$25 GIVEAWAY and EXCERPT: No Apologies by Sybil Bartel
Published on June 23rd 2014 Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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.
My perception of Carly was sweet and innocent and fragile. She was those things, but she was a whole lot more. And fuck if it wasn’t a total turn-on. Watching her ride today, with easy confidence, I got the impression she could do anything. She looked so fucking capable on that bike, like she’d been absent the day they dished out limitations and fears. I was almost intimidated by her. Worse, I liked her more every minute I spent with her.
I pulled up to the restaurant, we walked in and grabbed a booth without speaking.
Carly picked up the menu but was looking at me. “You’re quiet.”
“I’m always quiet.”
“No, you’re thinking about something. Spill it.”
Why the fuck did I promise myself I’d be honest with her? “Why are you single?”
“Being a cop’s daughter isn’t conducive to dating.”
Yeah, not it. “He wasn’t that intimidating. Try again.”
“Hey, he has his moments.”
“Uh-huh.” Sure, he did. They both smiled more than any stoner I knew. “Try again.” I didn’t know why I was pushing this but I was.
“Tell you what, I’ll answer your question if you answer one of mine. Honest and true, one for one, no holding back.”
She’d pretty much witnessed everything there was to know about me last night. What else was there? “All right.”
Carly looked surprised for a second, then she took a deep breath and looked down. “I’ve never had sex…
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