Review: Rialto by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott (Unbreakable Bonds #8)


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the authors via IndiGo Marketing & Design.

This was his family. He knew they loved him and would do anything for him, but they also needed to let him take the same risks and chances they took.

Rialto is the eighth and final (gasp!) novel in the Unbreakable Bonds series, and I've got all those bittersweet feelings that I tend to get when a series I've fallen truly, madly, deeply in love with comes to an end. Sniffle. I can only imagine how difficult it must be for authors to decide when to close out a beloved series, worrying if you're doing it too soon or too late, and as much as I wished for more from the four couples fans and readers have adored for years, I feel like this is one of those cases where Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott have each twosome in the greatest place possible in their lives. Plus, like the old adage says, they've left us wanting more in all the best ways.

Ian Banner (née Pierce) is living a truly amazing life. He's the head chef and owner of Rialto, the most renowned and popular restaurant in Cincinnati, he's got an amazing a family by choice that he's proud to be a part of, and he's married the love of his life, Hollis Banner. With a new restaurant set to open, Ian's juggling his time as best he can, and then odd events begin to happen to his beloved first restaurant. When Rialto becomes the target of false reports, Ian wonders if it's just a fluke, but then things begin to escalate to the point of violence. While Ian may have tried to handle things on his own before, his family steps in because now, the target is no longer just Rialto...

Just like with every book before it, Rialto is what made the Unbreakable Bonds series as addictive as it is. From the fast-paced storytelling to the fabulous characters that have grown so much, not just in each novel but all throughout the series. There's action, suspense, and mystery that's counterbalanced by the romance and themes of family and coming back from adversity. I loved seeing how strong Ian and Hollis's love were for each other as much as I adored all the interactions within the family the shared with Lucas and Andrei, Snow and Jude, Rowe and Noah, and of course, darling Daciana! I'm going to miss them all, but what a way to end the series. Five-plus stars! ♥

Release Date: 16 December 2019

Date Read: 15 December 2019


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