Monday, 2 May 2016

Illuminate the Shadows by Isobel Starling

Illuminate the Shadows by Isobel Starling

Pages: 157
Date: April 25, 2016
Details: #1
            ARC received from author

The blurb:

“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.” 

My thoughts:

Not too long ago I read As You Wish the wonderful and charming prequel to Illuminate the Shadows and thoroughly enjoyed the story. It was very hard not to fall hard and fast for Sam and Declan. So when I heard their story would be continued in a novel length adventure, I was over the moon.

Illuminate the Shadows did not disappoint. Sam and Declan are still as charming and as in love as they were in the first book. These two men are clearly made for each other and it was wonderful to read how much they care. The fact that they’re also incredibly hot together only added to the fun.

But, just like As You Wish, this story was more than ‘just’ two men falling for each other—hard. There’s a constant danger lurking in the background, and even Sam, who’s been up to his neck in the covert operations business for years, doesn’t always know exactly what’s going on. Poor Declan on the other hand is facing a crash course in the business of spying and the dark side connected to Sir James’s practices. Just as well our Scotsman has one or two surprises of his own up his sleeve, even if they are almost as big a shock to him as they are to others.

If you enjoy a story that doesn’t contain a boring paragraph, with two hot protagonists and as many heart-stopping as laugh-out-loud-funny moments— if you like to be swept up in a story you’ll want to finish in one sitting, you should pick this book up. Personally I’m looking forward to the next title, Return to Zero, coming early June.

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About the author:

Inspiration strikes at the strangest of times.  Born in Germany, Isobel Starling spent most of her twenty-year professional career making art.  She relocated to the UK and, faced with the dreaded artist’s creative block, Isobel started to write and found she loved it more than making art.
Isobel’s first novel “Schonling” was a best seller in the GLBT-Bisexual genre on the ‘All Romance ebooks’ site.  She has just completed her sixth book, and signed French translation rights for novella “As You Wish”. 

She adores the M/M genre and enjoys writing about wounded souls and the complexities of personal relationships.  Despite not having found proof yet, Isobel believes in love at first sight and endeavours to give her men a thrilling journey and a satisfying ending!

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