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After the devastating events in the Scottish Highlands, Sam and Declan have moved on to a new, deeper level in their romance. Their commitment to each other is unquestionable; however, there are plenty of questions that need answering about other aspects of their lives, and those who sought to end them.

Sam is trying his best to deal with the day to day frustrations of his injuries. He's completely dependent on Declan for everything and hates the way the scales have tipped in their relationship. Although he's officially on leave, Sam's mind cannot stop replaying all that happened to him and questioning why, and who is behind it all.

Declan's relief at having Sam home throws him into house-husband mode. He's happy to take the reins and care for his partner, however, beneath the surface, Declan cannot help but be drawn back to how he felt in the Highlands, and how they were betrayed by a man who was supposed to have their back. Declan had promised Sir James Aiken that he would pay if he hurt Sam, and now Declan has to decide how he can deliver his payback and put his and Sam's world back on an even keel.

©2017 Isobel Starling (P)2017 Isobel Starling

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Wow, love the series

I enjoyed this latest installment! Sam and Declan's relationship has grown, but here, the dynamic has changed - Sam is the one who needs help after he gets injured. The love and care that the men have for each other helps to balance out the darker themes from the villains, especially Sam's father.
As always, Gary Furlong is the voice for this series and I love his character portrayals (Declan sounds dreamy!) and the hot times between Declan and Sam are steamy! The narrative portions are good too.
This is a well written romantic thriller. I am so looking forward to the next one!
Definitely a series worth investing in!

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Fantastic Series!

Counterblow continues the story of Sam and Declan. This instalment has less intensity (relatively speaking)and mystery than the previous two books, and focuses more on psychological issues as Sam slowly heals from his near-death experience. Physical healing progresses faster and easier than mental healing, and Sam struggles to return to his previous life. Declan is solid and steady by his side. I loved the way he called out Sir James. The set-to between these two was spectacular...and a long time coming. Eventually Sam has to face his fears and confront his enemy to recover his peace of mind. That scene is intense and harrowing. While I liked the book, I felt cheated not seeing Sam and Declan's nuptials. At the start of the book, we see Sam in painful physical rehab and refusing to marry until he is recovered. Then the story jumps forward five months where Sam is greatly improved and he and Declan are wedded. I wanted to watch it happen. Still, overall, another very satisfying book. I am excited for the next book in the series.

The narration by Gary Furlong is superb as always. I especially like his depiction of Sir James. He sounds like a perfect arrogant a**.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook from the author.

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In this fourth book, we see the aftermath that the attack has had on Sam and Declan.
While Sam has been broken in both mind and body, Declan is also dealing with the strain of helping Sam heal while coping with the anger and helpless feeling that the ordeal has left him with.
This one doesn't have the mystery aspect that book 3 had, but we get to see more glimpses into Sam's past and understand him a bit better.
I am looking forward to seeing where the couple goes next and if they will ever manage to escape Sir James' employ.
I received a copy of this audiobook at my request and am providing this honest unbiased review.

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  • Lo
  • 10-27-17

Another Great Book to this addictive Series

Counterblow is the fourth book in the ever brilliant Shatterproof Bond series, in this book we see how Sam is dealing with things after the events that took place in Return to Zero.

It was great seeing Sam and Declan's roles reversed, with Declan taking care of Sam the best that he can. It just showed how deep their feelings for each other are and how evolved their relationship has become.

As usual Gary Furlong did a great job narrating this book, he is fast becoming one of my favourite narrators.


“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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  • Jackie Thorogood
  • 10-11-17

Wow Just Wow. Utterly drained. Very entertaining listening

Once again we meet Sam and Declan. Sam becomes broken due to his injuries, I loved how the dynamics change in this book. Can Sam change? Overcome his injuries.
Will the two become settle more in their relationship. I love this Series so very written and thoughtful work out Isobel Starling has given us a fantastic series.
Gary Furlong once again was absolutely brilliant with reading this book. I enjoy his take on the whole series. Will there be more?.
This book was to me so emotional. Very entertaining listening. Highly recommend

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  • Annie
  • 11-26-17

Intrigue, Secrets, Lies and Twists- Just Brilliant

Sam and Declan are recovering from the events in the Highlands. I'm glad the author didn't just sweep Sam's injuries away and have everything okay. It felt natural to hear this couple work through their difficult time and doing it brought them closer together.
Again, there are some very HOT sex scenes in this book, with the addition of a kick ass fight scene and an ingenious interogation. The plot is unfolding in an intriguing way and there are so many unanswered questions. I can't wait for book 5. Bravo!

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  • Mary
  • 09-30-17

This has everything an M/M Romance thriller needs

I loved this story and once again I was left wanting more.

I loved the fact that after what happened to Sam and Declan in book 3, the author didn't just gloss over what they experienced. You could say this is an inbetween book where scores must be settled before they can move on, and oh my, both Sam and Declan really come into their own and I love them more with each book.

Once again the narration was a delight, with Gary Furlong giving us every nuance of emotion Sam and Declan had during their love scenes. It was smokin' hot at times. Phew!

There is an interigation scene that played like a movie in my head. The narrator pitched it perfectly, and I was on the edge of my seat. This chapter in particular was just so well written and it had all of the elements a great spy thriller needs- and a heart clenching romance. Just brilliant!