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Without Me

(Men of Inked #5)

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4.34  ·  Rating details ·  5,441 ratings  ·  555 reviews
I’d led a selfish existence.

I liked who I was. Hell, I loved myself.

Women threw themselves at me and I took what they offered without remorse. I promised them nothing.

I sank my teeth into life, holding on to the bitch like my very existence depended on it.

Time passed.

Women came and went.

The second I let my guard down and released the hold I had on life… What wa
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Paperback, 318 pages
Published April 7th 2015
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The BookChick
I'm sad to see the conclusion of the Men of Inked series and I was glad that Anthony finally got his HEA. The toughest of all the Gallo's, manwhore, Anthony was the one I never guessed would be felled by a woman as sassy as Max. Max was definitely time enough for him from the minute of their introduction up unto the point where she said, "I do" but the journey was well worth it. I loved Max's backstory and the fact that she made Anthony "work for it" with her. But, there were many times that I f ...more
Michelle
ARC provided by author in exchange of honest review

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"A love so spectacular and heart wrenching that it threw me for a loop. When I was in too deep to escape, my greatest fears became reality. This is my story. My downfall. My salvation. "

Without Me by Chelle Bliss was a bittersweet read for me. I am bit sad to say goodbye to the Gallo family but at the same time I am beyond happy that we finally get Anthony's story and what a beautiful, sexy, and charming story it is. Without Me wa
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❤Casey❤
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the last book on the Gallo siblings. I am very sad to see them go. I love a series about one certain family.

To refresh your memory, the Gallo siblings are Joe, Mike, Izzy, Thomas and Anthony. They are a tight knit, badass Italian family. Each one have had a book with them finding love in the end. The last to find his love is Anthony.....


Anthony is the oldest of the Gallos and the only one not in love. He's okay with that, though because he's a self proclaimed man slut.

Family, pussy,
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Michelle
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 01-signed
The oldest Gallo and the most man-whorish of the gang is about to be brought to his knees! We got a little bit of insight to Anthony’s love problems in Uncover Me, but we get the whole story of Max and Anthony in Without Me.

One look was all it took for Anthony to realize that she was different. That he wanted something from her that wasn’t his typical MO. Maybe it was the way she refused to look at him, or the way that she kicked him out the morning after and kept kicking him out every time he w
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Michelle
Apr 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Certain things about this book made it my least favorite of the series. Anthony flirts with stalker territory at times and has a chip on his shoulder bigger than all the other Gallos put together. Max has a huge chip on her shoulder too and a martyr complex. She gives up before she even tries. She is horribly wishy washy and at times I actually thought it was best for Anthony to stay away from her.
Towards the end of the story I enjoyed it more and I did like the epilogue.
Rosa Sharon (iScream Book Blog)
"Love wasn't something you could turn off or deny."
I both dreaded and anticipated this final book in the Men of Inked Series. I was excited to read it, but reluctant for my love affair with the Gallo family to end. Through the pages of my kindle they invited me to share their innermost thoughts, desires, and secrets. I was included in the family dinners every Sunday and I shared in their sorrows when any type of danger or loss threatened one of their loved ones. I especially enjoyed the laughter
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Teiamarie
Apr 19, 2017 rated it liked it
So, this was not my favorite Gallo story. I'm still not really a fan of Anthony but even more annoying was how much Max resisted. I still love the Gallo's but I'm taking a break for now because I'm just not feeling it right now. I'll move on to the next book later. ...more
Rough Draft Book Blog
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Without Me by Chelle Bliss
Anthony & Max
THE END OF AN ERA!!!
5 Mutha Effin' Stars... all the damn way!!!

First and foremost, I believe that this is and will always be the most difficult review I've ever had to write. Not only is this the ultimate conclusion to the Men of Inked series, but it's a very personal story brought to us by my fave Chelle Bliss. I went back and reread all of my annotations and highlights from every single book in this series and the memories came flooding back in. It brough
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Jezabell Girl

Anthony is the piece of the Gallo jigsaw that we've all been waiting for. I loved this story so much, especially seeing the rest of the Gallo family complete with their partners moving on into their futures.

Poor Anthony doesn't know what's hit him though when he stumbles across Max in a bar. She is feisty and determinedly rejects Anthony's advances. This is something that Anthony is not used to, no woman has told him no before! Anthony is not about to give up though and after feeling that spark
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Jennifer Pierson
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
WOW! I have to admit that I'm very sad to see this series end. Without Me was very different from the others books, and yet, what an epic ending to an amazing series.

City has been my favorite through out the series until this book. Anthony shot right up the list of my all time favorite book boyfriends.

Anthony is the last Gallo to be hit with all consuming love. He is super hot and been hitting it and quitting it for a very long time until he comes face to face with Max. She throat punched the
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Mandie Foxylutely
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Absolutely amazing end to the series and a definite must MUST read. Fantastic build-up of chemistry and passion!
Full review to follow on release day.

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*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

This is the final book in the Men of Inked series, although the author assures us they will be popping up in spin off series coming soon.

This is Anthony’s story, the oldest of the Gallo brothers and so far the one that seemed to be in the background for most of the series so it was l
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Shayna
My favorite Gallo brother finally gets his Happily Ever After! Anthony Gallo has met his match in EVERY. SINGLE. WAY. Chelle Bliss brings us her most emotional book yet. WITHOUT ME is a passionate, touching, and downright sexy read. I have been waiting for Anthony to find his spark for quite a while, and Ms. Bliss gives us one hell of a fireworks show with this couple. With a male lead that will piss you off AND make you swoon, and a female lead that you will respect and want to cheer on, this a ...more
mysticofworlds
Dec 11, 2019 rated it liked it
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Adoore
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have fallen in love with the Gallo family since the free prequel. Nothing complicated here just stories about the Gallo kids. I have enjoyed every single book and will look forward to novellas in the future or books about the grandkids. I have fallen in love with this series, each story has an issue not a big one but one that can be a real life problem in a relationship but we get a HEA which is why I read romance. This book just wrapped everything up, I wasn't a hundred percent happy with Max ...more
Oneandonlyqueen
Apr 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: interracial
This was an ok read. It was not in-depth and felt rushed at the same time it had the little nuances, and attention to details that makes me like romance books. The sex scenes were hot AF.

Another thing that rubbed me the wrong way was the interracial issue. I hate authors that straddle an issue, it should either be a big issue and make a big deal out of it then resolve it. Or it shouldn't be an issue at all but at the same time acknowledge the little differences in features and so forth. But in G
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Leona
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chelle Bliss Favorite Right Here

I guess the third time is a charm, because this book was beyond all of my expectations. I was completely blown away by this story!
MiDouradoP
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A total rollercoaster of emotions!

4,5 stars

Another standalone in the Men of Inked series, this book was raw and caused all the feelings.

This time, we get to know more about Anthony (the manwhore brother) and Max (the fierce lady who wants nothing to do with Anth...or so she thinks).

Anthony is living his life the way he wants. No commitment, no strings, no emotions, only a good time and goodbye. But when Max comes into his life, he has to face feelings and rejection for the first in his life.

"Wh
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booklover4life
***I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review!***

I had mixed feelings about reading this book. On the one hand, I was dying to read it. On the other, I was desperate not to. I knew that by reading this book, it would be the end of the beloved Men of Inked Series, and that was something I would never be ready for. So I took a deep breath, and went in.

There were a lot of really great things about this book. For me, this book was all about Anthony. I loved his t
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Metalkarin
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Story: mediocre
Characters: first-class S.O.B and a heartless bitch
Flow: seamless from one cliche to another
Writing and editing: professional mass product
Heat: despite the graphic scenes and language none for me
Narrator: Ryan West is the only positive part IMO
Marie Vasquez
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I f'loved Anthony's story!! It was emotional and funny while still being just as hot as the previous books.

Definitely my favorite so far.

Full review to follow
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Chrisabel
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great story from my favorite Gallo Family..
Nerdy Chic
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It’s a bitter sweet end to a series that I’ve come to love from the very beginning. The Gallo family has gone through its ups and downs, falling in love and risking their lives along the way. Now, it’s older brother Anthony’s turn and I have to admit, I wasn’t sure if I cared enough about Anthony to read it. He’s a cocky asshole and his motto is love ‘em and leave ‘em. He constantly made me want to smack him upside the head and I mentally thanked Joe every time he did it. I should have known tha ...more
Rebecca
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My mother always told me that the best things in life needed to be earned and not given.

Thankfully, Anthony Gallo took that advice to heart because boy did Maxine make him work for EVERYTHING when it came to spending time with her, breaking down her walls, and making her admit her true feelings for him.

But if there's one word to describe Anthony, besides asshole, which seems to be most females' word of choice for him, it's definitely persistent. And little by little, with his tenacious and perha
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Karen Mc
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
While Throttle Me will remain my favorite Men of Inked series book along with City and Izzy, my favorite Gallos, Without Me is pure perfection...a raw, riveting, and romantic roller coaster of a read! You'll fall in love with the oldest Gallo brother, Anthony, who is almost like his brother, Thomas, in the other books...a bit of a mystery. Without Me took my heart, my soul, and, of course, my panties. This story draws you in from the very first page.

Beautiful Max Washington has pretty much swor
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Julie
Jun 11, 2014 rated it liked it
MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS - I hate writing a bad review but I could not connect with these characters & there was one scene that bothered me. Anthony is almost 40 years old so he is long overdue to find love & end his man-skanking ways. He has no idea why beautiful dark Maxine is off men but since no woman so far has pushed him away he is very intrigued. Max is sexually attracted to Anthony & it doesn't take long before they are in bed, finding out they are crazy good together, only to have Max kick ...more
Janna ♥ I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore ♥
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It is sad when a series that with each book you have loved more and more comes to an end. I will admit in the beginning I wasn’t sure if I would really like this series as much as I have but when I am wrong, I will admit that I am wrong and I am so glad that I kept reading all about the Gallo family because if I had given up I wouldn’t have fallen in love with the Gallo men and women as must as I have.

We finally get Anthony’s story. You know him the final
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Jill S (Love Affair With Fiction)
Without Me by Chelle Bliss is another amazing read from her Men of Inked series.

Anthony is the last of the Gallo children to get their story. And let me tell you this book was well worth the wait. In so many ways this was so very different from every other book in this series. Written from a special place in the author's heart it was easy to tell by the poignant notes this book struck within me.

Anthony has never had a special lady in his life. And he has been very happy in his life with women
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Sherry
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Arc was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an HONEST review.

This was the perfect ending to the Gallo's series. Chelle has served us readers well with this one.

Anthony is the consummate playboy, loving his life: work, women(lots of them in all shapes, colors and sizes) and family. His perfect trifecta. Always the first to put down the idea if being tied down to one woman and finding his siblings changed because they've all find their "one".

What happens to the person who thinks their
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Chrissy
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, read-in-2015
The end of the Gallo's and Men of Inked Series is Anthony's story. The oldest of the Gallo children, and the one that never wants to settle down.

I really enjoyed Anthony's story, and never thought he would end up falling for a girl that gives as good as he does with everything. She's sassy, rough around the edges, and at the same time sweet and amazing.

Anthony and Max's story spans a few months so we get to see some things that have happened in previous books, but also more from where the previo
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Men of Inked (7 books)
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  • Hook Me (Men of Inked, #2)
  • Resist Me (Men of Inked, #3)
  • Uncover Me (Men of Inked, #4)
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