Wednesday, August 6

***Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway*** No Apologies by Sybil Bartel

Title: No Apologies
Author: Sybil Bartel
Genre: New Adult Romance
Publication Date: June 23, 2014
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Never apologize

Hard-edged rocker Graham Allen has it all. He's flush with cash from playing bass in a band by night and restoring classic cars by day. And there are plenty of women willing to share his bed for a night, complication-free. Perfect, because if there's anything he learned from his past, it was to never get attached—to anything. So when bartender Carly Sullivan flashes her innocent smile, Graham isn't prepared for what happens next.

Never fall in love

Two rules, that's all Graham has—never apologize and never fall in love. He knows Carly is everything he should avoid. Cheerful and sweet, she has "relationship" written all over her. But Graham can't stay away from her probing questions and concerned blue eyes.

When Graham discovers Carly is hiding a crushing secret, he's prepared to risk it all. Until in one single moment, everything changes and Graham's past threatens to collide with his future. His life is crumbling down around him, and soon no apology in the world can save him.

He should've known to walk away.

My Review

Let me start by saying that I love dark romance and arrogant Alpha males …and this book has both! Yay! One huge thing for me, when dealing with dark romances and a male lead that’s a total jerk, is the interaction between him and the female character. I absolutely LOVE Carly and Graham’s relationship.

Graham is a sexy as sin bad boy. He lives his life the way he wants and makes no apologies for his womanizing ways. He’s in an up and coming band and has made a pretty great life for himself, despite his traumatic childhood. He has groupies left and right but the one woman he really wants, he keeps at an arm’s length.

“I wanted to walk into that bar, sink my hands into her hair, hear my name cross her lips and lose myself in her touch. But that was a fucking fantasy. No one was ever going to touch me again. Not where it mattered.”

Carly is a beautiful bartender and aspiring author. She’s sweet and innocent, but tough as nails and has a dark past. She sees something in Graham worth fighting for. He lets her know from the beginning that there won’t be a relationship between them, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to uncover his secrets and working her way into his heart.

When keeping his distance from his sweet little bartender becomes too much, he lets his guard down a little and finally lets Carly in. But when skeletons from his past come back to haunt him, he pushes her away again.

Secrets are uncovered, hearts are broken and their relationship is put to the test. This is a gritty, emotional read and I loved every second of it!

★★☆ 4.5 Stars ☆★★

Reviewed by Brittany Leathers

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About the Author

Sybil grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She used to dream of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books about wistful summer days and first loves drew her into the world of storytelling. Her true literary love is the New Adult genre but really, 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's not 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 who stole her heart.

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  1. Thanks for the giveaway. Sounds like a great read. I'm intrigued :-)

  2. This sounds right up my alley - very character driven, gritty, and with tons of romance! Glad you liked it! :)

  3. Can't wait to read this one ~ its sitting on my kindle now :)

  4. Interesting story! Thank you for the chance!

  5. Sounds good! Thanks for the review.

  6. Sounds like a good book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Sounds great, thanks for the giveaway!