Reviews of Books by Victoria Blue

Jun. 6, 2017

No Broken Bond (Secrets of Stone #7) by the enchanting duo of Angel Payne and Victoria Blue is THE rockstar addition to the series.  If I could give it 50 stars, I would.  I actually read this weeks ago, thanks to the Early Read from Totally Bound, and I read it in a couple hours.  However, I had the hardest time reading anything else for the next several days because I was full of just so much!  It takes a lot to knock me on my ass.  They did it with a book. 

I sent this message to Victoria Blue the morning after I read it:

Note from 8am: I have such a book hangover that I haven’t even read anything (outside of work stuff) this morning except this, which I wrote about five hours ago.  Prior to this, I never started my day without reading at least a chapter of whatever book I’m on.

Okay I need to get this out then I will be more coherent.  HOLY F&@KING SH!%!  My head hurts, my heart hurts, the rest of my body hurts (chain reaction. LOL).  I think I need to buy myself a cozy recliner and rework my room because sitting in my desk chair and leaning on my bed for hours was sooooo bad for my joints.  Now I can move on.  LMAO!

My overall response first:  Yes, I was warned.  I’m not mad, I’m not blaming them for the fact that I was a mess for the days that followed.  Angel and Victoria sucked me in so quickly that I’m still reeling, weeks later.  From the moment I opened it up and started reading, I didn’t answer texts or even answer calls.  I didn’t talk to anyone.  And for the first time in my life, I didn’t have the TV or any music on to satisfy that part of my brain that has to be active with other things while I read.  I’m not just saying that because they are my favorite duo.  I don’t believe in saying stuff like this just to make them feel good unless they DON’T matter to me.  And they do so they get my brutal honesty.  I really hope that made sense.  LOL.  I’m a mess.  I don’t think I’ve cried like that or that often in a very long time.  I’m really not emotional.  Expressive, but not emotional.

I fell completely in love with Tolly, Fletch, and Drake in No Simple Sacrifice.  They even took over the spot of my favorite trio from Angel’s Lani, Kell, and Tait.  Lani’s an islander, and even for a fictional character, the loyalty is strong.  LOL!

The heat level in this one is insane.  I don’t know if I can sufficiently describe how much different these were compared to everything else I’ve ever read.  There’s just more, beyond the ménage aspect.  Not just heat.  Not just the power exchange.  It’s just more.

There’s a scene where I wanted to ask why it happened, but I thought about it.  When we find something so precious and beautiful and everything within us is just lit up, we want to share that, even in a small way, with those that we love.  Especially when we know that they won’t approve of the details.  We always hope that they’ll get past the details because they’re supposed to love us.  Well I won’t spoil it, but let’s just say that it went to hell.  After a couple scenes, I literally said out loud, “f@&king hell.  Here we go.  My heart’s going to be blown to pieces.  Where’re my damn tissues?”

Just thinking about Chapter 4 and 5 makes my chest hurt.  I don’t think I breathed from the moment I read a certain phrase until there was an explanation.  I read fast, but that felt like the longest I’ve ever held my breath.  If I could have breathed, the air in my room would have been blue considering how much I wanted to cuss.  And yes, I knew it was going to get worse.  My only consolation was that they eventually give us HEA.  I can’t begin to say how much I was counting on that.

There’s a whole part where I imagine people may say that it was too much for the story.  In my opinion, I disagree.  It’s necessary.  Painful, but necessary.  It teaches the lesson that yeah, it’s okay to have your moments of self-pity and to wallow a bit, but not to live there.  You end up losing some of the most vital parts of your life when you do…unless you’re blessed.  But the one part towards the end that just killed me and you have to read it to find out what happened.

I went through a whole hell of a lot of feels with No Broken Bond.  Here’s what I went through: needing an ice cold shower, wincing, wanting to put the brakes on, cussing my head off, holding my breath, finally breathing again, crying, grinning, laughing, wanting to knock some heads together, wanting to shake some sense into someone, UGLY FREAKING TEARS, sighing, and finally joyful and sappy tears. (My head and heart hurts just thinking about this rollercoaster!)

I loved, loved, loved, LOVED the hell out of this book!  And I have to complain a little bit.  Writing this review without spoilers was the hardest one I have ever done.  So major props to Angel Payne and Victoria Blue for doing the impossible!

 

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May. 9, 2017

No Simple Sacrifice (Secrets of Stone Book 6) by the beguiling duo of Angel Payne and Victoria Blue is yet another 5+ star read!  All the feels are in this one, as I have come to expect from Angel and Victoria.  I chuckled, snort laughed, cried like my heart was shattered, then finally grinning and damn near cheering!  I don’t know if I can love Talia, Drake, and Fletcher more.

Talia Perizkova is trying to sort her world out.  Her unforgettable weekend with her bosses, Drake Newland and Fletcher Ford, has her trying to figure out what to do about her intense need for both of them and her family.  She has to decide whether or not she should follow her heart or her family’s path of expectation.  The problem is, one of the guys came up with a “solution.”

The solution is what broke me.  Ugly cry after I was able to take a breath.  Then denial and anger.  I was mess!  I wanted to shake all three of them!  On a more serious note, I can’t imagine having to make that decision.  Naturally, the title couldn’t be any more perfect.  I couldn’t even listen to my slow jams.  It just goes to show how magical Angel Payne and Victoria Blue are.  They pulled me into this book so quickly and completely that I had the hardest time separating myself from the story. 

As usual, this got me thinking.  What if I were to be in that situation?  Would I have been able to make that sacrifice with only the hope that things will work out for those I love?  Would I have tried my hardest to fix things?  Would I have been able to withstand the pain?  After one particular scene, I wanted to barricade myself in my room until I got through to HEA.  Angel and Victoria always give us HEA, but getting there…holy hell.  It's true.  There really is no simple sacrifice, especially when it comes to your happiness.  Talia reminded me that when the love is real and deep, it's truly worth fighting for, no matter the obstacles.

No Simple Sacrifice is delectably HOT, hilarious, heart-breaking, and even joyous!  I loved it so much, even with all the tears and aches!  Angel and Victoria, thank you for yet another rockstar read!

 

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Apr. 11, 2017

No Lucky Number (Secrets of Stone Book 5) by the enchanting duo of Angel Payne and Victoria Blue is the fifth addictive book in the Secrets of Stone Series.  This is definitely a 5+ star read for me and introduces who will tie for my favorite trio.  Before we get down to the review, Angel and Victoria….holy hotness!!!  This is no love triangle.

Talia Perizkova is beautiful, hard-working, dedicated, and insecure.  She embarks on what should have been a relatively simple business trip with her two bosses.  Problem is, her bosses are an undeniably irresistible team in and out of the office. 

Drake Newland and Fletcher Ford are two eligible bachelors with an interesting reputation.  They’re gorgeous, hard to resist, and talented.  I’ll let you discover which side of the spectrum that last description is from.

Talia is a woman with a lot of pressure set upon her shoulders.  Pressure within her chosen career and pressure from her family.  Would the passion-filled weekend with Drake and Fletcher endanger her place in both?  Would Drake and Fletcher be able to show Talia what they hold for her and convince her to try?  Does what happen in Vegas stay in Vegas?  Find out!

As always, I learn or re-learn things from this series.  It's never just about entertainment.  I absolutely loved No Lucky Number.  It is not simply because it was written by two of my favorite authors.  It is an exceptionally well-written story of an unusual type of relationship.  It’s the type of relationship that is frowned upon, except in certain circles, and is the subject of a lot of stigma.  The problem is, you can’t choose who you fall in love with.  My question is, if you fall in love with two men, no catfishing involved, how do you choose?  Would it be worse if the two men are brothers in every way except blood?  Or would you embrace it and ignore what society dictates is right?  Or would you let three be your lucky number?  Personally, I think it takes considerable courage to follow your heart when everything you’ve been taught, everything you hear, urges you to do otherwise.  It’s a difficult decision to do what’s right for you.  There's also grin-inducing humor, serious hotness, and some angst. There were parts that had me snort laughing.  And a couple parts where a certain person in my life told me, "that won't ever happen with us because I don't share." <cue another snort laugh>  The angst level was a little lower than Angel and Victoria's usual, but I just know that in the next book, they're going to kill me with angst.  They never fail!

Thank you Angel and Victoria, for yet another amazing book!  I can’t wait for the next!

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Mar. 9, 2017

No Magic Moment by the magical duo of Angel Payne and Victoria Blue is the fourth phenomenal book in the Secrets of Stone Series.  This is the second part of the saga of Margaux Asher and Michael Pearson.  I gratefully downloaded the early read from Totally Bound the day they released it and it has taken me this long to compose this review.  Why?  Because I loved it even as it tore my heart out AND reflected some things back to me.  I already knew this was going to hurt.  Don’t get me wrong, there is HEA.  A beautiful and giddy HEA, but holy hell…getting there was…whew!  I was only at 13% and already trying to rub the ache out of my chest.

In the last book, No Perfect Princess, we learned what Margaux’s secrets were.  Michael learned what her secrets were.  However, she had yet to learn his.  As I started it, I looked forward to the classic Margaux-style no-bull**** reaction and was not disappointed.  As much as I hated her in the first book in this series, she is now my favorite heroine because of the combination of brashness, vulnerability, and persistence.  In her vulnerable moments and her frustration with herself, I couldn’t help but chuckle.  I can see some of myself in her.  I can see Margaux and I getting into trouble together.  We’d probably end up making a lot of people cry.  Or run.  What I loved most about her in No Magic Moment was her persistence.  She knew what was right and fought for it even as her heart was breaking.  I wanted to knock Michael out.

As for Michael…<sigh>…as much as I wanted to knock him out, I could understand where he was coming from.  I’ve made the same mistake a time or two.  He, however, was lucky enough to have found someone willing to fight.  Though misguided, it took an amazing amount of love to do what he did.  I’m just happy it all turned out for the best.

This book is I-need-a-cold-shower-now HOT!  If you haven’t read this yet, keep this in mind: mid-century school desk!  A certain person in my life was very inspired by this scene.  And that’s an understatement.

Angel and Victoria, thank you for yet another rollercoaster!  I don’t know why you two insist on making me cry!  But seriously, I absolutely loved No Magic Moment!  The ending made me bootyshake with glee!!!!!

Releases 3/14!

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Feb. 27, 2017

No Perfect Princess by the magical duo of Angel Payne and Victoria Blue is the third amazing book in the Secrets of Stone series.  Based off the first two books, I just knew it was going to be another of my favorites, but there was a twist in it for me.  In the first book, No Prince Charming, I absolutely hated Margaux Asher.  Hated to the point where I wanted to tear her apart.  It just figures that Angel Payne and Victoria Blue would turn it around and make me not hate her anymore.  After my review for NPC, Angel warned me about No Perfect Princess and blew my ever-loving mind.  No details about it other than who the heroine is.  My head hurt so much from trying to process it.  I never once thought that I could ever love a character that I absolutely despised.  And boy did Victoria Blue prove me wrong.  Yes, Victoria, you can take your bow.  No one has ever done that in any of the books I’ve ever read!

Margaux Asher is the daughter of the owner of one of the prestigious public relations firms that Michael Pearson works for.  But as the title of the series says, she has secrets.  A shameful (to her) secret and a painful secret.  The way she opens little by little to Michael is just part of what made me love her.  Margaux was someone who manipulated people like she did facts and public perception.  She didn’t seem to care about just what her actions did to others.  When her world was upended, I believe that the hidden part of Margaux started to come out.  The part that I needed to see.  The vulnerable part was what I believe that drew Michael to her, despite all her bluster and bravado.  There were parts of Margaux that I saw in myself…and that shocked me, especially because I really hated her prior to this book!  LOL!

Michael Pearson also has secrets.  Some that were revealed, and some I fear that will be in the next book.  (Hint hint Angel and Victoria, I need No Magic Moment like now. LOL!)  I was only a fraction of the way in and I messaged both of them asking, “where are Michael’s balls???”  I am a woman who thoroughly enjoys alpha males.  Probably because I’m always attracting the ones that are…let’s just say not alphas.  To be honest, I really thought that Michael was going to be like that.  Margaux is a ball buster.  Like I am.  You know how people often say that opposites attract?  Well I thought that their story was going to be one where it proved those people right.  I was wrong.  People are often the ones that often mindfuck themselves so badly that they ignore their instincts…and their hearts.  I believe Michael was one of those.  However, when he brought out his alpha side…holy hotness!

I must be honest.  I finished reading No Perfect Princess a week ago.  It took me so long to write this review because I feel so deeply when it comes to Angel and Victoria’s work.  I was a bit hungover from the emotional blitz I went through with this book.  I had a couple moments of pure glee about two other characters from the previous two books that are important parts of Margaux’s life (and are in this book) and one devastating moment that broke my heart because I could sympathize with the situation.  One other thing that made me love Margaux was how she was there at the perfect time with the perfect heart though she’s No Perfect Princess.  I really enjoyed watching Margaux and Michael (M&M…I love M&Ms!) find each other and the bring out the beauty in each other.  Seeing as I’m new to the Secrets of Stone series, I have been warned a little bit about the rest of the series.  Angel and Victoria, should I stock up on tissues and fortify my furniture now or later?

Thank you Angel Payne and Victoria Blue for another amazing adventure.  I can’t wait for the rest!      

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