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


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.

DD’s $0.02

I love finding “new to me authors.” I happened to stumble upon Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott’s Shiver through a suggestion by Amazon. After finishing Shiver, I am now rethinking every suggestion Amazon has made. Because with Shiver, Amazon fucking nailed it.

Lucas Vallois has carefully built his businesses and is a well-known man about Cincinnati. He is a ruthless business man that always gets what he wants. He lives in a high rise penthouse above Cincinnati which keeps the people he doesn’t want to see away. The only ones allowed in Lucas' domain are his closest friends: Ashton Frost (Snow), Rowan Ward (Rowe) and Ian Pierce.

Lucas, Rowe and Snow served in the military together and have been best friends since. Ian came into the group a little while later through an extremely fucked up situation. I’ll let you find out about that party of the story when you read the book. What? I can't tell you everything!

This group of men love each other like brothers and would and have bled for the other. Nothing would stop them from helping out a brother in need. Not even the law.

When Lucas is attacked, he knows this isn’t a random mugging. The attackers were skilled and used fighting tactics that Lucas is familiar with. Until they can figure out who is behind the attack, Rowe insists Lucas have 24 hour protection.

Andrei Haedon is a former MMA fighter who unfortunately lost any hope at competing at a professional level due to a career ending knee injury in the ring. Andrei works for Rowe at his security company and his new job is to keep Lucas Vallois safe, at all costs.

To say that Lucas is unhappy is with this extra person becoming his shadow is an understatement. He likes his privacy and is having a difficult time adjusting to a new person in his life. Another difficulty, Andrei is extremely attractive, attentive, witty and smart. Lucas finds himself shamelessly flirting with the hot bodyguard.

As the lines blur between business and pleasure, their safety comes into jeopardy.

Is the threat personal, someone from his past or is it a business deal gone wrong? Whatever or whomever it is, Lucas, Andrei, Snow and Rowe are determined to bring the threat down.

I was extremely impressed with the writing, characters and the storyline of Shiver. It had me wondering who was behind the attacks through the entire book. Let me say, I did NOT see that coming. I applaud Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott. These two are amazing writing partners and I absolutely loved everything about this book.

Up next, the novella Lucas and then on to Shatter (The Unbreakable Bonds Series, Book 2)