Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Review: Torch by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliot

(Unbreakable Bonds #3)
by Jocelynn Drake, Rinda Elliott
Genre: M/M Suspense
Release Date: October 24, 2016

Nine months ago, Rowan Ward thought he had it all. Now he's fighting to pull his shredded life together, buried in work and battling the kind of grief that destroys a man's soul. When fires spring up around Cincinnati threatening Rowe's friends and clients, he's thrilled to find his old Army buddy, Noah Keegan in town. They were a hell of a team when they served together, so in-sync, it was rumored they could read each other's minds.

Noah thought devoting his life to the Army would be enough. Then he realized he had no family and only one friend he cared about. When his enlistment was up, he found himself standing on Rowe's doorstep, looking only for friendship but secretly hoping for more. He needs to know if their one unbelievable night together years ago wasn't a mistake.

Caught in a dangerous game of fire and bullets, neither expects the inferno of emotion that ignites between them. One Rowe isn't prepared to accept. One that could break Noah.

I admit my expectation was low due to some concern about Rowe's grief. I never like reading about mourning spouse. Every time Rowe reminiscent about his late wife, I was thinking 'here we go again'. Despite that, I still enjoyed the story between Rowe and Noah. The guilt here isn't overwhelming, just a twinge here and there to let us know Rowe still miss his wife, which is understandable. Noah is Rowe's ex-Ranger buddy and apparently they were bff and even had an one night stand. Oh, Rowe, I can't believe he keep that to himself. Is a friends to lovers relationship for them and as usual, Rowe was worried about sabotaging their friendship and afraid to move on so fast. Noah on the other hand just make my heart hurt. There was so much unrequited love there. Rowe took such a long ass time to finally make things right. Nonetheless, the side plot with arson that ruining Lucas's business and the rest of the guys make this a quick read. Detective Hollis Banner was dearly miss. He was only there for one scene and damn if it not the hottest scene in the book. Is saying something that I'm more invested in Ian and Hollis while reading this.