Friday, 18 March 2016

Review: Talon by Sybil Bartel inc giveway

Talon by Sybil Bartel
(Uncompromising Series, #1) 

Publication date: March 1st 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance

The Blurb

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.

My Thoughts

Sybil Bartel became one of my favourite authors when I read book one of her Unchecked series, that series looked at the story Blaze Johnson and Layna Blair but the real draw of those books for me was Talon. There was just something about him that had me hooked, that's why when I jumped at the opportunity to be part of Sybil's blog tour for the first book in her Uncompromising series, Talon. Check out the other stops on the blog tour over at Xpresso Book Tours

I must admit that I was a little apprehensive about reading Talon's story, I was still secretly hoping that him and Layna would end up together but I really needed to read more about him and where his future would take him.

We learned from the Unchecked series that Talon is a real ladies man, a love them and leave them type of guy who doesn't care who he hurts. The truth is that Talon was in love once but it ended in tragedy and he has been running from love ever since. But then Nicole walks into his life battered and bruised by her boyfriend and in need of a hero, Talon being an ex-army medic can be the hero that she is looking for. Unfortunately things aren't going to run smoothly and Talon finds himself involved way over his head with a ruthless biker gang. Just how far is Talon prepared to go to protect this woman?

Talon while a follow on from the story of Layna and Blaze can be totally read as as standalone. Sybil brings back some of the characters that we met in the previous two books as well has her brilliant storytelling skills. 

I loved this book and it was so good to see properly the much softer side of Talon that we had seen glimmers of in his relationship with Layna. I will admit to not being too sure on Nicole when she was first introduced but that as Sybil built her character and we learn what has happened to her I really started to feel the connection between Nicole & Talon.

Talon is a fab read that you can lose yourself in for a few hours - it's packed with action, suspense and the right amount of heat. I definitely recommend giving it a try & see if you end up being on Team Talon just like me.

About The Author

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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  1. This sounds like an entertaining read! I really need to check out the Unchecked series it sounds like something I would def enjoy! :)

  2. Thank you SO SO MUCH for hosting and for reading and reviewing again for me!!! And for the amazing review!!! XOXO -Sybil