Sunday, June 25, 2017

Book Review ~ Counterblow (Shatterproof Bond #4) by Isobel Starling

Book Review ~ Counterblow (Shatterproof Bond #4) by Isobel Starling

Blurb: Counterblow (Shatterproof Bond #4)
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.

4 Stars!

As with the previous books in this series, I really love Declan and Sam and can't help but be engrossed in their relationship. To see Declan trying so hard to take care of Sam as he recovers and works to get back to normal again cemented how much these two really love each other. Sam is not dealing so well with his broken body and it's taking its toll but Declan is doing everything in his power to help him and to be there for him.

I felt as if Counterblow really centered on their relationship and what the future held in store for them. At the same time, I found myself disappointed that time seemed to pass fairly quickly at times and then slowly at other times. We were given glimpses into certain parts of their lives but missed out on parts I personally would've liked to see (their wedding). Things happening off page left me feeling as if I'd missed something while reading.

Secrets and revenge really played big parts in the story and especially in the beginning, I wasn't always confident where things were going. Especially as far as Sam was concerned. There is a scene in which Sam meets someone in the park where I actually thought I might go ballistic. It was hard to read, not knowing if everything would be ruined.

Overall, while I enjoyed the story, As You Wish remains my favorite!

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.***

Author Bio

Born in Germany, 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 towrite and found she loved writing more than making art.
The Shatterproof Bond series is an Amazon Gay Romance bestseller.  Isobel has just completed her eleventh book and signed French and German and Italian, translation and publishing rights deals for the whole Shatterproof Bond series.  The As You Wish translation “Comme Vous Voudrez” is a best seller on Amazon France.  It was released in German in March 2017, and as an audiobook in May 2017.

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