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Slow Hand By: Victorica Vane

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Title:  Slow Hand
Author:  Victoria Vane
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Slow Hand" by Victoria Vane....

DescriptionIn rural Montana...
"Wade Knowlton is a hard-working lawyer who’s torn between devoting himself to his small-town Montana law practice, and helping his brother keep their struggling ranch going. He’s on the brink of exhaustion from trying to save everybody and everything, when gorgeous Nicole Powell walks into his office in desperate need of an attorney. She’s just the breath of fresh air he needs.

Even the lawyers wear boots...

Nicole Powell is a sassy Southern girl who has officially sworn off cowboys after a spate of bad seeds-until her father's death sends her to Montana and into the arms of a man who seems too good to be true. Her instincts tell her to high tail it out of Montana, but she can't resist a cowboy with a slow hand...

Nicole is a southern belle with a hankering for cowboys—but after a…

The Heist By: Adriana Kraft

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Title:  The Heist
Author:  Adriana Kraft
Publisher:  B & B Publication
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"The Heist" by Adriana Kraft ....

A heist? A murder? It’s villain’s choice.

"A special-order art theft? Tedious, but seamless – until small town museum director Kara Daniels calls in the experts. Furious her favorite trio of priceless impressionist paintings has been stolen from its traveling exhibit on her watch, Kara is determined to save not only the paintings, but her future in the art world. She’ll stop at nothing to entrap the thief.

Ted Springs knows the underbelly of the criminal world a little closer than he might like—but he’s turned it to good advantage, first as a police officer, and now as detective for the Upper Midwest Arts Council. His job? To guarantee the security of the valuable paintings in the Council’s traveling exhibits.

Heat sizzles when Ted and Kara collide—can they work together, before it’s too late?"


What I liked from the r…

Divorce, Interrupted By: Jill James

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Title:  Divorce, Interrupted
Author:  Jill James
Publisher: J.J.
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"Divorce, Interrupted" by Jill James....

What was this novel about?

Book 1 - The Lake Willowbee series

"Newly-divorced Todd and Lisa Miller are stranded at their mountain cabin. There to divide a lifetime of memories, they soon are in danger from more than the anger between them. A vicious storm forces them to rely on each other to survive.

Can they trust the one person they lost belief in? Or are their hearts in danger from more than floods and frigid weather?"

Romance heat level: Hot

Book 2 is Dare To Trust
Book 3 is Defend My Love


What I liked about this novel.....

This was a good read of  about Lisa and Todd who thought their  twenty year marriage  was all over, 'Divorced,' however having to come  together for the weekend  and listening to each other  will  they be able to  reconcile, forgive and move on.  I liked how this author was able to deliver …

I Had To Do It By: Mrs. T. Nichole

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Title:  I Had To Do It
Author:  Ms. T. Nicole
Publisher:  Ms.T.N.
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"I Had To Do It" by Ms. T. Nicole....

What was this novel about?

"Follow Bridget as she copes with the devastating discovery of her husband, high powered attorney Paul Moody betrayal- a family bond is torn, friendships advance, and fear is always lurking. Is Bridget strong enough to survive...will she survive?"

What I thought about this read....

This author did a wonderful job with this well written short quick read.  This heroine(Bridget) was really put in a very delicate situation that turned out simply horrible for her where she will be found in many twist and turns before the end of this story.  This is not a predictable story as you will see from the read.  This author really knows how to keep your attention because once you start reading "I Had To Do It" I couldn't put it down until I had finished reading it.  I don't want to spoil a…

Disconnected By J. Cafesin

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Title:  Disconnected
Author:  J. Cafesin
Publisher:  Entropy Press
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Disconnected" by J. Cafesin ....

What was this novel about?

"Ever drank too much, ate too much, indulged in excess? Ever fall for someone you knew you shouldn't?

Rachel was an artist, an obsessive, straddling the line of addiction. She sought what most women did—to be successful, married and in love, have healthy kids. It was hard enough attracting a man when she wasn't heroin thin and perfectly chic like most L.A. women, sparkly but not too bright, as her mother insisted females need be. But in the 1990s, finding a man looking for an equal partner, wanting a woman beside him instead of behind him, seemed the impossible dream.

Then along came Lee…

Disconnected is an L.A. story, an addicting contemporary romance that never should have been, and like the city itself embodies a very sharp edge."


What I liked from this read....

All I can say is thi…

Ride to Restoration (Ride Series Book 2) By D.J. Wilson

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Title:  Ride to Restoration (Ride Series Book 2
Author:  D. J. Wilson
Publisher:  Riscatto Publishing
Series: Ride Series Book 2
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Ride to Restoration" by D.J. Wilson....

What was this novel about?

"In this second book, D learns that paying it forward is not without costs, toss in Candi Parker, the girl of D’s dreams gone rogue, along with vivacious Victoria Lawson, attorney at law, who willingly steps in to fill Candi’s thong, and D’s hilarious misadventures continue across Canada. Reality sets in and the bullets begin to fly just two days after he returns to the states.

D sends Victoria away to keep her out of harm’s way, before tackling his real life demons, aka A.J. Standford, the Ponzi scheming banker who has a bounty on D’s head, and Candi’s extended family, the Gambinos, who will profit from his demise.

The romantic side of the story poses multiple questions: Will D settle for Victoria after being royally screwed by …

Closing Books By Trisha Grace

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Title:  Closing Books
Author:  Trisha Grace
Publisher:  T.G.
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Closing Books" by  Trisha Grace...

What was this novel about?

* * * New Edition: 29 Aug 2013 * * * Reworked into Christian-based book * * *

"The traditional role of man and woman becomes twisted with Dan and Evelyn.

Dan wasn't a playboy. He didn't have any commitment issues. In fact, he wanted it all. Relationship and family. Only problem? He wanted it with someone who didn't want anything to do with him.

Evelyn didn't fool around in relationships because she had never been in one. She was certain that things like love and happily-ever-afters weren't meant for people like her. There was simply too much darkness in her past.

A past she thought she'd buried.

But she was wrong.

After more than a decade, her nightmare returned to haunt her, forcing her to face up to memories she couldn't seem to shake.

Could she ever close the books to her past and…

Under His Skin By: Sidney Bristol

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Title:  Under His Skin
Author: Sidney Bristol
Publisher:  Ellora's Cave
Series: So Inked # 1
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"Under His Skin" by Sidney Bristol

What is this novel all about?

A woman who doesn’t believe she deserves love…

Toe-curling kisses and enough sex to fill a weekend were all Pandora wanted from a fling with her teenage crush. She’s never forgotten how he played the knight in shining armor to her damsel in distress. She’s ready to say thank you in several naughty ways, so long as she can walk away when it’s over with her heart intact.

A man...more"A woman who doesn’t believe she deserves love…

Toe-curling kisses and enough sex to fill a weekend were all Pandora wanted from a fling with her teenage crush. She’s never forgotten how he played the knight in shining armor to her damsel in distress. She’s ready to say thank you in several naughty ways, so long as she can walk away when it’s over with her heart intact.

A man moving on from trag…

This Ain't A Love Story: Rock City II By: K'Aliyah Knight

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Title:  This Ain't A Love Story:  Rock City 2
Author: K'Aliyah Knight
Publisher:  Alana's Book Line
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"This Ain't A Love Story:  Rock City 2" by K'Aliyah Knight

What was the novel about?

"Enter Rock City. Drugs, hustlers, youngbloods, OGs, and the beautiful women that…feel something like love for them. Y'all met the crew in "A Crazy Hood Love" so you know their full of drama. It had you all #TeamRico&Rockwell, but "This Ain't A Love Story" Who team will you be on Now?


There's a thin line between d*ck dizzy and love. Don't cross it. That’s the motto.
27 year old Leelee has never been in love. Don't get it twisted tho, this dark beauty can break necks when she walks past. And her husband, Marcel, puts in the type of work that makes all the chicks delirious. That’s just it. She's tired of his dog ways so any other d*ck will do. Now she's on a mission. She ain&#…

Moving On By: Trisha Grace

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Title: Moving On
Author: Trisha Grace
Publisher: T.G.
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Moving On"  by Trisha Grace

What was this novel about?
"For twenty years, Tyler Hayes had been ripped from his childhood home. After the horrific accident that took away his parents’ life, Tyler’s grandfather removed him from the mansion and sent him away.

Now, after twenty years, his grandfather had passed away and he could finally go home. However, even in his death, Tyler’s grandfather had betrayed him once again, leaving the mansion to a woman he had never met.

Even though Kate Mitchell had never met Tyler, she knew all about the accident that changed the Hayes’s family. Unbeknownst to her, was how she was going to end up being caught in the middle of a long estranged relationship between two different generations.

Two complete different personalities would have to learn to get along and play nice in order to survive a will that would change their lives."

What I like…

Breakfall By: Kate Pavelle

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Title:  Breakfall [Book 1 of the Fall Trilogy]
Author:  Kate Pavelle
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"Breakfall" by Kate Pavelle.....

What was this novel about?

"Sexual assault doesn't discriminate. Aikido instructor Sean Gallaway learns that when he falls prey to a violent stalker. Asbjorn Lund, a karate sensei on campus and a Navy vet, yearns to teach Sean how to survive. How to overcome. How to recover. Sean feels hunted and alone as the stalker escalates, testing his boundaries. With the entire dojo at his back, Sean resolves to play bait. He will catch the animal stalking him and reclaim his sense of self if it's the last thing he does. Yet Sean's hunger for justice clashes with Asbjorn's protective streak, and their budding romance might not survive their war of wills."


My thoughts from the read...

I thought what a interesting book cover and when I went on to find out what this novel was about  I tho…

Suicide Supper Club By: Rhett DeVane

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Title:  Suicide Supper Club
Author:  Rhett DeVane
Publisher:  Writer4Higher
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Suicide Supper Club" by Rhett DeVane....

What was this novel about:

"Life is crap and the weather is stupid-hot: reasons enough for four small-town Southern women to plan "the easy way out." Abby has no husband, no children, no living kin, and a painful family secret. Loiscell is a two-time breast cancer survivor facing recurrence with dwindling faith and courage. Sheila is a meek abused wife hiding behind a religious, volunteer-queen veneer. Estranged from her only child, Caroline "Choo-choo" Ivey desperately misses her late husband. Sheila's husband, a correctional officer for a local prison, belongs to a clandestine paramilitary group. Glenn's drinking and deep-seated wounds from a cruel alcoholic father fuel his anger. Glenn meets Julius Herndon, known by his secret hunting club name of Clay, an ex-military man with a d…

A House Without Windows By: Stevie Turner

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Title:  A House Without Windows
Author: Stevie Turner
Publisher:  S.T.
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"A House Without Windows" by Stevie Turner....

What is this novel about?

"Newly-pregnant Dr Beth Nichols had no idea she was being stalked by ex-patient Edwin Evans as she made her way home one evening after a late shift. After being anaesthetized she woke up in Edwin’s basement, held against her will, and eventually giving birth there without medical help.

The story is written from different perspectives; from Beth’s 9 year old daughter Amy who is born in captivity, from Beth herself, now pregnant with Edwin’s baby, from her fiancée Liam, and 16 years later from her son Joss and his father Edwin.

When Beth escapes, the Press get hold of the story and Beth and Amy have their photo in the newspaper. Liam (who has made another life for himself back in his homeland of Canada with his new partner Patty and their son Toby) is shocked to see the photo, thinking …

The Return: A Second Chance to Find Love (Return To Me Book 1) By: A.L. Parks

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Title:  The Return [A Second Chance to Find Love](Return To Me Book 1)
Author:  A.L. Parks
Publisher:  CreateSpace Publishing
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"The Return" by A.L. Parks...

What is this novel about....

"Eve Carlisle had a singular purpose - sell the rustic house nestled in the Colorado ski resort town.

Tortured by her husband’s betrayal, the beautiful divorcee refused to give her heart to another man. But Jake had been a happy surprise, with his mesmerizing blue eyes, warm smile, strong but gentle nature – as well as being incredibly sexy.

She had convinced herself the relationship with Jake was nothing more than a fling. After all, she had a life in Newport, with society friends and a lucrative career as a family court judge. Still, Jake had a definitive hold over her, and she was finding it hard to think clearly where he was concerned.

The demons of prior failed marriages haunt them both, and threaten to end things just as they are beg…

Betty and Veronica By Elena Aitken

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Title:  Betty and Veronica
Author:  Elena Aitken
Publisher:  Ink Blot Communications
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Betty and Veronica" by Elena Aitken....

What was this short read about....

"In sickness and in health...that's what best friends are for, right?

When Addison announces she has breast cancer, her best friend Rori knows she'll do whatever it takes to see her through it. Because after all, what's Betty without her Veronica?"

***Please note, this is a short story, not a full length work of fiction.***

What I thought of this read....

This was a very good well written short story that did have a sad ending that can leave you quite sad.  This author was able to convey to the reader such a story that will touch you as you read through this story of "Betty and Veronica."  One thing is for sure you can't go by the book cover because this story shows the friendship of two women where we find one is healthy and one isn't.…

Now You Wanna Come Back By Anna Black

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Title:  Now You Wanna Com Back
Author:  Anna Black
Publisher:  Delphine Publications
Series:  Now You Wanna Come Back #1
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"Now You Wanna Come Back" by Anna Black

What was this novel about?

"Letting go is not always easy and in some cases it can be close to impossible, like it was for Leila. She was stuck on her husband Devon and never thought she would ever stop loving him; even through the constant pain and suffering, she still had hopes that he’d come back to her. Cold and unwilling to do right, Devon did what was best for him and that was treat Leila horribly and lie to her time after time, leaving her no choice but to be rescued by another man. Rayshon Johnson, not the perfect man - but a good man - came along and rolled the storm away and gave Leila back all the things that Devon took away. He kissed her where it hurt and helped her to get over her insecurities about herself. By giving her back that confidence, she let go…