ARC Review: No Apologies by Sybil Bartel

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ARC Review: No Apologies by Sybil Bartel
No Apologies

4 Stars

Book Info

Released: June 23rd 2014
Genre: New Adult
Series: No Apologies #1
Published by Carina Press
Pages: 275
Format: eARC


” No Apologies is the book I hate and love.” ~ Under the Covers

No Apologies is a very risqué debut novel by Sybil Bartel. She was bold to create a hero who is a total douche bag; a hero very easy to hate. In contrast, she had paired him off with a heroine who is the hero’s polar opposite. She is very sweet, trusting and definitely optimistic; sometimes maybe even too forgiving. With very different personalities and very dark pasts, these two are definitely an unlikely pair but Ms. Bartel makes it work. It was believable, annoying at times, but she really did make it work.

I hated everything about Graham Allen. He was nothing but an ass to Carly and the things he did to her were all unforgivable. However, he is THE bad boy that everyone cannot stay away from with a dark past to answer for is short comings. I could not stop reading about him. I was intrigued by him. He certainly is hot in his motorcycle, his guitar and the way he is described….sexy! Carly, on the other hand, well, she annoyed be to the fullest. It is obvious that this girl deserves so much more and with her past, Graham is certainly the wrong person for her. But it is what it is, Carly and Graham ends up together. When shit wasn’t hitting the fan, they were cute, sweet and even romantic. I guess I can admit that in the end, they fit.

Ms. Sybil’s debut novel pushes her readers to the edge with this easy to hate hero but also very easy to fall for in the end. For the most part, these types of books are not my typical reads. There is a lot of angst and sometimes, both hero and heroine will get on your nerves and question decisions in life. However, Ms. Sybil’s storyline and characters kept me wanting to read page after page. Her execution and timing of the conflicts were well done.  No Apologies is the book I hate and love.

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Sybil Bartel

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…

But Seriously?

Here are ten things you 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 freaked her out. Her favorite word is desperate, or dirty, or both, she can’t choose. She has a thing for muscle cars. But never rely on her for driving directions, ever. And she has a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell her husband.


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Amy R

I want to read the book because of your review, just to see how annoying the characters really are to see if it works.

Under the Covers Book Blog

Amy, LOL. Give it a try. It was one of those books that you dislike but yet you love. It’s hard to explain. I have a love-hate feeling for this book….I really enjoyed. I’ll be reading more of this authors work. ~Ang.


Ugh I cannot stand annoying characters!….now I know to avoid this….thanks angela

Under the Covers Book Blog

Yeah, it won’t be for you. You have to have the patience. =) ~Angela


Thanks for the review Angela

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THanks for passing by Timitra. ~Angela