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Book Blog Tour (Review + Giveaway (INTL)): Grind (Thrust #3) by Sybil Bartel


Title: Grind (Thrust #3)

Author: Sybil Bartel

Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Date Published: June 27th 2017

Goodreads Rating: 4.33



I’m silent. I’m trained. I’m lethal.

My hand skimming down your thigh, my gaze a weapon—I know more ways to kill you than please you.

But you’re not paying for my aim. You’re paying for my control. Bringing you a breath away from ecstasy, watching you beg as I hold back your release, I’ll show you exactly what you’ve been missing. Your hunger is my currency and five thousand is my price. I only have one rule—no repeats, because I’m not for keeps. I’m for sale.

One slow grind and I’ll give you exactly what you paid for.


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Hiya bessies!

How are you all?


Here’s another book tour bes! Haha! Welcome, welcome!


If you bessies must know, I’ve read a book by Sybil Bartel before and I like her alpha males so much. That’s why when I saw that the third book of Thrust series was up for tour, I immediately signed up for it.


Let’s start!


The story is about Dane, an ex-Marine who became a hit man who kills bad guys like drug dealers, kidnappers, murderers, and such. He also, sometimes, takes part on Alex Vega’s escorting business. And he’s one heck of an expensive escort. Dane was introduced on the first book of the series, Thrust, Alex Vega’s story (if you bessies wanna read my review about it, click here). And then he met Irina Tsarko, wife of a gunrunner. Because of that, Dane got mixed in Irina’s messy life and he started solving her problem. And because Dane is an ex-Marine, and Irina’s husband is a gunrunner, you could just imagine the action containing this book. 😀


You see, Dane was introduced in the second book, Rough, as a sharp-shooter with amazing marksmanship in both hands. And because of that, I was so looking forward for Dane’s book. Because I so love alpha-males and guns. *dreamy sigh*


I would admit that I love Dane more than I love Jared and Alex. Sure both were also alpha-males but there’s something about Dane that got me hooked from the beginning that I managed to read his book in one sitting. Lol! Maybe because he’s got guns, and rifles, and snipers? Haha! Yeah maybe that’s one of the reasons.


Bes, I love guns. I love guns not in a way that I know every single name of every gun I see but I love guns in a way that I get to fire them. You get me? I don’t care what gun I’m firing so long as I’m firing it. Haha! And of all the firearms I know, my very favorite is a sniper. I love snipers so much! So imagine my swoon when Dane went behind one. I was practically fanning myself! (Is it weird that I find it hot when a guy is behind a firearm? I mean, to use it with right authority and reason, okay? Note those psychopaths who use gun to threaten people.)


Yeah. I am swooning over Dan Marek alright. XD


On the other hand, let’s go to Irina, our leading lady here. At first I do not know what her deal is. Like I wasn’t sure what she is. It took me a couple of chapters to realize she was a submissive, forced trained by her husband. She annoyed me sometimes but I understand why she is the way she is towards Dane. She’s a hard shell to crack but when she did, she gave her all to Dane. She’s a survivor and I can see that she’s a strong woman. Not all women could endure what she did during her five year marriage with her husband. That being said, I’m proud of the change she became at the end of the book. She opened up her heart despite being a bit traumatized. She doesn’t actually believe in love and Dane isn’t exactly the romantic type of guy to make her believe in one. But she managed it all and she evolved. She’s a great character.


I love the story of this book! It was somehow an action-romance. Because there were illegal people and hostage takings and rescue operations, it was so much fun reading this! I love the part where Dane was behind a sniper in order to save Irina from going back to her husband. They concocted a plan which got compromise so there was an exchange of fires in between parties. And then the amazing alpha-males from the other series of Sybil Bartel did a cameo! Talon, Neil, Andre, I think the only one missing is Jared. They all got together to rescue Irina because her husband got her in his claws again.


The only disappointing part of this book is the journey to rescuing Irina. Thing is, the plan was revealed. They would meet here and do this and stuff like that. It was well planned. The only problem was it was skipped. I mean, one moment Dane was gathering his friends and planning the rescue of Irina and then next Dane was in a room where Irina was being abused by her husband and in one turn of Dane’s hand, Irina’s husband was dead. It was kind of disappointing because the way Dane wanted Irina’s husband’s death wasn’t that easy. Dane wanted to torture him, give him back the pain he inflicted towards Irina. And I was kind of hoping he’d do that. I was hoping he’ll torture Viktor, Irina’s husband, because I hated the bastard the moment he showed up. But it didn’t happen. So I was kind of disappointed on that part.


The ending though, I don’t know what to feel towards it. I like that they got their happily ever after but I wasn’t satisfied by it. Maybe I would if Irina ended up pregnant since they talked about it so much all throughout the book. They kept talking about Dane planting his seeds on Irina, and Dane talking about quitting his job once Irina would be swollen with his child, and stuff like that. I was kind of hoping that by the end of the book, Irina would be pregnant. Haha! Though the ending is good too, I wasn’t just satisfied to it.


And as always, Sybil Bartel’s books didn’t felt like fast paced at all. This book happened in a span of more or less three days but it didn’t feel like that at all. It felt like the story was longer. Sybil always has a magic on not making the fast paced romance so obvious. And I like her for it.


To wrap this up, you bessies should check out Sybil Bartel’s works. She might rival J. Daniels in being my favorite new adult author. She is good, I assure you. If you love alpha-males, with loving and understanding hearts, her books are good for you. As for me, this isn’t my last Sybil Bartel read.







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sybil bartel
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…

But Seriously?

Here are ten things you probably really want to know about Sybil.

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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What do you think bessies? Will you read this? Have you read this? What are your thoughts? Let’s talk in the comments!


Thanks for reading up to here bessies! Love you all!



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