Friday, January 12, 2018

Review: Shatter by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliot

(Unbreakable Bonds #2)
by Jocelynn Drake, Rinda Elliott
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Genre: M/M Romance, Suspense

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.

This series is amazing and the men are seriously hot, even if one is a surgeon and another is a paramedic. Prior starting this, I have a preconceived notion that the cranky and broody Snow is into BDSM. So color me surprised that it isn't the case here, not that I have any problem with that. I'm just a bit shocked that the hot paramedic, Jude is so bossy in the bedroom and Snow finally admit that he loves it.

Although each book in the series featured a different couple, this is not a book that can be read as a standalone. There is a connecting story arc that will tie up all four books together and all the men lives are intimately connected to each other. It sounds very incestuous, as per what Hollis Banner, our friendly neighborhood cop said. I wish I can jump to Ian and Hollis book NOW! I can't stand much teasing anymore.

Back to Shatter, the story started in a gloomy start and everyone is fucking sad. It was such a downer, but I guess is inevitable and we need to guys to move on. Snow was dealing with a lot of pressure, having their old enemy resurface in town and threatening the lives of his friends and he had no desire to be the third wheel and disturb Lucas and Andrei's love nest. Rowe was missing for most part too. 

Jude presence help to balance things out. He had a funny girl Friday and a boisterous family. Even with all the sadness, a little Torres time will lift everyone's mood. Jude is always there to keep a firm hand on Snow to prevent him from getting out of control. I just can't imagine what kind of clusterfuck Snow will get into if Jude wasn't there to support him. 

The suspense was good. Even with us clearly knowing who the bad guys are, I'm on pins and needles waiting for new revelation and worried something will happen to the guys that I grew to care for especially sweet Ian. The book was wrapped up without a cliffhanger, but obviously there are more things to come.