Review: Shatter (Unbreakable Bonds #2) - J. Drake & R. Elliott

Shatter by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Book 2 of The Unbreakable Bonds series
Categories: M/M, doctor, dark, angst, suspense

My rating: 4½ out of 5 stars

This book is darker and more gritty than the previous one, which makes sense since it's about Doc Snow, the most broken of the four friends. The book starts with a tragedy, and we get to know the troubled doctor within this dark period, which adds a heaviness to the story that is handled moderately successfully by the authors. I missed Rowe a lot—he disappeared for most of the book (no spoilers)—and wished more than once for his ridiculous sense of humor to lighten things up a bit. I enjoyed the story and the action/thriller part was off the charts and made me read deep into the night.

Unfortunately I had a hard time connecting with Jude and Snow's relationship. Jude is a great guy, but Snow is this formidable, sexy, broken, larger than life man with a steel fort around his heart, and even at the end I still felt like he got past the doctor's defenses too easily, and that Snow's changes came too quickly and too thoroughly for a guy who tethered so close to the edge of the abyss.

Another thing I noticed is that this book had an alarming number of missing words throughout the book, and a number of wrong words that are spelled correctly and thus missed by spell checkers. This made me consider giving the book 4 stars, but ultimately I enjoyed the general story so much that it outweighed the errors, and I'm giving it a solid 4½ stars. I can't wait to see who's story is next!


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.


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