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An Englishman and a Scotsman go into a bar…



I’d like to introduce you to my characters, Sam Aiken and Declan Ramsay.  These men have given me many sleepless nights and inflamed the RSI in my fingers as I write their stories, but I am hooked, and the pleasure these stories have given readers is worth the sleeplessness and sore hands.


My plan for the Shatterproof Bond series was to write a contemporary thriller series with gay protagonists who are in an intense relationship.  I want this series to be accessible to readers no matter their orientation.  We all understand the need to find that someone to be our true selves with, and on this journey with Sam and Declan, it is what they discover in one another’s arms.  I added a disdainful, homophobic father in the character of Sir James Aiken- who is also Declan’s boss.  And for Sam and Scotsman Declan, I have written them a painfully sweet love story with, action, adventure, and sizzling sex scenes.  I like to write in multiple points of view so the reader can see through the eyes of both Sam and Declan.  The results have been a delightful surprise and, just like me, readers are hooked. bestseller “As You Wish” is the first book in the Shatterproof Bond series.  Sam and Declan meet at their sibling’s wedding at a Scottish castle.  Declan’s life before his brother’s wedding at Dunloch Castle had been in free fall.  Professionally, the thirty-two-year-old Scotsman was ahead of the game.  He was high powered professional, working for Aiken Luxury Lettings, (A.L.L) where he managed father of the bride, Sir James Aiken’s London property portfolio.  However, privately, Declan’s life was a mess.  He was a moody serial dater, commitment-phobic, and his relationships lasted only a few months.  The fact his younger brother was to be wed before him, made Declan feel like a failure.  He wondered what was wrong with him and if he would spend his life alone.


Sam Aiken, James’s twenty-three-year-old son, had been in the Middle-East studying Linguistics and interpreting for his father’s foreign property deals.  Declan’s only contact with Sam before the wedding was through email and the two became friends.  However, the first meeting does not go well.  And spending time with the blond, slender, playful, Sam Aiken, Declan cannot deny his compulsive attraction.  Swiftly Sam Aiken becomes everything Declan never knew he wanted.  His best friend, lover, and sidekick.  Declan soon finds out that Sam Aiken is not who he appears to be, and lost in love, he can only give himself to fate if he wants to be with Sam.


Gripping and Glorious Storytelling.

“Maybe because I have a partly Scottish background, this story fascinated me from the start.  With just the right balance of humour, tension and magnificent lovemaking this book will keep you reading non stop until the end, leaving you hungry for the next book in the series – can’t wait!” –Drew Kirkpatrick, Review


The Shatterproof Bond series currently consists of four books, “As You Wish,” “Illuminate the Shadows,” “Return to Zero” and “Counterblow.”  There will be two more books in the series.  The series has been picked up for translation and publication by Juno Publishing France, Deadsoft Verlag in Germany and Quixote Edizioni in Italy.  The French version of “As You Wish” (Comme Vous Voudrez) became a best seller on Amazon France when it was released in December 2016.


I am a huge fan of audiobooks, and so it was really important for me to have this series in audio.  I have just released the audiobook of “As You Wish” narrated by Irish voice artist Gary Furlong.  Gary has an amazing range of accents and is not afraid to give his all to the performance of the graphic sex scenes I love to write—you will hear just how much he gets into it in the second audiobook “Illuminate the Shadows” which comes out on the 16th June!


So if you want to find out what happens when the Englishman and Scotsman go into the bar, you’ll have to pick up the books and find out what all the fuss is about!


©Isobel Starling 2017





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 to write 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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