NEW RELEASE and GIVEAWAY
by Sybil Bartel
Impossible Promise is the first of a two-part series by Sybil Bartel. This book blitz and giveaway is brought to you by Xpresso Book Tours.
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.
Note: Heat level - steamy; not for under 17, it has open door sex scenes.
Buck cut the engine and turned to face me. “Talon’s flirtatious to the point of being obnoxious but he’s a good guy. Don’t take his inappropriate comments to heart. We’re here because I trust him and because when I’m with my mom, he’ll keep you safe.”
He’s leaving me here? To keep me safe? I looked down at my lap, unable to process why I suddenly wanted to cry.
“Hey.” Buck’s fingers gently tipped my chin. “Look at me.”
The glow of the floodlights made his eyes look almost colorless.
“I promise I won’t let anything happen to you.”
I had no one. And in one single sentence, I’d become someone to somebody. I couldn’t breathe with the emotions threatening to drown me in hope. “Why?” I choked on the single word, tears slipping down my cheeks.
Gentle thumbs wiped my hot tears. “Because you’re mouthy and sexy and I want to kiss you more than I’ve ever wanted to kiss a woman.”
His deep voice stole my breath before his lips landed on mine and stole my reason. I didn’t think about my arms going around his neck. I didn’t think about him pulling me to his chest. I didn’t think about the incredible scent of his skin or the feel of his hard muscles and simmering body heat. I didn’t think about what I was doing or where I was. I didn’t think at all. But when his tongue touched mine? I thought I’d die.
A shiver racked my body and the sound of need coming from my chest terrified me. Gripping a handful of my hair, Buck crushed his lips against mine as his hand splayed across my lower back, pressing me deeper into his embrace.
This wasn’t a kiss. I’d been kissed before and this wasn’t even close. This was me being ruined. Touched, marked and taken, it felt like my heart had just been branded. Buck branded. Panic seeped into my veins and spread. But his lips moved to my neck, and desire shot through me like freedom. Free to be me, free to be a woman, free to touch a man. I threw my head back and moaned at the exquisite feel of his hands and lips on me.
“Layna.” His hoarse voice saying my name was the most beautiful sound I’d ever heard.
My fingers ran through his soft hair and I pulled him closer.
Buck groaned and dragged his teeth along my ear. “We have company.”
Praise for the Book
"Have you ever come across a book that you read and it sticks with you , the storyline and the characters. For me, that was Impossible Promise and trust me readers, I wasn't expecting it to and to be completely honest I am not sure why it is still sticking in my head as it's not like the storyline was completely original or anything. I think it was the way that the story was written as the writing captivated me and made me not want to put the book down and the characters , I fell in love with Talon ... " ~ Paula Phillips
"This is a fast paced action packed story. I had to let go of a little belief that a complete stranger would do everything Blaze does for Layna but once you do that the rest all falls into place. I love Blaze and Talon and Layna. I can see where Layna would get conflicted between Talon and Blaze because she spends so much time with Talon and he really becomes such a close friend to her. However, she never questions what her true feelings for each man are, just the circumstances that surround them. [...] I cannot wait to read the next book to see what is going on with these characters." ~ Shelley
I read this book in an afternoon/evening. In fact I only stopped reading to get the kids bathed and get some pjs on, it was read while making dinner and eating it too - yes I was that hooked. [...] I loved the action, the adventure, the romance and the sexual chemistry. The characters were spot on and it made me crave a marine (namely Talon). If you like a hot New Adult romance with adventure and a sarcastic leading lady with other great characters, then I highly recommend Impossible Promise!" ~ Melanie
"The book was a huge roller coaster ride of emotions and feelings that Layna handled pretty well. It was a quick read and I can't wait for the next to come out so I can see how everything turned out." ~ Amber
"Impossible Promise is full of action, savory characters and characters that you just know when/if their story gets told, it will be unbelievable. I have no idea when I will get my next fix from Sybil but I'm sure she will deliver. She has the ability to write heroes that readers love to hate and then somehow redeem them in a way that makes you really pump your fist when they get their happily ever after." ~ Diaries of 2 Thick Chicks
About the Author
Sybil grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She used to dream of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books about wistful summer days and first loves drew her into the world of storytelling. Her true literary love is the New Adult genre but really, 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's not 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 who stole her heart.
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