LOVED IT... MICHAEL GALLO IS A GENTLE GIANT!
Chelle Bliss', "Hook Me : Men of Inked Series, Book 2" is the story of Michael Gallo, part owner and piercing artist of the family owned tattoo shop, INKED. Although he and his family do extremely well with the business, his real passion is MMA fighting. He eats, sleeps, and breathes being in the ring. It's his number one love, until he meets Dr. Mia Greco. Mia is a workaholic, who puts all of her time into helping those who cannot help themselves. Her heart bleeds for her patients. All of her spare time goes into helping the sick and uninsured in an inner city, hole in the wall, walk in clinic, where her best is just not good enough to keep it afloat. After a few chance encounters and an amazingly romantic first date. Michael and Mia fall for each other.
"Hook Me" is Michael's story. I initially met Michael in "Throttle Me", book one. He was, to me, City's sarcastic brother, who would like to break his balls from time to time. In "Hook Me" you really get to know Michael Gallo. He has this intimidating tough guy exterior, but a sensitive, warm interior. He, is what I call a "gentle giant". However, sensitive and warm do not equal weak or meek. He knows exactly what he possesses . He's just the right amount of cockiness, roughness, and arrogance. In the bedroom he showed up and showed out. His interactions with Mia were hot, to say the least. I loved the little games they'd played with each other, the built up anticipation, and the cocky, dirty talk exchanged between the two.
As far as a relationship. Michael saw right through Mia and broke down all of her defensive walls. Mia gave a good face and buried herself in work to shield herself from pain and hurt. There were aspects of her primary job in the hospital ER, that caused her pain and sometimes feeling helpless. This is why she spent her spare time, engrossed in making a difference at the clinic. She's not one to open up, so when "the shoe drops" and she gets some disappointing news about Michael, she feels it is a trust betrayed,
What can I say? Chelle Bliss does it again.This book was read from beginning to end in one sitting. Because I read "Throttle Me", I initially thought, that I would compare to Michael to City, but "Hook Me" and Michael's story stand apart. Just like real siblings, who may share the same principles, their personalities are completely different. (BTW, it was great to catch up with City and Suzy!) This was brilliantly written. Each and every character was written and created with so much depth and they are relatable. We interact with people with traits like Michael, Izzy, and Mama Gallo on daily basis.
In true Bliss fashion, Chelle sets the stage for the next installment of the Gallo family story. I cannot for the next one :-)
Until then, I shall bask in the wonder of "Hook Me: Men of Inked Series, Book 2" a 5 STAR READ!!!!!