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Shiver

Unbreakable Bonds Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
Categories: LGBT
5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Lucas Vallois is always in control. He’s building an empire in the glittering city of Cincinnati and created his own family from his three close friends. The self-made millionaire has everything he wants within his tight grasp. But his world starts to crumble after he’s jumped by a trio of thugs late one night after leaving a club. The warning is clear - give up his new property venture or end up dead. 

Caving to the demands of his friends, Lucas accepts the help of bodyguard Andrei Hadeon as he hunts for the source of this new threat. But as Lucas gets closer to uncovering the danger, he realizes the sexy Romanian bodyguard poses an even bigger risk to his carefully constructed world. Trapped by a need he never expected, Lucas must find a way to deny the shiver of longing he cannot control. 

His brother. His warrior. His heart. Four friends. Unbreakable bonds.

©2015 Drake and Elliott Publishing LLC (P)2019 Drake and Elliott Publishing LLC

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Wonderful

To read a story is wonderful, but too have it brought to life what a treat.
Kenneth Obi does a wonderful job bringing all the characters to life, and nothing is funnier then the crab puff scene.

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  • Annika
  • 2019-04-08

Give me more!

I'm late to this party I know... This book, or rather this series, has been on my TBR for a long time. But I never did manage to get to it. When I saw that the authors were starting to make their books into audios as well (well Kenneth Obi, deserves the credit for making the audio - but you know what I mean) I hoped that this series would also join that route. So, one day in late March I did a happy dance - or more of a jiggle since I don't dance - when I spotted this book on Audible. It seems that some wishes do come true.

Anyway… Lucas is a man with a lot of drive and plans. At least as far as business goes. He knows what he wants and where he’s going and nothing is going to stand in his way. But his latest procurement comes with a lot more danger than anticipated, so giving into his friends he reluctantly agrees to a bodyguard. Only he didn’t count on the attraction he’d feel towards Andrei and the temptation the Romanian man brings might just make his carefully constructed walls come crumbling down.

I quite enjoyed listening to this book. It was a great combination of a hot romance and thrilling suspense sprinkled with some great friendships, or rather – family. There were quite a few side characters to keep track of during this ride but I didn’t mind that, it added to this world and plot. It made me want to find out more, know their stories as well as Lucas and Andrei’s.

I would advise you though, don’t go into this book expecting a credible plot. At times it’s quite fantastic and utterly unbelievable. Many times I found myself questioning the actions of the characters, the incompetence of it all, wondering how they could still be alive. However, if you have your mind set to “entertainment” and don’t question anything, you might just have a great time.

Kenneth Obi captured me with his narration, the feelings he added to the different situations and characters really made the experience so much better. I also enjoyed that he had different voices for the various characters, it made it easier to follow who was speaking and keep track of them all. There’s only one things I wished to change; no mumbling. It made it hard to hear at times. Some characters mumbled more than others – and not as part of the book or plot, but purely on Obi’s part.

This was a good start to a new series, and I eagerly wait for the next instalment to be produced.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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  • Hazel S
  • 2019-05-22

engaging thrilling ride

I was completely hooked! Could not put this down. the chemistry between characters was amazing, the plot had me on the edge of my seat,no idea what was coming next. hot and steamy with a powerful build up that did not disappoint. could not have found a better narrator, voice very lovely to listen to! Will listen to more from him and read/listen more from authors!

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  • Euge
  • 2019-05-30

What a difference a good narrator makes!!

Second time with this book. This time via audiobook with Kenneth Obi narrating. Wow!!! What a difference!! I really liked it the second time around. I’m not sure if I was in a crappy mood when I first read it or if Kenneth’s narration added MORE to the book. Either way, I enjoyed it MUCH MORE! Although the insta attraction was still there, it wasn’t insta love and it felt more believable. I’m upping to 3.7 stars!!

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OK.

To sum it up in one word: inconsistent. Sometimes I liked it, other times not so much. Some scenes were so long I got bored. Long fight scenes, long sex scenes. Others hit the other end of the spectrum.

Insta-attraction. Insta-GFY (or is it Bi-For-You?). The author seeemd to have a hard time with this one. It was hard to buy that over 4 days these MCs fell so hard for each other.

The plot was of the mystery sort, but rather flat and easy to predict.

I liked the interaction of the four friends. Will I continue on with this fabled series? Maybe. Some of the other characters interested me. But there are sooooo many other books on my TBR and even real stacks of books on my nightstand that will likely come before I continue on with this series.

Gotta give it up for a great cover, though!

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  • Stephanie VO
  • 2019-05-14

Amazing start to a series!!

This is such an amazing start to a series! I just absolutely love Lucas and Andrei together. I feel like they are perfect for each other. Kenneth Obi just brings these characters and story to life. I just couldn't stop listening. I just love how he portrays each of the characters and adding just a little bit more to really get me into the story.

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  • nolmstym
  • 2019-05-11

Awesome Series

Love this book and series. Lucas has built a family of friends and doesn't let anyone else close. These guys are all amazing and would do anything for each other. When Lucas is facing threats his friends insist on a body guard, and he meets Andre. I love Andre he is an amazing character.

Kenneth Obi did an amazing job on the narration. His voice is always so smooth and his tempo is spot on. (I hate when a narrator talks too fast). He does great with the character voices. I can't wait till he gets the rest of the series on Audio.

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  • DD
  • 2019-05-05

wonderful

I forgotten how much I liked this book. Having it read to me while I was driving was a wonderful way to relax and shut my mind off after work. I smiled and laughed and was sad throughout the whole book. This is a wonderful audiobook. thank you.

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  • Waleska Floyd
  • 2019-06-30

Shiver has the 6 W's I look forward when listening to an audiobook.

W - World building created for this book is interesting , thrilling and layered.
W - Witty and snarky banter with an intriguing, common sense and unpredictable plot.
W - Writing style is offbeat and feels organic
W - Wisecracking , sexy , likeable and smart main and secondary characters.
W - Wickedly delicious , passionate and lava hot sexy times.
W - Wonderful narration and characters portrayal by Kenneth Obi.

Shiver is an entertaining and fun audio.

Shiver is book 1 of the Unbreakable Bonds Series and I am looking forward listening to the other books in it.

My only issue is with Amazon Audible and their Whispersync . It doesn't work most of the time. I bought audio version of Shiver then downloaded the ebook. I tried dozen times to do immerse reading/listening it never synced , that was annoying.

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  • Raelene Smith
  • 2019-05-14

bringing it to life!!

I love this book and Kenneth Obi does a great job bringing it to life!

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  • Voska
  • 2019-05-12

Love it!

I love this entire series but I think Lucas is probably my favorite character out of all of them so I was so excited to hear him come to life! I was not disappointed in the least. I’ve already relistened to it twice and I’m sure I will again. I love that this series isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. These men have darkness in their lives and real struggles to overcome. They are beautifully flawed and I love that about them.

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  • MelRose@BlueRoseAudiobookReview
  • 2019-05-12

Liked it just fine

I am not a Kenneth Obi fan, I usually just skip over his audiobooks, because For some reason his voice just irritates me. But, this book sounded interesting and I thought to give it one last try. I was much less irritated this time as he used a lower tone and much richer deep voices, which at one stage actually gave me goosebumps. So please stick to this type of narrating, it is very sexy. The story was great, just a little long at times, with some boring bla bla bla. But its quickly over and with the interesting secondary characters the story held my attention.

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