Friday, April 17, 2015

WITHOUT YOU by Chelle Bliss

Series:  Men of Inked #7
Author:  Chelle Bliss
Publish Date:   04.07.15
Publisher:  Chelle Bliss
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Received from:  Chelle Bliss (in exchange for an honest review)
Recommended for:  18+ due to explicit sexual content
Date completed: 04.14.15
Goodreads link: Without Me

Description from the publisher:

I’d led a selfish existence.

I liked who I was. Hell, I loved myself.

Women threw themselves at me and I took what they offered without remorse. I promised them nothing.

I sank my teeth into life, holding on to the bitch like my very existence depended on it.

Time passed.

Women came and went.

The second I let my guard down and released the hold I had on life… What was my award for such carelessness?

A love so spectacular and heart wrenching that it threw me for a loop. When I was in too deep to escape, my greatest fears became reality.

This is my story.

My downfall.

My salvation.
This is the fifth and final full-length book in the Men of Inked series.  They each stand on their own, but I would recommend reading them in order.

Anthony had no intentions of ever becoming another pu$$y-whipped Gallo-man.  He loved women, all women, with no desire to spend more than a weekend with any one of them.  That all changes when he meets his Kitty Cat, Maxine Washington.  Max also has vowed to never be involved in a relationship.  When she meets Anthony, she pegs him immediately for the a$$hole he is.  How can two stubborn people fight the sparks that fly when they are together?

The bigger they are, the harder they fall.  Anthony was the most determined of the Gallos, determined to remain unattached.  So when he falls for the girl he didn’t even know he was dreaming of finding, he falls even harder and more determinedly.

As much as he was a self-admitted a$$, I loved Anthony in this story.  He may not have been looking for love, but he didn’t fight it when it found him.  On the other hand, I didn’t immediately connect with Max.  In fact, I was probably past the half-way point before I started to like her even a little bit.  By the end, I was loving her as much as the rest of the family.

I really hate that this is the end of the stories for the Gallos, though Chelle Bliss has hinted that they will pop into other stories from time to time (and I love when authors do that!).  As wonderful as Chelle Bliss is, I am looking forward to what she brings us next.

Grammar/editing:  ungraded – book received as an unedited ARC / errors excused

 The Men of Inked series:
0.5  The Gallos:  The Beginning
1.    Throttle Me
2.    Hook Me
2.5  Throttled
3.    Resist Me
3.5  Resisting
4.    Uncover Me
4.5  Rebound (Night Shift Anthology)
5.    Without Me
Other Books from Chelle Bliss:
  • Owned
  • Sinful Intent (coming soon)
  • Love at Last Series:
    1. Untangle Me
    2. Kayden:  The Past


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