Date read: October 19, 2015
House of Payne
4. Rude - Kindle
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The Last Thing She Wanted…Thoughts on Rude: Holy crumb, guys. HOLY CRUMB. Stacy Gail has the ability to reduce me to tears so easily. It's like her superpower or something. This book was no exception. Sass's story grabbed me and held on tight. It wasn't just the things she'd endured (which were awful), it was that Rude so inadvertently made her crawl back into herself and hide at their first meeting.
From the moment Sass Stone overheard her social worker call her “broken,” she’s been hell-bent on proving her wrong. A broken woman doesn't have a posse of kickass friends, a foodie lover’s dream job and a string of pretty boys she enjoys playing with. Sure, she has scars, but they’re buried so far down no one even knows they’re there. Certainly her former foster brother, Rudolfo Panuzzi doesn’t know about them. The man she’d dubbed “Rude” could sniff around all he wanted, but it wasn’t going to get him anywhere. He’d never get inside—her pants, or her heart.
…Was The One Thing She Needed
A dozen years and several combat tours in the Marines has a way of maturing a man, and Rude is no exception. His last mission killed his closest friends and almost killed him, leaving him with wounds on both body and soul. When he looks in the mirror, the haunted eyes staring back remind him far too much of his sexy little foster sister, Sass. That’s when he knows there’s more to her than he ever imagined… and he’s imagined one hell of a lot.
When Want And Need Collide
One by one, Rude destroys the defenses that have kept Sass locked inside herself. But even as she reluctantly allows him to coax her out of her shell, a dark cloud casts its shadow on their world. Is it something from his past… or hers?
My heart seriously broke for both of them.
Especially when Rude realized what he'd done. Years later, sure, but he knew he'd hurt her with his careless teenage anger and he went about trying to repair the damage.
Watching him carefully dismantle her defenses and get her to trust him had to be one of the sweetest things EVER. Because a big, strong Marine who sets his sights on a skittish woman who's perfect for him never fails to hit me in the feels.
Now, this is totally Sass and Rude's story. TOTALLY. And I loved it. But there was this little, minor character who took a turn I wasn't expecting and I am BEYOND excited to know we'll see more of Marco Polo Scorpeone in future books. His own series arc, if I'm reading the signs right. YASSSSSSS!
This is probably my favorite of Stacy Gail's books to date. That's saying a lot since I love the way this woman writes. This entire series has been fantastic and this one was like the cherry on top.