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.
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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Sundresses and sunrises
This book is a stand-alone, but part of an amazing series I highly recommend you dive into.
“Broken hero angst and ruggedly handsome features” – that’s how Sybil Bartel describes your next book boyfriend, Jared Brandt, through Sienna Montclair’s eyes. In Thrust, you got a glimpse of Jared and his wicked ways when he fills in for Alex. In Rough, you get the full picture and what a picture that is. Alpha male at his best, Jared craves control and has zero patience for weak people. Despite her naivete, Sienna is no wimp. With a messed-up family history and trust issues, she won’t make it easy on the soon-to-be-reformed male escort. On the other hand, Jared’s physical and emotional scars get in his way more often they not. I don’t’ do spoilers, so this is as much of the plot as I feel comfortable giving away, but if you enjoy highly sensual, superbly well-written stories, this book is for you.
I’m a sucker for multiple POVs and this story is told from Sienna’s and Jared’s perspective. As a writer, I appreciate the difficulty in keeping distinct voices when writing that way, and Ms. Bartel did an excellent job at that. Kudos.
Lastly, because it’s my favorite part, bedroom scenes. Well, Jared doesn’t restrain himself to beds, and thank you for that, Mr. Sexy. Let me put it this way: You’ll never prepare eggs or enjoy sunrises the same way after you read this book. Trust me!
Some of my favorite quotes:
Sienna – “His voice, husky and rough, crawled across my nerves like the sweetest lie life ever dealt.”
Jared – “I just want to breathe the same air as you.”
Jared – “I’m no good for you. I’ll f*** you up in ways you never imagined. You’re probably better off with a g***mn baller. But I’m selfish enough to try and convince you otherwise.”
PS: Be sure to leave a review and email Sybil for the bonus scene. You NEED it. ❤