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This isn’t how fairy tales typically begin, but it’s where mine starts… No money, no phone, and abandoned on the streets of Chicago. With my baby in my arms, I wander into a bar in a shady neighborhood and ask to use their phone. When my father turns us away and completely disowns me, the bar owner, and total hottie, offers us a place to stay…no strings attached. I’m leery at This isn’t how fairy tales typically begin, but it’s where mine starts… No money, no phone, and abandoned on the streets of Chicago. With my baby in my arms, I wander into a bar in a shady neighborhood and ask to use their phone. When my father turns us away and completely disowns me, the bar owner, and total hottie, offers us a place to stay…no strings attached. I’m leery at first. Hot alpha guy. Down on her luck single mother. I mean, who wouldn’t be wary? Lucio Gallo isn’t like most men, though. He’s fiercely protective, loyal, and did I mention he’s covered in nothing but muscle? Above all else, he’s everything I need but never knew I wanted.


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This isn’t how fairy tales typically begin, but it’s where mine starts… No money, no phone, and abandoned on the streets of Chicago. With my baby in my arms, I wander into a bar in a shady neighborhood and ask to use their phone. When my father turns us away and completely disowns me, the bar owner, and total hottie, offers us a place to stay…no strings attached. I’m leery at This isn’t how fairy tales typically begin, but it’s where mine starts… No money, no phone, and abandoned on the streets of Chicago. With my baby in my arms, I wander into a bar in a shady neighborhood and ask to use their phone. When my father turns us away and completely disowns me, the bar owner, and total hottie, offers us a place to stay…no strings attached. I’m leery at first. Hot alpha guy. Down on her luck single mother. I mean, who wouldn’t be wary? Lucio Gallo isn’t like most men, though. He’s fiercely protective, loyal, and did I mention he’s covered in nothing but muscle? Above all else, he’s everything I need but never knew I wanted.

30 review for Maneuver

  1. 4 out of 5

    BookSmacked

    Did someone say more Gallos??? Eeekkk cue squeal because those Gallo men let me tell you are always primed and ready to go. This somewhat instalove story has all the goodness that comes with a Chelle Bliss romance. Hot alpha hero ✔ Siblings all up in your business ✔ A mama Gallo that calls the shots ✔ Hot hot chemistry ✔ Swoony scenes ✔ If you have read The Men Of Inked series then you will be familiar with the above mentioned things. This story starts off with a Delilah who find herself on the side Did someone say more Gallos??? Eeekkk cue squeal because those Gallo men let me tell you are always primed and ready to go. This somewhat instalove story has all the goodness that comes with a Chelle Bliss romance. Hot alpha hero ✔️ Siblings all up in your business ✔️ A mama Gallo that calls the shots ✔️ Hot hot chemistry ✔️ Swoony scenes ✔️ If you have read The Men Of Inked series then you will be familiar with the above mentioned things. This story starts off with a Delilah who find herself on the side of the road. Hmmmm sound familiar ??? Perhaps a bit of a homage to the first MOI book. Either way we have Delilah out of options and having to find some assistance especially with a young baby to care for. She stumbled into a bar that happens to be owned by the Gallo family. Lucio becomes that hero that she needs at the moment and throughout this book continues to step up. It doesn’t hurt that they are attracted to one another and sure enough sparks will fly. This story was such an easy and fun read I devoured pretty much with a smile on my face the entire time. I’m so existed to see what’s next. More Gallo’s please. Note: you do not need to read The Men Of Inked series to read this book. But if you haven’t read them I definitely recommend them as well.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Finn

    This is the first book in the Men Of Inked Southside series by Chelle Bliss. If you like the Gallo’s in Florida then you must read about their cousins who still live in Chicago. Lucio Gallo and his brothers, Angelo & Vinnie, and his sister, Daphne co-own Gallo’s Hook and Hustle, a bar on the south side of Chicago. Their very outgoing and sometimes crazy mother, Betty lives above the bar and their dad is in prison. Lucio is scared of commitment because he watched his dad cheat on his mom a lo This is the first book in the Men Of Inked Southside series by Chelle Bliss. If you like the Gallo’s in Florida then you must read about their cousins who still live in Chicago. Lucio Gallo and his brothers, Angelo & Vinnie, and his sister, Daphne co-own Gallo’s Hook and Hustle, a bar on the south side of Chicago. Their very outgoing and sometimes crazy mother, Betty lives above the bar and their dad is in prison. Lucio is scared of commitment because he watched his dad cheat on his mom a lot when he was little and he doesn’t wanna end up like that. Delilah has a rich father who is an alcoholic and a manipulative prick. When her mom left them he guilted Delilah into staying with him but would treat her like shit. She has a baby girl named Lulu whose father left when Delilah was six months pregnant. One night her dad kicks her and Lulu outta his car in the bad part of town with no money, phone, or identification. She goes inside Gallo’s because it’s the only thing open late at night and asks to use their phone. While she’s in the bar she meets Lucio who she can’t seem to take her eyes off of and the attraction is mutual. Lucio can’t let this gorgeous woman and her baby wander the streets or stay at a homeless shelter so he offers her the apartment above his. The chemistry between them is off the charts but Lucio wants to take things slow so he doesn’t screw up. Lucio Gallo is nowhere near as Alpha as his cousins and Joey will always be my favorite but I’m curious about his three sibling’s stories.

  3. 3 out of 5

    Candy

    This was not your average fairy tale, but it ranks up there with the rest. A must read! A top of my 2018 reads. 5/5 stars all the way! A rich girl and a guy from the other side of the tracks find their differences don't matter as long as you have love, corny I know but it fits for these two. Delilah and her baby have just been kicked to the curb by her drunk father in a not so savory neighborhood in Chicago. With no money, no phone she holds Lulu close and searches for the nearest phone. She com This was not your average fairy tale, but it ranks up there with the rest. A must read! A top of my 2018 reads. 5/5 stars all the way! A rich girl and a guy from the other side of the tracks find their differences don't matter as long as you have love, corny I know but it fits for these two. Delilah and her baby have just been kicked to the curb by her drunk father in a not so savory neighborhood in Chicago. With no money, no phone she holds Lulu close and searches for the nearest phone. She comes across a bar and meets Lucio the owner and asks if she can use the phone. Lucio leads them to an apartment so she can make her call in private. She is exhausted and falls asleep in a complete strangers home. Lucio and his mom take to Lulu and Delilah right away. But he is a bit cautious because he's never opened up to anyone and much less make a commitment. Delilah has a good feeling after the generosity of the Gallos and feels more love from these people in a short time than from her own father. Were these two meant to be? Did fate play a part in these two meeting? Chelle I totally enjoyed Delilah and Lucio's story. It's unconventional but damn good and I was hooked from the start. I couldn't put it down. You have wonderful characters to fall in love with in the story. You have many emotions running through this story that compliments each character and their situations. You can feel the heart you put into these characters with every sentence. ***Reviewed for Sweet & Spicy Reads, ARC provided in return for an honest review***

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sassy Southern

    Wow!!! Just holy fudge sundae with sprinkles on top wow!! I absolutely loved this book!!! And I am about to admit to something that may shock some of y’all, are you ready for it? This is my first Chelle Bliss Book!!!!! Maneuver busted my Chelle cherry and what a way to let it go!!! This book rocked my socks off from beginning to end. I was entranced right from the beginning and finished this book in one sitting. I love the family banter between the Gallo’s and how they took care of Delilah and L Wow!!! Just holy fudge sundae with sprinkles on top wow!! I absolutely loved this book!!! And I am about to admit to something that may shock some of y’all, are you ready for it? This is my first Chelle Bliss Book!!!!! Maneuver busted my Chelle cherry and what a way to let it go!!! This book rocked my socks off from beginning to end. I was entranced right from the beginning and finished this book in one sitting. I love the family banter between the Gallo’s and how they took care of Delilah and Lulu right from the start. And Lucio, oh my word what can you say about that man but woozer and get in my bed!!!! If you are like me and haven’t read Chelle (shocker) don’t wait any longer whether you start with this book or another I’m sure you will not be disappointed, I wasn’t with this one and I will now read the other books on my kindle of hers that’s been there for to long!! - By Tina

  5. 3 out of 5

    Bellereader

    Delilah and Lucio are bring us back to the realm of Gallos and the Windy City never seemed so appealing. The very last thing you expect your father to do to you and your infant daughter is throw you out of the car in the middle of the night with no money, phone, or resources. Delilah knew her father’s drinking was out of control, but to really get to this is unthinkable. Needing help she finds herself inside Hook & Hustle and tongue tied by the handsome and seeming kindhearted owner Lucio Ga Delilah and Lucio are bring us back to the realm of Gallos and the Windy City never seemed so appealing. The very last thing you expect your father to do to you and your infant daughter is throw you out of the car in the middle of the night with no money, phone, or resources. Delilah knew her father’s drinking was out of control, but to really get to this is unthinkable. Needing help she finds herself inside Hook & Hustle and tongue tied by the handsome and seeming kindhearted owner Lucio Gallo. The minute Lucio lays his eyes on Delilah and her little girl Lulu he is overcome with desire to protect them at all cost. He knows they need him and he is more than happy to he their knight and shining armor. Delilah and Lulu are looking for a family and Lucio is ready to be that for them he just needs to take the leap. I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Adams Steward

    I didn’t realize how much I missed reading a Chelle Bliss book and the Gallo’s until I read this. Lucio reminded me of Channing Tatum. Also this book reminded me a lot of City and Suzy. Not the story just the characters (but that’s my opinion). Can’t wait to read more about the Southside Gallo’s!!

  7. 3 out of 5

    Heather andrews

    Deliah sometimes just gets all flustered, “I was wondering if I could use your pecs,” I blurt out, and my stomach instantly knots." Lucio is very proud of his attributes, "I’m like a proud peacock, showing off my goods and hoping like h*** she digs the eff out of the piercing. “As much as you want,” Lucio does what he wants without his woman's permission, “I know you’re not letting me, but I’m doing it anyway.” I liked this book, I loved Lucio, the man took charge of everything.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Boy how I’ve missed the Gallo family, and even though Maneuver is a spin-off of the OG, their cousins are just as rowdy, just as smart mouthed, and just as controlling and domineering as their Florida counterparts. Book 1 in Chelle Bliss’ Men of Inked: Southside is Lucio Gallo’s story, and I love that Lucio’s introduction to the heroine, Deliah, is reminiscent of a certain kickass couple from the original Men of Inked. From the moment Lucio and Delilah meet and he decides to help her and her you Boy how I’ve missed the Gallo family, and even though Maneuver is a spin-off of the OG, their cousins are just as rowdy, just as smart mouthed, and just as controlling and domineering as their Florida counterparts. Book 1 in Chelle Bliss’ Men of Inked: Southside is Lucio Gallo’s story, and I love that Lucio’s introduction to the heroine, Deliah, is reminiscent of a certain kickass couple from the original Men of Inked. From the moment Lucio and Delilah meet and he decides to help her and her young child, they both become honorary Gallo members, and when it’s clear that the attraction between Lucio and Delilah can lead to something they both want and need, the Gallo charm and protective nature comes out and despite some hesitancy by both Lucio and Delilah, it’s beyond clear to readers that they’ve met their ‘one’ and now need to figure out a way to make it forever. At the heart of any Gallo story is the importance of family; they are a tight knit group of caring and loving people who have each other’s back at all costs, and the person who brings them all together, meddling in any way she deems necessary, which proves that Betty, the Southside Gallos’ mother, is just as crazy and loving as Maria. I love that Chelle Bliss decided to go back to her writing roots…back to the family who introduced readers to Bliss’ kickass alpha males and the sassy and sexy women who tame them and make them one woman men. I can’t wait for more stories from these South Side Gallos, and I’m hoping that as readers become more at home with this family that we’ll get the opportunity to catch up with the Florida Gallos because their cousins’ stories make me miss them even more. 4 Poison Apples (The Fairest of All Book Reviews)

  9. 3 out of 5

    Erin Lewis

    5 star Review Maneuver by Chelle Bliss Well I never thought I could or would fall for another Gallo man but Lucio Gallo hits all my buttons and is totally swoon worthy. There is nothing that I did not like about this man, he just does it for me. Although a ladies man, when the right woman comes along and in this case it is single mum Delilah Miles, he knows his is a goner in more ways than one. From the first page until the last I was captivated by their story and truth be told I didn’t want it to 5 star Review Maneuver by Chelle Bliss Well I never thought I could or would fall for another Gallo man but Lucio Gallo hits all my buttons and is totally swoon worthy. There is nothing that I did not like about this man, he just does it for me. Although a ladies man, when the right woman comes along and in this case it is single mum Delilah Miles, he knows his is a goner in more ways than one. From the first page until the last I was captivated by their story and truth be told I didn’t want it to end. This was a smoking hot read that ticked all the boxes for me and in my opinion Chelle Bliss has another winner on her hands. The Chicago Gallos are just as family orientated as their southern cousins and just as inked, tempting and hot. They love, play and are loyal to a fault and for me if they would adopt me I would be so happy. When Delilah and her daughter fall on tough times, thanks to her horrible father, she has no idea how walking through the door into the Gallo’s Hook & Hustle South Side bar will change her life. Lucio and his mother Betty immediately offer her unconditional assistance and it is this that shows Delilah what family is meant to be. Betty was such a great character that I cannot wait to see what mischief she gets up to in future books. I love that at the heart of these books is the love of family and what they will do for each other and for those in need. Chelle Bliss writes with a depth of character that at times comes right out of no-where and knocks your socks off and this book was no exception.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Bibby (Rochelle's Reviews)

    I received a copy and voluntarily left a review and all opinions are my own. When I read a Chelle Bliss book, I always know what will stand out in my heart more than anything else. Will there be lots of heat? Absolutely, we did say this was a Chelle Bliss book after all. Will there be some twist and turns? Most definitely! But what always resonates with me the most is the family unity in each of her stories. She had us fall madly in love with the Gallos in Men of Inked and now we get to do it al I received a copy and voluntarily left a review and all opinions are my own. When I read a Chelle Bliss book, I always know what will stand out in my heart more than anything else. Will there be lots of heat? Absolutely, we did say this was a Chelle Bliss book after all. Will there be some twist and turns? Most definitely! But what always resonates with me the most is the family unity in each of her stories. She had us fall madly in love with the Gallos in Men of Inked and now we get to do it all over again with her new Southside series. We are oh so excited and lucky to meet new Gallos that might be just a tad bit wilder, crazier, but with the same huge hearts. Chelle gives us another couple to drool, pant, and obsess over. Trust me, once you meet the Chicago Gallos that own the bar Hook & Hustle and you get up close and personal with Lucio and Delilah, you will never want to close the book and return home. You will want to remain in their fiery embrace forever! Delilah Miles shows us what the true strength of a mother and a woman looks like from the time we meet her when she is down and out and get to see how she still gets back up on her feet and pushes through for her daughter. She is so much more than just a rich girl on the wrong side of town slumming it. She realizes from the beginning that a family that loves fiercely like the Gallos is worth more than all the gold in the world. This is a girl who needs all the love and compassion that she never received from her own family and Lucio is capable of giving her that and so much more! Lucio Gallo is yet another muscled, inked, and rough around the edges alpha male that you won't be able to get enough of! What surprised me the most was underneath all that hotness is a gentle soul and big heart that you just want to cuddle the hell out of. I don't think one of Chelle's heroes has ever shown us so much softness underneath all that hard muscle and still made us want to fall at his feet! Such a smooth combination of alpha and big teddy bear had my heart in trouble from the moment Delilah set eyes on him and heard his oh so sexy voice. Chelle Bliss delivers another amazing, heart melting, desire pumping beginning to a new saga of the Gallo family that will leave you breathless and even more in love with her writing. I highly recommend Maneuver for a romance that punches you in the heart just as hard as it does the libido. Each new story leaves me even more besotted and addicted to Chelle Bliss and her larger than life Gallos. To say that I was beyond giddy to meet the Chicago Gallos is an understatement. I cannot wait to see where Chelle Bliss will take us next into this fictional world. All I know is her story is sure to contain lots of heart, plenty of family, and so much imagery that will set you ablaze and be forever burned into your imagination.

  11. 4 out of 5

    The BookChick

    Another bit of Gallo Gold from Challenge Bliss. I love Lucio, Daphne, baby Lulu and the entire Southside Gallo clan. I can't wait to see whose story is next. I hope Angelo's.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Leonie

    Good book, but it just happened so fast (a little too fast for my liking) but I enjoyed the book. It would have been a little more believable if it took them a few more months.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Hero(s) rating: 4.5 stars Heroine rating: 4.5 stars Sexual tension rating: 4 stars Sex scenes rating: 4.5 stars Sex scenes frequency: 4 stars Plot rating: 4 stars Dialogue rating: 3.5 stars Storytelling rating: 4 stars Story ending rating: 4.5 stars Other woman/men drama: (view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)] Cheating: (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)] Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)] HEA: (view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)] ********************************************** Overall rating: 4.5 stars A g Hero(s) rating: 4.5 stars Heroine rating: 4.5 stars Sexual tension rating: 4 stars Sex scenes rating: 4.5 stars Sex scenes frequency: 4 stars Plot rating: 4 stars Dialogue rating: 3.5 stars Storytelling rating: 4 stars Story ending rating: 4.5 stars Other woman/men drama: (view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)] Cheating: (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)] Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)] HEA: (view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)] ********************************************** Overall rating: 4.5 stars A girl walks into a bar....with a baby... and the rest is history! was so enjoyable from the first page to the last. Delilah and Lucio's super-insta relationship was very well delivered, no mincing words, leaving you satisfied and wanting more. With a dose of a crazy, super-tight family (The Gallo's), a single mom on her ass (while dealing with an alcoholic selfish father and a disappearing baby daddy), and the right amount of steam (hello Prince Albert!!), you can't help but end the book with a little smile on your face.

  14. 3 out of 5

    Mona Livsey

    Could not put this down! You have to love those Gallo Men and with such a huge family, it is hard not loving them. When the unexpected walks in the front door, there is no other way it could have turned out. All Betty Gallo’s boys know better than to abandon any girl in trouble. And Delilah is that in spades. Lucio falls for not onlyDelilah, but little Lulu as well. The only problems they will be facing is her father and her babies father. But being a Gallo has it’s perks, and Lucio is willing to d Could not put this down! You have to love those Gallo Men and with such a huge family, it is hard not loving them. When the unexpected walks in the front door, there is no other way it could have turned out. All Betty Gallo’s boys know better than to abandon any girl in trouble. And Delilah is that in spades. Lucio falls for not onlyDelilah, but little Lulu as well. The only problems they will be facing is her father and her babies father. But being a Gallo has it’s perks, and Lucio is willing to do anything to make these girls his! Great read, incredible characters, fantastic storyline! Fully recommend this book, can’t wait to read the next one!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    All man should be like Lucio Maneuver is currently my favorite from Ms. Chelle Bliss. All man should be like Lucio. He is not only pleasing in the eyes but hard worker and has a heart of gold. I never though that Men Inked series stopped by the author give her reader another delicious series that will blow your mind away and also your e-reader. I loved Delilah, my kind of girl who is not afraid to fight not only for herself but her baby girl as well. Born from a golden spoon to basically homeles All man should be like Lucio Maneuver is currently my favorite from Ms. Chelle Bliss. All man should be like Lucio. He is not only pleasing in the eyes but hard worker and has a heart of gold. I never though that Men Inked series stopped by the author give her reader another delicious series that will blow your mind away and also your e-reader. I loved Delilah, my kind of girl who is not afraid to fight not only for herself but her baby girl as well. Born from a golden spoon to basically homeless in one night. This girl is a fighter. She has enough crap from the men and now willing to stand with her own two feet to survive. Maneuver is a beautiful book about family, triumph, love and survival. I cannot wait to read the 2nd book from this series. Ms. Chelle Bliss you did again. You are one amazing author. I super loved and enjoyed reading Maneuver.

  16. 3 out of 5

    Danny Jeffery

    I'm a big fan of the Men of Inked series so I was over the moon to find out that Chelle was bringing us more from the Gallo's. As you can imagine this was a super sexy read and a really nice easy book to read. The story was engaging and flowed really well, although there were times where I wished the story had been fleshed out a little more. Chelle really succeeds in delivering the close knit family feel that you can't help but fall for and I look forward to more from the other family members. L I'm a big fan of the Men of Inked series so I was over the moon to find out that Chelle was bringing us more from the Gallo's. As you can imagine this was a super sexy read and a really nice easy book to read. The story was engaging and flowed really well, although there were times where I wished the story had been fleshed out a little more. Chelle really succeeds in delivering the close knit family feel that you can't help but fall for and I look forward to more from the other family members. Lucio was an absolute sweetheart and someone I easily warmed to and Delila had an inner strength that really shines through that means you instantly want great things for her. They had great chemistry together, however, for me their relationship was a little too insta for my tastes and after that initial boom, I would have liked for things to have slowed down a little and develop on a deeper level. All in all though, a nice start to a new series and I certainly look forward to more from the Southside. I was provided with a copy of this book from the Publisher; there was no inducement or obligation.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Renee Entress from Renee Entress's Blog

    4.5 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, secrets, and heartbreak. This is Delilah and Lucio’s story. When Delilah finds herself with no phone, no money, and abandoned on her own with her baby she turns to a shady bar for help. In that bar is Lucio who takes one look and starts falling. When she is turned away from her family and left with nowhere to go Lucio offers a solution. He is willing to protect and help her. But is she getting in over her head? She should be super 4.5 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, secrets, and heartbreak. This is Delilah and Lucio’s story. When Delilah finds herself with no phone, no money, and abandoned on her own with her baby she turns to a shady bar for help. In that bar is Lucio who takes one look and starts falling. When she is turned away from her family and left with nowhere to go Lucio offers a solution. He is willing to protect and help her. But is she getting in over her head? She should be super leery but for some reason he seems to put her at ease. Can she trust someone she does not know? He holds all the cards for her to fix her life. But once again can she trust him and the feelings he brings out in her? I loved these characters and the side characters. I felt I could connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I highly recommend this book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog

    5 Stars! Brand new spin off series. Still the same brilliant Chelle Bliss and those super addicting words. That's right, one of our favorite families is back y'all... the Gallo's are back and stronger than ever! Sexy. Sweet. Deep. Raw. You can't miss Chelle's alphas and her fierce heroines in an all new series. Maneuver is Delilah and Lucio's story. Complicated in moments. Intense every step of the way. Steamy in times that count. Completely unforgettable in every single way. One look at her and h 5 Stars! Brand new spin off series. Still the same brilliant Chelle Bliss and those super addicting words. That's right, one of our favorite families is back y'all... the Gallo's are back and stronger than ever! Sexy. Sweet. Deep. Raw. You can't miss Chelle's alphas and her fierce heroines in an all new series. Maneuver is Delilah and Lucio's story. Complicated in moments. Intense every step of the way. Steamy in times that count. Completely unforgettable in every single way. One look at her and he knows he'll do anything to keep her and her child safe and protected. And you know, once an honorary Gallo, always one. Chelle never disappoints when she's in her element and writes that soul soothing angst and sweet, sweet heat that she's mastered. I can't wait to see what she gives us next. I highly recommend this book. Reviewed for Renee Entress's Blog

  19. 5 out of 5

    Snow

    😕 It was just okay... And "too fairytale-ish" to digest, I guess... So...😕

  20. 4 out of 5

    Myra Espino

    Wow!!! Maneuver will make you fall in love with the Gallos all over again! In this book, it's Lucio's story. Despite him having a reputation, I love how he is with Lulu and Delilah. I love everything in this book. From the start up to the last, I was hooked on their story. Loved it!!! A must read book!!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Book-Lover Book Blog

    I swear, with each book that Chelle Bliss writes, her style gets better and better. This is one of those short, punchy reads that’s perfect for lazing by the pool on holiday it just a quick summer read. It’s a bit rushed in places, my brain couldn’t quite keep up with how everything with Lucio and Delilah happened. I had to go back a few pages in places to get time frame too. BUT... It’s such an amazing book that I don’t care. I loved ALL the characters and I’m so happy to have new Gallos!!!!! Ev I swear, with each book that Chelle Bliss writes, her style gets better and better. This is one of those short, punchy reads that’s perfect for lazing by the pool on holiday it just a quick summer read. It’s a bit rushed in places, my brain couldn’t quite keep up with how everything with Lucio and Delilah happened. I had to go back a few pages in places to get time frame too. BUT... It’s such an amazing book that I don’t care. I loved ALL the characters and I’m so happy to have new Gallos!!!!! Everyone loves the Gallos right? I know I do. Great story. Great characters. Amazing atmosphere. Brilliant drama. A fantastic little read!

  22. 3 out of 5

    Christina

    Loving this Chicago edition of the original Gallo series!! Delilah is awesome and I know this is going to be a great new series. Sexy, heartwarming and funny! You won't be disappointed For sure.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kylee

    When the book contains a Gallo you know it is going to totally melt your heart and have you all hot and bothered. Lucio Gallo is no exception to this rule. The man is a player but all it takes is Delilah Miles to come cautiously walking into his bar with something precious to have him reconsidering his single ways. Delilah is out of her element and with no where else to turn is surprised at how this Gallo family support her and take her under their wing. Their story is about growth, love and dis When the book contains a Gallo you know it is going to totally melt your heart and have you all hot and bothered. Lucio Gallo is no exception to this rule. The man is a player but all it takes is Delilah Miles to come cautiously walking into his bar with something precious to have him reconsidering his single ways. Delilah is out of her element and with no where else to turn is surprised at how this Gallo family support her and take her under their wing. Their story is about growth, love and discovering that family isn’t always blood related. This first book in the Men Of Inked Southside will have your heart racing, falling in love and swooning over the Gallo men all over again. Bring on the next book because you can never have too much of the Gallo’s.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    Oh, I have missed this family!!! It was so fun meeting another branch of the Gallo family. They seem just as crazy, just as fun as the family some many of us have come to love. At the beginning of this book I was a little worried about Delilah, she seemed so timid. But once she got her feet under her she really bloomed! She showed that she would be able to hold her own in such a boisterous, loud, crazy family. And Lucio, WOW!!! Such a Gallo, through and through!!! From the very beginning, he was Oh, I have missed this family!!! It was so fun meeting another branch of the Gallo family. They seem just as crazy, just as fun as the family some many of us have come to love. At the beginning of this book I was a little worried about Delilah, she seemed so timid. But once she got her feet under her she really bloomed! She showed that she would be able to hold her own in such a boisterous, loud, crazy family. And Lucio, WOW!!! Such a Gallo, through and through!!! From the very beginning, he was protective and tender with Delilah and Lulu. And that quickly grew to so much more. How could I not fall in love with a big, tattooed, bike riding man who loves babies? I can't wait to follow along with the rest of the Chicago Gallo's and see where their stories will go!!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    T.A. McKay

    Just read it...you will not be disappointed!

  26. 3 out of 5

    Debbie Watson

    Loved it! The Gallos are back! Lucio and Delilah's story is terrific. I can't wait for more. Definitely recommend this book. This author knows how to bring on the hot, hunky heroes and the ladies who love them.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    I needed more Gallos and this was a great intro to the new Gallos. This isn't your full fledge Gallo angst but you still get you fill of Alpha Gallo and a great love story. We also get a glimpse of what is to come on the South Side. We have waited a long time for this story and we have NOT been disappointed!

  28. 3 out of 5

    Ria - Reading Is Our Satisfaction

    The Gallos are back and sexy as ever!!!! The Gallos are back baby!!!! Prepare yourself for some more swooning and fanning, these Chicago men are just as hot as their southern cousins. Lucio Gallo is the man every woman fantasises about, sweet, sexy protective, caring ... this man is perfect. He is totally knocked off his feet when Delilah Miles walks through the doors of his family's bar, the Hook & Hustle . Delilah is sweet, sassy, heartbroken, but she has a side of her that is also extremel The Gallos are back and sexy as ever!!!! The Gallos are back baby!!!! Prepare yourself for some more swooning and fanning, these Chicago men are just as hot as their southern cousins. Lucio Gallo is the man every woman fantasises about, sweet, sexy protective, caring ... this man is perfect. He is totally knocked off his feet when Delilah Miles walks through the doors of his family's bar, the Hook & Hustle . Delilah is sweet, sassy, heartbroken, but she has a side of her that is also extremely strong and independent. Left penniless and homeless by her alcoholic father, Delilah walks into the bar, carrying her daughter Lulu, not knowing that her life is about to dramatically change forever. Sparks fly instantly between Lucio and Delilah, leading to some very hot steamy scenes and a wonderful friendship. Even though Lucio wants to take things slow, what he wants and what actually happens are two different things, especially when you have a family like his. The scenes with Lucio and Lulu, Delilah's daughter, just melted my heart, they showed a tender side to such a strong alpha man. As with the previous Men Of Ink'd series, there is a wonderful family that is close knit and more than willing to give their opinion on anything and everything, whether it is asked for or not. I absolutely love Mama Gallo, Betty, she was such a terrific character. She's definitely the one who rules the roost in that family. I'm certainly interested in finding out more about Santino, Lucio's father - there's a bit of mystery and intrigue surrounding that man. A thoroughly enjoyable book, that had me smiling from beginning to end. Oh, watch out for Lucio's striptease scene ... that man definitely has some moves!!! I must say that I almost stood and cheered when Delilah was finally able to say her peace to the two men who really let her down in life .... that woman certainly has some gumption. The ending was simply perfect and summed up the relationship of Lucio and Delilah. I can't wait for the next book in the series, FLOW. Bring those Gallos on!!!! ABSOLUTELY A RECOMMENDED READ. Read and Reviewed for Reading Is Our Satisfaction FIVE STARS

  29. 5 out of 5

    Reviews from the Heart (Kimberly Anne)

    I really wanted to love this book but I came away a little disappointed. The thing that drew me to it was the Gallo name. I'm guessing that was the idea when the author decided to give us more Gallo's. I'm not alone when I say that I loved the Men of Inked series. That's where I fell in love with not just Suzy and City, but the author as well. But I think that that connection gave me false hope. It made me believe that there would be some connection to the original Gallo crew. Some mention of th I really wanted to love this book but I came away a little disappointed. The thing that drew me to it was the Gallo name. I'm guessing that was the idea when the author decided to give us more Gallo's. I'm not alone when I say that I loved the Men of Inked series. That's where I fell in love with not just Suzy and City, but the author as well. But I think that that connection gave me false hope. It made me believe that there would be some connection to the original Gallo crew. Some mention of them, maybe? At least some explanation as to the relationship. Are they cousins? Uncles? Aunts? Maybe one of them was mentioned in the previous series and I just don't remember because it's been so long. Maybe it was mentioned in this book and I somehow missed it. Whatever it was, I just had trouble connecting with this one. Having said all that, I didn't hate it, I just didn't love it the way I had hoped I would. It fell a little flat for me. The story was easy to read with very little drama and the usual alpha male antics, and the banter was fun. It was a pretty lite read with a fun family dynamic and lots of humor. The secondary characters get a lot of time and I'm looking forward the book about the youngest Gallo brother. ~ Kimberly Anne

  30. 5 out of 5

    She Abshire

    The Gallo's are back Baby! An extension of our beloved Gallo family live on the Southside of Chicago and own a bar called The Hook & Hustle. Three brothers and a feisty sister. The family is everything except for that one loose end the oldest kids could do without. Delilah finds herself alone and penniless in front of Hook & Hustle with no recourse but to find a phone and shelter for her and her baby Lulu. Abandoned by the sperm donor and by her father, she has nowhere to go but into that The Gallo's are back Baby! An extension of our beloved Gallo family live on the Southside of Chicago and own a bar called The Hook & Hustle. Three brothers and a feisty sister. The family is everything except for that one loose end the oldest kids could do without. Delilah finds herself alone and penniless in front of Hook & Hustle with no recourse but to find a phone and shelter for her and her baby Lulu. Abandoned by the sperm donor and by her father, she has nowhere to go but into that bar. What begins as one hot sexy man trying to be a good Samaritan turns into a blazing encounter that neither will ever forget. He wants to do more than rescue and protect Delilah and Lulu. Delilah does what she has to in order to keep Lulu safe and loved. Relationships take years to build some say. Not in the book of Gallo. Love hits you like a sledgehammer and if that is not enough there is always Ma and the gang to smack it in your head. :) These folks are fun. This couple is blazing hot and a joy to get to know. I cannot wait to dive into the next book.

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