Title : Impossible Promise
Author : Sybil Bartel
Series : Unchecked Series #1
Release Date : March 23rd, 2015
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Impossible Promise Synopsis:
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.
Book one of two
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~ 4 Just the Start Stars ~
Impossible Promise is the first book in a two book series by Sybil Bartel. To be honest I really enjoyed this story. I wanted to give it 5 stars, but I just couldn’t because the author put two of my hard limits into the story. My biggest pet peeves are cheating and love triangles and the author included both of these in Buck (Blaze) and Layna’s story. I still can’t figure out why she did this, I felt the storyline was strong enough that the extra drama of the love triangle (even though it was a small one) and the cheating (also a minor infraction) wasn’t needed. This book had so much mystery and suspense and action to it, the other stuff really wasn’t necessary and it saddens me because this would’ve been a 5 star read for me. I felt that the added drama kind of took away from the main storyline of the book and that was trying to get Layna free from her past.
As I said this storyline was an interesting one and it kept me hooked all the way through. I did think that the ending with Layna’s past was kind of anticlimactic…I was hoping for more from it, but once I saw the blurb for the next book, I can see why it played out the way it did. I really enjoyed the writing style of Sybil. The story moved right along and nothing seemed to drag or slow down the pace of the story. I will say she brought out many of my emotions while reading this book.
As for the storyline of the book, I am not going to talk too much about it because this is the type of book you need to play out while you’re reading it. This is the story of Blaze (Buck) Johnson, who is a Marine and on leave to be by his dying mother’s side and Layna, a 19 year old girl who witnessed something when she was younger and has forced her to be a prisoner in the wide open. I know that probably doesn’t make sense, but it will once you read the story. When Layna and Buck first meet they are in a church, the only place Layna feels safe. Layna ends up running away from Buck, but he doesn’t let her, he chases after her and what follows is the journey of breaking Layna free from her past. I liked Layna, but I had to keep reminding myself that she was only 19 years old. She mad some poor choices and her age really showed then. There were quite a few times I wanted to smack her. But on the other hand she was also a very strong girl. After going through what she has over the last three years, you can honestly call her a survivor. Because that is what she did….SURVIVED!!! I really liked Buck too. I thought he was sweet and caring with a protective nature to him that made me swoon. I did feel that he had a slight trust issue with Layna and when things are tested he just up and left. I wanted to smack him too, because I didn’t understand why he didn’t talk to her about it. I think I would’ve liked their feelings to have come out sooner in the book, because that would’ve explained his anger towards Layna better when it came to Talon (Buck’s Friend)
This book is truly the first book in Buck and Layna’s journey to a HEA. This book was like the getting to know you and working out all the kinks kind of book. The end of the book has a To Be Continued ending, but Layna and Buck are in a good place so I am guessing the second book will be their journey together as a couple.
I grew up in Northern California with my head in a book and my feet in the sand. I dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew me into the world of storytelling. I love the New Adult genre, but really, any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes me swoon.
I now live in Southern Florida and while I don’t get to read as much as I like, I still bury my toes in the sand. If I’m not writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in my backyard, you can find me spending time with my handsomely tattooed husband, my brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…
Here are ten things you really want to know about me.
I grew up a faculty brat. I can swear like a sailor. I love men in uniform. I hate being told what to do. I can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks me out. My favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—I can’t decide. I have a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on me for driving directions, ever. And I have a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell my husband