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Counterblow

Shatterproof Bond, Book 4
Narrated by: Gary Furlong
Series: Shatterproof Bond, Book 4
Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
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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.

©2017 Isobel Starling (P)2017 Isobel Starling
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  • Dee Slate
  • 19-10-2017

Wow, love the series

I enjoyed this latest installment! Sam and Declan's relationship has grown, but here, the dynamic has changed - Sam is the one who needs help after he gets injured. The love and care that the men have for each other helps to balance out the darker themes from the villains, especially Sam's father.
As always, Gary Furlong is the voice for this series and I love his character portrayals (Declan sounds dreamy!) and the hot times between Declan and Sam are steamy! The narrative portions are good too.
This is a well written romantic thriller. I am so looking forward to the next one!
Definitely a series worth investing in!

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  • ButtonsMom2003
  • 05-04-2020

Another great book in this series!

After the horrifying events in the previous book, Return to Zero, I couldn't wait to listen to Counterblow. Sam and Declan are adjusting to a new normal while Sam recuperates from the injuries he suffered in the last book. Sam isn't used to needing help from anyone and at first, it's hard for him to accept that he needs help from Declan.

Declan is happy to support Sam but he doesn't want to push too much and upset him. There are more hard times for this pair in this story as Declan wants Sam to face his abductor and they both have to deal with Sam's underhanded father.

As hard as some of the dark things are to listen to in this series, Gary Furlong's excellent performance of the stories has held me captive while listening and the hot sexy time (and Gary's voice) between Sam and Declan help to make up for the pain and suffering these guys go through.

I'm moving on to the next one right away!

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  • Christina Wade
  • 02-03-2020

Wow...Sam is something else!

And we’re off again. Sam’s recovering and Declan’s mothering. Surprisingly, James gave them time off to recover physically and emotionally.

The couple is awesome together privately and has a strong relationship, so they don’t dwell on miscommunication nor do their rows carry on for too long. Sam’s recovery is a bit trying but does make them closer. Declan’s idea to get Sam back in the fray unsettles Sam but it turns out to be exactly what he needed and was the perfect way for Sam to show his brilliance. (I do love hearing them refer to each other as husband.)

James needs to go…and I don’t care who gets rid of him.

Argh! This ends with another cliffhanger!

The vocal performance is perfection. His myriad of accents and voices are brilliant.

Powder Burns is not on audio yet which makes me a little sad because the vocal performance is spectacular. I can’t wait to see how it turns out though, so I’ll have to read it now and listen when it does get released on audio.

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  • Sheri O'Brien
  • 12-12-2019

This is a fantastic series

Love the series, the narration is on point, and Declan and Sam are lovely. My only wish is that book 5 was in audio and that each book didn't end on a mild cliffhanger.

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  • Zinnia Rodriguez
  • 13-11-2019

Shatterproof

received a free copy of the audiobook narrated by Gary Furlong.

This entire series pulled me in. I absolutely loved it. Samuel Aiken and Declan Ramsey are amazing characters. If you have an opportunity to listen to the audiobook version, take it. I highly recommend it. Mr. Furlong brings these characters to life perfectly. Amazing story and series.

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  • G C
  • 30-09-2019

AWESOME SERIES!

Loved it! The narration is always great! The author does a great job with the character builds and plot. I am looking forward to reading the next book! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Debra Guyette
  • 07-09-2019

Sam and Declan are Full of Surprises

Sam is slowly recovering from the events in the Highlands. His injuries require Declan to help him, something Declan is happy to do, but makes Sam unhappy. Both men find themselves dwelling on what happened. Sam wants to know why and who Is behind it while Declan wants to pay Sir James back for his betrayal and for hurting Sam. He sees this to take the chance to even the odds and bring their world back on an even keel.

Wow! Sam still has a few tricks up his sleeve. Declan does as well. Counterblow will leave you with an admiration for the two men and a few cheers for them as well. I cannot wait for the next book, which is coming soon.

It is incredibly easy to fall into the world of Declan and Sam. Gary Furlong’s narration makes the story so incredibly rich and realistic that you feel as if you are there and experiencing exactly what the characters are.

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  • Cat
  • 05-09-2019

I hope this isn't the end.

This is book four of the Shatterproof Bonds series and does need to be read in order. If you haven’t read Top hat now is a good time for that too.
This book takes off and kind of deals a lot with the last book so I won’t do a rundown so I don’t spoil things. This one does a lot of summing things up and sort of tying up some loose ends. But no, it does not conclude the series.
I will say there is a favorite scene in this book that is my favorite in the entire series and that is when Declan and James come to blows…literally. I loved seeing Declan stand up for Sam. (I would love to see a wedding story though perhaps another short? Hint-Hint) There is a new character introduced I would love seeing more of too. Oh, and I cannot wait for the next book!

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  • cheryl_cajun
  • 24-08-2019

Thank you for the audio

Thank you for the audio, I voluntarily give this an honest review. Gary Furlong did a great job on narrating this book. picking up with Sam and Declan. Sam is healing slow but sure with PT he is coming back to his own. 5 months later shows that the two have wed and Declan is calling out Sir James. will he answer the call? this was another great addition to the series.

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  • Starwarslover
  • 19-08-2019

very good

i enjoyed this one.. good narration.. good characters.. good storyline. very interesting and action packed.. it was good writing and good narrating team. i enjoyed this whole series.

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  • Lo
  • 27-10-2017

Another Great Book to this addictive Series

Counterblow is the fourth book in the ever brilliant Shatterproof Bond series, in this book we see how Sam is dealing with things after the events that took place in Return to Zero.

It was great seeing Sam and Declan's roles reversed, with Declan taking care of Sam the best that he can. It just showed how deep their feelings for each other are and how evolved their relationship has become.

As usual Gary Furlong did a great job narrating this book, he is fast becoming one of my favourite narrators.


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

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  • Jackie Thorogood
  • 11-10-2017

Wow Just Wow. Utterly drained. Very entertaining listening

Once again we meet Sam and Declan. Sam becomes broken due to his injuries, I loved how the dynamics change in this book. Can Sam change? Overcome his injuries.
Will the two become settle more in their relationship. I love this Series so very written and thoughtful work out Isobel Starling has given us a fantastic series.
Gary Furlong once again was absolutely brilliant with reading this book. I enjoy his take on the whole series. Will there be more?.
This book was to me so emotional. Very entertaining listening. Highly recommend

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  • Thing
  • 07-02-2020

Cliffhanger

While I enjoy Sam and Declan very much, I am not a fan of cliffhangers. And this is one. I was already having trouble with this installment as there seemed to be a lot of unnecessary information (e.g., the routes either Sam or Declan took to go somewhere, details of rooms etc) and the abrupt ending left me with a bit of a sour taste.

The narrator was as wonderful as always.

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  • Helen
  • 09-08-2019

good book

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.

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  • Claudia CG Lezár
  • 31-07-2019

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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  • S. Brown
  • 30-07-2019

Great Story spoilt by no ending to date?

Up until the last few hours of Counterblow I thought it would end with all questions answered, but we are left hanging. As these books were released almost two years ago I am guessing that the author got bored and was distracted with writing other stories without finishing this series. It's a shame as Sam and Declan deserve an ending, not to be left without closure after all they'd been through.

Despite the above, I did enjoy the series, it was well written and the characters develop over time during the books, and compliment each other. Although I would have appreciated a boxset of these quite short audio books as per Kindle addition, but that didn't stop me once I was hooked on the story. Four credits for what amounts to about 20 hours listening is quite steep for someone who spends a lot on Audio, just saying! Definitely better value to get the Kindle Unlimited additions if that's an option for the reader.

I do recommend this series, and the narrator was well worth it for the Scottish accent, English not so much, inflection got a bit repetitive. Scots sounded authentic to me, but I'm not familiar with local accents, just felt it fit Declan perfectly. I hope that we get an ending eventually for Sam and Declan, very short prequals don't cut it for me, so I didn't spend the credit on Sam's university days!

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  • Annie
  • 26-11-2017

Intrigue, Secrets, Lies and Twists- Just Brilliant

Sam and Declan are recovering from the events in the Highlands. I'm glad the author didn't just sweep Sam's injuries away and have everything okay. It felt natural to hear this couple work through their difficult time and doing it brought them closer together.
Again, there are some very HOT sex scenes in this book, with the addition of a kick ass fight scene and an ingenious interogation. The plot is unfolding in an intriguing way and there are so many unanswered questions. I can't wait for book 5. Bravo!

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  • Mary
  • 30-09-2017

This has everything an M/M Romance thriller needs

I loved this story and once again I was left wanting more.

I loved the fact that after what happened to Sam and Declan in book 3, the author didn't just gloss over what they experienced. You could say this is an inbetween book where scores must be settled before they can move on, and oh my, both Sam and Declan really come into their own and I love them more with each book.

Once again the narration was a delight, with Gary Furlong giving us every nuance of emotion Sam and Declan had during their love scenes. It was smokin' hot at times. Phew!

There is an interigation scene that played like a movie in my head. The narrator pitched it perfectly, and I was on the edge of my seat. This chapter in particular was just so well written and it had all of the elements a great spy thriller needs- and a heart clenching romance. Just brilliant!