Rough by Sybil Bartel #BlogTour #Review

Sybil Bartel
(Thrust, #2)
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.

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Rough is the second book in the Thrust series. If you are new to this series, it features former Marines who are using no-strings attached sex to work through their PTSD. They just happen to be paid for their services.

Jared is a former Marine who works as a male escort. He’s sexy as sin and likes to be in control. Sienna is using the escort service to get over her ex and she is expecting to meet Jared when she goes for her second meet up. They had a rough first meeting but undeniable chemistry. The more they pull away from each other, the more the attraction grows.

I really enjoyed this story. When I first read the synopsis, I knew it was going to be good but I didn’t realize I was going to love it so much! The characters are fantastic and the execution of the story is phenomenal. I look forward to reading more of this author’s work.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Author Bio:

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…

But Seriously?

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.

To find out more about Sybil Bartel, be sure to follow her on Twitter (she loves to hear about your favorite book boyfriend!), visit her website, like her on Facebook or join her Facebook group Book Boyfriend Heroes for exclusive excerpts and giveaways.

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  • Lovely review! This sounds like a very character driven, very compelling story! Plus Jared sounds super sexy and hot!