Friday, May 14, 2021

Review Tour ~ Good Girl by Stacy Gail

Title: Good Girl
Series: A House of Payne Novella
Author: Stacy Gail
Release: March 28, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance


***TRIGGER WARNING*** If you are sensitive to the devastation drug use/addiction can bring to innocent family members such as children, this book may not be suitable for you. Proceed with caution.

“I’m what you’d call a good girl.”

Though “boring girl” might be more accurate, as far as Serena Daniels is concerned. Working as a pediatric nurse, she’s not exactly knee-deep in eligible bachelors, and the most exciting thing she’s done lately is mix her colors with her whites. The last time she asked a man out, he stood her up, then didn’t bother to contact her for weeks. Clearly, she isn’t the only one who thinks she’s boring.

“Just how bad could this good girl get?”

Life is a string of crazy messes and brilliant moments for real estate mogul Lorenzo Salvatore, and he never knows which one he’s going to get next. On the one hand, he’s got a traumatized son who is his whole world. On the other, he’s got the smart-mouthed nurse he stood up. Getting back into Serena’s good graces will be tough, but with those bedroom eyes and killer legs becoming the center of his fantasies, he won’t stop until he gets her right where he wants her—in bed.

The bad and the good

Getting together with Lorenzo would definitely liven up Serena’s life, but Lorenzo’s made it clear that he and his son are a package deal. When it seems that all Lorenzo wants is a new mother for his boy, will Serena be willing to settle for that, when her heart wants so much more?

***This novel is a standalone romance featuring characters first introduced in HOUSE OF PAYNE: SAGE. While an ex-wife is mentioned, there are no love triangles (because I frigging hate them and they make me stabby), no cheating, and no cliffhangers. HEA guaranteed. Due to adult language and sexual content, this novel is not intended for people under the age of eighteen.***




 

 Every time I’m away from the House of Payne world (waiting for the next book to come out) I always miss it. And the minute I jump into a new story in this world it gives me the happy, coming home feelings I adore when reading a series. This story featured Lorenzo (Lozo) and Serena, a very rich single dad and a sassy pediatric nurse. While neither of these characters actually work at the House of Payne, they have a tie in so it counts. From the way these characters met to the way it all ended, I enjoyed reading their story. Throw in an energetic kid whose character is really well developed and plays a key part in the plot and it made for a story I easily and happily breezed through reading. I ended up really liking not only the main characters (which I expected to because Stacy Gail writes characters I love) but even some of the secondary characters I didn’t expect to like. There were some good twists that I didn’t see coming, and luckily, any of those moments that could have, or were beginning to frustrate me when it came to communication, were resolved quickly without dragging it out. I particularly loved the epilogue. It gave several smile worthy moments and just wrapped this story up perfectly. Overall this was a good book and one that I would recommend. Now I get to start my wait for the next House of Payne adventure. 
-Shy



A competitive figure skater from the age of eight, Stacy Gail began writing stories in between events to pass the time. By fourteen, she told her parents she was either going to be a figure skating coach who was also a published romance author, or a romance author who was also a figure skating pro. Now, with a day job of playing on the ice with her students, and writing everything from steampunk to cyberpunk, contemporary to paranormal at night, both dreams have come true.


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