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This is the third book in the Shatterproof Bond series and I believe they just keep getting better!
In this volume Sam and Declan get sent on their first mission for A.L.L. to find out what happened to some missing agents but end up in danger themselves.
The romance is sweet, the sex is steamy and the mystery is intriguing. The last encounter with the bad guy is heartbreaking and I will admit I shed quite a few tears ( I shall not elaborate so as not to ruin the surprise).
Gary Furlong's performance is superb, he is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators.
I received a copy of this audiobook at my request and am providing this honest unbiased review.
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!
In Return to Zero Sam and Declan are back and their relationship is better than ever, though now they have the added stress of their first joint mission.
With each book in this series I love Declan and Sam and their story even more. As usual this book has humour, suspense, action, intrigue, romance and HOT sex. ;)
Gary Furlong continues doing a great narrating this series and adding life to it.
“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
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Sam and Declan romance is full swing. They now start to work with each other on their first mission. But things start to change .
I like how Isobel Starling has put so much detail to series. Her characters are once again beautifully worked out, flaws and all.
Gary Furlong reads with all his heart into it. Characters voices he was outstanding.
Now off to listen to the next book in the series. Fantastic very entertaining listen.
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