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review 2016-12-31 11:00
Review: Unbreakable Stories: Snow (Unbreakable Bonds #2,5) by Rinda Elliott & Jocelynn Drake
Unbreakable Stories: Snow - Jocelynn Drake,Rinda Elliott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a great book to finish this year with!!!

 

 

I just love this series. Snow and Jude are my favorite couple. SO FAR!! I loved to read about their househunting. Who am I kidding, I loved everything about it!!

"You don't care what those people think. Don't give a shit what anyone might say. You just wanted to see me. And that is the hottest fucking thing."

~~ Jude to his man Snow.

I agree, Jude... :D

And yayyyy, Snow & Jude & Wallbanging!!! (No need to say more.)

 

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review 2016-12-07 18:46
Shiver by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott - My Thoughts
Shiver - Rinda Elliott,Jocelynn Drake

This book was a round-about rec in a way.  One of the romantic suspense novelists I follow on Twitter was quoted on a book blog about some of her fave reads and the 3rd book in this series was one of the ones she mentioned.  So, I went to check out the series and it hit a lot of my 'ooooh' buttons, so I went and picked up this first book.  

 

There are 4 men who are as close, if not closer, than brothers.  A millionaire club owner/businessman, a surgeon, a security company head and a chef.  This story is about the millionaire and what happens when he gets targeted by the bad guys over his latest property venture.  His buddy, the security company guy, sends him a bodyguard and the romance begins.  :)

 

It worked for me for the most part.  I enjoy the whole band of brothers thing and all the characters are bigger than life, which is fun for me.  It could be compared, I guess, to the Abi Roux Cut & Run books or SE Jakes' Tommy & Prophet series, but it's got a bit to go to live up to those faves of mine.  

 

The romance and sex is steamy hot and the falling in love stuff makes sense for the most part.  Although I did find that maybe, in certain tense situations, maybe the guys could have held off on the whoopee for a little bit?  

 

However... I did knock down my rating because this pair of authors, like many in the m/m genre, use the word SMIRK so often and think it's a hot and sexy expression.  OH. MY. GOD!  It's SO not.  It's smarmy and supercilious and obnoxious and it turns me right off and hauls me out of the story quickerthanthis.  UGH, I hate it.  In my uneducated opinion, I they use it in the hopes of it coming across as uber masculine.  Anyway, if I were the editor, I'd be raising hell.  

 

So, I will be adding the others to the TBR pile and hope that the word is used much, much less.  

 

 

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review 2016-11-01 18:05
How to make an awesome book even better...
Torch (Unbreakable Bonds Series Book 3) - Rinda Elliott,Jocelynn Drake

Make it a buddy read with two of your besties of course...So a huge thank you to Christelle for once again jumping into this with me and Josy for taking the time to read the first two books so she could join us on this adventure. You both rock and I seriously can't imagine reading the next book, Devour...Ian and Hollis's story without you! Also yes, Christelle we totally need a story for Geoffrey and Sven. We haven't been given a lot about these two but what we have gotten makes me want more.

 

Before I start this ramble of mine, I need to say if you haven't read either of the first two books and plan to, especially, 'Shatter', the second book, you may want to stop reading now because I will definitely be mentioning some spoilerish things here, sorry, it's impossible to review this book and not do this.

 

Admittedly my expectations on this one were not high. I went into 'Torch' thinking that I was going to have a fun buddy read and get this one tucked away so that when Ian's book came out I'd be ready to read it because there was no way I was going to be happy about Rowe getting involved with someone after losing Mel...nope, not possible...well what can I say except 'never say never' because apparently not only was it possible but it happened. I'm still not happy that Rowe lost Mel but it happens in real life too people lose the one they love and if fate is kind they are given a second chance with someone else and just like in 'Torch' that someone is sometimes a part of their past. I'm still not happy that Mel died but I am happy that Rowe is moving on with his life and has found the right person to do it with...again. 

 

While Snow and Jude are still my number one couple in this series, I have to admit 'Torch' is my number one book so far. 'Torch' starts about 9 or 10 months after events that took place in 'Shatter'. Rowe is still grieving the loss of his wife, Melissa or Mel, as are all of the group. I can't say that Mel was ever intended to be a permanent character in this series but I will say that I liked Mel a lot as did many of my friends who have read these books. Mel was feisty and full of life and none of these men intimidated her no matter how alpha they were, not even Lucas. She was Ian's best friend, shared dirty jokes with Snow and actually all of them, she loved watching gay porn...see how can you not like this woman? 

 

I cried when we lost her in 'Shatter' my heart ached for Rowe and all of them losing someone who clearly meant so much to this group and I have to admit I'm left wondering if the authors had any idea that she would become as popular as she seems to be. I also have to admit that as much as it saddened me to lose this amazingly, strong and positive female from this series I also respect that this is the story that Ms Drake and Ms Elliott wanted to tell us and I was pretty much blown away by how much I enjoyed seeing things play out between Rowe and Noah. 

 

Noah is a part of Rowe's past. They were Rangers together and best friends. They have a past together one that we are shown is unresolved as are many things for not just Rowe but Lucas, Snow and Ian as well. The danger for this group that started in Shiver and carried over to Shatter has not yet ended and while 'Torch' has given us the answers to a lot of questions, I still feel like this story has a ways to go before we truly reach the ending.

 

I was pulled into this book from the word go and the minute we were introduced to Noah I knew I liked him. The interaction between him and Rowe felt so natural. Yes there was tension and a lot of push and pull and as my friend Christelle mentioned in her review 'Noah had the patience of a saint', but that was also part of his charm. The biggest and most important reason this worked for me was because from start to finish Mel was never lost or diminished for how much she was loved and missed by Rowe and his friends and Noah got it he understood and respected how much Rowe loved her and how hard losing her was for everyone. So often when a story deals with this type of loss it gets shuffled to the back burner and I feel like the love died with the person and that's not how it works for me (and I'm betting for a lot of people). The other part of this equation that really won me over was the fact that Noah wasn't some-never-met-him-before-now-insta-love-stranger who wandered into Rowe's life. Rowe and Noah had a history, they were friends and there was a history there that brought clarity to things about Rowe that had been hinted at in 'Shatter'.

 

While Rowe and Noah did have a lot of page time, which I was totally cool with since this was their story and all. I also thoroughly enjoyed all the time we got to spend with Snow & Jude, Lucas & Andrei and Ian & Hollis...and can I just say that it may have only been once scene but HOLY HELL!!! these two men are hot together. I may need to read their story standing in a cold shower.

 

Seriously if you haven't read this series I apologize for the spoilers but you were warned at the beginning and they really were only the very, very tip of the iceberg, so, I strongly encourage that you read 'Shiver' & 'Shatter' before tackling this book. This is not the type of series that allows for the books to be read as stand-alone stories. You need to read them from the beginning in order to fully understand what's happening. Not to mention hot men falling in love, why would you want to miss out on that?...just putting that out there for the universe.

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review 2016-10-29 23:08
Review: Torch (Unbreakable #3)
Torch (Unbreakable Bonds Series Book 3) - Rinda Elliott,Jocelynn Drake

*** 3,5 indecisive stars ***

 

 

I was curious to see how Rowe's story would play out, due what happened in the last book. You don't just bounce back from something like that. I was afraid that it would impact this book a great deal. And it did.

 

I think the writing is great in this series. The dialogue is quick and witty, or it can be serious and heartfelt. I feel the authors does the characters and their world justice. I feel fully emerged in the plot. I also love that each book continues to harbor past main characters, and that there's a continuing plot in the series. The books have to be read in order. They are not standalone. 

 

I really enjoyed the first 60-ish % of the story. It's been a while since I read the two previous books, so it took me a few pages to catch up with everyone and remember who was who. 

 

Rowe and Noah danced around each other. Or better said, Noah was standing still trying to keep a hold of Rowe, while he danced away or out of reach. There was so much push and pull in this book! 

 

 

I wasn't bothered by it at the beginning, but when Rowe once again ran away from Noah, after throwing a major hissy fit over socks of all things, I just started feeling sorry for Noah. I got that the socks where just a small thing representing something bigger, it was just heartbreaking to watch how the stupid socks scene affected Noah.

 

 

Noah just gave and gave, and took it when Rowe retreated. The build up and smexy scenes were hot, and very well written. But Rowe annoyed me after a while. Poor Noah is so in love, he just can't keep away.

 

You’re a fucking drug. I can’t say no to you.[Noah]

 

It's hard to write/read a book that deals with what Rowe is going through. I'm not sure it could have been written another way since that's how the story goes. But I do know that I would have preferred Mel (big plot spoiler for #2!)

NOT dying in the previous book.

(spoiler show)

 

And what is up with this series and it's female characters? I mean, (big spoilers!)

one (big) secondary female character has been killed in a car crash, one betrays them all, and the last one an arsonist, and she gets dead too! What the heck? 

 

 

No room for female characters?? All that is left is the mother in laws, who, for once, are awesome in this series. LOL

(spoiler show)

 

 

I was dithering between 3 and 4 stars, so I ended up with 3,5. I really like this series, the characters and the over all plot. I think this book was good, I just wish I'd believe in Rowe and Noah's "I love yous" a little bit more, and would have rated it higher if I did.

 

I'm dying for Ian and Hollis's book, though! There was such a brief (but scorching) scene with those two! I want more.

 

Thanks to the awesome ladies, Susan, Elsbeth, Karljin and Wendy for the buddy read! 

I did finish last again due to my turtle speed (which is just slang for effing RL getting too much in the way).

 

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text 2016-10-29 21:55
I've read 92% of Torch
Torch (Unbreakable Bonds Series Book 3) - Rinda Elliott,Jocelynn Drake

"Bashful in place with his babysitter," Ian grumbled over the earpiece. "I hate my code name. Just for the record." (...)

Silence stretched for several seconds before Lucas's growl could finally be heard. "You're an asshole. Is this you getting even?" (...)

"Grumpy in place, motherfucker," Lucas replied and Rowe cackled.

 

Hahaha, these code names on this op. They're very fitting. LOL!

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