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(The Alpha Escort Series #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  765 ratings  ·  112 reviews

I’m not your boyfriend. I’m not the guy next door. I don’t even play nice.

My hands twisting in your hair, my whispered demand in your ear—I’m the fantasy you’ll wish you never had.

When I’m through with you, every inch of your body will know where I’ve been. Your only thought will be the insatiable ache between your legs as my name drags across your lips. You won’t cr
Published March 20th 2017 (first published March 2017)
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Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it

Jared was HOT!

That's all.
*****4.5 Stars*****

WoW!…And I do mean…OMG…WoW…

This is my first read of Sybil Bartel and it most certainly won’t be my last. OMG…if I knew this author can write so HOT I wouldn’t wait this long to read some of her’s books. I couldn’t put this book down.

The story starts with our hero, Jared… Ex-Marine, a hot and sexy guy, with light brown eyes and dirty blond hair, who for the last three years works as a male escort. He doesn’t do this for the money but he makes it because he enjoys the control. H
Juliana Philippa
“You’ve been with a lot of women.”
I didn’t deny it. I’d been with countless women, but none were her. “Enough to know what I want.”
She looked up at me. “Why me?”
I cupped her face and stroked her bottom lip with my thumb. “Because you make me nervous.”
This is my second book by Sybil Bartel, the first being Thrust, the first in this series. Bartel is one scorching writer, let me tell you! I loved the relationship between Sienna and Jared; the exchanges from the beginning are priceless and left m
Dec 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, on-blog, erotica, 2018
A few months ago I stumbled across Thrust. I admit that the blurb almost kept me from buying it. I'm glad I took a chance because it turned out to be a really good book. Rough is book #2 in that series.

Like Alex in Thrust, Jared is a high-priced escort. While Alex (before he found love with Olivia) liked it slow and steady with his clients, Jared wants it hard and rough. Women are willing to pay A LOT of money for a few hours of hard and rough in his bed. Everything changes when Jared agrees to
Ammie *Ammie's Book Obsession*


Fast-paced, ray, gritty and all consuming with a bit of suspense and awesome characters.

Gah!!! This is simply amazing. This is my first Sybil Bartel read and she completely blew me away with this one...I think I am going to be her loyal reader from now on. She has a way about her writing that completely consumes you. This is the type of book that results in ORD (Obsessive Reading Disorder) *lol lol*

The story starts with Jared, a man too handsome and arrogant for his own good. He is
Hart's Reader Group
This is the second book in the Thrust series, featuring sexy former Marines who've decided to work out their PTSD and war-time aggressions using no-strings-attached sex. They just happen to get paid for all that sex.

In this book, Jared falls for the shy, untrusting, Sienna. He falls HARD, and it is so delicious to watch. His immediate attraction to her, his desperation to have her, his desire to own her... It was so sensual and amazing. There's just something about an alpha male falling for his
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, 2017-reads
Omg ! This story was sexually explosive from the onset.What a page turner loved it from cover to cover and this was one major hot read !
I want more of Jared! I was sorry to see this story to end and what a cliffhanger! I can definitely tell this is going to be a series that I am going to love.I love the character's they were engaging and fun to read about.

My favorite character is going to have to be Jared.That guy was hot as sin,crude,was foul mouthed,dominate,rough dirty,sexual,had a temper tha
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
Hard, fast, deep, long, in-out, harder, harder, harder. Hot. Sexy. Raw. Rough. Kinky. Ex-military hunk with serious dominate male syndrome. Jared had a need to be in control. He had the lifestyle or say job that allowed him to exert that control over women and their bodies. He was well compensated for the job he did. That was until he found one client that he wanted to do more than just control and dominate. He desired her. He wanted her. He needed her. He wanted to make her feel the kink, the h ...more
Cheryl Whitty
Wow I am trying to cool down that was a hot read. Jared was one hunk of a man who was not expecting to meet a woman like Sienna. He was affected straight away, and started treating her different from the beginning. There is plenty of hot sex and some of the things he says to Sienna my god hot, the steam is still coming off my kindle.
This book is part of a series of standalone books with a connected group of ex-servicemen who have the left the service with a variety of problems and use sex to co
Jackie (Jackie's Book World)
***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***

Not having read any other book by the author before, I was really impressed with the author's execution of the story and the feels that it gave me even after finishing the book. From the sexy cover to the intriguing synopsis, Rough will leave you wanting for more.

At the beginning of the story we get to meet Jared, the very good looking ex-marine whose current job is being a male escort. Though he doesn't care for the money that the job br
Well, this book was hotter than Hades 🔥
I enjoyed the book as a whole, but was a tiny bit disappointed with the ending. Just a smidge.
Jared was fantastic. Sienna was a sort of restrained badass that I appreciated.
This is a really sexy, fun series.
Strictly not for the weak hearted. Alpha badasseriness from start to finish.

I got a feeling I'm gonna enjoy SB's other books just as much.
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wow!!!! And I do mean Wow!!!!! Honestly I couldn't put this book down and it's been awhile since that has happen... seriously I started Monday afternoon and just finished. This is only my third book by Ms. Bartel and most definitely will not be my last. I absolutely Loved Jared she wrote him Perfectly...Strong, Sexy, Dominate and Slightly Flawed. Jared wasn't perfect but yet he was just perfect!! I loved how he fell hard for Sienna...she was innocent, headstrong and stubborn but Jared made her S ...more
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it
this book was kind of disappointing. I thought Jared's character would be.. I don't know more hard to get? To me the insta love /insta attraction plot didn't really work well here and there was legit no actual development with the characters relationship. Throughout the book, Jared and Sienna just dealt with the football situation and they fighting their feelings. So I expected more from this book. Yet overall it wasn't a bad story just not what I was looking for.
Jannin (The Booknerd Dragon)
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’ve read this book right after I finished the book Dangerous Rock and if you bessies have read my review about that book you’ll understand why I like this book almost immediately. Though Dangerous Rock have the same genre, they do not have the same feels. I didn’t feel anything in that book as compare to this one. The first encounter of the main characters already made me love them instantly!

I love just how possessive Jared towards Sienna. Like seriously. I like how alpha Jared is but there ar
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holly hotness. That was one hell of a book. So well done and
beautify written. Felt like I was right there.

This story is about Jared and Sienna. It starts just after catching
her boyfriend cheating on her. And with of all things it is with one
of the cheerleaders on the team. So in a fit of anger she decides to
higher an escort. She thinks at the end of the night it is all done
with, but then she gets a call from Jared who is filling in for Alex.
Jared is totally different this totally Alpha dom
Alyssa Janine Busia
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
A story about a guy named Jared, who used to be part of marine and now working as a male escort, and a lady named Sienna, who hired Jared for a night so she can forget her break-up with her boyfriend.

This is another book that I've read this year that has some erotic scenes on it and so far, I like this one. Though, I admit that I'm just skipping those scenes as I'm more interested on the story of the characters.

The plot is well-written. The story is also not boring because there are scenes that
Witchy Richey's Booktastic Reviews
Holy turn your panties to ash! I mean incinerate them right inside your pants. Ya know what just take them off before you read it will make it easier. Plus you may want to grab your partner and keep him close, there may be some frustration to work off while you are reading, YES it is that hot. Wiggle in your seat, alpha male oozing out his pores, holy crapola that's hot, kinda read.

Jared Brandt, well he's kind of a arse. But he is all alpha, all the time and his eyes are on the prize. A sweet l
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh boy. If you thought book one was hot, book two is scorching! Alex, Jared and Dane (book three) are all ex-marines who were involved in the same accident when their Humvee hit an IED. They’ve been home for three years and decided, for different reasons, to become escorts. Alex and Jared are in it for the insane amount of money they make and Dane is in it for the release he gets by having sex with different women.

The books have quite a bit of crossover, with the same characters popping up and t
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I’m so glad I gave this book and this author a chance, cause I have to admit I wasn’t all that hopeful going in. I knew nothing about the author, and I thought the book would be just another alpha military dude falling in love with a sweet, sweet girl. This was so much more. It has depth, realness, heartbreak. It also was a bit edgy, dark and harsh. I liked her, I liked him and I really liked their connection. It was never doll and even though I tried I never could guess what was happening
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I can't believe that this is my first book by Sybil Bartel! Rough was so good and I couldn't put it down! When I read the blurb I knew I had to take a chance on this new to me author and I was hoping for the best. This one was such a nice surprise because it was everything I had hoped for and more. I am definitely going to have to check out Sybil's other books and I cannot wait to read more from her!

Jared a former Marine has spent the last th
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jared Brandt likes to keep things light, no relationships, strings,... none of that crap! He's waltzes in, works his magic on you, leaves you satisfied, collects his reward, and then moves on. Some may find his style a little abrasive, rough at times, but that's what you get when you take this alpha home, and he's sure to make it worth your while. His time in the military made him a hardened man, one with lots of scars that he'd like to stay buried down deep, hence his deal with keeping things e ...more
Caroline F
Gah! LOVED this book! It’s raw, compelling and insanely hot!

“She was stunning. Young and pure and beautiful – I’d f*ck her up in ways she’d never imagined.”

Jared Brandt, ex-Marine, has spent the last three years as a male escort. He doesn’t really need the money but he enjoys the control, as he carries the emotional as well as the physical scars from his years in the military. He’s the epitome of dominant alpha. When he sets eyes on Sienna Montclair, she’s the picture of sweet innocence. He kno
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jared meets Sienna when he agrees to take Alex’s (Thrust) clients for the night. She had seen Alex one time previously and she was shy and not the type Jared usually saw. He likes it rough and thinks she is to vanilla for him. But that changes pretty quickly once they meet. Since getting injured and discharged from the Marines Jared wants control in all things and that is why he became an escort. Sienna works for a professional football team and she is having problems with one of the players. Th ...more
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wish everyone knew about Sybil Bartel's books because they are spectacular - and, I read a book a day so I promise you, her books are dam awesome! This book is about Jared and Sienna. Jared is ex military, a wounded vet who is probably one of the hottest, domineering alpha males hero's who somehow has a soft wonderful loveable side who has no desire to have a relationship until he meets Sienna. Their chemistry is immediate and intense. Sybil's stories draw you in until you feel all the emotion ...more
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While reading Thrust, the first story in this three-book arc, I was caught off-guard by the descriptions of Jared and felt compelled to learn his history. I wasn't expecting it to break my heart, but it did, several times. I don't have the honor of knowing many veterans, and none closely, but if their experience is anything like that portrayed by Ms. Bartel, then I'm even more grateful for their service today than I was yesterday. Great characters, more richly written than many in this genre. No ...more
Brittany (The Crafty Engineer's Bookshelf)
Rough is the second book in the Thrust series. If you are new to this series, it features former Marines who are using no-strings attached sex to work through their PTSD. They just happen to be paid for their services.

Jared is a former Marine who works as a male escort. He's sexy as sin and likes to be in control. Sienna is using the escort service to get over her ex and she is expecting to meet Jared when she goes for her second meet up. They had a rough first meeting but undeniable chemistry.
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You think you like alpha-males? You think you know what it takes to be an alpha male?

Well, not until you've read Sybil Bartel's novels you don't.

I'm just gonna come out and say it - Sybil Bartel has ruined me for ANY male dominant character in any other author's novels. I find myself yearning for the type of strikingly-hot alpha dominance that Sybil's men ooze.


I cannot NOT get enough. Not only are the male characters strong, the plots are so interesting and captivating. What's better than a
Jaime Ryter
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Match Made in Heaven

Of all of the books that I have read by this author, this may be one of my favorites. I have an EXTREME appreciation for our military servicemen and women. I am drawn to these alpha men that are broken and have a hard time assimilating back to civilian life, and that is what the hero in this book is.

A wounded, retired marine turned male escort meets a preacher's daughter. How's that for a match made in heaven?! Her innocence broke into this broken marine's heart and put him
Kelly Brock

Although I didn't hate this I didn't love it nearly as much as Thrust. I absolutely fell in love with Adam's story but this one seemed so completely different. They didn't even seem like they were stories from the same series. The male escort premise was the only similarity.

Jared is rough, aggressive, and dominating. Sienna is an Admin for a defensive coordinator in the NFL. That's kind of where the disconnect was for me. I didn't love the pro football back drop. It just made her ex, her fa
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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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