ARC Review: Talon by Sybil Bartel

Posted April 19, 2016 by Angela in Reviews / 5 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Talon by Sybil Bartel
by Sybil Bartel

3.5 Stars


Released: March 1st 2016
Series: Uncompromising Series #1
Published by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Format: eARC

“While there were moments that turned me off, there were plenty of moments that I appreciated and enjoyed.”
~ Under the Covers

Talon is a jaded hero. He surfed and he fucked, that was his MO but he’s so much more. You see this right from the start.  He is complex and intense but most of all, a knight in shining armor; whether he likes to show it or not.  His façade of the no-nonsense-tough-guy falters when Sirens comes asking for help.  Obviously, he can’t just turn his back on her.  Unfortunately, she is the epitome of complications and this relationship will bring him all kinds of trouble.  But as we have it, he would do anything to protect Siren despite her connections to the notorious Motorcycle Club.  With a military background and connections, Talon faced them head on.  This guy has balls of steel.

I had a hard time rating this book hence reviewing it just now.  While there were moments that turned me off, there were plenty of moments that I appreciated and enjoyed.  I also had conflicted opinions of the heroine.   Siren sometimes annoyed me yet I couldn’t blame her for some of her actions.  She is involved in a f’up situation and her predicament didn’t necessarily give her a lot of options.  Not necessarily her fault but I thought Talon got the short end of the stick for falling for her.  There were scenes that made me want to strangle them.  They had so much baggage, guilt, and uncertainties that at times, they created unnecessary angst.  Though Ms. Bartel does a good job pulling me back in with the overall plot and a few surprising twists.  The end was also very sweet.

I didn’t realize this book was connected to the Unchecked Trilogy which I have not had the chance to finish.  The previous character cameos didn’t give much away, so I don’t feel like there was any big spoilers or did I feel I needed to read Unchecked books before going into this one but I’m hoping to get to that series soon.




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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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I am young at heart and a die hard romantic living in California.I am happily married to a man who understands my love for reading, blogging and my book boyfriends. I have two beautiful girls who are also avid readers but forbidden to any of my books.I like running, CrossFit and eat healthy but not necessarily good at it.My motto is “I have the right to choose my calories” and often, my choice of poison is a bag of Flammin’ Hot Cheetos.

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Kathleen Bylsma

Thanks for the review but I’m not racing out to get this, based on your always reliable revies!


Thanks for sharing your thoughts Angela

Amy R
Amy R

Thanks for the review.


Hmmm I think I’ll pass on this…thanks

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