Book Review: Grind by Sybil Bartel – A Sizzling Hot Romance With Heart

Book Details:

Title: Grind

Author: Sybil Bartel

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services

Publication Date: June 27th, 2017

Genre: Romance, Military, Erotica

Warning: This book is explicit


My Review: 


Grind starts very graphic – and I don’t mean in the action or bloody department. There are no pretense, from the beginning that this book is sexually explicit, and while I don’t have – obviously – much of a problem with reading erotica novels, I was taken back, as most books usually are not that much in your face in the first few paragraphs – heck it did not wait until the second page! So my first impression was not the most pleasant one, but I stuck with it, and I am glad that I did.

While Grind is not for the faint of heart, it does have a lot of heart, and an actually pretty well-developed story line. It is emotional, the connection between the two main characters starts not in the best way – and it really took me until the middle of the second chapter before I got really warmed up to both of them. Yet, once the connection was made, it was heartwarming and endearing.

Both of the characters have a learning curve – again, something I miss in many erotica novels, who push sex above plot – but the Author managed to create a constructive, suspenseful plot despite the graphic sexual details.

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Another thing that surprised me was, that I enjoyed the story despite the fact that it was written in alternating first-person past-tense narrative. I am usually not a fan of stories written in first-person – even less so, when they are written in present tense – yet the Author managed to keep the flow going, and switched rather seamlessly between the two main characters.

The book is a rather quick read, not because it is very short, but because once you warmed up to the main characters, you don’t want to stop reading. And speaking of characters, some of the side characters are rather charming, which made me hope that they get their own time in the other novels in the series.

Grind can be read as a stand-alone novel and has an HEA, which I very much appreciate. Yet, I will read the other books in the series, now that the Author got me curious.


Book Rating:

4 out of 5 Stars

Book Summary:


I’m silent. I’m trained. I’m lethal.

My hand skimming down your thigh, my gaze a weapon—I know more ways to kill you than please you.

But you’re not paying for my aim. You’re paying for my control. Bringing you a breath away from ecstasy, watching you beg as I hold back your release, I’ll show you exactly what you’ve been missing. Your hunger is my currency and five thousand is my price. I only have one rule—no repeats, because I’m not for keeps. I’m for sale.

One slow grind and I’ll give you exactly what you paid for.


Author Bio:

Sybil Bartel is a Contemporary Romance author who writes about Military Heroes and Bad Boy rockers. Whether you’re reading her Romantic Suspense, Military Romance or Bad Boy rocker series, all of her heroes are sexy as sin and unapologetically Alpha!

Sybil lives in South Florida with her handsome tattooed ex-Military husband, her young son and one fury canine. Find her at or



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