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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-01-15 17:51
Shiver (Unbreakable Bonds #1) - DNF @ 50%
Shiver - Rinda Elliott,Jocelynn Drake

That's three for three. What the hell is going on? I've never had this many DNFs in a row. *frustrated sigh*

 

There was some good stuff here, which is why I kept reading so long, hoping the rest of the story would catch up. But...

 

The Good:

 

~Ian seems like a fun character, though I hope he has a good manager since being a good chef isn't enough to keep a restaurant going. 

~Banner, the intrepid detective, is so dedicated to his job he goes on interviews with a flu. Because nothing will scare witnesses into giving answers than fear of getting sick. ;) Naw, that's not why he does it, he just really wants to solve his case.

~This isn't entirely GFY. Andrei's noticed guys and had some sexual encounters with them, but only when their was a woman or alcohol involved. Still, it smacks of GFY because "there's just something about Lucas" that makes him different. What that something is I have no clue. Lucas isn't a bad guy, he's just kind of jerk sometimes.

~The writing is decent and doesn't have too many typos.

 

The Annoying:

 

~Incorrect medical procedures are incorrect. There's no way the hospital would let Andrei out of there, even with a minor burn, without first dressing the burn and wrapping it up, so that whole scene that takes place after the hospital doesn't make sense; it shouldn't need to be happening. And then Lucas is putting this green gel goop on it and also not dressing it. Poor Andrei's shirts are all going to be a mess at this point.

~Speaking of, this is yet another story where the MCs are seriously injured and aside from a few aches and pains the next day, they're walking around like no big deal. At least Lucas took a couple of pills? And only one with alcohol. Yay? But Lucas has broken ribs. RIBS! And he keeps getting thrown down the ground like no big deal. If you're going to go to the trouble of trashing up your characters, can you please remember they're injured? Thanks.

~And why aren't his ribs wrapped?! Are his broken fingers even wrapped or did I just imagine that they were?

~Andrei's supposed to be protecting Lucas's life and keeps getting distracted by his lips and other stuff. Ugh!

~Insta-lust is boring to me on the best days, but when he's lusting after someone covered in cuts and bruises, I have to wonder about the character's mental state.

~Inconsistencies with established facts: Lucas's penthouse is initially described as three stories. Andrei only ever checks the first two stories. What's up with the third floor? Also, Andrei is described many times as being bigger than Lucas, but then suddenly Lucas is bigger than Andrei. Which is it?

 

The Bad:

~Rowe, Lucas and Snow (and Ian) are supposed to be these super tight BBFs but aside from Ian, all the other three seem to do is bicker, fight or strangle (yes, literally) each other at every turn. Just not feeling the unbreakable bond here.

~Lucas is so stupid that he goes off to the property he bought that's putting his life at risk to show off the night skyline view to Andrei. Andrei's so stupid that he actually takes Lucas there. 

~And that's only the first stupid thing they do in the first half. I don't doubt there is plenty more stupidity waiting in the second half.

~That sex scene up against the window is just logistically impossible the way it's written. Andrei's facing the window with his hands on the glass and Lucas is behind him. But then Lucas is suddenly giving Andrei a blowjob. How? Did he crawl between Andrei's legs when no one was looking?

~I kept hoping the glass would pop out of its casing and they'd plummet to their deaths like that Darwin Award winner, but they didn't. :(

~When I realized that I didn't even care enough to skip ahead to see who is targeting Lucas or why, I realized I just needed to put the book down.

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review 2017-12-04 02:51
Shatter by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott - My Thoughts
Shatter - Rinda Elliott,Jocelynn Drake

This is my m/m romance catnip.  There's action, there's a mystery of some sort, there's a band of brothers, there's humour and there's some hot sexytimes. 

This is Snow's story.  Snow, or Dr. Ashton Frost, is, as his name implies, somewhat cold and standoffish - walls up for everyone except maybe his three closest friends.  He's a brilliant surgeon and sexy as hell.  Well, right up my alley, anyway.  A ghost from his past is haunting him and he's framed for a murder and his found family is under attack and of course he's trying to deal with it on his own.

Enter Jude Torres, paramedic whose had his eye on the good doctor for a while.  He's a big, handsome, smart caregiver and he's determined not to let Snow handle this unravelling situation on his own.  He's had a sort of crush on the good doctor for a while, but tragedy brings them together and the attraction catches fire in all the best ways. 

I like Snow and Jude together.  They are good for each other.   They have great banter, which is another of my catnips.  And they just naturally have great physical chemistry too.  Sometimes that doesn't come across in these romances, but here it's loud and clear and I love it! 

So if like me, you're a fan of Abi Roux's Cut and Run series, or any of S.E. Jakes' series or Rhys Ford's series, I think you'd like this.  I did.  :)

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review 2017-11-19 00:51
Nothing makes for a better buddy read than a 'Psycho Romeo'...or in plain English...
Psycho Romeo - Rinda Elliott,Jocelynn Drake

a bat-sh*t crazy stalker. 

If you love Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott's 'Unbreakable Bonds' series than this is the perfect way to continue that love affair. 'Psycho Romeo' is the first book in 'Ward Security' the spin-off series to 'Unbreakable Bonds'. Rowan Ward is the owner of 'Ward Securities' and one of the original group of four friends from 'Unbreakable Bonds' giving the reader the opportunity to get glimpses into the ongoing lives of the men from 'Unbreakable Bonds' and a whole new collection of fascinating men.

We were originally introduced to both of the MCs in 'Psycho Romeo' in earlier books. Geoffrey Ralse is rich and the life of the party according to his social media accounts. But he's so much more than he appears to be and the only person who seems to truly see this is his brother and Protective Agent Sven Larsen, whom we also met in the original series. But Sven's got his own issues and he's determined to keep his distance from Geoffrey. Which is a lot easier to do when his only contact is teaching Geoffrey self defense classes...it's when Geoffrey gets a stalker and hires Ward Security for protection. Insisting on Sven as his body that Sven's defenses begin to crumble.

While 'Psycho Romeo' was an awesome read in and of itself, I have to say sharing this reading experience with my reading buddy besties...Christelle, Josy, Simone and having the lovely Jan jump on board just made the story a whole lot more fun. 

The romance between Geoffrey and Sven for me was simply adorable and sweet. I loved these two as a couple they were incredibly sweet together and loved the interaction between them and how each man so readily came to the other's defense...it was just sweet, sweet, sweet!...and hot, did I mention these two men are scorching HOT!!!

As for the mystery...it had it's good points and was definitely the high-light of much discussion during our buddy read. While there may have been some weak points to this part of the story and not all of it sat well with everyone in our group for different reasons...some of us may have pegged who the stalker was a little early in the story. I care not I still enjoyed it and overall it added interest and was the vehicle that moved Geoffrey and Sven into close proximity allowing their relationship to progress.

This was an awesome start to this spin-off series and I'm looking forward to seeing what come next...I know it won't be Royce but I've got my Buddy Read Besties to keep me company while we read whatever comes next and wait for Royce. 

Once again my friends thanks for a good time and I'm definitely looking forward to whatever comes next.

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text 2017-11-15 18:07
Reading progress update: I've read 55%.
Devour - Rinda Elliott,Jocelynn Drake


Oh Ian....
 
 

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review 2017-10-30 08:13
Shiver - Rinda Elliott,Jocelynn Drake

Fast-paced and highly entertaining with a wholly unsatisfying ending.
Guess I'll have to continue the series to hopefully get that HEA at some point. But having to read more of these books is a fate I can live with :)

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