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Hard Truth

(Alpha Antihero #4)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  149 ratings  ·  39 reviews
I couldn't escape the hard sins of my past.

I couldn't unsee the truths in my mistakes.

Every breath she took was a reminder of the pain I'd caused.

Growing up at the mercy of a madman, I swore I would never give anyone that kind of power over me again. But here I was, on my knees, begging for a life I lost.

Except no amount of forgiveness would bring it back.

Published May 18th 2020
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May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Some love stories are sweet and easy to read and feel bringing you a smile on your face, some are more angsty and suspenseful, but there are also stories that will break your heart in pieces and have you in tears for almost every page turned. Just like this one. Candle and his heroine have passed through hell along the way, sometimes together, sometimes separately but their feelings towards each other never faded.
Together they overcome the loss of fate in their love, in their life and gained th
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How do I describe how this final book in Ms Bartel's 'Alpha Anti-H' series about Candle/Tarquin Scott made me feel? How?
The best thing I can say is how MUCH it made me FEEL. As in tears, as in my heart clenching with uncharacteristic emotion, as in MELTING, as in actual sobs being contained in my chest. ME.
I have read virtually ALL of Ms. Bartel's books. I've loved them. I love her Alpha Heroes & swoon imagining them as I read. But, oh my Lord, Candle. Candle. I do not know where Ms Bartel plum
Jaime Ryter
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a ride! Hard Truth is book 4 in the Alpha Antihero series and did it ever start out with a bang! I believe after the first chapter, my exact words were “How you gonna do me like that?!” My heart physically hurt and it wouldn’t stop for many, many more chapters. But, in true Sybil fashion, she began to mend the little pieces of my heart back together and redeemed the antihero.

This entire series had a personal (to me) element. I’m not a huge crier, unless something means a lot to me. So tell
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: love-it
Candle like always made me fall in love , his character is so well written, he is so interesting and so unique, he steals your heart, no questions asked. He is one of the best Hero's i read in a long time😍😍 i literally pout every time he did something sweet, i melted, i could read about him all the time and never get tired of him.

Shaila, shit i still hate the author choice for her, i hated all she is been trough 😥 i'm still so mad and pissed for it, no matter how much Candle did to close her pa
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I couldn’t concentrate on my work, I just wanted to continue reading. One book after another. I read all four in one day. Yes I’m clearly insane but it’s Sybil’s fault coz she’s such a talented author and created addicting stories that sucked you in and won’t let you go until you have read the last word. I felt it, all the hurt, all the pain, all the anger, all the angst and all the love.
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Worth your reading time

These two broke my heart! I loved every minute of it! Reading their story, this series was soooo worth every bit of time.
Mia Searles (The Muses Circle)
"You didn't have to light all those candles." Her voice turned reverent. "You were the candle."

My heart. Thank God it is strong because I feel like it's been through the ringer. HARD TRUTH was everything that a conclusion to a series should be. This review is so hard to write because I can't get into details for fear of spoilers. Just know this-- Tarquin "Candle" Scott has become my favorite alpha hero (or in this case, anti-hero) of all time. Let me say that again, favorite alpha hero of ALL TI
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hard Truth embodies the love, anguish and heartbreak one suffers through wrapped up in one beautifully tormented novel, starring our antihero Tarquin "Candle" Scott. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 STARs

This novel is a part of series, and Hard Truth is the last and final book in the Alpha Antihero series with some appearances from other characters that appear in Sybil Bartel's other books.

Tarquin "Candle" Scott ripped my heart, got on the back of his Hog, revved that sexy thing up and ran over it multiple times. And y
Susana Sousa
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
🕯Tarquin🕯& ❤Shaila❤: The Grand Finale!!!

Hard Truth it's the 4th and final installment in the Alpha Antihero series and must be read after books #1, #2, and #3.
I must confess that these books were very difficult for me to review due to the fact that they brought up so many emotions and feelings that the truest and most honest words could only come out from experiencing such a wonderful story! Tarquin and Shaila's journey was not an easy one: they had very different upbringings, but at the same t
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think my heart stopped! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Okay, I am already a huge fan and then Sybil started writing this anti hero series with Candle and I thought how will she be able to balance this dark character? This won’t be easy, especially when Candle has been a bad guy throughout many of the previous books but I shouldn’t have worried because this author nailed it! What an amazing rollercoaster! This is now the 4th and final instalment covering Candle’s journey and the author saved the best for last. Thi ...more
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Five stars. Maybe even six stars but a teeny tiny bit disappointed with the last book.

I loved her, but I really, really loved him. He came out as a complete asshole in the previous series and I was really excited to get to know him. He did not disappoint and it was so great getting to know him. They were perfect for each other. Their story was heartbreaking, and the ending felt right though the first books was more entertaining than the last one.

Spoiler alert!

The story of Tarquin (Candl
Lisa Reynolds
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Kari Hansen
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Words fail them when I try to describe Candle as he has always been the man you have loved to hate but living his backstory with him gives you such an understanding of his actions and seeing his redemption leaves you breathless. His strength is unwavering, every move he makes is methodical, his demeanor seems cold and detached except for when it comes to Shaila.

Shaila has overcome the despair of her past and she is like a phoenix rising determined to face the future and chart a different course
Mack Black
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You know, I'm a fan of almost all of Bartel's alphahole men. They are the right mix of hero vs a**hole. I live an alpha man more than a weak one, I live a jerk more than a nice one, and add in the military back ground and you basically got me drooling. Candle was.... an anti hero. Military, dark past, blackmail, MC biker gang, you name it, he was involved. He was also so very broken from the events that transpired along the way. I cried so hard for this man. I screamed at him just like Kendall d ...more
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An Incredible Ending To Candle and Shaila’s Story

As always Sybil Bartel did not disappoint. I have loved every book in Tarquin “Candle” Scott’s story. Hard Truth is book 4 of The Alpha Antihero Series. The books in this story can not be read as a standalone. Hard Truth had twists and turns. It had me captivated from the beginning. Hard Truth had heartache, misunderstanding, angst, hope, romance, and love. It was a wonderful continuation and ending to Tarquin and Shaila’s story. It is a well-writ
Reyne Clark
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hard Truth, the 4th and final installment in the Alpha Antihero Series by Sybil Bartel, is an emotionally charged masterpiece that packs a punch. Tarquin Candle Scott is such a dichotomy of light vs. dark; his constant struggle with the events that play out, entertaining, yet equally unsettling. I loved this entire series, even though parts of it were difficult to read. If you are looking for a series filled with intriguing, dynamic, Ex-Military Alphas, lots of action packed pages, and just enou ...more
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful! That one word describes this truly emotional book. I knew Candle’s story had to come to an end, but I don’t think I was ready for it. This entire series is phenomenal! It goes deep into the mind of two truly tortured souls and their undying love for each other. It cemented in my mind that love can really conquer all your demons if you are willing to give it a chance. But you have to be willing to chance it. And these two wonderful characters tried the best way they knew how to in thei ...more
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Shellyann Foisia shaw
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sybil Bartel is the QUEEN of writing about Alphaholes. This story is the 4th book of this series and it grabs the reader by the throat and does not let go until he has finished his business! This character Tarquin ‘Candle’ Scott puts the reader through the meat grinder of feelings. Honestly, I cried my way through from beginning to end. It makes me wanna drive to FLORIDA and become the mama he never had.. Sybil Bartel you ROCK!
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hard Truth is book 4 in Sybil's Alpha Antihero

**This is part of a series AND CANNOT BE READ AS A STANDALONE...Book 1 Hard Limit; Book 2 Hard Justice; and Book 3 Hard Sin**

Tarquin "Candle" Scott and Shaila Hawkins story comes to end with so much love, angst, and heartbreak.
They've been to hell and back; can they overcome their past and find happily ever after.... you gotta read to find out!

All the feels....what a rollercoaster....
5 stars
Bonnie Jennings
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
This book had me in tears more than once. Everything Tarquin and Shaila went through.....
I couldn't put it down. It was released this afternoon and I immediately bought it and read it in one sitting. The characters are so well done that you become attached to them. I like how all Sybils series interconnect and you get to read your favorite characters in each book.
I'll definitely read anything she writes.
Lucid Quill
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-reads
Did we expect anything less? OF COURSE NOT! The up and down of this series has been SO thrilling and while I'm sad to see it end I am so glad that I was here for it. The heartache of these characters is like none we've seen from Sybil before. We've seen tragedy, but always the aftermath. This series gets into the before during and after and paints such a grisly beautiful picture it's impossible not to think about it for days after. It's everything I wanted and much much more. ...more
Jericho McKraven
Nov 24, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm kinda shocked it's over. I was expecting more to the end, more happiness, more of a glimpse into their future. Maybe that's in the books about the other characters. 🤷🏼‍♀️

I was kinda irritated with Hard Truth, but it was good enough to read.

Just like with the rest of the series it comes with a trigger warning. If you like biker books with really messed up characters, pick up these books!
Apr 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Overall I would recommend this series. It is an intense journey and Candle/Tarquin is a very dominant personality. The things that both main characters survived were horrific, and their relationship is hard to understand at times. I really enjoyed the glimpses of the others I had read about in previous books. I often found myself thinking about what these characters were going through when I wasn’t reading, but this story is not for the faint of heart.
Kimberly Brodsky
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing! What a ride this series has been and for this last installment Sybil did not disappoint! Everything these two have to go through will break your heart, Tarquin and Shaila are amazing characters who fight to overcome the odds placed in front of them. 5 stars does not give this series justice- hurry up and get your copy and thank me later!
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How can I love Candle so much!! Sybil has created the ultimate ending to the torturous love story of Candle and Shaila. For a man on the outside I would hate, I couldn’t stop reading his struggle on the journey to fulfill his heart. Wow, just wow!! My heart just kept breaking and being put back together. Loved every moment!!
Yadira Duprey
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Let’s begin with a WOW!!! This is the last book in the Alpha Antihero Series by Sybil Bartel, it got all the feels. It’s raw at its best, it let me transport myself with them through out the book. Thank you for giving them this story Sybil it was much needed. As always you out did yourself. Great read if you like Ex-military Alphas full of hot steamy passion and action packed.
ToniAnn Papa
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Holy hell. What a ride I went on with Candle and Shalia. THIS IS NOT A STAND A LONE. My heart got ripped out along with Candle's. You will feel every raw emotion while reading this book. From a smile to raging jealously, we get it all. I knew from the beginning this would be the story that took it all the way, but, I wasn't expecting this! ...more
R. Beach
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love love love this four book series. Tarquin and Shaila have so many tribulations and things to work through as well as overcome. I can't give this book enough stars or this series. Having the backstory on him after reading the other books is so great. Highly recommend this and the previous series that introduces us to Tarquin 'Candle' Scott. Stay True, Candle. Stay True. ...more
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Sybil Bartel is a USA Today Bestselling author of unapologetic Alpha heroes. Whether you're reading her Romantic Suspense, Military Romance or Bad Boy Bodyguards, all of her heroes are sexy as sin and unwaveringly Alpha!

Sybil lives in South Florida with her wonderful family and one furry canine.


Other books in the series

Alpha Antihero (5 books)
  • Hard Limit (Alpha Antihero, #1)
  • Hard Justice (Alpha Antihero, #2)
  • Hard Sin (Alpha Antihero, #3)
  • The Alpha Antihero Series: Books 1-2

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