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?”
For a lot of the book I was fine–Joey and Suze are already together at the beginning with one little girl and two more on the way. We start out from Joey’s POV, and hearing him talk about his family is beyond sweet–just total OMG. A lot of what goes on for the first half is stuff that many people can relate to–the stresses of pregnancy, of dealing with parenting more than one child, postpartum depression and feeling less than desirable after having kids changes your body–you definitely don’t have to have read the other books to get where both Suze and Joey are coming from. It’s easy to jump right in there with them, rooting for them all the way.
Though–there’s so many Gallos! I felt like I needed a cheat sheet at times, or maybe just a family tree. Later on there was a lot going on with the rest of the Men of Inked, and since I didn’t know them ahead of time it was tricky trying to keep straight who was who and with whom. Then there’s a major plot point that happens that goes back to something that went on in another book (or books?) that if you haven’t read you’ll definitely get their sense of danger and urgency about, but won’t fully understand why, since they don’t go into a lot of backstory here. It wasn’t a huge problem–it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book overmuch–but I was a bit lost at times.
But oh my gosh, all the parts with little Gigi (their daughter) repeating things she’s heard her parents say when they thought she was asleep/couldn’t hear them? Too, too funny. (And, as a former pre-k teacher; too, too true! They will tell anyone everything. Seriously.)
So, final verdict: probably not the series book to start with, but still an enjoyable read. If you’ve read the other books in the series, though, then this one definitely needs to be on your TBR stat!
Rating: 4 stars / B
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
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.
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