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Return to Zero

Shatterproof Bond, Book 3
Narrated by: Gary Furlong
Series: Shatterproof Bond, Book 3
Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Summary

The thrilling sequel to As You Wish and Illuminate the Shadows.

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.

Two agents are missing - presumed dead, while on a reconnaissance mission at an outdoor adventure centre in the Scottish Highlands. Sir James Aiken sends his son and Declan to follow the trail, and discover the fate of the agents.

As the mission offers his first chance to use the skills he learned on the MI6 training course in Morocco, Declan is keen to get started. However, Sir James sees to it that the seeds of doubt and discord have been sewn between the couple as they begin their mission.

The journey to their Highland location, and the discoveries they make when they reach the G'wan Adventures center, prove that Sir James Aiken has been less than honest with his son. Events in the Highlands force Sam and Declan to face their greatest fears, and understand what they both really want from life - and from each other.

©2016 Isobel Starling (P)2017 Isobel Starling

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  • Lo
  • 17-10-17

Addictive Series!!!

In Return to Zero Sam and Declan are back and their relationship is better than ever, though now they have the added stress of their first joint mission.

With each book in this series I love Declan and Sam and their story even more. As usual this book has humour, suspense, action, intrigue, romance and HOT sex. ;)

Gary Furlong continues doing a great narrating this series and adding life to it.

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

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I’m loving this series

Sam and Declan romance is full swing. They now start to work with each other on their first mission. But things start to change .
I like how Isobel Starling has put so much detail to series. Her characters are once again beautifully worked out, flaws and all.
Gary Furlong reads with all his heart into it. Characters voices he was outstanding.
Now off to listen to the next book in the series. Fantastic very entertaining listen.

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  • Helen
  • Paignton
  • 09-08-19

good book

This story is good Sam and Declan's connection deepens and solidifies through hardship- leading to some really inventive sex scenes.

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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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  • Annie
  • United Kingdom
  • 26-11-17

An Emotional Rollercoaster. Hold On Tight

Sam and Declan are on their first mission, while also testing the boundaries of their relationship. This was a delicately balanced story and was the most thriller based of the series so far. I LOVE the way this is heading. Sam and Declan's chemisty is off the charts and Gary Furlong emotes them so well. There are some really kinky sex scenes in this audiobook and he really gets into reading them, which makes it way hotter.
This book had me laughing, aching and crying. It was such a great story.
I want more!

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Rivetting! A Heart Bursting Listen.

Return to Zero has everything you want from an M/M Romance Thriller.

Sam and Declan are sent on their first real mission, but of course Sam's dastardly father Sir James Aiken (Whom I HATE) has not been honest about the nature of the mission.

God. This story had me on the edge of my seat. Sam and Declan's connection deepens and solidifies through hardship- leading to some really inventive sex scenes.
I LOVE these guys together.
And the ending, WOW, it nearly broke me. I am just so relieved there is another audiobook to go on to.

Gary Furlong's narration was smothered with feelings. He pitched it all so perfectly that I felt like I was there in the Highlands with Sam and Declan.

This series is a MUST HEAR for M/M Romance lovers.

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  • hussfan
  • 19-09-19

Thrilling continuation to the adventure

I enjoyed this installment in the adventures of Sam and Declan. Plot thickens and the twists and turns in the mystery and in Sam and Declan's relationship kept me on the edge of my seat. By the end of this book, I had to listen into the night, unable to stop, and conclusion makes me want to start the book 4 right away. Narrator did an amazing job, his narration made this a perfect listening experience. Can't wait to listen to Counterblow and find out what's next for these characters.

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  • Debby
  • 07-09-19

Keeps You on the Edge of Your Seat

Declan Ramey’s life has changed dramatically since falling in love with his boss’s son Samuel Aiken. Now the two are being sent on a mission. Two agents are missing, presumed dead. Sam and Declan are to ascertain what happened and complete the reconnaissance of G’wan Adventure centre in the Scottish Highlands. But Sir James makes it hard on them as he once again sows discord between the two and leaves a few interesting and vital facts out of his briefing. It does not take long before the two are in a fight for their lives. They soon realize they would do anything to for each other. But first they have to survive.

Return to Zero will have you on the edge of your seat. You will not be able to believe what is happening. Betrayal and danger become the name of the game as these two fight for their lives and their relationship. Sir James once again has left out a few facts and the are paying the price. Fortunately, Sam and Declan are resourceful and hope that fact will keep them alive. This series is excellent. Neither Sam nor Declan are perfect which is what makes the series even more perfect.

Gary Furlong once again does an excellent job of bringing these two to life. You feel as if you are there based on the realism of his reading. He is one narrator I shall be looking for as he is fast becoming one of my favorites.

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  • Cat
  • 05-09-19

I have no nails! so exciting and twisted

This is book three of the Shatterproof Bonds series and man, I didn’t believe this could get more twisted or even better.
As Declan is thrown deeper into his new life and thinks he is gonna like this change, James tosses more obstacles and plants more seeds of doubt causing him to wonder more and more about his relationship with Sam. They are sent on a mission to find some missing agents and find more than they bargained for.
OMG! I sat on the edge of my seat and screamed out loud at the near end. I just knew this was going to be a cliff hanger, but it was not (for those of you that truly dislike cliffhangers rest assured there is a conclusion for this adventure.)
This story just gets better and more twisted. When you think you have things figured out… nope. I just love these two guys and the father that makes you want to smack him around.
Again I do suggest the audiobook because the accents just add to the entire ambiance.

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  • cheryl_cajun
  • 24-08-19

Thank you for the audio

Thank you for the audio, I voluntarily give this an honest review. Gary Furlong did a great job narrating this series. this book was packed with action, Declan is willing to do anything for the man he has fallen for, even go against the one man that stands in their way Sam's father. but when trickery and deceit is one man's plan what happens when the one you love is hurt. this was another great book.

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  • Starwarslover
  • 17-08-19

interesting

i enjoyed this.. this series is action filled and intriguing.. keeps me curious and on my toes.. the narrator does a good job keeping that suspense up. and keeping me into the story. very good

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  • Waleska Floyd
  • 13-08-19

I Will Always Come For You

Return to Zero is book 3 in the highly addictive and entertaining Shatterproof Bond Series by Isobel Starling.

"This is true love. Think this happens every day?"

In this book, Sam and Declan friendship , relationship, trust and love endures some very serious tests and folks, it was heartbreaking and very emotional.

Yet, we are talking about Wesley and Buttercup and with them love always comes first.

“There is no room in my body for anything, but you”

Gary Furlong narration deserves an standing ovation for his magnificent performance.

"Buttercup: We'll never survive! Westley: Nonsense, you're only saying that because no one ever has."

I am undeniable and utterly obsessed with this book series and from it's main characters.




I received an 🎧audio code🎧from the author for my listening pleasure and am leaving my unbiased and voluntary review.

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  • Dennis Crotts
  • 12-08-19

So much better than book 1 or 2

Have to admit I was shocked in the difference in the writing of this book and book 1 and 2. There was no time gaps and from the beginning to the end you was on a trip of your life and you was able to see the feelings Declan and Sam grow thru good times and bad.
The storyline seem more at ease and not rushed as if you was part of the story not a person just listening to the story. Again the narrator was splendid and his ability to carry and bring each ever character alive and never miss the right type or expression of these characters. By the end you felt you knew the characters so much better and you was part of their lives.

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  • Tina Arnold
  • 01-08-19

Be Careful What You Wish For

Was so anxious to start this book after finishing book 2. Again I want to note the superiority of the author an the narrator. This book was action packed and the pace of the story seemed to be at full throttle. There were more accents in this story for Gary to do and he was masterful with them all. As mentioned by other reviewers this book was a lot darker. Declan has been highly successful in his MI6 training and he is itching to get to work. If he knew what was coming he would not have been so anxious. There was a lot more angst in this story between Sam and Declan. They love each other and are committed but they are fighting with each other for the first time. They are struggling to keep on solid ground in their relationship because of all the secrets that surround them. Oh and then there is the Big Bad just around the corner that is threatening to kill Sam. This book had nail biting moments but with a highly satisfying end that sets up the next story. On to book 4.... Highly recommend this series!

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  • S. Kennedy
  • 29-07-19

Review of books 2-4

I'm reviewing books 2-4, Illuminate the Shadows, Return to Zero, and Counterblow, altogether because I listened to the audio books back to back and it's a continuing story. I read the ebook for book 1 a while back and was looking forward to continuing this story when I was presented with the opportunity to listen to the audio books. The approximately 12 hours of revisiting with Declan and Sam was so worth it. I already loved Sam and Declan's love story, but Gary Furlong really brought the characters to life for me. The voices he used for each character was perfect and he captured the emotions of every scene perfectly. Isobel Starling created this terrific world of secrets, espionage and mystery and plopped a beautiful romance down in the middle of it. Declan gives up an takes on a new life in order to build a life with Sam. I can't say much about the story without adding spoilers so I'll just say these are a must read and I can't wait to see where the story heads to next.

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  • Trio
  • 24-06-19

Best Episode Yet, Gary Furlong is Spectacular!

If you haven’t yet experienced the wonderful writing of Isobel Starling, the Shatterproof Bond series is a great place to start. Ms. Starling is an incredibly talented writer, and in addition to the intriguing and creative story, I guarantee you‘ve never met a couple quite like Sam and Declan! These two have amazing chemistry, and when you add in the mystery and the drama, it’s a guaranteed great time.

For me, the only thing that could make me enjoy it more? When I’ve got the sensual, sweet, and sexy sounds of Gary Furlong’s voice purring in my ear! Isobel Starling, read by Gary Furlong… it doesn’t get any better than this.

Return to Zero takes full advantage of Mr. Furlong’s talent with accents and voices. I’m always impressed by Furlong’s skill, but when Sam and Declan go undercover his performace blew me away! Moving within conversations between our heros, as well as their undercover counterparts, and using four completely different accents… Well, he is simply spectacular.

In Return to Zero Sam and Declan face some unique and trying challenges to their relationship. The men realize they have to open up and show they can trust each other before they can move forward - both as lovers and as partners. We also get some more history about both men, information about their lives which prove very interesting indeed.

The mystery portion of the Shatterproof Bond story continues to deepen (and we get even more details of Sir James’ dastardly behavior). Looking forward to the next episode of this series, I have no doubt I’m going to enjoy whatever Isobel Starling has planned.


An audiobook copy of Return to Zero, Shatterproof Bond #3 was provided to me by the author for the purpose of my review