The Boys are back in town – Blaze really ramps up the heat down in Oklahoma

BlazeBlaze by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This review should be accompanied by a soundtrack of Thin Lizzy’s The Boys Are Back In Town, Gary Moore & Phil Lynott’s Out In The Fields, add a dash of Donna Summer’s Love To Love You Baby, and round it off with a final encore of Pull Up To The Bumper from Grace Jones and Etta James’ classic I Just Want To Make Love To You.

Yes, Lucas, Snow, Rowe, Ian and the rest of the gang are back in the book we’ve all been waiting for – the wedding of the decade – minus a couple of hiccups on the way.

I also have to say the authors’ note at the end of this #ARC made me ridiculously happy and completely brightened up my day.

So, onto Blaze, a title so appropriate for what lies between the pages that it really couldn’t be more perfect. Andrei and Lucas tear up the sheets in this one and it’s even hotter than their origin story! Nothing like the thought of a lifetime together to get the juices flowing and oh boy do they.

The opening to this book is bloody genius and had me almost snorting my cup of tea, so thanks for that ladies 🙂 The pace only continues as we dive back into the dreadful childhood that Lucas and Snow left behind when they signed up for the Army and got out of their home town.

Great plotting once again drives the suspense element of this book as it examines the dodgy practices that can come along with a company’s desire for profit over all else.

I won’t go into details as it works best when the narrative slowly reveals itself throughout as things aren’t what they seem when the book first starts.

This series, and its accompanying spin off Ward Security, is absolutely in my top five favourite reads of any genre.

The world these two authors have crafted is as real to me as the one outside my front door (although mine’s sadly lacking as many hot men 😉 ) and I have loved journeying in it.

So you can imagine my delight with this unexpected gift of a love story – and a side order of kick ass-ery – which pulls together all the elements which have made them my favourites.

Family, friendship, loyalty, brotherhood, courage, honesty, acceptance, justice, sacrifice, humour and, of course, love (and the hot hot hot sex), are all found in the hearts of the four men at the centre of this world and this book holds that tradition high.

Read it and try not to tear up at the end as “Forever” really does hold true.

#ARC kindly provided by the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Sheer #Goven perfection in this opening Ward Security romance

Psycho Romeo (Ward Security, #1)Psycho Romeo by Jocelynn Drake

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Perfection!

There may be spoilers for Shiver Shatter Torch Devour from the Unbreakable Bonds series if you haven’t read those yet.

Right, having had time to sit and digest this book, I have to say I don’t think it could have been more perfect at telling the story of Geoffrey and Sven, two characters who appeared on the sidelines in the Unbreakable Bonds series and almost >< stole the show in their respective roles.

I’ve been pushing for #Geoven since Sven, all 6ft 5in plus of Viking gorgeousness, boldly walked into Rialto in Shatter to help protect Ian Pierce, a perfect mate for Geoffrey and his hands
We were introduced to Geoffrey in Shiver, with his immense crush on Snow, and he turned out to be far more than his party boy exterior when he helped the guys take down another of Boris Jagger’s child auctions.

In Psycho Romeo, the first in the spin off Ward Security series, we catch up with both Geoffrey and Sven a few months after the events in Devour and I have to admit to going into the book with some trepidation.

Could Jocelynn and Rinda pull off #Geoven – a couple that had originally started out as an “online joke” (sort of) pairing but which had taken on a life of its own when these authors decided to continue the fully fleshed out world they’d created in Unbreakable Bonds?

Well, here’s where I stand up and applaud because my faith that they could pull it off was not only justified, it was taken beyond expectation to produce a story which is so perfect, not only to the two men themselves, but also to the roles they occupy within the ongoing narrative.

Geoffrey may seem like a one-dimensional party boy with his millions of social media followers and a bunch of hangers on who trail around him like bees with honey, but underneath he’s lonely. He’s crushing hard on Ward Security bodyguard Sven, a powerhouse of quiet muscles and a shy and reserved persona but he doesn’t know how to break through and his behaviour chasing Snow has left him embarrassed around this group of put together men.

But when he wakes up practically naked with no memory of how he got home and with a threatening message on his phone, he knows the bodyguard is the only one he wants to keep him safe.

As with their previous works together, the narrative is seamlessly weaved into one cohesive plot, I wouldn’t be able to pinpoint which bit Jocelynn wrote or which bit Rinda wrote outside of the obvious – Jocelynn likes blowing things up 🙂 and the tensions are amped up as the search for Geoffrey’s stalker intensifies.

Sven’s busy fighting his attraction to Geoffrey while trying to keep him safe but a close call with the stalker brings all his barriers crashing down and what follows is one of the most emotional and erotic sex scenes I’ve ever read – especially given it happens with a door between the two protagonists!

I could write about this book ad infinitum but I think it’s best experienced by someone picking it up and reading, so I’ll end this review on the note that it is every bit as sexy as you would expect from these two authors.

It has high level action, it has moments where your heart is in your mouth, it has emotional connection between two men who are perfect for each other, there’s the trademark humour which stops everything from becoming too dark and fraught and it has an ending which is perfect for the narrative told.

Now, who’s next? I’d like to see Royce & Quinn because I think there were definitely some teasing niggles between the two but I can’t think of a decent shipping name (and Rinda’s already let the cat out of the bag that Quinn’s getting another guy) 😉

ETA: Okay Rinda and Jocelynn spilled the beans at #GRL2017 and Quinn’s going to be with Jude’s ex with benefits Shane, who runs the PI agency Hollis has gone to work for – I CANNOT wait for this pairing!

#ARC received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review

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Bittersweet feelings as this brings the Unbreakable Bonds to a close

Unbreakable Stories: Ian (Unbreakable Bonds #4.5)Unbreakable Stories: Ian by Jocelynn Drake

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s with a lot of love and not a little bit of sadness that I write the review for this as it closes the door on the incredible Unbreakable Bonds series.

Finally Ian and Hollis get their set of short stories and an extended novella to round off a journey which began seven books previously with Lucas and Andrei and the ending to this one is truly perfect.

I won’t spoil anything but will just say that the message left by Hollis at the final moment sums up for me everything these books have been about – loyalty, friendship, love and passion – a hope for something not necessarily better but something everyone deserves to have.

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