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As You Wish Audiobook

As You Wish: Shatterproof Bond, Book 1

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One wedding, two best men, one hell of a love story!

Declan Ramsay's brother Oliver was marrying Annabelle Aiken at a fairytale castle on the banks of Loch Ness in Scotland. The bride and groom decided that Annabelle's gay younger brother would share the best man duties with Declan. 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. He wouldn't meet Declan until a few days before the wedding, so the best men communicated and planned their speech by email for more than a year.

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.

But, is Samuel Aiken all that he appears to be?

©2015 Isobel Starling (P)2017 Isobel Starling

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    Amazon Customer 21/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Not what i expected"

    I was given a free copy for an honest review from the author. Declan and Sam make a great couple. Declan has always been straight until meeting with Sam who is one of the Best man in Oliver and Annabelle's wedding along side with Declan. They have become friends via email for the last 12 months but finally meet in an airport accident. From there the fun begins love blossoms but Sam is keeping a huge secret that finally gets revealed at the end of the book which I didn't see coming. Can't wait to continue on the journey. Isobel is a new author to me who I will definitely be checking out the other books she has written.
    This is a new narrator to me and I loved his different inflections especially his Scottish accent. Will definitely be looking for more

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    Mary 10/05/2017
    Mary 10/05/2017
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    "GLORIOUS M/M ROMANCE- With a twist"
    What did you like most about As You Wish?

    I loved this book so much. It was funny, romantic, VERY sexy, and what a great ending. Sam and Declan's romance was just so much fun.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I fell head over heels for both Sam and Declan. Just wait and listen to the kilt scene...that was just soooo hot!


    What about Gary Furlong’s performance did you like?

    This is the first time i've listened to Gary Furlong and it won't be the last. His voice is very listenable. He had great pacing, his range of accents were brilliant and particularly his Scots accents were perfect. He wasn't shy when narrating the erotic scenes either so i was very impressed.


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

    Yes, this made me laugh and cry. I stayed up into the wee small hours to finish the audiobook and went to sleep with a big smile on my face. I don't want to give much away, but the references to "The Princess Bride" movie and the way they were woven into the story was just genius.


    Any additional comments?

    This was such an entertaining listen and I adore Sam and Declan. The story was beautifully written and narrated. The perfect evening's entertainment. I hope the rest of the series will be in audio soon.

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  • Kd
    CLINTON, MS, United States
    28/05/17
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    "Almost hooked"

    Overall, this was a likeable story. The author did a great job at showing a connection between Sam and Declan. There were some lightly funny moments. And "Princess Bride" had a role in their connection. The sex was somewhat explicit but not gratuitous. And the story was complete but aligned for a sequel.
    The bad part was that the author said one of the characters "changed sexual orientation," which shows ignorance. And their getting together was a bit too fast and easy, considering things, things I can't name without spoiling the story a bit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Carra at Making it Happen blog
    Sunrise, FL United States
    23/05/17
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    "An emotion-filled 5 stars...outstanding narration!"

    I absolutely loved this story. It’s a wonderful look at one man’s journey to find what-and who-he truly wants after so many unsatisfying encounters with women, and another man’s attempt to find love and settle back into a normal life-if his controlling father will let him.

    God, I adored these characters. Sam is so lovable, bubbly and bright and outgoing-though at times hiding some bit of sadness that we don’t get to find out about until the absolute end of the story. And Declan…there’s just something about a person discovering his sexuality and breaking free of expectations that endears Declan (and other characters like him) to me from the start. The two together are intensely passionate and the phrase “explosive chemistry” was probably coined with their eventual pairing in mind.

    Watching as Declan explored his sexual boundaries as he learns just what he needs and wants is emotional for the reader as well as Declan himself as he experiences it. He and Sam weave such a tight bond with each other, and as a reader I was just as devastated as Declan when their time together at the castle for the wedding comes to an end…especially the way it did.

    I’m really glad the way things tied up at the end, I don’t think I could have taken any other ending. I’m am totally hooked for this series and can’t wait to dive in to the next book. 5 stars for As You Wish, and I can guarantee no matter how this series progresses from here that I’ll still be re-reading this one in the future! Recommended for M/M romance fans 18+ for adult language and explicit M/M sexual content.

    Narration: I am thrilled with the narration of As You Wish. Gary Furlong does an incredible job, nailing the different accents perfectly which gave the story an authentic, realistic feel as I listened. The pacing was just right, and even with the heavier accents the enunciation was spot on and easy to understand. When it came to that scene I mentioned earlier when Declan and Sam's time at the castle ends, the narration was injected with just the right amount of emotion that I might have needed a tissue... 5 stars for the narration, and I certainly hope Mr. Furlong continues to narrate the rest of the series!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lily G Blunt
    30/05/17
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    "An enjoyable and fun story"

    I enjoyed reading this story and the subsequent two books last year. I was a little bemused with the direction this story went at the time, but I think knowing where the story, series, and characters were heading helped me appreciate the audiobook more. In fact, I listened and followed along with the ebook at the same time and was pleased that the story had received a subsequent edit at some point. Some of the vocabulary and other phrases had been modified, removed or improved. Not that there were many times overall, but enough to make an impression.

    Sam and Declan are fun and steamy together, enjoying some light bondage once they start making out. The story is a sweet GFY, almost insta-love, but not quite because they’d already experienced a year long internet communication, so sort of knew each other. I was surprised they didn’t refer to these conversations more often. I liked Declan’s character. He’s bowled over by his attraction to Sam and the possibility of coming out as bi/GFY—he doesn’t even know himself—is all new to him and he copes with this new relationship admirably.

    The route the story takes these characters was totally unexpected. Although there are a few clues along the way, the events and the revelations about Sam and his father in the last few chapters seemed rather obscure. For me, Sam’s character didn’t quite match up to his ‘career’.

    I like Isobel’s writing and her engaging storytelling style. It’s easy to read and her descriptive phrases certainly paint a picture in my mind. I do have one major issue though and that’s with the frequent head-hopping that occurs because it pulls me out of the story. I had to go back and work out whose point of view the scene is being viewed from. It often occurs with Sam and Declan, but also with a few of the other characters. It's especially confusing when it happens within the same paragraph.

    Gary Furlong was a new narrator for me. It often takes me a time to adjust to a new voice, but his performance was commendable. I particularly enjoyed the intimate scenes. He made a clear distinction between Sam’s posh English accent and Declan’s Scottish brogue and he portrayed the other characters well, even the various female ones.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • VHB
    CA
    16/05/17
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    "Good storie."

    Good storie . There is a cliffhanger so there is need to read book #2.
    The narration was ok. He the narrator did a great job on each character.
    But when it was the solo narration he sounded a bit stiff.
    over all this was a good storie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • alias11
    24/06/17
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    "Hot Love in the Scottish Highlands"

    I really enjoyed this audiobook. I read the ebook when it initially came out, and I sometimes found myself challenged to understand the vernacular.. Listening to it in audiobook format gave me a whole new perspective and true pleasure. All I can say is WOW! The relationship between Sam and Declan develops quickly, but the intensity of the two men makes it believable. I have listened to my share of erotica, including M/F, M/M, and menage, and this audiobook is one of the hottest things I have ever listened to! The combination of the story itself coupled with being read with a genuine accent is just magical. The narration is wonderful and really gives an authentic feel. I cannot recommend the story and the narrator highly enough. I hope the rest of the series comes out on audiobok, too. I can't wait to hear the rest of the story.
    I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook from the author. This is my voluntary and honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • B. Lane
    Kent, OH
    21/06/17
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    "You seem a nice fellow, I hate to kill you......."
    What did you love best about As You Wish?

    WOW! I LOVED this book! The Princess Bride quotes were wonderful. Me and a guy at work quote that all the time, too, so this was wonderful. The story was good and well paced and I sure didn't see the plot twist (no spoilers!) coming. Downloaded #2 and fought out there are 4 in total, but 3 & 4 are not on audible yet. Please get them!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved both Declan and Sam. They were both intriguing, although Declan was more the main character and we learned a little more about him and what makes him tick than we did about Sam. But the beginning of their relationship was a little dodgy, not knowing the other was who he was. They had never met in person, but had been emailing each other for a year before finally meeting.


    Which character – as performed by Gary Furlong – was your favorite?

    I think I liked Sam's voice a little more - he actually kind of sounded like Cary Elwes (Westley in the Princess Bride). But I loved the Scottish brogue for Declan, although there were a couple of times, being American, that I couldn't understand what he said. For those who haven't read or listened yet, this takes place in London and Scotland. Gary Furlong is British.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Sam left without saying anything to Declan, although Declan sees him getting into the helicopter and runs outside and they wave to each other and stare into each other's eyes. Also, the wristbands that Sam made from leather shoelaces. Sweet!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are browsing around Audible for something to listen to and come across this book, or you are looking for something by Isobel Starling, definitely pick this up! You will enjoy it and be compelled to continue the series as I am! If you are a fan of the Princess Bride - read this book!!!

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. And this is sincerely honest!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kate M
    17/06/17
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    "Wish it was longer"
    If you could sum up As You Wish in three words, what would they be?

    This book was very sweet, super hot🔥🔥and had feelings. Oh the feels. Declan and Sams chemistry was off the charts.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Declan and Sam were intimate for the first time. Declan had never been with a man before. It was hot.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When they reunite. So sweet.


    Any additional comments?

    Declan and Sam had such chemistry. Declan thought he was straight. He hasn't had a meaningful relationship with a women. Declan doesn't understand why he is so attractived to Sam. He struggles with his feelings. Sam is out and proud. When they finally get together the story took off. There's a little angst which I personally enjoy. There banter is adorable. The narator did a good job! I'm very picky with narrators, I have been 10 min into a book and stopped listening because I didn't like the narrator. He nailed the accents! I can't wait to listen to the next book💕 "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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