Talon by Sybil Bartel
(Uncompromising Series, #1)
Publication date: March 1st 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance


I surf.
I fuck.
I pretend to smile.

Two years ago my life was perfect, until it wasn’t. I scattered my wife’s ashes then walked away from the Marines. I didn’t think I had anything else to lose.

I was wrong.

The blond showed up at my surf shop, beaten and stabbed. I did what I was trained to do—I stitched her up. I didn’t have a clue who she was and I told myself I didn’t care. Until they came looking for her.

I swore I’d take my last breath before I let anyone else hurt her except I didn’t know she was keeping a deadly secret. Now I had two choices, her life or mine.

Marriage and combat taught me the same thing—I was no one’s hero. And I was about to prove it.

I received an ARC of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review and as part of the book’s blog tour promotions.

I jumped on this book because I’ve read books from this author before, and I generally liked those books. Plus, the blurb on this book was really very intriguing. It promised me a hero who has had his heart broken, widowed, and was just trying to make it through each day. It also promised of a heroine who had a troubled past and deep, dark secrets. On paper, that combination just seems too good to let it pass.

In reality, I have to say I may have expected too much. It wasn’t that it was a bad book. It was just that I felt like there was a lot going on. Was there a need for an MC and a cartel? Probably not. Maybe one solid antagonist was all that the book needed. Were the characters able to live up to their promise? The hero, I would say yes. But the heroine, well, I would say not. I was expecting something else, given that her back story played a significant part in the book.

All in all, I would say I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I liked her other books. However, I still liked the premise of the story, so I pushed on and finished the whole book instead of giving up halfway. For a first book, I guess this could have been much better. But, I still think I’d like to be around to read on to the next book when it comes out.

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.
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