Authors: Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott
Length: 287 Pages (Kindle)
At a Glance: Torch is power-packed with high emotion, action, destruction, and with shocking and heartbreaking moments that you won’t see coming.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: Nine months ago, Rowan Ward thought he had it all. Now he’s fighting to pull his shredded life together, buried in work and battling the kind of grief that destroys a man’s soul. When fires spring up around Cincinnati threatening Rowe’s friends and clients, he’s thrilled to find his old Army buddy, Noah Keegan in town. They were a hell of a team when they served together, so in-sync, it was rumored they could read each other’s minds.
Noah thought devoting his life to the Army would be enough. Then he realized he had no family and only one friend he cared about. When his enlistment was up, he found himself standing on Rowe’s doorstep, looking only for friendship but secretly hoping for more. He needs to know if their one unbelievable night together years ago wasn’t a mistake.
Caught in a dangerous game of fire and bullets, neither expects the inferno of emotion that ignites between them. One Rowe isn’t prepared to accept. One that could break Noah.
Review: Rowan “Rowe” Ward has been an elusive character in the Unbreakable Bonds series. He’s been happily married, and we only got little hints about his personality. Torch really brings Rowe to life, and there’s so much to discover about his past—both weaknesses and strengths. Nine months after a devastating loss, he’s still struggling to get his life back in order. Now, Ward Security is being sabotaged, and it’s putting his friends and clients in danger.
In addition to all the chaos in his life, Rowe has a surprise waiting on his doorstep—Noah Keegan. Noah’s a former Ranger who served with Rowe and has been a friend for thirteen years. They stayed in touch off and on, and met briefly nine years before. As long as Rowe was happy, Noah kept his distance from Rowe. Even though it broke his heart. When Noah meets the rest of the guys, it’s like a miracle. He’s accepted immediately into the fold, even by Lucas. Noah is an amazing addition to this robust cast of characters, such a breath of fresh air.
Ian was another surprise for me. I liked him from the very start of this series, when he and Andrei had their conversation at Lucas’s. Even though Ian’s always been the key in this series, he begins to show his strength. His conversations and actions with Rowe, Noah and Hollis really show him in a different light. And speaking of elusive, what the heck is going on with Hollis?
When the plan is to take their enemy down, Noah is very much a valuable part of this dynamic team. He’s there to protect Rowe by any means possible, and the camaraderie of this group of men becomes even stronger. For me, besides the intriguing storyline, Drake and Elliott bring a deeper look into Rowe, Noah, Ian, Lucas and Andrei’s characters that are really eye opening. The changes that come about make vulnerable men strong, and strong men vulnerable. The plot itself is power-packed with high emotion, action, destruction, and with shocking and heartbreaking moments that you won’t see coming. But, there’s also just the right amount of teasing, humor and those aww moments with dogs and a cute baby kitten.
If you haven’t already read and want to get to know the men of the Unbreakable Bonds series, I highly recommend Shiver and Shatter before you tackle Torch. There’s also a book of short stories, Lucas, that’s sexy, naughty, sweet and fun. Hopefully that will hold all the Unbreakable Bonds fans until 2017 when book four, Devour, is published.
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