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Title: House of Payne: Loki
Author: Stacy Gail
Genre: Contemporary Romance/NA Romance
Release Date: February 27, 2020

Alice’s life…
…is falling apart. She’s penniless, jobless, and a week away from being evicted. Every last ounce of her misery can be dropped on the doorstep of one man—Loki, legacy member of the Gravediggers MC and tattooist at House Of Payne. One way or another, she’s going to make that monster pay.

Loki’s life…
…turns upside down when a long-legged beauty flips him onto his ass like she’s an escapee from a bad kung-fu flick. He has no clue who Alice Halliday is, but he’s determined to change that.

Their lives…
…are getting complicated. The vulnerable woman Loki sees hiding beneath a tough exterior fires up his protective instincts, and when he realizes Alice is up to her neck in all kinds of trouble, he’s determined to save the day. Sure, Gravediggers aren’t the usual kind of knight in shining armor, but Alice isn’t the usual kind of damsel in distress.

And damn, her distress is something else again.

Alice knows there are no heroes in real life, but Loki seems to be on a mission to prove her wrong. At every turn, he takes the pieces of her shattered world and builds a new one that revolves around him. But just as she begins to trust him to be the hero she needs, is he willing to let go of his Gravedigger ways to deal with the responsibility of taking care of all of her, including her heart?

WARNINGS: Due to scenes of mild violence, adult language/swearing and several explicit sexual scenes, this book is not intended for readers under the age of eighteen.

***This standalone contemporary romance contains violence, salty talk from both the hero and heroine, multiple sex scenes, and ultimately some serious Alpha male groveling. No cheating, no love triangles, no cliffhangers (but maybe a teensy glimpse of the start of a new series, heh). HEA guaranteed. Due to adult language and sexual content, this book is not intended for people under the age of eighteen***

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.

MY REVIEW: He’s down! Loki, named for the Norse trickster god, but this Loki is no trickster. He’s a big badass cover-up tattooist that meets his match in the equally badass Alice. She fell the giant with one swoop of the leg and the finished the job with her sweetness. Loki was certainly a hunky hero with a shady past & present. As a legacy 1% Gravediggers MC that’s trying to break from the club before he follows his father & grandfather’s path of destruction. Not sure how he is half in and half out. That’s a little different than most MC stories but it works. I loved his brother Tyr, leader of the MC & equally fierce. Shivers! He has to get his own story. Loki is also an undefeated underground fighter. Not sure how busted knuckles & tattooing works but it was an interesting way for Loki & Alice to get together & a source of drama between the two. Alice was an enigma. Haunted by a painful childhood & determined to stand on her own & make a different life for herself. Loved her stepsister, Jo but that stepbrother was a definitely a f*face. I did think some of her distress over her temper was overdone but her fighting spirit & skills were terrific. Nothing like a beautiful Amazon! Loved that part of her character & where it took her in the story. I liked the PSI folks. That group would make for an intriguing spin-off series. Loki & Alice are on that path to HEA but it takes a kidnapping & a thrilling rescue for a resolution. Loved the last part of the story when the drama, danger & suspense ramps up. Great epilogue! This is another fantastic story in the always intriguing House of Payne with a fabulous couple in Loki & Alice and their journey to love. Love the House with its boss leader, the sexy tattooists & staff. Can’t wait for the next installment!

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