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.
I am not sure just exactly how she does it, how she makes us fall in love with every FREAKING one of the Gallo Men. HOW? I was set, DONE, Thomas was my man. Bring on Anthony, no one can even come close to my Thomas.............WRONG! so , so very wrong.
Without Me, is so different. All of the Men of Inked books have this amazing heart to them. They make you long to have the Gallo Family. But, this one, this one was so much more. The struggle of Maxine "Max" was so personal, you could honestly feel the pain she was in. This story grabbed my heart and held it hostage until the very end.
Anthony, has always been a mystery. He would pop in and take the opportunity to make fun of everyone and their "insta love." Never wanting to be tied down to just one woman, he was happy and was fine living this way. It took one look, one conversation, one "NO" and he was hooked. But was he biting off more than he could chew?
The dynamic between Max and Anthony was explosive. Max, plays out this casual encounter as a one-time thing. Just sleep with him and get it out of her system. What she didn't count on was Anthony, wanting more . One night was not going to be enough for him. When, the back and forth gets to be too much for Anthony, I actually was sick of Max's crap! But, that is the genius of Chelle Bliss, she has to make her characters suffer a bit, to see what they are missing.
When all is revealed and you understand Max's reasons for the push and pull, your heart is lodged in your throat. Anthony, is so unexpected and steps up in an amazing way and YES, that is the very moment he over threw my Thomas, for my heart. The richness and depth Chelle gave Max and Anthony, is fantastic. So many things against them, so many people wanting to be involved, so many surprises, you just never know what to expect. It is just that freaking GOOD!
I love the Gallo's, like want to be adopted by them, fictional or not, I want to be in this family. The family gatherings are always my favorite parts of this series. This time the family played a huge role in shaping this story. The issue of acceptance is front and center. I loved the way Anthony took exception to being told that he was not liked because of "the color of his skin." You usually do not see it from the opposite side of the coin. Genius!
Anthony and Max, are a force when they are on the same page, but the passion behind their heated moments, well it's just amazing. You feel the hurt, the longing...
"I've never felt fireworks when I kissed someone.
I've never dreamt of anyone night after night as if it were a fucking nightmare.
I want to eat, breathe and live you , Max.
I don't care if it's only for a short while.
I have to explore what's going on between us."
I mean, HELLO! who doesn't want this said to them? This is a passion filled story and by far my favorite in the series. I am so sorry Thomas, you still my BOO... but Anthony has pushed a head in the race. I am sad that this is the last book in the series, but talk about going out on a HIGH! It really is the best in the series and that is saying A LOT. For me it gets this honor because the story telling is just phenomenal. You feel it....
5+++++ Clocks for Without Me, book 7 in the Men of Inked series by
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USA Today bestselling author Chelle Bliss is an American author who writes stories about real-life scenarios with fantasy Alpha males. Her works include humor as well as steamy sex. Website | Facebook | Twitter
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