Publication date: March 20th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
I was trained to be a hunter. Growing up in the nation’s most infamous, violent cult, my job was simple. Track. Kill. Survive.
And that’s what I did… until our leader threatened to kill his own daughter.
Refusing to watch another senseless murder, I did what I was trained to do. I took his life. Then I claimed his land, and set every member free, including her. I only had one goal left. Find the sister I was told was dead.
But being a hunter in the woods is a far cry from tracking a woman in Miami Beach.
I didn’t find my sister.
I found my stepsister.
*CALLAN is the fifth standalone book in the Uncompromising Series. You do not have to read the books in this series in order, but if you prefer to read them in the order written, The Uncompromising Series is listed below.*
The Uncompromising Series:
“You should go, Callan.” I bit my lip, wanting to take the words back.
Quick, precise, his hand shot out, and with a gentleness I wasn’t prepared for, his thumb stroked across my bottom lip. “You bite when you are nervous.”
My heart raced, and my lip tingled. Wanting to reach for him, I forced myself to stand perfectly still. “You don’t know me enough to know when I’m nervous.”
“Your body language does not lie.” He stroked my lip again. “The pain, when your teeth bite your lip, do you enjoy it?”
Uncomfortable heat hit my cheeks. “What are you doing?” The strangled whisper rushed past the very spot he was caressing.
“Touching you.” His thumb coasted across my jaw and his fingers landed on my pulse point on my neck. “Have you ever been with a man?”
Oh God, oh God, oh God.
I swallowed past the embarrassment and kept perfectly still. “I didn’t give you permission to touch me.”
For a split second, something crossed his features. Then his impenetrable, intense mask returned. “I do not need permission to touch you.”
Blessed righteousness overtook my traitorous hormones. “Ah, yeah, you do. This isn’t the dark ages, and you aren’t a caveman.” His upbringing may have been primitive, but he didn’t look a thing like a Neanderthal.
Faster than I could blink, his hand caught the side of my neck and his fingers captured a thick lock of my hair. “I have already touched you, many times. You made no protest. Are you making one now?”
My core pulsed and a wave of heat washed over my body. For ten whole seconds, I let myself relish in the blazing sensations of his hold on me. Dominant, assured, confident, he held me like he knew how to hold a woman. But more, he held me like he knew every secret desire I’d ever had. Chastising myself and my dirty thoughts, I pushed at his hand.
He held firm. “Use words.”
The sheer dominance in his voice made my eyes flutter shut. “Oh God, I want to. I need to.” But I didn’t. I stopped there, leaving the decision on his shoulders.
He lowered his voice and slowly wrapped my long hair around his hand. “That was not an answer. Do you want me to stop?”
My legs quivering, my core pulsing, I didn’t answer. I couldn’t.
“Open your eyes, angel.”
The sound of his voice, the term of endearment, I wanted to weep. Honest to God, weep. “I’m afraid of you,” I whispered the truth.
The 5th book in The Uncompromising series, this is Callan’s story. I must say I was really looking forward to this one to see just how Sybil would portray him and whether the storyline would do him any justice – I was hooked from the start and completely blown away by this!!
Callan was raised by River Phoenix and his cult since he was a small child. We met Callan in Andre’s story. Kendall / Decima was also raised by the cult (she was also River’s daughter), and Callan (then known as Hero) was charged with looking after her. Callan was the best Hunter in the cult, but knew that River was a madman, and didn’t hesitate in helping take down the cult’s compound and River himself when Kendall reappeared there after she escaped, knowing River wouldn’t let her leave the compound again, alive.
Callan ended up with all the rights to the lands the cult owned after River’s death. A chance meeting at the gas station with a girl had his mind in a whirl, he couldn’t stop thinking about her. It was not until a year later when he was out in search of his sister that he met this girl again, and found out that she was in fact his stepsister.
Emily never saw the guy she met at the gas station again until the night he turned up at her house looking for his sister. She had never forgotten about him. The chemistry between them even after a year was so very tangible, it was plain for the rest of her family to see. But, as she just learned, he was her stepbrother, nothing could come of their attraction to each other.
This was a fabulous read!!! Callan is just awesome, I love him!! His whole manner and demeanor being so different due to being raised by the cult works so well in this storyline!! His mannerisms and quirks, he is just so Alpha, hot, sexy, possessive, but not in a douche bag way, in a way that really had me swooning and panting!!! He is damaged from his upbringing, but not broken, and its that vulnerability against the Alpha in him that really did it for me!! Emily was a great character also, she thought so little of herself, but was so very caring and innocent, yet very protective of those around her. Her courage and determination to stand up for innocent children really stands out in a particular part of this story, and I admire her for that!!
But its the chemistry and pure animal magnetism between her and Callan that really stood out, sizzling off the pages – this is a slow burn, and was pure torture at times, I really wanted it to get there a bit faster!! Some of the other characters from the series also appear in this story, which is a lovely added bonus. Highly recommended reading, a well deserved 5 star Cult Boy read!!
Sybil Bartel grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew her into the world of storytelling. She loves the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes her swoon.
Sybil 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 isn’t writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…
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