I work as a freelance database administrator, and when I’m not geeking out, I write romantic suspense novels. I live in Richmond, Va—less than two hours away from Washington DC—so most of the settings of my books are in the nation’s capital—of course, I’m not averse to creating fictional towns and cities. 😉
When I’m not arguing with the alpha male characters in my head, I love to watch high-octane action movies. I think Jack Bauer is the shit, which is why most of my characters are such badasses bent on saving the world from evil doers.
I love reading adult contemporary, paranormal, urban fantasy, historical, romantic suspense, and a few new adult fiction as well as military non-fiction.
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Victoria Paige Books also posts reviews of books rated 4-5 stars (sometimes 3.75 for New Adult). Reviewing is highly subjective and my rating is usually based on strength of character and plot.
What keeps me interested in a book?
1. Great Characters – do they have grit? There’s a reason I like Alpha male characters. No, I do not want them to be a generic cut-out arrogant ass. The back story has to be good which is why I like many of Kristen Ashley’s characters. However, I also want them to show a tender side especially to the heroine. Most of the heroines I included in my favorite paranormal/urban fantasy reads are kickass and sassy. I hate heroines who have no backbone and let the male lead walk all over them.
2. Great Banter – some people like to read descriptions. I want a great dialogue.
3. Minimal filler chapters
4. The plot of course! What’s becoming a trend are these trilogies that really should have been one book. So little plot, too many scenes repeated over and over that you wonder if there was even a point in the book.
I do have a confession. Some of these books I read are so angst-y, I know they’re really bad plot-wise, and I really hate the characters, but i couldn’t stop reading … and then I eventually hate myself for wasting time on those books. Those are frequently my 3 star reads on Goodreads.