Wednesday, June 22, 2016

As You Wish by Isobel Starling

One wedding, two best men, one hell of a love story!

Declan Ramsay's brother Oliver was marrying Annabelle Aiken at a fairy tale castle on the banks of Loch Ness in Scotland. The bride and groom decided, so that he didn't feel left out, that Annabelle's gay younger brother could share the best man duties with Declan.

Declan had never met the kid who was to be his joint best man. Sam Aiken was abroad, working as an interpreter and finishing his studies. He wouldn't meet Declan until a few days before the wedding, so the best men communicated and planned their speech by email for more than a year. But on meeting Sam Aiken, Declan is surprised to realize the kid isn't a kid at all, but a tall, blond and athletic young man. Declan is sure he's straight, so he's alarmed by the ferocious attraction he feels for Sam. And as the attraction is reciprocated, the events at Dunloch Castle change everything Declan has ever believed about himself. But, is Samuel Aiken all that he appears to be?

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Book 0.5
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

If you're a Princess Bride fan, undoubtedly you get the gravity of the title. Declan and Sam are the best men at their siblings’ wedding, after spending a year emailing one another before they met in person. Now I could go into great detail, but I won't spoil the story.

Charming. Witty. Endearing. Funny. Sweet yet smoking hot. I was thoroughly entertained, while wearing a smile on my face, from page one until the end. This was a lusty, angsty novella, which set up a greater story arch. Truth be told, I was quite satisfied with the ending, finding it a resolution I was happy with, even if it was open-ended to allow for more in the series.

As You Wish is a MM contemporary romance set in a castle during a wedding, setting up a series, which, judging by the ending, will be more about intrigue. So in a way, that is a tiny bit of a bait and switch, but I'll save my judgement on that until I review the next in the series.

I felt the writing style to flow fluidly, the humor was witty instead of over-the-top, and the push-pull banter was a delight to read. My only complaint was the blatant overuse of exclamation points. Some instances it totally baffled me why the sentence was ending as if it was being shouted at me from the page. !!! is when you shout, are outraged, or extreme excitement. One paragraph had 5 !!!!! – as I said, it baffled me and pulled me from the story. (I'll shut up now!) <= no, I wasn't yelling. That's how bizarre it was for me. LMAO.

I highly recommend As You Wish to fans of MM romance, finding it the perfect mix to entertain for a few stolen moments with your Kindle. I eagerly await more stories by Isobel Starling.

What a delicious, sensual and erotic tale. Two men brought together due to joint best man duties discover an unexpected attraction. Some of the scenes, which are fundamentally innocent, are so erotic that I had to remember to breathe. I loved the film quotes, the ease with which they recognise the attraction; delicious. The ending is cunning and I really do hope that Ms. Starling gives us more of this couple's journey.

Inspiration strikes at the strangest of times.

Isobel Starling spent most of her professional career making Art. But, when faced with the dreaded Artist’s creative block, she started to write and found she loved it more than making Art.

Isobel enjoys writing about wounded souls and the complexities of personal relationships- primarily in the genres of contemporary and Fantasy M/M Romance.

Despite not having found proof yet, Isobel believes in love at first sight, and she endeavors to give her characters a thrilling journey and a satisfying ending!

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of As You Wish (Shatterproof Bond 0.5) by Isobel Starling to read and review.

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