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(The Alpha Escort Series #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,053 ratings  ·  287 reviews
I know the game. I know the angle. I know how to make you beg.

My hands on your body, my mouth hovering over yours—I’ll tell you everything you want to hear. Ten inches of real estate never felt so good.

But don’t take my word for it. My client list is long and my motto is short—one single thrust and you’re mine. I’m not good at what I do, I’m fantastic. But satisfaction do
Published December 2016
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Mindy Lou's Book Review
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Wow! This had one of my least favorite type of Heros and I loved him! How did that happen???

In the first chapter, I was disgusted by Alex and just knew I was not gonna like this book. He was way too arrogant and every move he made was deliberate and well practiced. He's a male escort and completely played the part. Despite my prediction, the words flowed so easily and I was rivited to what was unfolding.

By the end, Alex was still arrogant, but I loved what I saw beneath all that arrogance. It
NiCoLeTa E.
***4 "Sweetness" stars***

Honestly, i didn't expect to enjoy this book that much!!! And I'm so glad that Mrs. Bartel proved me wrong!!!

Usually, I don't like so much this kind of stories with male escorts and so much sex, but in here there were more things than that!!!
My only objection was the pace of the story... Damn it, but everything were moving sooooo fast!!!!

And that's the reason why i cut one star... But let me tell you more about this story!!!

Alex Vega thinks that he is a gift for women
Starr (AKA Bam Bam) Rivers
DNF at 36%. Don't care if it's free. It's wasting my time.

I should have known better than to read a BDSM, erotica, alpha whatever. I broke my own rules about reading a story where the H is a man whore. As in literally - a male prostitute.

It's getting 2 stars because it did turn me on in places, but it made me so MAD!!!! One star now, since I skimmed a bit further and got more pissed off.



But look, I knew what I was getting into and I was going to give
Melanie A.
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh, WOW! What a nice surprise! Emotional, hot and dirty, fast-paced, and believable. What more could I ask for? Somehow this author was able to portray a truly aggressive alpha who didn't piss me off, and a sassy, strong-willed heroine who didn't wimp out. Despite most of the book taking place over only two days, I felt that both Alex and Olivia grew into their characters and their relationship. There was plenty of great angst, including between Olivia and her 'best friend' Jesse, which I though ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
'Thrust' by Sybil Bartel is the story of Olivia and Alex. Alex was once very poor and only really had a roof under his head until he joined the military. But he has been out of the military and has become a very expensive escort that does sleep with his clients. One of his clients pays him extra to go with her to a charity function were he meets Olivia. Olivia brother died after leaving the military and she has forgiving herself for missing some of the signs that he was mental in trouble. Now sh ...more
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Roxie and Jen's Review

Let us star this review with a statement. Lately we've been the moodiest readers ever. We were both reading an ARC yesterday and we just couldn't get into it at all. So when Thrust popped up on Roxie's feed and after reading the synopsis and seeing the reviews on, Amazon she quickly grabbed a sample. She told Jen to grab ASAP and voila!

We were looking for something lighter, funny and hot and THRUST fit the bill perfectly.

Alex Vega is a male escort who fucks like God and e
Sharron E.
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First, total cover porn.
Second, I don't prefer male escort novels because it just seems a pretty hard concept to grasp. But this was a really good. The character development in such a short time was palpable. The plot was really good. And all in all it was not cliche, which is one of the things that I look for in a good book. Also, alpha male alert, total hottie and did I say alpha?
Jan 09, 2017 marked it as netgalley-dnf
Shelves: ng
I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

DNF at 18% - I love a good erotica novel but this one didn't do it for me. It's hard to get connected to a story when you dislike both main characters.

Always the same - hot guy, hot body, don't give a fuck attitude, douche - hot girl, hot body, falls for said douche.

Olivia said several times she thought Alex was a douche. I mean I see why, I cringed at their first interaction, he was. She knew that he was involved with her boss a
May 22, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
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I know the game. I know the angle. I know how to make you beg.

My hands on your body, my mouth hovering over yours—I’ll tell you everything you want to hear. Ten inches of real estate never felt so good.

But don’t take my word for it. My client list is long and my motto is short—one single thrust and you’re mine. I’m not good at what I do, I’m fantastic. But satisfaction doesn’t come cheap. So open your wallet and prepare to forget your name. I’m abo
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

I read this because I was interested in reading Talon and some reviews suggested starting from the beginning because there are holes if you don't.

And I was high on allergy meds and didn't want to have to think for a bit.

Plus, I've owned since 2016, apparently.

It could've gone much worse though. 😨 Especially with the male escort plot which isn't really my "jam".

Due to aforementioned allergy meds, this'll be easy, breezy, not-so-beautiful cover girl. *Don't worry, I just rolled my eyes
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Alex Vega aims to please, he is damn good at what he does, and well worth the money he rakes in doing it... problem is for the first time in three years he has doubts about the line of work he is in. Being a high end male escort comes with it's list of complications, so he's created a list of rules that he always follows down to the letter in hopes of keeping things from getting messy. But when a client offers him a healthy sum to escort her to a fancy event he decides to bend his rules just thi ...more
Kristen Johnson
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Alex is a dirty dirty bird and I absolutely adored that about him. He's a high end escort who has no qualms at all about the job he does or the life he leads. He's got an end game, he's got a plan, and for right now raking in the dough through his escort service is just fine for him. He's got rules, and when he breaks one of those rules - attending a function with a client, he meets someone unexpected and his life changes.

Olivia's got one goal in mind, having a successful charity auction so she
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series, on-blog, 2017, erotica
4.5 stars, rounded up.

This is one of those times when I really wish Goodreads had half stars. I'm rounding it up instead of down because the one thing that had me knock a half star off my rating was in regards to a secondary character, not a main one.

It's been a long time since I've read a M/F romance. I saw Thrust on Amazon and decided to take a chance. I've been known to buy books based solely on their covers and I shallowly admit that this was one of those times. Look at it. :)

With that being
Juliana Philippa
This is my first book by Sybil Bartel and wow. I mean, WOW. Talk about sizzling!! I don't read too much of this genre and I am never a fan of insta-lust (which is usually what this genre operates on, I know), but for some reason, this book worked for me. Alex is totally an asshole at times—wow is he an asshole, and selfish, self-centered, demanding, etc.—sometimes. He's also super, super sexy though and his attraction to Olivia is wowzers; he falls, and he falls hard for her.

When it comes to Oli
Kilby Blades
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is worth a read, and reads quickly and easily. I was eager to see how the plot unfolded (indeed, it is very plot-driven) and there was a lot of great material in it, but it hit a pet peeve of mine that made me wish the author had taken the characterizations farther.

SPOILERS: An extremely high-priced gigolo (Alex) with regard for little other than his bank account creates a mess for aspiring therapy dog trainer (Liv) when two of his clients get into a catfight over him at her charity fu
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I actually really enjoyed this book! I just love how the characters are written. Olivia is a great character.

I thought each and every character was written very uniquely, which is amazing for a writer. Each character had their own level of either spice or sass or baggage really. Alex got on my nerves at times, but as you read the book you understand why he does some of the things he does. I felt as though the author was unclear at times, or the author probably needed to go deeper into the differ
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
Four Stars

This was ridiculously HOT. Kinda an insta-lust/insta-love, well at least from the Hero's POV. I enjoyed the heroine's reluctance in the beginning but as the story progressed her stubbornness was off putting. Aside from that minor flaw, this story was pretty fun to read and like I said before...ridiculously HOT.
Deb Carroll
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy Hotness!

10 stars for all 10" !!! No joke you have got to read this book! This was my first book by this author and it won't be my last!
This book had me at service dogs, threw down at the vodka bottle and drove it home with 10" of yumminess! I loved Olivia and Alex. I disliked Jesse a lot and I could have used some more beat down on that part but it just shows how invested I was in the story I was and how close to Olivia I felt. This book has ALL the feels. I highly recommend it!
Patrixia Lansangan
This was a great read and fun! I’ve been having reading slumps lately due to Netflix shows, but slowly but surely, I’ll keep reading! 😊😊😅
This is the worst book I have ever read!
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sex-workers
New to me author. This was a mf contemporary story with ex military escorts. Great start to the series. I’ll read more from this author.
Liz Gavin
5 ***** Alex Vega: Best book-boyfriend ever

Breathtaking. That’s “Thrust” in one word in oh-so-many ways. It’s got everything: A refreshing plot, dual POV, a drool-worthy male main character, a strong-willed female main character, a host of complex supporting characters, just to name a few qualities.

I found the idea of the hero being a male escort to be totally new and refreshing. Personally, it was the first time I read a romance with this premise and the reason I bought it, in the first place.
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
First, I love this series!

This is Alex and Olivia's book and it is brutal in some ways and super hot and sexy in others.

When Olivia is trying to raise money for her business training dogs to help soldiers with PTSD, she had no idea she would meet an arrogant playboy who will tear her world upside down and inside out. So when she does meet him and things get crazy she tries to send him on his way in not so unclear terms. Too bad he doesn't want to listen.

When the man she loves, Jesse, makes his
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Steamy with lots of drama and emotion. I loved both of these characters. The story is fast paced and really draws you in. The sex is off the charts hot! I loved it!
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Awesome book and this was my first time with this Author can't wait to read more!!!!! Happy reading ❤ ...more
JESSICA ~Snuggly Bear Paws~
Bought it on a whim. Sweet story of love at first sight, but the struggle with a past.
I only finished Thrust so I could explain in detail just how much I hated it in general and, to be specific, the "hero". It's been a long time since a book has made me so want to reach through the pages and strangle someone, but someone needs to take him down a peg or 5000. Scratch that. Someone needs to end him.

He's an arrogant prick who thinks he's what every woman needs in bed. In reality, half the shit he does sounds painful. After sex with him, she describes her flesh as "very sore, very u
This review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Claire.

I read Rough during it’s blog tour a few months ago and am on the blog tour for Grind next month so wanted to go back and read the first book in this series as soon as possible so that I was fully up to date with the series. Boy am I glad I did. Alex is a stonking leading man and everything you love to hate in a man, OK everything I love to hate in a man!

He’s rude, abnoxious, arrogant, an escort, and he doesn’t do relationships of any kind. I
This is the first book in Ms Bartel's thrust series, and I loved it!
Alex Vega, sexy, dominant, arrogant and great at his job ;Alex has the bank account and the client list to prove it .
Alex is happy working as an escort, routine clients, rules, no emotional attachments and money for his investments. However one fateful night he breaks his own rules , no seeing each other outside of the bedroom; he agrees to go to a fund raiser with a client for 20 Grand .Unfortunately what starts out as a pleas
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Sybil grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She used to dream of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books about wistful summer days and first loves drew her into the world of storytelling.

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 t

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