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DaneI’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 thoDaneI’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....

Title : Grind
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ISBN : 34748773
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Number of Pages : 102 Pages
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Grind Reviews

  • Elizabeth (Liz)
    2019-02-07 14:34

    4.5

  • April
    2019-01-17 09:26

    Great Book!!!

  • Melanie A.
    2019-01-31 12:22

    Gah!! So good! It's now official, I'm Sybil Bartel's #1 fan-girl. This was pure trashy dominant alpha awesomeness - it hit all of my buttons and checked all of my boxes!We first met Irina in Thrust, book 1. She was the the client who had left her husband that Alex couldn't wait to get rid of. The story picks up where Dane comes home early and is on the phone with Alex, wanting to know who's in his house. I loved the cross over portions between the books, they were really well done, and I'd always wondered what happened to Irina - and now I know. She turned out to be so much more than she'd ever told Alex. Her whole life was one dark, twisted story that Dane unravels piece by piece as he falls in love with her.Like Thrust, this one takes place over a very short period of time. It's jam-packed with action, emotion, and smut of the super-hot, dark(ish), dominant variety. And while perhaps Irina's self-doubt and Dane's refusal to give her any real 'hope' are dragged out a bit too far, I can't say enough good things about this book, which at its heart is a love story. His thumb brushed at my tears and his expression turned serious. "You okay?"No. But for the first time in five years, I started to feel like I would be. Loved it!!

  • Cindi
    2019-01-31 16:25

    Hands down my favorite in the series. You don't have to read the first two books but I highly suggest that you do. The first one I loved. The second one I was iffy about. This one? Just... wow.I can’t express how much I loved this book. Had I read it in 2017 when it was published it definitely would’ve been right up there with my favorite books of the year. Dane is just so amazing. Once he sets his sights on Irina she’s all that matters. He has his rough side but he also has the sweet and caring side. Oh, he tries to always be a bad ass but the reader (and Irina) can see straight through him. He even has a sense of humor that comes out a lot. Irina surprised me. I was iffy about reading the book because I was seriously convinced I’d despise her after seeing her in Thrust. She turned out to be much more than I expected – in a good way.You can find my full review at -

  • Claire
    2019-01-18 13:41

    This review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.Phew! Someone get me a cold shower! Sybil Bartel is definitely a writer I am learning to love, and how can I not when she writes these hot alpha males who are beasts in bed, and have no apologies for the things they do out of bed. Cripes, for a girl that has a weakness for bad boys these books are pretty much perfect.In Grind we take a closer look at Dane, we’ve briefly met him in the previous books but when he stalks onto the page in Grind we know he means business. He’s a cold-blooded killer, an assassin and it runs through his every pore. His connection to the other guys being he occasionally takes an escorting client, one night only, no repeats, not ever. Using the sex as a release after his other jobs. Sexy right?When he returns home early and Irina is in his house, left there by Alex after she left her Arms Dealer Husband Viktor, Dane is far from amused, but she definitely has something he likes. He’s a dominant man and she’s a submissive, but a submissive who has been badly mistreated and conditioned.This book was far more romantic suspense than the previous. There is a lot of violence in this book but still plenty of the sex that makes Sybil Bartel’s books so good. I loved how Dane never changed who he was at the core, he stayed a dark and strong personality, but he fell in love and risked everything to make sure Irina found safety, even if she didn’t want him. He was so damn sexy, his appeal fell off the page.Irina initially appears as weak and broken but as the book progresses you see just how strong she is and how much she is willing to risk to protect other people. She is a beautiful and strong person and all you want is for her to see it in herself.I absolutely fell in love with these characters, this was a brutal story, but the characters have so much strength and their discovery of love is hard but worth it.Sending a huge thanks to Sybil Bartel and Xpresso Book Tours for the eARC so that I could honestly review this book.

  • Ctrl, Alt Books!
    2019-01-22 08:22

    The Thrust series is one of my favorite reads this year. Grind was a highly enthralling read. It was gritty, suspenseful and sexy as hell. It is written in such a way that you really get into the character’s head. You can’t help but feel such deep emotion for these people. Yes, they have had a horrible past but they are trying their best to move forward with their lives.Grind isn’t as light hearted as the other novels are, not that the other books in the series can really be considered light hearted anyway. The contents of this book are dark but also hopeful. The struggle of the characters feels real, as if it were happening to a dear friend of yours.Sybil Bartel has become one of my favorite authors. She writes in such a captivating way. I love all the detail she includes, it really gives the reader a good picture of the story. There are several of her other books that I have on my “to read” list. I can’t wait to continue the Thrust series!5/5~LaynaOriginal blog post

  • Nikki
    2019-01-30 09:34

    OhMyGod! How is possible that these alpha crazed books always rock my world but then somehow the next one is always do much more. I never think they could be topped, but she does it every stinkin time. Alpha, hot, and hellacrazy men drive me crazy. And Dane, Oh. My. Gawd. He just stole the freaking cake and ran with it. These kind of men always break me. I mean hot, sexy, alpha, rugged, deadly, and all together an amazing guy wrapped up in one package, um, yes please! The way he was with Irina set my heart to melting. This man knows his way around a woman, head, heart, body, All! This one can definitely be read as a stand-alone, but after reading this one, I'll guarantee you'll want to read all of these books.This book might not be like the others but if you're a fan of sex, alpha, military, badash's you'll love it just the same. It may have a dark side but it shows the light and all the reasoning why. Give this one a go!!

  • Julie
    2019-02-06 10:45

    Wow! Just loved Grind.Dane is a one time only stud, he's a hard killer who's serious about his work and he never changes his mind about a woman, he'll use you once for a ton of money then your done, goodbye. He finds his life interrupted though when he returns home to find one of Vegas' girls waiting, that does not make him happy.Irina has escaped from an abusive relationship, a relationship that she knew was wrong, that had humiliated her and finally broke her. Dane can see she needs help, but can he prove to her his worth and gain Irina's trust to keep her safe and ultimately coax her into his bed. Holy Hotness! Dane is a seriously hot, alpha, male who's Dangerous with a capital D. He also turns out to be very caring, sensitive and protective too, Irina's couldn't have been in better hands. The story has a dark plot line, which is gripping and very hard to put down once started. A very well written thriller, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I highly recommend it!

  • Layna
    2019-01-19 10:37

    Original Review Here

  • Lisa Mandina
    2019-02-09 16:38

    Just not my type of story. Not bad, just not one I would read with so many other things I want to read.

  • Jody
    2019-02-15 08:23

    Readers will find themselves on a roller coaster ride of emotions with this erotically-charged tale teeming with suspense as two bruised souls find comfort, acceptance, and a place to call home in each other's arms. It's a tale that's atmospheric, a tale that shows readers the depravity of some men's souls, but ultimately gives us hope. On a whole it's a tale that kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish and leaves me wanting more as there's lots of intrigue left to explore.Irina was once naive to the ways of the world until a chance meeting introduced her to the devil. A promise of wealth and ease soon took Irina down a dark path she never planned on, a path teeming with degradation that had her closing off her heart and soul. For five long years she allowed herself to be controlled, to have every aspect of her life dictated by a vile man who traffics in using and abusing women. One night though the degradation goes too far and has her running for her life right into the shelter of a man just as dangerous as who she's running from. The promises Dane makes are tempting and with one soft touch he reawakens her heart. Feelings long buried rise to the surface and have her thinking of the future instead of being haunted by the past. But with her new life in jeopardy Dane must ride to the rescue once again if they have any hope for HEA in a romance that races to a heart pounding conclusion. Irina's clearly lost at the start of the story, beaten down both physically and emotionally, which makes it difficult to warm up to her. To protect herself she erected a harsh and stoic facade that Dane slowly brought down through his care and compassion. Being with Dane gave her a glimpse of unconditional support and that affection can be given without expectation. It's moments like that, ones where she showed a bit of uncertainty in her concept of love, that made it easier to connect to her. She'd experienced the worst life had to offer and seeing her finally rise above it had me cheering for her.Dane Marek's a delicious hero! A former Marine who once killed for God and Country, now kills for wealth. It makes for a lonely life though, one where he just goes through the motions, finding no comfort or anything worth dying for. Meeting Irina changes his life irrevocably and gives him a glimpse of something worth fighting for. Seeing another just as bruised by life as he brings out all his protective instincts and with each word and deed he builds her back up from the hell her Russian master put her through. Theirs is a combustible connection that pushes both of them to their limits. Not since his ex-wife left him has he felt the need to find comfort with another woman, but with Irina he finds acceptance for all the dark deeds he's done and a warm place to call home after years of coldness. Dane's a bit rough around the edges early on but caring for Irina brings out a soft side. His words are erotic at times, full of dirty talk, but at other times he whispers all sorts of sweet words that brought a tear to my eye. He was always a loner, with only his dog Hunter to count on, but when it comes to Irina's safety he doesn't hesitate in calling in his friends as they wage war against the Russian mob. From start to finish Dane's an unforgettable hero who took many lives but with Irina he saved her and set her on a path of independence. On a whole he's sexy and snarky and I'm still dreaming about him.This was a fast-paced and atmospheric romance teeming with sexual tension and erotically-charged encounters. From the moment they met Dane and Irina scorched up the pages in numerous, almost too many at times, erotic interludes that brought out moments of dominance from Dane. Though their relationship evolved from insta-love it quickly took an intense turn where they'd sacrifice all for each other. Dane and Irina are an unforgettable couple bound through their painful pasts who find a glimpse of heaven in each other's arms. Helping this couple reach their HEA is a cast of secondary characters, former military men who are strong and supportive when they need each other most, whose mysterious histories I long to learn more about as each is more delicious than the last! Ultimately, this was a dark and gritty tale touching on the darkness of men's souls, but which gives reader's hope through the connection between Dane and Irina and it held me captive from the first page to the last!

  • Jae
    2019-01-25 08:24

    I so wanted to 5-star this one. But the fact that they had unprotected sex just merely hours after meeting eachother just threw me off. I know that this was supposed to be a very dirty kinda romance but the ungloved loving between strangers, NO. I don't need that kind of edge in my life.

  • Claudia González
    2019-02-05 10:25

    No me encantó. quizás tenía altas expectativas por los dos anteriores, pero la verdad este no fue mi favorito. Dane es demasiado críptico para mi gusto, no logré meterme en su vida y por ende sus acciones me parecían sin fundamento. es entretenido, si, pero nada memorable.

  • Bella'
    2019-02-16 16:40

    Si olvido la cuestión de tiempo, porque caray, todo de un día a otro y luego solo una semana más... Como sea, me gustó la historia porque fue diferente en cuestión de la protagonista.

  • Avril
    2019-01-18 15:25

    Edited: YASS, Dane! Yaass! I've never waited so long for a man before. God. Damn. Worth the wait. But when do I get Mr. Luna, tho?DANE!Sweet golden baby Jesus.My body is ready, Okay? Ready.Give him to me!

  • Gemma Weir
    2019-01-20 09:18

    There's no denying I'm a huge fan of this author. In my opinion she's never written a bad book.I was really excited for Grind. Danes character got me tingling in all the right places even from the brief teasers I'd seen.Gah this book!!!I finished it in the blink of an eye and truthfully I think it might be Sybil's best book so far.This isn't a fairy tale love story. This isn't a boy meets girl, falls in love and lives happily ever after story.This story is Sybil Bartel shining and writing what she writes best. It's a complex story or abuse and manipulation. It's dark and Dane is a dominant antihero rather than a knight in shining armour.Everyone in this book has a story to tell and neither the hero or heroine is a particularly likeable character.But that's why this book works. With each word written Sybil reveals the core of these characters. We as readers are lucky enough to glimpse into their souls.And I for one fell in love. I love seeing the broken cracks of these downtrodden characters. I adore how through all the dark fucked up stuff that happens and has happened in their lives they patch each other up.The sex in this book is at times raw and gritty but in an instant it morphs to deep and adoring. But again this couple aren't giggles and tickling. Their sexual connection is about power exchange, Dane is a controlling alpha. But even when he's telling her what to do, or what he plans to do to her it doesn't feel orchestrated or abusive. In fact for me the scenes when he is at his most dominant are in fact the most moving and powerful.This won't be everyone's cup of tea, it has trigger scenes that will upset people. But it's only through the nasty evil stuff that we truly see this couple for what they are. Perfect for each other. I loved this book. I love this couple. I smiled with tears in my eyes as two broken souls, who have faced the awful realities of the dark side of life find each other and find salvation in each other.Just beautiful.

  • Brigitte
    2019-02-08 09:18

    This is my first encounter with this author's work and boy what a story! I was quite entranced by the writing style as much as the storyline. Dane is ex Marine. He likes working solo but supports his friends and vice versa. His work is dangerous and his reprieve is sex. He gets paid. No repeat. One night only. Irina is married to Viktor, an arm dealer. She has been conditioned into submission since she was eighteen years of age. Getting away from him is more or less impossible! She takes a chance and makes an escape. Dane has been injured during one of his missions and after a failed hook up, he decides to go home. The best decision as there's a storm brewing. Irina is taking refuge in his home through a mutual friend. At first sight, he is taken aback. She reminds him of someone else. This first encounter is not pleasant. She is on the defensive and he can see through her. She panics and makes the wrong move. A move that could cost them, their lives. Viktor doesn't give up easily and he is as nasty as they come. When Dane catches her on the phone, he instantly knows what she is going through. Being a problem solver and a saviour, she becomes his business! It doesn't stop at that, and the more he uncovers about Irina's life, the more determined and protective he becomes. Her past has taught her not to trust men, and despite Dane's alpha demeanour, she starts to relent after he saves her life. From here on out, the journey ahead is dark and dangerous. These two broken souls face this journey together!Dane is like an avenging angel who risks his life to give Irina a chance at a normal life. Their romance is no fairy tale but, beautiful just the same. Irina is sweet and naive and even though five years of brutal conditioning have broken her spirit, she is stronger than she thinks. This is a dark story. The violence is beyond comprehension. The emotions are raw and intense. This poignant story sent me on and emotional turmoil and I became completely engrossed. I was kindly issued with an eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.

  • Liz Gavin
    2019-01-21 09:17

    Unputdownable seriesFirst book I read in this series, Thrust, I thought I would never root for a mercenary/escort. I was SO wrong. Ms. Bartel’s engaging style and the drool-worthy alpha males she presents us made me fall for them and left me wanting for more, in the best sense possible. Out of the three books, Jared’s story (Rough) is still my favorite, but they’re neck-to-neck. The three of them. Each novel is a standalone and although a reader may follow the storyline without having to read the others, it is a shame to exercise this kind of restrain. I mean, these men are addictive, so why stop at only one?Reading the previous installments, I caught glimpses of Dane Marek, which did not prepare me for the intensity he offers up-close. Oh my! He is lethal in whatever sense you choose to interpret the word. Be advised that Grind is not for the faint of heart or if you get squeamish easily. There’s violence, steamy sex and strong language. None of it gratuitous though. I mean, one doesn’t get to be a mercenary saying please and thank you, am I right? The pace is dizzying fast and the twists and turns will leave you breathless.Some people might object to insta-love. Personally, I’m not a big fan, if it doesn’t make sense. With Dane and Irina, there’s no other way to go. They’re both stretched to their limits. He faces death on a regular basis and gets a rush out of it. She has reached the end of the line, there’s nowhere for her to go and nobody who cares what happens to her. When you’ve got nothing to lose, why waste time? You dive in head-first. That’s what Irina and Dane do in Grind and it makes sense. I could go on forever talking about these stories, but I don’t want to give too much away. I recommend Grind – and the whole series, in fact – for fans of fierce alpha heroes who fall hard for their women, grab on to them and never let them go. Dane – “I wasn’t her hero. I was half her problem.”

  • Michaelene
    2019-01-24 08:44

    “A caged bird never flies.”Grind is the first book I’ve read by Sybil Bartel. From other reviews, I got the feeling this author’s books would be gritty and hyper-sensual with an edge of danger. It was so much more. Yay for another one-click author!I originally wanted to read this title because of the twist of it. Other books in the series have male escorts, although Dane’s a bit different. He puts many of his skills for sale, and the story’s equally dark and addictive. I couldn’t look away.Dane’s alpha to the core, dominant to the extreme, and lethal to the max. All things that get me hooked. He finds Irina in his home one night, and she’s running from one of the biggest, baddest arms dealers around. And the dealer’s Irina’s husband.Irina’s submissive to the bone, and her nature and innocence have been taken advantage of by her husband. It lands her in Dane’s home, realizing she’s hit rock bottom. But Irina’s husband has no intention of cutting Irina loose.“Your body is a road map of scars.”My head was worse.The chemistry is fiery and fierce, the characters dynamic and determined. Dane’s used to flying solo, and he can be a bit grumpy but also so damn possessive and swoony. Irina has a lot of crap to get through, and there’s nothing that shakes her more than Dane’s raw appeal. Then there’s this insane sexual grind that stretches the tension and dayum, is it rough and lusty! All the while, threats are hanging over both of their heads. The secondary characters were great too. Dane works with (or rather gets stuck working with…because dangerous ALPHA!) some badass guys. I can’t wait to dive into everyone’s stories.Grind was such a sexy, addictive read. I read it in one sitting, and I’m so ready for more. 4 stars!*I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book via the author in exchange for a fair and honest review*

  • Claudia Blanton
    2019-02-08 11:24

    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.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.

  • Lee Piper
    2019-01-26 11:43

    Not many people would describe the relationship between a hired gun and an abused submissive as beautiful. Luckily, I'm not most people. But if there is one word which encapsulates the complexity of Dane and Irina's relationship, it is this.For the record, I love Bartel's commentary on beauty. You see, according to the hero, Dane, Irina is never more beautiful than when he first sees her, and I mean, really sees her. She is on his kitchen floor, broken, hurt and confused. But he looks past this. To him, she is a survivor. The reader soon learns Irina has experienced the depravity of cruel intentions, she has become the product of years of emotional and physical abuse. Yet, she craves more for herself, despite not believing she deserves it. Now that, is the definition of beauty.On the other hand, it can be argued that the heroine finds beauty in truth. The ugly, complex, horrifying truth. Often, she attempts to hide from it, to shut down when faced with it, hoping to protect herself from the pain associated with vulnerability. However, Dane sees past her deflections, he understands what is withheld and their connection therefore becomes a thing of beauty in itself.Now, of course the sex in this book is molten—Sybil is a master at this. Of course the dialogue is fast paced, the secondary characters are well developed and the action scenes are intense. There is no denying it, this novel is brilliantly crafted. But it is the main characters which really steal the spotlight in Grind. It is their ability to tear you apart before piecing you back together again which will have you glued to your Kindle.Read it, embrace it. You’ll be glad you did. Lee Piper is an Evernight Publishing bestselling author. Rock My World, Book #1 in the Mondez series and Rock My Body, Book #2 are available now. You can find all of this information and more on her website: www.leepiperauthor.com

  • Caroline F
    2019-01-21 11:31

    Gah! I absolutely love this author!!“Dane Marek wasn’t a problem solver. He was my savior.”Dane Marek is a loner. Mysterious and dangerous, he’s a gun for hire and also an occasional escort. He NEVER does repeats for either line of work.“You’re beautiful and broken and the strongest woman I know.”Irina Tsarko Fedorov is in trouble. She’s on the run, only to find herself in bigger trouble when she meets Dane.“She was no longer the inconvenience I’d encountered an hour ago. She was a f*cking disaster about to detonate my life to hell.”This story was fast-paced, intensely sexual, and compellingly raw. Dane is hardened by his experiences in the marines and hardened to love by ex-wife. Irina is in such a bind. Her life is a prison of sexual, mental, physical abuse. She doesn’t believe that she’s capable of love. Dane never expected Irina to have such a strong effect on him. She might think she’s weak but she’s a survivor, and Dane admires the hell out of her strength. I loved how this seemingly weak, submissive woman had such an impact on Dane’s heart and mind. For someone who was pretty stone-cold, she completely melted his heart, and I loved how he was all in – how he was willing to do anything to keep her safe. I enjoyed watching them build trust and love in such a short space of time. He just completely understood her and her needs and, in turn, she was undone by his gentle care of her. I just loved how possessive he was of her and the fact that she brought out a softness in him that was lacking before. I found this book to be a gripping read and I just couldn’t put it down!

  • Loren
    2019-02-14 11:16

    Very mature content with intense sexual situations and violence. The third installment in the Thrust series features Dane. As is the case with the previous books, he is ex-marine, hot and deadly, and a high-priced male escort. There’s nothing subtle about Dane, and his filthy mouth alone might turn you on. As a $5,000 per client escort, he has one unbending rule – no repeats. One time only means no strings, just the way he wants it. He wants his privacy and solitude, just him and his dog, Hunter. When he’s asked to do a favor and take in a client for 24 hours, Dane reluctantly agrees. Then he sees the stunning, twenty-something year old, blue-eyed blonde in his kitchen. and something changes.Irina is submissive, abused, and now on the run and hiding out from her arms dealing, Russian Mafia husband, Viktor.As I read the pages of their meeting, other than the obvious, Dane’s attraction to Irina didn’t make sense to me, and I was disappointed. I like Dane’s character, despite his harshness, but didn’t like his match up with Irina. As a result, I didn’t enjoy this story as much as the others because of Irina's character. However, that won’t stop me from reading any other books to come because I like the interaction and individual stories of the lead male characters in this series as well as in the Uncompromising cross-over series.

  • Kim (iScream Books) Markett
    2019-02-02 16:45

    This book is so Alpha I think my husband’s balls got bigger just by me owning a copy. I think my chair will forever hold a permanent wet spot from me reading this steamy, dominating and sex fueled erotic story. Dane is a beautiful but freighting man with an intense gaze and rippling perfectly cut muscles. He commands with his presences and his authoritative words. He is a killer and he dangerous but he loves just as dangerously.Irina wants out of a deal she made with a devil and Dane steps into her life at the moment she needed help the most. They both have an instant bond and chemistry that will soak your panties. Both are wounded souls and find their matches for dominance with submission in each other. Right from the beginning of the story it wraps you in the lust and the fury. There's thrills from the lust and adrenaline from this compelling story line.If you love submission or dominance, this book has it. If you love adventure and sex, this book has it. If you want a total throbbing in your vagina when you read a romance, this is your book.This is my first book by Bartel and it won’t be my last, especially when my husband is outta town. It is part of a trilogy but can still be read and enjoyed without feeling left out.

  • Jo
    2019-01-17 10:39

    Dane's story is slightly different than that of Alex or Jared.  Yes, there's the sex for money, but as an aside, rather than the primary job.  What difference does that make?  Probably (ultimately) very little to be honest.  But it does set the scene for Dane and his more reserved approach.Whilst in a lot of ways, I enjoyed this more than the previous books, given the added storyline involving Irena's husband, I think that it's  precisely because Dane is so buttoned up, that the connection with Irena and his reaction to her seems a little jarring.  Not, I hasten to add, to the point of detracting from my overall enjoyment.  No, this is still a hot piece of action right on these virtual pages.  But it was just enough to jog me from being wrapped up in the story completely.That said, the writing style is polished, the narrative well paced and the characters three dimensional.  All in all, a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy.I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

  • Peggy
    2019-01-23 15:29

    An Amazing Complicated, Compelling ride - HOLD ON! 😍Sybil Bartel is my favourite author. No one writes alpha, dominant, heros as well as Sybil. Her alpha characters are the best. Grind is now my fav book although I have to say all Sybil's books are my fav's. Grind is compelling, complicated, sexy as hell and the kind of book you take the day off cause you'll be up well into the night u til it's finished. This story follows Dane and Irina. Dane is dangerous, sexy and a loner. He is a killer for higher and he makes it know that any one woman gets only one night, never another/. He wasn't looking for connections. Then Irina falls into his life and he is never the same. Irina is running from her abuser who calls himself her husband but it's all bull. He is cruel for no other reason then he likes to be cruel. When she finds herself at Dane's house she does everything in her power to shut her feelings down but Dane knows what she's doing and simply won't let her get away with it.

  • BCD Book Review - Rachel & Jen
    2019-02-03 11:27

    Amount of sex 3 / 5How explicit 3 / 5Story 4 / 5Overall: 3.5 / 5 (Rounded to 4 / 5)Grind is the third book in the Thrust series by author Sybil Bartel. I have not read the other books in this series and had no issues following along. This is a insta-love romance, which occurs over a couple of days. So, you will need to buckle your seat belts for Dane, a very possessive alpha male!At times within the story, I needed to suspend reality. I think the fact that Irina was abused by her “husband” was the only factor that bugged me. I don’t know of any woman who went through what she did and able to fall in love with a stranger in a couple of days. But, don’t get me wrong… I completely enjoyed Dane’s possessiveness and alpha male qualities. There was a lot of action, drama, angst, and some very steamy scenes!*Voluntarily Reviewed an Advanced Copy*

  • Kristin
    2019-02-01 10:16

    Dane & Irina = An Exquisite and Scrumptious Read! 5 Stars! Grind is an exquisite and scrumptious read. The reader is taken on an incredible roller coaster ride filled with action and suspense. Grind has steamy and passionate chemistry and scenes between Dane and Irina. Yum! It features a power and dominate alpha male named Dane. Grind is the 3rd book in the Thrust Series. Each book can be read as a standalone.Dane is a male escort and hitman. He performs both jobs phenomenally and will exceptional skill. 'Wink!' Dane lives a fairly lonely existence with only his dog Hunter by his side. Dane likes his privacy and his space. One night Dane comes home to find that he has a house guest. He knows from the start that she needs help. Dane is loyal to his friends & military buddies. He is very protective and possessive of Irina. Dane is also a dirty talking, sexy as hell alpha male. Dane has reasons why he is male escort and rules that he always follows.Irina is an abused and beaten woman. Her husband is a wealthy and powerful Russian Mobster. He controls Irina in every way. She is a submissive, but her husband mistreated her and her trust. His control had gone on for so long that Irina has become cold and shut down to protect herself. As she spends time with Dane, Irina finds her inner strength and determination. Irina will do what she thinks that she has to protect those that she cares about. Irina and Dane learn about love, trust and what is important to them. Will they find love and a happily ever after? Grind is an outstanding book that will have the reading falling in love with Dane and Irina. I know that I sure did. I loved the chemistry between them and all the white hot scenes. I am now a huge fan of Sybil Bartel. I can't get enough of a dirty talking alpha male, who will do anything for his woman. The reader will not be disappointed with Grind. I highly recommend this book.Overall Story - 4 1/2 StarsChemistry - 5 StarsAlpha Male - YesHEA - YesPOV - Alternating POVCliffhanger - NoRecommend to Others - Hell Yes*I volunteered for the arc of this book. This is my unbiased review. I also purchased this book.

  • ToniAnn Papa
    2019-01-27 10:32

    Grind was...HOT! Dane is a serious , one time only, hard ass, yet sensitive and protective kind of guy. Who also knows how to please a woman. When he goes home to find out that one of Vegas' girls are in his house, he's not pleased. Irina was broken beyond belief. She knows the relationship she is in is wrong and abusive, but when Dane tries to help, she gets scared. Can Dane prove to Irina he is not like the rest and he only wants her safe...and in his bed? Will Irina realize she's worth so much more than what her current "boyfriend" is giving her? It's amazing to me that one author can keep my interest with all the books in a series. I sometimes have a hard time getting through the books. The Thrust series is one of my favorite series and with each book just keeps getting better.

  • Cheryl Whitty
    2019-01-28 09:21

    Reviewed on behalf of Book Addict live,Wow what an adventure, Dane is definitely a man of few words. At the beginning we have an ice cold Hitman that arrives home to find the beautiful Irina taking refuge in his home. Irina is on the run from a Russia Mobster husband. This starts an adventure calling in some of his ex-Military colleagues to take on half the Russia Mobsters.Nothing goes to plan as Dane and Irina learn to love each other. The sex is hot between them, but they had go through so much before they reach HEA. There is plenty of action in and out of the bedroom. That’s all from me if you want to know more you will have to buy your own.I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.