Wow ok totally not what I was expecting. I was skeptical of reading this book as I've read the Men of Inked series and wasn't sure if I could handle a totally different storyline by Chelle as I've read authors before in a series and started a new book by them to be totally disappointed, no such nightmares here. Callie and Bruno are an adorable couple he is the mysterious dark brooding man everyone is scared of and he has a thing for Callie. To Callies complete horror they have had a one night stand that she can't remember be he hasn't forgotten it, so when Callie and Bruno are thrust together again some 4 years later the Sparks are still there. This is a beautiful love story with a heart wrenching story these characters will pull at your heart strings and make you ohhhh ans ahhhhh and you will certainly get a laugh out of.
A subject matter that doesn't discrimnate and affects so many people in the world today, But as stated in the book one can never truly understand what it feels like unless it is happening or happened to you. However this felt like a very realistic glimpse into how it feels. I was expecting to feel more emotionally drained reading this book but perhaps I was having an off day where I didn't connect as deeply as I might have. It made me think about the people in my life who have survived and also lost their fight and gave me a new perspective on what they went through. It has made me reflective on my own life.
Bruno is a man with secrets. Its no secret that he has secrets, he's quite open about the fact that he has secrets, but no one who's heard the stories and rumors that flow freely around him would be stupid enough to dare ask. After all, he guy is called 'Bruno the Butcher' for a reason, and it certainly doesn't have anything to do with working in a butcher shop.
Its also no secret that, for some time now, he's had his eye on Callie, and truth be told, Callie's been caught out returning a furtive glance or two, something her BFF Becca doesn't hesitate to tease her about. Knowing what they do about him though, neither of them are silly enough to seriously suggest she act of that latent attraction. The risks of getting involved with someone like that are just to great.
Then comes a phone call that sparks a monumental upheaval in Callie's life, and everything she's ever known gets turned on its ear. All the old rules she's lived by no longer seem to apply and finding a way forward seems an insurmountable task, which is of course the moment when Bruno chooses to force his way into her life whether she likes it much or not
There's an overworked and underpaid adage that goes "Don't judge a book by its cover". We've all heard it before, we all know it bears true time and time again whether applied directly to books or more metaphorically to people.
While striving not to give too much away, this is one of those books where that saying applies both to the book in general, and in a particular way to the character of Bruno.
I've heard of Author Chelle Bliss for some time now, but this is the first of her books I've read, and to be honest, I was expecting cheeky and irreverent, upbeat and funny, with no short supply of hot and sexy. What I found was ... not that. Certainly there are elements of all of those things scattered throughout the book, but they aren't the kinds of words I'd use to describe the book overall.
Instead I'd be using words like sweet and touching, raw and empowering, intense and ultimately, uplifting.
The romance in Enshrine is woven through and along side a deeply personal gut wrenching personal struggle for Callie that had me at times with tears running down my face, other times feeling almost sick to my stomach, and yet others with a fire burning in my chest and a smile busting out on my face.
Oh, and Bruno? When he says that those stories about him aren't true? That's true.
Being the kind of alpha male he is, Bruno gets the first and last say, but the main story itself is told first person from Callie's POV, and it certainly is a rollercoaster ride, but one well worth it.
WOW Chelle Bliss it was fantastic, not what I expected but loved it as much as all your other books. Buy it read it as you won't be disappointed, brilliantly written and I must say I did enjoy the few LOL moments, what a beautiful love story with real life thrown in the mix.