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 was the first book I have ever read by Sybil Bartel and the cover and summary of the book was personally *I know but dang it look at it* what hooked me into being interested enough to read. This book was one that after reading the first two pages I could not put it down. A fun read that you will thoroughly enjoy and will leave you wanting more when I got to the last page I was like no there has to be more! As I started this story I thought that the sex was going to overpower the story but boy was I surprised Ms. Bartel was able to skillfully interweave both and lead you on a surprising journey that will tug at your heart strings. This is a fantastic read with a well developed backstory which allows this story to flow so smoothly. This was a sexy quick read that I finished in a single sitting as I didn’t want to put it down. The character interactions are off the charts and I will soon be looking for more books Ms. Bartel has written as I may be becoming a new addict. The multiple POVs in this story were not distracting as they tend to be with some writer and only led to a more developed understanding of the depth of her characters.
Sienna Montclair is a red-headed preacher’s daughter who is innocent, hard-headed and strong. She was looking to forget her previous boyfriend who had treated her like garbage despite being a professional Quarterback for the team Sienna worked for. Sienna wanting to just numb herself and move on so she then contacted her first male escort. Afterwards when she agreed to meet him again is when Jared Brandt, a dominating ex-marine, male escort, and sexy wounded soul entered the picture doing a favor for a friend. These two develop feelings for each other quickly as their worlds collide. Jared a true alpha with an arrogant personality that you will either love or hate. Can he become a reformed male escort? Does he even want to? Ms. Bartel was able to pull off building a relationship while keeping scenes HOT HOT HOT!! *yes I meant all the caps* Jared enjoys the need to control and has zero patience for weak people but when he meets Sienna he can not suppress his basic need to protect his client even if it is from himself. Her personality and beauty instantly attract him and he finds himself drawn to her and unable to stay away. Sienna knows it is Jared’s job to make her feel like she does when she is with him she can not find it in herself to put any distance between them. The sports angle doesn’t distract from this and enriches the banter between all characters. These two will have you jumping in your seat as you wish whole-heartedly for them to get their acts together, SOON!
My most favorite quotes…
“I don’t give a fuck who your family is or was. I don’t care about football or money or your asshole ex. I just want to breathe the same air as you.”
It was fucking perfect. I hated her and I wanted her. I hated her because I wanted her. Women were disposable. They had to be.
I’m not your boyfriend. I’m not the guy next door. I don’t even play nice was how Sybil Bartel described Jared and as you sit back and watch this story evolve you will fall just as much in love with Jared as I did. I am off now to recover from this book hangover.
***ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.***
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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