Impossible Promises by Sybil Bartel
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
Impossible Promises is book #1 in the Unchecked series and the first book I have read by this author. I was gifted a copy of this book to read for Gemma Reads Too Much.
God tension, tension, tension!!!!
I totally got into this book!!!
I read it in one sitting I couldn’t put it down!!
Layna is annoying as hell, she aggressive and rude and far too young but I kind of loved her!! She is fighting back against these awful circumstances she has found herself in, and she fights the whole way through this book. Don’t get me wrong she makes some seriously stupid decisions and she cries far too much, but I just found her really relatable and just really nice. I invested in her character and I just wanted her to be free and happy.
Holy alpha batman!!!! Every man in this book is a strong, hot alpha man!!!
Just leave me here in a puddle of swoon!!!
Buck aka Blaze aka Deer Hunter is 90% silent but I sort of fell for him; he’s brooding and bossy and basically perfect.
This book is packed full of soldiers and god they are all big and protective I would totally read Talon and Neil’s books. In fact I really want to read Talon and Neil’s book!!!!
What’s hugely disappointing is that there isn’t any sex in this book….. yep none at all. Now had there been a load of hot, dirty alpha sex scene this would have been a huge 5 star read. Unfortunately there isn’t, there’s just a lot of sexual tension.
This book is soooo full of barely restrained tension; I was on the edge of my seat waiting for it to all kick off. I would have loved to have a chapter from Bucks POV to see what happened in the final action scene. Having Layna just waiting was all a bit anti-climactic.
I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait for the next book.
Impossible Promises gets 4 stars from me.
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
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