Book Review: Shatter by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott

Reviewed by Susan65

28801469Title: Shatter
Authors: Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott
Series: Unbreakable Bonds #2
Heroes: Ashton “Snow” Frost/Jude Torres
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 330 Pages
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: 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.

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Review: I really love this series. I adored Lucas and Andrei in Shiver (book one) and this story is just as good. Snow (aka Dr. Frost, or Ashton, as Lucas calls him) was a little unlikable, hard core, arrogant, and difficult to get a grasp on when he was introduced in the first book. I knew he had a story to tell, and I knew it would not be what I expected, and I was right. You love Lucas as Snow’s best friend, but you absolutely adore him when you learn how much of a brother he really is to snow, and why.

Snow is a dominant man who has sex only one way…rough, and never with a co-worker, and never more than once. He is in charge of his life, his patient’s lives, and especially, his sex life. Until Jude laughs in the face of the dominant man and takes the control away. Jude is in lust, Snow is in lust, but Snow trusts no man besides his friends, his brothers: Lucas, Rowe, and Ian….and grudgingly, Andrei. Snow has no idea what to make of Jude and does what he does best….pushes him away. But Jude pushes back and here is where it all gets fun…and sexy…and has some of the hottest sex scenes ever.

There is a lot more to this book than the control freak battling his lust with another control freak. And that “a lot” more takes an unexpected and heartbreaking turn that sets the tone for the entire book. It didn’t take long for me to get over my initial dislike of Snow; he is handed his ass in more ways than one, and a weaker man would have folded a long time ago. What I absolutely loved in Shiver, and was glad to see replicated here, in Shatter, was the interaction and undying love between these friends. Like Jude, I can’t imagine having that kind of bond with a tight knit group of friends. Friends who would die, or kill, for you. That’s tight…and plays a HUGE role is this book.

I am not going to say more because it will only spoil this great story, so trust me when I say: If you liked Shiver, you will love this one, too. You get more Lucas and Andrei, more Ian and Detective Banner, and more Rowe and Melissa….sigh, be still my aching heart. Prepare for some shocks, some rocks, and some rolls. Some more of the guys’ past are revealed, and unfortunately that past decides to come back for visit. But, you know our guys are tough, and you know that following the letter of the law to protect their loved ones isn’t going to happen, but what will happen is your enjoyment of this story and the need to see what’s coming up next.

Overall Impression: I loved it

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

 

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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2016, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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