Publication date: March 20th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
I was trained to be a hunter. Growing up in the nation’s most infamous, violent cult, my job was simple. Track. Kill. Survive.
And that’s what I did… until our leader threatened to kill his own daughter.
Refusing to watch another senseless murder, I did what I was trained to do. I took his life. Then I claimed his land, and set every member free, including her. I only had one goal left. Find the sister I was told was dead.
But being a hunter in the woods is a far cry from tracking a woman in Miami Beach.
I didn’t find my sister.
I found my stepsister.
*CALLAN is the fifth standalone book in the Uncompromising Series. You do not have to read the books in this series in order, but if you prefer to read them in the order written, The Uncompromising Series is listed below.*
The Uncompromising Series:
Callan is the fifth book in Sybil Bartel’s Uncompromising Series. Though part of a series, the novel can be read as a standalone. However, if you are a fan of this series you won’t be disappointed. Callan picks up after the events in André, and Bartel does a magnificent job with the series’ continuity. The characters are likable, and the action will keep you on the edge of your seat. This is definitely one to pick up this spring.
What I liked most about this book was how it connects to the other books, but would still be engrossing to people who’ve just decided to jump into the series for the first time. Callan was first introduced in the third novel, André, as a young man who grew up in the same cult compound as Kendall. The two have a history, and Callan was instrumental in her love story ending up HEA. A trained hunter, Callan is good with a gun but is also a romantic at heart. In this novel, he searches for his long-lost sister only to find love in an unlikely place. This love story was pretty good. I enjoyed the character development between the two characters, and how the other previous characters took part in the action.
If there was anything I didn’t particularly care for it was Callan’s alpha male persona that often came across as abrasive. However, his personality was in keeping with his life story, which made this not such a big deal. In fact, I actually liked that his personality was realistic to his upbringing. Emily was a really cool character, yet I also didn’t like her low self-esteem. As a curvy girl myself, I get tired of curvy characters thinking they’re unattractive just because they are shapely. Aside from this, I thought Emily was a fierce female, and I loved the fact that she won’t allow herself to be mistreated by others. Everyone has their own aspects of their body they don’t care for and engage in negative self-talk from time to time, so the fact that she wasn’t a pushover redeemed this negative quality.
While this one wasn’t necessarily a home run, It was still one of my favorite novels in the series. The characters are “real,” the action is pretty non-stop, and cult survivors are treated in a respectful manner. Though you don’t have to read any of these novels in order, I do recommend it so you get a good idea of all of the guys’ personalities. I find this to be important because of how much of the book Talon, Neil, and André are in. Plus, you really understand the serious link Callan and André have. However, Bartel does a wonderful job filling in the important gaps so newbies won’t feel left out.
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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…
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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