Author: Stacy Gail
Series: House of Payne, standalone novella
Genre: NA, contemporary, single dad romance
Release Date: March 28, 2021
“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.***
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“I’ll say this much,” Serena managed while the fever of lust lit her whole body up so fiercely it was a wonder she didn’t glow. “You’re definitely the boldest thing that’s ever hit my life.”
“Is that a complaint?”
“No.” It was out before he’d finished the question, but she didn’t mind. There was nothing wrong with telling the truth. “If anything, it’s an encouragement for you to do your best to impress the hell out of me. Think you can do it?”
His low laugh sent a shiver down her spine. “I like my chances.”
By damn, so did she. “Maybe I’ll even get a chance to impress you.”
“You already have, but don’t let that stop you from pushing the envelope.” Paying no attention to the delicacies on the table, Lorenzo rested his arm on the back of her chair and leaned in to catch her mouth with his.
If she were completely honest with herself, she’d been aching for him to kiss her again from the moment he’d stopped kissing her the day before. To actually hunger for a man’s kiss was new territory for her. But just because it was new, that didn’t mean she couldn’t recognize it for what it was.
Somehow, she was becoming hopelessly addicted to this man.
That thought was insane all by itself. But what was really crazy was that she didn’t even give a damn if she did become hooked. All that mattered was Lorenzo and what came next. His next smile. His next touch. His next kiss.
She wanted it all.
And she would have it.
Her hands were in his thick hair without her being conscious of how they got there, and she closed her eyes as her lips opened under his. His tongue stroked into her mouth in a way that made her think of sex, that sweet invasion that filled all her emptiness. Delight bloomed as she danced her tongue with his, and pure feminine power rushed through her when he groaned deep in his throat.
That sound was something she could get addicted to as well.
About the Author
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.