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Just Between Us: Inspiring Stories By Women By: Authors: Selena Haskins, Christy Thomas, Adrienne Thompson, Janice Ross, Nicole Dunkap, & T.M. Brown

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Title:  Just Between Us:  Inspiring Stories By Women
Authors:  Selena Haskins, TM Brown, Janice Ross, Nicole Dunlap, Tamika Christy & Adrienne          Thompson
Publisher:  Calidream Publishing Company
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  5
Review:

Just Between Us: Inspiring Stories By Women by a host of wonderful authors....

"Just Between US there is a determination to reminisce and reveal all that once crippled our lives. You are invited to share in this short story collection of TM Brown, Tamika Christy, Nicole Dunlap, Selena Haskins, Janice Ross and Adrienne Thompson. These stories are all real, no work of fiction can match the emotional expressions displayed in this heartfelt collection of inspirational stories."

What I enjoyed from this novel....

I enjoyed reading from these six good author's... their version of 'Life.'    They all really had some inspiring short stories about their personal and important moment in their lives that were a good encourageme…

A Man's Promise By: Brenda Jackson

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Title: A Man's Promise
Author: Brenda Jackson
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Series: Granger #2
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"A Man's Promise" by Brenda Jackson...

"A man's word is his bond. His family is his strength. His heart is his own.

Superstar musician Caden Granger has spent years running from love, commitment and family. Yet despite his fame and fortune, he knows the kind of respect and adoration he needs can only come from one person—the very woman who wants nothing to do with him.

Corporate fund-raiser and society maven Shiloh Timmons finally got her life on track once her relationship with Caden ended, and she's in no hurry to revisit a romance with the man she left standing at the altar.

If Caden can't have Shiloh by his side, all the success in the world will mean nothing. Now he has a chance to renew his promises…but is it too late?"

What I enjoyed about the read...

I loved it and found it a continuation of the …

The Crazy Hood Love Story: Rock City By K'Aliyah Knight

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Title:  A Crazy Hood Love Story
Author:  K'Aliyah Knight
Publisher: Alana's Book Line
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"The Crazy Hood Love Story" by K'Aliyah Knight....


"If you hustle, hustle harder. If you love, love harder. What if the one you love is changing because of the hustle?

17 year old Rockwell can get whateva she wants. Her uncle Marcel got the city on lock. Dudes in the hood treat her with respect out of loyalty or fear of Marcel. Poppin tags and all, Rockwell still doesn’t have the one thing she wants the most. Rico.

Have you ever loved someone so much that you don’t care if dude is crazy? Your heart beats for him. Somewhere in the back of ya mind you know ish won’t work out but you gotta have him. Rico is the type of dude a chick could get lost on and that makes Rockwell wants him even more. Then a new guy steps in her sights. Now she knows messing around on Rico is worse than defying Marcel, but the chick can’t help it. Step into …

The Girl Upstairs By: Maree Caleste

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Title: The Girl Upstairs
Author:  Maree Caleste
Publisher:  Libertine Press/GMTA Publishing
Reviewed By:  Arlena  Dean
Genre: Gothic Erotica
Rating: 4
Review:

"The Girl Upstairs" by Maree Caleste....

"Michael is an average, unassuming sort of fellow no one would especially take any notice of. He works hard at his dead-end office job and goes home alone to a shared house filled with eccentric oddities all of whom have far more exciting lives than him. Each night he is forced to listen to the passionate, tumultuous and often thunderous exploits of the girl upstairs.

Crystal lives directly above Michael. She is a Gothic vixen; a nymphomaniac. She is quite possibly the most incredible girl he has ever seen and he ‘fancies the pants off her’, except Crystal seems oblivious to Michael and his lustrous desires. Michael cannot escape her sordid escapades and is often close enough to hear every groan and whimper. But if he can’t have her is it enough to hear her ‘being had’?&quo…

Jumping Ship (Island Hopping Series) By: Janice Ross

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Title:  Jumping Ship
Author:  Janice Ross
Publisher: Createspace
Series:  Island Hopping Series #1
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  5
Review:

"Jumping Ship" by Janice Ross.....

JUMPING SHIP: AN INTRODUCTORY NOVELLA

"The year was nineteen seventy-five. Barren couple, Pearl and Edward Riley stumbled upon a newborn baby girl. Her cries could only be heard by a true mother, which Pearl immediately became. Bundled up with their new child, they discovered a parcel of artifacts and a scribbled note that read: Sakkara. Pregnant seamstress, Petrina Dugal, became a runaway at the age of twenty-six. She ran away from a brutish husband, Roger, and a well-loved South American home in Georgetown, Guyana; at the heart of her rebellion – an enigmatic lover named Michael Chen. Pet and Mikey, as they became affectionately known, allowed love to blossom in front of her police officer husband and an intrusive community. Were they not aware of the dangers? Or did the pursuit of love trump …

Church Gurlz' III [The Aftermath] By: H.H. Fowler

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Title:  Church Gurlz III 
Author:  H.H. Fowler
Publisher:  More Wind, More Fire Publishing
Series: The Aftermath
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Church Gurlz III" by H.H. Fowler...

"Doreen Lakatos is six feet in her grave, but there is a new sheriff in town. Mother Veronica Stephens, newly appointed Women's pastor of Brandon View International Church, is a self-righteous bigot who goes after the inheritance of the Lakatos men. She is sharp, determined and willing to do anything to create the biggest scandal in Church history.

Jasmine Benton-Fowler, former love interest of both Lakatos brothers, is back in town for a joyous event. However, something tragic happens, which forces Jasmine to stay in town longer than she is welcomed. Her stubbornness to leave, makes room for the devil to move in.

In Church Gurlz 3 (The Aftermath), the message of forgiveness and hope rings loud and clear. If your father had killed your mother, or if your mother, for thirty yea…

Church Gurlz' II [In The Presence of My Enemy] By H.H. Fowler

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Title:  Church Gurlz' II 
Author: H.H. Fowler
Publisher:  More Wind, More Fire Publishing
Series: [In The Presence Of My Enemy]
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Church Gurlz' II" by H.H. Fowler...

"The manipulation continues as Doreen Lakatos releases her deadly venom against Tara, her son's fiancée, who tries to blackmail Doreen about a secret Tara has stumbled upon. But Doreen refuses to be backed into a corner. She knows some of Tara's secrets, too. Both women fight to the bitter end, as they realize that they both have something precious to lose. Who will end up as the one on top?

Jasmine, daughter of one of the richest men in real estate, is going after happiness, which she hopes to find with one of the Lakatos men. Will it be with Wynton or with Brian? But with Doreen in the mix, Jasmine soon discovers that her choice will not be so easy.

Marcia Gippings, the blind beauty, appears to have moved on from her "obsession" with Bria…

Church Gurlz' Book 1 [Mother's Black Book] By H.H. Fowler

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Title:  Church Gurlz' Book 1 
Author:  H.H. Fowler
Publisher:  H.H.F.
Series:  [Mother's Black Book]
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Church Gurlz' 1" by H.H. Fowler...

"How does it feel to be treated like dirt beneath someone’s shoes? Or no matter how hard you push to get into someone’s good graces, you are continuously batted away as if you are an irritant pest? Ask Tara Lamont, hairstylist and fiancée to Wynton Lakatos – who struggles hard against the burgeoning attacks of Wynton’s mother, Doreen Lakatos. Doreen is no pushover. She might be the First Lady of Brandon View Baptist Church, but like most mothers she wants the best for her children. To Doreen, that means Tara is not good enough for Wynton, and that she will stop at nothing until she kicks Tara as far as she can -- out of Wynton’s life.

Jasmine Benton – daughter of real estate tycoon, Karl Benton – knows what it’s like to be ‘listed’ in “Mother’s Black Book”. Her past connection wit…

Dreams That Won't Let Go By: Stacy Hawkins Adams

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Title:  Dreams That Won't Let Go
Author:  Stacy Hawkins Adams
Publisher:  Fleming H. Revall Company
Series:  Jubilant Soul #3
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  5
Review:

"Dreams That Won't Let Go"  by Stacy Hawkins Adams ....

"Indigo Burns is excited. Her wedding preparations to the man of her dreams are under way, her career as a photographer is a success, and her family seems to be doing better than ever - all except her brother Reuben who nobody has seen in years. But that's about to change, because Reuben has decided to move back home to Jubilant, Texas."


What I liked about "Dreams That Won't Let Go"

This is a beautiful and enjoyable series that I have loved reading...a journey with the Burns family. I liked how this author brought out to the readers that a  family's with  hidden secrets can almost destroyed relationships.  "Dreams That Won't Let Go" is a very inspirational  read that was about 'real life circums…

The Someday List By Stacy Hawkins Adams

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Title:  The Someday List
Author:  Stacy Hawkins Adams
Publisher:  Fleming H. Revell Company
Series:  Jubilant Soul Book 1
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"The Someday List" by Stacy Hawkins Adams...

"Rachelle Covington has it all. A fabulous home, a handsome and prestigious husband, two beautiful children, and a place in the upper crust that's quite comfortable. But her life is not all it's cracked up to be. When her husband goes away on business trip and the kids are sent off to the grandparents for a month, Rachelle takes up the challenge of a dying friend to start a list of things to do before she dies. She heads back to Jubilant, Texas, to reconnect with her past, her purpose, and herself. But when her ex shows up in town looking very fine and very single, Rachelle must confront feelings she thought she'd long buried. Will she give up everything to recover the past? Or will she find a reason to plan for the future?
"The Someday List&quo…

Unholy Romance: A Christian Wife's Infidelity and Emotional Affairs Leads to Sandal in an African American Church By Emerald Woods

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Title:  Unholy Romance: A Christian Wife's Infidelity and Emotional Affairs Leads to Sandal in an African American Church
Author:  Emerald Woods
Publisher:  Lomor Internet Ventures, LLC
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"Unholy Romance: A Christian Wife's Infidelity and Emotional Affairs Leads to Sandal in an African American Church  by Emerald Woods.....

“How Did I Get Here?”

"That eventually became the question I was able to ask God and myself in the crushing days that followed my getting kicked out of my beloved church (for reasons I detail for you inside).

After all, I had a lot more time to follow the biblical admonitions to “consider your ways” and “come, let us reason together” now that my days were no longer filled with running to church meetings, buying batteries to place inside cordless microphones (I worked for the Technology Team of the church), working out like a demon and curling my weave to get ready and all prettied-up to see my “church husb…

On The Way To A Wedding By Suzanne Stengl

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Title:  On The Way To A Wedding
By:  Suzanne Stengl
Publisher:  Myra and Angus
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"On The Way To A Wedding" by Suzanne Stengl ...

"Ryder O’Callaghan finds Toria Whitney on the side of a forest road with a totaled car, a sprained ankle, and a wedding dress. Both Ryder and Toria are scheduled to be married in three weeks—but not to each other.

Deep down inside, Ryder longs for the freedom and simple honesty of a less complicated life, but his pride has him hell bent on proving a point to his father. He’s building an estate home and marrying the sophisticated, elegant woman he’s chosen for his fiancée.

Confident in his conviction that love is overrated, Ryder is determined to make the lukewarm relationship work, so he denies his surprising fascination for his roadside damsel in distress.

Toria is running scared. She has called off her wedding to her parents’ idea of the perfect husband, and she needs time and space to discover what she…

The Beautiful Dead By Daryl Banner

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Title:  The Beautiful Dead
Author:  Daryl Banner
Publisher:  Createspace
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4.5
Review:

"The Beautiful Dead" by Darryl Banner...

"She’s dead.

In fact, the whole world’s dead. Every single person, apparently. Unburied and reimagined into a beautiful living-dead woman called Winter, she is doomed to spend the rest of eternity in a quaint, peaceful city with no hunger, no sickness and no bills to pay. Her Second Life is perfect in every way possible.

So why is she so bent on destroying it all?

After angering the mayor, befriending rebel headless teenagers and igniting romance with a dark and brooding neighbor, she finds herself wrestling madly with a First Life she cannot remember and this Second Life she cannot accept. Not to mention the maniacal army of rotting corpses who want her dead. Again.

But none of that matters in comparison to an even worse problem. There’s a guest in her house. A rude, good-looking man on the run ... a man with a h…

The Other Side of Divine (Blessed Trinity) By Vanessa Davis Griggs

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Title: The Other Side of Divine
Author:  Vanessa Davis Griggs
Publisher: Dafina
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"The Other Side of Divine" by Vanessa Davis Griggs


"Full of crazy church politics and a huge cast, Griggs keeps this on-going story alive by addressing the challenges of living by Biblical rules with homespun humor." --Publishers Weekly Paris Simmons-Holyfield is finally pregnant with the baby she's dreamed of for so long. There's just one complication: she's not sure who the father is. Apparently, after a night of drinking with her ex-coworker and ally Darius Connors, it could be him. Considering her husband's track record, chances are it is. Still, Paris prays it's not Darius, and decides to keep quiet about her worries. Especially because Darius isn't ready to give up on his crumbling marriage...

Meanwhile, after a battle to keep her adopted daughter and an ugly confrontation with Paris's family, Gabrielle Mercede…

The Other Side of Dare By: Vanessa Davis Griggs

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Title:  The Other Side of Dare
Author:  Vanessa Davis Griggs
Publisher: Dafina
Series:  The Blessed Trinity Series #8
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"The Other Side of Dare by Vanessa Davis Griggs


In a powerful new inspirational novel in the Blessed Trinity series, the award-winning author of "Redeeming Waters" weaves the compelling story of a family threatened by a shocking secret.


What I truly enjoyed from the read: The Other Side of Dare...

This was another one of this author's great Christian  novels.  It holds to the saying:  " that what is done in the dark will come to light."  I found this read so interesting that once I started reading I couldn't put it down until the end.  Finding someone at their end but being able to turn your life around was truly part of this good read that was truly enjoyable.

This author writes so well of the reality of what can go on a 'todays church's'  that will leaves  you spell bound in the…

Destiny Unlimited By: Vanessa Davis Griggs

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Title:  Destiny Unlimited
Author:  Vanessa Davis Griggs
Publisher: Free To Soar
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Destiny Unlimited" by Vanessa Davis Griggs...

"Fiction filled with adventure as well as powerfully subtle lessons and messages. It is like the "Wizard of Oz" in modern day linking up with success gurus to form an awesome orchestra of Og Mandino, Les Brown, Anthony Robbins, Deepak Chopra, Dennis Kimbro all being conducted by Iyanla Vanzant! Characters with such names as Countryman Full Of, Flo River, Captain Pye in the Sky, Brother Mic, etc., leave lasting impressions as do the main characters of the story: eleven-year-old Amethyst and the sage "Miss Jamahri."

What I loved about "Destiny Unlimited"....

I found "Destiny Unlimited" was an amazing  powerful read for all ages.  I found this novel   inspirational, captivating,  even humorous and encouragement all through the read,    especially in not giving up. …

Redeeming Waters By: Vanessa Davis Griggs

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Title:  Redeeming Waters
Author:  Vanessa Davis Griggs
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating 4.5
Review:

"Redeeming Waters" by Vanessa Davis Griggs.....

"Brianna is 10 years old when she first meets 25-year-old David R. Shepherd, a devout and gifted gospel recording artist who ultimately becomes world renowned megastar, King d.Avid. He leaves an impression on Brianna she will never forget. And they are destined to meet again."

What I enjoy from reading "Redeeming Waters"...was how this author featured this story around
David and Bathesba in a new and very interesting way. There will be a twist on this storyline
as well as some lessons that will be learned as this author gets to the point in the amazing read.  This will be a read that you may wrestle with the questions of  'faith, fidelity and forgiveness. I found the
characters Brianna and Alana's were so real in their friendship.  Again, I loved the way …

Blessed Trinity By: Vanessa Davis Griggs

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Title:  Blessed Trinity
Author:  Vanessa Davis Griggs
Publisher:  Dafina
Series:  The Blessed Trinity Series #1
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Blessed Trinity" by Vanessa Davis Griggs...


Three sisters...one devastating secret.

"Faith Alexandria Morrell, the oldest of a mysterious trio of sisters, lives a troubled life and guards a horrifying secret. Yet few, least of all her new church family, would believe this always-impeccably-dressed woman is so utterly lost. But what lies beneath the surface of Faith's carefully constructed veneer could completely destroy her.
Needing help, Faith and her sisters, Hope and Charity, join Followers of Jesus Faith Worship Center. This new mega church, led by the dreadlock-wearing, Holy Ghost-filled Pastor George Landris, just may offer the solace she needs. But Faith soon discovers that all is not well in her new church home: Pastor Landris's  marriage may not be as solid as everyone thinks and he's strug…

Up At Butternut Lake: Butternut Lake Trilogy #1 By: Mary McNear

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Title:  Up at Butternut Lake
Author:  Mary McNear
Publisher:  William Morrow & Company
Series:  The Butternut Lake Trilogy #1
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Age Recommended:  Adult
Rating: 4.5
Review:

"Up At Butternut Lake" by Mary McNear was a wonderful told contemporary inspirational romance novel.  I will say this was a rather hard read for me but since I had asked to read it I chartered on.
This author did a marvelous job with presented to us a story of Alice Beckett who was trying to pick up the pieces of her life now that she was a widow, she goes to a place looking for safety.  Now she is with her son Wyatt on Butternut Lake. I enjoyed the read of this author's novel of showing
how Alice is trying to make it from day to day  and meets up with a friends and even a newcomer.  I enjoyed reading how these four characters ...Alice, Jax and Caroline and Walker all connecting so well together but also showing how each did struggled with love, loss risk taken, fears that…

Happily Ever After By Eliabeth Maxwell

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Title:  Happily Ever After
Author:  Elizabeth Maxwell
Publisher:  Touchstone
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Age Recommended:  Adult
Rating: 4.5
Review: 

"Happily Ever After" by Elizabeth Maxwell was definitely a fun, unique romance read.  I liked how this author was able to take the reader on a intertwining of different genres to present to the me a interesting story-contemporary, paranormal(magical), erotic, chit lit, some women's fiction and romantic comedy.  I liked the ride of the twist and turns as this story will take you on this fun read. I liked how this author put together this read where I can even see the main character is somewhat overweight, divorced, raising a  eleven year old daughter and supports herself by writing erotica stories. Hay its a job and someone wants to do it!  It really become interesting as you read of  Sadie Fuller when she goes over a current manuscript to find a character and parts of the story she didn't
write...is she losing her mind?…

Daughters Who Walk This Path by: Yejide Kilanko

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Title:  Daughters Who Walk This Path
Author:  Yejide Kilanko
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4.5
Review:

"Daughters Who Walk This Path" by  Yejide Kilanko

"Spirited and intelligent, Morayo grows up surrounded by school friends and family in busy, modern-day Ibadan, Nigeria. An adoring little sister, their traditional parents, and a host of aunties and cousins make Morayo's home their own. So there's nothing unusual about her charming but troubled cousin Bros T moving in with the family. At first Morayo and her sister are delighted, but in her innocence, nothing prepares Morayo for the shameful secret Bros T forces upon her.

Thrust into a web of oppressive silence woven by the adults around her, Morayo must learn to fiercely protect herself and her sister from a legacy of silence many women in Morayo's family share. Only Aunty Morenike—once shielded by her own mother—provides Morayo with a safe home and a sense of female community th…

You Killed My Brother By Keith Rommel

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Title: You Killed My Brother
Author:  Keith Rommel
Publisher: Enigma Press
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
Rating: 4.5
Review:

My Thoughts after reading....  "You Killed My Brother"

"You Killed My Brother" by Keith Rommel was one of those reads that after reading it you will be left thinking that was truly a read of such bad tragedies that just kept on coming all the way to the end.  You will simply not be able to take a breath for more worse to start happening.  "You Killed My Brother" is truly one of those kind of read that will have you shaking your head and holding my breath  and just saying and even asking did that just happen? Wow!  This author really knows who to keep the audience attention with is fast pace that dealt with some very horrible criminals and law abiding citizens dealing with pain and loss.  As I was reading "You Killed My Brother" I thought when would enough be enough because the way the read w…

The Red Bikini By Lauren Christopher

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The Red Bikini
Author:  Lauren Christopher
Publisher:  Berkley
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Age Recommended:  Adult
Rating: 4.5
Review:

"The Red Bikini" By Lauren Bikini was a beautiful told contemporary  romance that turned out to
be a new beginning for Giselle McCabe.  In my opinion I liked how this author's  presentation of  this story of after Giselle  husband had leaves her,  she decides to take a two week getaway to her sister's California beach house and there she meets  Fin Hensen who was a  gorgeous celebrity athlete.  I liked how this author was able to give  us the inside of how Fin was escaping his pro tour for a season, due to a  big huge mistake that had happen in his past, but for him when he meets up with Giselle he realizes that maybe she was just the one to be his ticket to success.  "The Red Bikini"  will definitely be a page turner finding myself constantly turning the pages zoomed into this read of just what is going to happen next for th…

The Glass Kitchen By Linda Francis Lee

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Title:  The Glass Kitchen
Author:  Linda Francis Lee
Publisher:  St Martin's Press
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Age Recommended: Adult
Rating: 4.5
Review:

"The Glass Kitchen" by Linda Francis Lee was a interesting contemporary romantic read that did have some fantasy interwoven  into it.   I found the read and interesting way his author presented this romance.  It was indeed a interesting read surrounding Portia who after managing through a  horrible marriage and the death of her grandmother Portia will move to NYC broken hearted with two suitcases  along with her grandmother's 'Glass Kitchen Cookbooks and the 'gift' that she no longer wanted.  It was at this point I found somewhat strange but continued on with the read.  Well,
after reading a little further I was able to understand the thought pattern of his author and it was a
good one and I liked it.  'The Knowing' wow, what was that?  Even though Portia has stopped listening to 'The Knowing&…

Midnight Play By: Lisa Marie Perry

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Title:  Midnight Play
Author:  Lisa Marie Perry
Series:  The Blue Dynasty Series
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Midnight Play" by Lisa Marie Perry...


Love evens the score

"As general manager of the Las Vegas Slayers, Danica Blue goes toe-to-toe with players whose size is matched only by their egos. Quarterback Dex Harper is the biggest and toughest of them all, with a hell-raiser reputation that he insists he doesn't deserve. And Danica, the good daughter who's always played by the rules, is suddenly tempted to break every last one.

Football is the only thing Dex has ever been able to count on. To save his career he needs Danica's PR savvy, and he's happy to help her discover her inner bad girl in return. But glimpsing the real woman behind that sexy, flawless facade is making him realize how much is at stake. Because getting back on the team could mean losing Danica, unless he's willing to risk it all—and play for keeps."

What I enj…

The Preacher's Bride By Jody Hedlund

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Title: The Preacher's Bride
Author:  Jody Hedlund
Publisher:  Bethany House
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  5
Review:

"The Preacher Bride"  by Jody Hedlund....

"In 1650s England, a young Puritan maiden is on a mission to save the baby of her newly widowed preacher--whether her assistance is wanted or not. Always ready to help those in need, Elizabeth ignores John's protests of her aid. She's even willing to risk her lone marriage prospect to help the little family.

Yet Elizabeth's new role as nanny takes a dangerous turn when John's boldness from the pulpit makes him a target of political and religious leaders. As the preacher's enemies become desperate to silence him, they draw Elizabeth into a deadly web of deception. Finding herself in more danger than she ever bargained for, she's more determined than ever to save the child--and man--she's come to love."


"The Preacher's Bride" was one beautiful told stories that w…

Surrender By: Brenda Jackson

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Title:  Surrender
Author:  Brenda Jackson
Publisher:  Harlequin
Series:  Madaris Family and Friends #10
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Surrender" by Brenda Jackson

"After a childhood spent moving from army base to army base, Nettie Brooms is determined to secure a stable life -- and never become involved with a military man. Then she meets handsome, charming Ashton Sinclair, a dedicated Colonel in the U.S. Marines, who's intent on capturing her heart. Now, Nettie's wondering how a man she swore she would avoid could so easily test her resolve...by igniting an irresistible passion she can't ignore."

What I liked about "Surrender"  was that it was a continuation of the Madaris family stories.  This story was mainly about Netherland Brooms Colonel Ashton Sinclair where their will be a lots of sensual tension between these two.  We have Nettie vowing never to get involved with any military men after growing up in a military family wh…

Unexpected By: Aja and Roy Glenn

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Title:  Unexpected
Authors:  Aja and Roy Glenn
Publisher:  She Loves Words Publishing
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  4
Review:

"Unexpected" by Aja and Roy Glenn...

Maya Taylor has been left stung by the arrow of love one too many times for her liking. Swearing off heartache she decides that the staid and boring life is just fine for her. But a well-meaning friend points out that she isn’t really living at all and helps Maya embark on a journey with a new attitude. This leads to a chance encounter with a handsome gentleman that is all about living in the moment.

Roman Newsome has constantly been on the search for the perfect woman. She needs to look beautiful, have something to talk about other than herself and be able to keep up with his prowess in bed. But having found out that most women pretend to have it all only to reveal their true unappealing colors, he’s decided the perfect woman must not exist. Until he meets Maya. . .

Can these two fundamentally different peopl…

In His Eyes By Nina Pierce

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Title:  In His Eyes
Author:  Nina Pierce
Publisher:  Seaside Publications
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4.5
Review: 

"In His Eyes" by Nina Pierce was one scary suspenseful thriller read!  I was kept saying wow, I didn't see that one coming all the way through this well paced intense mystery read.  I read it in one setting because I wasn't able to stop reading "In His Eyes" until the very end.   I will say up front that several times I thought I know who this serial killer was but this author really knows her stuff at keeping the reader at bay guessing with there being so many twist and turn...points of views coming from all directions.  So, as I read "In His Eyes"  there is a search for a serial killer , a couple  is also trying to repair a marriage (Maggie & Alex Callaghan) and a obsessed FBI agent is on the line for possibly losing his job while he is hunting  for this serial killer. 

What I liked about "In His Eyes"

I felt …

Under My Thumb By: Abby Reynolds

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Title:  Under My Thumb [Serenade Series #1]
Author:  Abby Reynolds
Publisher: A.R.
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"Under My Thumb" by Abby Reynolds was definitely one of those novels that would keep your interest as well as attention  due to so much was going on in this unique story. I will say up front be ready for a rather long story and I hate to spoil it for you...you will not get a ending (left hanging) so  you will have to pick up the next series  for that part of the 'Serenade Series.'  Now, with that being said I liked the story line of "Under My Thumb" by this author showing how the hero and heroine )Pru and Cash) had both been hurt  in the past and now being brought together only...will they fall in love?  The story seems  to alternate between these two main characters and it was interesting seeing this relationship develop and wondering if they will ever just talk to each other and telling how each one feels.  The characters in this…

Quick No-Cook Low Carb Recipes (Low Carb Reference) By: Lisa Shea

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Title:  Quick No-Cook Low Carb Recipes (Low Carb Reference)
Author:  Lisa Shea
Publisher:  Minerva Webworks LLC
Series:  Low Carb Reference
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Quick No-Cook Low Carb Recipes (Low Carb Reference)" by Lisa Shea...

"This 112-page book on Quick No-Cook Low Carb Recipes features 42 recipes ranging from easy cheese-plate ideas that any college student or after-school kid can try to more advanced recipes like tuna tartare which involve more complex flavors. Explore a new recipe every day for a month and expand your menu choices!

This book provides easy ideas for preparing quick, healthy meals that you will love. Every recipe can be made without cooking. If you've only got five minutes, this book has the answer. Kids who want to eat healthy can make these dishes without any cooking. Whether you're at an office without a microwave or living in a college dorm, you can make these healthy foods to keep your body energized and happy.

Shattered Imperfections: Miss Perfect Part II (The Shaw Family Saga Finale) By Nicole Dunlap

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Title:  Shattered Imperfections: Miss Perfect Part II
Author:  Nicole Dunlap
Publisher: N.D.
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Shattered Imperfections:  Miss Perfect Part II (The Shaw Family Saga Finale) by Nicole Dunlap...

"Nobody is perfect. Through the scandalous family lies that bind them all together the Shaw women have survived. Four generations of women have tackled ups and downs: now, Annette is perfectly comfortable wither life. Charlene has tasted the bittersweet notes of success. Raven is preparing for the wedding of a century, and a life rich in love afterward. Beautiful, young Royael has all the pleasures of a princess…
While Dallas is in uproar over a gruesome rape-homicide, a lead Detective transforms into the ultimate stalker. A hitman lurks nearby. And death will surely come. The list of those wanting vengeance has reached its peak, but the Bible says that “God will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.”
Take one last roller coaster ride …