TRIGGER WARNING: This book deals with the sensitive subjects of surviving rape, trauma suffered during combat, child abuse, and possible sterility. If you have issues with these elements, this book might not be for you.
Raped. Tortured. Beaten. Essie Santiago’s life fell apart when she was sixteen, and it’s taken eight years to put it back together. There are some pieces that can never be mended; it would take a miracle for her to get pregnant, and physical closeness is something that makes her shudder. Only her love of creating beauty in the form of fashion gets her through the worst of the darkness.
When a mortar attack destroyed half his face and all of his life as he knew it, something vital died inside of former Marine, Ezekiel Steele. For years he’s felt nothing… until he sees Essie trying her best to be invisible. But the feisty spark inside the lovely fashion designer is too bright to be concealed, and like a moth to a flame, he’s helpless to resist her.
Chicago’s premiere tattoo studio, House Of Payne, is taking the world of fashion by storm, holding a contest to find the best designer the city has to offer. Competition is fierce, but all Essie can concentrate on are Steele’s dirty-talking lessons in sex. But when the student surpasses the master when it comes to love, Steele’s inner demons get the better of him. If he can't face them down, he’ll lose Essie forever.
***This standalone, mildly erotic contemporary romance contains a dirty-talking Alpha with a penchant for having sex in public places. No cheating, no love triangles and no cliffhangers. Fairy tale HEA guaranteed. Due to adult language and sexual content, this book is not intended for people under the age of 18***
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
First, everything Essie and Steele had to overcome, made for an inspiring story you won't want to miss. That said, Steele is an excellent addition to the extremely hot alpha males in this series. I'm not ashamed to admit that it's the combination of great storyline AND the yummy hot Alphas that have kept me salivating for each next book!
The story of Twist's sister Essie began in his book looking back at her assault and almost death when she was 16. Twist want to jail for beating the guy and the guy went to jail for totally destroying her physically and mentally. Essie went to family in Texas to heal and make a life as a successful theatrical costumer. Current day, The House of Payne is searching for a designer to create a custom clothing line to compliment their high art tattoo designs. Essie wants to be that designer, but she didn't know she would have to compete for the job in a reality cable challenge. Making the final 3, she flakes over a security check and almost leaves before Steele, the head of security for The House talks her into staying. Sparks fly, creativity,passion, and love grow, but Steele has a scarred past which destroyed his heart. When the survival instinct kicks in to fight or flee again these two are challenged to find their happiness. These are two beautiful tortured souls who deserve a beautiful life together.
I really don't like writing reviews, but the thought that you might give this book (series) a pass is just so sad. The characters are flawed, but lovable, the story has a beginning, middle and end so you're not left hanging. But as this is Stacy Gail, keep want a box tissue handy.