Month: May 2013

Interesting Reads for week May 26-31

Posted May 31, 2013 by Victoria in Contemporary/Historical Romance / 0 Comments

I know plenty of readers are hitting this blog for recommendations for New Adult romances, but either I’m stuck in a rut or I could not find any interesting ones. I seriously DNF (Did Not Finish) a couple of highly-rated new Adult romances which I shall not mention here. Anyway, as soon as I read a good one, I’ll recommend it on this blog.

Toward the end of next week I should have my review up of the latest of the Crossfire Series – Entwined with You and the latest Kristen Ashley’s book — Fire Inside. I have already read an ARC copy of Fire Inside but something was off, so I’m waiting to buy the book to see if the problem was just the editing.

Watch out for more news for Silver Fire (Guardians #2) next week. I just finished my self-edit and am having someone do a plot/continuity feedback before sending it off to my editor.

Anyway, I’m glad that I finally gave C.J. Roberts’s books a try. I thought I would hate the plots, but I devoured both books in a day. The writing style is impeccable and engaging and I look forward to more books by this author. The content may be too dark and disturbing for many because it deals with the pleasure-slave trade.

Captive in the Dark
Captive in the Dark

4-star-ratingCaptive in the Dark ~ C.J. Roberts

I was expecting it to be a very dark, cringe-worthy read but it wasn’t. And I’m glad I finally read the book. At first I thought I wouldn’t like to read about a girl being beaten to submission —this book is about the pleasure slave trade— but Livvie was such a strong character that even in her pain, you knew she wouldn’t break. And Caleb, the author wrote him in a way that you actually care about him even if he was Livvie’s tormentor.
The book was well-written and had dark themes.

Seduced in the dark
Seduced in the dark

5-star-rating

Seduced in the Dark ~ C.J. Roberts

Wow! What did I just read? The 2nd installment of The dark duet was more disturbing than the first one. Caleb is conflicted and part of him really doesn’t want to give up Livvie. The things he did to fight his feelings were appalling and yes, this time I cringe but it wasn’t enough for me not to want him to try and redeem himself. And Livvie, I love her. Despite what she went through, this girl had such inner strength I could only root for their HEA. The writing was engaging and compelling. Great book, not a story I would forget anytime soon.

Divider

New Adult Novels: Off sides and Off limits

Posted May 23, 2013 by Victoria in New Adult/Young Adult / 0 Comments

Off Sides by Sawyer Bennet
Off Sides by Sawyer Bennet

4-star-rating

Off Sides

Simply put, I like Danny the heroine and Ryan. They were both strong characters and were willing to fight for what they wanted.

Off Limits
Off Limits

4-star-rating

Off Limits

I enjoyed the previous book off sides. The book was slow to start, but it was to show some background on the characters. Emily is a trust fund baby, but has decided to reinvent herself and not be the spoiled little rich girl that she was. Nix is trying not to get involved with Emily,but when they finally do, it’s a scorcher! Anyway, they agree that the sex would be no-strings-attached, but you know how that goes. ;). The book deals with PTSD and by the end of the book, there were tears in my eyes as what happened to Nix is revealed. The way the author shows how Nix deals with the after-effects of a brain trauma as well as PTSD is heartbreaking—there are uncontrolled rages etc… but I really like how Emily helped Nix overcome this. The ending was satisfying and sweet.

Divider

Contemporary/Erotic Romance Book Reviews week ending May 18th

Posted May 19, 2013 by Victoria in 2013-Reviews, Contemporary/Historical Romance / 0 Comments

Ready for a round-up of my best reads this month so far? These are considered more Adult Romances, couples are above 30-years old. I’m moving some of my reviews from goodreads, so if you’ve read them there, it’s more of the same thing here.

Bittersweet by Noelle Adams
Bittersweet by Noelle Adams

5-star-rating

Bittersweet by Noelle Adams

I was debating how to rate this, definitely four stars but after reading through a couple of scenes and how they affected me, I’ve decided to give it a full five star. The book was aptly titled because that’s how I felt when I was reading it. The story is about a widow, Zoe and how she tries to move on. Her husband’s cousin, Adam tries to help her cope with hurdles of dealing with the loss of her husband, Josh — what to do with Josh’s company, making decisions on buying a house, even babysitting her baby so she can have a girl’s night out. What we see in the beginning was, Adam and Zoe met each other first (5 years before) and were more like lunch buddies in Zoe’s mind because Adam never asked her out. After almost of month, Zoe meets Josh during one of those lunches and Josh wastes no time in sweeping her off her feet. When Josh and Zoe get together, Adam has a falling out with Josh and has been distant ever since. So now he is back in Zoe’s life helping her out.
Again, this is classic Noelle Adams style. Adam shows much restraint in expressing his feelings in words. But it wasn’t until he sees Zoe with another man that he loses that restraint. Adam is such a strong man, but he feels deeply but has trouble acting on those feelings preferring to be patient. And those feelings are very sweet. The way Zoe and Adam work to have a relationship is very believable. I like the author’s heroines because it’s not insta-love, there is some cluelessness which I find cute.
There are some slow parts, which was why I was hovering on rating, but I really loved this book.

Arouse by Nina Lane
Arouse by Nina Lane

4-star-rating

Arouse by Nina Lane

This was one angsty book given that it was about a married couple. You would think when you’re married, there will be less angst. I do think it depicts the realistic progression of being married. Needs and wants change and the other partner is not willing to give in, and it’s worse if you discover the person you married has been keeping a big secret. After five years of being together, that is unacceptable. And I understand Liv’s motivations and what had happened afterwards. I didn’t understand Dean’s logic for keeping the truth from her. I do like that we get both of their point of views otherwise Dean would have come across as an ass. I did not like what their best friend Kelsey did and how Dean had reacted but again, it was realistic enough. This was a great read and sex scenes were well written and steamy.

Unfortunately, this has a cliffhanger. Classified as HFN.

Allure by Nina Lane
Allure by Nina Lane

5-star-ratingAllure by Nina Lane

Five freaking stars. I love Dean and Liv. My heart breaks for their struggles as a married couple, their doubts and insecurities just make the story so real. I really loved Liv in this book, she was the strong one, the reasonable one and I loved her manifesto and her cute artwork. Dean has to let go of his past. There is no doubt they love each other so much, but he has to be less overprotective and allow Liv to spread her wings a bit. I’m also glad that Liv told Dean off about how he uses sex to avoid discussing their problems. I agree that I don’t see them connecting on an emotional level, and I think it’s because Dean wants to protect Liv from hurt but what’s happening is he ends up hiding things from her and then when she finds out, she ends up more hurt anyway. We get glimpses into their past and how they fell in love. I’ve never been so invested in a couples HEA as I am with Dean and Liv, they truly deserve one. I normally hate books with cliffhangers, the ending is HFN. But I am excited about it. I fully agree with Liv’s decision and I’m 100% sure it would be for the best. Bring on the third book!

Protecting what's his
Protecting what’s his

5-star-ratingProtecting What’s His by Tessa Bailey

I think Tessa Bailey is my new auto-buy author. This was one hot book, an Alpha-Male and one in uniform? One who’s ultra-protective with a jealous streak? Extra sizzling points. I love her writing style, it was very engaging. I did not skim at all. Derek is a lieutenant with the Chicago PD and Ginger is on the lam with her sister after lifting 50 grand from a gangsta. I like Ginger, she had a lot of sass and was able stand up to Derek. Anyway, the foreplay alone before they even get to actual sex, was extra steamy.
So yes, I’m looking forward to her next book.

Divider

Fire and Ice receives endorsement from Compulsion Reads!

Posted May 10, 2013 by Victoria in 2013-Reviews, Fire and Ice, Guardian Series / 0 Comments

Compulsion Reads

I am so thrilled and honored to have my book, Fire and Ice endorsed by Compulsion Reads! Simply put, Compulsion Reads‘s mission is to “support the indie book movement. Support good books. Give readers the excuse they need to try a new author.
We show our support by offering something the indie book industry desperately needs: quality standards. ”

I admit I was a bit terrified to submit my book for evaluation given the rigorous guidelines and process that the manuscript/book go through to get endorsed. Imagine my relief and joy when I received an email from Compulsion Reads stating that my book has received the seal of endorsement!

CR-Seal

Here are some snippets from the review:

“Maia is a strong female lead who has been training to be an agent with The Guardians (a special ops team) since she was very young. I loved that she was willing to sacrifice herself to save anyone. Each of her daring feats left her damaged and many times hospitalized, which showed a vulnerable side to this woman who acts as if she is invincible. Author Victoria Paige did a great job of creating two well-rounded characters that made you smile and at the same time created great frustration. I really enjoyed all of the plot twists and the action as the hunt for the Russian gangsters unfolded.”

” I strongly recommend this book for anyone who is looking for a strong protagonist and some heart-pumping action.”

See full review here.

Writing Fire and Ice was such a journey for me and my characters. And I strive to continue to offer the same quality with my coming books!

Fire and Ice

Divider

Silver Fire casting Derek Lockwood

Posted May 8, 2013 by Victoria in Guardian Series, Silver Fire, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

As an author, I really shouldn’t put pre-conceived images of my characters in a reader’s mind. Derek Lockwood was one character I had a hard time casting in my head. He has charm, he is a manwhore, he is very likeable, he is a bad ass, he is complex. He’s 42-years old and 6’2″.

He is not a pretty boy, he is not big and bulky. He is lean compacted muscles. Then I saw the latest cover of Men’s Health. Ofcourse! There’s my Derek! Nikolaj Coster-Waldau {Jamie Lannister from Game of Thrones}. Perfect.

Nicolaj Coster-Waldau
Nicolaj Coster-Waldau
Divider

Silver Fire (Guardians, #2)

Posted May 5, 2013 by Victoria in Fire and Ice, Guardian Series, Silver Fire / 0 Comments

I’m halfway through Silver Fire and have mapped out the rest of the chapters, and let me tell you, it’s just as action-packed as Fire and Ice. Expected publishing date: November 2013.

Blurb:

What if you hold the blueprint to a device that can destroy an entire city?
Sophie Marie Leroux is a genius nuclear physicist who runs Silver Fire Research, a laboratory that has developed the technology to enrich Zefinium—an element so versatile, it can be used as an infinite power source. It is also rumored to be an alternative to weaponized plutonium. Certain factions want to see that research buried, and the only way to make it happen is to get rid of Sophie. But greed has brought out sinister forces who may just coerce her into building the most lethal weapon since the nuclear bomb.
Derek Lockwood has avoided commitment all his life. His past involvements in high-risk missions with the Army Special Forces and Artemis Guardian Services (AGS) are not exactly building blocks for meaningful relationships. Now as an executive for a defense company, he finds himself attracted to his new business partner—an angel with a mind like Einstein—Sophie may be the one woman who may just have him forsake all others.
However, behind Sophie’s brilliant mind lurks a dark past, and Derek will need all his intellectual and sensual expertise to break through her emotional minefield.

Teaser:

This may or may not go into the book, but sigh, I do love writing Derek’s lines.
—————-
“Are you deaf?” Sophie cried. “We’re done.”
“No, we’re not.” Derek shot back evenly. “You’re the one shutting me out now. I messed up. One time. Angel, I will fuck up again. You will fuck up. We do not walk away from each other.” He yanked her back into his arms and said thickly, “Baby, after you gave me all of you last night, I’m not fucking giving it back. I’m not letting you go.”
—————-

 

Divider