Talon (The Uncompromising) by Sybil BartelSeries: Uncompromising #1
eBook, English, 354 pages
Debut: March 1, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Suspense
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Read First: March 14, 2016 | Snuck from: Xpresso Book Tours -- I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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 left to lose.
I was wrong.
The blonde showed up on my doorstep 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.
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Why I picked this story up:
I fell head over heels for Talon and was impossibly intrigued by Neil during Blaze and Layna's story, so of course I'd jump on this new series.
What I found:
So I fell hard for Talon, the compassionate hardass Recon medic with lots of kinks and cracks in his armor, just to find out that he has a stupidly short fuse that does not go well with his general distrust in the candor of other people's feelings towards him, and a mean tongue when he lashes out. I really wouldn't have pecked him for the impatient sort, since the spur-of-the-moment guy is just a facade, and neither did I think he'd dish out low blows like he doesn't have enough imagination for better insults.
Losing his wife Leigh the way he did... it really did a number on him. More than any of his friends, even Neil, realized. But Talon worked it out once he confronted the problem, and had something to fight for. I really enjoyed his playfully coaxing dominant side, probably just as much as Nicole did. I'm still glad the others were giving him shit about his asshat behavior, but didn't turn their backs on him. You really outta love those Marines...
Nicole is the kind of heroine I absolutely LOVE. She has a resilient quiet strength which gets her mistaken to be a cold fish, and sometimes people misunderstand her words and actions, or the lack thereof, while she's really just as loving and compassionate as Talon. Granted, she sure didn't make this easy on him, but then he wouldn't have faught this hard to find his true self. Nicole gave him a push without meaning to, and Talon knew just which buttons to push to set her off in all the ways that matter. Thus, those two make an absolutely epic match in my book.
The only flaw I found is a general 'Why do authors have to be such pussies/dumbasses?' thing. So Talon loved Leigh with all his heart, and of course he'd compare Nicole to his dead wife every now and again, that's only natural. But why, oh why, do the feelings Nicole sparks in him have to be stronger? Or worse yet, better? Why does the second love have to be the better one? Because if it's not, you'd just... settle for the next best thing? Who says that? Why can't a second love just be different? *sigh*
Area Scan: Idea: 4/5 -- Style/Vocab: 5/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Heroine: 5/5 -- Hero: 4/5 -- Sidekicks: 5/5 -- Hearts: 5/5 -- Tears: 4/5 -- Heat: 4.5/5 -- Thrills: 3.5/5 -- Laughs: 3.5/5
Discovered: 4+ Hoods
1 Talon | 2 Neil | 3 André
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