The moment I saw her, I wanted her.
I tried to resist her, but Race had other plans.
One night, in a moment of weakness, I gave in to my desires.
I still had a job to do before her world collapsed.
If I failed at finding the person behind the threats, I could lose her forever.
Temptation can be dangerous.
“You’re really purdy,” she slurred with a lopsided grin, running her finger down my cheek.
“That’s it. No more drinks for you,” I said, dragging the glass away from her.
“No! I’ve only had three,” she said as she lurched forward, pulling the drink out of my hands.
“I’m enjoying myself. I’ve had a bitch of a week and I deserve to let loose a little.”
I held my hands up. “You’ve actually had four martinis, but anything you want, princess.”
Her eyes grew into little slits. “I’m not your princess,” she slurred, sounding completely adorable.
My cheeks hurt as I smiled. “I’m going to take you home now. I think you need to sleep it off.”
“Last time I checked,” she said before hiccupping, “you’re not my daddy.” A slow smile crept across her face. She scooted closer and whispered, “Unless that’s your thing.” She tried to wink, but both eyes closed, one after the other.
I leaned into her space, a breath away from her lips. “It’s not my thing, but I’m happy to act out your fantasies. But I don’t think you want to cross that line. Once you go there, there’s no going back.” I stared into her eyes.
“Oooh.” Her eyes grew wide. “Is that supposed to scare me, Mr. DeLuca?”
I didn’t move. “I’m just giving you fair warning. You’ve had a few drinks, and I won’t take advantage of that. I’m just telling you how it is.”
“You’re full of yourself.” Her warm, sweet breath caressed my lips as she spoke.
All I wanted to do was reach out, pull her face to mine, and kiss her full, beautiful lips. “I’m sure of myself and confident in my abilities, yes. That’s entirely different than being full of myself.” I licked my lips, testing her.
Her eyes dropped to my mouth as her lips parted.
“Another?” Lisa interrupted.
“We’re good,” I replied, keeping my eyes pinned to Race and waving Lisa off.
“Pfft,” Lisa scoffed, stomping away.
Race glared in Lisa’s direction. “She wants you,” she whispered.
Was she jealous?
“I don’t want her.”
“She’s a sure thing though.”
I leaned closer, leaving very little space between us. “I never liked easy.”
“All men like easy.” Her body swayed, moving so close our lips almost brushed.
I am new to the world of Chelle Bliss. Though I’ve heard great things about the Men of Inked, I just have not read them. Sinful Intent seemed like a good initiation to Ms. Bliss, since even though it is somewhat connected to the Gallos, it is not necessary to have read the earlier books in order to follow this story.
Morgan is a Gallo cousin who joins the new family PI business after moving to Florida. His first client is Race, a strong-willed woman who is being threatened. There are sparks instantly, but Race is a stickler for not mixing business with pleasure, or more specifically, she’s much more interested in her career than any potential relationship. Of course things don’t stay that way for long. The threat against her might keep her from making any big life changes, for business or pleasure, unless Morgan can intervene and catch the culprit.
Morgan and Race had such great chemistry. It was a nice change to see the woman be the one who was resistant to the idea of a relationship. Morgan had to work to get past her defenses, but it was totally worth it once he did.
I loved meeting the Gallos, even if trying to keep them (and their spouses and their kids) all straight in my head was a challenge. One family member I had no problem remembering was Fran, Morgan’s mother. She is a pistol. She had me laughing in pretty much every scene she was in. And actually, even the big family get-together scenes where I was trying to keep track of everyone, the banter among the family members was great. Anyone who comes from a loud, oversharing family knows just how accurate a lot of the Gallo/DeLuca stuff was.
All in all, I really enjoyed this introduction to Gallo-land, and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
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