Devour (Belen’s Review)

Title: Devour (Unbreakable Bonds #4)
Author: Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: April 28th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Mystery/Suspense
Page Count: 249 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


Ian Pierce is the chef and part owner of the hottest restaurant in Cincinnati, his chosen family is full of happy relationships, and the scruffy, snarky cop who has been haunting his dreams is one step closer to being in his bed. But everything comes crashing down when the past he narrowly escaped nine years ago comes to a deadly head.

Hollis Banner was enamored of Ian at first sight. He’s kept his distance, knowing the gorgeous, self-confident man is out of his league. Yet there’s no standing aside when Boris Jagger escapes a raid. Jagger’s world has been nearly destroyed and this time, the crime boss is coming after Ian and his friends personally.

Hollis will do whatever it takes to keep Ian safe as they escape to a safe house with a couple of Ian’s overprotective friends. And Ian finds himself in a race to unlock painful memories—memories containing information that could take down the very last of Jagger’s illegal operations forever.

Trigger warning: Flashbacks to abuse could be possible triggers for some.

Finally! I’ve been jonesing for Ian Pierce’s story since Shiver.

Since the first books in the Unbreakable Bonds series, we have been given glimpses at the horror Ian went through, and how each of his “brothers” – Lucas, Snow, and Rowe – saved him from super-baddie Boris Jagger.

In Devour, we finally get the Ian’s side of the story, and we also get to see the combustible passion between Ian and detective Hollis Banner finally ignite!

I loved Hollis and Ian together, especially the way Hollis is so protective of Ian without treating him like he’s made of glass. The two have great chemistry, and the hurt/comfort side of the story was good. I love how Drake and Elliott give the POV of both characters so we really get inside their heads.

Of all the things he’d encountered in his life, Hollis knew one thing. He was in love with Ian Pierce. The young man had taken up permanent residence in his heart, claimed his soul as his own, and he would never be the same again. He just had to find a way to be worthy of such an amazing man because he didn’t think it was possible to move on without him.

I really enjoyed this. All of the relationships were well-done, the suspense and mystery worked well, and the passion was hot! I’ve loved this series and think Devour is a fitting end to the main books of the series.

I must admit, though, that I’m really glad we still get to look forward to the “Unbreakable Stories” novellas featuring Rowe and Noah, and then Ian and Hollis, because I’m not ready to say good-bye to my boys yet.

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Advance Review Copy

Galley copy of Devour provided by the authors in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

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