Title: Torch (Unbreakable Bonds #3)
Author: Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott
Release Date: October 25th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Mystery/Suspense Romance
Page Count: 322 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Nine months ago, Rowan Ward thought he had it all. Now he’s fighting to pull his shredded life together, buried in work and battling the kind of grief that destroys a man’s soul. When fires spring up around Cincinnati threatening Rowe’s friends and clients, he’s thrilled to find his old Army buddy, Noah Keegan in town. They were a hell of a team when they served together, so in-sync, it was rumored they could read each other’s minds.
Noah thought devoting his life to the Army would be enough. Then he realized he had no family and only one friend he cared about. When his enlistment was up, he found himself standing on Rowe’s doorstep, looking only for friendship but secretly hoping for more. He needs to know if their one unbelievable night together years ago wasn’t a mistake.
Caught in a dangerous game of fire and bullets, neither expects the inferno of emotion that ignites between them. One Rowe isn’t prepared to accept. One that could break Noah.
With each installment in this series I anticipate the next like a dog panting for a juicy bone.
I was especially interested in getting this book into my hands because I’ve loved Rowan Ward from the beginning, and after everything he’s been through I was looking forward to getting his HEA. This story has it all – terrific cameos from our favorite characters, a sort of slow burn romance for Rowe, massive suspense…and most of it worked for me.
I loved Rowe and Noah’s interaction and their romance.
“Yeah, I love you. I fell in love with you years ago, but I told myself that it wasn’t real because I knew you could never love me back the same way. You’re insane, protective, and have the biggest fucking heart I’ve ever seen. I came here convinced I could handle just being your friend and that it hadn’t actually been love.” Noah laughed, pressing the heels of his palms into his eyes so he didn’t have to look at Rowe’s face any longer. “Man, I was so fucking wrong. Getting to know the person you’ve become screwed me. I live for your smile and your laugh. I love you even though you never clean up the jelly you smear on the counter every time you make a PB&J. I love that you use different voices for each of the dogs when you’re talking to them and I don’t think you even notice.”
I loved getting to see the guys, and even loved the mystery elements…what I didn’t love was the way the bad guys were getting information.
Unfortunately, I was hugely disappointed with that part of the plot, spending most of the story hoping beyond hope I was wrong about a betrayal that seemed not only completely out of character and a big pile of malarkey, but I’ll freely admit definitely impacted my enjoyment of the story as a whole once it was revealed.
In the end I doubt most will have a problem with it. Once again, Drake and Elliot bring us an captivating and engrossing story with likable characters, scorching hot sex, and exhilarating suspense.
I can hardly wait for Ian’s story to be released as it definitely has the potential to blow this series up!