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(Alpha Bodyguard #2)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  512 ratings  ·  76 reviews


Gun for hire.

I didnt care what you called it, the end result was always the same.

You paid me for a job, you got results. The Marines trained me to shoot, but life taught me to aim. Working for the best personal security firm in the business was a stepping stone. Put in my time, build the resume, then move on. I didnt do attachments, on any level.

Until a
Published November 5th 2018
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Melanie A.
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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4.5 STARS!
"There's more than chemistry here. I know it."
As always, Ms. Bartel delivers! I've really come to love the world she's created for her ex-Marines, many of whom make cameos in this book. Spending time with these guys is such a pleasure.

Plot in a nutshell: Brooke made a lot of bad choices when she was a teenager. Years later, she's doing her best to escape her past when she meets Garrett, a jaded Marine who's almost finished his third tour.

Though he knows she's trouble, Garrett
Giorgia ~ Reads


I actually enjoyed this book.. it was fast paced, had some good dialog, I liked the interaction between the two lead characters and that's about it.

Do I actually believe this is a great book and would I recommend it indiscriminately? No.

Just to be clear, I could nitpick or simply point out what this book does wrong but tbh I don't feel like it because in the end it didn't matter. Sometimes I read books and I can't shut up about the stuff that bothered me but in this case I feel
Mindy Lou's Book Review
If you love to read about real alpha men, you gotta read Sybil Bartel's books. Holy moly, does she really know how to bring us a hero who what I call a manly man. These men are pure Alpha. They are military trained. They are deadly. The best part, they are true protectors and so, so good to their women.

Collin is everything I mentioned above and more. Every time I read one of Bartel's books, I gotta make room for a new favorite. I love that she also brings back past heroes to make an appearance
Samantha I Love HEA Romance Book Blog
Another 5 Star read from this amazing author! Her alpha men are just delicious, and I need more! This book so SOOOO good, I dived right into it even before I read the burb. This book has a whole lot of action, and is definitely a very intriguing read.

Collins is ex military. He is rough, tough, and in my eyes he is an absolute sweetheart! His back story isnt a terribly happy one. Collins is an alpha just like the rest of his security workmates.
Brookelyn has secrets, secrets that could get her
Juliana Philippa
3.75 stars
I love Sybil Bartel and this is the first book of hers I've read in her Alpha Bodyguard series. I didn't like it as much as her others, mostly because the heroine kind of annoyed me. I feel like with Bartel, we a lot of times get these heroines who are in these super bad situations (usually involving an ex or current boyfriend) and I find that annoying, with the constant damsel-in-distress trope, especially since it usually involves the heroine also hiding things that then lead to
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me this has been a fab introduction to the work of Sybil Bartel.

The chemistry/heat between Collin and Brookelyn was written and teased out wonderfully.

A strong alpha male who doesn't cross the line into being an ass - perfect. Add in a resilient sassy heroine, action, and a story that flows well and you have yourself a hot engaging read.
Lager & Lefse Book Blog
Thank you, Jaime, for the recommendation of this book. I loved this book and highly recommend it as well! Review to follow!!
Lissanne Jones
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have never come across another romance author who can create alphas quite as well as this one. Her alphas are hot, unrelenting, bossy and dominating. I found Collins to be a little softer around the edges than his fellow bodyguards, but that made him all the more endearing.

The story starts three years ago. Collins is back in Miami for twenty-four hours to see his ailing mother and he drops in to see a friend, Dax Tyler, (the brother of the Tyler who stars in the next book, Reckless) at his
Mikky (Nocturnal Predators Reviews)
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This was such a good book! I loved seeing characters from this author's other novels coming together to help out a fellow comrade. I like seeing the family dynamic all these grown men have with men they served with in the military.

I adore Collins. He's a perfect balance of the so-called "alpha" trope and being a respectful human being. He doesn't cross the line from "alpha" into jack*ss, which I am eternally grateful to the author for. I liked how he pushed when something
Lee Piper
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy hotness, shes done it again.

Sybil Bartels, Merciless (The Alpha Bodyguard Series) is everything a reader wants in a book. Theres an alpha af hero, resilient, sassy heroine, jam-packed action scenes, and smokin hot sex. Heck, your heartrate will double, possibly triple, in some parts of this well-crafted novel.


Yep, those two words are synonymous with Bartels work. In fact, they represent what I love most about her writing. Sybil is a master at three-dimensional character
Kate Garrard
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another hit here for Sybil!!! I love her writing. She creates amazing stories with hot and sexy alpha men you cant or dont want to say no to. The chemistry has me hooked from the beginning. Cant wait to get into the next book. ...more
Liz Booker
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book! The storyline flowed very well, and quickly. A very enjoyable read.
Oct 23, 2019 rated it liked it
My least favorite in the series.
Kristen Johnson
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Collins Collins Collins. I'll have to think of the words to describe your book.
Christina Youngren
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, gripping, gut wrenching, funny, sweet, sexy, heart warming and so many more things is what this book was. I didnt want to put it down and I didnt want it to end. The characters are spectacular and the story so fabulously written. The chemistry between these two shines through on every page they are and add in the little surprise that sweetens the whole deal and oh my, you have something truly special. Along with them are friends from the past and its always so dang awesome seeing them ...more
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We are introduced to Collins (a Marine) home from Afganistan for only hours to attend to a family emergency. Exhausted mentally & locked up emotionally, Collins spares a few hours to visit his friend's bar to talk, drink & maybe pick up a woman for the night. It's there he meets Brookelyn, timid, haunted & terrified of people: male or female.
Collins finds Brookelyn pulls at him as no other woman has, her beauty yes, but it is more the expression in her eyes that calls to him like a
Jeriann Fisher
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I Couldn't Put It Down.

Merciless is Sybil Bartel's new stand-alone & nobody does alpha United States Marine heroes and lightning-paced romantic suspense quite like her. Garrett Collins. Remember that name. He's a tough but tender Marine home on a very short leave when he has a one-night stand with a mysterious, troubled young woman who tells him her name is Brookelyn, but he senses something phony about that. He doesn't care because she pushes all his buttons, if you know what I mean. She
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My fav author and every book is a must read. Im not going to specifically tell you what this book is about because you have the blurb and other reviews as well accept to say its a five star read. If you havent read Sybil Bartels entire library _ you are missing out! This author writes books that make you forget everything - they are perfectly written, they flow just right, they captivate and draw you in, they are funny, sweet, action packed and emotionally tense and I guarantee not only that you ...more
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Collins knew he couldn't walk away from the beautiful woman with the haunted eyes. Stateside for only a matter of hours, he cannot deny the pull he feels. Brookelyn knows she has to get away from here as soon as possible. Her past has come calling and it is never going to let her go. She wants to be in his arms so bad but its impossible. When he asks her to stay in his condo till he gets back from his last tour, she lies and says yes. Three years later and Collins is stunned to see the woman he ...more
Nicole Levy
Merciless is a highly enjoyable, sexy, wild ride jam-packed with some badass bodyguards.

Brooke and Collins are electric together, and their story is high action and far more than just insta-lust.

Merciless is a solid 4.5 stars for me--the pacing is the only thing that kept me from rounding up! Specifically, it's hard to place the prologue (though this could be intentional), and there's a lot of rushing through time for the action to be over pretty quickly. Though it ultimately works, I found
LianaReads blog
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sybil Bartel was new to me author until a few months ago when someone recommended her books and I got hooked since then. I love how she manages to describe every character to their souls, the very alpha marines with the biggest heart that falls for sassy heroines.
Although my favourite is Neil, aka the Viking, Garrett comes very close to replace Neil in my list and thats a huge thing. He is everything i love about a hero. Even after 3 years he still thinks of that night with her and wants her
Sam Simpson
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book even more then the first one! It hooked me in within the first few pages and you know its a good book when it does that... I really loved reading About Collins! He was the ultimate book hero! He was totally swoon worthy!
Brooke on the other hand started out alright but after a while some of her decisions frustrated me. I could see why she felt she had no choice when it came to Nathan but sometimes I found myself screaming at her because she just kept lieing when she
Tracie Simister
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I gave this Book a rating of ✩s
Title: Merciless
Series: (The Alpha Bodyguard Series Book 2)
Genre: Former Military Romance, Billionaire Romance
Author: Sybil Bartel
Format: Kindle Edition
Published on: Nov 5, 2018

I voluntarily received a Courtesy Copy of this book from the author and am choosing to leave a review.
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Characters Descriptions:
Colin is a former Marine turned
Madame Smarty
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sybil-bartel
Collins: DAMN, freaking hot first nite together. Heartbreaking reunion... The passion between these two was da BOM and I couldnt get enough. Yum hot yum 💋💋

The spelling & punctuation was very good although I did have to make edits along the way. The ending was delicious and I would definitely read this again. Thankyou so much Sybil! 💋💋💋

Overall Rating: 🔥🔥🔥
✔ Interesting plot, kept me in suspense
✔ Characters described in detail
✔ HOT alpha
✔ Broody alpha
✔ Likeable & strong female
✔ Hot Alpha
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't trust all the 5 star reviews when I was vetting this book because none of the ppl I followed ever read it and I did not recognize not one name of the reviewers below . So, I thought...this is probably all the authors friends and they're just supporting their friend. Boy oh boy, even if that was/ IS the case is does not matter because the book is definitely 5 stars for me as well! I DEVOURED this book!!

I'm going to read Scandalous and see if Sybil Bartel can capture me again the way she
Shellyann Foisia shaw
I would give this 10 stars if I could!!

In this story I loved how FAST they fell in love but didnt call it that because .... well .... life and other issues just gets in the way sometimes. Scandalous was a great book, but MERCILESS is another step above! I also loved reading that my favorite, Talerico was back (loved loved loved him in Talon) and the rest of the guys. I am now getting to the next one in line. Keep em coming Ms. Bartel!!! I just simply love the way you think, and them put it into
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Collins is a Marine. He is home on a short leave when he meets Brookelyn. Brookelyn is a woman haunted by her past who is running and has no intention of getting close to anyone. They spend a night together and then dont see each other for three years, when Collins sees her with a child who is his spitting image. But things are not what they seem and though he his beyond angry at her he makes some startling realizations. Will they be able to find a way through the mess that is her life? I really ...more
Sabrina Pawn
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sybil never ceases to amaze me! The Alpha Bodyguard Series- Merciless is another 5 star read that left me speechless and loving her books even more.

Collins and Brookelyn were everything. This book was scorching hot and amazing!!! My God the chemistry, his alphaness, her stubbornness, everything was hands down the best and left me wanting more, in my feels, drooling from the mouth- it left me wanting so much more.

I loved this book and I cant wait to read Tyler and Sawyers story. Job well done
Andrea Floyd
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

This book has it all plenty of twists and turns, action packed, intrigue and suspense, add in a little mystery, and romance and what more could you want. The characters are interesting and thoroughly enjoyable, you have a strong independent woman who is trying to get away from a bad situation, a marine who wants to help, a psychotic ex boyfriend working with the cartel, and a great set of retired vets . This book is well worth your time to read, I can't wait to read the next
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Getting better

With each new book I read by this author I find I like her more and more. The blurb made me think most of this story takes place in the present but it takes place in the past for almost 45% of the book. Which I didnt like, but it still didnt take away from the story. I liked how Garrett and Brooke met and instantly felt something souls deep but it was years before they professed that. Add in a baby he didnt know about and the Cartel and you have a book with romance, steamy sex and
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