Honor Me, Men of Inked Book 6, by Chelle Bliss
City & Suzy are back!
I had everything I ever wanted—a wife, a kid, with two more on the way. I was living the American dream. After the babies were born, we hit a rough patch. I did everything to prove my love, to show Suzy that nothing was more important than her. After some work and a lot of time, we found our groove again. Just when life had evened out, a familiar enemy came back to haunt us. It wasn’t my past that followed us, but my brother’s. When the danger gets too close, I’ll do anything to defend my family. There’s nothing more important than the people I love, and I’ll protect what’s mine—even if it costs me my life.
Suzy glared at me. “What’s this we shit? I’m the one with two aliens inside of me, trying to claw their way out of my body. I’m the only one pushing them out of my tiny vagina. Not you. Not her. Me!” She waved her hands frantically in the air. “I’m the one doing everything while you sit there calm, sexy, and without your body splitting in two. I’m going to be the one tearing wide open as I push two humans and their giant Gallo heads out of my body.” She collapsed, gasping for air, and closed her eyes.
I bit my lip. Pregnant Suzy was unpredictable, but in-labor Suzy was just downright scary. “I know, sugar. You’re doing all the hard work. I’m just here to cheer you on and support you.”
Her nostrils flared and her eyes grew wide when she glanced up. “Support me? If you want to support me, you’ll never knock me up again. You want to cheer me on?” She rolled her eyes and made a noise low in her throat. “Stop fucking talking.”
I braced myself, waiting for her head to do a 360. I brought my mouth right next to her ear. “My sweet little wife, you beg for my cock every day. It takes two to tango, sweetheart. I didn’t put you in that bed.” I lowered my voice further, whispering, “Your sweet little cunt did.”
She closed her eyes again and moaned. “You’re just too damn good. I can’t keep my hands to myself. It’s still your fault, my dear husband.”
I couldn’t hold it in any longer. I burst into laughter. “Now, I fuck you too good?”
“Yes!” she screeched, pounding her fist on the crappy, plastic hospital bed. “If you weren’t so good at it, I wouldn’t be lying here right now.”
Just as I was about to reply, the nurse walked in. “I hear someone is ready to push.” Her voice was so chipper, kind of like my wife’s used to sound like before pregnancy. “Are we excited?” she asked, moving a tray of instruments next to the foot of the bed.
“I just want this over. I’m so freaking uncomfortable.”
“That makes two of us,” I muttered and nodded at the nurse with a fake smile on my face before leaning over and kissing Suzy’s forehead. “Ready, sugar?”
Dottie’s Star Rating: 3.75
This book was written in an interesting way. It was almost two distinct books; once the first part was complete, it segued into the second fairly seamlessly and continued on. Both of these parts of the book were written about the very first couple in this series, Joe (City) and Suzy, whom we “met” in Throttle Me. And they very well may be my favorite couple in this large, complex yet completely loving Italian/American family.
And a family they truly are! These people stick together through many hard and wonderful times throughout this series and made me honestly want to be one of them! The women all became their own pack within this testosterone-fueled bunch. The parents of this bunch are also very happily married after many years together and make it clear that just because they’re older, there is no reason to believe their attraction for one another and their time alone together is anything less than stellar (even though each of the adult kids act seriously scandalized when their parent’s love-life is mentioned)!
Of course, since this is the sixth book in the series, you probably already know this clan’s politics and relationships. I’m happy to report that none of that has changed. In this book, however, we find the Gallos have been busy multiplying through procreation and becoming even more of a tight, loving clan than they were before!
In this edition, we find Suzy pregnant with twins and about to deliver those little bundles of joy. We go through the ups and downs of the pregnancy as well as the delivery and the aftermath of the adjustment of twins to their little family…
“Suzy.” I squeezed her hand gently. “Look at me.” She turned toward me, slowly dragging her eyes to mine as I waited. “I don’t know what’s happening here, but you need to remember a few things, love.” “What?” Her voice was laced with attitude. “First of all, I love you more than life itself.” I leaned forward and kissed her cheek. “Second, you’re still as beautiful as the day I met you. Remember that day, sugar?” The corners of her mouth turned up, and I could almost see her replaying the moment in her head when I found her on the side of the road. “Yeah.” She blinked slowly before sighing. “When I look at you, I’ll always see that scared, beautiful creature in my headlights as I blew by. I knew the moment I say you that I had to have you. Never forget that you’re mine and always will be….
This part of the book was cool; it felt like a window into one of my favorite book- couples and almost checking “in” with them – seeing how they’re doing and what’s new with them. There were ups and downs, as there are with each and every couple, but overall, I found this part of the book very enjoyable and would give it 4 stars unto itself.
Then the book changed direction and this is where I wasn’t quite as thrilled. This clan seems to attract trouble like honey draws bees and when the Gallo family is threatened, they all close ranks and keep their priorities straight – and this is what this second half of this book entailed.
For me, however, I found this second part a bit frustrating. I understand the need to continue this series into the adventurous and risky situations that have underscored this series, but this part felt a bit unrealistic to me. The guys are on high alert for good reason, but the way they “took care of their women” kind of bugged me. These are very strong, intelligent, capable women. Having the men in a “huddle” and talking about protecting the women they love is not out of character for any of these guys, but they did it in a way that made me want to take Mama Gallo’s rolling pin and knock them all alongside the head. The women were treated like delicate little flowers by their men in this book, and after reading the other books in the series, it’s clear that “delicate” is not the adjective I would choose for any of these gals. They kick butt and treating them as anything but the proficient and intelligent women they are rankled me a bit. So, as a result, this part of the book would earn a 3.5-star rating with me. There is nothing inherently “wrong” with this part of the book. It simply felt a bit unnecessary to me.
However, I absolutely enjoyed “checking in” with not only Joe and Suzy, but also seeing how the whole gang has been doing. I feel an actual attachment to this family and fell in love with their clan all over again in this book.
So, would I recommend this book? Absolutely. This is a must-read for anybody who has read and enjoyed this series, especially those of us who are fans of Joe/City and Suzy as a couple! I remember reading about City pulling his bike up to Suzy’s car, broken down in the dark to rescue her like it was yesterday and smile with the memory. You can’t go wrong reading anything Ms. Bliss writes about this couple and that includes this book!
About the Author
Chelle Bliss, USA Today Bestselling author, currently lives in a small town near the Gulf of Mexico. She’s a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, and coffee fiend. Currently she’s written a dozen books in three different series. She loves spending her free time with her boyfriend, 2 cats, and hamster.
Before becoming a writer, Chelle taught high school history for over ten years. She holds a master’s degree in Instructional Technology and a bachelor’s in history. Although history is her first love, writing has become her dream job and she can’t imagine doing anything else.