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 ..

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 […]

Posted April 24, 2013
Fire and Ice, Guardian Series
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Excerpts: 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 […]

Posted April 21, 2013
Fire and Ice, Guardian Series
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Some great reads this week

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 […]

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To Outline or Not to Outlin..

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 […]

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The Guardian Series

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 […]

Posted April 10, 2013
Fire and Ice, Guardian Series, Silver Fire
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Fiction and the Evolution o..

*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.  🙂 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. The 1980‘s was also the era of […]

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Fire and Ice Giveaway winne..

Here are the winners of the Fire and Ice Giveaway! There were not enough entrants to award all the prizes (come on people, it was so easy to enter). So each winner gets a pair of prizes. Jen J. ~ $10 Amazon Gift card, Fire and Ice Kindle e-book Ashley B. ~ $10 Amazon Gift card, Fire and Ice Kindle e-book Kristy Cox L. ~ $10 Amazon Gift card, Fire and Ice Kindle e-book Zoe W. ~ $10 Amazon Gift card, Fire and Ice Kindle e-book Laura Z. ~ $10 Amazon Gift card, Fire and Ice Kindle e-book Angie K. ~ $10 Amazon Gift card, Fire and Ice Kindle e-book Winners will receive a confirmation email.

Posted April 6, 2013
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Fire and Ice Giveaway!

Fire and ice is now available on Amazon ! 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

Posted April 3, 2013
Fire and Ice
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First Look: 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 […]

Posted April 2, 2013
Fire and Ice
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