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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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    Jackie Thorogood 26/08/2017 Member Since 2017

    I'm disabled this is why I read and listen to so many books,

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lo 04/09/2017
    Lo 04/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "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.”

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emma Jane 11/07/2017
    Emma Jane 11/07/2017
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    "Super hot romance! "

    I absolutely loved this book. And fell in love with both Sam and Declan. I have to say I hated Sam's father.

    The narrator for this book wow. I absolutely loved his Scottish accent and he really brought the characters to life. I highly recommend this book to anyone that love this genre of book!

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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 3 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!

    3 of 3 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 2 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 2 people found this review helpful
  • sheryl beauchemin
    Rochester, NY
    30/08/17
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    "GREAT, BUT FOUND WANTING… NEEDS MORE H/H DEPTH"
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    What a great story. I think they fell in love through their months of personal emails. Too bad I didn’t get a glimpse into that. I wanted to have their past written conversations interwoven with present interactions and revelations. Declan and Sam had an unusual mingling of lives when they were both asked to serve as best man. Sam was outwardly Gay while Declan was consistently disappointed with relationships with women and admittedly no interest in them. This disinterest had not yet rung any bells until his growing attraction to Sam. He finally concluded, “Why not give Sam a shot?”
    I was surprised that DeClan didn’t struggle much against his longtime belief that he was straight.

    The book ends with a soft cliffhanger after entering into the past and present relationship between Sam and his father. Sam seemed so happy and free in the beginning but I left him with a broken, sad soul. Sam and DeClan ended the book equals in vulnerability but for different reasons.

    Hope to learn more about their year before their face-to-face and how DeClan will be there to support Sam and how Sam will help DeClan find his lifestyle.

    Now… Gary Furlong… A favorite. He’s a mater of voice and proved his accent talents yet again.

    Giving it Both My Thumbs Up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • anne
    Phoenix, AZ, United States
    30/08/17
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    "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!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • TinkerMel
    So Cal
    29/08/17
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    " 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    29/08/17
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    "Wonderful"
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    This audiobook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. This was wonderful. The self discovery in this story was well done. A very engaging sweet love story. The castle back drop was enchanting. The narration was great, the accents were amazing, hot and added character to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DK
    COLCHESTER, VT, United States
    29/08/17
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    "As You Wish and Lovely Narration"


    🏰 As You Wish is about 2 men, both in a wedding party. They do not know one another until they are asked to be in the wedding. They get to know each other via email as they plan wedding activities. Declan is a Scotsman who has been dating women he has met on the Internet. Sam travels to undesirable countries helping the less fortunate.

    When they met each other Declan decides, without much thought, to have an affair with Sam. They (along with the rest of the wedding party) are staying on the premises of an ancient Scottish castle. This provides the backdrop for Declan in Sam's affair.

    The author writes detailed sex scenes… The story of the wedding comes and goes pretty quickly and we return to more sex scenes. Mostly revolving around them spouting double entendres from their favorite movie.

    The plot thickens with less than one hour of listening time remaining. Sam and his conflict with his father. Sam's father is Declan's boss. If I didn't know this was part of the trilogy I would have been upset about the ending, as several (and the most prominent) things are left unfinished. Keep that in mind if you choose to purchase this book.

    It was a bit unnerving to me how Declan did not seem to struggle very much with his instant attraction and follow through to another man – his first gay experience. A minor quibble was the amount of times the author use the word 'bark' in reference to Declan. :-)

    I enjoyed the narration by Gary Furlong. He has a sexy Scottish brogue.

    Warnings: Explicit descriptions of sex, some strong language. This is intended for mature audiences only.

    *I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neta_BER
    27/08/17
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    "Not reading this book in inconceivable!"
    What made the experience of listening to As You Wish the most enjoyable?

    I loved the narrator, he is one of my favorites and has an amazing range of accents, from push snobby British to rough and sexy Scottish. I personally really like Highland historical romance and while this book does not fit that genre it still hade the magic and vibe of it, in the setting of the Scottish castle on the shores of Loch Ness. Did I mention the kilts? There are KILTS! Sexy, mouthwatering men in kilts- say no more, I am sold on this book already!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of As You Wish?

    The twist at the end, I did not see that coming at all! And I see myself as quite book savvy if I can say so myself. It brought a whole new dimension to the story and now I am anxiously waiting to read the next two.


    What about Gary Furlong’s performance did you like?

    He is so talented, nails accents and tones of voice so well, he made this book come to life, especially with it being in a setting where accents are such a key part of the characters.


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

    When Sam and Declan find they have something in common, it was a running gag in the book and an emotional bond between them. I will not tell what it is so I will not spoil it for anyone but it was sweet, and funny and fit every part of the story beautifully(hint is in the title of my review and the name of the book).


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great friend-to-lovers/ enemies-to-lovers book that just hit the spot for me! It was all my favorites: an ongoing friendship that turns out to be more, great puns, fantastic backstory and setting in the Scottish Highlands, a sexy relationship and great banter between the characters. The story was sweet and romantic but had a thrilling suspenseful ending that made me crave more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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