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Risky Surrender

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By:  Robin Bielman
Published By: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Series: Risk It #2
Review:

"Risky Surrender" by Robin Bielman was the second in this Risk It series.  This read was a contemporary romantic novella was simply sweet delightful read.  These two...McCall and Lucy were so funny(the flirtatious behavior between these two) to read about and that made it  such a good enjoyable novella. I did find the first section of the novel a little slow but it did pick up and that part gave us some sweet 'sex scenes' that you will not be able to put down until  the end.   The story as well as its characters  being so well developed and intriguing really made this a good love story.

We find at the very beginning 'sparks will fly off this pair from the moment they meet by accident and simmer relentlessly while they are working on a Aztec village project."

Lucy is an archaeologist whose husband and father has die…

The Best Man

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By: Adriana Kraft
Published By: B & B Publishing
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"The Best Man" by Adriana Kraft was written very well for this contemporary erotic romance.  This author really know how to give it to its  reader. I must say I was a little shocked but soon recovered realizing this is how this author writes bearing nothing but all over the top.  Yes, this is a definitely 'open relationship/poly type situation.'  Now, at this point if you are not into erotic ménage then this novel may not be for you...so beware because it is somewhat 'over the top!'

The two main characters  Kitty and  Jared are were definitely made for each other by  them both being so 'strong willed.'  Be ready for a lots of sex scenes that will bring out in the end all of their emotions that they really  have for each other.  It was interesting seeing how Kitty will see Jared's ménage partner Serena.  The question is will Kitty…

The Sheik Retold

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By: Victoria Vane & E. M. Hull
Published By:  Vane Publishing
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Book Blog For: NOR
Review:

"The Sheik Retold" by Victoria Vane and E. M. Hull was one good historical romance read.  After reading this novel I went and reread the original 'The Sheik' by  E.M. Hull and all I can say is that "The Sheik Retold" is some good read with the beginning chapters basically follows the original story, however, after Diana's kidnapping by The Sheik the story takes off a little difference.

I felt that 'The Sheik Retold' really brings it all out to the reader so much that once starting the read you will not be able to put it down until the end.  There was always something happening that will catch your attention and you had to read more to see what was going  happening next.

The two main characters...were really something... the heroine...Diana Mayo,  an English woman,  who was "a haughty young …

The Sheik

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By: Edith Maude Hull
Published By:  Hard Press
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"The Sheik" by Edith Maude Hull was a good romantic, historical, and  adventurous read. This novel was a very interesting read first being  published in 1921 and now it is still such a good read that you will not be able to put it down until the end.  The read is of 'kidnapping and forced affection' that will only leave you thinking wow this is some read!   I found "The Sheik" well written only willing you to keep 'rived' on to keep  turning the pages. As you read you will see really how Ahmed feels about Diana and how she really feels about him.  I found all of the characters well developed, well portrayed and so very colorful.  For the hero...was he a brutal savage?  Does he love Diana?  Will the heroine Diana feel some attraction to Ahmed, even though at the beginning there was hate, now  fear his 'passionate nature' even tho…

When Good Friends Go Bad

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By: Ellie Campbell
Published By:  Create Space Independent Publishing Platform
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"When Good Friends Go Bad" by Ellie Campbell was a interesting contemporary romance read.  This novel really brings back memories of my school days of friend I had back them and even a few today.  There is that question: " What happened to those people who vanished from our lives?"  "When Good Friends Go Bad" was about four friends, Jennifer (Jen), Georgina, Meg (Nutmeg), and Rowan.  These four were the best of 'friends until a childhood prank tore them apart.'  Now, ten year later they are now entered back into each others life.  It began with a phone call for all to meet for dinner, however someone did not show.  Why did this friend not show up?  As time go on we find that there will be secrets that will finally come out.  This author did a good job with presenting this story to the reader with the th…

Blue By You

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By:  Blue By You
Published By:  Avon Impulse
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  4
Book Blog For:  NOR
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"Blue By You" by Rachel Gibson was a cute sweet  contemporary romance that was somewhat predictable, however, it was  still a good read.  The storyline was of two divorced people, Blue Butler and Kasper Pennington, who something special at one time as teens, however,  it was not to be at that time.  Now, some twenty years later with the heroine being forty and the hero forty-four will these two come back together and bring back that spark (forbidden love) that they had many years ago? "Blue was now a successful businesswoman and Kasper was back from the Marines, leaner, meaner and strong enough to"...now, you will have to pick up this good read "Blue By You" to see how this author will bring it all out to the reader to see if these two will have a second chance. I found the characters all interesting, funny and colorful es…

A Rancher's Christmas

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By:  Ann Roth
Published By:  Harlequin American Romance
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For: NOR
Review:

"A Rancher's Christmas" by Ann Roth was a wonderful well written western romantic contemporary read.  This author's writing style was very smoothly done.  The descriptions of the surrounding of 'Saddler's Prairie, Montana were
drawn out beautifully with the snow and animals.  The characters were all well developed and so very colorful...especially those cousins.  This was a sweet love story and how Gina and Zach would finally be drawn together.  When the story opens we find that Gina's uncle has died and she leaves her high paying corporate job from Chicago to come back to her hometown to say her final goodbyes and to 'sell the family ranch she has inherited.'  However, Zach had promised Gina's uncle that he wanted Gina to have it.  Will this ranch foreman be able to change Gina's mind about sellin…

Losing Control

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By:  Nina Croft
Published By:  Entangled: Brazen
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: NOR
Rating: 5
Review:

"Losing Control" by Nina Croft was one of the best contemporary romance novels that I have read in a long time.  This heroine had come out of a bad
marriage, death of her mother, had no close relations with her father, but
now was she was  on the road to happiness?

So, we find Kim was not interested in love and marriage...all she needed was her best friend Jake's friendship, but as life was changing for her...did she next something else in her life...sex?

With Jake being Kim's protectorate friend, and boss... did he want more in this friendship relationship?  Will Kim ever grow up and realize that it wasn't about the control factor she held to but someone to love her which she had  missed from her ex?   Would she ever see that what  she wanted was right in front of her?  To get all of the answers along with these questions and m…

The Five Dollar Mail: The Green

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By: Regina Shelley
Published By:  Five Dollar Mail
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Book Blog For: NOR
Review:

"The Five Dollar Mail" by Regina Shelley was a enjoyable western, historical, and romantic read.  This author did a wonderful job with this novel bringing out that time in history when the 'Pony Express' was very important in the mail delivery.
The characters were all well developed, so real and well portrayed only helping to give the reader a well written novel.  Now, there will be a lots happening in this read so you will have to keep up.  The writing will go back and forth quite a  bit which can be somewhat confusing however, it still is a interesting read that will keep your attention.  Be ready for a "whirlwind of rowdy men and boys, fast horses, and frightening conflict."   It will definitely have you wanting the next novel by this author.

Choosing the Right Man

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By:  Violet Duke
Published By:  V.D.
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Series: Nice Girl to Love #3
Review:

"Choosing the Right Man" by Violet Duke was the third series in  'Nice Girl to Love' for this author.  This was indeed my favorite of this series YES! Ms. Abby was once and for all having to choose between these two brothers,...Brian or Connor.  Who will it be?  This was really some decision because Abby loved both of the brothers and then there was the attachment of Brian's daughter Skylar.
This was definitely a emotional time for Abby as well as the two brothers.  The author did a wonderful job with giving the reader such well developed characters that worked so well together only to give us a awesome read that you simply could not put down until the end. 

If you are looking for a for a 'fast paced, fun romantic read' ...this series: 'Nice Girl to Love ...1...2..and 3 would be recommended to you as a excellent read.








Falling for the Good Guy

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By: Violet Duke
Published By: V.D.
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Series: Nice Girl to Love #2
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"Falling for the Good Guy" By Violet Duke was the second in this series: 'Nice Girl to Love' was another good contemporary romance where you will be quickly drawn into this series.  This series was of Abby and Brian's story.  This author does a good job at the scenes of working it through the funny and sexy ones.
I felt this this book was a very emotional one as Abby will be trying to 'get over Connor Sullivan.'  So, from this read it will deal with Brian's daughter Skylar, who has had a seizure which will cause some concern due to her mother's tragic death.  Two best friends now lovers and Abby has been with both brothers? Can Abby have loved both brothers?  Well, this is some read and we can only hope that in this authors' last series will clear it all up for us and at least please  no more cliff hangers!  As w…

Resisting the Bad Boy

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By:  Violet Duke
Published By:  V.D.
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  5
Series: Nice Girl to Love #1
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"Resisting the Bad Boy" by Violet Duke was a very captivating as well as a amazing contemporary romance and the first in this authors' series 'Nice girl to Love #1.'  You will get easily caught up in the novel not being able to put it down until the very end.  The three main characters Abby, Brian  and Connor were all very well developed only to deliver to the reader a excellent read. Now, we have two brothers and a girl who is a friend to one. Now, who will get the girl?  In this very 'fast moving, funny and sexy read' you will find this storyline a very interesting one where you will find yourself laughing out loud throughout this novel.  This author gives the reader "an incredibly romantic story about Connor, an emotionally shut-off bad boy who is revealed to be a good, self-sacrificing man by Abby, the good gir…

Desperate Thoughts: The Gift (Victoria Wilde #.5)

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By: Ian Dalton
Published By: I.D.
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Series Victoria Wilde .5
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"Desperate Thoughts" by Ian Dalton was definitely a read for the adult who enjoys erotica and romance with a twist. So, let me say this is a very adult content read that is very explicit. Now, with that being said I did find this novel interesting and really well written. The story was of a widow who decides to honor her now dead husband 'by re-enacting the story he had once told her.' Her husband had been her 'soul mate and her friend. However, while Victoria struggles to move on she encounters a shy college freshmen who reminds her of her late husband and it is then that she finds herself sexually reawakened and now she pursues to fulfill her sexual desires.' This story will take off and this is where I say you must pick up this read to see where all this author will take the reader. Be ready for a read that is out there...especi…

Believe In Me

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By: Mishael Austin Witty
Published By: Create space
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
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"Believe In Me" by Mishael Austin Witty was a nice contemporary romantic novella in that there was plenty of 'tension, romance and characters that were likable, well developed and believable.'  The story is of a marriage that is almost over.

"It's Christmas again, and Trina's parents allow their son-in-law to come stay with them for the holidays. When Trina arrives and is told that Walt will be staying, she is livid."  So she leave her parents home and take refuge at her friends home and guess who comes there... a old boyfriend.... now this story will take off.

 I know you are wondering what will happen next ...well you will have to pick up  "Believe In Me" to read it for yourself.  You may be somewhat surprised in the ending.  If you are looking for a short good romantic story...you may enjoy "Believe In Me"…

Lady Dearing's Masquerade

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By: Elena Greene
Published By:  Createspace
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
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"Lady Dearing's Masquerade" by Elena Greene was a historical romance novel that turned out to be a nice romantic read.  This novel was one that once you pick up the read you will not be able to put it down until the very end especially with all the twist and turn in this read.  You will find from the read that the villains in this novel were not recognized by the heroine and what all she had to put up with was something to read of.  However, even with all that was going with Lady Dearing will she find a wonderful man in the end?  This is where I say you must pick up "Lady Dearing's Masquerade" to find out what all this author has in store for the reader.  The characters especially the children were so sweet and adorable.  The other characters were well developed and captivating only making this a interesting well written  read even though it was …

How Shall We Love?

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By:  Precarious Yates
Published By:  Createspace
Age Recommended: YA -  New Adult - Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  5
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"How Shall We Love?" by Precarious Yates was a well written contemporary Christian fiction read.  You will be taken on a journey like no other as this person(Cornelia Tisdale) will go though 'faith, self-discovery, pain, heartache, fear, and many emotions in between.'  This author did a wonderful job presenting the reader  with 'Cornelia through year life and we see as she grows and finds God through a relationship with his son Jesus.' Cornelia's father is one that is opposed to any thing religious and you will find from the read that 'Cornelia's harshest punishments come when her study of her 5 sureties leads her in that direction.'  How will this come out.... you must pick up "How Shall We Love?" to see how this author will bring these questions out about God, faith and the love that most people …