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  • Return to Zero

  • Shatterproof Bond, Book 3
  • By: Isobel Starling
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Snark and Dark!

  • By Imagine Reviews on 11-13-18

Snark and Dark!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Those two words come to mind when describing this third book in the fantastic Shatterproof Bond series!

Things are getting darker and serious for our lovers. Declan is now a full agent with ALL, but Sir James’ machinations and secrets drive a wedge between him and Sam. Declan and Sam are now partnered together, but Sam is having a difficult time being open with Declan after so many years of working alone. Sam keeps finding the mysterious red cords, not willing to accept what they may mean.

The spy action really spikes in this one and it’s fun to read, even when things turn quite dangerous. Declan and Sam struggle not only with the mission but with their relationship as well.

The banter and snark is still there—as is the love. These two are amazing and so hot together. I enjoy them when they play, love, and fight. Now we get to see them work together.

Again, no series conclusion here, just another mystery to uncover at the very end. And how do things stand for Declan and Sam? Well, let’s just say that Sam finally finds a place for that key he’s been carrying around his neck.

Like all the previous books in the series, Gary Furlong narrated the heck out of this!! His voice for Declan...swoon-worthy!!

I’m so looking forward to continuing this series and learning more about this great mystery. And of course, seeing the boys in action!

*I was provided a copy of this audiobook by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

  • Illuminate the Shadows

  • Shatterproof Bond, Book 2
  • By: Isobel Starling
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

A Scotsman and an Englishman fall in love...after the most amazing week of his life. 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. 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as good, if not better then the 1st!

  • By TinkerMel on 09-03-17

OMG!! 😱😱 That Ending!! Just Divine!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-18


I’ve never, never, finished a book that ended quite like this one!!! To tell you how and where would totally spoil the surprise!!

It literally made me laugh out loud while yelling, “WTF?!” I loved it! πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’• Now I wonder if the third one picks up EXACTLY where this one stops...because not to do so would be brutally unfair!! πŸ˜‰

This second book (audiobook) in the series picks up where the first one dropped off. Think of these as serial novels and you’ll realize that the ending of one book is simply TBC in the next. Just something to keep you wanting, and hungering for more!

The beginning of this one took a dark turn which surprised the heck out of me. Soon, though, things settled back into the delicious back and forth play between Sam and Declan. These two are scorching HOT πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ together and Gary Furlong’s narration makes my toes curl. To be honest, my toes aren’t the only thing that are affected when he purrs out Declan’s delectable Scottish accent. His “Declan” voice is worth the price of this audiobook alone!!

Back to the plot...Sam and Declan start working together for James. Sam and Declan have loads of sex. Spy-like things happen. Family things happen: some good, some bad.
The two keep up their “Princess Bride” jokes. The two keep having hot sex. And the two continue to be funny, sweet and hot as hell.

I’ll leave you with with my two favorite frases of the book:

“Black fishnet mesh underwear.” (I won’t tell you who’s wearing them!)

Declan—“Have ye....ever edged with a lover?” (And what a scene this led to!!! 😱😱)

Sexy, funny and hot...you’ve got to meet these guys!!! ❀️❀️❀️

Full disclosure: I received a copy of this audiobook from the author In exchange for an honest review.

  • Back Where He Belongs

  • By: Isobel Starling
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Back in Scotland after five years working in Australia, Kier Campbell finds himself stranded on a road in the Scottish Highlands on Christmas Eve. He needs to get to the next village urgently or freeze to death in his broken down hire car. Kier hikes down the icy road, and as he walks memories of the life he'd run from - and the love he'd abandoned in Scotland return to haunt him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A sweet, sexy second chance romance

  • By Georgiana on 11-13-18

Christmas, Collars and Second Chances!! πŸ’•πŸ’•

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-18

Gary Furlong again gave an incredible performance in this Christmas short!!!

Freckle, retuning home to Scotland after several years away, breaks down on the side of the road in the middle of a snowstorm. Who else stops for him but his ex-lover Douglas, his first love.

The two men have never stopped loving each other, but there are obstacles to an HEA for these two, not the least of all, Douglas’ mysterious submissive.

This was a very sweet rekindling of an old relationship, but one that took a turn from what both men expected. What once once a D/s relationship with Freckle as the Dom gets turned upside down as both men return to their once-loved puppy-play.

Yes, there is puppy role play in here. It’s on the mild side as puppy play goes. But let me tell you that the sex was SMOKING HOT πŸ”₯πŸ–€πŸ”₯πŸ–€πŸ”₯!! I had to take an break *blushes.* I had to listen to it several times. Yes, HAD to. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

For a short, this was fun, but I would have loved their entire story from young lovers to where they are now. I’d have loved to have seen the development of their D/s relationship and their play.

*A copy of this audiobook was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

  • As You Wish

  • Shatterproof Bond, Book 1
  • By: Isobel Starling
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Declan had never met the kid who was to be his joint best man. Sam Aiken was abroad, working as an interpreter and finishing his studies. But on meeting Sam Aiken, Declan is surprised to realize the kid isn't a kid at all, but a tall, blond, and athletic young man. Declan is sure he's straight, so he's alarmed by the ferocious attraction he feels for Sam. And as the attraction is reciprocated, the events at Dunloch Castle change everything Declan has ever believed about himself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific narration

  • By Belen on 12-31-17

Sexy as Sin GFY Narration πŸ”₯πŸ”₯in Loch Ness

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-18

Damn, this was fun!!! This is one of my favorite tropes!! How can I possibly resist popping cherries and the new found joys of the magical p-spot. I can’t. Not at all.

So this lovely story sets up an Englishman and a Scotsman as co-best men at their siblings’ wedding at a castle on Loch Ness. How’s that for romantic.

Of course, Declan, the sexy, straight, brooding Scot (who Gary Furlong gives the SEXIEST SCOTCH BROGUE TO) and Sam, the gay, happy-go-lucky world traveler DON’T HIT IT OFF at all.

Well, things change. Things like Declan liking Sam. Things like Declan wanting to be around Sam. Things like Declan wanting to touch Sam. This is all fantastic.

Now here is where we come to the pivotal point in any GFY novel: how will the “straight” guy handle his attraction to another man? How this is handled is sooooo important. And here it was handled adequately.

See, my dears, Declan could give a shht about being attracted to Sam. He just knows he is and goes with it. Full steam ahead. SPOILER!!!! <spoiler>Absolutely NO freak out or regrets</spoiler>. So, that reaction is a little hard to swallow for me.

Buuuuut.....Dec goes on to explain this and his inner monologue makes sense. So, I give him a pass.

What I LOVED about this delicious booty cherry popping scene was that it wasn’t all Stars and rainbows for our Declan. Noooo... it freaking hurt!!! Thank you Ms Starling for honoring the pain of breaching here πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘. Of course, Dec soon succumbed to the magic of the prostate and he was a goner. Can’t be helped (although I’ll never know 😫 prostate envy is a terrible thing to live with).

I also ADORED all the references to one of the best movies of all times, The Princess Bride.....Sam and Declan has the thing memorized and they are hilarious with the dialogue using it during every single activity you can imagine.

While this was not love at first sight, it was close enough cause these two hotties fell in love over a wedding weekend.

So what happens to our lovers? Well, there’s a bit of a family secret and it means that we get to see more of these delicious men.

Major kudos πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘to Gary Furlong for NAILING The narration. Is there an accent the man cannot master? I think not!

I am totally digging my Starling/Furlong binge!! Feel free to join me, loves, it’s soooo worth it!

  • Sweet Thing

  • Pretty Boy
  • By: Isobel Starling
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

French male model Simeon Duchamp has a lot of explaining to do. Two years after a breakdown, Simeon is off drugs and booze and wants to stay that way. On his road to reclaiming his life and modeling career, Sim first needs to apologize to the man he hurt the most - his ex-best friend and object of his unrequited affection Pieter Bayer. Pieter now has a long-term partner, artist Emily Raven, with whom he shares a baby son. Sim is amazed when Pieter accepts his apology, and invites him into his family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration really adds to the story.

  • By DPiazzi on 05-02-18

The love [...] filled him like a thirst quenched.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-18

Omigod, omigod, omieffinggod!!!!! This! This book. Wait, THIS AUDIOBOOK, knocked me off my feet again and again!! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Those knocks were emotional, I’m sure because looking at myself I don’t have any bruises. Yet those emotional knocks were soothed, balmed, and calmed by Isobel Starling and her magnificent writing.

And I’m fully including Gary Furlong’s voice in helping to kiss and heal all scrapes and bruises I may have experienced because of the AMAZING FEELS in this book!!!

I’ll be upfront right now and say that I asked for and received a copy of this audiobook from Isobel Starling, herself, in exchange for an honest review.

Well, let me be honest: I loved, LOVED, ❀️❀️❀️❀️ this story. The audiobook made Isobel’s story fly!! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

So, here’s a funny thing....I didn’t like our MC, Simeon, at first. He appeared a petty, self-absorbed and spoiled young model. Yes, he was out of rehab. Yes, he was trying to make up amends for past wrongs; but his obsession with his ex-best friend and love obsession was enough to want to shake the pretty man with the pouty lips.

Yes, I felt bad that Pieter, his old bestie, had moved on and found the love of his life—a talented artist, Emily—and now had a baby son. Sure, Sim was in pain, but I wasn’t connecting with him. Yet. I wasn't connecting, YET.

Sim, himself, began to create a new relationship with Pieter and Emily and their son--one based on friendship instead of lust and envy. He GREW as a character. Thank you Ms. Starling for giving a character an arc in which they can CHANGE over the course of the story!!! So, Simeon soon wedges himself in my heart. Him, his new-found empathy and and his sexy as sin French accent—Gary Furlong is a narrating GOD!

I gotta admit that I can identify with Simeon and his addictive personality. That’s pretty much me except that I’m not a model. So, connection made. I'm 100% investes as Sim struggles with sobriety, low self-esteem, anxiety and the belief that his real self isn’t good enough for people to love. He breaks my heart πŸ’”πŸ’” and how I love this!!

So who’s the other half of this love story? Pieter, his unrequited love, is happily married, so it's not him. Who do we get, then since Starling isn't breaking up a marriage? We get a heartbroken Berliner, Bastian, who can’t get past losing the love of his life in an accident almost two years ago. We get plenty of flashbacks with Bastian and his ghost of a lover (no paranormal here). And I truly feel for the man, but I pity him, too. Bast can’t let go and he can’t move on. That is, until he meets Simeon. He sees in Sim something of his own sadness. I loved Bast...but he threw me for a loop, as well at the beginning and again near the end. But, boy, did he make an impression on me!

Sparks FLY between the older architect and the younger model. But are the sparks enough to banish Bast’s dead lover and Sim’s insecurities? You’ll have to read to find out!!

Gods! How I loved these two together! There was no insta-love. No insta-confessions. In fact, it wasn’t smooth sailing at the beginning and the pair hit plenty of speed bumps along the way.

And through this path I traveled with these men, a path that was not easy, yet not angsty, I saw how love can develop between two individuals who are less than perfect. It was their imperfections that made me connect with both of them, although Sim carved out a place in my heart for himself. It was his journey that faced the bravest challenges.

OK, enough of my emo feels for this story. It’s drama, but it’s good drama, real romance and the angst present isn’t shoved in the reader’s face. It’s just a fact. You have an addict and a grieving man: you can’t escape it when these men are working to heal themselves and each other. And....And....There’s a freaking amazing HEA!!! β€οΈπŸ’•β€οΈπŸ’•β€οΈ

Some quotes that stood out to me (and please forgive any errors in quoting and punctuation since I transcribed this from the audiobook):

Simeon on sex: “When I was high it was like a sport, I guess. Sex is fun and I guess I’m pretty good at it [...] but without the drugs and drink it doesn’t feel the same.”

Simeon on his first relationship (this one): “Sleeping beside you, waking with you, things like that are so simple to everyone else but they’re not so simple to me.”

Bastian to Sim: “...but there’s no way in Hell I’m letting you walk away from me or let you drink yourself into oblivion to escape from me. I will hunt you down and hold on to you until you realize how special you are. I won’t lose you, Simeon. I won’t.”

Sim: That was the thing about love, no two loves were the same.

If you’ve made it to the bottom of this somewhat scattered and possibly typo-filled review (on a phone here), I want you to know that above all, this was a MAGICAL and HONEST LOVE STORY. Anddddd it was a romance NOT SET IN THE US OR THE UK!! Thank the gods for that injection of diversity in setting and culture!!

GET THE BOOK. GET THE AUDIOBOOK—-Furlong’s ability with European languages enthralled me. And damn those accents are sexy as f.....!! πŸ’•πŸ’•

CODA: Since no book is perfect, I'll add my minor critique here: At times it was difficult to know whose head I was in when there was a change of POV. Sim's? Bast's? Pieter's? It was minor and my confusion never lasted more than a sentence or two, but it was there, nonetheless.

  • Zenith

  • The Interscission Project
  • By: Arshad Ahsanuddin
  • Narrated by: Jack Wallen Jr.
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Grounded after a rescue attempt in Earth orbit goes bad, Commander Martin Atkins of the Confederation Navy is approached by the Interscission Project, a consortium of civilian corporations on the verge of perfecting the technology to travel to another star. Despite his misgivings, the chance to get back in the pilot's seat is too much to pass up, and he convinces his best friend and crewmate, Charles Davenport, to leave the military temporarily and join him as part of the crew of the Zenith, humanity's first starship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a stunning start to a series!!

  • By Imagine Reviews on 11-04-18

What a stunning start to a series!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-18

<strong>Stunning!</strong>

I couldn’t stop reading this book! (Actually, I couldn’t stop listening to it-the the narration was nearly impeccable)!!!!

This is a sci-fi novel first an foremost. It just so happens that one of the MCs is attracted to men (and women). The issue of sexuality is never really brought up in the year 2176. I would hope that by this point in the future issues of sexual orientation would be moot. There is some sex and some romance, but it definitely takes a backseat to the intricate plot, action, and character development.

This is one of those books that you can imagine as a movie. It’s one of those books that you want to know what happens next. You’re itching to know, dying to know, and damning everything to hell when you get interrupted in the middle of a fight or risky maneuver. It’s one of those books that you want to stop writing a review for so you can get on to the second one that you’ve already one-clicked with the audiobook add-on.

So, I’m off.

Truly, this book was simply stunning both in style and execution. And it’s free on Amazon and Whispersynched!!Get it!

  • Alphas Like Us

  • By: Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese, J.F. Harding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302

His Bodyguard. His Love.Β Maverick, know-it-all bodyguard Farrow Keene knows publicly dating American royalty comes with a great cost. Everyone wants a piece of their relationship. And as a protective boyfriend, he’s not here for the malicious hands that grab at their love life and seek to rip them apart. But Farrow is confident. He’s confident that he could’ve never prepared for the storm to come.Β Keep him safe.Β Maximoff Hale isn’t a big fan of change. And to regain the charity CEO position he lost, he agrees to a task that he’s always rejected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still in love

  • By J Barry on 05-21-18

AWESOME!!! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-18

Cendese and Harding are two of my favorite narrators and they just ROCK THE HELL out of this series!

This is not a standalone. Listened to the others—-so worth it!!!

Forgive me, but a migraine with my name on it is calling me to bed. As such, this is it for my review...just know that the next books are MF before we get back to MM and I live this series so much that I’m going to dip back into MF just to see my boys again!!

  • The Lion of Kent

  • By: Aleksandr Voinov, Kate Cotoner
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 141

Squire William Raven has only one goal: to finally receive his spurs and become a knight. When his lord, Sir Robert de Cantilou, returns from a five-year crusade in the Holy Land, William wants nothing more than to impress him. After Sir Robert's return, noble guests arrive from France, bringing intrigue to the castle. William is oblivious to the politics, as he's distracted by nightly visits from a faceless lover, a man who pleasures him in the dark and then leaves....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great premise, but disappointing.

  • By B. Green on 07-04-12

Fantastic!!!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-18

<strong>I’ve yet to read a Voinov book I haven’t liked, and this was no exception!</strong>

While short, the enigmatic characters drew me in—as they tend to do when I’m dropped in the middle of the action and not lectured at by one character or another who serves as the author’s soapbox or devil’s advocate.

Mystery man comes and jacks off our squire in the middle of the great hall after a party. Our Squire is a happy man with no thoughts other than to win his spurs and serve his master. Our Lord and Master is a bit more mysterious, having recently returned from a five year crusade in the Holy Land, where he apparently learned some techniques which served to invoke holy names.

So, this was fun. We had lust, a hot head Squire, some untrustworthy French nobles, some untrustworthy Englishmen, a sot of a brother spouting off bible verses, and an exciting boar hunt.

  • The Necromancer's Dilemma

  • The Beacon Hill Sorcerer, Book 2
  • By: SJ Himes
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

Angel's brother, Isaac, has returned home, and the pair begins to make slow and awkward attempts back to each other. Learning how to be a brother to a grown man instead of a parental figure has Angel adjusting his behaviors and habits, and Isaac still remains a mystery. Was it merely entering adulthood that turned Isaac away from an overprotective Angel, or does Isaac carry a secret that will keep them from finally being a real family?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 Stars

  • By Belen on 08-05-17

Sooooo much more fun than the FANTASTIC first book in this series!!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-18

Re(read): Audiobook 6/7/18
Superb narration by Joel Leslie! I enjoyed it just as much, if not more than the first read. Well, I would have enjoyed it more had I not come down with food poisoning on the airplane while listening to this!!

Original review:
<strong>Fantastic follow-up to The Necromancer's Dance!</strong>

Wow! What a great, action-packed paranormal read. I enjoyed this one much more than the first in the series--and I really liked the first one!

After meeting Simeon and Angel in The Necromancer's Dance, we get to see how their mating bond strengthens through fighting and surviving paranormal baddies. I love seeing this couple together their are ridiculously adorable and kick-ass together. I'm hopeful that SJ Himes will continue this series and keep adding to this wonderful contemporary paranormal world. I'd love to see if something develops with Isaac and Batiste, and want to know what happens with Daniel. I need the next book!

  • The Magpie Lord

  • By: K. J. Charles
  • Narrated by: Cornell Collins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250

Exiled for 20 years, Lucien never planned to return to England. But with the mysterious deaths of his father and brother, it seems the new Lord Crane has inherited an earldom. He's also inherited his family's enemies. He needs magical assistance, fast. He doesn't expect it to turn up angry. Magician Stephen Day has good reason to hate Crane's family. Unfortunately, it's his job to deal with supernatural threats. Besides, the earl is unlike any aristocrat he's ever met, with the tattoos, the attitude...and the way Crane seems determined to get him into bed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story and Performance

  • By Riva on 02-03-18

Cornell Collins makes this book FLY!!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-18

<strong>Amazing Narration!!!!!!!</strong>

This revisit via audiobook bumped the book one star for me! I truly enjoyed listening to the book this time around. I read it first years ago and wasn’t impressed given all the hype it has received over the years.

Now, I’m totally enthralled by the story and characters in a way I wasn’t before. Who knows, maybe I was having a bad day. All I know is that I can’t wait to listen to the next one....

This one included a wonderful short at the end, playing havoc with Crane’s tattoos. The audiobook also has the first two chapters of the next book...delicious!!

I’m not gonna bother with any character profiles and such, but I do want to say that the size difference between the two men (15 inches in height) didn’t bother me this time around like it did the first time.

I also found the sex scenes WAY HOTTER in audiobook.....this book has one of my favorite desk sex scenes EVER!!

My rec: audiobook is totally worth it!!!