- File Size: 1072 KB
- Print Length: 314 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Stacy Gail (September 21, 2015)
- Publication Date: September 21, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0158TXGBW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,109 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
House Of Payne: Rude Kindle Edition
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♦️BOOK: #4 in the HOUSE OF PAYNE series. Can be read as a standalone. About 325 pages. Kindle loc: 5485
♦️EDITING: a few missing words
♦️POV: dual third person
♦️SETTING: Chicago, Illinois
♦️HERO: Rudolfo/Rudy/Rude Panuzzi, 30--Ex-Marine, currently working in private security. Youngest biological son of Sass's former foster parents. Italian. Big, muscular, scarred, tattooed, with short curling black hair, cognac-colored eyes, long dark lashes, dimples. He's sweet, sexy, determined, tenacious, “aggressively masculine.” Has recently returned from a mission gone bad.
“You have to realize by now that I know what it is to have scars that no one can see. To have them, and to conquer them. That’s why I’m proud of my scars. But baby, I’m even prouder of yours.”
♦️HEROINE: Sassy/Sass/Sage Ambrosia Stone, 28--Dietician, food blogger, has a bestselling cookbook. Joined the Panuzzi family as a teenager and has never been a big fan of Rude. Doesn't do long-term relationships. Ukrainian. Small, petite, long thick dark brown hair, exotic wide-set dark eyes. She's feisty, sarcastic, sassy, independent, stubborn, guarded. A survivor.
“Try not to take it personally, okay? I broke a long time ago, but that had nothing to do with you.”
“It has everything to do with me, since I’m the man who’s going to put you back together.”
♦️PLOT: Though Sass & Rude have never been close or particularly cared for one another, Rude shows up at the ER when Sass gets beaten by an ex-boyfriend. Reluctantly, Sass keeps the peace and agrees to assist Rude in planning Mama Coco & Papa Bolo’s anniversary party, and learns that after 12 years in the Marines and a mission gone wrong, Rude is no longer the same teenage jerk she remembers. Rude may have survived a disastrous mission but he's gotten help, gotten his head right and now he's ready to make things right with Sass, so he implements "Operation Sassy Pants" to win her over. The dynamic between the two changes and Sass finds what she didn't know she needed. Meanwhile, Sass's abusive ex has been brutally murdered and someone is watching them closely.
♦️REVIEW: I love this book and this series! The romance is super sweet, the sexy times are quick but hot, the H's & h's are realistic and likable, the secondary characters are wonderful and supportive, there's no OW/OM drama, the H's are all about their h's and their relationships are strong and solid. Can't wait for Scorpio's story and more from the House.
♦️STEAM LEVEL: hot, 3.5/5 - several explicit sex scenes
♦️ENDING: HEA, Epilogue - 4 months later, No cliffhanger
“How do you handle spiders and bugs?”
“I usually leave the apartment so they can relax and take what they want at their leisure before going on their way. But then I’m afraid they haven’t gone, so I wind up at Scout’s place for an impromptu sleepover." ( ... ) "I’d be smart to invest in a carton of flyswatters and some heavy-duty combat boots made for stomping. Oh, and work on my aim. Everyone knows bugs retaliate if you miss.”
♦️OTHER STUFF: enemies to lovers, H former player but not recently, h has a healthy sex life, H&h don't jump straight into bed, condoms/safe sex, unprotected sex in relationship, child rape & abuse, murder, religious swear words, PTSD, Russian mob
#Safe #EnemiesToLovers #PerfectHero
<spoiler> They met when they were 14 h and 16 H . There was a lot of animosity from Rude towards Sass. Absolutely no romance between them . Years go by and both move on. Due to tragic circumstances Rude starts seeing Sass different and becomes celibate . He starts pursuing her hard and totally in from that moment. Sass has had lovers but no real emotional connection. Rude melts her heart with his unwavering love. zero ow drama. Rape as a child .. described. Abuse by ex described.
As a adult Sass has been able to do her own thing, she doesn't do relationships because no one really stays.
Rude has grown up into a fine looking man, going through his own hell made him realize that Sass isn't a stray, she is his reason for living.
I LOVE this story!! I laughed and I cried. Having seen kids go through the system I know that not all of their stories are good and Stacy Gail handles Sass's story beautifully.
To think that Sass became Rude's reason for getting through the hell he was in overseas is just awesome and Operation Sassy Pants was born from there.
Starting this story Sass was a successful woman, happy by all accounts, but missing something. From getting the crap beat out of her, finding out her birth father is Russian mobster, to getting together with Rude, Sass goes through a lot in this story and comes out at the end a whole woman no longer missing a piece.
Each one of the stories from this series just keep getting better and I can't wait to read the next one and to hear more about Scorpio.
Talk about emotional warfare. Between Sass and Rude, I couldn't even tell you who evoked stronger feelings from me as I read. There are times when I was completely wrecked during this book and other times I swooned so hard I thought I'd fall head over heels. Two strong-willed, hard-headed characters crashing into each other and fighting both their pasts and their presents to find the future they deserve.
Another amazing addition to the series and I can't wait to dig into more from Stacy Gail.
Five Stars and Five Wet Panties.
Review by Miranda at Mommy's a Book Whore.
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