Published by Sybil Bartel on October 16th 2017
Genres: Romance, Military, New Adult, Suspense
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The Marines trained me to set my sights and wait for the shot. For eight years, I guarded my brothers and defended my country. Now I protect my clients. My personal security firm is the best in the business because I leave nothing to chance… until a dark-haired, hazel-eyed spitfire crosses my path.
She and her sexy as hell strip tease were supposed to be a one-night distraction. But too late I noticed the branding on her back and my blood ran cold. This woman wasn’t a distraction — she was a death sentence.
Knowing who she was left me no choice. I took her on as my client. But running from her past wasn’t an option.
The Marines didn’t train me to retreat. They taught me to engage.
One shot. One kill.
André is the third book in Sybil Bartel’s The Uncompromising series, which is a spin-off of her Unchecked series. In this novel, we finally learn more about André. The Marine who runs a top-notch security company. André has been mentioned in the other books as a no-nonsense businessman who doesn’t know how to let loose. Consumed with work, André doesn’t let anything, or anyone, compromise everything he’s worked for. Until now…
Kendall is also a character that has appeared in previous novels. Until now, Kendall has been a bit of a mystery. She has long been known as Talon’s feisty and sharp-tongued assistant. When we last saw her it appeared she was caught up with Candall, who runs a local motorcycle club the fellas have come up against from time to time. It wasn’t until recently that Kendall wound up needing André’s services in a big way. Who’d thought the tough as nails assistant and workaholic Marine would wind up being soul mates? I surely didn’t!
On one hand, I enjoyed this pairing because it involved two characters with which I was already familiar. Instead of eye-rolling insta-love, I got the opportunity to enjoy the building of a relationship between two characters who have known each other for a while. However, their previous interactions were limited, so readers won’t feel as if they missed any build up if they don’t start this series from the beginning. Having said that, I kind of wished Kendall’s problem had started in one novel, but completed in the next. Her story was just too important and interesting to relegated to a one and done fashion. I would have liked to see her problem drag on for a while, and see how it affects the guys and everyone’s lives before the resolution.
I also thought the subject matter was a bit heavy to be tackled alongside a romance. In fact, it would have been great if this story simmered in the background of another story before getting a novel of its own.The main payoff was the guys tension with the MC. For the third book in a row, the team has problems with the MC, and I enjoyed the continuity Bartel had with this plot point. At this point, though, Talon, was still my favorite so far as he was a very likable character with a great romance. While I liked André, I’ve never cared for Kendall and thought their sexy times happened at bizarre points of the story. An easy read, but not one I overly enjoyed.