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As You Wish

Shatterproof Bond, Book 1
Narrated by: Gary Furlong
Series: Shatterproof Bond, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Winner of the 2018 Audiobook Reviewer Award for Romance

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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Very entertaining

Would you listen to As You Wish again? Why?
Yes without a doubt, the whole story sucked me in, cannot wait to listen to the next book in this series, fabulously written, I sat and listened to it this afternoon,

What was one of the most memorable moments of As You Wish?
I think myself it was how Declan and Sam interaction with each other, Sam's sister wedding with two best men, very entertaining. Also there's a surprise at the end,

Which character – as performed by Gary Furlong – was your favourite?
Gary Furlong was amazing, his smooth voice set the tone of the whole book, his take on all the characters was astonishing,

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I laugh, I got upset, I also said thank goodness a few times

Any additional comments?
I've never read any of the authors books before, but I will now.I was giving this audible for an honest review, which I have done. It was a joy to listen too.

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  • Lo
  • 04-09-17

A Great Listen

I really liked this audiobook as it had a bit of everything: Angst, Lust, serious moments, really funny moments etc.

Gary Furlong did a great job of narrating and his accents were brilliantly done.

I can't wait to listen to the other books in this series.

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

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mediocre

It was not the best novel. The characters stayed flat and there was no plot. 50% was sex. The narrator, although sometimes great, was droning while reading this novel.

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A different perspective

A different take on the GFY trope. It is well written, intelligent, sexy, and entertaining. I recommend it!

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steamy MM with a twist of suspense

I enjoyed this first book I've read by Isobel Starling. I love MM and this was certainly a hot, steamy read. I liked both characters Sam and Declan. Declan was straight but I loved the way that although he was confused at his strange new attraction to Sam, he didnt dwell on it too much and was open minded that once he accepted his feelings, he went all in with it.
There is obviously a lot more to come with this new relationship and the twist at the end regarding Sam's secrets. I'd definitely like to carry on and find out more.

I listened to audio version, the narrator was good, although sometimes, if I'm being really picky, I would have liked a bit more expression with the English accent, because the Scottish one was wonderful!

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Addictive

I received a free copy of this audiobook for the purpose of an honest review.

The thing that is noticeable the most, right from the moment you start listening to this book is the fact that the narrator was excellently chosen for this project, he really brought the characters to life and complimented the book extremely well.

The story was well written with all the characters in the book likeable and relatable. They all worked well together.

The story takes place in Scotland with a few of the characters having the native accent which is also done very well by the narrator. Even before reaching the end of this title the book grabs hold of you and makes you want to rush to buy the next in the series. It is that addictive.

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great book

One wedding, two best men, one hell of a love story!
keep me listening could not stop good book can't wait for book 2

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as good as the ebook

The story is always 4 or 5 stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook.

The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. It took me a little bit, to come into the narrator, but at the end, it worked. I only have to take a few breaks between. I'm just not yet finish with the book, but I listen enough to give a review.

PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:

5* - very very good
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often re-listening
it's like an A

3* - it's more then a one-time-listening, but not more then twice a year.
it's like a B

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OMG I love this book

First off, Gary Furlong is amazing! it's so great to hear such excellent accents and such a lot of passion and humour.
the book is sweet and funny, hot and heartbreaking and the twist ... wow.
it's a serial rather than a series, but still a HEA. can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.

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Enjoyable first book

Declan and Sam are joint Best Men at their respective brother and sisters wedding at the fairy tale castle on the backs of Loch Ness.
Sam is out and proud, English and just returned from working abroad for his father, whilst Declan is a single straight, grumpy Scotsman, who works for Sam's father in his London office.
Within days Declan discovers a chemistry and attraction with the younger man which is reciprocated and the next 5 days a relationship blossoms until....
Gary Furlong does a great job narrating and his English and Scottish accents are clear and concise.

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  • Belen
  • 31-12-17

Terrific narration

The narration is terrific and Gary Furlong is a pure pleasure to listen to. I really enjoyed his accents, easily distinguishable character voices, the infusion of humor and emotion he puts into his performance, and his great pacing.

I really liked the that there is plenty of humor in the story with both Sam and Declan being quite witty and quippy. I’m also a big fan of The Princess Bride and I loved all the nods and winks to it.

I was less thrilled with the multiple POV changes that were sometimes difficult to follow along with (especially while only listening), and that there wasn’t a single positive female role in the entire story. Also, I was quite honestly a bit baffled by the way the story sort of flips from a fun and funny rom/com to a spy thriller with a tentative HFN and a cliffhanger ending. Even though I was a bit confused by the ending, Furlong’s narration was so good I can see grabbing book two, Illuminate the Shadows, to find out what happens next.

Gary Furlong’s performance is pure entertainment and he is definitely on my narrators to watch to list.

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  • Carra at Making it Happen blog
  • 23-05-17

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!

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  • TinkerMel
  • 29-08-17

Declan and Sam won their way into my heart

Ok I loved this couple. Declan and Sam won their way into my heart. this was a super stoy, and written well.
what happens when a straight man meets a drop dead hunk he has been Emailing back and forth for a year about their siblings wedding? Well at first things don't go well. Declan is straight, and loves a good romp with women, and Sam is a drop dead sexy gay man. the attraction starts to fly, and before you know it, they need each other in that special way.
Very good tasteful sex scenes, and a very well written story line.
this is a great start to a new series. I will add that this is book one. Thankfully this does not end in a cliff hanger, but Isobel, has completely opened up a great story line for the next book! Well done.

Gary Furlong did one hell of a job in this book! He had a very sexy voice, and read well.


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

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  • Nina
  • 17-08-17

So much more than a cute M/M romance

This book went from cute M/M romance with two very likeable characters – one of them of the strong belief to be straight – meeting at a wedding to scorching hot sexual exploration to suspenseful and mysterious in a matter of short hours. I thoroughly enjoyed this story with all its facets. I am a sucker for stories where one character discovers he is actually (at least) bi anyway, but add to that all of the above plus a delicious Scottish accent for one of the characters and passing up the chance to listen to the audiobook was impossible. English is not my native language, but those accents are one of the many reasons I prefer listening in English.

Declan and Sam are brought together through a wedding, both accepting the role of best man. They have been communicating via e-mail to help organizing the wedding and have formed a friendship without ever seeing the other. Their first meeting though still is all but pleasant, neither of them knowing what the other looks like – Sam all smiling sunshine and Declan all broody and grumpy. Still, Sam’s bubbly sunshine personality is wearing Declan down in the end and he has to come to terms with his strong attraction – to a man! Although they are as much opposites as can be, they somehow fit. And Declan discovering his own sexuality – to hell with expectations – with him was delicious to watch. But there’s more to Sam, some underlying sadness we do not get to understand until close to the end. Or do we…? The cunning ending surely provides more questions than answers and makes me crave more. I cannot wait to uncover all their secrets and for them – hopefully – find happiness together!

Apart from the story, I loved the scenery. Although it wasn’t them to get married – watching a wedding in the beautiful highlands of Scotland unfold – kilt and castle included…? Oh my God! Swoon!!

AS YOU WISH was the first narration by Gary Furlong I listened to, and I have to say he did an amazing job! The accents, the different distinctive voices (even the female ones) and accents for the characters, the emotion he made me feel… I loved it all! I’m looking forward to listening to more of his works.

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  • Jan M
  • 17-08-17

So much more than I expected!

This is the first MM book that I have listened to. The genre is a little outside my comfort zone, but the story was very good. I thought the narrator did an outstanding job with the accents and voices for his performance. One could hear the various characters. The book was quite good and is a standalone listen but the ending is open for continuation (not a cliffhanger ending). I loved the unexpected twists the author wrote into this book. I thought the settings for this book were neat and was able to visualize so much due to the author's great descriptions and wording. My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it. I was given this review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely look for more books by the author and narrator.

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  • Dana Piazzi
  • 25-06-17

Sweet story with a surprising twist.

Narration – I have listened to one other book narrated by Gary Furlong before, and I remember liking his voice. In this book, I was really impressed by the accents he is able to produce for the characters. Scottish and British accents are mostly present in this book, but I know he can do others as well. I would not be able to tell what country he lives in or which is his real accent because he does them so well. I will definitely be looking for more books narrated by him.

Story – When I started listening to this audiobook I thought that I was getting a cutesy romance between two men who meet at a wedding. To be fair it is partially that. Declan and Sam started a friendship through emails while helping to plan their sibling’ marriage to each other. When they meet for the very first time, they don’t know each other by looks and things kind of get off on the wrong foot. Declan’s bad day makes him less than kind to the shaggy-haired stranger. It is a lesson that you should treat people nicely because you never know if you will meet again or what the circumstances might be. Sam is easy going and doesn’t let the bad attitude get to him. The two men are as different as night and day. Declan is high strung and Sam is relaxed.

I have to say from the beginning I liked Sam better than Declan because he is just more likable. He is also smart, and adventurous. Declan does grow on me as he figures out his sexuality and learns to ease up, in the arms of Sam. Their romance is sweet as the two characters both love the movie, The Princess Bride. The title of the book hints at it, but the story is full of references to the movie as Declan and Sam talk to each other in movie quotes.I really fell in love with the two of them together. But once the wedding is over they have to go back to their old lives, and though both hope to see each other again, there is a major twist that takes the story to a whole new level. My interest was piqued. I went online after listening to immediately get the second audio, knowing I needed to see where the story will go from the end of this book. Needless to say, I definitely recommend this story, especially the audio version.

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  • Kate M
  • 17-06-17

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."

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  • Kd
  • 28-05-17

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.

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  • Annie The Audible Addict!!!
  • 30-08-17

I LIKED THIS...AND WANT BOOK 2 ASAP!!!

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** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

Declan and Sam!! An unexpected romance!! I thought this was a very sexy little story...and I like these 2 guys together...Sam just stole Declans mind, body and soul...when its right, its right..and the little espionage twistaroo at the end...so unexpected and I liked it!!! I need book 2 asap!!!

Good Listen and a Sexy MM Romance! I RECOMMEND!!!

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  • Christina Wade
  • 02-03-20

Where has Gary Furlong been all my life?

This is a decent start to the series. I thought Declan was demisexual (I’m not a fan of the term GFY) as he built a relationship with Sam via email for almost a year before meeting him which may have led to his physical attraction. It would also explain why his quick hookups have failed.

This did not translate well to audio as there was NO transition in the dialog between characters and was hard to follow without seeing the text. BUT the vocal performer is BRILLIANT, and I downloaded a couple of other books he performs just to listen to him some more!

As a huge fan of The Princess Bride, I loved all the quotes from that movie. Declan and Sam have entertaining banter and the potential for a great romance but with the way the story takes a turn at the end, things are left undone. I’m interested in how things go even though I’m not a fan of Sam’s dad so I’m in for the next book.