Title: Torch (Unbreakable Bonds #3)
Author: Jocelynn Drake, Rinda Elliott
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
Page Count: 287
Reviewed by: Parvathy
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ 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.
Torch is yet another fabulous book in the Unbreakable Bonds Series and tells the story of Rowe and Noah. Rowe is still battling to overcome his grief and is struggling to live. Noah is battle weary and after retiring from army is looking forward to staying with his best friends for a few days. What happens when two men decides to go forward and take a chance on their mind blowing connection?
Torch was a book I was anticipating eagerly as I badly wanted to know who would heal Rowe’s heart. And I was not disappointed. In this book the authors have showed that side of Rowe which did not come forth in Shiver and Shatter. Rowe was portrayed as an easy going fun loving guy but in this book we see that he is having a lot of depth. The circumstances Rowe was forced into and his struggle and grief is very much heart wrenching. Noah, Rowe’s best friend, is just beautiful inside out. His soul deep love for Rowe and the way he is there for him is just nothing short of heart warming. The way he shows his love for Rowe without making it obvious and the way he accepts whatever Rowe gives him and is ready to wait until he moves on has been portrayed in a way meant to tug at a reader’s heart. Their relationship was not a smooth sailing one and that is what I liked about them most. It would have been easy to give Rowe his happily ever after with Noah, but the fact that they both had to grow together as a couple and face whatever they faced in order to realize that nothing is more important than each other is what made this book so real for me. What is mind blowing is the way the authors have explored their sexual chemistry. They both and their passion and intensity leaps right off the pages and makes us feel it.
This book is continuation of story of the previous two books and reading them is absolutely necessary in order for the story to make sense. The suspense element is this story and the way the story arc is going is something which was not expected. Hats-off to both the authors for keeping the suspense fresh and for not letting it sizzle out but rather increase its intensity. Compared to previous books there is little more blood and violence in this book and the twists and turns did keep me on the edge of the seat.
The book also explores the bond between the men and it is really wonderful to see their bond growing deeper and stronger every day. I also loved the glimpses into the lives of Lucas, Andrei, Snow and Jude post their books and I cannot get enough of them, especially Jude and Snow. What makes this series so amazing is this soul deep bond between the men which makes us wish to have something similar to that in our lives. In the end some things did leave me feeling heart broken, but I’m sure something amazing is going to happen.
Torch is a beautifully and masterfully crafted story which will take you on a journey guaranteed to give you an unforgettable ride and leave you breathless. I can’t wait to read Ian’s story and what is coming next for all of them..!!