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No Simple Sacrifice

No Simple Sacrifice

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by Angel Payne, Victoria Blue

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If I could turn back time…

You know what they say about wishing for the impossible.

My name is Talia Perizkova, and time is usually my best friend. It’s been good to me in the months since I left the man who nearly wrecked me and I’ve returned the favor by working hard at Stone Global Corp, now getting promoted to


If I could turn back time…

You know what they say about wishing for the impossible.

My name is Talia Perizkova, and time is usually my best friend. It’s been good to me in the months since I left the man who nearly wrecked me and I’ve returned the favor by working hard at Stone Global Corp, now getting promoted to lead one of SGC’s key expansion projects.

There’s only one mar on that record. The night I told time to kiss my ass, during a business trip to Vegas with my bosses—yes, my bosses—and experienced a night for the record books with them both. But what happened in the City of Sin refuses to stay there for any of us and time has joined forces with his pal, karma, to exact payback—from the depths of my heart.

Fletcher Ford. Drake Newland. They’re two of the business world’s sexiest, most sought-after bachelors and I’ve fallen for them both. Their passion is everything I crave, their protection is everything I need—and their love is everything my orthodox family will never let me accept.

The solution, according to them, is simple. One man steps down so two of us are happy.

I could find a way…

But sacrifices are rarely simple and one plus one doesn’t always equal happily ever after. That means the three of us have to decide—take a chance on this rare love we’ve discovered…or give in to fear and lose each other forever?

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Totally Entwined Group Ltd
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Secrets of Stone , #6
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Copyright © Angel Payne and Victoria Blue 2017. All Rights Reserved, Totally Entwined Group Limited, T/A Totally Bound Publishing.


Should auld acquaintance be forgot…

My ass.

I repeated the sentiment beneath my breath while turning in my chair to stare over the San Diego skyline. The sun glinted brightly on the city’s more modern buildings, darkening along the terracotta curves of the older structures, crafted in the style of the classic California missions. Farther in the distance, the light sparkled across the gentle waves on Mission Bay.

Shiny, shiny, shiny. Everything and everybody was so happy. They all kept saying it, too. Happy New Year. Happy New Year. It was almost February 1st, and still everyone was going on and on about the Happy New Year.

“My ass.”

Saying it out loud didn’t help a damn thing—nor soften the memories taunting me again. It had been a happy new year—at first. I’d welcomed it in the best of ways—with my best friend, Drake Newland, and the woman of our dreams, wrapped in our arms at an intimate party for three. A night to remember. A woman to never forget. Talia Perizkova, with her huge brown eyes, her dark waterfall of hair and her perfect temptress’ body, had completely captivated Drake and me during one unforgettable night in Vegas—but since then, neither of us could nail her down for an encore. She’d escaped us like a frantic kitten, stopping only long enough to gather traction and run even further. Every time either of us had reached out, she’d had an excuse at the ready. A late-night project at work. A pre-planned event that simply ‘had’ to be attended. Hell, even that she had to wash her damn hair. Fuck. Was that one still around?

Events and projects and dirty hair. All handled—without us.

That bullshit ended now.

I wheeled back around to the desk, picked up my phone and texted Talia with a simple request. We weren’t taking no for an answer and, with Drake’s buy-in, I was running point on her track-down.

Where are you and when can we see you?

Straight to the point. That was my style. The woman should know that by now—as well as my expectation of an immediate answer. After a minute, I raised an impatient eyebrow at the screen, willing her to reply. When the phone went completely dark, I mentally composed a follow-up—not so nice this time.

The device vibrated in my hand. Thank fuck.

Pretty Princess Party Perfection

“What the hell?”

Care to elaborate?

LOL. My niece’s birthday party.

Okay, that makes more sense. When will you be done? We’re coming over.

These things can take a while. Becoming a princess is time-consuming work.

Text us when you get home. No more excuses, Tolly.

Excuses? I would never joke about dress-up and hairdos.

I jerked up my other brow. There were two things I’d learned about Miss Talia Perizkova in the past month. One—she was a master at hiding her true feelings. Two—she had the sweetest pussy I’d ever put my mouth on. “Damn,” I growled, fighting thoughts of those tender pink folds beneath my tongue. Complete waste of time. I was a goner, subconsciously rubbing my semi through my slacks as I stood and crossed the room.

I exited into the condo’s sprawling living room. Technically, the place belonged to our buddy, Killian Stone, but we were both sitting board members at Stone Global Corporation and had been heavily involved in launching a number of their subdivisions lately. Though we always stayed at one of SGC’s rental properties while we were in San Diego, this place was beginning to feel more like home than Chicago—especially since the Talia effect had taken hold. And that was completely fine by me.

Though at the moment, nothing was fine about that girl’s diversionary tactics.

Drake was definitely going to agree.

I went looking for my roommate, starting with his favorite room in the condo, the gym. Condo. Still felt ridiculous, calling this place that, as it was four-and-a-half thousand square feet of modern, top-of-the-line luxury. Killian’s decorating preferences were all over the place, a bit shocking since he usually let Mrs. Stone—a.k.a. the amazing Claire—handle the pretties in his world. Still, as Claire’s pregnancy gained momentum, Kil was treating her more and more like a china doll instead of a capable, healthy woman. On more than one occasion at the office, we’d all borne witness to the daggers she shot him from her frustrated glares—looks that would’ve castrated a weaker man. But Kil had left us all slack-jawed by simply managing his trademark grin then popping a tender kiss to her forehead, making the woman melt into his side. The pair had what most people dreamed of in a relationship and the envy in the room was usually palpable.

Which—surprise, surprise—circled my mind right back to Talia. Seemed like most things did these days. Again, not a news flash. This was getting…disconcerting. And unnerving and amazing. And thrilling—

And terrifying.

I couldn’t remember having been so consumed by a woman before. I was pretty damn sure Drake echoed the feeling.

“Did you track her down?” The man’s question shook me out of my mental shadows.


Drake cocked his head while reseating the dumbbells in the rack. “Are we playing ‘I’ve got a secret’ or are you going to tell me where she is?”

Patience was not Drake Newland’s best virtue.

“She’s at her niece’s birthday party. She doesn’t know how long it will go, so I told her to text us when she’s home.”

“Did she say she would?”

I grimaced. “No. She did her usual bit. Some cutesy quip then radio silence.”

Drake wiped a towel down his sweaty face. “Fuck. This.”

“Eloquently put.”

He hurled the towel into the hamper. “Well, did she say where the party was?”


“Yes or no, man?”

“Yes. She did say where it was. But—”

“Great.” Drake started toward the door of the gym. “Let’s just go there. Surprise her.” He pulled up short when I didn’t budge. Took in my pristine white shirt and dress slacks before offering, “After I shower and change. Happy?”

I shook my head. “We—uh—may want to sit this one out, bro.”

“No.” He blocked the doorway to the hall. “I’m not waiting anymore. And why are you being so cagey? She needs to realize she can’t keep yanking us around like this.” He spun and marched down the hallway. “I’ll be showered and ready to leave in twenty minutes.”

“Ohhhh kaaaay.” I wanted to protest again, but his retreating back left no option, so I just grinned at my reflection in the long mirrored wall. If this went down the way I predicted, Mr. Marine was about to spend the afternoon getting the finest princess makeover a guy could ask for, complete with sparkly nail polish and a fairy-dusted hairdo. This would definitely be my next Snapchat story.

By the time we headed out in the piece-of-shit rental we were driving around and pulled into the strip mall down the street, my phone was out and set to camera. I waited, poised with the thing, ready to capture his face when the realization fell into place.

Didn’t take long.

“Fletch, what the fuck is this?”

Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling romance author Angel Payne has been reading and writing her entire life, though her love for romances began in junior high, when writing with friends on “swap stories” they’d trade between classes. Needless to say, those stories involved lots of angst, groping, drama, and French kissing.

She began getting a paycheck for her writing in her twenties, writing record reviews for a Beverly Hills-based dance music magazine. Some years, various entertainment industry gigs, and a number of years in the hospitality industry later, Angel returned to the thing she loves the most: creating character-based romantic fiction. Along the way, she also graduated with two degrees from Chapman University in Southern California, taking departmental honors for English, before writing five historical romances for Kensington and Bantam/Doubleday/Dell.

Angel found a true home in writing contemporary-based romances that feature high heat and high concepts, focusing on memorable alpha men and the women who tame them. She has numerous book series to her credit, including the Secrets of Stone series (with Victoria Blue).

Angel still lives in Southern California, where she is married to her soulmate and lives on a street that looks like Brigadoon, with their awesome daughter and Lady Claire, the dog with impeccable manners. When not writing, she enjoys reading, pop culture, alt rock, cute shoes, enjoying the outdoors, and being a gym rat.

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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No Simple Sacrifice 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
badkat17us More than 1 year ago
This is the fifth book in this series however you can read it as a stand-alone and not feel like you are missing something. Talia, Fletcher, and Drake’s story begins in the One Night in Vegas boxset. I would recommend reading the story in the boxset before reading this one but you don’t have to. Fletcher and Drake love Talia and have for a while. They have shared women for a while however they have never felt what they feel for Talia for anyone else. She is their one now they just have to get her to stop running from them and her feelings for them. She is worried how her family will react and treat her. Plus how can they ever have anything real as a three person couple. The boys have a bit of a reputation and Talia is reluctant to believe they would change that just for her. She isn’t anything like they girls they usually go after. What if she isn’t enough for them and they leave her after she gives into the feeling she has for them. This book is a fantastic read. Its emotional, steamy, and so much more. I am excited to read the other books in this series and have put them on my TBR list. These ladies have written a wonderful book with fantastic characters. I felt for Talia she loves the boys so much but doesn’t want to lose her family either. At what point does she begin living for herself versus them; what is too much and what is okay? This book has some serious twists. The guys are perfect together and would do anything for her. They just want her just the way she is. Will Talia be able to find a balance or will it be her family or the boys?
bhillson83 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I have read by the two authors and I am unsure if I had higher expecations, however, it just wasn’t the book for me. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a prude, but this book just didn’t do it for me. The writing was okay, the sex scenes were very hot, and normally I love the alternating views of characters, but in this instance, it just wasn’t for me. I am not sure if the characters just weren’t there – or the female lead wasn’t someone with whom I had a connection with, but I didn’t “love” No Simple Sacrifice. I am not saying that this is not a great book to read, but it didn’t do it for me. If you are into threesomes, hot sex, and erotica in it’s finest then this is the book for you. I would recommend it to be added to your To-Be-Read Shelf if you are fan of erotica, boss/employee relationship, threesomes or just plain ol’ hot sex scenes. brianne
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I had read by Angela Payne & Victoria Blue. Although this was the fifth book in the series, it can definitely be read as a standalone. I loved this book. The storyline and the characters are well developed and thought out. This book is about a ménage, two men and one woman. The two men being her bosses, her heroes, her alphas that have dominant tendencies. Need I say more. Very HOT! I highly recommend this book. Reviewed by Tessie Our Blog was given this book in Exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED it!! I dont know how they do it but each onein the series is better than the one before it!! I cant wait to find out what is up next for these three!!! Hope this series is going to go on for a while!!