Book Review – Ignite by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott

A big thanks to IndiGo Marketing for the opportunity to read and review!

Unbreakable Bonds #7
Publisher: Self-published
Pages: 201
Characters: Rowe/Noah
POV: 3rd
Genre: Contemporary, Series, Action, Suspense

Two of Noah’s Army buddies are dead.

Someone has taken shots at Noah.

And now Noah’s former lover, JB, is a target.

Noah, Rowe, and JB team up to track down a killer trying to take out all of Noah’s old Army team in hopes of covering up a dark secret.

But this trip to Washington, D.C. threatens to unravel the perfect life that Rowe and Noah have built over the past three years. JB’s arrival in their lives have Rowe and Noah wondering if they want the same thing for their happily ever after.

Rowe is sure of one thing—nobody threatens his man. And he sets out to show anyone with a hidden agenda what a bad decision that was.

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This is a series I’ve heard very good things about, but haven’t read before now. A couple of pages into this story I was totally hooked and wondering why I haven’t picked up this series before! I’ll have to do something about that. Although this was my first read of the series, it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of this story, and I thought the authors did a great job in writing it so a newbie didn’t feel lost, despite it being part of a series.

Although this story is Rowe and Noah’s, I loved the other characters, and need more of them. A big drawcard for me is the family feel between those who work at Ward Security, and how it’s obvious they all care about each other. As an aside, I love JB. He needs his own book. I felt sorry for him, with his unrequited love for Noah, although he realised very early on that Noah’s only interested in Rowe. Noah’s fear of losing Rowe came across very well too. The emotional scenes are very well written, and I liked that one person’s HEA isn’t necessarily another’s.

The details and characterisations add so much to this story, which is an edge-of-your seat action drama that kept me turning pages. Despite the situation, there were bits that made me laugh, fist pump, and think, oh that’s perfect. I loved Gidget’s ring tone, the banter between all the guys, the code names, and the duct tape. The way Noah and JB work together to get information out of one of the ‘bad guys’ was very clever, and original. The authors have put a lot of thought and research into this story, and the way the guys operate as a security firm, and it pays off wonderfully well. The action scenes feel very realistic, and believable, as Rowe, Noah, and JB come across as men with experience in special ops. Again, the details make the story, like Rowe removing their license plate before they go bad guy hunting.

I love how Rowe is so territorial toward Noah, berates himself for it, yet slowly and grudgling forms a friendship with JB. I also liked how these guys aren’t perfect, and they make mistakes. It makes them more realistic, and I prefer my heroes to have a few flaws. Perfect is boring! These guys are more than a little crazy, but in a good way, and that made them all the more appealing.

I’d recommend Ignite to readers who enjoy a fast moving suspense story with fabulous characters, banter, and strong sense of family. 5 out of 5 stars. More please.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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