Return to Zero : Shatterproof Bond

  • by Isobel Starling
  • Narrated by Gary Furlong
  • Series: Shatterproof Bond
  • 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The thrilling sequel to As You Wish and Illuminate the Shadows.
Pulled into a world of secrets and lies for the man he loves, Declan Ramsay's life has changed immeasurably in the eight months since meeting, and falling for his boss's son, Sam Aiken. Declan journey of personal discovery is about to take a darker turn, and for Sam, the world becomes more treacherous than he could ever have imagined.
Two agents are missing - presumed dead, while on a reconnaissance mission at an outdoor adventure centre in the Scottish Highlands. Sir James Aiken sends his son and Declan to follow the trail, and discover the fate of the agents.
As the mission offers his first chance to use the skills he learned on the MI6 training course in Morocco, Declan is keen to get started. However, Sir James sees to it that the seeds of doubt and discord have been sewn between the couple as they begin their mission.
The journey to their Highland location, and the discoveries they make when they reach the G'wan Adventures center, prove that Sir James Aiken has been less than honest with his son. Events in the Highlands force Sam and Declan to face their greatest fears, and understand what they both really want from life - and from each other.

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5 Amazing Stars-Suspense & Incredible Narration!

Oh my goodness… *sigh* and *swoon*

Well, I was hoping for some more action and suspense and I definitely got it here in Return to Zero. This story sees Declan learning more about A.L.L.’s inner workings, and eventually he and Sam get to work together on a mission. Before that comes up, we get more background into the agency as well as more about Sam before he met Declan. Most of the first half of the book moves at a relatively sedate pace (or at least what I would consider sedate), and it’s from the midpoint on that things really grab your attention an have you hanging on for the ride.

Sam and Declan are becoming one of my favorite series couples, and up until now everything has been wonderful between them. There’s a bit of drama thanks to Sam’s father (no surprise there, right?) that does come up here, and we get to see how both men react and still come out strong together in the end. But the real suspense and action comes from an old nemesis from Sam’s past who’s back in the picture-against all odds it seems. And any character that causes Sam to scare…well you know what comes next is going to be good.

The tension and drama really ramps up in the second half of the story, and I found myself staying up into the wee hours of the morning to finish this as I just could not put it down without reading the end. There’s so much excitement, and the intensity of the emotions Sam and Declan go through are stunning. The way those final scenes between them are written totally envelop the reader and I found myself simply mesmerized by the exchange of words as they make the true depth of their feelings known. You can’t help but be moved by it, and I felt like my heart would just explode with the power of Sam and Declan’s love and devotion.

And after that ending to the epilogue…PLEASE tell me the next book is ready to go because I’m here absolutely frantic for more.

With a slower start than the prequel and first story but an utterly more powerful finish, Return to Zero was a 4.5-star read for me, and I highly recommend this story and series to M/M romantic suspense fans. This is for readers 18+ due to adult language and explicit M/M sexual content (which by the way is getting more interesting as the series goes on). I can’t wait for Sam and Declan’s next adventure, this series really has me hooked!

The narration: I swear, I could listen to Gary Furlong all day every day and never grow tired of hearing him narrate. He continues to be consistent in voicing the characters of this series, and as with the other books of the series he kept the pacing perfect and the voices—regardless of accent—easy to understand and unique to each character. The narration completely pulled me into the story, making me feel like I was right there with the characters. Another outstanding 5-star narration!
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- Carra at Making it Happen blog

Book 3 and the story gets deeper

What did you love best about Return to Zero?

Wow! This one was a doozie! This one takes Declan and Sam on their first mission together. Secrets and lies cause some rifts and anger between the two, but they come together for their mission only to have Sam haunted by the past.


Who was your favorite character and why?

I love both Declan and Sam equally. They are very different people, but they are like two halves of a whole.


Have you listened to any of Gary Furlong’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've only heard Gary Furlong on the first two books of this series before, but I think he's a wonderful narrator. The accents and voices he has given the characters are all different and very distinct. I thought he was great on the first two and the more I listen to him, it just cements this in my mind.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Well, honestly I had read the book prior to this audiobook being released, but I bought it as soon as it was released. I did almost cry reading the book, so I didn't upon listening since I knew how it turned out. It was still sad hearing it again, as I'm sure a re-read would be as well since I have come to love these characters and this series.


Any additional comments?

More!!! There is one more book available now that is not on audio yet, and at least one more book forthcoming. I cannot wait!!

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- B. Lane

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-27-2017
  • Publisher: Isobel Starling