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Complete & Total Bliss By Janae M. Robinson

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Title:  Complete & Total Bliss
Author:  Janae M. Robinson
Publisher: J.M.R.
Series:  Bridal Bliss Series
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Complete & Total Bliss" by Janae M. Robinson.....

"Asha and Dwayne return for the final installment in the Bridal Bliss series, or do they? Is Dwayne ok? In Lost in Bliss, Asha got some of her answers, but she is still a bit confused and someone has a lot of explaining to do. With two crazy ex-lovers on the loose is it possible for Asha to finally get a happy ever after ending? Will Delilah and John’s marriage last or does Melissa play a role in that demise also? What was Daniel’s M.O. for returning and entering Asha’s life? All these questions and more will be answered in Complete and Total Bliss."

What I really enjoyed about "Complete & Total Bliss"

I must say "Complete & Total Bliss" was a well written story that was the third in this series.  Once I started on this last series…

Broken(Lunch Break Series) By: Stephanie Norris

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Title:  Broken (Lunch Break Series)
Author:  Stephanie Nicole Norris
Publisher: S.N.N.
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Broken" by Stephanie Nicole Norris....

"Relationships always start out rosy in the beginning, but they never last that way. At least this is what Marissa thought as she watched Nathaniel preparing to go out to God knows where at 11 o’clock at night. What used to be love had turned into regret — to the point that Marissa often despised being around him. Sure, they’ve had their break-ups and their make-ups. But this relationship had grown stale, boring, and sometimes depressing, and Marissa wanted out.

Now Joe, on the other hand, was handsome, flirtatious, and older. He had Christian values and knew what he wanted out of life. Marissa couldn’t deny his obvious charm and magnetic pull towards her and she wanted to find out what being with him was like. However, being a Christian woman herself, her morals wouldn’t allow her to cheat on Nathan…

The Sheik Retold (Unabridged Audible) by Victoria Vane & E.M. Hull

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Title:  The Sheik Retold [Audible Audio Edition]
Authors: Victoria Vane & E.M. Hull
Publisher:  Vane  Publishing LLC
Narrated By: Dawn Hyde 8 hrs 49 mins
Format:  Unabridged
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"The Sheik Retold" by authors Victoria Vane and E.M. Hull was a beautiful story told. The authors really knows who to capture your attention in the 1920 remake  and kept it with the intenseness that surrounds the read.  I have read this novel  from my Kindle and also the novel but I loved listening to this story being told by a narrator even more.  Ms. Hyde did a wonderful job at bringing this story to life.  I knew from my earlier  reads  that Diana was a force to be reckon with being so strong willed, independent and all  but on this journey  she really portrays that part of having so much strength to endure what all she had to go through  being raised by such a horrible half brother and even more as we get into the read.  It was really interesting how t…

Friday Night Love (Days of Grace V I) By Tia McCollors

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Title:  Friday Night Love
Author:  Tia McCollors
Publisher:  Whitaker House
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Friday Night Love" by Tia McCollors was a beautiful Christian fiction.  The author presented the readers with a wonderful well written story of  the Maxwell's...Zenja and Roman.

WHAT I REALLY LOVED ABOUT "FRIDAY NIGHT LOVE".

This story will take you though a marriage that is falling apart due to a 'dalliance with infidelity on the part of her husband, Roman.'  The only thing that Zenja wants is her husband gone from her life and precedes to help him pack up so he can leave, however that plan doesn't go as she plans, for he will return.    This novel will take the reader through quite a story from going on a cruise and Zenja meeting a old friend. How will this friend tie into this picture?   One thing that is for sure Zenja truly  has a friend named Caprice. For she is truly a woman of God and will introduce her friend Zenja to th…

Dirty Bonds By B.M. Hardin and Lola J

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Title: Dirty Bonds
Authors: B.M. Hardin & Lola J
Publisher: Savvily Publisher LLC
Reviewed By Arlena Dean
Rating: 4.5
Review:

"Dirty Bonds" by B.M. Hardin & Lola J was indeed that only these authors did write so very well and it was a short read. I found "Dirty Bonds" it was one of those crazy reads that will entertain you turning the pages to the very end. The characters...the three sisters , along with Devon and a few more will give you a interesting read that will keep your attention.

Here is a little from the authors...

"Money aint the only thing that can get you out of Jail on Bail!
***“"Look, I don’t need the money. I have plenty of money. But let me tell you how this works. You see this contract…let me tell you what it says. It says I’ll post your bail, and have my one hell of a lawyer or judge friend get you off, or pay somebody to get you off under one condition…that DICK belongs to me; anytime, anywhere, until the contract is up. That me…

The Idea of Him By Holly Peterson

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Title:  The Idea of Him
Author:  Holly Peterson
Publisher:  William Morrow and Company
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Age Recommended: Adult
Rating: 4
Review:

"The Idea of Him" by Holly Peterson was a good women's fiction read.  Mary Crawford had a good life with two kids, happy marriage and wonderful job, but was this really true?  No, it was not because she soon finds her husband in there laundry room with another woman and this was not the first time.  Guess what...there will be more for Mary to discover.  Will Mary be able to find answers to all of this and more before it's too late?  Be ready for a interesting read however  I did find this read somewhat chaotic a times and even complicated as the story seems to jump back and forth from the past to present.  I will say the suspense that surround the husband, Wades dealing and all kept me very interested  along with the jest of it all where we find from the read that  Mary had previously relied on James,(another part …

Blossom Street Brides By: Debbie Macomber

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Title:  Blossom Street Brides
Author:  Debbie Macomber
Publisher:  Ballantine Books
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Age Recommended: Adult
Rating: 5
Series:  Blossom Bloom #10
Review:

"Blossom Street Brides" by Debbie Macomber was truly another one of this author's good reads of 'struggles of love and marriage.'  I found this novel to be for me an enjoyable one that was so interesting I found it hard to put down because there was so much going on you would be left wondering what was going to happen next. This novel deals with three ladies...
Lauren, who was at crossroads with her long term boyfriend... wanting commitment and
marriage.  Will she get it?
Lydia was the owner of the yarn shop and was having issues with her newly adopted
daughter and her aging mother. Now her shop is receiving knitted scarfs to be donated to
a homeless shelter.
and
Bethanne who was a newlywed, coping with a long distance relationship...ex husband
unwilling to let go and a daughter whose …

Never Say Goodbye By Susan Lewis

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Title:  Never Say Goodbye
Author:  Susan Lewis
Publisher:  Ballantine Books
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Age Recommended: New Adult
Rating: 5
Review:

"Never Say Goodbye" by Susan Lewis was quite a read and the first thing I will say is that this read was of a terminal illness.  I believe that needs to be said up front, now this doesn't take anything away from this excellent read.  "Never Say Goodbye" was beautiful  well written by this author that was 'sensitively and humorously told'  with some well portrayed, colorful, depicted,  believable and defined characters with each one having their own story and problems that were to be dealt with. 
Even though this was not for the most part a  happy heartwarming  read for it was sad  at times, but still  it was a good read that did have some amusing moments.  I found this a gripping story that once
I got into this read  I found  it hard to put down because in the read I found  out so much  more than  just abo…

Betting the Rainbow By Jodi Thomas

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Title:  Betting the Rainbow
Author:  Jodi Thomas
Publisher:  Berkley
Age Recommended:  New Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Series:  Harmony #7
Rating:5
Review:

"Betting the Rainbow" by Jodi Thomas was the seventh in this author series...Harmony was of  three couples who will hopefully find their way to the happily ever afters. You many  want to read the other series before this one, however this read can be read as a stand alone. The author does a good job with the characters of Harmony, Texas and her novels bringing out the romance along with the humor. Truly,  Ronny Logan, Reagan Truman and the Delaney sister, Dusti and Abby  will bring out the 'focus of the interweaving stories of healing, forgiveness, and taking some big chances that have been delayed in fulfilling their dreams.'  "Betting the Rainbow" was one good well written  read that was a page turner that this author has created characters that will have some of it all...'flaws, strengths, tr…

Lost in Bliss By: Janae M. Robinson

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Title:  Lost In Bliss
Author: Janae M. Robinson
Publisher: J. M. R.
Series:  Bridal Bliss Series
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Lost In Bliss" by Janae M. Robinson

"What seemed to be a perfect match made in heaven, left Asha speechless at the end of Bridal Bliss. Now Asha and Dwayne are back, and Dwayne has some explaining to do. Will Asha ask the right questions or stay Lost in Bliss?"


What I liked from "Lost In Bliss"

The author gave the readers many surprises from this story  that just kept coming.  When it looked like it was finally coming to the end suddenly everything seemed to change bringing up more questions that needed to be answered.  I will say it was so much fun reading to  see how this was being presented to the reader and definitely leaving me not wanting to put it down until the end.  Then we find that in the end we will get a cliff hanger where we will have to pick up one more series to see once again what is going on with t…

Bridal Bliss (Bridal Bliss Series) By Janae M. Robinson

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Title: Bridal Bliss (Bridal Bliss Series)
Author:  Janae M. Robinson
Publisher:  Kystal Diggs Publishing
Series:  Bridal Bliss Series
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Bridal Bliss" by Janae M. Robinson:

"Asha’s life has always been school, work, church, and Amara. Her mother constantly tells her that she needs to get out and meet new friends. Asha has dealt with double heartbreak when her child’s father and best friend were killed in a car accident. Together! Dwayne enters in and sweeps Asha off her feet. Praying with her and volunteering to go to church with her, Dwayne seems to be the answer to her prayers. Will Asha get her man of God and end up in Bridal Bliss? Or does Dwayne have another story to tell?"

What I Loved from reading "Bridal Bliss"

"Bridal Bliss" was a  beautifully written short romance that will stay with you long after the read.  As
a matter of fact you will not be able to put it down because each page holds your …

Sandcastle Kisses: A Billionaire Love Story By Krista Lakes

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Title: Sandcastle Kisses A Billionaire Love Story
Author: Krista Lakes
Publisher: Zirconia Publishing
Series: The Kisses Series #5
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Sandcastle Kisses" by Krista Lakes was the first of this author's reads for me that I found this sweet romance was well written and a beginning of a new author for me. I like how this author was able to keep you smiling as you are turning the pages reading this intriguing novel as she is able to create for the reader. There will even some drama that will present some real tension that will give you a non stop read to the end. You will be definitely taken on a ride of romance of this researcher (Isabel) and businessman (Noah). Let me not leave out the flirting that finally lead this couple together in this sweet, sexy romance however, there will be problems that were presented before we get to the happy ever after. I loved the author's description of this island setting in Grove espe…

Meg's Folly [Meghan's Playhouse Book 5] By Adriana Kraft

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Title: Meg's Folly [Meghan's Playhouse Book 5]
Author: Adriana Kraft
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press, LLC
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Age Recommended: Adult (Erotic)
Rating: 4.5
Review:

"Meg's Folly [Meghan's Playhouse Book 5]" by Adriana Kraft was a very hot steamy adult read that enters into swinging, ménage and voyeurism. Please be aware that this is a adult read. These authors really work their magic in bringing out whether or not Meghan will finally give into Josh wishes. I was really captivated in how the story was presented and not wanting to put it down to see what the outcome will be in the end. I liked how these authors were able to bring in various characters from other previous novels of this series along with a few new ones making a smooth entry in the read. This group of characters were well developed, interesting and simply fascinating to read about and let's not leave out the hot steamy sex scenes.

I liked this one quote from the …

The Cowboy's E-Mail Order Bride By Cora Seton

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Title:  The Cowboy's E-Mail Order Bride
Author:  Cora Seton
Publisher:  One Acre Press
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Series:  The Cowboy of Chance Creek #1
Rating: 4.5
Review:

"The Cowboy's E-Mail Order Bride" by Cora Seton was a well written told story of a cowboy and woman who weren't actually looking for love but did find it.  The author presented the reader with such a story that will keep you turning the pages with all its twist and turns.  I found myself all caught up with the characters because they were all indeed all well developed, real, believable, humorous, colorful,  even some with flaws by the end the reader will gets a down right good read that I wasn't able to put down until the end.  This author really did a good job and knows how to present a story that will have you on the edge of your seat only wanting more of seeing how these two people manage to find a love based on lies.  This author did a wonderful job especially at the end of the read of…

How To Lasso A Cowboy By Lissa Larer

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Title:  How To Lasso A Cowboy
Author:  Lissa Larer
Publisher:  America Star Books
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4.5
Review:

"How To Lasso A Cowboy" by Lissa Larer was a wonderfully written western historical romance of the 1800's.  This read was so interesting that I found it hard to put down until I was completely through with it and it being a wonderful read all the way through.  The characters were are so well defined, developed, believable  and oh so well portrayed.  I liked how this  author was able to give the reader a good read featuring mainly these three people:   Kate, her sister Priscilla and Justin.  Now, their will be other characters that will be brought in that will help give a smooth flow to "How
To Lasso A Cowboy." 

 We find from the read that these  two sisters were in this town to claim their inheritance of a 160 acre ranch and Justin was in town due to the fact he was tracking his brother's murderer.  As  Kate and Justin  began to …

Good Together By CJ Carmichael

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Title:  Good Together
Author:  CJ Carmichael
Publisher:  Tule Publishing  Group
Series:  The Copper Mountain Rodeo #4
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4.5
Review:

"Good Together" by CJ Carmichael was one of those stories that after you read it will leave you saying wow!  By being a book reviewer I have read some of it all and I found this novel lead me on a very emotional tense ride of the heroine being so blindsided from it all from guess who...her husband.    I did love how this author was able to take the reader on a journey of showing how strong a person can be in the mist of all the hardships that one goes through.  The read was somewhat long
taking you through a lots of other characters and showing their emotions and strengths.  What I really loved about this read this author was able to convey that when you are down and out how there can  be someone to come in and help you through and with  your most difficult time in your life as it was for…

Promise Me, Cowboy By CJ Carrmichael

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Title: Promise Me, Cowboy
Author: CJ Carmichael
Publisher: Tule Group, LLC
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Series: The Copper Mountain Rodeo #3
Rating: 4.5
Review:

"Promise Me, Cowboy" by CJ Carmichael was a enjoyable read of a cowboy named Dawson O'Dell who gets a second chance at love with Sage Carrigan. This author presented to the reader a interesting well written read of Sage who had left the rodeo circuit due to injury and was now owner of her chocolate shop. We find she had previously been involved with this cowboy, who was a bronco rodeo rider, but after learning that he was married Sage had tried put him behind her and was going on with her life. Five years later, this cowboy comes into her shop to try to make amends however, Sage is not having any of it. I found this story good however, somewhat predictable in some areas. I think this author did do a good job with the details in explaining it all to what had gone on with Dawson now that he has come back to Sa…

Mitchell Parker's Anniversary By Jane Oldaker

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Title:  Mitchell Parker's Anniversary Gift
Author:  Jane Oldaker
Publisher:  Smashwords Edition
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Mitchell Parker's Anniversary" by Jane Oldaker was another short read by this author. To truly understand this read I would definitely say you should read 'Northing Ventured' to get a little more about this story.  As the story starts it is of  a Mr. Parker where we find him waiting at a fancy restaurant for his wife's 40th anniversary.  Mr. Parker has purchased a lovely piece of jewelry that he knew his wife would love having.  As you read thorough this story we will see characters such as Molly Malone and her boyfriend Paul from 'Nothing Ventured.'  The story will flash back and forth to day when Parker's wife Eileen were courting and as we listen to Parker's private thoughts of how much he still loves his wife which was a 'everlasting love.'  Now this story gets a little more interesting t…

A Day at the Office or The Bastard By Jane Oldaker

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Title:  A Day at the Office or The Bastard
Author:  Jane Oldaker
Publisher:  Smashwords Edition
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"A Day at the Office or The Bastard" by Jane Oldaker was a short sweet read of this lady's  day...'before, during and after work.'  This entertaining read was of a woman who wants 'a day with her husband but gets a a day at the office instead with the Bastard.' It was indeed humorous at the end how this author puts in a twist.  Wow, she gets to finally come home late due to having to work
late ...however, upon arriving home late dinner is ready and guess who is there with a hug and a cooked  meal?  Wow, what a surprise ending!













Nothing Ventured By Jane Oldaker

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Title:  Nothing Ventured
Author:  Jane Oldaker
Publisher:  Smashwords Edition
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Nothing Ventured" by Jane Oldaker was a wonderful contemporary romance read that once you start you will find it hard to put down.  I am not sure what all I expected from this read but I did get much more that I ever thought I would get having completed this novel.  It was very well written, not leaving out any details to this intriguing storyline.  I found all of the characters so well defined, colorful, believable and even endearing only to give the reader a awesome read.  You will be kept right up to almost the end  seeing if  Miss Molly would let got her all her pride to finally see what a great man she could have.  If you are looking for a good love story with a happy ever after then you have come to the right place for "Nothing Ventured" will give it all to you and more.










Mr. Loverman By Bernardine Evaristo

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Title:  Mr. Loverman
Author:  Bernadine Evaristo
Publisher:  Akashic Books
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Mr. Loverman" by Bernadine Evaristo was a delightful fiction love read.  I found that the author's narrators were splendid giving you such a touching and well written story that I found hard to put down until the very end.  The cast of characters were very humorous (some) as well memorable, defined and portrayed.  The area of this place in Hackney, London seemed like a place that was describe so very well making you think you were there while you are reading the novel.  Be ready for a read where you will find Mr. Loverman involved in his secrecy of what it really meant for him to be free where we find he lives a double life.  Who would have thought at a man in his seventies, who had been married over fifty years would have this huge secret that would come out the way it did? And just what was that secret? As I was reading thorough this novel I was kept…

It's A New Season: A Kingston and Sinclair Series By: Desiree Future

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Title:  It's A New Season
Author:  Desiree Future
Publisher: D. F.
Reviewed  By:  Arlena Dean
Age Recommended:  Adult
Rating: 5
Series: A Kingston & Sinclair Series
Review:

"It's A New Season" by Desiree Future was a good sequel to 'The Pastor's Heart.'  I will say it will be a good idea to read it before reading this series because it all ties into this second novel so very well.  The story will start with the  "Newly married Pastor Kingston Carter and his new bride Lady Sinclair Madison Carter have settled into their new lives together" where we find Lady Sinclair is suffering somewhat from her operation on her leg, however, she is trying to get back into  her agency, 'Aged Out Forster Care Inc.' and her  hubby is trying to convince her to slow down and take care of herself.  Pastor Kingston Carter is all about business with his church Christ the Lord Fellowship  and helping to grow his family owned grocery store Carter's Mark…

Through His Eyes By Deborah Camp

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Title:  Through His Eyes
Author:  Deborah Camp
Publisher:  Amazon
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Through His Eyes" by Deborah Camp was one good contemporary romantic suspenseful read.  It was definitely one of those reads that once you start reading this author's novels you will find it hard to put down.  I found "Through His Eyes" quite a different read from the other novels I have read from this author and it was indeed a good  brilliant read.  I really liked how this author didn't get to technical as she 'explains the difference in the areas of psychic abilities' so that the readers will not get completely lost in it all.  "Through His Eyes" give us psychic ability characters, a good suspenseful mystery and oh yes, hot steamy love scenes.  We have a heroine who is trying to learn her psychic skill and the hero who has developed these psychic abilities over the years. "While she is thrust into the mind of the bad guys…

Temptation Ridge (Virgin River # 6) By Robyn Carr

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Title:  Temptation Ridge  (A Virgin River Novel)
Author:  Robyn Carr
Publisher:  Mira Books
Series:  Virgin River #6
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Reviewed:

"Temptation Ridge" by Robyn Carr was a beautiful contemporary novel of the Virgin River #6  that featured three romances.   The main storyline was of Shelby McIntyre and Luke Riordan...then it moves on to Walt Booth and Muriel and  lastly Abby MacCall and Cameron Michaels.  Be prepared for a read of not only romances that are going on in this  small California town  but  where you will find the people will come together in sadness, in  rescue times,  along with plenty of babies being born, pregnancies, town near disaster,  abuse, a homeless man with 'Down's Syndrome,'  and  a town drunk.

The characters were all well developed, believable and colorful bring out a well written read of suspense, humorous, tearful and  even some sexy scenes that will keep you interested turning the pages to see what will …

Forbidden Falls: Virgin River, Book 9 By: Robyn Carr

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Title:  Forbidden Falls
Author:  Robyn Carr
Publisher:  Mira Books
Series: Virgin River #9
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Forbidden Falls" by Robyn Carr was another good read of this author's 'Virgin River Series.'   This series was of Noah and Ellie.  This was a wonderful romantic story of a pastor  from a new town who finds love on 'from  the other side of the tracks.'   There will also be a secondary story involving a past hero/heroine who will have a 'heart tugging change of events that will be brought into their lives.'  Now, to truly understand this second story you may need to go back a series  to see what is up with Paul and Vanessa.  This author really knows her stuff in being able to put all of these series together that they seem to flow so smoothly  off of the pages as you read them.  The reader will also be able  to find out about the secrets of the puppies and with that being said you must pick  up "Forbidden Fall…