TRIGGER WARNING: This book contains flashbacks of violence and drug abuse, and the impact of these factors on family members. If you have issues with these elements, this book is not for you.
Chicago’s premiere tattoo studio, House Of Payne, is across the street from the Mad Cow diner, but it might as well be on another planet as far as waitress Paradise Simone is concerned. She’s a good girl from Waukegan with a past she’d rather forget, and a future that goes only as far as the next day. What does she know about superstars and paparazzi?
But Pari does know danger when she sees it, and tattooist Max Kulagin has it written all over him. A proper Waukegan girl should know to steer well clear, but she can’t resist Max when he leaves beautiful, intimate art sketched out on cheap diner napkins.
Beautiful, intimate art…of her.
Max knows ugliness. He was born in it. Raised in it. Had it shoved down his throat every goddamn day. So when he stumbles across true beauty, he worships it. There’s a deep sensuality in the waitress who likes to suck on her pen whenever he’s around, and he’s just the man to bring that beauty out in her. She might be a lady in the street, but one look at Pari tells him she’s going to be a freak in the bed.
And in the shower.
And while he’s driving with her head going to town in his lap.
The life Max leads might be in the spotlight, but it’s Pari who gets caught in the glare. When her past catches up to her, it’s her life that holds all the excitement, and not in a good way. But there’s no force on earth that can take Max’s beautiful Paradise away now that he’s finally found it.
***This standalone, mildly erotic contemporary romance contains a woman with an oral fixation and a man who’s happy to encourage it. There are multiple sex scenes that include oral sex. 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***
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Brace yourself for this book. Go ahead, grab a fan, an ice cold drink, and get comfortable because Max is not only burning hot this book is one you won’t be able to put down for a second! Raw, sexy, and just the right amount of suspense, it’s also surprisingly sweet. Shockingly this is the first book I’ve read by Stacy Gail, and I’m thoroughly impressed. This can be (and was for me) easily read as a stand-alone even though it’s well into the House of Payne series.
Max surprised me in many ways. I didn’t expect him to be as deep as he was, and while I fully expected the typical alpha male ways, I wasn’t expecting how truly caring and sweet he was. There was more than one moment when something Max said or did was so beautifully sweet or romantic that it had my eyes tearing up. His love for Pari was deep and true. Don’t let me make you think he’s not still every bit a dirty talking, sexy, bad boy though because he most certainly is that.
Pari was adorable. Kind and at times seeming timid, she actually had a spine of steel. Her past gave her a quiet strength that was always playing in the background. Despite seeming so incredibly different on the outside Pari and Max were a perfect match. They balanced each other beautifully and have a chemistry that was explosive. I loved everything about this book and can’t wait to go back and read the others in the series now!