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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Shiver (Unbreakable Bonds Series Book 1) by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott

Shiver (Unbreakable Bonds Series Book 1)
by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott
Print Length: 295 pages
October 27, 2015
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.

I'm a Jocelynn Drake fan from way back. She writes the kick ass urban fantasy series Dark Days (female protag) and Asylum Tales (male protag). So I was surprised to see her delve into the m/m romantic suspense genre along with co-writer Rinda Elliot. I was a little hesitant because m/m is new to Drake and Elliot is a new to me author, but I was also excited for what they could bring to the table.

Shiver was everything I hoped for and more. I didn't want to put it down. I loved these characters. It is an alpha-male hot mess (I mean that in the best possible ways). In m/f romance, a caveman mentality is a big turn off, but if you pair that up with another caveman alpha-male...fireworks! The series revolves around four friends (three are gay and one is hetero and married) who have an emotionally deep and loyal bond. We were given a peek into their backstories but there is no doubt these men would kill and die for each other. The glue that holds them together is Lucas Vallois. When their lives were falling apart it was Lucas that put them back together, but at what cost? I adored Lucas for his alpha tendencies that covered up a lonely and complicated man. Enter Andrei. Sparks fly and the sexual tension between these two can be measured on the Richter scale. 

While this is a romantic suspense, it is mainly a romance. The suspense plot faded into the background when compared to the inferno of Lucas and Andrei's feelings, which was fine by me since it is a character driven story. There are a lot of m/f authors jumping on the m/m train because there is a large market out there for it. Not all have been able to pull it off as well as Drake and Elliot. 

The story was fun and passionate and I can't wait to read Snow's story.

5 "Shivering" Sheep


Rinda Elliott
I’m an author who loves unusual stories and I credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children.

She is the author of the Beri O’Dell urban fantasy series, the YA Sister of Fate Trilogy, and the paranormal romance Brothers Bernaux Trilogy. She also writes erotic fiction as Dani Worth. She can be found at She’s represented by Miriam Kriss at the Irene Goodman Agency.

Jocelynn Drake
Love comes in many varied forms. There is the love of family, love of country, and love of chocolate. But for Jocelynn Drake, one truly treasured love is the love of a good story. This former Kentucky girl spends the majority of her time lost in the strong embrace of a good book. When she’s not hammering away at her keyboard, frowning at her monitor, or curled up with a book, she can usually be found cuddling with her cat Demona, walking her dog Max, or flinging curses at the TV while playing a video game. Outside of books, cats, and video games, she is completely enamored of Bruce Wayne, Ezio Auditore, travel, tattoos, explosions, fast cars, and Anthony Bourdain (but only when he’s feeling really cranky).

She is the author of the urban fantasy series: The Dark Days series and the Asylum Tales. She also occasionally writes as Joy Douglass when she’s in the mood for a little historical romance. She can be found at

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