Rough by Sybil Bartel
Publication date: March 20th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
I’m not your boyfriend. I’m not the guy next door. I don’t even play nice.
My hands twisting in your hair, my whispered demand in your ear—I’m the fantasy you’ll wish you never had.
When I’m through with you, every inch of your body will know where I’ve been. You won’t crave more, you’ll beg for it. Because I’m not just the cocky smile with military hardened muscles you paid five grand for—I’m the experience you’ll never forget.
One night with me and you’ll know exactly why women pay me to be rough.
This book overlaps with the time frame in Thrust (link below). I strongly recommend that you read Thrust first, although it is totally possible to read this this volume on a stand alone basis.
So to the book itself. I’m not going to lie. This book is seriously hot. And you aren’t eased into it either. Oh no. Prepare yourself for a full on, in your face, explicit ride. And despite the candid nature of the narrative (give it a miss if you like clean romance) there is, somehow, an underlying feeling of insecurity and tenderness wrapped up securely within it.
I really enjoyed the teasing out of the connection and growth of the relationship between these two. Her hesitancy, his unexpected response to her.
Overall, for me, I think that this was a stronger story than Thrust. I had a better emotional connection to the character development. I can’t wait to see what the author delivers with Grind.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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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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