Impossible Choice by Sybil Bartel (Unchecked #2)
Published by: Carina Press
Publication date: August 31st 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
After her parents were murdered, Layna Blair spent three years on the run—until Marine Sergeant Blaze Johnson stepped in and saved her. With him, Layna knew safety for the first time…but two weeks after shipping out for another tour in Afghanistan, Blaze comes home early.
When Layna sees the jagged wounds covering his body, every truth she thought she knew is destroyed. Blaze is distant and angry and though her heart is shattered, Layna desperately tries to keep their relationship together in the face of another tragedy. When the tenuous bonds holding them together are ripped apart by a revenge-hungry maniac, Layna must trust her survival instinct and bury her past for good.
But the enemy is two steps ahead, and before she can take action, Layna’s hand is forced by his deadly demands—save herself or save the man who risked his life for her freedom. Blaze saved her once. This time it’s her turn to protect him.
“Life is a gift.” I knew that now. I was proof. Buck was proof. We’d both been given a second chance. “Every minute I get to spend with you is a gift. I’m not going to waste it.”
Impossible Choice picks up right where Impossible Promise left off. Layna is finally free from her past and is finally ready to live her life with Buck. However, Buck is a military man and it’s time for him to go back off to war. Neither one of them were expecting Buck to return home early. So, when Buck returns home wounded, it completely destroys Layna. The reality really hitting home. The fear taking over and making her see that Buck can get hurt or worse die. Buck is not the same when he comes back home. He is distant and angry. Layna is desperately trying to hold things together when another tragedy strikes. Once again bringing the two of them together. Buck and Layna have been through so much. How much more can one person take? Layna will find herself asking that exact question. She thought her past was dead and buried. Only to find that one villain just won’t go away. Will Layna and Buck ever be free? Will the two of them get the happily ever after that they deserve?
Impossible Choice was a fantastic read. It picks up right where the last book left off and kept me begging for more. I did not want to put this book down. I devoured it one sitting. Impossible Choice is well-written and captivating. I easily got lost in the characters and their story. I loved the sort of, but not really love triangle. You have to read it for yourself to really understand what I mean. I loved the push and pull between these characters. Their emotions so real, so palpable. In the end, you knew who Layna was really in love with. There never was any real question.
I absolutely loved Buck. He was 100% alpha male. He knew what he wanted and wasn’t afraid to go after it. He was fiercely and I mean fiercely protective of Layna. I found it to be very entertaining. Layna did frustrate me at times. I wanted her to just trust in Buck and their relationship. That being said, I understood her actions and how real her fears were. And Talon. Boy do I just want him to be happy. He is the most amazing friend. He is funny and caring. And a great protector. He also has some ghosts that haunt him, but I’m really hopeful that he will get a chance to tell his story.
Impossible Choice will take you on a fantastic, emotional ride. Buck and Layna’s story will tug and really pull at your heart. Their story is filled with angst, romance, and action. There is never a dull moment. I loved the twists and turns along the way; they really kept me guessing. I loved the anticipation and couldn’t wait to see how everything would play out in the end. My only complaint is that the story is over!! Sybil Bartel is a new author to me, and let me just tell you: I am blown away by this series! I can not wait to read more. This is an author to definitely watch out for.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via Xpresso Book Tours, in exchange for an honest review*
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 the sand. If she isn’t writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…
Here are ten things you probably really want to know about Sybil.
She grew up a faculty brat. She can swear like a sailor. She loves men in uniform. She hates being told what to do. She can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks her out. Her favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—she can’t decide. She has a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on her for driving directions, ever. And she has a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell her husband.
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