Review: No Simple Sacrifice by Angel Payne

Posted May 26, 2016 by Francesca in Reviews / 3 Comments

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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Review: No Simple Sacrifice by Angel Payne
No Simple Sacrifice
by Angel Payne, Victoria Blue

3 Stars


Released: April 26th 2016
Series: Secrets of Stone #5
Published by Self Published
Format: eARC

“For me, it was hard to get with the program because it felt like insta love…”
~ Under the Covers

So I have a confession to make.  I did something I don’t usually do and read out of order.  Thinking that the fact these characters were not the same as the rest of the series it felt like a natural place to pop in for me.  But after finishing I think that I did myself a disservice having not read at least the prequel where their story started.

Talia, Fletcher and Drake had a hot one night stand in Vegas.  Fletcher and Drake work together, are best friends and have wanted Talia for their own for a while.  Talia works for the same company and they were in Vegas together for business reasons (from what I gather).    Their connection was cemented in that novella, so when NO SIMPLE SACRIFICE picks up and they’re back to their daily lives living in two separate states, you’re going in with that basis.  For me, it was hard to get with the program because it felt like insta love (not a favorite thing of mine).  And I realize it wasn’t.  So yeah, back to my point, I would recommend picking up the novella first if there’s any chance you’ll feel like me.

All that aside, Drake and Fletcher are opposites.  One more gruff, one more refined.  And I liked the boys just fine in this one.  They are dealing with society’s perception of their relationship and what they want to be a triad, and how those perceptions affect them and especially Talia.  Some decisions are made that I wouldn’t have agreed with myself.  But overall, I think what I struggled with a bit was Talia herself.  She has a very judgmental family and she’s always wanted to please them.  Even if it costs her.  She struggles with this most of the book, and is not necessarily my favorite type of heroine to read about.  But then towards the end I found her turnaround to be quite easy.

But let’s talk about the sex, shall we?  This being my first read by these two authors I had this idea in my head of what heat level I was expecting, and I think it fell a tad shorter than that expectation.  To me, it could’ve been hotter.  Maybe it was the fact that in some of the sex scenes there is still a degree of sweetness in the way they speak that was throwing me off a bit.

The camaraderie aspect that is seen in the book was interesting and it has peaked my interest in the previous books in the series.  There was enough interaction with others in this one that they didn’t feel like an isolated couple, which I enjoyed.  But overall, I think my previous mentioned issues didn’t allow me to fully enjoy their story.



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About Angel Payne

Hi there. I’m Angel: book lover, hopeless romantic, pop culture geek, shoe addict, coffee-aholic, and occasional vinophile, too.

I’ve been hooked on books since I was a kid but it all got worse in my twenties, when I discovered romances—-the hotter, the better. Growing up in Southern California, with lots of surfer-type manliness surrounded me, certainly didn’t help to assuage the need for reading about delicious alpha guys and the women who adore them. When I learned I had a knack for telling these stories too, I guess you could say I was doomed, though my path toward erotic romance novelist took a few detours via a concert-reviewing gig for my college newspaper (free show tickets…backstage passes…that was sort of a no-brainer), artist interviews for a Beverly Hills dance music mag, and a very, very bad try at a Young Adult novel (don’t ask; it’s not pretty).

These days, I still live in California, and have found an amazing alpha guy of my own who was brave enough to marry me. We live on a street that looks like Brigadoon, with our beautiful daughter and a crazy dog. I have the best life ever, and never forget to thank the Big Guy Upstairs for it, either.

About Victoria Blue

Victoria Blue lives in her own portion of the galaxy known as Southern California. There she finds the love and life sustaining power of one amazing sun, two unique and awe inspiring planets and three indifferent, yet comforting moons. Life is fantastic and challenging and everyday brings new adventures to be discovered. She looks forward to seeing what’s next!


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I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!

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Thanks for the review, I always try to read in order but I have done a few series out of order.


I read saved by his submissive…that fell flat for me and I didn’t like some of the decisions made


Thanks for sharing your thoughts Francesca