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The Lonely Heart

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Author: Jacquelyn Webb
Published by:   Astraea Publishing
Age Recommend: 16+
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:

"The Lonely Heart" by Jacquelyn Webb was a cute romantic read.  I did find it the story to be very predictable in that the lonely girl gets the guy.  It seems that Melissa and her roommate Sonia were look alike(s)...and it caused Peter Darcy to mistakenly get Melissa  caught up  in family business by having her to pretend to be Sonia due to the fact that her grandmother was dying and some business needed to be taken care of.

How this all when down .... you will simply have to pick up this funny cute romantic "The Lonely Heart" novel to find out .... Will the right guy get the right girl in the end?  How did Peter find out who really  was Melissa.? ..... What happens to Melissa fiance?

The author created some very interesting  characters ... Melissa, Peter, Sonia,  Bob,  Pamela, Grandmother,  Uncle Harold, Aunt Cynthia, Nurs…

A Rainy Day Surprise

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Rainy Day Surprise



By: Vallory Vance



This was a quick short read of a erotic setting. It was good and definitely for a Adult read.  I gave it 4 stars out of 5.  Happy Reading!

The Book of Summers

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Author:  Emylia Hall
Published By:  Mira: Original Edition
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  4
Blog Review For:  Great Minds Think Aloud
Review:

"The Book of Summers" by Emylia Hall was indeed a wonderful book of Beth/Erszi trying to understand her past....her mothers family history...due to a unexpected parcel  from Hungary.  Now this is a very long descriptive read so be ready  for the long read, however, if you can stay with this  story line you will not be disappointed....going from present to past times over the countries..(Hungary, Devon, London).  This author really makes you feel the places  you are in...especially  in Hungary.

Beth(Erzsi)Lowe is now living in Victoria Park, London and her father comes  to visit  and   gives her a parcel (from her recently deceased mother)... that he had received at his home in Devon and this cause quite a stir  because nothing was to be  received  from Hungary. Now why was that?  However,  Beth  goes and …

GIRLFRIEND TALES: The 'Other' Other Woman Vol 1

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Author:  Katrina Parker Williams
Published by:  StepArt Designs
Age Recommend:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating :4
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:

 "Girlfriend Tales: The 'Other' Other Woman" by Katrina Parker Williams was a very interesting fast moving  short story read setting is in the south.  Mistakenly the 'other' other woman is confronted.  Ms. Aubrey has been saved from this confrontation, however, I wished that that low life husband Martin Waiters had been caught and set straight.  Then that would have been some ending! 

This was  very different in that the wife (Mrs.Joy  Waiters) is usually the last to know just what is going on in  this type of affair. But really does this wife  really not  know?  Wow.... Aubrey
 got off too  easy on this one and the poor (ha)  lady... Stella well ... is threaten with a knife..by the wife... OK... after all she (Stella)  had been there too.  I still am lead to wonder...do you
think that Mrs. Waiters knew how to…

PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS Vol 1

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Author:   Erick Burgess
Published By: E. B. Smashwords Edition
Age Recommend:  Adult
Reviewer:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"Paved With Good Intentions" by Erick Burgess was a group of short stories that really made you think and say....  What If???

There are seven chapters: I am  trying not to give it all away.......

Chapter 1: Trouble.... This is what happens when you are just trying to help!

Chapter 2:  Last Memories..  I know this lady did not have any idea that breaking it off would amount to this... and they both end of?

Chapter 3:  Reunited...I know that this partner did not see this coming.... cuffed and taken away.

Chapter 4:  Sisters Keeper.....well  she took care of this situation and didn't need her detective brothers to help her...and she did a return to Walmart!

Chapter 5:  Best Laid Plans....well in the end this man ended it all but the wives got the plan they wanted in the end. How did that happen?

Chapter 6:  The Devil is in the Details.....Oh my goodn…

BUZZ WORDS BY DOUG LUCAS....

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RAVEN'S COVE

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Author:  Mary Ann Poll
Published by:  Publications Consultants
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  4
Blog Review For: GMTA
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"Raven Cove" By Mary Ann Poll was indeed a good supernatural action packed mystery.  We are welcomed to a place called 'Ravons Cove, Alaska where you will find a town  that us full of rich stories of the based on facts....of good vs. evil.. from the church....The Congregational Alliance Church trying  to get rid of the Rev. Lucas....which was the Fundamentalist Church.  Why was this?  Well,  this evilness that has been there for centuries....known as the 'Raven Ravin' was below the 'Corpse Mound,' which was evil and was there to take lives...they needed five to carry out this crest.

The characters were really off the chart... this author did a very good job in presenting these people to us....Kat (Katrina Agnes Tovslosky), Sheriff Bart (Bartholomew Andersen), Reverend Paul Lucas, Josiah Williams, Mig…

Feather

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Author: Susan Paige Davis
Published by:  Journeyforth
Age Recommend: 8+
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:


"Feather" by Susan Page Davis was a very good  adventious  fantasy read capturing your attention with the map provided, characters and different tribes.  I enjoyed the way the author featured the two characters...... Feather and Karsh, (her brother) from the Woban Tribe...were  picking berries....and then they stop and start looking for for treasures...and then Feather is kidnapped by a tribe called 'The Blens.' This tribe is very mean and known for their beatings, raids and killings. While being with this tribe Feather survives as a slave providing her  gift of 'fletching'.....which adds feathers to arrows.  While traveling with the Blens  Feather is befriended by Tag and they both make plans to escape.  Also Tag helped Feather by showing her and teaching her the way of the Blens...so she could  survived  ....in their wor…

Facing the Son, A Novel of Africa

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Author:  M. L.  Rudolph
Published By:  M L Rudolph
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  5
Blog Review For:  Great Minds Think Aloud
Review:

Facing the Son, A Novel of Africa" by M  L Rudoph was really a suspenseful and wonderful  read.  I really enjoyed being able to feel like  I was traveling  in Africa along as I was reading....and what a ride! This was definitely one travelers worst nightmares and one I couldn't put down until I had finished with ...'Facing the Son.'  This was basically
a story of a father seeking redemption...looking for his estranged son to deliver a letter from his dying mother.

The ex wife (Melanie) of Matt Reiser had stage four lung cancer and her one wish was to have their son, Karl, come to her before she dies....and  that meant   Matt would have to travel to The Ivory Coast in  Africa.  Matt Reiser was on a mission in Africa in search for his son...he finds himself in a horrible situation where he is beaten and robbed of eve…

An Affinity for Shadows

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Author: Liz R. Newman
Published By:  Gypsy Shadow Company
Age Recommend:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:

"An Affinity for Shadows" by Liz R. Newman  was a good compelling  well written romance read.  This author takes the reader on a journey that will keep in turning the pages until the end.  The plot was very absorbing that turned out to be a very captivating  read.

"An Affinity for Shadows" is of Kate Theodore, who was a very talented broadcast journalist from the New York ... who was smart and on top of  her game, however with all that was going on in her life... would she be able to make it in the TV world of news?   Kate is a very strong character....for she witnessed and reported live at the Twin Towers on 9/11...and it was their that her cameraman(Gibbs) died..witnessing the devastation...then there is a change with her work assignment...bringing her to wonder what is really important in her life....coming up sh…

AFTERWARDS: THE NOVEL

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Author:  Rosamund Lupton
Published By:  Crown Publishing Group 
Age Recommend:  Adult (Language)
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:

"Afterwards: The Novel " by Rosamund Lupton was a wonderful thriller, suspense mystery read.  This novel was definitely one that was a page turner till the end. There are  so many twist and turns with surprises.... you will really have to keep up  with this fast pace novel which is good since this is a VERY  long read.

This novel  was written in a  second person point of view...after understanding that.... I was  able to understand  the story line much better.  Believe me be ready for lies, secrets and lots of half truths that is all around this plot of the investigation. In "Afterwards"  you will find this was a novel of a mothers' love for her children and husband.

 In this England community... Gracie Covey while at a Sport Day celebration for the
 children...she discovers the school is on f…

NIGHT SKY

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Author:  Jolene Perry
Published by:  Tribute Books
Age Recommend:  16+ (Language)
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating 5
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:

"Night Sky" by Jolene Perry was indeed a good  contemporary fiction read.  This was
definitely a novel that I could put down until the end. The novel is told in Jamesons' view(from a male point of view) showing his feelings, thoughts of each of the characters
 perception.
This novel's  characters were fantastic....Jameson (Jay) a senior in HS, Sarah and Sky....
dealing with  real emotions, deep feelings and even real relationships.... sometimes  crazy but real and even hear  breaking up  times..... just watching Jay fall in love was  so beautiful. What happens when you are in love with your best friend and they start  dating someone  else.  Now,  this is what happens to Jay and the story begins....he meets  Sky... who is a Native American from Alaska.... lives with her  grandparents....across  the street in the sam…

WEEKEND AGREEMENT

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Author: Barbara Wallace
Published by:  Entangled Publishing
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:

"Weekend Agreement" was a  fabulous romantic well written  read even though the plot seemed to be predictable... but still I like the novel.

The story was of  Charlotte Doherty who was a historian professor... finds out that her dear brother...Michael has sold the family farm....and she knew nothing of this....so now Charlotte  wants to get the farm property back...being a part of her legacy and felt that keeping the farm she would have a part of her mother with her. So, Charlotte  really has no choice but to accept the billionaire Daniel Moretti's offer. Why did she except this plan.... especially from a man that didn't trust anyone....above all a beautiful woman? It seems like Daniel  was lonely and  had been bitten once to often by a leeches (women) who  were  only attracted to his wealth and his good looks.  How was C…

HOLIDAY AFFAIR

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Author:  Annie Seaton
Published By:  Entangled Publishing, LLC
Age Recommend:  Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  4
Blog Review For:  Great Minds Think Aloud
Review:


"Holiday Affair" by Annie Seaton was a very enjoyable romance read.  There are a lot of twist and turns and fast-paced  that I couldn't put this novel down until the  end.

The characters were very real... some I liked and some well...I will let you read andjudge.  The heroine... Lissy  McIntyre ...bless her heart...had just loss your gramps and she is hurting.... so she takes a holiday of sorts...and meets this beautiful looking, but all into himself...Nick Richards.... and this story picks up from there....rocky and stormy...chemistry...yes!  Now,  will these two be able to get all their emotions  and commitment issues  together?...Now this is the time I will say you must pick up the good novel of "Holiday Affair" and see how this story turn out.  After a tragedy comes... will Lissy and…

FORGOTTEN BY Doug Lycas, Free Days on Amazon

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Date: May 15, 2012 01:00AM
Venue: Amazon.com
Location: The United States
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Free for (2) days on Amazon.com, come get your copy of "Forgotten" by Doug Lucas, published by Great Minds Think Aloud Independent Publishing!

Blackmailed by the Italian Billionaire

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Author:  Nina Croft
Published by:  Entangled Publishing
Age Recommend:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:


 "Blackmailed by the Italian Billionaire" by Nina Croft was a very good spicy romance novel.This novel was was definitely one that was hard to put down until I was finished with it...very addicting  read.   I felt this was a well written novel.

The authors characters were really interesting as well as believable .... Luc (hero)was something to behold...sexy, hot, sweet... lovable eyes with a scar on his face.. and still beautiful all rolled up in one... however, their were dark secrets.. a grudge  that he had been holding on to for over ten years...he  had a strange friend who owned a strip-club...and then their was the heroine... Olivia  who was very naive in many ways.... but lovable...was looking for her father...Jimmy Brent...(Was this the same person that Luc was holding a grudge for?)... moving on...who didn't treat…

Paper Images

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Author:  Tracy James  Jones
Published by: R. J. J. 
Age Recommend:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:

"Paper Images" by Tracy  J. Jones was a very interesting read.  Truly Ms. Jones  did a good job in bringing out the characters making them so real that kept your attention from the beginning till the end of the short story.  "Paper Images" will definitely keep you wondering just what is really gone on..that made this friendship between Jarian and Andy so special.   What was up with Bobby?....jealousy? I really appreciated how this author was able to bring it all together where you could take it or leave it... Your choosing.

"Paper Images" is of Jarian Martin' life and how he bought out the good even after a horrible situation he had to go through in his live.... and his reason for reaching out to others that were in pain was possibly really  healing himself.  You will find the answers to many…

Unprotected: A True Story of Betrayal

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Author: Reena  Jacobs
Published by:  Ciquette
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:

"Unprotected: a True Story of Betrayal" by Reena Jacobs was a very interesting read.  I knew I did not like flying...  and  after reading this I definitely would not like to be patted down. .... what a pat down.... even an enhanced pat down...Wow! This TSA experience was really really really something! I am sorry that things like  this has and is going on even today.  This is so sad that this even has to been done.

The author did a wonderful job at relating to us how a person is treated in these pat down.  I am sure this lady and her daughter( Alex who is 13)) did not wake up  that morning knowing (sending her daughter to visit her grandfather) that they  would have to go through something like that at the airport.

The author even relayed what the strange 'skinnny' ask...."DID YOU ENJOY THAT?' ..."you Consented by pu…

Covenant Child: A Story of Promises Kept

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Author: Terry Blackstock
Published by:  Thomas Nelson Publishers
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:

"Covenant Child" by Terri Blackstock was truly a well written story Christian fiction  making this an  exceptional good read.  This author is truly one that can bring it hometo all of us.... for she knows who to keep the reader spellbound until the end. This novel was definitely one I was not able to put down until I had finished it.

From the twins losing their mom....then their dad...his parents and even Amanda(step-
mother)  for a time...living with those evil grandparents(who loved off the twins money)...
for these 'billionaire babies' were now  living in poverty...definitely a family ripped apart
by death and greed....until the twins turned 18... now they could choose between the two lifestyles...which truth would Lizzy and Kara choose? ...lies...of what they had been told by those greedy grandparents or the truth f…

BLACK MOUTAIN AFFAIR

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Author:  Drew Lindsay
Published by:  D. L., via Smashwords
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:

"Black Mountain Affair" by Drew Lindsay was a very exciting suspense mystery  read.  I found it hard to put down until I had finished with this novel.  This was definitely a page turner for me.    There were so many twist and turns... you really have to keep up or you could get lost.  The author did a wonderful job at keeping the reader interested even though he may have repeated a little  more than necessary in this long read.....but in the end if you could hold on and stay with it till the end....... it turns out to be a very good read. The Ausee Lingo was somewhat different in reading but I soon caught on.

"Black Mountain Affair" is of a serial killer.. in  Cooktown, Australia and Far North Queensland...killing (Aboriginals)  and (others) hiding the remains in the Black Mountain.
There were lots of  detectives in…

Swim The River

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Author:  Stephy Smith
Published By: Astraea Press
Age Recommend:  Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  4
Blog Review For:  Great Minds Think Aloud

Review:

"Swim the River" by Stephy Smith was a good read.  I enjoyed how this author was able to mix a story with whites'  and Indians.... showing how the hatred of some whites toward the Indians were horrible.  I didn't think I was going to like this novel however,  after completely
finishing it .... I found this a good read.

"Swim the River" told  the story of a woman (Bright Eyes)being rescued from the river... due to the hatred of the white man(Harvey Morgan)....she survived...due to the help of Silver Hawk....after a marriage to Rising Wolf... (Amelia) Falcon Woman saves her husband...by swimming the river... after he was.... well I really don't want to tell you this... You will have to just pick up this read..."Swim the River" to find out what happened to the bear.

This novel was of …

Arlena'sBookReviews: "CRYSTAL DREAMS" BY KATHERINE SCHNEIDER

Arlena'sBookReviews: "CRYSTAL DREAMS" BY KATHERINE SCHNEIDER: Great Minds Think Aloud, has another book coming out on May 12th by Kathy Schneider! The book is called "Crystal Dreams" and a bri...

"CRYSTAL DREAMS"

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Author:  Katherine Schneider
Published By:  Great Minds Think Aloud
Age Recommend: YA
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  5
Blog Review For:  Great Minds Think Aloud

Review:

"Crystal Dreams" by Katherine Schneider was a very sweet YA fantasy read. 
I really enjoyed this read.  I think the author Ms. Schneider did a wonderful job with
 this well written novel.

The story dealt with a girl named Kat that felt like the odd girl out...even her parents
didn't seem to have any time for her.... their jobs came first....at school...she had no
friends....what she had going for her was a funky socks and above all her dreams...
these wonderful blue crystals...but then.......it's just a dream.

With Kat not being able to go to school one morning because her parents were too
tired to get up and take her.... she leaves for the woods behind her home  even though
she knew this was wrong to do.... but Kat finds the crystal...blue!

Now as this dream... goes on...Kat enters the for…

Bare-Naked Lola

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Author:  Melissa Bourbon Ramirez
Published by:  Entangled Publishing
Age Recommend:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: Great Minds Think Aloud

Review:

"Bare-Naked Lola by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez was indeed a intriguing mystery read.  This was book three... (The Lola Cruz Mysteries) and my first of the series. I did enjoy this mystery and thought it was well written ....positively a page turner. I was very much entertained with all of the twist and turns of this read.  Believe me it was a hilarious read.

From the Camacho and Associates.. a local PI Agency...there was Deloris (Lola) Cruz....This very sassy,  smart, investigator was going 'undercover in the Sacramento's professional basketball team' as a court side dancer....... looking for a murder suspect......... but how did she end up in a 'nudist resort?'  Now..just  how did  that happen? The main thing was that Lola wanted to keep this from her family and boyfriend...Jack who…

STORM'S FURY

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Author: Nya Rayne
Published by:  Musa Publishing
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
Blog Review For: GMTA


Review:

"Storm's Fury" by Nya Rayne was a good paranormal romance read.   I had a little  trouble  keeping up with the story line in the beginning but after a few chapters I was able to understand it a little better.  This was definitely a dark fantasy romance.  The author used a lot of imagination with this romantic novel... an Anubi..dealing with the god of darkness
and death.

The heroine Stormy(Ambrosia) was definitely one that wanted it her way presenting
 a very strong character having a very strong will and just a very tight attitude..with backbone.... however  will  this does change some after she starts to trust Fury?(the hero)....... who  wanted Stormy to 'trust him.'  This romantic play between these two people was an  interesting read.  Will  Stormy ever give up and stop trying to run from Fury?  What about the revenge  that bo…

The Story of Sassy Sweetwater

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Author: Vera Jane Cook
Published by:  Musa Publishing
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: GMTA

Review:
"The Story of Sassy Sweetwater"   by Vera Jane Cook was a excellent read.  This story was one that was one I couldn't put down until I had finished it....so I read all nite long ... (smile).

Sassy (meaning....attitude and  Sweetwater..a stream.... was a very strong,  desirous,and daring  person. How this author was able to present such a well written novel was simply amazing....dealing with a young Sassy trying to understand the grown ups in her life....mainly her mother...going from one relationship to another...then returning home... to  Carter's Crossing, South Carolina.....where Sassy remained there until the end... then it was France. 

The story shows Sassy trying to understand these people around her...her mom(Violet)
 and the dignified relatives that were now in her life.  Going from adolescence to adult we
are able to see…

She Walks The Shore

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Author:  Lisa Green
Published By: Musa Publishing
Age Recommend:  14
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  4
Blog Review For:  Great Minds Think Aloud
Review:

"She Walks the Shore" by Lisa Greer was a short story fiction read.  I read this novel and those wow that was a quick read.

This novel "She Walks The Shore"   was of a lady named Marisol Huff (Mari) who hasjust met her grandfather...she never got to know him...due  to this estrangement in
the family.  Mari's grandfather comes to visit, invites her to come to Canada(where his home is located....100 Mile House) for a visit and tells her he is ill... dieing of pancreatic cancer  and doesn't have  long to live.

Mari gladly leaves for Canada .... leaving behind a stalker ex boyfriend (Paul)....arriving
 at her new   place...what all will she encounter?  Will it be ghostly figures of a woman? What part will Tom Fraser... a friend of her grandfathers'...the 'hunky Mountie' and  her neighbor Syl…

LOST IN THE BAYOU

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Author:  Cornell Deville
Published By:  Musa Publishing
Age Recommend: 14+
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
Blog Review For:  Great Minds Think Aloud
Review:

"Lost In The Bayou" by Cornell Deville was indeed a good  YA thriller.  I thought
the story was very well written with lots of fast paste action. "Lost in the Bayou"
was definitely a page turner in that I could not put it down until I was finished with
it.... with each chapter leaving you wondering just what was happening next.
This author did a wonderful job with this YA action thriller. 

 I found Robin simply amazing... along with her dear brother....Andy.  In the novel their parents had disappeared and along come this horrible person who is their fathers brother....Uncle Conrad with his metal prosthesis...... is now taking charge of them.  This uncle Conrad  was indeed a mean and very dangerous   person and I can only  say God help these poor children....for this  uncle even scared me! Was he really as crazy…

A Cowboy and A Gentleman

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A Cowboy and A Gentleman
Author:  Helen Hardt
Published by:  Musa Publishing
Age Recommend:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:

"A Cowboy and A Gentleman" by Helen Hardt was a real delightful romance cowboy read.  This novel was one of those that once you started reading I could not put it down until I was finished with it.  I felt that this novel was well written and even funny at times. 

"A Cowboy and A Gentleman" was of the 'McCray Brothers and indeed I love reading about Dallas, Zack  and Chad.  This novel deals with Dallas McCray.. now newly divorced  from Chelsea  meets up another divorce lady..... Annalisa (Annie) DeSimone. ..who just  happens to be the new veterinarian in town.  After they meet and attraction  forms quickly and it looks like these two will become one.... soon.... however, Dallas  had been burnt once with a awful marriage and he was determined not to go down  that road again.  Through a conversatio…

Ivy League Cowboy

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Author: Helen Hardt
Published by:  Musa Publishing
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:

"Ivy League Cowboy" by Helen Hardt was a good romance cowboy novel.  This novel kept you reading till the end because you wanted to know what was coming next. This was a well written novel.

The story was of a woman (Dusty O'Donovan)...a  'Barrel Racer' ...and   who was called a 'bull-whisperer' that had come to this rodeo wanting to ride the bull (Diablo) because she and her brother (Sam)  needed  to make money ...$500,000.00... sounded good from this  bull ride...due to the financial  situation of their family ranch was in ...this  would really help solve their problems.   However, Zach McCray the owner of this Bull...'Diablo'... doesn't want Dusty to ride Diablo ....he would much rather date and make love to  Dusty..... having been childhood friends... but it had been 17 years since they had seen ea…