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No Apologies Synopsis:

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.



No Apologies is an addictive read that you will not be able to put down.  The buildup is slow and sweet and then bang! there is a massive payoff.  This is a hard edged rocker story with heart, drama, life altering secrets, two very wounded people, and of course there is some sexy.  The plot revolves around Graham Allen, a rocker who excels at pushing people away.  He lives by the motto that women are good for one thing and that is gracing his bed.  Enter Carly Sullivan, who is Graham’s opposite in every way.  She brings the bright and beautiful into Graham’s dark world.  Graham is like a moth attracted to a flame.  He cannot stay away.  But secrets never stay hidden for long and when the past comes calling, it threatens to rip apart both Graham and Carly’s worlds.

I was blown away by this book. I loved it.  The pacing starts slow and methodical and then all of the sudden the drama sweeps you away.  The author does an amazing job at describing these characters.  I felt like I really knew Graham and Carly and could see the rationale behind their actions.  Although Graham appears hardened and unaffected by anything, underneath it all you can’t help but like him.  Carly is a ray of sunshine who is hiding a dark secret.  This wasn’t your typical rocker story.  There was a depth and strong emotional pull to the storyline.  This was a dark and edgy read.  This is my first read by this author but it definitely won;t be my last.

4.5 out of 5 stars

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Sybil Bartel Bio:

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…

But Seriously?

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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