Review: Rough by Sybil Bartel

roughTitle: Rough

Author: Sybil Bartel

Year of publication: 2017

The heroine: PA Sienna Montclair

The hero: Ex-marine/escort Jared Brandt

The blurb: I’m not your boyfriend. I’m not the guy next door. I don’t even play nice.

My hands twisting in your hair, my whispered demand in your ear—I’m the fantasy you’ll wish you never had.

When I’m through with you, every inch of your body will know where I’ve been. Your only thought will be the insatiable ache between your legs as my name drags across your lips. You won’t crave more, you’ll beg for it. Because I’m not just a cocky smile with military hardened muscles you paid five grand for—I’m the experience you’ll never forget.

One night with me and you’ll know exactly why women pay me to be rough.

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

The review: Oh boy. If you thought book one was hot, book two is scorching! Alex, Jared and Dane (book three) are all ex-marines who were involved in the same accident when their Humvee hit an IED. They’ve been home for three years and decided, for different reasons, to become escorts. Alex and Jared are in it for the insane amount of money they make and Dane is in it for the release he gets by having sex with different women.

The books have quite a bit of crossover, with the same characters popping up and the scenes being retold from each hero’s point of view, so it will flow better if you have read Alex’s book first. The three men organise their clients thusly: Alex takes the tame, vanilla ones who just want straight sex; Jared takes the ones who want it kinky and rough; and Dane takes the overflow and will do whatever. Unlike the other two, Dane won’t see the same woman twice.

When Alex finds himself wanting out of the game because of Olivia (in book one), he asks Jared to take on three clients he had booked for a Saturday night. Alex warns that one of the ladies is incredibly shy and that Jared needs to be gentle with her. Jared baulks, because he doesn’t do gentle, but he’s interested enough to set up the date because Alex said she’s young.

When Sienna Montclair turns up at Jared’s doorstep (he never gives out his address, but something about Sienna in their initial contact intrigued him) he’s floored. She’s incredibly young (twenty-four) and absolutely beautiful. He has to wonder why she’s booking an escort; she only saw Alex once.

Sienna works for one of the coaches of the Miami Dolphins, who also happens to be her uncle (although nobody knows that). She got involved with the star quarterback, a big no-no, and although she’s broken it off he won’t take no for an answer. He’s presented her with a ring she doesn’t want. He won’t leave her alone.

Jared wants Sienna badly, but she’s too innocent. She turns up with her red hair and her yellow sundress and he just knows she’s going to bring him to his knees. But something about her invokes his protective side, and as he gets to know Sienna, he wants to untangle the mess with the ex, Dan Ahlstrom. They get into a fight after Ahlstrom won’t stay away, and Jared’s training as a marine means Ahlstrom’s no match. Ahlstrom promptly sues Jared for damages to the tune of twenty-five million, but offers to drop the suit if Sienna goes back to him.

But Sienna doesn’t to. She’s drawn to Jared, even though she doesn’t think she should be. They come from vastly different backgrounds, but they’re intoxicated by each other and the amazing sex they have. Then something happens and Sienna finds out about a big secret her family never told her which threatens to destroy their relationship.

You know what happens in the end, of course – Sienna chooses Jared and he admits he’s in love with her. Everything is sorted out and he leaves the business, just as Alex did for Olivia. Another book that completely sucked me in 🙂

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