It had a little of everything - love, tears, emotion, suspense, warmth, friendship and a loving family. I fell in love with the main characters especially Bruno. I was rooting for their happily ever after and couldn't put the book down until the last page. You won't be disappointed.
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.
I'm really not sure what I can say about 'Enshrine'.... having finished reading the most emotional read for me this year, I'm left feeling drained. I swear I spent over 80% of the book in tears, I was about 10% into reading this work of art & that's when they started... & they just kept falling. Chelle Bliss 'Enshrine' was inspirational, emotional, heartbreaking, awakening... & I couldn't put it down!! Everything from the start to the finish had me glued to Callie & Bruno's story, I LOVED this PHENOMENAL book.