Book Review: Shiver by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott

Reviewed by Susan65

26695561Title: Shiver
Authors: Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott
Series: Unbreakable Bonds #1
Heroes: Lucas Vallois/Andrei Hadeon
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 301 Pages
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

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.


Review: Loved, loved, loved this amazing story and am so glad it’s just the beginning of a new series surrounding four totally awesome friends. Lucas is the unequivocal heart surrounding Snow (Dr. Frost and ex military), Rowe (ex Army Ranger), and Ian ( a young Chef). All four men play prominent roles and their history is instrumental in creating believable characterization that kept me totally engrossed. I was unsure what to expect because these are new authors for me, but I can tell you now that I am thoroughly impressed and cannot wait for the sequel, Shattered, to be released.

Lucas, though a former special forces guy, is a self-made millionaire who has been rolled and had threats made on his life. Though he is not happy with the idea of a bodyguard, he caves to the demands of his friends and allows Andrei to protect him. What he didn’t expect was the fierce attraction he has for the Romanian. Andrei himself is struggling even more because he only dates women. He may come across as straight, but he is an open-minded guy who has given in to the sexual attraction he has for some men. He doesn’t kiss them but he has gotten his release from a few men…haven’t most men? Maybe, maybe not, but Lucas makes Andrei want things he never thought he would ever consider.

Lucas and Andrei are both bisexual, though that is still not a completely accurate description. The details of both men are so completely fleshed out that you almost see Andrei as “gay for you” and Lucas as solidly gay but bisexual for business purposes. You have to read it to get it, but it works.

The sexual tension is so thick in this book you can cut it with a knife. It is not until halfway through that you realize they still haven’t completely consummated because they do so much more that it is not missed. Watching these two dance around and tease each other kept me on the razors edge. They take slow burn to the extreme. They also have something special even though it takes them forever to admit it. There is not any insta-love…as a matter of fact, the love word wasn’t even used. I have no doubt we will see more of these in the coming books because all the friends are completely immersed in the entire story. I was completely satisfied with the happy-for-now because it means we will be getting more.

Looking forward to seeing how Snow fares in the next book. He is one highly-strung man, and I have no doubts he will blow my Nook up with his high intensity sex-ploitations. I am also looking forward to seeing how Ian and Hollis progress while Snow, Lucas, and Rowe bend over backwards to stop them. These guys may only be friends on paper, but they are family to each other and would kill or die for the other, if needed. That kind of love and loyalty makes for a great story, is paramount to the threat against Lucas, and leaves me so that I can’t wait to read more.

Overall Impression: I loved it

*I received a copy of this book from the authors in return for a fair and honest review.*


Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2015, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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One thought on “Book Review: Shiver by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott

  1. Lisa

    Great review! I will definitely be getting this one. 🙂

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