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Private Sins

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By:  Brenda Barrett
Published By:  Jamaica Treasures
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Series: Three Rivers #1
Rating: 5
Review:

"Private Sins" by Brenda Barrett was indeed a wonderful read.  This was my first read by this author and I was very impressed with its realistic storyline that deals with 'betrayal, adultery, love and forgiveness.'   The characters were all very well developed and well portrayed, colorful and believable.  In the end you are only left wanting the entire series:  'Three Rivers.' 

Book Descriptions:
"Kelly was in deep trouble; her husband was a pastor and she his loyal first lady. Well she was…until she had an affair with Chris; the first elder of their church. And now she was pregnant with his child. Could she keep the secret from her husband and pretend that all was well? Or should she confess her private sin and let the chips fall where they may?"

"Private Sins" was definitely a novel that was h…

The Kingdom Treasure

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By:  Greg Treseder
Published By: G.T.
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"The Kingdom Treasure" by Greg Treseder was a very good and well written read that I thoroughly enjoyed.  I liked how the author was able to bring the story with the 'pre WWII' history in this Asian region.  The story was very interesting about the 'buried treasure' and the twist in the story really kept you turning the pages wanting to know what was going to happen next.  I found the characters well developed and somewhat colorful only making this a good read. 
"The Kingdom Treasure" had a wonderful description with all of the challenges that were presented to each characters  and how they were dealt with.  All in all this was a good  'historical fiction adventure' that I would definitely recommend to you.

The Glass Wives

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By: Amy Sue Nathan
Published By:  St Martin's Griffin
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For: GMTA
Review

"The Glass Wives" by Amy Sue Nathan was a different kind of read for me but it was a good contemporary read about relationships and family. 

The story as on the back of the cover:

 “There’s no love lost between the ex and the widow.” No question this is an understatement. It’s been several years since Nicole Glass had an affair with, then married Evie Glass’s husband, Richard. Yet, after Richard’s death, Evie chooses to see past her animosity—partially for financial reasons but also for the sake of her 10-year-old twins and Nicole’s baby Luca—and invites Nicole to move into her home."
Now, how is this to work ...as you read you will see that his author 'handles this with honesty, humor and empathy.'   You will be drawn into it all.. 'from kitchen and food preparation to visits for memorable best friends and family…

Taken By Storm

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By:  Kelli Maine
Published By:  K.M.
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For: GMTA
Series: Give & Take #2
Review:

"Taken By Storm" by Kelli Maine was the second in the series: 'Give & Take #2.'
As this saga continues you will find that in this novel will be filled with "mysteries, deception, secrets and much danger. This was the story of MJ Rocah.  Here is a little about what this series is about....

"Book 2 in the Give & Take series follow the story of MJ Rocah. MJ has been living in a hidden world in and out of board schools being hidden away from his father. While he spent summers at the Rocah Estate he formed a friendship with Maddie Simcoe. Maddie and MJ formed a bond as children and it eventually turned into more. But like everyone in his life Maddie leaves, with no explanation and doesn't return..."
 What are the circumstances that are keeping Maddie and MJ apart?  Maddie had left 'Turtl…

Screwed

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By: Laurie Plissner
Published By Merit Press
Age Recommended:  Teen - YA - Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For:  GMTA
Review:

"Screwed" by Laurie Plissner was a contemporary YA romance read that was a real  touchy subject but well written by this author.  We find that this young lady is pregnant in HS that turns into a horrible nightmare for her.  Grace is shunned not only by the boy that had gotten her  pregnant her but also her 'god fearing parents.'  Grace's parents demanded that she get an abortion and all hell breaks out when she refuses to do so.  Then as the story goes on a neighbor who Grace did not really know gives her a place to live.  This person evens offers her 'support that her parents did not give to her.'  Now, to get more of this story and how this author will bring it all out to the reader you must pick up "Screwed" to see for yourself.  Thank God for friends like Charlie and Jennifer  that were their for …

Savin' Me

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By:  Alannah Lynne
Published By:  A. L.
Age Recommended By: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For:  GMTA
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Series:  Heat Wave #1
Review:

"Savin' Me" by Alannah Lynne  was a good contemporary romance that was really a good read.   This was a story of learning to' trust and over come insecurities,'  I enjoyed this author writing style with allowing the reader to be brought into the story.  Who knew that from a one night stand... Kat relocates to a new town and as it turns out Erick will be one of Kat's new clients.  Will this ruin her chances with the new company that she is now working for?  Well, for a while it seems like neither one of these two are looking for a relationship.  However, will either be able to get the other person out of their minds and keep things purely professional?

This was a good read and as you see the  sexual chemistry between Erik and Kat you will be found turning the pages to find out what will happen next.  …

Rules of Entanglement

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By: Gina L. Maxwell
Published By:  Entangled Publishing: Brazen
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Book Blog For:  GMTA
Series:  Fighting For Love #2
Review:

"Rules of Entanglement" by Gina L. Maxwell was the second series: 'Fighting for Love #2.  This author gave the reader a captivating plot and well written dialog.  Vanessa has rules that start with 'seven rules she's laid out for her future.'  However, she meets Jackson (Jax) who has to pretend to be engaged to her and well things do turn 'serious sexy.'  We will find from the read that Jax will break every rule that Vanessa has every made.  Will Vanessa's  walls start to tumbling down slowly?  Will she "learn how to depend on someone for the first time and fell safe." This is where I say you must pick up "Rules of Entanglement" to find out how this story will come out. Will Jax come clean with Vanessa? 

I enjoyed this fast, funny and hot steamy  r…

Memories of Love

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By:  Jenny Schwartz
Published By:  Escape Publishing
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating:  5
Book Blog For:  GMTA
Review

"Memories of Love" By Jenny Schwartz was a short novella that told a good story in just seven chapters. Wow, how this author was able to put this off what simple off the chart ...good!  OK what will happen when this hero and heroine come together after a twist of events put them 'smack  together...up closed and personal?'  With both of these people (Rita and Ivan) having so many fears will they be able to  overcome this together?  To get this answer you will have to pick up "Memories of Love" to see what all this author has in store for the reader.  This will be a read of a 'tormented hero and a mistress of the night come pure lady by day coming together in a short powerful, definitely very memorable read."  This novel was well written with well developed characters that really will keep you turning the pages…

Grapes of Death

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By:  Joni Folger
Published By:  Midnight Ink
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For:  GMTA
Review:

"Grapes of Death" by Joni Folger a contemporary romantic with mystery read.  However, I did find this novel somewhat predictable but  still a good novel.  This is a ordinary story where we find Elise funds the vineyard, her brother runs the winery, mom and gram run the gift shop and special events.  All is going well until the uncle Edmond now thinks that the property belonged to him.  The glitch in this story is that the uncle comes up dead...yes, murdered and then we have a story about to bring on some interesting scenes that will kept you intrigued in this plot of this story.  Elise was engaged and her fiancé wanted her to move to the 'big city,' but now she must help the local deputy Jackson who happen to be her brother's best friend solve this mystery. Now, if you are wondering about the fiancé, well maybe we should also wonde…

Francine's Miracle

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By:  Emeka Iwenofu
Published By:  Hope Point Press, LLC
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  5
Book Blog For:  GMTA
Review:

"Francine's Miracle"  by Emeka Iwenofu was a well written story of a Irish girl named Francine  who came from Ireland during the 1920's  with her family in search for the 'American Dream. During this time this was the world of: 'Prohibition and organized crime.'  Life wasn't kind for Francine  for as even a young girl she and even some of her family  "endures a life of verbal abuse, violence, a dysfunctional family, poverty, tragedy, endless domestic chores and a constant plea for help away from her surroundings."  To find out what all will happen to Francine you must pick up "Francine's Miracle" to see what 'miracle' will come to her. 

"Witness an exciting book that details all the elements needed for any reader to attain success in life despite their current status, s…

Forget Me Not

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By:  Nina Blake
Published By: Harlequin Escape
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Book Blog For: GMTA
Review:

"Forget Me Not" by Nina Blake writes this wonderful contemporary romance that will leave you to think of long after the read.  This was a "powerful story of love and lost and enduring pain and finally, to learning to love an live and trust again."  I found this read an amazing one that has been beautifully written.  You can tell a lots of thought was put in this read that I could not put it down until I had totally finished  it.    Think of this...a marriage is over after being estranged for months...living in separate apartments and actually living separate lives and for an unknown accident  you have no memory of who you are, what you want or if you have someone left behind.  Well, this all happened to 'Stefan' who had no memory of who he was but you will find 'Clair' at his bedside.  For Stefan is suffering retrog…

Against The Wall

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By: Rebecca Zanetti
Published By:  Entangled Publishing, LLC (Brazen)
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For: GMTA
Series:  Maverick Montana #1
Review:

"Against the Wall"  by Rebecca Zanetti was the first in this series: Maverick Montana #1 read  and a good contemporary romance.  Who knew from their first meeting when 'Jake rescues Sophie (who was a Landscape Architect) for certain death via horse trampling by actually piking her up and putting her on the front of his horse." Wow what a start.  Sophie quickly explains what she is doing there and is made uncomfortable and she shares her hope of the newly designed golf course land to be built on.  With Jake who is a 'shark lawyer who loves to play hardball... and his family belonging to the 'Sooski Indian Tribe' opposes this buy out greatly.  What will come of it all as these two who definitely do not see eye to eye on this situation?  This will be where I say you must pi…

A Spear of Summer Grass

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By:  Deanna Raybourn
Published By:  Harlequin MIRA
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Book Blog For:  GMTA
Series:  A Spear of Summer Grass #1
Review:

"A Spear of Summer Grass" by Deanna Raybourn was a good read of how this 'wild one' was banished to Africa by her family.  Delilah Drummond was only thirty. Twice widowed and divorced once...and because of what had happened to her latest husband's death her month being so upset with her exiles her to Kenya...'until the furor dies down.'  That and with Delilah possibly losing her allowance from her 'wealthy American Grandfather, off she goes to Kenya.  When arriving at her stepfather's farm in Kenya the pay is in decay..  the farm doesn't even have a manager.  What will happen now?  This will be where I say you must pick up "A Spear of Summer Grass" as Delilah will fall in with this group of people  and Ryder White.  Will Delilah love this land of Africa and it…

A Moment

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By:  Marie Hall
Published By:  Marie Hall Publishing
Age Recommended:  New Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Book Blog For:  GMTA
Series:  Moments, New Adult Romance: Book  #1
Review:

"A Moment" by Marie Hall was the first in the series: 'Moments, New Adult Romance: Book 1 which was a good contemporary romance that was 'heart wrenching, difficult and one good read especially  for new adult.'  This novel was of  two people who had 'suffered and loss at the hands of someone they had trusted.' You will find "A Moment a very emotional story of a teenage pregnancy, living with a mother who is suffering from MS, divorce,  autistic  child, suicide and even child sexual abuse.'  Needless to say this author did a wonderful job about bring these two together.  I don't want to tell you because I want you to read "A Moment" to see for yourself how well this author did in drawing all into this story of Lily and Ryan together.  You will …

A Heart Divided

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By: Mary Brock Jones
Published By: Escape Publishing - Harlequin, Australia Pty Ltd
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Book Blog For: GMTA
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"A Heart Divided" by Mary Brock Jones novel was a beautifully delivered to the reader in such a historical romantic read. The gold rush descriptions that were in New Zealand were absolutely stunning giving the reader something to hold on to while reading this novel. You will be easily taken back from it all. With Nessa's brother Philip, needing her help will John Reid be willing to wait for what he wants. To find this out you will have to pick up "A Heart Divided" and see how this author will present it all to the reader. The characters are all very well developed helping to give the reader a well thought out story with a very nice ending. Would I recommend? YES!

A Dove at Midnight

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By:  Rexanne Becnel
Published By:  Dell
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For:  GMTA
Review:

"A Dove At Midnight" by Rexanne Becnel was a story of this medieval time in England's history  where the you will see how their custom and politics played out to give the reader a 'well crafted love story' in this era. We find Joanna is scared on marriage and men due to what had happened to her mother.  With the death of her father Joanna became a 'lynchpin in a power struggle of King John's reign.'  With these times be most turbulent at this time, Sir Rylan Kempe who opposes the kind will kidnap her from the convent with the idea of marrying her off to a ally, however, Joanna will end the King's ward and later ...well to get the rest of the story, you must pickup "A Dove at Midnight" and see how, who and what will happen. I liked the story and if you are in to medieval history you will possibly enjoy it also.…

Deliver Me

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By:  Farrah Rochon
Published By:  Leisure Books
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Series: Holmes and Brothers #1
Review:

"Deliver Me" by Farrah Rochon was some good read. This author put two stories together and went back and forth till the end.  I did really get a better understanding of the second story...in that it had a ending.  I felt that the first or main story read through fine until the end.  There was not explanations given ... the story just ended...giving the reader a OK 'the end read.'   This contemporary romance was still a good read however, we were not given  a resolution of what and even why.  Other than that I will still recommend "Deliver Me" as a worth while read.  How this author was able to get these two couples together  especially in the end was pure magic.  All of the characters were well developed and most colorful only to give the reader a well written story.  I also liked how this author was able to bri…

The Problem With Paddy

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By: Holly Treat
Published By: H.T.
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Series: Shrew & Company
Review:

"The Problem with Paddy" by Holley Trent was a good paranormal-supernatural read that this author really knew how to get the readers attention so that you will be kept reading till the end. The main character Dana was now a private investigator after being fired from being a cop.  Due to her ex husband Dana was  experimented on and due to it all she had lost her job.  Dana was now a 'shrew.'   Now, as a private eye Dana was on a investigation of a missing person...who was Patrick a bar owner had gone missing.  Well, she found him  within three hours and  finds that he had a  'secret' that he was keeping.  After talking and sharing and fulfilling the sex act, Dana is thinking maybe something will come of this. But will it?  Patrick awakens  was acting funny...his eyes had changed color...What is going on?  Now, this is where I say…

The Bail Bondsman

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By:  Jerrice Owens
Published By: J.O.
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  4
Review: 

"The Bail Bondsman" by Jerrice Owens was definitely a good novel that you had to really stay with it because there was so much going on.  Drama and more drama but this author does present a well told story that I found it hard to put down, so I read it in on setting.  This is my second read by the author so I didn't know what to expect but I must say it was a some smooth ride, however, there were some bumps.  Just like in real life there is 'mistaken identity, domestic violence  real dogs and hopefully in the end some love.  The two main characters.. Deja and Zack were definitely a couple that had their love tested in more than one way.... but in the end...Now, this is where I say you must pick up "The Bail Bondsman" to see what all this author had delivered to the reader.
There were a lot of characters that you had to keep up with to follow the st…

Binding Spell

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By:  Christine Pope
Published By:  Dark Valentine Press
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For:  GMTA
Series:  Tales of the Latter Kingdoms #3
Review:

"Binding Spell" By Christine Pope was the third book in this series: 'Binding Spell'  that will follow 'Lark through her kidnapping and marriage to Kadar Arkalis, the Mark of North Eredor.'  You will find this story is written in first person by Lark Sedassa.  Upon finding out that someone else had 'Magic" as does, Lark is set to find out who that is and what to do of it.  Will she be able to trust Kadar and even save 'North Eredor' from this magic which is evil?

You will be kept intrigued as this plot unfolds.  Who is this person that posses the magic that will take over the kingdom? This will be where I say you must pick up this good read to see just who that villain is. 

This was definitely a good fantasy and yes, 'Magic.'  Also you will find in t…

Enchantress

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By:  Rae Morgan
Published By:  Atlantic Bridge
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For: GMTA
Review:

"Enchantress" By Rae Morgan was a romantic suspenseful thriller read. This successful business Eric Thorsson Ward is in love with Gina Ward.  Gina is a attorney and is really not really  interested in Eric until her brother who had been living with her father is shot. She and her mother had been abandon from her dad, for he had taken her brother and left her while starting a brand new family.  The truth of the matter was that Rae reminded Gina so much of her father.  However, with all that was happening to her... after 'threatening phone calls start' coming  just maybe Eric could....well this is the part that I say you must pick up the good read to find out what all is going on.  There will be twist and turns but it will keep you interested in wanting to know 'whodunit' and which way this author will turn this novel out to th…

Once Unpon a Gypsy Moon

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By:  Michael Hurley
Published By:  Center Street
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:4
Book Blog For: GMTA
Review:

"Once Upon a Gypsy Moon" by Michael Hurley was a good biography  of this author's journey 'not only the open seas but through life.  Mr. Hurley has done a good job as her interweaves the sea (ocean) and its 'interchangeable aspects' of this novel to give the reader a clear understanding of  this journey  that even enters into his 'spiritual side. Michael Hurley had be a trial attorney and was also a professional sailor.  His life will  go through many changes such as 'loss, courage, determination, contentment giving it all and learning to let go.' Wow, this was just a wonderful delivered story of Michael Hurley's life.  In this memoir, he wrote  about his divorced after twenty five years of marriage and being alone and even confessing that he had cheated. I liked how he was man enough to take the blame for wh…

Once Tempted

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By:  Laura Moore
Published By:  Ballantine Books
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For:  GMTA
Series:  Silver Creek #1
Review:

"Once Tempted" by Laura Moore a good read of a contemporary western
romance with a cowboy that was some interesting  read.   The story is of Tess Cesari who had just found out that her husband that she thought she knew  wasn't the man he seemed to be.  After being separated she was contacted by his parents that is  dying from cancer and offered her money she stayed by is bedside until the end.  She does,  collects her money and then she was told to leave and she does.  Tess leaves New York and goes to a small town in California. 

After travelling over 3,000 miles she end up at the Silver Creek Ranch where she meets Ward Knowles and then the story really takes off and this is where I say you must pick up this good read to see what all is in store for Tess as she began working as a assistant(running the ranch&#…

Male Order

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By:  Lillian Grant
Published By:  Liquid Silver Books
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For:  GMTA
Series:  Reigning Men #1
Review:

"Male Order" by Lillian Grant was some contemporary erotica romance and the first in its series.  Now this is erotic so this may not be for you.... Please be aware.  Moving on Sam and Meg are roommates that will begin a 'friends with benefit relations.'  Being told that Meg is 'sexually repressed...Sam will make it a challenge to take her on.

What all will Sam have to do in order to change Meg's mind.  For she is a 'curvy woman' with issues with her body and she 'doesn't believe that a man like Sam would be interested in a long tern relationship with someone her size, even if he flits with her, cuddles with her...'

What will Sam do in the situation? When Sam learns about her terrible sex life Meg has had so far, he agrees – and makes her a suggestion.

From the quote:
We’ll t…

Love On the Run

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By:  Elizabeth Cole
Published By: SkySpark Book
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For:  GMTA
Review:

"Love On The Run" by Elizabeth Cole was a well written contemporary mystery, suspenseful romantic read. We find Callie Reed is on the run to Montana  because she has just witnessed a murder.   Who would have thought Callie would meet country sheriff Jake Brand who 'saves her life.' However, when Jake asked her one thing:  'the truth' will Callie be honest with him and tell him all.  This is where I say you must pick up "Love On The Run" to find out  will the truth come out and if so what will happen to these two: Callie and Jake?  Will Jake be able to keep her 'safe and bring down the bad guy? 

If you are in for a quick read, good story and even believe in love at first sight...then "Love On The Run" would be recommended as a good read for you.










Letters From Wishing Rock

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By:  Pam Stucky
Published By:  Createspace
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For:  GMTA
Series:  Wishing Rock #1
Review:

"Letters from Wishing Rock" by Pam Stucky was a different intake of storytelling through emails, letters and yes, even recipes.   This was some read...'an entire town living in a five story building' in this small town where you get to know each other through emails they sent to each other. Now you know that there would be some drama with that...dealing with people with all sort of issues.  You will find that their will be a 'few wise people giving good  and sound advice with others...well will make 'questionable choices.'  Be ready for a read that will present some 'intense, sad and very dramatic moments.  The characters...Ruby, Erin Pip, Ed, Jake, Pip, Millie and Gran were really very colorful and fascinating  just being so entertained through the emails and text to each other. I found some of …

Lady Northam's Wicked Surrender

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By:  Vivienne Westlake
Published By:  V.W.
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For:  GMTA
Series Rekindled Passion #1
Review:

"Lady Northam's  Wicked Surrender" by Vivienne Westlake was some short historical romance with some erotica and was the first in this series 'Rekindled Passions #1.  This was the novel of  "Rowena and Simon were once in love but circumstances and miscommunication separated the young lovers. Now, fate brings them face to face again and their feelings for each other are still very much alive after all these years."  Now this is where I will say you must you must pick up this wonderful  well written read to see where all this author will take the readers.  Will Rowena and Simon be able to work through their issues in order to have a future together?  Yes, this novel has a lots of sexual descriptive content and its all good.  Would I recommend this read?  YES!







Kiss Me Deadly

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By:  Susan Kearney
Published By:  Tor Books
Age Recommended:  YA- Adult
Review By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For:  GMTA
Review:

"Kiss Me Deadly" by Susan Kearney was a good contemporary romance with some suspense.  I did find this read somewhat predictable. This was not your regular type of love story having a lots of drama with suspense which definitely kept your attention.  "Kiss Me Deadly" will have some hot sizzling moments.  Who would have thought all of this was about ....Winning this lottery ticket!  
This novel will keep you interested "why the women are being targeted and the love affair between the hero and heroine.  To get it all you must pick up the read to see what, where, how and why of all of it from this good read "Kiss Me Deadly."  Would I recommend?  Yes!