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~Review~Shiver (Unbreakable Bonds #1) by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott~

 

26695561Title: Shiver
Author: Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Series: Unbreakable Bonds #1
Publisher: SelfPublished
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Genre(s): M/M, Romantic, Suspense
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

Lucas Vallois is always in control. He’s building an empire in the glittering city of Cincinnati and created his own family from his three close friends. The self-made millionaire has everything he wants within his tight grasp. But his world starts to crumble after he’s jumped by a trio of thugs late one night after leaving a club. The warning is clear—give up his new property venture or end up dead.

Caving to the demands of his friends, Lucas accepts the help of bodyguard, Andrei Hadeon, as he hunts for the source of this new threat. But as Lucas gets closer to uncovering the danger, he realizes the sexy Romanian bodyguard poses an even bigger risk to his carefully constructed world. Trapped by a need he never expected, Lucas must find a way to deny the shiver of longing he cannot control.
His brother. His warrior. His heart. Four friends. Unbreakable bonds.


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Shiver (Unbreakable Bonds #1)

by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

*****5 Stars*****5hj

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I have a feeling that this is going to be my series…

Give me a book character that virtually screams ‘Sex on legs’…

… and consider me hooked. 😀

So, you can imagine what a book where there is not only one, but four gorgeous, smokin’ hot men involved, did to my heart. 😉 Actually, it made more than one flip. One man is more interesting and fascinating than the other. And on top of it all, there are even more…

This series is about four men connected by a deep friendship, with a shared past and a similar background, whose loyalty to each other is so fierce, they consider themselves more a family than just being friends. When one member of their little circle is in danger, their protective streak is in overdrive and they try to do everything in their power to keep him safe.

Normally, Lucas Vallois is the one who holds them together, who is their tower of strength. Who cares about all of them. I loved this guy. His personality has so many layers, you could call him a chameleon. Cold and calculating businessman and owner of several nightclubs by day, loyal friend and sometimes hot lover, but -nonetheless- lonely by night. When his business and even his life is threatened, he grumpily accepts new security measures by his friends but wants to draw the line when they force a shadow on him, a bodyguard who stays with him day and night. Lucas was always the one in control and refuses to give it to someone else.

But when he meets Andrei, he feels an immediate attraction…

… which slowly but surely turns into something more.

“Lucas clenched his teeth. He couldn’t bring himself to admit that he wanted to pitch it all out the fucking window. Break all his rules. Andrei lit a fire in him that he simply couldn’t extinguish. The man made him laugh and feel. He made him reckless and alive for the first time… in so fucking long”


At first, both men are reluctant to give in to their feelings, because there is still the very real possibility that they won’t see each other again when the job is done, but they can’t ignore the sparks flying between them for long. Phew, and what kind of sparks there were…There is a lot of dirty talk in this book and hot sex and I had to fan myself rapidly more than once. 😉

Ex-MMA-fighter Andrei Hadeon, forced to leave his dream behind because of an injury, is now working as a bodyguard for the firm of Rowe, one of Lucas’ s friends. Of course, it’s his job to protect people, but he takes his protection of Lucas even more serious – up to the point of placing himself in danger to get rid of the threat – because even he feels the sizzle between them. He always considered himself being straight, despite some minor experiments with other guys and has yet to figure out his feelings for Lucas.


I can tell you exactly the moment when I fell in love with Andrei. Guess what! When he admitted loving books.

There is something about hot guys reading…I dunno, but I love it. 😉

I won’t go into detail about the story, as to that the blurb speaks for itself, but let me tell you, it was fast-paced and action-packed and had me several times on the edge of my seat. Exactly my thing, so to speak! I have read the second half of the book in one go and was so full of adrenaline that I had trouble going to sleep.

As for me, the ending of the book was perfect. Believe me, I’m the first person who bawls for an HEA and yes, this is more of an HFN, but it makes the book even more plausible. Both guys have known each other just a few weeks and an HEA at that point would be simply unbelievable.

Highly recommended!

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