Series: Unbreakable Bonds #5
Author: Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Publisher: Drake and Elliott Publishing LLC
Release Date: June 22, 2018
Heat Level: 4 – Lots of Sex
Genre: Romance, Thriller/Suspense
The rings have been selected.
The champagne placed on ice.
The cake decorated.
And the pre-wedding sex is off the charts…
Lucas Vallois and Andrei Hadeon are finally ready to walk down the aisle. There’s just one small problem.
A ghost from Lucas’s past shows up days before the wedding, desperate for help. Against his better judgement, Lucas and his best friend, Ashton Frost, plan a fast trip back to the one place they swore they’d never go: their hometown in Oklahoma. But the danger is worse than they expected.
Now, they’re in a race to track down a killer, keep a young girl safe, and get Lucas back in time to say, “I do.”
He reached the bathroom as Andrei was drying off with a large, navy blue towel. His head jerked up in surprise, those beautiful dark eyes skimming over Lucas’s face, instantly reading his mood. He dropped the towel and came forward, closing the distance between them. Large hands cupped both of Lucas’s cheeks. The anger he’d been holding on to was immediately stripped away to reveal the underlying pain that he’d buried deep. He didn’t question how Andrei knew or what he saw. The man just knew him, and he would be forever grateful that Andrei was in his life.
“What did Snow say? What can I do?” Andrei murmured. He leaned in and brushed his lips gently across Lucas’s.
Tension eased from Lucas’s shoulders. He deepened the kiss for a moment, tasting Andrei, letting himself get lost in his fiancé’s unconditional love. He broke off the kiss before it could stretch. Snow didn’t give hollow threats. He would come upstairs and drag Lucas out of the shower if he took too long.
“My sister is here.”
Andrei lurched back from Lucas, releasing his face. “Your actual sister? Like a blood relative?”
“Yeah.” Lucas stepped around him and turned the knob for the shower. Since Andrei had just exited the shower, the water was already hot. He stepped inside under the spray and grabbed the soap. Cool air brushed against his backside. Lucas looked over his shoulder to find Andrei holding the door partially open, so he could talk to him without needing to shout.
“I wasn’t sure if any of your family was living. You…you never talk about them.”
“My younger brother died a few years ago, but the rest are all alive and still in Oklahoma as far as I know. I don’t talk to them, and until now, they’ve never tried to talk to me.”
“Do you want me to leave?”
No, definitely not.” Lucas turned, rinsing off the soap. He grabbed the shampoo and paused as he watched Andrei. “Do you want to meet her?”
A small smile played on his lips, and Lucas had the feeling Andrei was weighing his answer before he finally spoke. “You’ve met my family.”
“I love your parents.”
Andrei rolled his eyes. “My parents are insane.”
Lucas chuckled. Sonja and Milos Hadeon were definitely unique, but he wouldn’t change a damn thing about them. He was proud to have them as his in-laws, even if they both liked to flirt with Snow. “True, but they love me.”
“You don’t think your sister is going to love me?”
“I don’t give a shit if my sister doesn’t love you. She doesn’t deserve to know you. My family doesn’t deserve to know someone as amazing as you.” He squeezed a dollop of shampoo into his palm and roughly scrubbed his hair into a lather.
To his surprise, Andrei stepped back into the shower. Raising his hands, he threaded his fingers through Lucas’s soapy ones, capturing his hands so that they were now slowly massaging his scalp. “Meeting your family isn’t going to change us. I’m here. You’re mine. We’re getting married in less than two weeks.” He punctuated each sentence with a sweet kiss, teasing away the anger that had risen once again.
“Finish up. I’ll be waiting for you.”
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5 of 5 Stars
I’m so glad we got more (and are getting more) of this series. At the end of Devour, I was worried the series would end and Hollis teased us with something I really, really hope we get to be a part of but haven’t yet. And how could Lucas and Andrei get married without us right?
This series should be read in order and the books (IMHO) are not standalones. I read things a little out of order (mistakenly) – so I need to go back and read Psycho Romeo again since it happens before this one to see if there was anything I don’t remember now that I’ve read this series. I do remember these characters appeared in that book, but since I didn’t know any of them, I don’t really remember if anything significant happened (or even minor that I would have loved but missed).
While this book does center around Lucas and Andrei, Snow plays a key role since he and Lucas grew up together and most of this book takes place where they grew up. They both face some of the demons of their past and although we don’t get much with Snow (and we now know he’s thankfully getting another book following this one because he NEEDS it – my heart ached for him so much), Lucas does get some closure and some healing. Lucas hasn’t been my favorite character through the series but I do come around a bit by the end of this book. Andrei is fantastic as always.
The suspense story in this one is self-contained and a bit tragic (not as bad as the previous suspense plot). Ian, Rowe, Noah and Jude all make appearances, Hollis only by name.
As I’ve stated in my reviews of previous books, this is a must read series and I’m so glad the authors decided to continue it!
Unbreakable Bonds Series
Meet the Author
Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott have teamed up to combine their evil genius to create intense gay romantic suspense stories that have car chases, shoot outs, explosions, scorching hot love scenes, and tender, tear-jerking moments. Their first joint books are in the Unbreakable Bonds series.