A man with a difficult past seeks to find his own life after living under oppression in a sweet and sensual romance between him and an unlikely young woman. Keep reading to get my impressions of Callan by Sybil Bartel then discover even more about this book by visiting the other sites hosting this tour. In honor of this fifth installment in the Uncompromising series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $25 Amazon GC too!
I was trained to be a hunter. Growing up in the nation’s most infamous, violent cult—my job was simple. Track. Kill. Survive.
And that’s what I did… until our leader threatened to kill his own daughter.
Refusing to watch another senseless murder, I did what I was trained to do. I took his life, claimed his land, and set every member free, including her. I only had one goal left. Find the sister I was told was dead.
But being a hunter in the woods is a far cry from tracking a woman in Miami Beach.
I didn’t find my sister.
I found someone else.
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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
The moment readers got their first glimpse of Callan/Hero they knew he was someone special and someone whose story deserved to be told. With this story we get into the head of a former cult member as he sets forth to make a life on his own terms. Add in the sweet and sensual romance with a young woman that society might might deem taboo and readers will find this an unforgettable read.
Callan/Hero grew up in a cult under the thumb of a vicious leader. Callan was the hunter/the provider for their group and became a protector who watched over their members and lived by his own moral code that had him eventually overthrowing their leader. With the other members setting out on their own paths, he’s now ready to find his too and his first step is to find the sister he was told died. When he finds her he realizes she’s the woman he met a year ago who he has never forgotten. She became the beacon for what he wanted in his life and he’s determined to claim her. He doesn’t care that she’s his step-sister (through marriage) and as the story progressed readers won’t care either. Callan’s an intriguing character, through his speech and moral compass he redefines what makes a hero. He’s bold, not good at subtlety, but endearing nonetheless. There’s a bit of naïveté to him balanced with straightforwardness that made for an intriguing dichotomy. He’s a bit domineering too, but it’s not done out of a need to rule over another, but it instead comes from his need to protect. Growing up without love had me wanting to hug him and it’s exactly what Emily brings to his life now and is just one more reason to like her and root for their HEA.
Emily’s a very different character when compared to Callan. Where he’s larger than life, she’s timid and tends to fade into the background. Where her sister takes center stage, she’s content to stay in the wings. Her first meeting with Callan was life-altering, the second more so as it’s the first step on a sweet and sensual journey to HEA for them both. Emily holds herself back at first, scared of going against what others think is right, but being around Callan has her gaining strength. She accepts him wholeheartedly, imperfections and all, and it’s a delicious journey for us all that’s full of unexpected twists and turns. Emily breathes life into Callan’s existence and changed both of them for the better with a romance that pulls readers in every step of the way.
From the very first book in this series Ms. Bristol has crafted something unique with a group of heroes who set themselves apart. I enjoyed every glimpse we got throughout each book of previous heroes as it gave an update of their lives while creating a new kind of family. The romance here is a slow burn, but the burgeoning relationship between Callan and Emily is a richly rewarding one as is the evolution of these characters. Readers will find this an unforgettable read and the perfect time to start reading this series from the start!
My rating for this is an A.
*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
Sybil Bartel grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew her into the world of storytelling. She loves the New Adult genre, but 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 isn’t 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...
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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 freaks her out. Her favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—she can’t decide. She has a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on her for driving directions, ever. And she has a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell her husband.
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