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Publisher's Summary

Rocco Caldo is tall, dark, and handsome, but not interested in love. Loyal to a fault, he can’t turn away an old friend in need or a beautiful woman on the run...especially when they have unfinished business.

Rebel Bishop is a single mom looking for shelter, not a handout. But when her path crosses with an old flame, they uncover an ember of passion that’s been smoldering inside them both for over a decade.

Can they move beyond their tragic past, allowing the flame to burn bright into their future?

Ember is the seventh full-length stand-alone novel in the Men of Inked Heatwave series by USA Today best-selling author Chelle Bliss.

©2021 Bliss Ink (P)2021 Bliss Ink

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Ember

Ember?! Shit, the book was a raging inferno!! Complete with plenty of sexy times, a little bit of suspense, and a whole lot of Gallo/Caldo family!! I love how the kids are growing up, having kids of there own and finding love!! There is also plenty to make you cry in this book - both happy and sad tears! But if you can get past the beginning of the book, where your heart gets ripped to shreds, you are rewarded with more love than you can imagine!! I completely forgot about doing much of anything else today, except for reading this book!! Loved everything about this book and the Gallo family feels like family! Yes, I know there fictional! But isn’t that a sign of a brilliant writer - when they can make you forget your troubles and you know the characters so well they feel like there yours!! Most definitely a five star read!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Great story

After finishing Spark, I was a little worried about what Chelle Bliss had in store for Ember, book seven in the Men of Inked: Heatwave series. Having read all the previous books I was convinced that I have already read my favourite but I wasn’t counting on James and Izzy’s son Rocco who I adore.

Narrated by Samantha Brentmoor and Connor Crais they did a good job bringing this story to life.

I fell hard and fast for this swoon worthy, caring, protective and passionate man and knew that the woman who earned his love would need to be special. When I learnt that the woman who burrowed deep down into his soul is Rebel, a woman from his past and that she is also a single mum, I knew we were in for one heck of a ride.

This was a fast paced, passionate, story which will keep you on the edge of your seat as danger and suspense unfolds. Reading a book about any member of the Gallo family is for me like catching up with much loved family members.

There is humour, steam, tears and an adorable little girl called Adeline who almost stole the book right out from under the Gallo clan. This book is all about love and family and what one will do for the person who holds their heart. I love this generation of the Gallo’s as much as the originals.


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From an ember comes the blaze

Rebel and Rocco were destined but a tragic accident rips them apart. Ten years later she's back but in trouble, the kind of trouble the Caldo family takes care of. The chemistry between these two is off the charts as old feelings long buried resurface. Throw in the charm of a sweet 5 year old and we, once again, have a winning Chelle Bliss work of art.

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Once a Gallo rocks your world you done

When you are young and dumb you think your invincible till. God clearly shows you you're not. Horrible accident changes everyone's life.
Then by pure luck you get to right a wrong being a GALLO MAN you already know theanswer

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Fan the flames

First, if you've never read or listened to a Chelle Bliss book, you need to! I'm fairly new to her books, but I'm loving every book. Including Ember. This second chance romance is so perfectly named. Things get dark and circumstances come between Rocco and Rebel, but the flame doesn't go completely out, even ten years later.
Rebel is a strong woman, determined to make it on her own, but the Caldo brothers don't give her much choice other than to let them help her. The chemistry between her and Rocco is off the charts, and these two really bring the heat. And Rocco - Well, Rocco is one of those completely swoony alpha males that you're not likely to forget, one that easily lands in the top ten book boyfriend list. Add in how thoroughly Rebel's very precocious five-year-old has him wrapped around her finger, and he's that much sweeter. We also get plenty of page time with Rocco's larger-than-life family, including some past favorites.
Samantha Brentmoor and Connor Crais voice these characters, and Chelle Bliss couldn't have chosen any better for Rocco and Rebel. The narration captures the emotion of the story perfectly. Whether it's danger or love or swoony heat, it all comes through loud and clear. I've listened to both of these narrators before, so I expected good things from them, and boy, did they deliver.
Finally, and this probably should've been first because it's the first thing you see, but can we take a second for some cover love? That's one hot cover for an equally hot leading man.

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Second Chance

Broken by tragedy and torn apart by fear and guilt. Ten years have passed, and Rocco and Rebel get a second chance when Rebel returns home to start a new life for her and her daughter, Adaline. Unfortunately, Rocco and Rebel have a lot of emotional baggage to unpack. Rocco is still cocky, only now he's determined to protect her and her daughter. Rebel is still a strong woman; however, her confidence has taken some pretty heavy damage due to her past relationships and choice of lousy men.

Though not as swoony as the previous stories, I still enjoyed reading Ember. Rocco brings Rebel and her little girl around his family, who quickly make them feel at home during family dinner eve amid the fun and sometimes embarrassing conversations held around the table.

Connor Crais and Samantha Brentmoor did an excellent job with the emotional beginning of the story and carrying the emotion throughout.

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Ember (Men of Inked: Heatwave #7)

STORY: I don’t even know what to concentrate the most about in my review because it was just all such a great package all around. Should I talk about Rocco and his swoon-worthy growth and development in the story? Should I talk about the passion and deliciousness that poured from the story? Should I talk about little Addy and how she stole the show every time she appeared? *happy sigh* Should I talk about Rebel and her history and how it just tore my heart to shreds but Chelle swooped in and gave me so much darn hope in all the things with her ridiculous writing skills? Should I talk about how spectacular this second chance to get things right storyline unfolded and had me captivated and glued to my kindle for hours on end? I can't chat about all of it or this review would go on forever (lol) so I'll just tell you that everything about this story gets a high 5 from me :)

PERFORMANCE: I have to say, I've never been a huge fan of Samantha Brentmoor's overall performance in past audios I have listened to, but with this one, she captured Rebel's personality (as I interpreted it) really well and Connor Crais and her worked well off each other!!

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Sexy Suspense

Ember is a second chance, love after loss romantic suspense told in dual, alternating first-person POV. It is the seventh installment in the Men of Inked: Heatwave series of standalones, which can be read out of order (but I suspect readers may benefit from having some experience with the series before reading this).

After hearing great things about pervious books in this series, I was very excited to dive into this audiobook. I enjoyed it, but I felt like there was some set up of the Caldo family that would have helped me connect with this story a bit more if I had read some or all of the previous books. I am neutral on insta-love - I don’t go looking for it, but it doesn’t turn me away either - but in this case it seemed like Rocco’s rapid and consuming connection to Rebel was considered a family trait of sorts, and when all the men were sitting around basically mansplaining to Rocco his own feelings, I felt like I was missing something. The only way I could reconcile it was to fill in the gaps with my understanding of werewolves imprinting from Twilight (though, to be clear, this is a contemporary romance, no monsters involved). I like that Rocco was part of a warm and welcoming family, and the way both he and his family took in Rebel and her daughter made me swoon. I was a little disappointed that there was a lot of build-up regarding Rocco’s sexual preferences and history with a BDSM club, but we did not get to see this couple explore that much (other than a teasing mention in the epilogue).

I am very glad I chose the audiobook for this story. Both narrators gave wonderful performances, and Samantha Brentmoor has now officially solidified a place on my list of favorite narrators! She does such a phenomenal job not only bringing the heroine to life, but also portraying the hero during her chapters in a way that is true-to-character (and also pretty sexy - her male voice is on par with some of my favorite male narrators)!

Overall, I enjoyed this listen and am considering trying out some of the other books from earlier in this series to better my understanding of this interesting family.

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Sweet, heartwarming, and spicy

The narrators had enthralling voices. I was pulled into the story. This was the first of the series I read so it does definitely work as a stand alone. I really enjoyed the dual POVs and the story. They have a connection and history that can’t be denied. I connected well with the characters and enjoyed the ride. It was sweet and heart warming but also spicy.

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Danger & Suspense, Humor & Heat! A+ narration!

Ember is a fast paced, passionate, and exciting story that kept me engaged and eager to see what would happen next! There is danger & suspense, humour & heat. Rocco and Rebel were so likeable and fun, I was rooting for them the whole way! Narrated by Connor Crais and Samantha Brentmoor, this was an audio treat! A rather short listen, but not lacking in story or characters. I loved it!

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  • Wanderer Dreamer Romance Reader
  • 05-14-22

Sinfully hot, slow burn, second chance romance!

Ember is book seven in the Men of Inked Heatwave series and is the story of Rocco Caldo and Rebel Bishop that had me captivated from the very beginning.

Rocco is one half of the hot, tattooed Caldo twins and isn’t looking for Love, however, when a woman from his past turns up looking for refuge, he can’t stop the old feelings resurfacing. And he can’t help but fall head over heels for her five-year-old daughter.

Rebel is a strong, independent woman who after escaping an abusive relationship is needing a place to stay until things blow over. She turned to Carmello (Mello) Rocco’s twin, but Rocco takes over and offers his place to her and Adaline and promises to protect them. What Rebel didn’t consider was the burning desire still simmering under the surface ten years later.

Samantha Brentmoor and Connor Crais’ performances as Rebel and Rocco are truly compelling. I loved this duo together; they built the tension in this slow burn romance perfectly. Samantha showcased Rebel’s strong, independent personality while also being submissive perfectly. Connor’s portrayal of the dominant, protective and passionate Rocco was absolutely superb!

If you love a hot inked, dominant, protective hero who melts for a five year old girl, a strong, independent, submissive heroine who will do anything to protect her daughter, a second chance romance that is slow burn, smoulders, then bursts into flames, a family who takes a mother and daughter on as if they’ve always been part of the family and some hot, kinky steamy times then you’ll fall in love with Ember just as I did.

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  • Claire Annovazzi
  • 05-08-22

I quite liked it

Reading a new author is always a journey. Even with known tropes and genres, you never know what to expect. This was my first book by this author, and though it wasn’t perfect, I quite liked it.

Often authors shy away from anything explicit–unless it’s a sexy scene. Nothing like that here. The beginning of the story, which happens in the past, is absolutely gut-wrenching and gory. It’s especially crushing as the car accident follows some sexy time. It’s also the origin of all Rebel’s and Rocco’s problems and bad decisions.

We meet them again ten years later. Rocco has sworn off love, and Rebel is running away from an abusive relationship with her young daughter. Rocco offers them to stay with him to protect them when it becomes clear that Rebel’s ex will come for her. That’s the gist of the suspense part of the story. It was mostly an afterthought for most of the book though.

The focus is on the romance and how they slowly build a relationship. Family is also important–Rocco’s is big and welcoming, while Rebel has only known rejection for hers. Rebel’s is now reduced to her daughter, so Rocco’s relationship with Adaline is another strong element in the story. There’s past lust and, according to both of them, past feelings, but they’ve had a life after their short fling, hence they need to build something new, learn about each other. But their past is a solid foundation, so the seduction and flirting is limited.

I didn’t feel the BDSM element in Rocco’s life was really necessary, but I did like the character anyway. He’s protective, and shows a cute side when he’s with Adaline. He’s also a family man, and we see a lot of his relationship with his parents and his twin brother. I don’t know how to feel about Rebel though. Her life choices made little sense, and the way she reacts after some of Rocco’s actions seemed a bit over the top.

The narration did add something to the story. The female narrator had the proper spunk for Rebel, and the male narrator was adequatly alpha. The characters’ emotions, both from the main couple and all the side characters, were brought to life, and it made for an enjoyable audiobook.

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  • Clare Tunilla
  • 05-07-22

A one sit read

Once again I was sucked into the Gallo/Caldo family. While this is book 7 in the series, it probably can be read as a standalone, although personally I recommend pretty much the entire series. Rocco and Rebel have history, but a tragedy changes both their lives and they don't see each other for 10 years. Now Rebel is in trouble and she's brought right back into Rocco's crosshairs and he's not letting her or her child out of his sights again. i can't wait for Singe and while I have overall enjoyed this series, this might be my favourite so far. I volunteered to listen to a complimentary copy of this. All opinions are my own.

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  • Julia TeamStarlite
  • 04-26-22

Ember

Rocco and Rebel - love at first sight
After their first hot, but also tragic weekend, they meet again 10 years later.
Rebel and her daughter turn Roccos world upside down.

Another amazing story in this series with great narration.

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  • Celia
  • 08-02-21

Simply brilliant

Once again a bloody brilliant audiobook from Chelle Bliss, once I started it I didn’t stop listening. I love Samantha Brentwood voice..

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  • Janet
  • 05-17-21

brilliant

these books just get better and better, love Samantha Brentmoor and Connor Crais voices, can't wait to listen to the next in the series

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  • Raegan Michelle
  • 05-04-21

Perfect mix of sweet & sin!

I just LOVED every second of this story and I am pretty certain that Rocco & Rebel are my favourite couple in the Heatwave series.

Samantha Brentmoor has become one of my favourite female narrators, but Connor Crais......wooowie, where have you been hiding?! These two are a lethal combination and I hope they are paired together for future stories.

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  • Kimberley
  • 05-04-21

Small burn

Chelle Bliss usually serves up sensational story’s and characters you can feel their personality come alive however this one left me wanting more. The story line had substance however it was the characters that I felt could have been delved into more. Without giving away any spoilers I felt Rocco dark / sexy side could have been more apart of the story line not just an add on at the end and Rebel started of sassy but wained over the story.

Samantha Brentmoor and Connor Crais delivered a brilliant performance and made the listening more enjoyable.

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  • Ann L
  • 05-03-21

Rocco

Omg, Connor Crais has got the most awesome voice, I absolutely loved hearing him, I have the ebook too and was able to whispersync between the audible and the book, though I must admit I mainly listened to his voice, Samantha did a good job too.

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  • Patricia Sykes
  • 05-03-21

Brilliant, love Rocco & Rebels story!

Rocco and Rebel’s story is brilliant, sexy and emotional, cant beat an alpha Gallo! I would highly recommend this book and Samantha and Connor do the characters justice!
Thanks Chelle Bliss for another great book

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  • Barbra Lazzarini
  • 04-21-21

Awesome ❤️❤️

I truly can’t get enough of this brilliant funny strong cheeky cute . Hot sexy family . I never want this to end and these two are no exception . I especially love Rebel beautiful little daughter who steals every scene she is in . I definitely loved Connor and Samantha who did a brilliant job bringing this story to life . Perfect 💜🤎❤️💖❤️🤎💜