Authors: Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott
Pages/Word Count: 290 Pages
At a Glance: I highly recommend the Unbreakable Bonds series.
Reviewed By: Maryann
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.
Review: Snow—Dr. Ashton Frost—is a master surgeon and rules the hospital. He’s arrogant, in control and is always barking out orders. No wonder he’s known as the “Surgeon General” amongst the staff.
Jude Torres, paramedic, is bound and determined to get to know the General in spite of Snow’s one main rule: never become involved with staff. The doctor piques Jude’s interest with his barking of orders and no-nonsense attitude. But, he also sees something else in Snow, and Jude soon begins changing Snow’s view about his rule.
When Snow is with his closest friends, he’s really a different person. We see him become vulnerable and struggle with guilt and seek out forgiveness from his friend. When a nemesis from Snow’s past reappears and causes devastation in his and his friends’ lives, Snow sets out to finish what he started. As Snow and Jude become involved, Jude finds himself drawn into the dark world of human auctions. And Jude’s family is an eye opener for Snow—there’s no escape from Jude’s mother, Anna Torres. The Torres family is a wonderful addition to the storyline.
I started to worry after a few chapters, but of course, that snarky detective, Hollis Bannister, is back. Hollis still has his eye on Ian. Between Lucas and Snow, they are driving Hollis crazy, but I think it’s fifty/fifty. Oh my, are Hollis and Snow going to become BFFs?! When Snow and Hollis do some investigating together, Snow finally sees Hollis in a different light. Hollis’s character really starts to develop here, showing uncertainty and vulnerability.
Drake and Elliott bring us the second thriller in the Unbreakable Bonds series. Shatter is fast paced, suspenseful, and takes us into the dark recesses of Ian’s past, and I liked Snow’s perspective on each of his friends. Shatter is also a story filled with a variety of emotions and heartbreak—it’s a tearjerker. There were moments with Snow and Rowe Ward that give us more depth into their connection. What I feel makes this a unique story, though, is that all the MCs from Shiver are back, and Drake and Elliott take us through different phases of each characters’ relationships and friendships—a new love, love growing, love lost, and a special bond. The characters become more solid and are not just skimmed over; they all have major roles to play.
I highly recommend the Unbreakable Bonds series, starting with Shiver. And yes, there’s a wee teaser from Drake and Elliott at the end—book 3 is titled Torch. I think I know who Torch may be about, but I’ll have to wait to find out, and I’m really looking forward to it.
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