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Series: The Uncompromising Series #2
Published by Sybil Bartel on January 1st 1970
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
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Ex-Danish Military Special Forces, built like a legend, and uncompromising in every way—Neil Christensen didn’t walk into my life. The Viking-sized warrior crashed it like a hurricane.
The moment he showed up at my strip club, my life fell to shit. South Florida's most ruthless motorcycle gang, the cops, the Feds—they all want something I don’t have, something the Viking took from me.
I thought I could run, but the motorcycle gang caught me. Now the only thing standing between me and an unmarked grave is a warrior I don’t trust.
I’m not afraid to die, but I am terrified of weathering the storm. Because when a Viking decides to unleash his fury, no one is going to come out unscathed.
Warning: This book contains alpha heroes, offensive language, violence and sexual situations. Mature audiences only. 18+
NEIL is a full-length, standalone novel and is the second book in the Uncompromising Series.
TALON, the first book in the Uncompromising Series is also a full-length standalone novel and is available now.
Neil is the second novel in Sybil Bartel’s Uncompromising Series. While the first book featured hot, surfer Talon, this one is a complete 180 degree turnaround. Unlike snarky Talon, Neil is very quiet and kind of overbearing. Neil gives monosyllabic answers to almost every one of Arielle’s questions. He’s very forceful, and at times came off like a complete jerk. The story begins when ex-stripper Arielle winds up in trouble thanks to her no-good ex, and needs help protecting her son from the MC who wants to collect something they believe Arielle has. While I enjoyed this aspect of the story, I wasn’t a big fan of the romance between Neil and Arielle.
As I stated above, Neil is very silent and forceful. I didn’t find his demeanor to be be anyway romantic. In fact, I wanted to slap him pretty much all of the time. Having read Talon, and Bartel’s Unchecked series from which this spun-off, I was familiar with this aspect of Neil’s character. However, I was excited to read his novel because I thought he had hidden depths, and that there was more to this dude. While he did have some interesting back story, he pretty much was the guy I had already come to know. A huge disappointment.
Arielle wasn’t any better. I always liked her as a character, but she seemed to suffer from an addiction to bad boys. Her ex was a nice charmer, but I couldn’t figure out why she was so hung up on him. He was a complete loser, and not worth her time. What’s even worse, Arielle kept being drawn t him despite all of the mess he made of her life. Ugh! I just couldn’t relate, and wanted to give her a good slap as well.
Except for the romance, I found the book to be very enjoyable. Neil has the same action that I’ve come to expect from a Sybil Bartel novel, and I loved the continuity that carried over from previous novels. While you don’t have to read The Unchecked series, or even Talon in order to enjoy Neil, I still feel you should. Bartel refers to characters and events that happen in those novels, and they carry more weight if you understand the importance. I recommend this novel to fans of romance, and love tough guys kickin’ some major butt.