No Apologies

No Apologies

by Sybil Bartel

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ISBN-13: 9781426898532
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 06/23/2014
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 26,207
File size: 353 KB

About the Author

Sybil grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She 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's not writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her family.

To find out more about Sybil, visit her website, http://sybilbartel.com/ or see what she's up to on Twitter @SybilBartel.

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No Apologies 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Aubrey4 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved No Apologies! It was such an amazing story. The author drew me in from the very first page and I could not put it down until I finished. I felt so many different emotions while reading this book and to me that's what makes the best books. I would definitely recommend this book to all. Such a beautiful story very well written by the author. I love a book where I can feel the author's passion and this book done that and so much more for me. Very well deserved 5 stars from me!
Anonymous 9 months ago
I am so addicted to your books, Sybil! You really made Graham work for it in this one.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I really enjoyed this novel. Both character were struggling with some very deep trauma and the path to healing and forgiveness is never easy but worth it in the end. Graham doesn't seem to have many endearing qualities at first but you have to read in between the lines to see how good he is once he believes he deserves you. Carly's resiliency, love and patience is astounding. I love that she was his hummingbird. And they were able to help heal each other.
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CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, it takes a lot of balls to make the hero of your book a complete jerk. I mean, Graham is a man that has very little in the redeeming quality category. Yet, I found myself seduced by him as the story went on. Go figure! Graham is a bad boy. He’s in a rock band, has a successful car customizing business and tries his best to keep everyone at arm’s length. He is the kind of one night stands and refuses to get emotions involved due to his very traumatic past. Enter Carly, a bartender with a troubled past of her own but still manages an optimistic outlook on life. He knows that he can’t have her, but as time goes by he finds himself with less and less resolve to keep away from her. When these two connect, sparks fly, secrets are revealed and we are left to see if these two troubled souls can make two negatives into a positive. I really have to applaud this author for creating such an imperfect hero. I really think that takes a lot of guts to do. Graham is such a jerk…I mean, he dug himself a hole for me from the very beginning. And Carly is his total opposite, which makes It even worse for me as the reader when Graham sets his sights on her. But, as I learned more about Graham, the more I wanted him to figure his stuff out and be happy. And let me tell you that was quite a leap from where I started with him. Color me impressed, but by the end I actually found myself cheering for Graham. I think this book contained just enough drama and passion to really keep the reader intrigued. It wasn’t over the top as these things tend to be, but was kind of a slow build to a really great and complete story about two people who are broken but still find their way out of their emotional holes. Sure, Carly and Graham have different ways of going about this, but I really like how by the end I was finding more about them that complimented one another than didn’t. This story just really took you through a complete and comprehensive story arc, and that was one of my favorite things about it. Overall, I liked this book way more than I thought I would. Well written, interesting and with some drama and mystery, it was just a great story. 4.5 stars. Reviewed by Sara Squared for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy Provided for review*
whatever4now More than 1 year ago
For this being the work of a new author, I'm very impressed! No Apologies has a good storyline, and I liked the subtle emotional comments thrown in on occasion. The character development was strong, and I felt I knew the characters and could easily visualize them. The "twist" near the end was great and the perfect way to wrap up the plot. The only criticism I would have is that too much effort was put into making Graham appear to be a tough guy--more "F bombs" than necessary. I'm guessing that was just a little first writing enthusiasm that will calm in her future books. No Apologies held my attention, and I found myself eager to continue reading it. I HIGHLY recommend this book and will be watching for more of Bartel's work in the future!
TracyG-1 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Goosebumps!  Wow, No Apologies is one of the purest, raw love stories that I have had the pleasure of reading!  * * * Graham is a hot mess. Abused as a child, he has scars so deep that no amount of therapy would be able to heal.  With the help of his father and a handful of amazing friends, he manages to keep head above water.  Years later he is the successful owner of excellent bike and car customizing shop, whilst being drummer/singer/songwriter of a brilliant band after hours. Alcohol, casual sex, and a pair of innocent blue eyes is his poison.  He finds himself needing to end every day with her smile and we soon learn that the owner of these qualities is a bartender named Carly. Graham is smitten with this girl, and for exactly that reason he knows that he can't ever have her. He doesn't do relationships and Carly is clearly not the kind of girl to have one night stands... However, Lady Luck is on our side and thing progress steadily between them.  Carly tells him that she is a part time writer and impulsively forwards one of her novels to him.  After a couple of drinks, he asks his flavor of the night - a druggie, groupie - to read the story with him.  Shock, horror, and regret fills him as he reads about a school girl being raped by her teacher and instinctively he knows that the story is about Carly's own life. After much drama, intrigue and heartache two broken pieces of a puzzle come together. No Apologies is written with a brilliant ability to draw the reader into the world of the protagonist, making us feel the inner turmoil of the two main characters with an uncanny precision. I loved every minute of reading the journey to healing of Graham and Carly. 5-Bombs Reviewed by Soreta
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
I was blown away by No Apologies – in so many ways. For one, author Sybil Bartel has created a stunningly authentic male character which I’m often told is difficult for female writers, but she makes it look easy. For another, the story is difficult to read, but compelling as hell. Just when I was sure I was going to hate Graham and nothing he could do or say was ever going to redeem him in my eyes, I was proven wrong. Plot Graham Allen is an ass. A giant, self-loathing, misogynist without an ounce of likeability, ass. The way he blames all women for his mother’s mistreatment of him as a child is nearly intolerable. And yet the author tells a story that is impossible to look away from. While I couldn’t stand Graham, and really hoped he wouldn’t end up with Carly because he didn’t deserve her, I couldn’t put the book down. Like a bad accident, I was sucked into the gruesome world that is Graham’s mind as he used women, treated them like dirt, and pretty much abused every person who saw any value in him. And yet, just below the surface, there was…something. Sure, there’s the wounded boy who endured something no one should have to, but he had a choice in how to respond to that abuse and he chose the wrong way every.single.time. But something hidden kept me reading to find out what would happen. Carly gets under his skins, worms her way in, and he knows he’s going to hurt her, but still refuses to do the right thing. This is no story of a good girl saving a bad boy. It’s about a damaged, broken guy finally recognizing his own part in his personal hell and deciding whether or not to do something about it. He ultimately will need to either take responsibility for his own choices in life, or spiral out of control and the reader is left guessing which way he’s going to go until the twist I never saw coming. Characters The characters are brilliant, although only Graham and Carly are really fully developed. Even so, the supporting cast are all there to serve a purpose and they do so in believable style. The amount of character development Sybil Bartel has done blows me away. Yes, it’s a romance, but it’s the most intense, powerful romance I’ve read in a long time. Bottom Line I loved No Apologies, much to my surprise. I mean, I LOVED it. It kept me up late, I took my iPad everywhere I went so that I could read just a few more pages. About the only negative thing I can say is that I would have loved to have seen more of a transformation when it came to Graham’s view on women overall. The double standard that men who sleep around are studs but women are skanks was rampant throughout. There’s enough slut shaming in our society as it is. Women love sex as much as men and there’s noting wrong with that. But, because this is Graham’s story, his views color the story and sadly, its the view of far too many people the world over. Disclaimer I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
bethlattanzi09EL More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the story of Graham and Carly. Their stories are heartbreaking but yet you feel so much hope for them knowing they will eventually find their happiness in a world that has been cruel to them. Graham is a character you will love one minute and hate the next. He gave so many mixed signals throughout the story you didn't know which way was up or down. He was also really intense. But his passion is what brings you to love him. He is so passionate about Carly but at the same time is scared to become more with anyone. Although when a blast from his past comes into town he opens up his home and heart. Carly is a lovable character that is strong. She has had a bad past but is able to keep moving forward but at the same time keeps her heart closed off. Graham somehow is able to get into the picture but he always brings her close and then pushes her away. He gives mixed signals but she never lets him get away with things. She stands her ground to him and gives him a hard time back too! I love their conversations and how Carly is able to get under Graham's skin! This is a great story that will stick with your heart once you have finished. You will believe in love and futures for those who didn't think it was possible for themselves.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Harden rocker, biker, classic car renovator and part club owner were all apt descriptions of Graham Allen, he never thought he'd add boyfriend to anyone to that list. Author/Bartender, Carly Sullivan, is about to rock Graham's world. But under that cheerful demeanor is a secret that might be the most horrifying of all. No Apologies is a story about a lot of broken people. People who have faced horrible circumstances and who they've become because of what they faced. All victimized in some way or another, our main characters are struggling to find their way, even if they don't know it. Graham tries really hard to make himself very unlikable...to push people away. Carly is the extreme opposite, always looking for the positive, she pretty much steam rolls Graham with her infectious smile. No Apologies was a slow build up but about ½ through I realized I was hooked. I can't go into what causes this change because it would be a huge spoiler, but lets just say I ended up reading into the wee-hours of the morning to finish this story and it was so worth it. This debut story by Sybil Bartel is raw and emotionally jarring. We are thrust into difficult and even a heart breaking story by Bartel's vivid, in your face, writing style. The characters popped of the page and screamed realism. I was utterly memorized by this story and couldn't put it down. Wonderfully Dark and deeply passionate read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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