Illuminate the Shadows : Shatterproof Bond

  • by Isobel Starling
  • Narrated by Gary Furlong
  • Series: Shatterproof Bond
  • 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The thrilling, funny sequel to As You Wish.
"A Scotsman and an Englishman fall in love...after the most amazing week of his life, at Dunloch Castle on the banks of Loch Ness, in Scotland. The charming, mysterious Samuel Aiken has turned Declan Ramsay's life upside down. Declan has experienced a remarkable change. He has come to terms with the fact he is bisexual, and he has fallen head-over-heels in love with his boss's son Sam.
However, falling for his boss's son was never going to be an easy path to happiness, mainly because the boss in question is multi-millionaire property tycoon and former MI5 operative, Sir James Aiken.
Sir James is repulsed by his son's homosexuality, and so discovering that his employee Declan Ramsay - the man he installed to run his luxury property rental empire - is in a relationship with Sam, does not go down well.
The lovers cannot hide from the looming presence of Sir James Aiken for long! Soon enough James makes his move, and Declan finds out what he will have to endure to stay with Sam, and what he will have to give to feel worthy of Sam's love."

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An addicting series.

The narration: Again, Gary Furlong did a wonderful job narrating. I love his multitude of accents. I definitely will listen to him again.

The story: After the ending of the first book, I immediately bought the audio for Illuminate the Shadows. I was intrigued by the twist regarding Sam’s career. This is book 2 and the series really should be read in order. There will be a spoiler or two if you haven’t read book one. So in order to make their relationship work, Declan needs to join the secret association that Sam and Sam’s father belong to. But first, they are trying to get in a few days of romance after Sam came back from a mission.

Their plans are ruined as Declan is kidnapped and “extreme vetted” by Sir James. The story sort of head hops but I had no problem keeping up. At one point we get the point of view of Sam’s dad and I cannot express my dislike for him enough. He has an intense dislike for his son’s sexuality and he is ruthless and hard. Declan is just beginning his career with this secret group but I am crossing my fingers that he and Sam get out soon.

As Sir James lays out several dubious situations that Declan has been involved in without being aware that there were shady things going on, I began to feel very suspicious of this story. Like there are more secrets yet to be revealed that no one knows about. Unfortunately if there are secrets like that, they weren’t revealed in this book. Instead, I have a lot more questions. Was Declan ever a part of something he can’t remember or is my imagination on high alert? Who is the mysterious he that Sam believes is dead? And is he really dead? Luckily, I know there are two more books in the series and I will be either reading them or listening to them when they make it to audio.

I am very intrigued by the story. I don’t feel like this book was as cutesy as the first one, though there is still some Wesley/Buttercup role playing. There is some progress in Sam and Declan’s relationship as they see how dating is while working together on covert operations. Declan also has to come out to his brother and disclose his relationship with the brother of his brother’s wife. It’s not as confusing at it sounds. 😉 I did enjoy listening to this book, but part of me wanted some answers to my questions. I am looking forward to the next book. In the meantime, I definitely recommend this book and the series.
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- DPiazzi

Exciting, Sexy Intrigue

I love this series, and I especially love the audiobook versions narrated by Mr. Furlong! This book is incredibly exciting and sexy. In this book, we see Sam and Declan's relationship deepen. Their love and loyalty to each other is incredible...and so is the sex. I especially loved the way Isobel portrayed Declan's A.L.L. "interview." Declan may have come out a little insecure and feeling inadequate to take care of Sam, but I thought he came through with flying colors, and I loved the way he threw James Aiken off his game. The interaction with the younger Declan added a humorous element that I adored.

Gary Furlong's narration makes the audiobook! His voice is wonderful, and he voices the characters consistently and distinctly. His genuine accent and ease with the vernacular are so natural and smooth it's like caramel for the ears.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook from the author. (Thank you!) This is my honest, voluntary review.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-13-2017
  • Publisher: Isobel Starling