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A Fool's Gold Christmas

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Author:  Susan Mallery
Published By: Harlequin
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 5

Review:


"A Fool's Gold Christmas" by Susan Mallery was another one of her funny,sweet, warm, sexy  and holiday romantic read. If you are looking for a entertaining novel ... you have come to the right place with this 'Fool's Gold Series'  that just happens to take place in Fool's Gold, California.  The characters were from Dante, Evie, Rafe, Clay, Shane, May, Carina, Cameron,Tammy, Glen, Annabelle, Heidi, Gideon,Lillie, Patience, Mayor Marsha,Monica, Dominique Guerin, Alexander (Cat) to Charlie plus a few others...only bringing the reader a good read. I loved how some of the characters were so warm and well  developed in   the series  and even though I found  this novel  a little predictable that was OK.  It was still a wonderful well written read.  We find that Evie who is no longer a professional dancer.  Will Evie be able to c…

A Outlaw's Christmas

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Author: ‌Linda Lael Miller
Published By:   Harlequin
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Book Blog For:  GMTA
Rating: 4

Review:


"An Outlaw's Christmas" by Linda Lael Miller was a sweet 'McKettrick' historical romance series read that only this author could give to its readers.  This was a well written Christmas western style story  giving the reader a wild west sort of flair.  We find Sawyer McKettrick has come to Blue River, TX to take over a position from his cousin Clay as a Marshall, however, upon arriving he is shot and collapses in a school yard.  After he comes to he discovers that a Piper St. James has recused him and now  that could ruin her reputation.  Why was this and what happens next ...you will only find from picking  up "An Outlaw's Christmas" to see what will happen next for these two people.

I found the characters are all very interesting that really keep you captivated in what will be going on next.  With Piper, we f…

Power of Inspiration: Dare to Be the Best YOU!

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Author:  Various Authors
Published By:  Light Point Press
Age Recommended:  YA-Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5

Review:

"Power of Inspiration: Dare to Be the Best YOU!" by the fifteen various authors was really a wonderful read...only to enjoy what all these different authors had to say to the reader.  The various reads were simply  inspiring, sharing their lifes' struggles and how they were able to over came them only wanting one to live their life to its fullest. I found this novel: "Power Of Inspiration one that I couldn't put down with all of its wonderful stories sharing how people had overcome such defeats and through it all with 'Gods' help had come out of this only being winners.

One of my favorite authors...John Carroll...'Becoming the Real You' was definitely written for me to read.  I truly can relate ..."What I have learned over the years that  I hope will help you overcome the same or similar challenge in your life..."…

Bella Fortuna

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Author:  Rosanna Chiofalo
Published By: Kensington
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 5

Review:

"Bella Fortuna"  by Rosanna Chiofalo was a good chit lit fiction romance. I found this novel of a 'Italian American Family' who lived in Queens but  also there is some twist in this journey of the story that end up in in Venice. The main character Valentina (the oldest sister),  with her mom (Olivia/Sera) and sisters(Connie & Rita) are the owners of a bridal shop called Sposa Rosa. We find from the read that Valentina is preparing for her 'Dream Wedding' with Michael who has been the 'man of her dreams'  that is to take place  in Italy in the month of June. However, Michael two months before the wedding had different ideas... like changing his mind! Now just what was really up with that? Remember when he came into the shop while Valentina was trying on her wedding dress and he stood there looking and Oliver ye…

Twenty Weeks

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Author: Melisa Hamling
Published By: Rachelle Ayala Publishing, LLC.
Age Recommended: Teen 14+ YA +Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5


Review:

"Twenty Weeks" by Melisa Hamling was a novel that I could see it be of a great benefit read for the 'Teen 14+ and YA over pregnancy. This author did a
wonderful job with describing what difficulties that could arrive especially due to 'lack of experience and maturity.' I liked all of the characters being so well developed that really was able to help understand 'how the protagonist makes her decisions and why." This author was able to write a very believable novel that kept the reader engaged with this controversial subject using 'care, warmth and understanding.' The characters from Maya, Alex, Mallory, Michelle, William, Lindee, Sammy, Sterling, Chelsea, Cassandra, Joey, Jeanna, Dr. Jan, Barbara, Dave, Andrea, Anna, Mr Hobson, Dale, to a few others...really giving the reader a captivating rea…

When We Touch

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Author:  Brenda Novak
Published By: Mira
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 4

Review:
"When We Touch" by Brenda Novak was a good contemporary romance that  maybe  could be considered  a chick lit or a short story novella, but in the end it was all a wonderful well written read that I did enjoyed reading.  I think in the end poor Olivia wasn't so poor after all who did she end up with? That sister  of Olivia....Noelle....well that's another story.  We find  that Olivia was coming home to Whiskey Creek for her sister Noelle's wedding, but wait...it's now what you think...for her sister is now pregnant by Olivia's ex-boy friend (Kyle) and guess what?  Since Olivia is a wedding planner her parents expect her to prepare the wedding for her sister. I couldn't in my mind understand their parents attitude about this.   Have you ever heard of such?  Would "you ask your own daughter to plan your other daughter…

Within Reach

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Author: Sarah Mayberry
Published By:   Harlequin
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 5

Review:

"Within Reach"  by Sarah Mayberry was a very good sweet contemporary romance... a death had happend so suddenly  very early in the novel making it a sad read in the beginning, however it did take off and oh my goodness what a good read it was.  This novel reads like something that could happen to any of us when death comes a calling.  Michael Young has lost his wife Billie suddenly of a heart defect.  Michael's wife Billie had a friend(Angie)...like I would love to have....was their to help out him and the two children ...Charlie and Eva...and was to  became even a  friend to Billie's husband, Michael.  There will be many ways  you may look at this novel but do pick up "Within Reach" to see just how this author brings it all together in a very well written script. Will Michael began to have feeling for Angie and how does t…

A Good Servant's Wife

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Author: Doug Lucas Published By: Pipe Dreams Publishing Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By Arlena Dean Rating: 5
Review:
"The Servant's Wife" by Doug Lucas was definitely a excellent fiction read that explained lots of information given from this author's first book: "The Good Servant." This side of the story was from Eli Connors's wife....Sue Connors. After his death, Sue found Eli's notes and wanted to set the record straight by adding or retelling it the way she saw it. Would I recommend you read "The Good Servant" first? YES! Because "The Good Servant's Wife" will make a lot more sense to you...if you do. One thing for certain is she loved her husband and he loved her too. One of the statements Sue loved was a note Eli left which said "If all you can ever remember or know about me is that I did so love each of you...(referring to Sue and the Kids) it will be enough."
This was truly a story ex…

The Good Servant(The Good Servant Series)

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Author: Doug Lucas
Published By: Pipe Dreams Publishing
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:


"The Good Servant" by Doug Lucas was really some read that kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next. We find that Elijah B. Connors was dying and realizes that there has been a lots of questions that had gone unanswered...so he write a book and explains it all to his wife, son, and daughter. I found this somewhat sad that he had carried this with himself but as I read the novel...I was able to understand his reasoning.

I don't want to give too much away but here are some of my thoughts on the read: ELI'S RECORD IS SET STRAIGHT in "The Good Servant" ...you must pick up the read to find out what it is all about.

Camels...cancer?...Eli was born on a 'brisk winter day'
Many things left untold to his wife, son and daughter....now he tells all... Eli father died when he was just eleven by a drunken driver,…

Pretty Young Things

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href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17344654-pretty-young-things" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img alt="Pretty Young Things" border="0" src="http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1360480754m/17344654.jpg" /></a><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17344654-pretty-young-things">Pretty Young Things</a> by <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6927345.Chase_Moore">Chase Moore</a><br/>
My rating: <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/539963211">5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
Author:  Chase Moore<br />Published By: C.M.<br />Age Recommended:  Adult<br />Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean<br />Rating: 5<br /><br />Review:<br /><br />"Pretty Young Things" by Chase Moore was a interesting urban fiction read that kept me  reading to the end...always presenting something…

Still Schemin' By: Jade Jones

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Author: Jade Jones
Published By:  J. J.
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5

Review:

"Still Schemin" by author Jade Jones was another one of her good Urban Series that continues from Schemin' in which it was interesting read.  I felt that "Still Schemin" was fast paced,  full of action, secrets mainly dealing with tragedy that just kept on coming from many twist and turns.  The novel is still dealing with these three friends...Nikki, Dre and Hassan. Now just who is alive or dead at this point?  You will have to read to find this out.  One thing is for sure... there will never be a dull moment in this read.  When you think you have it all figured out ... Bam... this author has taken the reader on a different ride.  This author as  added some more characters to "Still Schemin" from  Careem,  Maceo, Quinta, Nadia to Lexer.  All I will say is get read for a  different  ride that will prove to be even more interesting in this read. …

You Make Me Feel Brand New

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Author: Chicki Brown
Published By: C.B.
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4


Review:


"You Make Me Feel Brand New" by Chicki Brown was a sweet novella read that will only leave you wanting more. I felt that the ending was somewhat rushed but in the end the reader gets a good solid read.

Questions?

How Jan Davis and Mac Sinclair comes together was truly beautifully done.
Their meeting... Mac getting to know Jan....their dating starts then... How will Jan's daughters (Bobbie & Val) react to their mother dating and what will they think of their age differences? Will Jan's daughters be happy for her?
Even more...
What will Jan's friends (Verna, Kathy, & Noreen) think of Mac and them dating?
Now the even bigger question ...
How will Mac's family(Ruth,John, Pat & Grant) like the idea of their oldest child marrying a women eleven years his senior?
And another question that really had me going....Now, out of the blu…

Prayers of a Stranger: A Christmas Story

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Author:  Davis Bunn
Published By:   Thomas Nelson Publishers
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 5

Review:

"Prayers of a Stranger" by Davis Bunn was indeed a wonderful read that really touched me from deep down.  This writer really knows how to truly touch ones heart from his writing. "Prayers of a Stranger" was a novel of 'the healing and of the friendships of forgiveness' was simply wonderful. We find in the read that Amanda and her husband Christopher Vance had suffered a great loss last Christmas...losing a baby...then after a trip had turned horrible for  Amanda at her husband's  family for Christmas...a gift comes...then Amanda gets a trip with a friend to the Holy Land.  Only will this trip help heal Amanda's needs? All along this time Chris was having trouble with this company at work.  Just how will this all come out for Chris?  This is where I say you must pick up "Prayers of a Stranger"…

Bloodlust

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Author:  Faye Robertson
Published By:  Bantam Entangled Publishing
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 4

Review:

"Bloodlust" by Faye Robertson was a good humorous paranormal romantic read that I did enjoy.  I found this a little hard to take in the the beginning...a vampire lusting after nuns...but  Ms. Robertson did deliver this creative short novella.

The story starts when  Jasper who has stepped into a room full of nuns and he becomes face to face with Amabel de Woodville...only someone he has met in the past.  Amabel recognizes him...for over 100 years ago his life has  never been the same...after he bite her and in doing so he was infected....and she still longed for him. Jasper is a vampire who loves live to the fullest  and he does this by taking what he wants.  Now realizing that they both had haunted thoughts of each others for years. Will Jasper be able to control his urges he had lived with for years and prove to Amabel t…

A Path Toward Love

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Author:  Cara Lynn James
Published By:  Thomas Nelson
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Book Blog For:  GMTA
Rating: 4

                                           Review:

"A Path Toward Love" by Cara Lynn James was indeed a sweet christian historical romantic fiction definitely one of a 'fairy tale' kind of read.  This poor lady Katherine Osborne had inherited 'the Osborne Citrus Groves' in Florida from her husband Charles of two years...only to find out that her business was near bankruptcy. You will find that Katherine had made a bad decision in her past and was now praying about it. After a visit from her father she does decide to go back to her rich family  and he offers her a loan only if she meets his conditions to spend the summer at the a family's camp in New York. Katherine knew that her mother will try to manipulate her and she did  just that with the son of a childhood friend(Randy). Will Katherine allow this to happen? We find o…

Treacherous Temptations

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Author: Victoria Vane
Published By: Entangled Publishing
Age Recommended:   Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5

                                        Review:

"Treacherous Temptations" by Victoria Vane was another one her wonderful historical erotic romances.  I have read all of this author novels and again this was a home run....definitely this one was  a hit out of the ball park.  Ms. Vane is well known for her writing that only  flows so smoothly with such description that willl appeal to all of her readers.

There were two main characters in this novel:  Mary Elizabeth Edwardes and Lord Hadley Blanchard.  Mary was a heiress(riches woman in England) with a large fortune that had to take a husband as Sir Richard, her ruthless guardian was forcing her leave her country home in Welham Grove and go to London, but  why was this?  Lord Hadley's father the Earl had died with a scandal that only changed his life and definitely his entitlements...only leaving him to 'live…

A Breach Of Promise

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Author: Victoria Vane
Published By:  Ellora's Cave
Age Recommended:   Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"A Breach of Promise" by Victoria Lane was just another excellent historical romance novellas  that only Ms. Vane can give to her readers. Please note: This is a Adult read ...so beware!  We find in this read that Lydia Trent has been promised to Lord Marcus Russell at a real early age due to the fact that the mother are best friends.  Now the story takes off ...and we a are to find out? Will this happen?   For Lydia certainly after six years and nothing has happened and she  has finally had enough sending Marcus  greetings informing him that she has decided to break of this engagement off....and that when Marcus comes to life...as so to speak.  What has Marcus been up to that it has taken him this long to full fill this engagement.  Well, this is where I say you must pick up "A Breach of Promise" to see the what, where, when and how of it all.  Yo…

Dark Obession

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Author:  Terri Molina
Published By:  Crimson Romance
AgeRecommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 4

Review:


"Dark Obession"  by Terri Molina was a suspenseful thriller paranormal romance that once you started reading, it was hard to put down until the end. This authors style of writing was very good keeping you in touch with just what
was going on even with the ghost magic imagery.  The two main characters Lexie Solis and Ray Chavez will take the reader on a roller coaster ride...yes sometimes even creepy...and let me mention a few other characters that were simply off the chart good...really drawing you into the read...Sylvia..who had very good 'protective qualities'(I really love her)...and black magic with  Jerry..the bad guy.Now, I know you are wondering where is this taking the reader...Well, this is where I say you must pick up this well written novel  "Dark Obession" to find out  what this is all about.  You will defi…

A Devil's Touch A Devilish Vignette

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Author: Victoria Vane
Published By: Breathless Press
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5



Review: "A Devil's Touch"...A Devilish Vignette by Victoria Vane was a continued
read from 'The Devil's Match..Book 4 and I was left only thinking Wow what
a good read.  This was just another one of Ms. Vane good well written novella. 
This story involves the married life of Diana and Ludovic. We now find Diana is
pregnant and suffering from insecurities that are there with pregnancy...will
she be able to keep Ludovic interested in her? I don't think that will be a problem for Ludovic once he stops listening to the doctor...and with that being said this is where I say you must pick up this wonderful read to find out just what all is going on in "A  Devil's Touch"...and also finding out.. What is going on with Ned, Salime and Simon?  You will find all of the characters every developed in this short solid read that will only leave you wanting mo…

Risking It All

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Author:  Jennifer Schmidt
Published By:  The Writer's Coffee Shop
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 4



Review:

"Risking It All"  by Jennifer Schmidt was a well written romantic novel that I
found a good and interesting read.  This author gave us a wonderful look at
two individuals  who had been best friends for over twelve years. These two
characters..Kennedy and Memphis were best friends till the end...well would there were problems.   Would this be the end of their friendship? In this read you will find...full blown friendships, emotions, love,happiness, drama,  anger, fear, lust and even a  love triangle  involving Kennedy, Brook and Memphis.  "Risking It All" did present a lots of emotions... back and forth with Kennedy that almost drove me crazy  but in the end...now, this is where I say you must pick up this good novel to see how this author will get us through all of this with Kennedy, Brook and Memphis.  The c…

Safewords: Davenport and Chiffon

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Author: Candace Blevins
Published By:  Excessica
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 5


Review: "Safewords:  Davenport and Chiffon" by Candace Blevins was a good (BDSM)
erotic merage romantic  read.  This was a friendship with Zach, Dana, Brent
and Jacob. Let me say this is a ADULT AUDIENCE ONLY!  Now, having said
that this novel deals with how these four people 'grow and develop a very
close relationship.'  "Safewords:Davenport and Chiffon" is the fifth in a series
from this author and continues from Safewords: Davenport #4... so my suggestion would be for you to read #4 before reading #5, however...#5 does stand alone and it is a well written  amazing read. There will be many 'lessons to be learn and knowledge to be gained.'  from this read.  I do not want to give away any  of this...other than to say...I hope I have your interest in wanting   to pick up "Safeword Davenport and Chiffon" to see wha…

Stranger In The Room: A Novel (Keye Street #2)

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Author:  Amanda Kyle Williams
Published By:  Bantam Books
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 5

Review:

"Stranger In the Room: a Novel" (Keye Street #2)  was a wonderful mystery suspense-thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat not putting it down until
the end.  This novel is a second in the 'Keye Street series'  dealing with Keye Street's cousin,  Miki being stalked...add to that many murders are  being committed and the missing cremated ashes and you have a excellent well written script to be read.

All of the characters were simply wonderful in that they were so well developed
into their particular character  only making this read good....from Keye, Rauser,
Neil, Miki, Tyrone, Emily, Harold, Cash Tilson, Billy and Brenda Wade, Larry
Quinn, Bevins, Marko Pullip, Jimmy,Dan, Dr, Shetty, Joe Ray Kirkpatrick, Mr.
Huckaby, 'White Trash,' Mary Kate Stargell and the list goes on ...all simply
good...some over the …

The Devil's Match(The Devil DeVere) #4

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Author: Victoria Vane
Published By: Breathless Press
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5

Review:

"The Devil's Match" by Victoria Vane was the conclusion of 'The Devil DeVere Series #4 and did I get the icing on the cake...from this great ...YES!  This author was able to portray all the research and history so often making you feel
that you were actually there...and let's not forget about the beautiful illustrations that were presented. In this read  you will get all of the what, why, who and how that comes out and lets  the reader see the whole picture...especially of DeVere and Diana.  "The Devil's Match " was another novella..with fun, fast paced, and Yes erotic...as the two characters 'learn the true meaning of love and forgiveness.  All of the original  characters...from DeVere, Diana, Hew, Ned, Phoebe, Vesta, Polly, Pratt, Salime to  the rest were simply wonderful...in their deliverance being well  developed...realist…

The Devil You Know (The Devil DeVere) #3

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Author:  Victoria Vane
Published By:  Breathless Press
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5

                                                 Review:

"The Devil You Know (The Devil DeVere)" by Victoria Vane was another good erotic historical romantic  read.  This was 'The Devil DeVere Series #3.  All I can say is that this author hit another home run delivering a awesome well captivating story.  I simply loved it! I believe to really get the understanding to what all is going on or has gone on you will need to pick up Series one and two, however, it's still a good read either way.  Yes, you will find the sex scenes very lustful...but still tasteful. Remember this is a Adult Read!  This particular series was involving DeVere and Diana first meeting.   "The Devil You Know"  is a read...filled with 'humor, debauchery, tricks, drama and even murder ... and yes  hot steamy sexy scenes...wow!

The characters...from DeVere, Diana, Edward, …

The Virgin Huntress(The Devil DeVere) #2

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Review: "The Virgin Huntress" by Victoria Vane was a home run for me.  I really enjoyed this erotic romantic  novella.  When Lady Vesta decides to go after what she wants....she gets it.  I loved this novel!  Yes, Lady Vesta could be seen as childish and very spoiled but that was OK with me because in the end she get it and so does Captain Hewett DeVere who I found was 'brave, funny and downright scandalous!'  I found myself laughing out loud, say wow, and even sighing....of it all....you will only have to pick up "The Virgin Huntress" to see what I mean...they were both were__?___....and that poetry...omg! Check this novel out.   All of the characters...even the servants played a very definite role in this well written script.  And yes, their was Devil DeVere...as always causing some kind of mischief. 

I will stop because I don't want to give too much away...other than to say if you are in for a dashing good read with a historical scenes and romance y…

Devil in the Making (The Devil DeVere)

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Author: Victoria Vane
Published By:  V. V.
Age Recommended:   Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5












Review:

"Devil in the Making" by Victoria Vane was a beautifully written short story
of where it all begins...the early years..illustrated prequel  of  'The Devil DeVere
Series). The main characters...'young Lord Ludovic DeVere, Edward 'Ned' Chambers,  Simon 'Sin" Singleton and Charles Fox' were all known for their pranks really causing you to only  laugh out loud.  You will see how each one of these friends will met...the trouble they got into...omg at the university in the Georgian, England.  "Breaking into the King's menagerie, facing the wrath of the headmaster at school, facing the unholy wrath of his father and ultimately the wrath of the King, all part of the life of Devil DeVere and the story continues....this is where I say you must pick up "Devil in the Making" to find out just what all will come out from this good …