contained love stories within each book, she is is proving herself a master of the longer story arch. Each successive book continues the central story of Psy, Changelings, and Humans all trying to figure out how to live with each other; harder still when as a reader you realize that one part of the triangle is breaking down under stress.

Also Singh writes a very emotionally compelling love story with every book. I think that's what has her stand out as such a great romance writer. Her romances are central to everything and I as a reader feel attached to all of the characters; watching both parties grow individually and together they mean a lot to me.

When you read as much as I do it's even more a joy to have the chance to read a series written by an author that obviously takes the time and energy to craft an intelligent, emotionally gratifying, exciting love story. I highly recommend this series to anyone and everyone.

Overall Feeling - THUMBS UP. Singh pulls out another incredible paranormal romance that tugs at the heart and has you racing to the finish line.

Series - 1) Slave to Sensation 2) Visions of Heat 3) Caressed by Ice 4) Mine to Possess 5) Hostage to Pleasure 6) Branded by Fire 7) Blaze of Memory 8) Bonds of Justice 9) Play of Passion (November 2010)