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(House of Payne #9)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  205 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Sydney used to make plans. All her life she’d trained to be a ballerina, but that “plan” had turned out to be nothing more than a pipe dream. Reality now consisted of hunting down petty thieves and refusing to make any more pie-in-the-sky plans for her life. That’s why she never approaches the sexiest man she’s ever laid eyes on. Never again would she be crushed by pointle ...more
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Published September 19th 2019
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Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this story so much. Like, had a smile on my face so often and absolutely loved the characters kind of enjoyed.

Styx was this amazing, rough, protective and possessive guy. And he was funny and clearly so good where it really counts that as often happens with a Stacy Gail book, by the end of the story I was head over heels right along with Sydney.

Sydney was another gem. She was so kind. She was the kind of person that even I wanted to protect and shield from harm so I knew why Styx w
Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
Sydney once hoped she would be a full time ballerina but those dreams were put on the back burner when it was drummed into her at a young age that unless you are shooting for the top, you may as not not aim at all.

Sydney literally comes barreling into Styx’s life while escaping a near death car chase on the freeway. After slamming into his chest trying to hide in a nearby building she is shocked to discover he is the guy she has been crushing on for ages. He is ’grocery store guy’ who comes int
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I continue to have mad love for these passionate, outspoken tattooists and those they fall for. Styx continues the streak of fiercely driven, crazy protective individuals who will stop at nothing to keep their special someone safe.

Sydney doesn't even realize she needs someone like Styx in her life until he bulldozes into it (via her bulldozing into him) and plants himself firmly in her path. By that, I mean, he makes sure he gets a chance for them to get to know one another to see if that zing h
Renee Entress
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 star

I was pulled right into this story. The story flowed well and I was able to keep interested in the story. Read it in one sitting. The story has laughs, pain, secrets, steam, and deep heartbreak.

If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first
Payne (House Of Payne #1)
Scout (House Of Payne, #2)
Twist (House Of Payne, #3)
Rude (House Of Payne, #4)
Steele (House Of Payne, #5)
Max (House of Payne #6)
Tag (House of Payne #7)

This is Sydney and Styx’s story. Sydney used t
Kali McQuillen
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read, 2019-arc
Sydney has seen Styx at the grocery store before and thinks he's scrumptillious. She's shy and won't say hi to him. Then when she needs him, she literally runs right into him. Styx takes one look at her and he's hooked.

I absolutely love Styx!!! He's alpha, will do anything for Sydney and has the absolutely best family! I love the way these Styx and Sidney are together. So maybe it started out one way but definitely ends in another. Styx is definitely what Sidney needs, especially to show her wha
Sally Mieske
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am new to the author and this series, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. But I absolutely loved Styx and Sydney. Their story is told in third person POV (which isn’t my fav) but I was still able to love this story! I haven’t read any of the previous books in the series, and I didn’t feel lost. It can be read as a stand-alone.

Sydney is such a sweetheart. Her life is in danger, and she is more worried about everyone else. I loved Styx from the moment Sydney crashed into him. He doesn’t take NO fo
Styx is a tattoo artist at the House of Payne and dreading the upcoming wedding of his twin brother. His family is after him because he's the only single one left. Sydney is a secret shopper and catches thieves. She's so good at her job she ends up with someone trying to kill her. She is having a crazy day when she bumps into Styx. The two have an instant attraction. Styx helps her out and in return she agrees to be his fake girlfriend for his brother's wedding. Turns out Styx ends up wanting mo ...more
Ashley Carr, LSoR
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love the House of Payne series and every alpha male that the story is about is swoon-worthy. This story is a definite page-turner and I was glued to my kindle from the beginning. With each book I say “that is my favorite couple” and I am saying it again- Sydney and Styx are dynamite together. She is a little firecrackers and he is the sexy tattooist that comes to her rescue. I love how protective Styx is of Sydney. I can’t wait for more from this highly talented author!!
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love a sweet sassy heroine

I absolutely adored Sydney. Styx was cool and a great alpha, but Sydney really made this story shine. Usually, this many books into a series, the stories start getting meh, but not here! I swear they get better with each one. Seriously looking forward to Loki... and hoping to get all of Rude's co workers too at some point :) oh yeah.... neat cameo by Polo!
Cherry Lips
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not as much baggages as other series and bit of insta lust but I still found it sweet and sweat
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh Styx

I love all the house of Payne family, but styx has been my favourite so far, and little Syd what a firecracker, I give the book 5 hot a hell stars *****
Jennifer Pierson
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Styx is absolutely my favorite House of Payne story to date, and I always use to date because when you read amazing authors for any length of time, the next book always ends up taking the former favorites place. Sydney has wanted to be a ballerina for as long as she could remember, but sometimes life has other plans, and now she's got a different career chasing petty thieves. She is very jaded at this point, and has an attitude of why bother, since dreams are pointless in her eyes these days. An ...more
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another terrific House of Payne story with an excellent hero in the hottie Styx! He's so yummy! A sexy tattoo artist with major skills and a body to die for along with the wonderful Hardwick family of cops and a mother anyone would want. His protective streak is full on when "Fun Size" literally runs into him while running for her life. The beautiful tiny dancer Sydney is a major overachiever with a horrible family and other than her penance for over apologizing and putting herself down she's a ...more
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Styx and Sydney were absolute perfection together! A wonderful blend of super sweet and fabulously sexy with off the chart chemistry and attraction.

Their romance started when Sydney watched Styx from afar, and ended with them being the most important person in each others’ lives. Along the way they faced threats, real life someone is trying to get me threats, meddling family, interfering co-workers, and protective former mob hitmen. But that is the norm for Sydney, where her own family has neve
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed For Angel Babe's Blog!!

Stacy Gail has done it again!! I have loved all the books in her House of Payne series but I have to say I think Styx is my favorite one so far!!
Styx can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend reading this amazing series in order as there is backstory throughout the books!!
This is Styx and Sydney's story and what a fantastic story it is!! The chemistry between these two is off the charts hot and their attraction to eachother was instant!!
Styx is sweet, fun
Kim C.
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great read in the House of Payne series. I just can't get enough of these alphas with a heart! Sydney is larger than life and despite her small size -- she's ferocious. But her latest run-in with trouble has landed her smack in the middle of Styx's sights. And oh boy does he ever come to her rescue. Styx insists on protecting her and their fake relationship becomes real in a matter of minutes. He's so swoony and I love the way he just bulldozed his way into her life. Sydney has no troubl ...more
Shari Tomlinson
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Worth more than a 5 star! Bravo Stacy Gail!

This awesome writer has a new alpha for our enjoyment! This is definitely a series I can re-read and looking forward to more of her incredible writing.

Styx just stole my heart. The hot tattoo artist at the House of Payne is all over protecting his precious Sydney. These two together, the super hot chemistry they have will set your kindle on fire! What a fabulous book. I read this in a day, hard to put down as all of her House of Payne books are .
Lacie Romano
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you haven't started this phenomenal series by Stacy Gail yet then you need to RUN to start it!

Styx is brass, funny, strong, amazing, and HOT! Sydney is vulnerable, cute, and amazingly strong even when she doesn't believe it. This story sucked me in and made me adore these two characters from the start. Suspense, heat, and lots of humor and love. All ingredients that make me adore this author's writing. I was able to catch up with previous characters that I adored and now I am itching for the
Chrissy Marie
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Every time I read a new book in the House of Payne series I tell myself "This guy is perfect and I dont know if Stacy will be able to top this with her next tatted hunk" ...then she releases a new book and I am BLOWN. AWAY. Seriously I wish this crew were real and I would move in a heartbeat to be near them. Styx's words have me in a melty gooey puddle of swoon and Syd is a pint sized firecracker waiting to explode. I wish I could give this book and the whole series more than five st
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gotta love love!

Styx and Sydney met under strange circumstances when she was rammed from behind on the freeway and in a move worthy of a Hollywood stuntman, she saved herself. She was being hunted though and ran into the lobby and smacked into the chest of Styx! This began a whirlwind relationship and a ride neither saw coming!

I love the crazy storyline this author has given us once again and look forward to the next.
Linda Moore
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I couldn't put it down!! It was absolutely amazing! It was very hot and sexy. I was hooked on Styx and Sydney. I love Styx and how alpha he is and how protective he is of Sydney. I love that he would not ever hesitate to put himself in danger in order to keep her safe. I love the rest of the Hardwick family, they are hilarious. I love this book and love this author. ...more
Spunky N Sassy
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spunky N Sassy Rating: 5.0

~~~~~~~~~~Julie's ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review~~~~~~~~~~

This book was awesome. Sydney and Styx are perfect for one another. She has a lot of drama and danger after her and Styx makes it his mission to keep her safe while making his parents happy. These two start off as friends but love knows no boundaries. Excellent writing.
Wendy Livingstone
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sydney is a little firecracker, and when she is in danger, sexy tattooist Styx comes to her rescue, and is determined to protect her. This is a beautifully written story which is humorous, steamy, and with suspense and witty banter, which had me totally enthralled throughout this addictive page turner. I highly recommend this talented authors’ work for all.
Carman Townsend Welsch
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Styx is right beside Lyon and Talon for favorite book boyfriends !! I also put Syd by Kat and Skye for favorite females ! I didn't want this story to end ! The supporting characters are awesome as well and I can't wait for their stories . Loki is gonna be fun I hope , he needs it !! I'm so glad I bought this book .
Teresa Jensen
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another work of art.

I love this series. The House has a diverse range of characters who each have a great story. This was especially touching and Syd and Styx are so cute !! Can't wait for r.
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just WOW

5 Stars I can't get enough of this authors books. I just loved Styx. I can't wait for the next one . LOOK 2020 is days away so ready.
Barbara W
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
House Of Payne: Styx

WOW!! Like all the men and women from House of Payne, they are flawed, strong, determined and beautiful! There is everything in a Stacy Gail book you could want. Action, adventure, laughter, tears, anger, happiness and wild romance. Love this series as i love all her books and stories. I highly recommend this series!!!
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun Size. Gahhhh!! I freaking LOVED this book!!! still my heart :-) Such an amazing character and the total package we all swoon over. 100% alpha with a heart of gold. What was supposed to be "pretend", turned out to be insta love and I insta loved it from the get go. The immediate connection these 2 strangers had was off the charts perfection. Styx grew up with loving parents and siblings. Syd grew up with demanding parents who failed to get the memo on how to treat their own flesh an ...more
Kristi Metcalf
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book

OMG!! Welcome back to Chicago and the awesome House of Payne gang!!
Styx is the “King of Coverups” as he likes to say, at the most awesomest tattoo studio in the world House of Payne.
Sydney is a secret shopper for a chain of grocery stores in town. Their meet cute is totally crazy!! Hint it has to do with her job, but they don’t meet in a store. I can’t get over the way they meet, it’s totally unique and crazy!
Sydney is so good at catc
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoy House of Payne series. How the wacky artist & co. over-the-top intense interactions, as well as they how create or excel in their professions.
Styx being a cover-up artist & doing a beautiful back piece on a dancer, this went in a totally different direction than I thought it would. However, it was a pleasure to see Sydney blossom, experience a close-knit family & have her brilliance shine even while in danger.

Looking forward to next in the series.
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