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Return to Zero

(Shatterproof Bond #3)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  104 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
The thrilling sequel to "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
Kindle Edition, 344 pages
Published June 2017 by Decent Fellows Press (first published June 6th 2016)
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Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Snark and Dark...

Those two words come to mind when describing this third book in the fantastic Shatterproof Bond series!

Things are getting darker and serious for our lovers. Declan is now a full agent with ALL, but Sir James’ machinations and secrets drive a wedge between him and Sam. Declan and Sam are now partnered together, but Sam is having a difficult time being open with Declan after so many years of working alone. Sam keeps finding the mysterious red cords, not willing to accept what they
3.5 Stars

While I did enjoy the continuation of Declan's and Sam's story in Return To Zero, I didn't enjoy it quite as much asIlluminate the Shadows. I liked it, and I liked that the story actually went somewhere and resolved things, but the journey there just didn't quite catch me like I hoped it would. As with Illuminate the Shadows, suspend your urge to disbelieve as soon as you start reading. This isn't anywhere close to a realistic spy novel, and I don't think it's meant to be.

In Return To
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jeeze the tension was racked up in this instalment to the nth degree and I loved it.

Sam and Declan are still perfectly loved up but now they're on the trail of missing agents and a former enemy who Sam last dealt with three years earlier.

Firmly rooted in Scotland's Cairngorms, this is action packed and still incredibly funny and full of amazingly awesome smexy times between the lovers. There's one scene involving a clearing in the woods and a log that's, well let's just say it'll get your engine

Review soon !
The 3rd book in the series sees our boys together and Declan setting out on his first mission with Sam.
They end up in Scotland investigating a team building company.
The story was good. I was a little surprised at the ending where the bad guy gave himself up too easily but gload that Sam and Declan came through alright.
I will certainly be reading more of this series in the future.
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
This book continues the story of Declan and Sam. It was longer than the previous books and lost me a bit with the whole spy action, during their first mission together. I enjoyed the beginning of their mission but I struggled through the last 25%. I'll probably continue the series by audio, since I enjoyed the narration at previous books.
Ed Davis
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved the first book, liked the second, and thought this one was just ok. As a spy novel it kind of falls flat. I think this series has run dry for me.
Joyfully Jay
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kenna
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

Isobel Starling has written what is fast becoming one of my favorite series. I love Declan and Sam. They’re a sweet and sexy couple. They make me laugh, and they make my heart feel all warm and gushy. A quick rundown here. Declan and Sam met at their mutual siblings’ wedding. Declan had always identified as straight, but was always left feeling unsatisfied. Sam is gay, and he’s also a spy. He’s proficient in many languages, and he’s always on some assignment given
I'm not allowed to review this as I wrote it. If you read the series, thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed Sam and Declan's story. I am planning a short story or novella that will come before the next novel "Powder Burns". I will keep updates on fb and twitter mainly. :-)
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
audiobook review:
"Exciting and Suspenseful!!"
This is the third book in the Shatterproof Bond series and I believe they just keep getting better!
In this volume Sam and Declan get sent on their first mission for A.L.L. to find out what happened to some missing agents but end up in danger themselves.
The romance is sweet, the sex is steamy and the mystery is intriguing. The last encounter with the bad guy is heartbreaking and I will admit I shed quite a few tears ( I shall not elaborate so as not
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard to rate

I wanted to take my time in rating this book. Really wanted express exactly why is dropped to 3 Stars. In book number one both Sam and Declan were this fun loving couple who were falling in love. In book 2 came with the catch and the mystery. Again it was well written and they are in love but book three was long and dragged was thrown in where it did not belong. I felt more hollow from where we started. We got to lost in the words. Now these two trained, intelligent men bot
Mary Mary
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
it was the best book in this series so far and finally there was some plot apart from constant make out sessions.
it was interesting, emotional, sexy and dramatic. I like Sam in general but here I got his first argument with Declan, some spy action and almost death experience which made him so much more interesting.
Skye Blue ☆*~゚ლ(´ڡ`ლ)~*☆
Finally some action.
I like it. Still not pushed over the ledge to loving it.
The bad guy at the end was a little disappointing, but then again not. It sounds like his reaction might be connected to the future.
Glad the guys are starting to go on missions.
Idk why young Declan is still showing up, but I like it.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love it and can't wait for more good book
Alexis Woods
The Shatterproof Bond Series Books 1-3 --These books were provided free from the author in return for an honest review via the Goodreads Don't Buy My Love program.

Reviewer Rant: Book one is available for free via Amazon, and I'd actually picked it up and read it (without reviewing) prior to being provided mobi and pdf versions for review. Imagine my surprise when the copies I'm given are ridiculously edited. The lack of punctuation at the end of dialogue was the greatest offense, followed by od
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***Four Stars for Return to Zero***

Note: This story is part of a serial, and so, while the main plot of this book is resolved, there are continuing storylines that move forward into the next book. This is technically a standalone book, but you will get infinitely more out of it if you read the first two, As You Wish and Illuminate the Shadows, in order to fully understand the story arc and references to previous happenings.

Declan is firmly entrenched into the workings of A.L.L., but there is def
The Novel Approach Reviews
Return To Zero pits Sam against his worst nightmare. An abusive double agent, long thought dead at Sam’s hand, has returned to get his revenge. Little do Sam or Declan understand just how thoughtless and ruthless Sir James can be–until they realize that Sam is to be used as bait to track down the rogue agent. To make matters worse, much as Sam predicted, Declan’s memories of his interrogation at the hands of Sir James have come roaring back, and he makes the horrible assumption that Sam knew all ...more
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 4-stars
Return to Zero is the third book in the series and definitely my favourite so far. The story is gripping and the connection between Sam and Declan is lovely now that the two have got to know each other. I’ve grown to like these two sexy men over the course of the stories. Sam is less of a mystery to me now and I can relate to his character more. I enjoyed their banter and fun times as well as the more serious thrashing out of issues. Yes, the sex is still hot, but their loving has a special edge ...more
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness… *sigh* and *swoon*

Well, I was hoping for some more action and suspense and I definitely got it here in Return to Zero. This story sees Declan learning more about A.L.L.’s inner workings, and eventually he and Sam get to work together on a mission. Before that comes up, we get more background into the agency as well as more about Sam before he met Declan. Most of the first half of the book moves at a relatively sedate pace (or at least what I would consider sedate), and it’s from
Jenn C
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like these two. Yes there is a bit of childishness but for Declan he is still trying to figure out how to live life and definitely figuring how to be in a relationship. And FINALLY there is a mission. Granted this is not a super high quality spy storey it is suspenseful and enjoyable. Declan and Sam and their interaction are the best. Can't wait for the next one!
Book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.

In Return to Zero we meet again with Declan and Sam. After the events from last book they are enjoying peaceful domestic bliss. Or are they? So of course they will get pulled right into action. The blurb says nicely what's going to happen. Anyway best way to see what the book is to read it. :) This is not a standalone books, so first two books should be read before it. If you are looking for a book that is rea
An Audible copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review. All opinions that follow are my own.

Writing: ★★★★
Story: ★★★★★
Characters: ★★★★

Overall: ★★★★ (4.33)


This was a thrilling episode in this series which I very much enjoyed. Unfortunately, I started listening to this right at the start of a massive reading/erotica slump and it took me a month to get through and another to review - in other words, I cannot really provide much detail here. Just this, overall this series
Mari Cardenas ~ Bayou Book Junkie
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review. ***

This book is the second in a series and it needs to be read in order for maximum enjoyment and understanding of the story. You can find my review for the first book and its prequel here.

Sam and Declan's lives have changed a lot from the moment they got together, now that Declan is a full agent and while it's not been all smooth sailing, they'd made do. However, when he finds out he's been kept in the dark about
Fiction  Vixens Blog
Return To Zero is book#2 of the ( Shatterproof Bond Series ) By Isobel Starling , and it's another lovable story. Ms Starling has continued to delight me thoroughly throughout this whole series ,with her writing ability and her style. This story just got stronger has this story evolved ,and the characters just got more lovable ,and their development was quite believable throughout this series . I was so happy that Sam and Declan 's relationship is stronger as ever, it's intense ,sexy, and really ...more
Pam Kay
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given this novel in exchange for an honest review so here it is. Another beautifully written story in the Shatterproof Bond Series. Isobel Starling continues to amaze me in her writing style. The story line is strong, evolving from the first, and the characters are well developed and believable. Declan and Sam's relationship is strong as ever. Hot, Sexy, and Intense. As Sam's father continues to take them into a dangerous mission that could destroy them, their bond is strong and they know ...more
Nov 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
I was given a copy of this book free by the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

This is the third book in a series and should not be read as a standalone. Return to Zero has Sam and Declan continuing their relationship with the added stress of their first mission. In addition, details of Sam’s past come out. When they are sent to investigate a remote Scottish retreat after two previous agents disappeared, the fragility of their new relationship is tested.

I did enjoy seeing more of Sam and
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exciting & Erotic

Fabulously mismatched lovers Sam the Brit (blond on the left) and Declan the Scot (on the right) are back and their tumultuous and fierce relationship gets tested to the bloody core in this weirdly plotted and excruciatingly exciting sequel.

Though it's a bit hard to imagine how quickly formerly and obviously not totally straight Declan has become entwined in this love affair with the openly gay Sam, their banter, and sometimes terribly heart wrenching dialogue, and the circ
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
There were some slow going moments in this book, but it was also contained important scenes for the series. There were questions I had at the end of book 2 that I hoped would be answered in this book. While one was partially answered there are more mysteries to be uncovered. I really can't wait for book 4 to be released on audiobook. Gary Furlong is an amazing narrator.
Mary S
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series just gets better and better

With each book in the Shatterproof Bond series I love Declan and Sam more and more. Isobel Starling once again delivers the suspense, laughs, tears, and love in Return to Zero. And I loved every minute of it. I'll be anxiously waiting for the next book and of course more Declan and Sam.
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Born in Germany, Isobel Starling spent most of her twenty-year professional career making art in Ireland. Now she writes full-time and runs her publishing company, Decent Fellows Press.

The 'Shatterproof Bond' series is an Amazon Gay Romance bestseller. Isobel has just completed her 17th book.

The Shatterproof Bond series is narrated by Gary Furlong. "As You Wish

Other books in the series

Shatterproof Bond (5 books)
  • Top Hat (A Sam Aiken / Shatterproof Bond prequel short)
  • As You Wish (Shatterproof Bond #1)
  • Illuminate the Shadows (Shatterproof Bond, #2)
  • Powder Burns (Shatterproof Bond #5)