Author ~ Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Published ~ 26th April 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Maverick trauma surgeon Ashton “Snow” Frost keeps the world at a distance, relying only on his three closest friends to keep him connected. But when a ghost from their past returns to Cincinnati, Snow stands to lose everyone he loves. Framed for murder and reeling from attacks on his friends, Snow is pushed to his breaking point.
Jude Torres won’t let the doc shatter. The paramedic has been attracted to the doctor since he first laid eyes on him at the hospital, even if the arrogant, solitary man doesn’t fit into any of his plans. One hot, reckless kiss shows that Snow isn’t who he appears to be. And one night together will never be enough. Jude will fight for the doc.
Fight to keep him whole. Fight to keep him safe. Fight to simply keep him.
After reading book one in the series, Shiver, I totally fell in love with the characters and was suitably impressed with the authors writing style and the promised concept and development of the story arc, but there was a something missing for me. I wanted more depth, I wanted more emotion. Did the authors deliver in this book? Hell yes they did!
This book continues in it’s original vein, in that it’s strength lies in the bond between the four main characters; Snow, Rowe, Ian and Lucas. Reinforcing that the heart and soul of this series is their unwavering, all knowing friendship, intensified by the shared pain of trauma. They are united and strong, with an intimacy between them that not even those now breaching their boundaries are completely privy to.
My stand out character from Shiver was Snow. I was desperate for his story and pretty excited to see if he was as much the tortured soul, all dark and edgy as the narrative suggested. In his job as a surgeon he is arrogant and aloof, cool, calm and collected. A man who closely guards his emotions and is driven in his profession but under the surface simmers a volatile personality that is about to boil over.
When tragedy strikes and ghosts return from the boys past to wreak revenge, it threatens to put a wedge between Snow and those he loves the most. So, not really the best time for Snow’s head to be turned by the sexy paramedic we caught a glimpse of in book one. But with Snow flying solo in trying to unleash his own brand of revenge, it’s the charming and confident Jude that lends a hand.
I loved Jude, his personality shone; he’s fun and caring, all warmth and sunshine with a tender heart filled with love and compassion, the total opposite of Snow’s detached hard edges. Don’t get me wrong, Jude isn’t soft, he has incredible inner strength and despite the cold knockbacks he’s tenacious in his determination to seduce his man any way possible. Jude is also physically a strong man with a dominant side, and I loved that twist as we see Snows body naturally surrender to Jude and the ice mans heart begin to thaw.
Jude has Snow looking at his life through a new lens, it’s an unfamiliar vista and so very far away from the cold and hard projection he is more accustomed to. He is wrought with inner turmoil of the unknown, wanting what’s offered so willingly and unselfishly but feeling fearful and undeserving, terrified in fact. But when the realisation finally dawns that he could feel love and fully embrace it, I admit I had a little cry at the emotion I felt for these two and how they just fit together so perfectly. The authors nailed it!
We find out a little more of the history that brought them all together, why they are so protective of Ian and just how far Detective Hollis will also go to protect the man that seems to have stolen his heart. As a romantic suspense this book definitely works; with more emphasis on the romance. The suspense part was so much better in this book, well executed and even though we are aware throughout of the identity of their foe, we are left on tenterhooks with twists and turns to ramp up the action. However, by only cutting the tail off the beast, they soon realise the monster is still out there and he has our boys in his sights, all cleverly moving the story arc forward onto the next book Torch, due out on the 25th October. So if you haven’t started this series yet, now would be a good time. You won’t regret it.
This is a fabulous series, a thrilling ride of love, friendship and the family they have become. Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott as a duo, excel in their characterisation and their vision is seamlessly executed and smoothly delivered through the highs and lows of these fascinating, very hot and totally addictive men. The dialogue and narrative perfectly captures the distinct personalities, the humour, the heartache, the love, but above all else, …the ‘Unbreakable Bond’