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Christmas Comfort (Adult Contemporary Romance) (Hot Holidays Series)

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Title:  Christmas Comfort
Author:  Rachel Dunning
Published: R.D.
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Series:  Hot Holidays
Review:

"Christmas Comfort" by Rachel Dunning was one hot and steamy Christmas holiday read. This novel
 is definitely a 'adult read'   and a good one.  This author was able to get it all in making this read
a  thoughtful one  as well as fun read. This was a England setting at Christmastime for Mitchell
Langford. Mitchell had been "invited to spend Christmas Eve with his partner's family where
he meets the lovely and confident Jacqueline Conway." Mitchell has had a run of bad luck when it came to women and marriage. Now, divorced from his third wife he meets the sister of his partner named Jacqueline and then this story really take off and this is where I say you must pick up "Christmas Comfort" to see how this author will bring it all out to the reader.  It will be a interest read of how these two people being lonely i…

Stealing the Preacher

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Title:  Stealing the Preacher
Author:  Karen Witemeyer
Published:  Bethany House Publishers
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Series:  Archer Brothers #2
Review:

"Stealing the Preacher" by Karen Witemeyer was one beautifully written inspiritual story that only this author can give its readers.  This author really worked her magic with giving the reader such a story that was not only interesting but intriguing, funny and oh so enjoyable.   Who knew that Joanna's outlaw father would be will to hold up a train and 'steal'  a preacher for his daughters' twenty first birthday! Why did his daughter want a preacher?  What did his daughter really want from her dad?  This is where Will Crockett come into play and wow do we receive a good read from this author. There will be a awesome group of characters from this read.  Many come from the first series 'Short Straw Bride" from this author.   I would recommend the reading of this first series to truly unders…

The Christmas Ball

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Title:  The Christmas Ball
Author:  Sherrill Bodine
Published:  Diversion Book
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"The Christmas Ball" by Sherrill Bodine was a wonderful written Christmas novella.  This one was
definitely a 'twist on Cinderella.'  We find that with the help of her half sister Persephone(playing
the 'fairy godmother,'  Athena is going to attend a masked ball where she will really fall in love.  The story had a wicked step mother and sister that was very similar to the story of 'Cinderella.'  You will find read somewhat predictable but still a wonderfully told story.  The sister Persephone will help Athena into attending the ball but all the rest will have to be to for love. Will Athena be able to find 'happiness and love?   The characters were all very well developed and with this story being so well intriguing you will only to given a beautiful told story. This novel will warn your heart as you are read through "Th…

Mistletoe Magic

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Title:  Mistletoe Magic
Author:  Melissa McClone
Published:  The Tule Publishing Group
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"Mistletoe Magic" by Melissa McClone was a very short sweet Christmas story that
once you start will be hard to put down until the end.  We find Caitlin is house sitting
for the Patterson family during the Christmastime.  While she is there Caitlin finds
a hurt kitten and takes it to the local vet where she find a 'old college flame' Noah who is
now the veterinarian.  Now, what will come of this?  As the story moves on we will see
that there may be feelings again between these two.  Will there be a second chance
between Caitlin and Noah and how does this 'Mistletoe Magic' plan into this read?  This
is where I say you much  pick up the wonderful read to find out.  You will find that
"Mistletoe Magic"  is one cute short read that will give you a happy ending that will make
you feel the Christmas spirit and magic.    Wou…

Christmas Wrapping

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Title:  Christmas Wrapping
Author:  Lisa Crane
Published: L.C.
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Christmas Wrapping" by Lisa Crane was a short quick read about Maddie who was a personal shopper and the owner of the building where she had her holiday area setup.  The owner, William
was to shy to ask Maddie out so what did he do?  He has her to ....well this is where I say you must
pick up the short read to see how this author brings it all out.  You will find this read very funny
and you are reading and turning the pages till the end.  This truly a thirty minute or so romantic read.
 If you are in for a quick short read....pick up "Christmas Wrapping." For it will definitely put a smile
on your face.

A Christmas Mystery

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Title: A Christmas Mystery
Author: Lamar Anderson
Published: LB's Just Say It Publishing
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  4
Review:

"A Christmas Mystery" by Lamar Anderson was a good well written mystery story.  Yes, this
novel is about a 'Gay' issue however, I thought this author did a good job with this storyline.  I don't want to tell too much of the story because I feel if you are interested  you will read this one for yourself.  I will say I rather enjoyed how in the end this family was able to finally come together and enjoy just being alive and able to love each other again.  Would I recommend?  YES!

A Avalon Christmas

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Title:  An Avalon Christmas
Author:  Darien Gee
Published:  D.G.
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"An Avalon Christmas" by Darien Gee was a wonderful collection of short stories that took place in
Avalon, Illinois.  You will find from the read that this is a wonderful town to live in especially during the Christmas holiday season.  These stories are of individuals lives and their dealings with the community during 'Christmas, a senior facility, anonymous giving and the Bah Humbug Club.'  This author did a wonderful job with giving the reader a read that will lift your spirits of the Christmas holiday. Many of  the stories brought tears along with some  plenty of laughter.  I think my favorite was the Bah Humbug story and I would truly recommend you pick up "A Avalon Christmas" to find out which one you like the best.  I would recommend these stories because they are all beautifully written and these stories will be found so very heartwarming.  …

A Christmas Mystery

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Title:  A Christmas Mystery
Author:  A.L. Jambor
Published: A.L.J.
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"A Christmas Mystery" by A.L.Jambor  was a well written and intriguing holiday mystery short story that gave the reader a heartwarming read.  You will find this story full of mystery from three angles...
one from Helen, how to pay the mortgage and then the body.  You will have to pick up the read to see
for yourself how this author does a good job bringing it all out to the reader.  "A Christmas Mystery"
will keep you guessing right till the twist at  the end. 

If you are looking for a quick read for the Christmas holiday....I would recommend this one for you.


A Cowboy For Christmas

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Title:  A Cowboy for Christmas
Author:  Katherine Garbera
Published: Tule Publishing Group
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Genre: Holiday/Christmas, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 4
Review:

"A Cowboy for Christmas" by Katherine Garbera was a sweet contemporary holiday
romance.  We find that at one time in Mariette, MT two people had been HS sweethearts
but now we find  Annie Prudhomme had left town,  divorced and had now returned to her hometown
with  Carson Scott had married and his wife had died leaving him with a son to raise.
Who knew that a snowstorm in December "gives them a chance to rekindle their romance but is Annie back for good or is she just looking for a cowboy for Christmas?."  Will there be a
Christmas time of magic in this winter wonderland for these two?  Be ready for some
complications that will be brought out along with emotions that you will be able to feel
for these two. 

I found all of the character very well developed and the secondary character…

A White Hot Christmas

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Title:  A White Hot Christmas
Author:  Adrianne James
Published: Star Bound Books
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"A White Hot Christmas" by Adrianne James was a nice short six chapter that left you
wanting more of the story.  Who knew that when a garage caught on fire that it would
be life changing for Noel.  You will find this story full of 'real feelings' that will tear
at your heart.  All I can say was it was a story full of emotions.  Was it the wrong time or
not for these two...Noel and Dean?  This is where I will say you must pick up this good
read to found out how this author will bring it all out to the reader...only leaving you
wanting more.  Would I recommend "A White Hot Christmas?"  YES!



The Christmas Baskets

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Title:  The Christmas Basket
Author: Debbie Macomber
Published: Harlequin Mira
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Genre:  Holiday/Seasonal, Romance, Contemporary
Rating: 5
Review:

"The Christmas Basket" by Debbie Macomber was a very good read of 'romance, forgiveness, friendship  and redemption.'  We find that Noelle MacDowell  hadn't been home for over ten years due to the fact that the marriage that had been planned never happened between her and Thom Sutton.  We also find Mary Sutton and Sarah MacDowell  who had been best friends for  over twenty years  were not now because of .a 'Silver tea set' had been stolen.   See, this tea set had been stolen and  Mary had never forgiven her friend  for losing it. So, you may say that this was a spat between the two families...the  MacDowell's and the Sutton. Now, to get the all and all about this well written story by this author you will have to pick up "The Christmas Basket" to see what this novel is al…

Loveable Christmas Angel (Angels with Attitude #3)

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Title: Loveable Christmas Angel
Author:  Mimi Barbour
Published:  M.B.
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Genre: Paranormal, Seasonal/Christmas, Romance
Series:   (Angels with Attitude #3)
Genre: Holiday/Christmas, Romance
Review:

"Loveable Christmas Angel" by Mimi Barbour beautiful told Christmas paranormal  novella read.  This was one of those reads that you will not be able to put down until the end.  This author really worked her magic with this read.  We find Leilani Taylor  has traveled from her hometown  in Canada to Hawaii where she is taking her mother's ashes to Waikiki and also visiting a aunt that she didn't know of until the death of her mother. Upon arriving in Hawaii Leilani will be befriended by a man named Pi who was one 'enigmatic taxi driver (or was he?)... Pi let's Leilani know that she had won a competition and would be staying a 'one of the most luxurious hotels on the island.'  Later Leilani later meets a a wealthy businessma…

Kissing Under The Mistletoe

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Title:  Kissing Under The Mistletoe
Author:  Bella Andre
Published:  Harlequin MIRA
Age Recommended:  New Adult- Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Genre: Contemporary, Seasonal/Holiday
Series: The Sullivans #10
Rating: 5
Review:

"Kissing Under The Mistletoe" by  Bella Andre was another one of this author's series that was simply 'off the chart' one amazing good read.  You will find that once you start reading this novel it will be hard to put down until the very end.  This series was about the parents Mary and Jack Sullivan's falling in love.  It is a beautiful written story where you may even shed some tears...Why was this?...Well, I will just say you must read this wonderful story to find out.  We find out so much more about this couple...there dreams and their beautiful family.  I loved how this author was able to bring out so much about Mary with the Christmas decorations for the family tree and those ornaments that were  hand made by the children. However…

The Sandcastle Christmas (The Edge of Texas)

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Title:  A Sandcastle Christmas
Author:  J.D. Faver
Published: J.D.F.
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Genre:  Romance
Tags:  Contemporary, Romantic Suspense, + Seasonal / Holiday, + Extra Long
Rating: 5
Review:

"A Sandcastle Christmas" by J.D.Faver was one very good read and the first read for me by this author.  I will say it will not be the last because I do plan on checking out more from this author's
series.  I  found that "A Sandcastle Christmas" was a  novel that had a little bit of it all from "infant abandoned in the a manger scene at church, it sets off a string of events including murder, a stalker, a lot of seasonal tension and heartwarming happenings for the gang" that will keep you turning the pages until the end.  The characters were all so well developed, colorful, likable and so very intriguing.  Many of the characters from Chloe and Rafael, Darla and Mike, Cassie and Javier and Sky, Zach and may other secondary characters  will give the rea…

Christmas Kisses (Romance on the Ranch #5)

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Title:  Christmas Kisses
Author:  Verna Clay
Published: M. O. I. Publishing
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Series: Romance On The Ranch #5
Genre: Holiday-Christmas, Romance
Review:

"Christmas Kisses" by Verna Clay was a very lovable  Christmas romantic read. This read was the fifth in this authors series 'Romance On The Ranch.  This novel of  about Mac and Cecelia both being very unhappy...one due to illness and the other of having a rich and privilege life in Manhattan but still in the end was unhappy.  Cecelia decides to visit her brother and his family in Paxtonville, Colorado who knew while there her life would change forever.  Cecelia decides to purchase a local coffee shop and relocate Who knew at this time a reclusive painter by the name of Conner MacKenzie would be a customer of the local coffee shop( even though it was delivered to his home) and this wonderful story will pick up from here.  This is where I say you must pick up "Christmas Kisses" …

Once Upon a Highland Christmas

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Title:  Once Upon a Highland Christmas
Author: Sue-Ellen Welfonder
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Genre: Historical Romance, Holiday-Christmas,
Series: Scandalous 0.5
Review:

"Once Upon a Highland Christmas" by Sue-Ellen Welfonder was a very sweet
'Scottish Historical Romance novella' which was the first book in this 'Scandalous
Scots series.   This was the story of Breena O'Doherty and Grim Mackintosh during
the season of Christmas.  Ms. Welfonder gives the readers a quick and fast paced read
that once you start reading it will be hard to put it down until the end.  We find this
story is all about helping a friend Archibald MacNab  bring happiness back to 'Duncreaq
castle.' This is when Grim and Breena teamed up to bring back this festive atmosphere...by
doing something magical. However, who knew that for Breena and Grim would be the ones
who finds such passion as they are able to find a 'true friendship' of love for each other.  …

Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe

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Title:  Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe
Author:  Rebecca Raisin
Published:  Carina Press
Age Recommended:  New Adult- Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Genre: Romance
Rating: 5
Review:

"Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe" by Rebecca Raisin  was a sweet Christmas  romance story.  We find Lil and CeeCee  are owners of  'The Gingerbread Cafe in Ashford, Connecticut and that  they are going to have a little competition from the newcomer Damon who has returned home from New Orleans has just  opened up his business across the street. I found this short read funny and as a matter of fact I was laughing out loud quite as bit from this read. When Lil approaches Damon what will happen?  Why was CeeCee pressuring Lil to even go over Damon's business?  What had happened to Lil's  ex?  Why was the ex's even still in the picture?  Was Lil still hanging on that the ex might come back to her? Would  Damon be able to show Lil that he was the one for her? Will there be problem…

A Christmas To Remember By Five Different Authors

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Title:  A Christmas to Remember
Authors: Kristen Ashley, Hope Ramsey, Marilyn Pappano, Jill Shalvis, & Molly Cannon
Publisher: Forever Yours
Genre: Romance, Anthologies, Women Fiction, Chit Lit, Novellas
Tags: + Anthologies / Collections, + Seasonal / Holiday
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Series: Chaos #2.5-Last Chance #6.5-Lucky Harbor #8.5-Everson, Texas #.5-Tallgrass #1.5
Rating:  4
Review:

"A Christmas to Remember" by four various authors was a short sweet Christmas anthologies that will really get you in mood for this holiday season.  We are presented with five wonderful heartwarming Christmas reads as each of these authors  will put you right into there unique stories. I found each character was very well developed, colorful with only one thing...a message for all. 

Here are the titles:

Dream and Little Dream: Jill Shalvis...Will Melissa be able to get her sexy friend Ian back?
Every year: Kristen Ashley...Will the Cage brothers  finally get a gift of lifetime?
Silent …

A Texas Legacy Christmas

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Title:  A Texas Legacy Christmas
Author: DiAnn Mills
Published:  Barbour Books
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Series: Texas Legacy #4
Review:

"A Texas Legacy Christmas" by Diann Mills was a wonderful Christian Christmas story and the fourth in this series that will keep you turning the pages until the end.   We find Zack Kahler is returning to his hometown of Kahlerville, Texas to work at his local newspaper.    However, he never knew that from a slip on ice would land him with two six year old twins.  As the story goes Zack wallet is stolen and this is where this story really takes off.  All I will say is that you will have to pick up "A Texas Legacy Christmas" to see how this author brings it out to the readers.  It was a charming and exciting read.  There will be some twist and turns with a bit of mystery only that helps bring the wonderful read of interest to the reader. I found all of the characters very appealing especially the hero and the heroine of t…

A Christmas Peril

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Title:  A Christmas Peril
Author: Michelle Scott
Published:  Urban Fae Publications
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Genre: Paranormal
Review:

"A Christmas Peril" by Michelle Scott was a good short  paranormal novel about Cassandra is going to holiday party, however, she did not know that their would be a bunch of vampires at this party that would be wanting to 'steal her soul.'  Why had she been even invited to this party?  Well, Cassandra thought that since Hedda (head of the Widderstrom grieve) had invited her nothing would go wrong.  But the question was had Hedda invited her? Hedda was the held of this vampire group and were their someone at this party that didn't care of this situation?  While at this party did Cassandra and her boyfriend Isaiah  realize that maybe they hadn't been invited by Hedda.  Strange things started happening....would these vampire let them out of here?  When they were told by Hedda that they  had better leave the party....a…

Sara in Montana- A Christmas Wish

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Title: Sara in Montana-A Christmas Wish
Author:  Morris Fenris
Published: Changing Culture Publications
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  5
Genre: Romance
Review:

"Sara in Montana" by Morris Fenris was a sweet short contemporary romance novel of a
woman who gets the love that she had wanted after overcoming obstacles and being able to have the Christmas she wanted.   Nothing could be worse for Sara as she finds herself in Castle Peaks, Montana sick, cold, afraid and on the run from her abusive ex husband. He wants her dead...why is this?  Being sick and tired Sara ends up in a convenience store and it was there that her life will truly change for her. What will happen when Sara receives help from the town sheriff Trent and even more interesting as the FBI and DEA will come into the picture as they will be hunting down Sara's ex husband.  It is as this time I will say you need to pick up the good read "Sara in Montana" to see how this author will bring it all …

Christmas Diamond, a Novella

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Title: Christmas Diamond
Author: Hallee Bridgeman
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Genre: Holiday/Christmas, Romance
Series:  The Jewel
Review:

"Christmas Diamond" by Hallee Bridgeman was one of this author's Jewel Trilogy series.  This was
a quick read that was truly amazing and wonderful Christmas read with a 'blend of suspense and romance.'    Be prepared for a bit of history and seeing another generation from the series in this short novella..  I really like the portrayal of this business world presenting such good Christian people. 

From the story we find "TJ Viscolli is from a wealthy Italian family, Faith Green  is a pilot for vintage aircraft, her grandmother flew with the original female pilots in the war."  With TJ studies of history being his specialty it wasn't a big surprise that he was happy to find the granddaughter who
was one of the original pilots in his father's hotel here in Key West, Florida.  So, it wasn't a big…

One Perfect Night

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Title:  One Perfect Night
Author: Bella Andre
Publisher: All Romance Books
Genre: Romance
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Series: The Sullivans 8.5
Rating: 5
Review:

"One Perfect Night" by Bella Andre was another good read from the author in 'The Sullivan's' series which introduced Noah and Colbie who were friends of the Sullivan's ...Mia and Rafe.  Who ever
knew that once Noah and Colbie met on the ski slope that it would turn in to a happy ever after. However, both of these two did not exchange contact information but a friend comes to the rescue for both of these two and from there we are given a sweet romance by this author. I will not tell you any more other than to say you must pick up "One Perfect Night" for truly a sweet romantic read will give you a "insight into a Seattle Sullivan's  read series  that will restore your faith in love at first sight."  This was definitely a case of a 'perfect man meeting a perfect woman and the …

A Grosvenor Square Christmas

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Title:  A Grosvernor Square Christmas
Author:  Anna Campbell  Shana Galen   Vanessa Kelly   Kate Noble
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Genre:  Romance, Historical, Anthologies, Holiday, Regency, Novella
Review:

"A Grosvenor Square Christmas" by four historical romance authors that give the  reader  a  good holiday read.  All for novellas will occur during four different sweet anthology Christmas parties hosted by 'Lady Winterson.'  I enjoyed Lady Lucy Frost, Countess of Winterson and the butler Philbert...with mistletoe given to four couples who will find their  'happy ever after' in these lighthearted and endearing novellas. 

My favorite novella was Shana Galen's Seduction of a Duchess where the 'older woman/younger man romance.'  All of the reads were very intriguing, sweet, some were even  humorous reads that will give you a fun read during the Christmas season.  If you are looking for a collection of short novellas from some terrific aut…

The Christmas Angel

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Title: The Christmas Angel
Author:  Nita Wick
Published: N.W.
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Genre:  Romance, Holiday/Christmas, Novellas
Review:

"The Christmas Angel" by Nita Wick was a real short  but yet a sweet holiday Christmas read. Yes, it
was predictable but still sweet being about a widowed father (Colin), son (Philip) and lady (Mandy)shopping for a Christmas tree. We find this son thinks this lady is a 'Christmas Angel' and this story will take off from there.  All three of these characters were very well developed for such a short read
and I did find the dialogue rather cute. Will Philip get his wish?  Well, you will have to pick up this
cute read to see how this author brings it out to the reader. 

If you are truly looking for a sweet, charming, and a  quick intriguing  read..."The Christmas Angel" would be a read for you that I would recommend to you as a good read.

The Cherry Tune-up

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Title:  Cherry Tune-Up
Author:  Adriana Kraft
Published: B & B Publishing
Age Recommended: Adult
Explicit sex: M/F, F/F; Ménage F/F/M; sex toys; anal play; light BDSM
Genre: Erotica
Sensuality Rating: Hot & Steamy
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review: 

"Cherry Tune-Up" by Adriana Kraft was sweet erotic romance that only these authors can give its readers. Who knew that when Jack Day would looked  upon his childhood best  Bobbi Jo Martin, he would be asked to 'deflower' her.  Why was this?  Bobby Jo's fiancé Nelson  despised virgins, so it looks like Bobby Jo has gone back to Edenville to seek  out her friend Jack to help her out with this problem.  We find Jack is  'successful contractor with NASCAR dreams' that did like the ladies but now Bobby Jo is back "will he be able to protect his heart?"  Why was this? ...Well,  as children they had been real good friends and Jack was left wanting more, but since it didn't happen would…

My Last Christmas Wish

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Title:  My Last Christmas Wish
Author:  Frank Vincent Nunez
Published: F.V.N.
Age Recommended:  All Ages
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"My Last Christmas Wish" by Frank Vincent Nunez was a wonderful Christmas story that is right in there for this time of the year for this one particular twelve year old. After being made to go to this Christmas party...wow did he learn the real meaning of Christmas.  This author did a wonderful job at giving the reader a read that definitely recaptures  the Christmas spirit.  "My Last Christmas Wish" can be read by the entire family because it will touch each the heart of all ages. I liked how this author was able to put these two stories together... only combining it altogether during the Great Depression era. There was a wonderful  sweet and touching message that you will receive from the read. Be ready for a very good 'though-provoking, funny and yes even entertaining' read especially
for the Christmas holi…

Best Ever Christmas Desserts Recipes

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Title:  Best Ever Christmas Dessert Recipes
Author:  Lori Burke
Age Recommended:  All
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Best Ever Christmas Dessert Recipes" by Lori Burke was a good recipe book.  I got this for my Kindle and thought I am saving not having another cookbook on my shelf...I have in on my Kindle
yeah!  I found plenty of cookies recipes....and a variety of other holiday recipes.  You will find many new as well as old favorites.  I found these recipes very informative and many of them can  even be used through  out the year.  You will find the recipes are for the beginner as well as the advanced bakers.  The only draw back was there were no pictures...but I knew that when I loaded it on my computer.  Other than that I thought these were some great Christmas desserts.  Now, what recipe  will I try next?

The Last Train Home

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Title:  The Last Train Home
Author:  Tony Wilson
Published: T.W.
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"The Last Train Home" by Tony Wilson was a wonderful Christmas holiday read.  We find three men were together on the last train going home on Christmas Eve.  It was truly wonderful how this author
was able to bring out all the hurts and 'emotional burdens' that were really dragging them down keeping them from being who they could be.  There was Sergeant Craig with war issues, Martin who from the loss of his wife grieves and then there was Stanley who was a successful businessman who had it all, but did he?   I liked the way the author was able to  put this all together similar to  the birth of Jesus.  Truly all of these men had done through a lots...leaving you to wonder will they be able to solve many of there issues  in they mystery as they take  'The Last Train Home?' Yes, you may find some fantasy and magic...but it's …

Finding Christmas: Stories of Startling Job and Perfect Peace

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Title:  Finding Christmas: Stories of Startling Joy and Perfect Peace
Author:  James Calvin Schaap
Published: Fleming H. Revell Company
Age Recommended: New Adult - Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Finding Christmas: Stories of Startling Joy and Perfect Peace" by James Calvin Schaap was quite some holiday read.  This author did a wonderful job with presenting the reader with seven elements that are generally found in ones Christmas: 'A gift, The Baby, The pageant, The parties, The Worship, The afterglow and The story'  where you will find that each story are very different and will leave you with some thoughts of how we have come to think of that day.  These short stories really are there to inspire any Christmas holiday read to really see and know what this holiday is all about...yes the real meaning of Christmas. These reads give you a little of it all...happiness, humor, raw and real  emotions, fear, laughing out loud, sadness and maybe even cr…

A New Start

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Title:  A New Start
Author: Morris Fenris
Published: Changing Culture Publications
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"A New Start" by Morris Fenris was a very good heartwarming read of two stories: 'Christmas in King's Gap and Home for Christmas.' Both stories will have something in common and that is each one heroine  seems to be 'fleeing from an abusive husband.'  This author gives the reader a full amount of  emotions that will keep you turning this short read until the end. You will
find the characters of both stories full  of fear, guilt, passion, warmth, forgiveness and love.  "A New Start" was well written of these two battered women who returned home.  What will they find...healing and romance?  This is where I say you must pick up "A New Start" to see who this author brings it all together to the reader.  Would I recommend "A New Start?"   YES!

A Miracle of Christmas

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Title: A Miracle Of Christmas
Author: Morris Fenris
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"The Miracle of Christmas" by Morris Fenris were two beautiful Christmas stories:  'The Shepherd of Casper Mountain' and Snow Angels.'  Both of these stories were beautifully written and once you start the read you will not be able to put down until the end.

I found the first story 'The Shepherd of Casper Mountain'  was a little sad at the beginning but I did like the way the author was able to give it a nice ending.  The second story 'Snow Angels' was my favorite dealing with generations of a family and how their life was filled with some much wisdom.  This novel was definitely a very inspirational read that it seems like this author can give its readers.
I found the characters were all so well developed with such a  descriptive tones.  I was able
to find both stories enjoyable and uplifting  during the holiday season. Would …

A Bride For Christmas

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Title:  A Bride For Christmas
Author:  Aileen Fish
Published: A.F.
Age Recommended: New Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"A Bride For Christmas" by Aileen Fish was a beautiful told romantic historical short story. "A Bride For Christmas"  was what you can call a 'sweet and clean read.'  The two main characters Nash and Julianna were well delivered, developed and oh so colorful.  I did enjoy how this author was able to bring out many all of the descriptive details in this good read.  We find both Nash and Julianna are surrounded by 'happily wedded siblings, with their children and even their parents who loved each other'....could this happen to them?   It seems like the heroine wasn't interested in marriage but how about this hero?  This is where I say you must pick up this good read to see for yourself how this author will bring it all out to the reader.  It will be a beautiful as well as a delightful twist that will leave a sm…

Right Before My Eyes II By: Michelle Robinson

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Author:  Michelle Robinson
Published: Authorhouse
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  4
Series: Right Before My Eyes
Review:

"Right Before My Eyes II" by Michelle Robinson was the second in this series by this author.  I must stay that this novel II picks up from the first one ...'Right Before My Eyes' and is a very captivating read.  To really understand this second novel, I would suggest you read the first novel first so you will have a clearer understanding to what is continuing on in the second one.  This author does a amazing good job at keeping you on the edge of your seat because there is so much going on...I had to reread some of it to make sure I got the right understanding of who was doing what at that time.  Wow!  You talking about drama, drama and more drama and in the end....YES, there will still be more drama.

The two main characters...the Bell  twins will keep you on your toes to what will be going on next... then  bring in Kal…

Santa's Boss

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Title:  Santa's Boss
Author:  Adriana Kraft
Published: Exasy ebooks
Age Recommended:  Adult (Explicit Sex)
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"Santa's Boss" by Adriana Kraft was a very good wonderful  well written novella that only this author can give its readers. Who would ever think that when Joy Danser who was the assistant mall manager who wanted all of her mall Santa's to have 'real beards' giving the children the sense of belief but she never thought their would be a  a fantasy for even for her.  We find that Nick Polaris loved to play this part  as Santa for the children, however what will happen when he was up for playing Santa in  Joy's bed...Was she having a dream  or what?   When Joy consults  the manager of the 'Magical Gypsy shop that was located in the mall will she get the answers that she was seeking after the reading of her palm?

Excerpt:

“You say this phantom came to you while you were having sex with your boyfriend.”

A Gift For Adam

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Title:  A Gift For Adam
Author: Adriana Kraft
Age Recommended: Adult (Explicit Sex)
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"A Gift For Adam" by Adriana Kraft was one short  sexy, funny with a lots of humor Christmas novel.  I found it definitely one of those reads that once you start reading you will find it hard to put down.  Be ready for a hot steamy read that only the author is noted for.  Who knew that Adam Grant would get the gag gift from Evie Strand.  The only thing about this gift is it wasn't for him but for Evie's best friend.   So, just what was this gift that caused Evie to be so embarrassed?  After receiving the 'gift' we find that Adam will return it and from there...a dinner?  What will come from this dinner?   I found all the characters were all very captivating and oh so colorful really helping to give us such a good read.  Be ready for: "Sensible Evie Strand from Home-and-Garden, devilish rake Adam Grant from Automotive, and a Chr…

A Madaris Bride for Christmas (Madaris Family Saga)

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Title:  A Madaris Bride For Christmas
Author:  Brenda Jackson
Published: Harlequin Kimani Arabesque
Series: Madaris Family & Friends #19
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Genre: Holiday, Romance
Age Recommended: Adult
Rating: 5
Review:

"A Madaris Bride For Christmas" by Brenda Jackson was another one of this
authors wonderful amazing reads.  This story was one of 'family, love, drama,
romance and a suspenseful thriller' all wrapped up into one.  Did Lee think that he could pick his bride without any help from Mama Laverne...well,  ha ha for that thought.  Mama Laverne who was quite the matchmaker in this Madaris family. She has been fixing up  her great grandchildren so why would Lee even think he could do this all by himself, but the children that were yet single thought the could find their own loves without Mama Laverne's help.   Lee thought he had it done just that... all by himself ...picking his own bride...Carly with there being a instant attraction from th…

A Bucket List Tattoo

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Title:  A Bucket List Tattoo
By: Adriana Kraft
Published By: A.K.
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating 5
Review:

"A Bucket List Tattoo" by Adriana Kraft was a sweet short novella  of how Natalie Gardner knew what she wanted and went after it and so much more.  With Natalie being a nurse  and fifty years old  she had made one decision from  her bucket list...would you believe getting  a 'tattoo?'  After going to Cindy who was  'young physical therapist' for  health services, Natalie  learned that Cindy had several tattoos. Natalie wanted to check them  out but how would she go about this?  Well,  she asked  Cindy's and to Natalie's  surprise she learned that Cindy was be more that happy to show them to her. Did Cindy have some feelings for Natalie?  Cindy was much younger than Natalie.  Would that be a problem?   Well, Cindy certainly hoped not!   So, after a invitation to Cindy's home...Natalie was able to get a real preview of …

Christmas at Cardwell Ranch

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By: B.J. Daniels
Published By:  Harlequin Intrigue
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Series: Cardwell Ranch #4
Review:

"Christmas At Cardwell Ranch" by B.J. Daniels was a wonderfully told story that you will want to read especially during the holidays.  It is not a story of just Christmas but all in all it comes into play that you will soon see it as you read through the novel.  I really liked the two main characters Lily and Tag that were drawn  together in the very good intriguing story.  Who knew that while Tag has come to visit his father for the holiday that he would met such a woman like Lily.  From their meeting serious things start to happen...missing people and murders?  There will be some evilness  that will  return to this small town of Big Sky, Montana  from the pass that will put many of its residents  in jeopardy.  "Christmas At Cardwell Ranch" will be one of those reads that you will not be able to put down until the very …

Christmas In Snowflake Canyon

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By: RaeAnne Thayne
Published By Harlequin HQN
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Series:  Hope's Crossing #6
Review:

"Christmas In Snowflake Canyon" by RaeAnne Thayne was a wonderful Christmas romance that once I started it I couldn't put it down until the end.   This author did some job with the "retelling of the 'Beauty and the Beast fairytale" ... with Genevieve Beaumont being the Beauty and Dylan Caine being the beast.  This was definitely a story of "a sensitive portrayal of severely injured people that were both personal emotional and physically hurt."  For Dylan who had gone off to war and come back broken and not only in spirit...for he had lost his eye and hand in Afghanistan. We will see that Dylan's family of five older brothers, a sister and father who wants him to get out and socialize but he is not really for that.    Then their was Genevieve who was the mayor daughter of , back from Paris 'trying…

Take Me Home For Christmas

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By: Brenda Novak
Published By:  Harlequin MIRA
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Series Whiskey Creek #5
Review:

"Take Me Home for Christmas" by Brenda Novak was some read of 'forgiveness and redemption.'  This story was of Ted and Sophia's story and wow what a story. It was of  Sophia DeBussi and all the hurt that had been caused by her horrible husband, Skip.  Losing all of her "possessions due to him being  found dead with money strapped to his body, Sophia finds out the hard way her husband has lost a lot of other people's money and has been under investigation by the FBI."  It was hard to believe that Skip (her husband)  had run away and ended up dying from his illicit actions.  But Sophia never thought all of this would get her back into the path of life with Ted Dixon after fourteen years.  Sophia had left Ted and married Skip. Why?  All of these years even after fourteen years she still had feeling for Ted.  Now we…

Falling For A Bentley

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Title:  Falling for a Bentley
Author:  Adriana Law
Published: A.L.
Age Recommended: New Adult - Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"Falling For A Bentley" by Adriana Law was a very good well written story. Once you start this read it will be hard to put down until the very end.  First and front be ready for this story dies with 'graphic drug case, violence, sex and profanity.' With that being said I still think it is a thought provoking read.  "Falling For A Bentley" wasn't what I had expected however, it did hold my interest.  You are  drawn to the characters who have made many mistakes as you will see from the read of families  and friends who have suffered form this type of addiction and abuse.  This is definitely a story of a journey of ...'growing up, coming into your own, redemption, love and hope'... to hopefully  recover and heal. Now, will this happen?  I found this author really knows how to tell a great story...only lea…

A Holiday Serenade

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Title:  The Holiday Serenade
Series: Dare Valley #4
Author:  Ava Miles
Published: A.M. Inc.
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5

"The Holiday Serenade" by Ava Miles was the fourth one of this author Dare Valley series. This was the story of Rhett and Abbie where we find Rhett trying to win back the love of his life. The story takes place in Dare Valley, Colorado during the Christmas holiday season.  What better time for these two...Rhett and Abbie to finally get together, however it wasn't a easy journey for them.  Why was this?  We find that Abbie had been hurt early on and she didn't want this to happen to her again. She was so determined that even though in her heart she wanted to be with Rhett  she felt she had to protect her son with all cost.  Why was that?  Will Abbie to able to resist what all Rhett has up his sleeve?  Would Abbie  be able to receive what she was afraid of from this 'Flashy Car Shark Rhett Butler Blaylock?'  The…

The Grand Opening

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Title:  The Grand Opening
Author: Ava Miles
Series: Dare Valley #3
Published:  Createspace
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"The Grand Opening" by Ava Miles was a wonderful romantic  story of Peggy McBride and Mac (Maverick) Maven.  This is the authors third novel  in her Dare Valley series.     We find that both of these two are new to Dare Valley, Colorado.  Peggy was divorced, now a single mother that  had moved to Dare to be closer to her brother and family.  Peggy loved her job of being a deputy sheriff and it seems like all was going well for her until he meets us with Mac.  Why was this?  Mac was handsome and rich and had  moved into Dare with his sister and nephew to restore 'The Grand Mountain Hotel as a boutique poker' venue and for some reason this deputy sheriff was against any form of gambling.  Mac was well know for his 'High Stakes poker games.'  What had happen in Peggy's life that caused her to feel  so…

Phantasy

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Title: Phantasy
Author:  Marlowe Sr.
Published: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"Phantasy" by Marlowe Sr was some read of realism or illusion...oh it's just a fantasy.  Wow what a interesting read that his author has put together for the reader and it's in first person.  It was quite interesting how the main character begins to write and creates a fantasy world after being dumped by his girlfriend. ... creating a destructive powerful monster that can only be defeated my using some sort of 'supernatural powers.'  This author really worked his magic with such creativity  with bringing to the reader a unique read of 'heart and soul' with a 'vivid imagination.    There will be some parts of the book ...well some difficult words and it was good to see the author did give the reader a glossary with some notes to help understand "Phantasy."  I found that the charac…