Monday, May 9, 2016

ARC Review: Illuminate the Shadows (Shatterproof Bond, #1) by Isobel Starling

The thrilling, funny sequel to 'As You Wish'.

A Scotsman and an Englishman fall in love…

After the most amazing week of Declan Ramsay's life, at Dunloch Castle on the banks of Loch Ness, in Scotland. The charming, mysterious Samuel Aiken has turned Declan's life upside down. Declan has experienced a remarkable change. He has come to terms with the fact he is bisexual, and he has fallen head-over-heels in love with his boss’s son Sam. However, falling for his boss’s son was never going to be an easy path to happiness, mainly because the boss in question is multi-millionaire property tycoon and former MI5 operative, Sir James Aiken.
 Sir James is repulsed by his son’s homosexuality, and so discovering that his employee Declan Ramsay- the man he installed to run his luxury property rental empire- is in a relationship with Sam, does not go down well.

The lovers cannot hide from the looming presence of Sir James Aiken for long! Soon enough James makes his move, and Declan finds out what he will have to endure to stay with Sam, and what he will have to give to feel worthy of Sam's love.

Jewel's rating:

If you've read As You Wish, then you know it was a fun little romp in the Scottish Highlands with an odd little twist, at the end. And while the author does a really good job of catching the reader up, in case they haven't read As You Wish, I'd suggest reading it, anyway. It will help set the flavors of the characters and, as I mentioned, it's a fun little story.

Illuminate the Shadows picks up pretty much where As You Wish leaves off and takes off running. Declan has been brought up to speed (sort of) on what his lover, Sam, really does for a living and that Declan will be brought into the fold. And after a rather grueling, and unexpected, interview process Declan gets a new company ID. Other than that, his day job remains fairly unchanged. For the moment.

There's all kinds of cloak and dagger stuff in this story. Is it believable? Oh, hell no, not in the least, so just suspend your urge to disbelieve at the first page and just go with it. You'll be better off and have more fun, guaranteed. Also, while there are a whole lot of threads introduced in this story, the progression doesn't really go that far. It looks to mostly be set up for the next book, which will be out in June. And I am looking forward to getting my questions answered and see where the author is going to take those threads.

Also, I'd be remiss if I failed to mention just how hot the sex was! Holy hell, the book starts with the aftermath of a blowjob and just keeps going. And there are jock straps and sexy underwear and a whole lot of naked playtime. And, I'm happy to report that Declan is getting quite comfortable with his ravenous desire of Sam. PDA and telling friends and family take a bit, but give him time and I'm sure these two will be snogging down at the local pub.

And please note that this story is not finished. Our boys do get a strong HFN here, but we'll have to wait a little longer for their HEA. I strongly suspect we'll get that when Return to Zero is released in June. Stay tuned, folks!

ARC of Illuminate the Shadows was generously provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

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