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.
Shatter (Unbreakable Bonds #2)
Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
So many layers…
The same holds true for the personality of a man with such a complex character like Ashton “Snow” Frost’s. I was fascinated by him from his first appearance in Shiver, but of course, there is always so much more than meets the eye. What you get to see in the first book in this series is only the tip of the iceberg. His arrogant and bossy behavior earned him the nickname “surgeon general” among his colleagues, but his mannerism only serves to hide how hard he is fighting his inner demons. He is a commitment-phobe, shying away from any kind of relationship and only allows his best friends -his family- to come near him. To see his true self.
Because of his difficult childhood as a kid in an overly religious family, who rammed into him that he is worthless until he believed it himself, because of his somewhat shady past and the things he has to deal with at his job as a surgeon, he seeks relief in random hook-ups with rough sex, to forget everything that haunts him for a while.
When a part of his past appears quite literally on his doorstep and things culminate into a tragedy that affects all of his friends -all of his inner circle- his control is only hanging by a thread.
Jude Torres, a paramedic working for the same hospital as Snow, feels attracted to him for a while now and somehow Snow seems to feel the same, but he doesn’t want to pursue it further because of his rule not getting involved with a coworker. Jude, on the other hand, has no intention of letting himself being brushed off so easily and when the chance opens up because of said tragedy, he seizes the opportunity with both hands. He is the only one, besides of Snow’s friends, who seems to see through to his core, who sees the vulnerability and the loneliness buried deep in him and knows exactly how to fulfill his needs.
Oh boy, did I enjoy his methods! 😀
The sex scenes were burning-the-sheets hot, but honestly, I didn’t expect anything less after the first book.I loved both guys so much. I loved their connection and their interaction and since Jude seems to have as many layers to his personality as Snow, both were just perfect for each other.
When it becomes apparent that someone is playing a game of cat-and-mouse with Snow and his friends, they decide to take matters into their own hands to eliminate the threat and protect the ones they love. Thankfully, this did not go unnoticed and a certain cop once again gets wind of their plans and goes to considerable length to help them out, even though this could threaten his own job. Well, of course, he also acts in his own interest, or more precisely, because of his interest in Ian, the youngest of the friends. Poor guy, he is not having an easy time among the friends because of their sense of protectiveness towards Ian, but I love Hollis Banner and can’t wait to get his and Ian’s book.
This series became my newest addiction and I love it even more with each new story.
I love the whole concept that involves all of the friends in each book and the dynamics between them. And since I’m a sucker for mysteries, I love that there is always a thrilling aspect, which seems to keep running like a golden thread through the whole series.
I can not wait for the next book so I can indulge in my newest obsession. 😀