Reviews of Books by Victoria Blue

Oct. 17, 2018

No White Knight (Secrets of Stone Book 8) by Angel Payne and Victoria Blue is a story full of humor, sarcasm, angst, and serious heat!  Ready your towels, fans, or cold showers!

Synopsis:

The quest…

I’m Maclain Stone, and Taylor Mathews is my obsession, my reason to be a better human. Is that even possible? For her, I’ll try. Years of living in the fast lane—literally and figuratively—are catching up with me, as I fight to shift gears and win the right to commit to this incredible woman who has tumbled into my life.

The fight…

I’m ready for change, but is she? So far, she’s rejected every offer I’ve made and shut every door in my face. If she can’t admit her feelings to herself, how can she commit to me?

The fall…

She’s so close to showing me everything she is. I can feel her need in the fire of her touch, taste it in the connection of our kisses, and glimpse her surrender in the intensity of our passion. Yet I want more. But I can’t be her white knight until she admits she needs saving.

Ceej’s Review:

No White Knight is an amazing addition to the Secrets of Stone series!  I didn’t think any couple could top my favorite trio in this series, but Angel Payne and Victoria Blue proved me wrong!  I absolutely adore Mac and Taylor!

Mac…he really surprised me.  I thought he was going to be the a-hole/douchecanoe he was in the prior book, but how he was with Taylor totally changed my mind.  His personal tendencies also increased his hotness factor for me.  Yowza.  His need for her was eye-opening and heartwarming.  I completely loved that watching him fall.

Taylor…I love her.  I love her wicked sarcasm, her vulnerabilities, her humor, her strength.  Don’t get me wrong, she’s not perfect.  And I also love that about her.  Her relationship with her “sisters” is a beautiful thing, especially considering the women she grants that title to.  Additionally, I seriously enjoyed her half-capitulation to Mac.

I don’t think anyone, besides Angel and Victoria, can love Doctor Clown and his Sassy any more than I do.  Angel and Victoria, I need the next book like yesterday!  Please?!  This one is too good!

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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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