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Iced Romance

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By: Gina Robinson
Published By: G.R.
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"The Union" by Gina Robinson was a wonderful western historical romance novel. This was a rather fast paced read that was suspenseful with some real 'historical events from North Idaho's Silver Valley during the late 1800's. This read was of the old west mining town and a romance 'between an undercover agent who was posing as a mail order husband.'

The read will lead you to some very intriguing and well developed characters as well as some shady ones that will keep your interest until the very end. I found this author to be a very good storyteller of this 'love story' that will also keep you turning the pages to see what was going to happen next in this novel as the secrets to it all comes to out. I enjoyed how this author was able to present the unions and all of the corruption that was involved in it all.

If you are looking for a …

The Union

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By:  Gina Robinson
Published By:  G.R.
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"The Union" by Gina Robinson was a wonderful western historical romance novel.  This was a rather fast paced read that was suspenseful with some real
'historical events from North Idaho's Silver Valley during the late 1800's.  This read was of the old west mining town and a romance 'between an undercover agent who was posing as a mail order husband.' 

  The read will lead you to some very intriguing and well developed characters as well as some shady ones that will keep your interest until the very end.  I found this author to be a very good storyteller of this 'love story'  that will also keep you turning the pages to see what was going to happen next in this novel as the secrets to it all comes to out.  I enjoyed how this author was able to present the unions and all of the corruption that was involved in it all. 

If you are looking for …

The Perfect Match

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By:  Kristan Higgins
Published By: Harlequin HQN
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For: NOR
Review:

"The Perfect Match" by Kristan Higgins was a sweet contemporary romance that has women's fiction and chick lit written all over it. This is a interesting story of Honor Holland who was a middle child from a good family. Honor's family owned the 'Blue Heron Vineyards and she worked and lived on the property with her dog. All was good for Honor...for she was in her mid thirties, had been in love with someone who did not love her....now she yearned for a family of her own.  So, when a this 'British guy' (friend) needed a 'green card' to be able to stay in the US to work and maintain the upkeep of his stepson (Charlie)...will she be willing to help Tom Barlow out my marrying him? Really?  Now, who did she get this information from?...Would you believe from Honor's grandmother!

Now, to really see what is going on …

One Week Girlfriend

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By:  Monica Murphy
Published By:  M. M.
Age Recommended:  New Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"One Week Girlfriend" by Monica Murphy was a good story of 'love and empathy' for Drew and Fable who sought to 'be whole and loved.'  Truly this author brought to the reader some 'sick stuff' in dealing with these two people.  You can definitely see from the read how the  author was able to let us see what all Fable had suffered through and in doing this it gave her empathy that she needed in dealing with Drew.  You are even able to see some of the healing as you read through the read.  I found the read very believable being full of tension and so much emotions that I could not put "One Week Girlfriend' down until the end.  From the read you will find that spending the weekend together there will be many things 'from each others past that will be brought to light.'
Will they be able to get together....or will they think th…

Counterfeit Cowboy

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By: Gail MacMillan
Published By: The Wild Rose Press Inc.
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"Counterfeit Cowboy" by Gail MacMillan was a wonderful western that will leave you with a smile on your face. This novel was definitely one that you will want to keep reading till the end. The heroine Shelby and hero Jordan were really in for some adventurous ride. Shelby was a vet and ran a 'horse training ranch.' Jordan was a good man who was a musician, loved to sing country western, loved life and caring for others. Jordan was considered a 'country western singer'...but was he really? He worn western attire.... sung country songs but didn't know a thing about horse riding and driving cattle. So when Shelby was asked to teach him to ride...she said that he was just a (fake) 'Counterfeit Cowboy' and didn't want to be bothered with him. However, Shelby later changed her mind due to the fact that finances on he…

Cowboy Heat

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By:  Sable Hunter
Published By: Beau Coup Publishing
Age Recommended:  Adult (Erotic)
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Series: Hell Yeah #1
Review:

"Cowboy Heat" by Sable Hunter was the first in the series:  Hell Yeah and I really enjoyed and stayed entertained until the very end.   Definitely the hero Aron McCoy and Libby Fontaine really made this read quite interesting.  Yes, it was erotic and good read and me being a cowboy lover I really liked the premise of the read. Yes, I liked how this hero treated the heroine... with all the 'pet names' that Aron made up for her.  I thought it was rather cute.  This author did a wonderful job at 'showing the  playfulness and sexiness between these two people.'  The description of this Tebow Ranch was simply off the charts...good and let's not leave out those 'McCoy men' who were all sweet and hot.

"Cowboy Heat" was full of emotions all the way through this novel causing you to really 'ac…

A Woman's Worth (The Stafford Brothers)

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By Chicki Brown
Published By C.B.
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Series: The Stafford Brother #1
Review:

"A Woman's Worth" by Chicki Brown contemporary women's fiction that will keep you turning the pages until the end. This author did a wonderful job with "A Woman's Worth" in bringing to the reader a well written script in this first series. In this read there are two main characters Gianne Marvray and Marc Stafford. Gianne who had been a 'school media specialist,' had been ill with the battle of cancer and now her health was looking so much better in that she wanted to 'see new places, meet new people and experience new things...however, she never knew that meeting the Stafford family and especially Marc would be a life change for her. Marc was a 'Las Vegas personal trainer and raw vegan food advocate' which as a good thing for him however, his father Dr. Victor Stafford Sr. did not like his career cho…

The Stranger

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By: Herschel Cozine
Published By: Untreed Reads
Age Recommended: YA - Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
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"The Stranger" by Herschel Cozine was a simply wonderful quick read that was simply amazing short novella that all came together so quick, smoothly and above all interesting. It kept my attention because you were left wondering what was going to happen next.... even though you could maybe see it coming.

I have read so many novella's and I have never read one like this one ... with it being all said in just eight pages! The author did a amazing job with this well written script. I simply loved it...being so complete in just a few words. I liked how it was brought out why this gunman had killed 'Jack Hooker.' If you are a western lover of good a short read... you must pick up "The Stranger" and simply enjoy. Well done to this author!






The Christmas Cookie Collection

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By: Lori Wilde
Published By: Avon
Age Recommended: New Adult - Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Book Blog For: NOR
Review:

"The Christmas Cookie Collection" by Lori Wilde was truly four beautifully written stories that all had the 'Christmas Theme.' 

Story one was of Carrie Mac Gregor ...
The story starts with Carrie displaying that she hated Christmas.  In Twilight, Texas Carrie owned the Yarn Burn store and its was close to Thanksgiving.  What will her life take on as the knitting club ('gossipy knitters') would be in her shop soon.  Did they have something in mind for dear Carrie during this holiday?  Who was Mark Leland who was returning to the town to take own a 'Fact or Fiction myth buster show(Reality Show?)' Once they had been so "smitten enough to run off to Vegas...but it was one dumb weekend out of their life."   What had they once meant to each other?  Was there any truth to the 'legend of Jon Grant and Rebekka Nas…

Miss Perfect

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By: Nicole Dunlap
Published by: N. D.
Age Recommended: Adult
Review By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  5
Series: Shaw Family Saga Book 3
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"Miss Perfect" by Nicole Dunlap was the in this series that is simply amazing Shaw Family Saga.  How was this done?  This author was able to bring it all together and still leave the reader wondering what was going happen in the next series. We find in this series  Raven Shaw still has a 'closet of skeletons...now being blackmailed.  Jon is now back with Raven but there seems to be 'stalker that looms just outside of reach, blackmailing her for Jon's fortune.'  Now what will come of  this? What were the secrets that Raven carried and wouldn't share them even with Jon, however, what secrets had Jon kept from Raven?

Charlene Shaw (Raven's mother)is now the 'highly acclaimed actress' and want very much to be into her daughter, Raven's life.  Will Charlene be able to? Had too much time gone by? What was going…

A Heart to Heal

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By:  Synthia Williams
Published By: Crimson Romance
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  5
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"A Heart to Heal" by Synthia Williams was a 'sensual' good read.  Once you started reading I found it hard to put down.  This author has so much happening in these pages that you will always want to know what will happen next.  I found this novel a very believable  and well written.  It was definitely a 'Shayla and Devin's story where we find that Shayla Monroe has 'returned to her hometown after loosing her job  in the big city and escaping a scandal.'  Why did she return home?  She had nowhere else to go!  Shayla returns home with having to face it all...not only her past and but now her present.

The characters were all well developed, some flawed, colorful, but most of all so real...only making this story so interesting to the reader.  Now, it gets a little wordy but that didn't take away from the excellent read.  This author…

Between Faith and Fear

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By:  J.A. Dennam
Published By:  J.A.D.
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  5
Series: Captive Series #2
Review:

"Between Faith and Fear" by J.A. Dennam was some good read.  I would suggest you read this authors' first novel 'Truth and Humility' first before reading this one...it will make it somewhat clearer for you to understand just what has gone on earlier in the series leading into this one: "Between Faith and Fear."  All I can say is what a trill of a ride this novel too me.  I thought it was a awesome read.  This author really knows how to connect all of the dots so you will just have to read it finding it such a smooth ride.  There was so much going on  in this read...be ready for so many twist and turns that will have you saying I didn't see that coming!

Death Blow

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By: Jianne Carlo
Published By: Ethopia Press
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Series: Viking Vengeance #2
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"Death Blow" by Jianne Carlo was a wonderful read of 'Norse mythology.' This was a beautiful story of a suspenseful mystery then add some romance and you have a well written read that I couldn't put down until the very end. I have read this author first book, Malice Striker, and I thought it was off the chart...good but then came "Death Blow" and again off the chart well done. This author has a way of making the story flow so smoothly...when you are wondering about it ....there it is all brought out neatly packaged to the reader. How this author puts together Konall aka 'Death Blow' with Nyssa was well done in this series. We have a fierce Viking and a woman who has no fear from any man. I found them both interesting because they both had one thing in common and that was their stubborn…

Moonrose

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By:  Cassandra King 
Published By:  Maiden Lane Press
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
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"Moonrise" by Cassandra King was a "novel of dark secrets and second chances, New York Times’ bestselling author Cassandra King’s homage to the Gothic classic Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier."  This author does a wonderful job in this complexed relationship 'of the south'  bringing together such intriguing characters, with the protagonist, who had to  faced so much after her marriage and especially with those new people in her life.  Helen never knew that her journey to Highlands, North Carolina would present her into a new world of people.  Will she be able to unlock all the secrets that surrounded her husband's 'old life?' I liked how the author used three narrators to produce a amazing story as the mysteries of it all unfolds to the reader. Now, this is where I say you must pick up "Moonrise" to see how it all comes…

The Ruin Of A Rogue

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By:  Miranda Neville
Published By:  Avon
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Series:  Book 2
Book Blog For: NOR
Review:

"The Ruin of a Rogue" by Miranda Neville was a read  of a historical romance that had some mystery with some surprises that will keep you turning the many pages till the end.  This was the second in this series for this author and this novel focuses on the 'Viscount Lithgow: Marcus...where we find him a 'gambler, cheat and possible thief' and guess what he needed?  A marriage  to a  'woman of quality' and it seems like Anne Brotherton, heiress of Camber was who he choose.  But was this to be because Marcus was known as 'debonair for a man of his time, smooth and somewhat a bit of a rogue... and well known in the gaming areas.  Was he trying to be a better man?  You will find he answers to those questions from the read.  

Moving to Ann who was somewhat softer and reserved however, there was 'a spine of st…

Taming a Wild Scot

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By:  Rowan Keats
Published By:  Signet
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Series: Highland #1
Book Blog For: NOR
Review:

"Taming a Wild Scot" by Rowan Keats was a good medieval historical romance read. This was a well written fast paced read with lots of action that were  "fought without rules, treachery and intrigue hold court, and, in one woman’s heart, and  danger stirs as relentlessly as passion."  We find at the beginning of the read that Ana Bisset has been accused of murder and left in a 'Highland' dungeon to die, however she will be rescued by a 'hooded stranger.' After escaping that horrible place we find that Ana has now settled in a village as a healer where no one knows her. However, guess who happens o show up again?  The 'hood stranger' who will turn out to be Ana's 'mysterious savior' (Niall MacCurran) who now needs Ana to help him. Who was Niall? He was just a 'warrior on a dangerous mi…

Ways of Love

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By: Laurel Lamperd
Published By: NOR Review Exclusive Free Contemporary Romance
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  4
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"Ways of Love" by Laurel Lamperd was a sweet romantic novella. We find that Beth Herrick was one in the family that took care of her parents.  She had stopped working and now  being the only one at home...she did this gladly.  After her father passed she was there for her mom but didn't she want a life of her own with marriage and family as her siblings had?  Then take a turn when Rob Garfield arrives on the scene.  Wow what a guy.  You will have to check out this Free one from r Night Owl Reviews because it is a sweet short romance where in the end will Beth Herrick finally have the love she has wanted.  And what about that 'young Christopher?' What part did he play in all of this?  This is definitely one to read if you are a romantic reader.

The Secrets of Married Women

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By:  Carol Mason
Published By:  Stoughton
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
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"The Secrets of Married Women" by Carol Mason was a good contemporary women's fiction that involved romance, marriage, friendship, affairs and family problems.  This author did a good job with her 'dramatic storytelling' and being able to pull the reader into each of the character's lives.  We find in  this read three friends: Wendy, Leigh and Jill...all who seem to have the perfect marriage.  But was this so?  From the read you will soon find out their are 'Secrets'...with 'regrets, what ifs and mistakes.'  One thing is for sure none of these three friends aren't  perfect...far from it and that is what makes this story so believable, intriguing, emotional  and even down right funny at times.   You will find the characters are very human...meaning you will find many flaws making this a well depicted and portrayed read that you will…

After Hour Tales

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By: Roy Glenn
Published By: Escapism Entertainment
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
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"After Hour's Tales" By Roy Glenn was really some  novella's of  'four tales of love, lust and passion.'   Each one of these novella's gives just enough that will leave you wanting more.  The reads were very smooth flowing...going from  a phone call...on to two that really shouldn't be together...why was that?  Then on to a 'Blind Date' that proved to be quite interesting and lastly girlfriends that have a night out that didn't go so right. Now, this is where I say you must pick up the good read to see what all this author has in store for his readers.   Be aware that  "After Hour's Tales'  are for the adult.  And saying that sit back and simply enjoy this well written read that only Mr. Glenn can give to his readers. 


Christmas on Main Street

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By: JoAnn Ross, Susan Donovan, LuAnn McLane, & Alexis Morgan
Published By: Signet
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Book Blog For: NOR
Review:

"Christmas on Main Street" by JoAnn Ross, Susan Donovan, LuAnn McLane & Alexis Morgan was a wonderful anthologies of four novella's Christmas stories.  Each one of these stories by these various author brings and  leaves you with hope for the season.

"Christmas in Shelter Bay"
Author JoAnn Ross brings a long time secret that will come out for Kelli as she finds herself with 'the friend'  'secluded lakeside cabin.  Now what will come of this? To find out you must pick up "Christmas in Shelter Bay."

"A Seaside Christmas"
Author Susan Donovan's novella was truly a wonderful read of 'magic of the heart'  for TV producer Nathaniel Ravelle and Annie Parker. 


Mistletoe on Main Street"
Author LuAnn McLane brings it all to the reader after having …

The Reunion

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By:  Adriana Kraft
Published By:  B & B Publishing
Age Recommended:  Adult (Erotic)
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"The Reunion" by Adriana Kraft was a polyamory  novel  with real  'edgy characters with inclusive sexuality.'   Now, I will  just say this is not a read for the faint of heart.  Beware this story is of a man and two women.  This author really did her magic with bringing together two from there high school days.  Back during these two ... we find Sarah was considered a 'goody to shoes persona' and then there was Adam the  'bad boy out of reach' that looked on thinking Sarah would never want any part of him.   At that time these two Sarah Atkinson and Adam Granger weren't really friends but after a few dances at their class reunion these two are later to be found going at it in her room. Wow!  Adam leaves quickly  the next morning  for home which was in  California and Sarah is somewhat shocked because she wants more f…

Loving Gianni

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By: Nikki Walker
Published By: N. W.
Age Recommend: New Adult - Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
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"Loving Gianni" ...The Rossellini Family by Nikki Walker was a wonderful sweet romantic novella of two people who long for something and finally received it. This author gives the reader a well written story of a 'Professional Organizer' London Quarle. London's life was well organized in that she owned her own business and set to help others organize their life. Never would she have thought that her best friend, Edwina would need her services but when her Aunt had passed and she 'inherited property' well who was their to help....London. Only London never expected that a cousin of Edwina would comes and 'turn her world upside down.' Now, why was this? When London and Edwina had visited this 'elderly Aunt's resident' it comes out...this Aunt had been a hoarder and this project becomes very hard for London to take on. Wh…