Book Review: Shiver by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

Reviewed: August 14th, 2022
Released: October 17th, 2015
Genre: MM Romance

Lucas Vallois does not want a bodyguard.

The self-made millionaire is building a glittering empire and has everything he wants within his tight grasp.

His world is starting to crumble after a trio of goons jump him late one night after leaving a club.

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 Lucas can’t deny the shiver of longing that strikes every time he’s around his sexy Romanian bodyguard.

Lucas is sure he has no room in his life for others beyond his three close friends, but he wants to change the world for the man who could be his greatest love. His everything.

Helen’s thoughts: 5/5

Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott have created more amazing characters. Each so lovable and strong, and yet are vulnerable in turn.

Four friends, each succesful in their own way, are always there for each other, no matter what, but in this first book in the unbreakable bonds series, introduces us to the first outsider, Andrei, to find his way into the inner circle.

Lucas, a self made millionire, is mugged and although he manages to escape he is badly injured and his friends insist he has a bodyguard. The fact that the bodyguard is so hot, and sexy as sin, helps Lucas overcome his intitial resistance. It’s a shame the body guard is straight.

All these characters have their own demons, and this series digs into all of them, but it is so addictive as we watch them find ways to cope and partners who can match them. The characters are all so lovable and warm, and so well developed that you can’t help but root for the happy ending for all of them.

This series isn’t only about finding love, there is plenty of action (the characters being ex-rangers helps!) and an overall threat plot that links the books.

An enjoyable read with some heat so be warned.

About the author:

New York Times Bestselling author Jocelynn Drake loves a good story, whether she is reading it or writing one of her own. Over the years, her stories have allowed her to explore space, talk to dragons, dodge bullets with assassins, hang with vampires, and fall in love again and again.

This former Kentucky girl has moved up, down, and across the U.S. with her husband. Recently, they’ve settled near the Rockies.

When she is not hammering away at her keyboard or curled up with a book, she can be found walking her dog Ace, or playing video games. She loves Bruce Wayne, Ezio Auditore, travel, tattoos, explosions, and fast cars.

She is the author of the urban fantasy series: The Dark Days series and the Asylum Tales. She has recently completed a gay romantic suspense series called The Exit Strategy about two assassins falling in love and trying to create a life together, as well as a MM paranormal romance series featuring a family of vampires.

She has co-authored with Rinda Elliot the following series: Unbreakable Bonds, Ward Security, Pineapple Grove, and the Weavers Circle. She has also co-authored with AJ Sherwood the Scales ‘N Spells dragon series. She can be found at

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