BLOG TOUR – UNCOVER ME (MEN OF INKED #4) by CHELLE BLISS
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Uncover Me – Men of Inked #4
I lost track of my life.
Spiraling down the rabbit hole, I lost myself and became one of them. Living undercover within the MC, the days bled together as I became absorbed in a life of excess and violence.
Becoming consumed was easy.
Was I Thomas Gallo, good guy and respected cop or Blue, Sergeant-at-Arms of the Sun Devils MC?
Before, I could answer with certainty. But now, there’s a darkness that has settled deep in my soul, fusing with my heart and altering my reality forever.
The road I’ve traveled has been paved with danger, death, and deception.
Roxanne grew up as part of the MC, a victim of her birth. Her life has been treacherous, setting her on a course of torment and destruction.
When our worlds collide, secrets are revealed. Trying to save us from damnation, I fight for redemption and the woman I love.
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BLP REVIEW ~ REBECCA
Last year I read Owned: An Alpha Anthology which had nine fabulous snippets or novellas from some authors I knew of and some I discovered and wanted more of, Chelle Bliss being one. ‘Resisting’ was Izzy & James and I liked it – strong, sassy, take no shit woman and an alpha male ready, willing and able to take her, the banter between them plus a hot connection full of emotion was enjoyable.
My next foray into Ms Bliss’s writing was ‘The Gallos: The Beginning’ and I loved it. It’s nice to see an author not afraid to show older characters having *gasp* sex! Just because you’re parents, just because you’re in your fifties doesn’t mean everything is withered up and dead, that you lose the urge or that the scene can’t be just as hot as the ones written for the kids. Seeing the Gallos interacting in normal family situations with banter, wit and sarcasm, the different family dynamics and personalities makes a good introduction to this series. Then we come to City and Suzy, he grew on me although I didn’t always like his attitude to women, Throttle Me (#1) was a solid 4 star.
As Chelle Bliss is new to me I still have a couple more to catch up on but I seized the opportunity to read Uncover Me (#4). Unfortunately I didn’t connect with Thomas and Roxy, there was a lack of depth and rapport between them which meant I failed to become invested – with more emotional growth I might have had the feels but, as a couple, it felt very tepid compared with the sexy hotness this author can create, and that extra special connection the previous books showed so well when a Gallo man finds his One didn’t show through.
This is the darkest of the series so far. Thomas Gallo is an undercover cop who is living a dangerous lie in the name of justice. The job and double life is taking its toll on him, he’s lost and adrift in both worlds; missing his family and wishing the MC could be brought down so his role in the investigation is finished. I found him a little cold, a touch arrogant in the pretend persona and this transferred to his real one as the lines blurred having been undercover so long.
When we first meet Roxy she’s a stripper. I can see how an Alpha Gallo would not step up and help her so she didn’t need to as he is undercover but when the club is busted and his role is over, I struggled with Thomas and his attitude towards her – perhaps that’s partly why I found it difficult to connect. I realise love will have its struggles, I realise the story must wend its way, but it goes against my impression of the Gallos in all the other books and what I liked with them. The conflict at the end stretched the realism factor hugely as I don’t believe the family or law enforcement officers, no matter what branch, would do that but other readers may feel different.
I didn’t dislike the book because The Gallos, when together, you cannot help but love. There is a lot of sibling and parental input (not always wanted but since when did that stop them!).
Roxy has flashes of strength and, under the mentoring of the Gallo sisterhood will, I’m sure, find her feet. As a series this is the ok but not a great one. Everyone when reading a series has their favourite and the one that just doesn’t quite do it for them, this is that one for me.
Will I continue to read? Yes. Because Chelle Bliss writes an engaging family – who knows, she may change my mind on Thomas and Roxy…………..
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