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Monday, August 3, 2015

#Review #Giveaway Impossible Promise by @SybilBartel @InkSlingerPR

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Displaying 9781426899676-COV.jpgSynopsis:

Three years ago, Layna Blair listened in horror over a telephone line as her parents were murdered. When the killer said she was next, Layna panicked and made a deadly deal—his secret in exchange for her life. She’s paid the price every day since, becoming a prisoner in plain sight.

Marine Sergeant Blaze Johnson offers Layna a way out—her freedom, his rules, no questions asked—and she takes it, despite knowing what her keepers do to people who get too close. She doesn’t know Blaze is fighting his own demons or that beneath his warrior façade is a man on the verge of breaking.

Embarking on a wild revenge mission with Blaze and his smooth-talking best friend, Talon, is not what Layna signed on for. But attempting to run when Blaze has made no secret he intends to make her his is a reckless mistake. With the killer closing in, it’s up to Blaze to save them all—and to Layna to realize that she’s risked the one thing she can’t afford to lose.

**Book 1 of 2**

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Review- 3.75 Stars
Impossible promise is an enjoyable read.  However, I found myself not connecting completely with the characters.  They went from hot to cold to hot again.  It wasn't until 65% that I really enjoyed the story.  The push and pull between Buck, Layna and Talon was interesting.

This story starts right away with Layna running from people who killed her family.  But why are they after her?  She ends up running into Blaze/Buck.  He knows something isn't right and his Marine instinct kicks in.  He saves her, but at what cost?  As he helps her try to get her life back the story starts taking a turn from suspense to semi love triangle.  How?  He enlists his best friend Talon to help and that's when things start to get intriguing.  Will they be able to save Layna?  Or will she end up like her parents?  Secrets and lies uncovered....

I got lost a few times because of all the nicknames Blaze, Buck, Deer Hunter, Layna, Jennifer...too many names.

I will say I loved Talon's flirty personality.  He made me giggle a few times at his words.  I think I liked him the most and I know there is a secret behind him....

Layna I just don't know about her.  One minute she's feisty and smart mouth, the next she's a sobbing mess.  She was a total yo-yo.  Did not connect with her.

Buck/Blaze...he was in the book and then gone, then back and then gone. I get that he was trying to be a hero.  That finally a girl was interesting to him and he'd do whatever he could to help her, but I wanted more from his character.

The story was interesting and it held my attention, but I wanted more from the characters.  They were just so detached at times....maybe because they weren't use to expressing their feelings.  I don't know.  This doesn't end with a cliffhanger, but it leads into another book.  You get a sneak peek at the next book and I'm intrigued as to where the author is going to go with it.  I give this book 3.75 stars.  Maybe the next one I'll connect more with the characters.

**Review by Heather Driscoll
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Sybil Bartel Bio:
I grew up in Northern California with my head in a book and my feet in the sand. I dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew me into the world of storytelling. I love the New Adult genre, but really, any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes me swoon.
I now live in Southern Florida and while I don’t get to read as much as I like, I still bury my toes in the sand. If I’m not writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in my backyard, you can find me spending time with my handsomely tattooed husband, my brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…
But Seriously?
Here are ten things you really want to know about me.

I grew up a faculty brat. I can swear like a sailor. I love men in uniform. I hate being told what to do. I can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks me out. My favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—I can’t decide. I have a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on me for driving directions, ever. And I have a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell my husband.