Review: Thrust by Sybil Bartel

thrustTitle: Thrust

Author: Sybil Bartel

Year of publication: 2016

The heroine: Dog trainer/charity owner Olivia Touissant

The hero: Ex marine/escort Alex Vega

The blurb: I know the game. I know the angle. I know how to make you beg.

My hands on your body, my mouth hovering over yours—I’ll tell you everything you want to hear. Ten inches of real estate never felt so good.

But don’t take my word for it. My client list is long and my motto is short—one single thrust and you’re mine. I’m not good at what I do, I’m fantastic. But satisfaction doesn’t come cheap. So open your wallet and prepare to forget your name. I’m about to ruin you for any other man.

One single thrust and you’re mine.

Standalone or series: Book one in the Alpha Escort series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: Whew! This is one of the steamiest books I have ever read. There was something so seductively captivating about it that I didn’t want to stop and I didn’t want it to end.

Olivia Touissant has spent two years trying to get her charity off the ground. She wants to train dogs to help veterans with PTSD cope with civilian life. The cause is close to her heart; two years previously, her unnamed Marine brother killed himself at their father’s grave. Olivia is wracked with guilt because he’d asked her to go with him and she’d turned him down in favour of having dinner with her best friend, Jesse, who she’s been in love with for years.

Alex Vega is an ex-Marine who’s seen things nobody should ever see. So when he comes home, he decides to make a living as an escort. An extremely good one, as his clients – bored, rich housewives – are willing to pay thousands to have sex with him. He hasn’t had sex with a woman who hasn’t given him money for the privilege in three years.

Olivia has arranged an art show in which she gets half the profits of all paintings sold. She’s hired some kennels off her employer and needs the money to finally get her charity off the ground. The evening is going well until Alex Vega arrives with a long time client, and Olivia’s boss – who happens to be another of Alex’s clients – gets into a catfight with Alex’s date. Instead of intervening, he’s just amused, and Olivia’s boss is so annoyed she gets all her friends to cancel their bids on the artwork, leaving Olivia without a dime.

Devastated, she blames Alex for ruining the evening. Since they’re the only two left at the venue, she decides to drown her sorrows with the alcohol she’s provided. Alex is drawn to Olivia for reasons he can’t even begin to fathom, and before the night ends they’ve had hot sex.

They don’t want to like each other, yet their shared experience with Marine life and their unexplainable attraction to each other sees Alex being willing to give up his job as an escort. Olivia is torn between Alex and Jesse, the latter of whom kissed her at the art show and has subsequently declared his love for her and asks her to move away from Miami with him.

Olivia finally has the man she’s wanted for a long time… but can’t stay away from Alex. She has to make a choice. Which man will really make her happy?

This book is not for the faint of heart. There’s plenty of sex and swearing, and it’s all graphic. If you don’t mind that, you’ll love it. Read it, now!

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