This is the first book I have read in the House of Payne series and it will not be my last! Tag & Ivy's story is a complicated one. I love a hot tattoo artists and Tag encompasses that. His first encounter with Ivy is explosive and it basically sets the tone for the rest of the story. She is sassy and beyond strong. I love when female character can overpower even the strongest of alphas! There were a few points throughout this book where I wasn't quite sure if she was going to ever give in and let Tag love her and protect her the way he so desperately wanted to. I really loved the push and pull aspect Stacy Gail painted between them. It made the payoff at the end even better!
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"It's never just sex with you," he grated, and her heart almost stopped when she noticed his hands shook as he rolled the condom into place. "Never just sex, never just fucking around. That's part of your beauty. You and me together... it's more than anything I've ever known, Ivy. More than anything I'll ever know, and the enormity of that... It crushes me in the best fucking way."
"I," he said very carefully, while the throbbing of his cock nearly drove him out of his mind, "am going to fuck you so hard, you're going to forget your own name. But you'll sure as hell remember mine."
Mysterious. Anonymous. Genius.
No one knows the identity of the famous urban artist known only as Tag, and that’s just the way Tag likes it. He got his start in one of the most gang-ridden neighborhoods in Chicago by anonymously tagging his world with beautiful graffiti, and that anonymity kept him alive. Sure, Tag’s work is now so hot it’s being turned into tattoos at the greatest tattoo studio in the world, House of Payne, but he’s still not going to reveal himself. To anyone.
Volatile. Passionate. Brilliant.
Artist Ivy Gemelli is the last of her family. Mother—dead. Father—shot in his cab for fifty bucks. Uncle and brother—murdered in the family’s auto paint shop, which was then burned down to the ground. She’s the last one standing in a never-ending struggle to just freaking survive, and it’s made her tougher than nails. That’s why, when she sees her own art show up in Tag’s designs, she’s more than ready to go to war.
Hot. Powerful. Irresistible.
Tag wasn’t looking for a sexy complication like Ivy, but that’s exactly what he’s got. Her murdered brother’s long-ago lie brought them together, but now that Tag’s got Ivy in his sights, he’s not about to let her go. Ivy is all fire and fury, and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep this sex-on-stilettos woman with him, even if he has to keep her in the dark about his past.
***This standalone, hot contemporary romance contains a strong alpha male, mention of the sexual practice of edging, and a spank or two (or three). There are multiple, explicit sex scenes (you have been warned). No cheating, no love triangles, no cliffhangers. HEA guaranteed. This book is not intended for readers under the age of 18***