#2, The Uncompromising Series
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I didn't know he was a billionaire, or that he was capable of murder.
The first time I saw Neil Christensen, I was being dragged onto his boat from the waters off the coast of Key West.
The second time I laid eyes on the six-foot-six billionaire, he was walking into my strip club, demanding I quit.
The third time I encountered the Viking-sized monster of a man, my life fell apart.
Dominant, controlling, and uncompromising in every way—Neil Christensen wasn't a man you met by coincidence.
He had a plan.
I only hoped I could survive it.
*NEIL is the second standalone book in the Uncompromising Series. This series does not have to be read in order.
The Uncompromising Series:
21 yr old Ariel is barely scraping by. She's a single mom with a crappy ex. 34 yr old Neil is ex-military. They first meet when Neil saves Ariel from an attack. Months later, Neil walks through the door with her boss at the security company she works for. Suddenly Neil starts stepping in to help her but he's so cold and detached that it completely throws Ariel off. Then Ariel's ex gets her involved in a dangerous situation that forces Neil to step in and protect her.
This is when things really take off with the story. There's so much action that there isn't a dull moment. The whole time Neil is providing for and protecting Ariel but he's also so emotionally cold. Ariel is used to being treated poorly so much that she's fed up with men. She's feisty and doesn't put up with crap and constantly challenges Neil. I loved that about her but was also frustrated with it as well.
I love the alpha men who are emotionally stunted but show their love in actions instead of words. That's Neil to the T. He barely speaks full sentences. He doesn't waste time with words and expects everyone to do as he says. He's one of the most Alpha men I've read about but also the most protective and caring. What Ariel thought was cold and unfeeling, slowly learns that this is how Neil is showing his love for her. Through most of the book, if you didn't pay attention to how Neil's actions towards Ariel were, then you would think she meant nothing to him. He was even insulting at times but I don't think he really was, he just came off that way since he never explained anything.
I freakin loved this book! Neil is one of my favorite Alpha types that I crave to read about. If all of Sybil Bartel's books are like this, then I have a new author to add to my favorites!
***ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
First off, I enjoyed Bartel's writing style. Ariel was a gritty determined character who's smarter than she gives herself credit for. Love her.
Neil, not so much. I wanted to love him, I really did, I enjoy an alfa character but there's nothing sexy about a rich middle aged guy who takes advantage of a struggling single mother, who's 21. And a part time stripper. He's overbearing to the point of being abusive and she sees it at first but towards the end, he just wears her down by being generous and relentless in his pursuit of her. She decides he's not controlling her but taking care of her and she wants to submit to his will because, who knows why, she's tired of fighting I guess.
Oddly enough she realizes that Neil is a calculating guy who has access to very personal information about her. But she never stops to wonder if he is somehow involved in the difficult situation she finds herself in which is also how he gets his hooks in her. I felt really bad for her even though she got what I guess was a happy ending. This was a lot like the Krinar chronicles. If you liked this one, you're gonna like that one too.
Love this book!