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No Apologies by Sybil Bartel

contemporary romance book


Never apologize

Hard-edged rocker Graham Allen has it all. He's flush with cash from playing bass in a band by night and restoring classic cars by day. And there are plenty of women willing to share his bed for a night, complication-free. Perfect, because if there's anything he learned from his past, it was to never get attached—to anything. So when bartender Carly Sullivan flashes her innocent smile, Graham isn't prepared for what happens next.

Never fall in love

Two rules, that's all Graham has—never apologize and never fall in love. He knows Carly is everything he should avoid. Cheerful and sweet, she has "relationship" written all over her. But Graham can't stay away from her probing questions and concerned blue eyes.

When Graham discovers Carly is hiding a crushing secret, he's prepared to risk it all. Until in one single moment, everything changes and Graham's past threatens to collide with his future. His life is crumbling down around him, and soon no apology in the world can save him.

He should've known to walk away.

91,000 words

(From NetGalley)

My Thoughts:

This was actually a very entertaining read. I loved Graham and how tortured he was, how broken, and it was just heartbreaking how he felt like he didn't deserve to be loved. There's quite a surprise thrown into this book about mid-way through, but I'm not going to say what it was because I don't want to spoil the surprise or the effect. Let's just say that when it happens, it changes things for Graham in ways that were unimaginable at the outset of the book and it's really kind of amazing what happens to him from that point onward. And Carly is the perfect foil for him. Damaged in her own way, she brings out a side in Graham he didn't think himself capable of, but the transformation is breathtaking. This was a very entertaining read and I highly recommend it.

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