Monday, April 20, 2015

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway
Without Me
(Men of Inked #5)
Chelle Bliss
Genre: Erotica, Erotic Romance, Contemporary
  Release Date: April 7, 2015
~ Synopsis ~
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. 
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~ Review ~

I fell in love with this series and the Gallo family with the first book.  As with any series there may be books you love more than another.  This is the final installment in the Men of Inked Series and although it can be read as a standalone, you would get a better understanding of the story and the Gallo family if you read the series in order.  

Without Me focuses on Anthony Gallo, the tattooing musician and his man-whoring ways.  He seems to meet his match while out one night but after being dismissed is even more intrigued.  Anthony feels a need to know why Max has up walls and is determined to bring them down.

Max doesn't deny her attraction to Anthony but will not fully embrace it. Holding on to the negativity in her life rather than living for today she has decided to keep all men at arms length and let them in just enough to be "friends with benefits".  Sometimes I felt Anthony would be better off if he just moved on.

This was not my favorite book in the series.  Unlike the other characters I didn't feel a connection to Anthony and Max.  Their story focusing on Anthony's determination to have Max at any cost and her constant belittling of Anthony and her determination to push him away was a bit much at times.  Whereas I embraced Izzy's sass Max was too much.   Although Anthony is supposed to be a musician I felt that it was mentioned it in passing.  There were no practices or performances.  He didn't hang with his band.  Max is a stylist but she's never at the shop she worked so hard to open.  I just felt that there was something missing.  The beginning of the story was a bit slow for me whereas in the past I have breezed right through the Men of Inked Books.  The story did pick up half way through as we get to catch up with the rest of the Gallo family and find that family is more that just blood. 

Will Max and Anthony knock each other's chip off their shoulders?  Can they find a way to make it work and focus on the now and not the what if? Grab your copy and see if Anthony gets the girl.  And if you are new to the series, go introduce yourself to the Gallo Family....they are a very entertaining family.

~ Rating ~

~ Men of Inked Series ~

Throttle Me ~ Book 1 - Hook Me ~ Book 2 

USA Today bestselling author Chelle Bliss crafts stories about real-life scenarios with fantasy Alpha males. Her writing includes humor as well as steamy sex.
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