Beautiful little guy you have there!!
Absolutley they bond with their people! My parents are big reptile people, currently they own one female ball python named Suzie (she's close to four and a half feet now) and one male bearded dragon named Alfonzo. Suzie is fairly sociable with anyone that wants to handle her, but Alfonzo is not. He will sit forever with my Mom holding/petting/hand feeding him for as long as she wishes, and he will come to her when she calls him. He'll tolerate my Dad, but if my Mom is around he'll definitely try to crawl to her instead. With other people though, Alfonzo is not as friendly. I can't even catch him to hold him!
You'll have alot of fun with your gecko..be sure to keep us posted on your experiences with him/her!!