🌟 Please join me in welcoming author Isobel Starling to Stories That Make You Smile! Isobel is here today sharing excerpts from the first four books in the thrilling Shatterproof Bond series as we approach the release of book 5, Powder Burns. She’s generously brought along a special, exclusive excerpt from book 3, Return to Zero, and a fabulous giveaway! If you haven’t already discovered this popular series, read on and immerse yourself in the world of Sam and Declan! 🌟
Shatterproof Bond Series by Isobel Starling
1 wedding, 2 best men, one hell of a love story!
Publisher: Decent Fellows Press
Cover Artist: Isobel Starling
As You Wish (book #1): 222 pages / Aug. 28, 2015
Illuminate the Shadows (book #2): 260 pages / May 9, 2016
Return to Zero (book #3): 344 pages / June 16, 2016
Counterblow (book #4): 253 pages / May 26, 2017
Heat Rating: Adult
Pairing / Genre(s): M/M Romance Thriller
As You Wish
WINNER OF THE 2018 AUDIOBOOK REVIEWER AWARD FOR ROMANCE
1 wedding, 2 best men, one hell of a love story!
Declan Ramsay was set to be best man at his brother’s wedding in Scotland, sharing best man duties with the bride’s gay kid brother Sam. Sam was abroad finishing his studies so the best men communicated by email for more than a year and wouldn’t meet for the first-time until a few days before the wedding.
But on meeting Sam Aiken, Declan is surprised to see he isn’t a kid at all, but a striking, athletic blond man with gorgeous green eyes and a wicked sense of humor. Declan is 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 Sam Aiken all he appears to be?
Also available in paperback and as an award-winning audiobook, narrated by Gary Furlong.
Illuminate the Shadows
A Scotsman and an Englishman fall in love…
After the most amazing week of his life, at Dunloch Castle on the banks of Loch Ness, in Scotland. The charming, mysterious Samuel Aiken has turned Declan Ramsay’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.
Return to Zero
Life takes a darker turn for Sam and Declan…
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 centre, 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.
True love comes at a cost…
After the devastating events in the Scottish Highlands, Sam and Declan have moved on to a new, deeper level in their romance. Their commitment to each other is unquestionable; however, there are plenty of questions that need answering about other aspects of their lives, and those who sought to end them.
Sam is trying his best to deal with the day to day frustrations of his injuries. He’s completely dependent on Declan for everything and hates the way the scales have tipped in their relationship. Although he’s officially on leave, Sam’s mind cannot stop replaying all that happened to him and questioning why, and who is behind it all.
Declan’s relief at having Sam home throws him into house-husband mode. He’s happy to take the reins and care for his partner, however, beneath the surface Declan cannot help but be drawn back to how he felt in the Highlands, and how they were betrayed by a man who was supposed to have their back. Declan had promised Sir James Aiken that he would pay if he hurt Sam, and now Declan has to decide how he can deliver his payback and put his and Sam’s world back on an even keel.
In a deep, sexy Scottish drawl Declan said: “Open up fer me.” Sam’s lips parted in anticipation, and Declan leaned in and drew Sam’s plump lower lip between his own and sucked.
The rasp of beard against his soft skin made Sam’s whole body shudder with need. And as Declan’s tongue pushed into Sam’s mouth, his slick fingers teased, circled, and then after several minutes pushed into Sam’s asshole. Sam’s body erupted with desire, and for a moment he forgot all about his injuries, focusing instead on that hot, wet tongue probing his mouth and the thick, long, fingers in his ass, mirroring the darting, swirling movements of Declan’s tongue. Sam whimpered with the headiness of the throbbing sensation in his groin and was hard in an instant. His awkward left hand grabbed for his shaft and began slow languorous strokes to match the rhythm of finger and tongue. Sam could feel Declan’s cock swelling as he rocked it lazily against his hip. Declan moaned into Sam’s mouth, and it was one of those filthy wanton sounds that made Sam’s heart cartwheel in his chest. They kept the rocking, probing rhythm up for several minutes before Declan pulled his fingers out and reached for a love egg.
This particular make of love egg had been specially designed for men. It had an extra long cord attached that was to be wrapped around cock and balls acting like a cock binding, and then the egg could be slipped inside and not disappear further into the body.
“It feels like nothing’s there,” Sam exclaimed, sounding a little disappointed when Declan pushed the love egg up his ass. In his clean hand Declan held the remote control. The settings were one to five for the intensity of vibration. He sat back on his heels; fixed Sam’s gaze, and then pressed the ‘on’ button.
Sam’s hips shot up, and his cock stood to attention. “Fuuuhhhhhk,” the sound came out in a strangled exhalation of breath. His head dropped back onto the pillow as if his neck bones had turned to jelly and his expression was fixed in a near cross-eyed, slack-jawed embodiment of pleasure. Declan turned the device off, but Sam could still feel his prostate fizz and throb delightfully.
“Jeeeesus, that’s so—fucking—intense.” He could hardly form the words. ”What setting’s it on?”
“Umm… Five.” Declan chuckled guiltily.
“You bastard,” Sam hit out, striking Declan’s chest with a slap. “Are you trying to give me a fucking heart attack?” He scolded. The sensations in Sam’s groin and balls made his cock ooze a dribble of sweet, clear pre-cum and on seeing it Declan leaned down to lick it up. The action stopped Sam’s brain in its tracks, and he forgot why he was whingeing. He held Declan’s head on his dick “Yeah. That’s it, take it all the way down.” he moaned. Declan did as he was told and opened his throat to accommodate Sam’s slender shaft for long, deep sucks. Then Sam grabbed a handful of Declan’s unkempt hair and dragged Declan’s mouth off him. Declan’s eyes sparkled wickedly and he panted breathlessly. His parted lips were wet, pink, and engorged.
“Turn around. Yo quiero comer tu culo”, Sam commanded.
It was a tone that Declan hadn’t heard in quite a few months, and the sound of Sam speaking Spanish made a dart of lust flare. Bemused, he did as he was told and presented his ass. Sam’s one good hand roamed over the tautly muscled cheeks, and then he leaned in and sank his teeth into Declan’s flesh.
“Aggghfjkj” Declan roared. “Yer no’ supposed te take it that literally,” He complained.
“The interpretation is for me to decide, loverboy,” Sam said, and then kissed over the bite. He continued kissing until his face was buried between Declan’s musky cheeks.
☆ Exclusive Excerpt ☆
Return to Zero (book #3) – Role Play Sex Scene
Sam pulled on his beanie hat and winter coat. He opened the front door, paused, and listened. All was silent in the Stewart cabins. He gestured with a nod that the coast was clear and snuck out. Sam stayed close to the cabin wall and made his way around the back and into the woods. Intrigued, Declan followed.
The night sky had cleared and was now illuminated by a large, silver, full moon in a cloudless starry sky. They made their way in silence through the trees. Declan noted that the enclosing darkness seemed to make the scents in the woods somehow stronger. He smelled damp earth, fragrant foliage, fresh pine, and occasionally the strong ammonia scent of animal piss. Declan estimated they had been walking for ten minutes before Sam stopped suddenly, and he barreled into his back.
“What the fuck are we doin’ here?” Declan said in a stage whisper, frustrated at seeing they had stopped in a silent, moonlit clearing. He had no idea why he was whispering – they were in the middle of a forest, on a chilly night, and there was not a soul for miles.
Sam turned, and his body pressed to Declan’s. The moonlight caught his green doe-eyed gaze. “Sorry, you had to sit through that orientation alone, sir. It appears I’ve been a naughty… naughty boy.”
Declan knew that look all too well. It was the spark to his touch paper, and the look set him aflame every damn time. His once scowling mouth hitched to a knowing, lecherous smile. Their eyes locked for a moment of mutual lustful consideration and Declan’s heart skipped a beat. Sam Aiken worked him like a puppet, and Declan could do nothing, but surrender and play along.
“Really, I just can’t find good staff these days,” He said in Richard Eaton’s arrogant posh British accent. “You are very lucky I’m a forgiving boss, or you’d be out on your ear Darling.”
“Yes, sir, thank you, sir.”
Dick glared at his inept employee and tutted disdainfully. “And now what should I do with you?”
“I need to be punished sir,” William Darling said. Declan’s eyes widened with interest.
“And how do you suggest I do that?”
Sam unzipped Declan’s parka coat, and then unbuckled Declan’s belt and drew it from around his narrow hips. He handed the long brown leather belt to Declan, whose expression was one of intrigue. Sam removed his own winter coat and laid it over the thick low bough of a half fallen ancient oak tree. He returned to Declan and presented his wrists.
Declan met Sam’s eyes in understanding and held his gaze while he wrapped the leather belt around Sam’s wrists and pulled tight. Sam’s eyes took on that glassy aroused look that always made Declan’s cock stir and awaken in his pants. Declan tugged on the leash and Sam slammed forwards into Declan’s hard chest.
“You have been a naughty, naughty boy” Dick scolded, and then his mouth pressed hard and unforgiving to Darling’s. Darling expelled a muffled moan of protest in the kiss and writhed in his boss’s arms. Then, he was led to the low branch where his coat was spread out, and, submissively, he bent over it. The bough creaked a little but took his weight. Dick then gathered the remaining length of the belt and tied it around Darling’s ankles, pulling his hands and feet together.
Sam’s abdomen was taking all of his weight. His breath hitched. He was not expecting this extra binding, and a shrill of illicit delight ran through his body. Declan had just earned himself extra blowjob points for showing such initiative.
Meet the Author
Isobel Starling spent most of her twenty-year professional career making art in Ireland. She relocated to the UK and, faced with the dreaded artist’s creative block, Isobel started to write and found she loved writing more than making art.
Isobel now writes full time, and loves writing Thrillers, Comedy, and Fantasy. In nearly six years she has written nineteen books, released twelve audiobooks and has translations of most titles in French, German and Italian.
“As You Wish” (Shatterproof Bond#1) narrated by Gary Furlong won the Audiobook Reviewer Award for Romance 2018. It is the first M/M Romance audiobook to win a mainstream audiobook award.
Win a Shatterproof Bond Art Zine. This limited edition glossy zine features artwork of the main characters, Sam and Declan, by a host of artists the author commissioned, and art by the author herself:a Rafflecopter giveaway