Monday, August 17, 2015

House of Payne: Twist by Stacy Gail [Review]

 House of Payne: Twist by Stacy Gail
House of Payne: Twist (House of Payne #3) by Stacy Gail
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: May 31, 2015

House of Payne
1. Payne
2. Scout
3. Twist - Kindle
4. Rude
5. Steele
6. Max

Stacy Gail
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Tattooist. Artist. Dreamer.
Angel had been a schoolgirl when she came to House Of Payne, a displaced princess with only a fanciful imagination to her name. Now the world clamors for her designs, but that means nothing to Goth tattooist, Twist. Long ago she craved to see admiration in his sexy dark eyes, but after years of enduring his contempt, she’s given up. Leaving the House feels like running, but Twist makes it impossible to stay.

Tattooist. Artist. Ex-Con.
Two words came to Twist’s mind when he first saw Angel—jail bait. When he'd been released from prison for a crime he would commit again in a heartbeat, he'd nevertheless been determined to keep his nose clean. Too bad he couldn't stop from thinking about getting into the pants of the House’s fairy tale princess. But with a past like his, he’s no good for Angel. All he can do is watch over her from afar… whether she likes it or not.

When Angel is injured, Twist appoints himself as her personal caretaker. She soon discovers that beneath his arrogant fa├žade lies the heart of a devoted protector. She’s going to need that protection, as Twist’s past has made an unsettling reappearance.
Thoughts on House of Payne: Twist: You know when you read a book and you have one character who resonates with you a little more deeply? For whatever reason. It might be that you've had the same experiences or the author wrote the crap out of them and made you all emotional or they're just so darn broken you want to see them find their happy ending. With this book, what I felt for both Angel and Twist was pretty balanced.

Angel's breakdown over being the peacemaker and the one who always handwaves the bad stuff. I GOT THAT. She did her part and tried to get along with Twist and his overbearing ways until she just snapped. And, WOW, did she snap. Again, I GET THAT. I loved that Scout and Payne both had to reevaluate the way they've been treating her and the things they've done up to this point because it was unacceptable and Angel finally reached a point where she had to tell them.

And Twist. Given his past, his actions completely make sense. I LOVED how he had to force himself to see what he'd done through Angel's eyes. And seeing it through her eyes made him realize he'd belittled her and beat her down without ever meaning to. Twist could have been the most complete asshat on the planet. Instead he ended up being a total sweetheart who went overboard on protecting someone he saw as needing his help. Sure, he did things that would have made ANYONE blow a gasket, but he truly did it with the best of intentions. His delivery just needed some work.

Fine, a lot of work.

Stacy Gail has a tendency to pummel my heart into a wounded, bruised mess. I'm okay with this. Completely. Because once I get to the end of the book, I get a fabulous payoff. Twist and Angel worked for me on so many levels. I can't wait to see Sass and Rude battle through to their HEA. *slow thumbs up*

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