No Apologies by Sybil Bartel
Date of Publishing : June 23rd, 2014
Publisher: Carina Press (HQN)
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
My Rating: ★★★
Hard-edged rocker Graham Allen has it all. He’s flush with cash from playing bass in a band by night and restoring classic cars by day. And there are plenty of women willing to share his bed for a night, complication-free. Perfect, because if there’s anything he learned from his past, it was to never get attached—to anything. So when bartender Carly Sullivan flashes her innocent smile, Graham isn’t prepared for what happens next.
Never fall in love
Two rules, that’s all Graham has—never apologize and never fall in love. He knows Carly is everything he should avoid. Cheerful and sweet, she has “relationship” written all over her. But Graham can’t stay away from her probing questions and concerned blue eyes.
When Graham discovers Carly is hiding a crushing secret, he’s prepared to risk it all. Until in one single moment, everything changes and Graham’s past threatens to collide with his future. His life is crumbling down around him, and soon no apology in the world can save him.
He should’ve known to walk away.
Let’s all be honest with each other now. We’re all here because we absolutely LOVED that cover. We LOVED that guy and his abs and we’re all pretty sure that we’d have bought/read/stolen that book even if there weren’t a guitar there.
So, yeah. We loved that cover.
And since we’re being all honest around here, let me admit that I signed up for the blog tour because of—what else?—the gorgeous cover. It’s sexy, it’s got a hot tattooed rocker and of course, jaw porn.
And so, we get to the book itself.
No Apologies has a very, very promising premise. The title is a play on the words from Nirvana’s All Apologies, and that itself earns Miss Bartel brownie points from me. But the title actually means something to Graham Allen—our male lead.
His philosophy: Never apologize
Never fall in love
It’s fair to me. “Sorry doesn’t fix shit” is very, very true. He’s been burned once before and I understand that he’d like it to remain that way.
But Graham Allen is also kind of a jerk sometimes most of the time. With women, he has the wham-bam, thank you ma’am kind of an approach. Actually, there’s no thank you. Not at all. Ouch. He’s kind of a douche to his band-mates and the thing is, I liked them. Myles, anyway. He’s a bit pushy, sure, but hey. He’s a best friend. He has the right.
And somehow, Graham is a dick to him too.
Although, I can’t totally go all bat-shit hate-crazy on Graham yet. The guy has a heart. He does. Really. And other than his crazy ass habit of bitching at people that love him, he might even be a decent fella.
Carly Sullivan. Damn, that girl! How can I do anything but love her? The girl stood up to our surly excuse of a hero and she tried her very best to pull him out of his funk while also keeping her own demons hidden away. It’s a bit of a mess when all their secrets spill out of the cracks and all of it turns and bites them right in the ass.
Graham was definitely a hard nut to crack but Carly tries her best throughout and the chemistry between these two was written so, so well. The sheer effect Carly had on Graham by merely being in his vicinity was astounding and I wouldn’t have felt that if not for the writing. It was flawless and kept me hooked. Also, this was Miss Bartel’s writing debut so wow.
The moment I felt the storyline began to drag, there was a twist in the story and I was all like:
Honestly, it was the last thing I’d expected to happen and then Graham reacts like a d-bag. And FUCKS IT UP WITH CARLY.
At that point I wanted to seriously shake some sense into him.
Come on, man, what are you even doing with your life?
The message that women are skanks was all over this book, which was something I did not appreciate. But then again, the book is from Graham’s POV so I’m willing to be flexible and understand that those were he thoughts of the character and not the author. Also, I’d love to see more of Myles and Sam. Mind-blowing characters, both of them, and it would be A-M-A-zing to see where these two go!
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About the Author:
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 who stole her heart.
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*I was provided a free ecopy of this book in exchange of an honest review*