AVAILABLE NOW!!! House of Payne: Styx by Stacy Gail! + My Review

Title – House of Payne: Styx
Author: Stacy Gail
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance, Urban Romance, Alpha Male Romance, Sassy Heroine Romance
Release Date:September 19, 2019

Sydney used to make plans. All her life she’d trained to be a ballerina, but that “plan” had turned out to be nothing more than a pipe dream. Reality now consisted of hunting down petty thieves and refusing to make any more pie-in-the-sky plans for her life. That’s why she’s never approached the sexiest man she’s ever laid eyes on. Never again would she be crushed by pointless dreams.

Fate, however, has plans for her.

Styx Hardwick isn’t big on plans. As a tattooist at House Of Payne, he’s the black sheep in a family full of pragmatic cops. Now that his twin brother’s getting hitched, all eyes turn to him, the last of the single Hardwick siblings. Getting through his twin’s wedding is gonna be hell.

Or so he thinks.

When a pocket-sized goddess crashes into him with terror in her eyes, Styx’s world turns upside-down. Even scared out of her mind, Sydney is still the hottest thing to have ever graced his life. He offers her a deal—pretend to be his girlfriend until the wedding, while he does his damnedest to protect her from the danger closing in.

As a plan, it’s almost foolproof.


97,000 words

***This standalone contemporary romance contains mild violence, a dash of instalove, and multiple sex scenes in lots of fun and possibly gravity-defying positions. No cheating, no love triangles, no cliffhangers. HEA guaranteed. Due to adult language and sexual content, this book is not intended for people under the age of eighteen***

Another terrific House of Payne story with an excellent hero in the hottie Styx! He’s so yummy! A sexy tattoo artist with major skills and a body to die for along with the wonderful Hardwick family of cops and a mother anyone would want. His protective streak is full on when “Fun Size” literally runs into him while running for her life. The beautiful tiny dancer Sydney is a major overachiever with a horrible family and other than her penance for over apologizing and putting herself down she’s a sweetie that’s cute as a bug. So the question is who wants to off her? Good thing the awesome Hardwick family is on the job and the hunky Styx is making it his mission to keep her safe, in exchange for acting as his girlfriend until after his brother’s wedding. You know what they say about the best laid plans…well things go from playtime to real with this hot couple. The author has given us a story full of romance, danger, action, steam and sizzle with a couple in Styx and Syd that are to perfect. The writing is dynamic and wonderfully detailed with a great cast of supporting characters including Syd’s Zen friend Zemi and Styx’s twin Trey. Absolutely fantastic!

A competitive figure skater from the age of eight, Stacy Gail began writing stories in between events to pass the time. By fourteen, she told her parents she was either going to be a figure skating coach who was also a published romance author, or a romance author who was also a figure skating pro. Now, with a day job of playing on the ice with her students, and writing everything from steampunk to cyberpunk, contemporary to paranormal at night, both dreams have come true.


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