My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Book 4 of the Shatterproof Bond series picks up soon after the events of book 3 have left Sam and Declan in reversed roles with Sam the broken one and Declan the stronger partner.
After being set up by his father as bait, Sam is broken in body and spirit. He suffers from nightmares, his body is slow to heal, and his father - Sir James - is keeping him out of the loop, probably on purpose. As for Declan, he loves his fiance but the man is hovering - and getting stronger and sexier by the day, and also keeping things from him.
But the man who tried to end Sam's life is still in captivity in ALL Headquarters under Sam's childhood home, still a poisonous viper in the heart of London, and Sam is slowly losing himself to the fears that continue to eat at him. Not even marrying Declan, the love of his life, settles Sam's fears for long.
As for Declan, he's not as happy and content to play 'house husband' as he lets on. He'd warned James Aiken there would be consequences for using and betraying his son, Sam, and the time for payback was rapidly approaching. Throwing himself into learning Krav Maga so that he can teach the bastart a thing or two and help both Sam and himself take back control of their lives, Declan soon finds himself played despite having the upper hand physically.
I admit I found Sam a little whiny and, well, histrionic in this book. Oh I get he was tortured, left to die in front of the love of his life so on and so forth, but the last three books set him up as this wunderkind James Bond-Eggsy from Kingsmen hybrid and now, all of a sudden, he is the damsel in distress. It was jarring, and a little off-putting.
But, like Declan in the last book, he rebounds and is once more the wunderkind we've come to know in the last three books, taking charge of his life, and taking his fate in his hands. He faces down the bogeyman of his nightmares, the man who had tortured him and left him for dead, and he comes out stronger.
But Sir James is still up to his old tricks, and he's still spreading poison and discord like some cancerous rot. And Sam and Declan have an upcoming deep cover mission that could make or break them.
I definitely enjoyed this book and will be reading the 5th one when it comes out, but after reading all 4 back to back, I'm in need of a little light-hearted fluff, because these books are ANGST-Y. Good, but sooo angsty.
**A copy of this book was provided for an honest and unbiased review by Lescourt Author Services**
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