Month: April 2013

Twisted Perfection & Crush

Posted April 30, 2013 by Victoria in 2013-Reviews, New Adult/Young Adult / 0 Comments

If I wait for four-five star reads when it comes to New Adult, I may have nothing to post here. But these rated high on Goodreads and Amazon, so majority of readers liked them.

Twisted Perfection

Twisted Perfection
Twisted Perfection

*3.75* 
I was disappointed that this was not a standalone book and was all set to wait until the Perfection series was complete before reading them. DID NOT HAPPEN. One, because I loved Woods in the Fallen too Far Series and two, well the guy on the cover was too sexy to ignore. 😉
Unfortunately, Woods in this book did not work for me. The in-control, decisive Alpha male I knew in the previous books was not in evidence in this installment. I know a hero needs to have his weaknesses, but I’m not a big fan of this type of character manipulation. The plot felt contrived and had a soap-opera feel to it (Maybe the last name Kerrington sounded too much like Carrington that it reminded me of Dynasty). The villains were caricatures, and the cliffhanger only solidified this whole scenario.
Della came across as two-dimensional despite her dark past (Okay, I may be projecting here because I do not like weak heroines. So it could be just me.) I did not feel invested in the characters. I was even rooting for Tripp and Della! {Grant is mine ;)}
What worked? The sex scenes are steamy–the author sure knows how to weave them– and her writing-style is very good. And the lines were swoon-worthy. 🙂

So now I’m having a hard time rating this, and had to break it down depending on what may be important to you as a reader.

plot – 3 stars
characters – 3 stars
steam factor – 5 stars
writing style – 4 stars

Crush

Crush
Crush

*3.75* Definitely better than the last book. In this one, you see how both Jude and Lucy continue to struggle with their relationship. Jude is still overprotective/possessive, Lucy has her own drama plus she still has something to prove. We see how Jude hitting the big time affects their relationship. Whenever they have an argument that borders on immaturity, I have to remember that they are only 21 and based on their past, it’s very believable anyway. Are they dysfunctional? Yes. But I enjoyed reading through Jude’s blowups, the scene with the newspaper was over the top, but I loved it. I also liked Anton’s and Jude’s verbal exchanges. What almost didn’t work for me was the predictability of *life-changing-news* when mentioned in New Adult novel blurbs. But in the end, I did loved Jude and Lucy and I did care that they got their HEA.

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Favorite Quotes ~ Fire and Ice

Posted April 24, 2013 by Victoria in Fire and Ice, Guardian Series / 0 Comments

Fire and Ice
Fire and Ice

Quote #1 

“No, you’re the girl I’m in love with. I love you more than my own life,” Jack declared fervently. “If anything happens to you Maia, it will be over for me. I’m never gonna come back from losing you—not in ten, not in fifty years. So I’m asking you not to throw away what we have on some fucking job someone else can do. I’m begging you to give what we have a chance. You’ve done your time; it’s OK to slow down, babe. I promise you, I’ll make it my life’s priority to make you happy.”

Quote #2

“I’m not what you want.” The words came out strangled because a lump had formed in Maia’s throat.
Jack’s brows drew together in a frown. “What the fuck, Maia?”
She cleared her throat and sipped on her wine before continuing, “I’m not what you want. You want a quiet life. The white picket fence. The woman who’s safe at home. That’s what you want.”
Jack looked at her steadily, his expression inscrutable. “You’re right,” he said, and Maia felt her heart break a little. “That’s what I want. I want to take care of my woman, I want that quiet life.” Jack leaned closer and cupped Maia’s face gently with one hand, using his thumb to tip her chin up to him. “Babe, that’s what I want, but you are what I need.”

Quote # 3

“You’ll drive a saint into chaining you to the bed,” Jack muttered, and then trying not to let his annoyance show, he continued, “The sex is good. No, wait. Sex with you blows my fucking mind. You’re smart, sexy and sassy—you don’t take shit from me— and I crave to be with you even when all my survival instincts tell me to run the other way. You’re the most beautiful woman I’ve ever fucking laid eyes on.” He grasped both her hands and brought them together over his chest. “Now, Miss Pierce, will you stay until Friday?”
Maia burst into laughter. “Okay, that will do. I’ll stay until Friday.”
Jack exhaled a breath of relief. “Thank God, I thought I’d have to start quoting fucking Byron. What time do you want me to take you to Baltimore?”

I love writing about Derek, he’s more easy-going than Jack, and his book is next. Whether he remains easy-going when he finally falls in love will be the question. 🙂 He has a great friendship with Jack and Maia, which adds to the fantastic banter between the three of them.

Quote #4

“So back to my question: what are you doing here?” Maia asked.
Derek sighed, reached into his pocket and handed her a smartphone. “Viktor wanted me to give you this.”
Jack turned livid with anger. “She’s not yet fully recovered,” he said furiously. “It’s barely been 48 hours.”
“See, I hate getting caught in the middle of this,” Derek said. “It’s almost like a messed-up love triangle.”
Jack’s face grew darker. Maia was controlling a grin.
“Viktor is worried that he has no way of contacting you,” Derek continued. “Oh, stop scowling, Jack! You’re with Maia, Viktor comes with the package.”
“Like fucking hell!”

 

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Excerpts: Fire and Ice

Posted April 21, 2013 by Victoria in Fire and Ice, Guardian Series / 0 Comments

Fire and Ice
Fire and Ice

Excerpt #1 : Fire and Ice by Victoria Paige

“You ready?” Jack asked Maia. He had her left arm bent at the elbow at 90 degrees. He was standing so close, she could smell his after-shave. She hung onto his clean scent to prepare for the unpleasant business of popping her dislocated joint back into place.

Maia nodded. Then Jack without further warning rotated the shoulder and arm outward coaxing the joint back into place.

“Ah! Damn!” Maia hissed through her teeth, her eyes watered as her badly-abused shoulder slid back into its socket. “I hate when that happens.” Her whisper was strangled.

“I know, babe.” Maia felt Jack’s lips on her hair. Did he just kiss her hair? His arms came around her in a gentle hug. God, she hated to move away from the circle of his warmth, feeling so secure in a strange way. But she remembered who and what she was and squirmed out of his arms.

“Er … thanks, Jack.”

“No problem. You may want to put that in a sling for a while.”

Derek was working on the files on Maia’s laptop. “Almost done! Shoulder back to normal?”

“Yup”

“I see you’ve been working surveillance on the Russians. Is that why you hung around town?”

“Yup.”

“Um, hate to say this Maia, but was that a good idea?”

“That’s an idiotic idea. That’s a dumb fuck idea,” Jack interjected, a bit too forcefully.

“I was careful,” she replied defensively.

Jack raised an eyebrow.

“Okay, maybe I wasn’t too discreet,” Maia admitted grudgingly.

Derek frowned. “It’s unlike you to be sloppy, sweetie. You need a break and regroup.”

Maia chewed her bottom lip as if pondering what her friend had just said. “I’m going to pack up and come back to set the charges,” Maia replied, not wanting the men to know she was doubting herself. They were so perceptive, damn them. Jack had been stirring something unfamiliar within her too because he rattled her defenses like no  man ever had. She was fully aware of his virile masculinity – sucking the oxygen out of the room such that she had trouble breathing smoothly in his presence. She did not need this complication right now with Reznikov at large.

She moved to her dressing area and pulled out two oversized duffel bags. To her consternation, Jack followed her, observing her like a hawk. She ignored him and started shoving clothes into her bag.

“Where are you heading?” Jack asked casually.

“It’s really none of your business,” Maia replied, a little more harsher than she had intended to. She wanted to keep her tone neutral, not act like he had gotten under her skin.

“I can offer you protection. I have some properties in a couple of small towns that are well-equipped to keep you hidden.”

“And what’s in it for you?”

“Damn it, Maia, I’m trying to keep you safe.”

“I don’t need you to keep me safe. You barely know me. I can take care of myself.”

“I can see that. But you think this Russian whatever-he-is won’t finally figure out how to get to you with the attempts he’s made? Yeah, I know those mercs who stormed Castle were connected to him. I’ve got the resources, probably more than even the AGS.”

Maia zipped up her bag that held her clothes and started working on the second duffel to hold her weapons.

“I don’t need to fuck someone for protection,” Maia retorted and almost regretted the words when she saw Jack’s eyes grow icy and a muscle begin to twitch his jaw.

Without saying another word, Jack took the first duffel bag, turned around and stalked out, informing Derek over his shoulder, “I’ll wait in the car.”

***end Excerpt#1***

Excerpt #2 contains mature language and some adult content

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Some great reads this week

Posted April 19, 2013 by Victoria in 2013-Reviews, Author Ramblings, Contemporary/Historical Romance, My 5-star reads, New Adult/Young Adult, Silver Fire / 0 Comments

spring blooms
spring blooms

I’m getting ready to re-plot my second book. I had a story fixer look at my plot outline and I had realized a few home truths: I had too many villains that my story could rival ‘24′ …  after all my next heroine is a brilliant nuclear scientist and not Jack Bauer. And although my male protagonist could be as badass as Jack Bauer (with the sexy of a Christian Grey), I had a plot twist that could either be too brilliant or too contrived.

And when my thoughts are too mired in my plotting, I need to clear my head by reading.

Great reads are getting harder and harder to come by because I’ve been avoiding books with cliffhangers. Is anyone tired of this trend yet? I had been looking forward to Entwined with You because that’s the last Gideon and Eva book, but Sylvia Day announced that there was to be more Eva and Gideon. I mean, really? Can we just give them an HEA? They’ve been through enough, right?

And I’ve slowly O’D on New Adult. I think the stories are getting repetitive. Let’s see, tortured hero (preferably tattooed), heroine running away from a dark past, college drama (stupid reason for breaking up) which results in angst & jealousy. Not only do the books end with a cliffhanger, they get to do the same thing all over in book 2 or 3.

That said, I had one interesting read this week. This book is not for everybody because it touches on the subject of forced seduction (that line that is blurred between rape and consensual sex):

Wanderlust
Wanderlust

Wanderlust, by Skye Warren, was incredibly dark and touches on very disturbing situations. It was an emotional story. That the author was able to get me, the reader, to root for Hunter after what he had done to Evie, is a job well-done.

And my favorite read this week was the latest contemporary by Julie James, Love Irresistibly.

Love Irresistibly
Love Irresistibly

This book had great banter and was just great overall writing. This was her best of the series, in my opinion.

So, yeah, like I said I got tired of New Adult romances and since I liked Office Affair so much I started looking for similar book recommendations and I found some great suggestions from a Goodreads group.

Anchor and Storm by Kate Poole is a historical erotica with a great story. Here is the blurb:

Edgar Armstrong, Earl of Callander, had not given much thought to marrying and producing an heir…until he meets Emily Sinclair. When their easy companionship grows into love, they learn that Edgar’s progressively debilitating disease could be passed on to his children. As their joy turns to despair Edgar finds a solution. If he can’t get her with child he knows just the man who can. But will Emily agree to his plan?Angus MacNeill, Lord Callander’s groom, thinks Emily married Edgar for his title, his money and the security he can give her. And when Edgar approaches him with a very unusual request Angus questions his master’s motives. Still, it doesn’t stop him from accepting Callander’s terms — it’s the only way he can be with Emily, even if only until she conceives.Deeply in love with Edgar, Emily will do anything he asks of her. But she never suspected he’d ask something like this! Despite Edgar’s reassurances she worries that his plan could destroy their marriage rather than strengthen it. And when she makes her choice, Emily wonders if there’s room enough for two men in her heart — and in her bed.

As y’all can tell from the book, there are hints of ménage a trois. The story is well-written, and I really felt for Emily and Edgar’s predicament. And Angus, I felt so sorry for him when he was clearly in love with Emily too. The author had written the resolution in a way that is very satisfying to the reader and the ending is inevitable but there is a bittersweet HEA.

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To Outline or Not to Outline

Posted April 14, 2013 by Victoria in 2013-Reviews, Contemporary/Historical Romance, My 5-star reads, Silver Fire / 0 Comments

Spring blooms
Spring blooms

It’s the middle of April and spring is in full swing! How is your writing? For me, I’ve written five action-filled chapters of Silver Fire and I am taking a step back. I’m taking a break before I take a look at what I’ve written so far, and let me tell you it’s hard because I left it at a cliffhanger and I just want to jump back into it.

I’m trying to follow James Scott Bell‘s suggestion of taking the 20,000 word step back, although in my case, it’s more like 24,000 because I could not stop writing. Stop. Take a break of a day or a week and then get back into your story.

Which brings me to a question for writers out there: are you an outline or no-outline writer?

For me, I guess since my novels are romance-thrillers, the technical side of the plot needs to be fleshed-out. I  know what the conflict is and how it has to be resolved, but I need information to support its plausibility. Like in my second book, I needed to research nuclear reactors, nuclear fission, isotope enrichment and all that stuff  because they are an inherent part of the plot. Not necessarily for me to dump technical terms on the reader, but for me to understand the process so that my character reads convincingly.

The critical action scenes are outlined but the romance is organic and I just love how both   action and romance naturally intertwine together. When some scenes seem forced, I take a step back also and analyze what is missing—usually it’s a backstory. Why did a character do that? What was his/her motivations?  And then sometimes it’s not what’s missing but what shouldn’t be there. I’ve carefully constructed paragraphs only to delete them because they impede the flow of the story.

There are three things to consider in a novel. Your beginning should draw the reader in, the middle should maintain their interest and the ending should be satisfying. Outlines do help prevent that sagging middle—I hate filler chapters. I prefer to read a shorter book than a full-length one where I am forced to skim pages.

So while I’m giving myself a 1-week step back, I’m trying to read other books, but I think I’ve exhausted my list of books to read. I’ve already gone through Walking Disaster, Fever and Own the Wind.

Some of my great reads since I’ve listed my favorites {there are spoilers}:

Beauty from Pain
Beauty from Pain

Beauty from Pain ~ Georgia Cates ~ I love that we get both point of views here: Laurelyn and Jack. The premise is similar to other novels of this genre, billionaire guy wants short-term relationship with pretty girl. The added kicker here is they agree to remain anonymous, at least they tried to be. But being anonymous billionaire is hard to maintain. Laurelyn, though, never gave her last name so when they finally part ways and Jack realizes he loves her, he had no way of finding her.

Grr… I hate cliffhangers, anyway, Beauty from Surrender should be coming out soon and I can’t wait!

Flat-Out-Matt
Flat-Out-Matt

Flat-Out-Matt ~ Jessica Park ~ Can I say I freaking loved this companion book to Flat-Out-Love (as a companion book you have to read the first novel for this one to make sense). This is one hot geek, I am calling Matt Watkins my Alpha geek. He is so darn smart, and so self-deprecating, it’s cute. But don’t let all that geekiness fool you …

…considering Matt took everything to an outrageously academic level, there was an extremely good chance that he’d extensively researched the female anatomy and become some sort of expert on the subject

What a guy. 😉

If you have OD’d on New Adult, Young Adult and the Billionaire Controlling Alpha male or Tattooed rock star or biker bad boy, here is something refreshing:

Office Affair
Office Affair

Office Affair ~ Jesse Dee ~ I saw this book recommended on RTbookreview and I normally don’t read books simply classified as erotica because I don’t want to read pages and pages of sex scenes, but this was different. Both characters are career-driven investment bankers—Mel more than Ben. Ben was still reeling from his breakup with his ex-fiancee, so Mel offers him a just-sex relationship, he balks at first but later gives in— in a spectacular way. 😉 Well, Ben wanted more after that first encounter. We get both POVs and it worked very well in this novel. I normally skim overly descriptive sex scenes, but the ones in here were very steamy and well-written, and then add to that tones of voyeurism and then a menagé which I thought was going to be a deal breaker for me but because I was able to read the motivations of Ben that led to this, I was okay with it.In fact it was so hot and the third person, Will, was off-the-charts sexy, I was more than okay with it and wouldn’t change a thing in this story. How the author handled the aftermath of that made for a very satisfying ending.

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The Guardian Series

Posted April 10, 2013 by Victoria in Fire and Ice, Guardian Series, Silver Fire / 1 Comment

Fire and Ice (Guardians #1)
Fire and Ice (Guardians #1)

My debut novel, Fire and Ice is the first book of the Guardian Series. The Guardian series is about an elite team of operatives who works for or have worked for Artemis Guardian Services (AGS).

AGS or simply “The Guardians” as they are known by most of their clients, specializes in small team surgical incursions: K and R (kidnap and ransom), DoD covert ops that are too politically high-risk, Corporate Security Enforcement (usually involving questionable and deadly force), and protective custody detail outsourced by the US Marshals Service.

The books can be described as action-thriller, but the romance is intricately woven into the story. Each book deals with different couples, it is not a three book romance centering on one couple. Each book will also deal with a different ‘baddie’.

The Guardian series is not for every one. This book is not for you if:

      • you don’t like strong language. The characters in this book are gritty, most of them come from the military like the Navy SEALs or Special Forces.
      • you do not like explicit sex scenes. Don’t get me wrong, this is far from erotica After several conversations with my friends, this is indeed erotica, however, the sex scenes are not gratuitous or go on for pages and pages, but they are there. In future books, I might even touch on BDSM. 😉
      • you do not like violence. This is an action-thriller. Things get blown up or shot down and it’s not in the background, the fight scenes are front and center. In the first chapter alone of Fire and Ice, the body count is high.

An ARC reviewer on Goodreads described it best: “Part Clancy, Part Fifty Shades”.

If you are OK with what would be in the book so far, I encourage you to check out the short story prequel to Fire and Ice, Murder and Silk which is in its raw unedited format. (Fire and Ice has been professionally edited) It’ll give you an idea of how the male leads would evolve over the series as it will give you a peek into their sexual proclivities and motivations. Now, Murder and Silk has no romance but is more of an erotic thriller.

The Guardian Series

Murder and Silk (free short story prequel)

Sex.Drugs.Murder. In this fast-paced prequel to Fire and Ice, one-night stands can be a deadly affair. What Derek Lockwood thought would be a night of every red-blooded male’s fantasy unravels into a nightmare of unexpected violence. Now a woman’s life hangs in the balance and she is quickly running out of time.

Fire and Ice ~ on sale now. Maia and Jack. Chapters 1 and 2 are available here.

Silver Fire ~ target November 2013, maybe earlier. Derek and Sophie Marie. Stay tuned for an excerpt.

Untitled Guardians #3 ~ April 2014. Viktor Baran + ? . I’m saving the baddest badass for last.

I was tempted to write three books on Maia and Jack because I simply loved their characters and I didn’t know if I could bring myself to write about another couple. But as I got started on Silver Fire, how I’ve fallen in love with Derek and Sophie and can’t wait to finish writing their journey together! Just like Fire and Ice, it’s going to get crazy with bad guys and intrigue and our heroes will be out to save the world—okay maybe not the world but a city at least. 🙂

Again, the books do not end in cliffhangers. Now, starting with the second book, I may set-up the relationship for the third book.

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Fiction and the Evolution of the Alpha Male

Posted April 7, 2013 by Victoria in 2013-Reviews, Contemporary/Historical Romance, New Adult/Young Adult, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy / 1 Comment

*Since there seems to be a lot of search terms for “alpha male romances” directing to this blog, I thought I’d feature one of my earlier posts. Jericho Barrons is my ultimate alpha. Of course, for Contemporary Romance I’d have to say it’s my own Viktor Baran.  🙂

Jericho Barrons ~ Fever Series. Used with permission from Karen Marie Moning.
Jericho Barrons ~ Fever Series. Used with permission from Karen Marie Moning.

Alpha ~ something that is first (Merriam Webster)

Alpha Male ~ the most dominant, powerful, or assertive man in a particular group. (Dictionary.com)

I’m not sure when Alpha Male became a mainstream term. I started reading romance novels in the mid-80s. There was a pawn shop beside our restaurant that also sold used books. The owner was kind enough to rent me books to read and I devoured book after book of Mills and Boon and Silhouette romances. Some books were really old, probably published in the 70s. I don’t remember any of the stories except that the hero is usually older (a lot older actually) than the heroine and it’s usually at the end of the book when the hero reveals his true feelings. Otherwise, he is a male chauvinistic arrogant pig for most of the novel. The plots were highly repetitive and formulaic.

Gentle Rouge ~ Johanna Lindsey
Gentle Rouge ~ Johanna Lindsey

The 1980‘s was also the era of the bodice ripper novels. The covers of these books were half-naked men reminiscent of Fabio. I think the original Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey had Fabio on the cover. This was the time when Johanna Lindsey was an auto-buy for me, and who can ever forget the beloved Malory saga? It was the time of the rakes, the rogues and the pirates—it was historical romances at its peak. And yes, arrogance is still a typical trait of the male hero.

I’m not sure what happened during the 1990’s, but in early 2000, the term Alpha came on my radar.  A time when I was trying to be the dominant over my dog as a trainer told me dogs are by nature pack animals, and I had to be its Alpha otherwise it would be difficult for me to control him.

A Hunger Like no Other
A Hunger Like no Other

I think the word Alpha male became more prevalent during the explosion of Paranormal/Urban Fantasy novels in the year 2005-2006. This was when The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Psy-Changeling, Immortals after Dark and Mercy Thompson novels had their debut. Specially with werewolf themed books, the term “Alpha” comes naturally and would refer to the most dominant, most cunning and strongest member of a pack.

I had my theories about the rise of the paranormal/urban fantasy genre and I think it stemmed from the Underworld  movie (2003), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), and Angel (1999-2004) TV series.

Before this explosion, we already had Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake (1993), Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire Mysteries (2001), Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter Series (2002), and to some degree, Ann Rice’s Interview with a Vampire (1976).

Fangirl hysteria took over with the Twilight trilogy (2008). I have not read these books but was told that they were well-written. Watching the movie first discouraged me from reading the books because I do not want my vampires to sparkle. I think this spawned a genre of teen-paranormal romances. No, I have not read any of these either.

Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey

What I have read was the Twilight Fan Fiction that became a worldwide phenomenon: The 50 shades of Grey trilogy by E.L James. This has spawned another sub-genre of romantic fiction—controlling, possessive, tortured Alpha male. And, should I add billionaire?

Beautiful Disaster
Beautiful Disaster

To some extent, the success of Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire inspired the New Adult phenomenon that has taken over a chunk of book sales. The angst-filled plots are usually between a tattooed bad boy/rockstar and a girl with a dark past college-age romance.

Book Cover trend: still, half-naked men … tattoos required.

The term Alpha Male has now entered the consciousness of the reading populace. After reading over 200 fiction novels this past year and meeting one form of Alpha Male to another, I felt I should give my top five (or six) per genre. Why not lump them all in a Top Ten? Let’s face it: I can’t put Jericho Z. Barrons and Christian Grey in one column can I? I mean, come on.

Paranormal/ Urban Fantasy

Shadow Fever
Shadow Fever
  1. Jericho Z. BarronsFever series. He defines Alpha Male in every sense of the word. What exactly is Jericho Barrons? Highlight spoiler here. He is thousands of years old, cannot die and turns into a 9-foot monster.
  2. Curran – the Beast Lord of Atlanta. Alpha of a pack of Shapeshifters in the Kate Daniels World.
  3. Dragos Cuelebre – Dragon Bound, Elder Races series
  4. Lothaire – The enemy of old, one of the most ancient of vampires. Immortals after Dark series.
  5. Adam Hauptman – Alpha of the Columbian basin pack. Fourth in line for the title of Marrok (leader of the werewolves of North America). Mercy Thompson series.

Contemporary Fiction

Motorcycle Man
Motorcycle Man
  1. Sebastian Stark ~ Surviving Raine /*edited May 31*/ – He is crass, rude, an ass but he can also be needy, possessive and jealous. He needs to be in a psyche ward and I can’t believe he just dislodged my KA alphas, but he did. Something about taking three men apart with his bare hands. I have a serious weakness for badass.
  2. Kane “Tack” AllenMotorcycle Man. The biker boss to end all biker bosses. He put an engagement ring on his woman while she was unconscious in the hospital. {I have a feeling though when the 2nd chaos novel Fire Inside comes out, Hop Kincaid will be my favorite badass biker}
  3. Colorado Mountain Man series ~ Kristen Ashley {Tatum Jackson, Ty Walker  … ’nuff said.}
  4. The Hot Bunch – Kristen Ashley’s Nightingale Investigation boys. Partners to the Rock Chicks.
  5. Jesse Ward – This Man trilogy
  6. Christian Grey – Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy

I realize that some may argue with my choices. I have never really gotten into the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series, I’ve read the first three. I haven’t read the Night Huntress series either. Sound off in the comment section. Who is your Ultimate Alpha Male?

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Fire and Ice Giveaway!

Posted April 3, 2013 by Victoria in Fire and Ice / 4 Comments

Fire and ice is now available on Amazon !

Fire and Ice
Fire and Ice

In celebration of the book launch, I am giving away 5 Amazon Gift Cards worth $10 each and 5 Kindle ebooks of Fire and Ice (redeemable only at Amazon). Winners will be announced on April 6. There are several opportunities to gain entries into the raffle:

1. Tweet about the giveaway.

2. ‘Like’ Victoria Paige Books on Facebook, if you are already a fan you still can get the additional entries by simply clicking “I’m a Fan”.

3. Follow @vpaigebooks on twitter

4. Leave a comment on how you found out about the giveaway.

Follow the link below to enter:

Click here for the Fire and Ice Giveaway

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First Look: Fire and Ice

Posted April 2, 2013 by Victoria in Fire and Ice / 0 Comments

Fire and Ice
Fire and Ice

 

It’s here! The book cover for my upcoming novel, Fire and Ice, available April 9, 2013. Stay tuned for promotional news.

Blurb:

Maia Pierce, a top agent for Artemis Guardian Services (AGS) and a widely known rule breaker, was good at her job. In her last mission, her risk-taking had finally caught up with her and she had now incurred the wrath of a Russian drug lord bent on destroying her. With assassins after her, one man had offered her his protection. But Jack McCord may be an other kind of danger, a danger to her heart.Jack McCord had everything: a thriving defense company, sinful good looks and no shortage of beautiful women. But what he coveted the most didn’t want anything to do with him. Maia Pierce, his brother’s bodyguard, was the most exquisite creature he had ever laid eyes on and he wanted her. And when Maia got into trouble he saw an opportunity to finally seduce her and he is not taking no for an answer.
As they face-off with Russian mercenaries from the North Carolina coast to the depths of the Russian wilderness, they also finally face what may be in their hearts. But the danger that Maia finds herself in and the secrets she keeps from Jack threaten to derail their happily ever after.

Download or read the first two chapters: Fire and Ice chapter 1 & 2

Read the prequel short story: Murder and Silk

 

 

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