Publication date: October 16th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
The Marines trained me to set my sights and wait for the shot. For eight years, I guarded my brothers and defended my country. Now I protect my clients. My personal security firm is the best in the business because I leave nothing to chance… until a dark-haired, hazel-eyed spitfire crosses my path.
She and her sexy-as-hell striptease were supposed to be a one-night distraction. But too late I noticed the branding on her back and my blood ran cold. This woman wasn’t a distraction—she was a death sentence.
Knowing who she was left me no choice. I took her on as my client. But running from her past wasn’t an option.
The Marines didn’t train me to retreat. They taught me to engage.
One shot. One kill.
Sybil Bartel grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew her into the world of storytelling. She loves the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes her swoon.
Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she isn’t writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…
Here are ten things you probably really want to know about Sybil.
She grew up a faculty brat. She can swear like a sailor. She loves men in uniform. She hates being told what to do. She can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks her out. Her favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—she can’t decide. She has a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on her for driving directions, ever. And she has a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell her husband.
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Scrupulous meets disfunction and you’ll love it.
I don’t write spoilers, which means I’m finding it hard to write my thoughts about Andre without giving away too much. I can safely say that Sybil Bartel delivered another gut-wrenching, tear-jerking installment in the Uncompromising series, which is intimately connected with the Thrust series. I was floored for most of the time. The rest of the time, I was ecstatic. This read is that much of a roller-coaster. Be prepared. It’s is not for the faint of heart and I loved every second of it.
To be honest, I fell in love with Andre reading the other books about these group of ex-marines. His easy smile and gentleness won me over and I eagerly waited for his story. I was not disappointed. The characters are multi-layered and relatable. You watch them evolve before your eyes as it happens with good writing. The setting is breathtaking, as Florida is, mainly the Keys, in my opinion. And the action scenes will keep you on the edge of the seat. The sex scenes are oh-so-hot, just like I expected from this series. As a writer and avid reader of steamy romances, I’m in awe of Ms. Bartel’s talent in this aspect as well.
I’d like to wrap this up with a description of this sweet alpha male, but I’ll let his lady do that because she nailed it. “Andre Luna was scrupulous. His goodness wrapped around you like the comfort of rightness. (…) He held your dignity when you lost it, and he gave direction out of the dark rain of life”.
I recommend this book to readers who enjoy action-packed romance with lots of steam and sass.
I received a complimentary copy of this book, but the decision to post this review was my own.
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