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Going Pecans By Gina Henning

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Title: Going Pecans
Author: Gina Henning
Publisher: Metanovel
Series: Holiday Sugar # 1
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Going Pecans" by Gina Henning

What is the novel about?

"A warm pie. A tasty guy. Happy Thanksgiving indeed.

Homecomings for Lauren Hauser are always filled with delicious food and hopes for a distraction from her quirky family. The only exception with this visit: she’s been given the challenge of preparing her grandmother’s pie.

Set out on a journey for pecans, Lauren stumbles into Jack a guy who despite his charm (and kissable lips) appears to be in a committed relationship…with his career. His main concern is taking care of a last minute errand for a client, not Lauren or her quest for the key ingredient.

Frazzled in more ways than one, Lauren’s journey improves when Jack rescues her from an icy walk. Attraction and tension rise and soon pecans aren't the only things getting toasty in the kitchen."


What I liked from thi…

Keep Calm and Kill Your Wife By Luck Stevens

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Title:  Keep Calm and Kill Your Wife
Author:  Lucky Stevens
Publisher Mill City Press, Inc.
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
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"Keep Calm and Kill Your Wife" by Luck Stevens

Book Description...

"What if you just found out that the man you've been sleeping next to all these years is going to kill you? Or even worse. What if you didn't find out...until it was too late? Summer Smith's romantic vacation for two is about to go terribly wrong. Not only does her husband, Hart, have a mistress, but it's someone she knows--her first cousin, Brandy, who is conspiring to kill her on this little "trip for two." With her back against the wall, can Summer keep it together while she figures out what to do about her would-be killer and husband of ten years, before it's too late? And will she even get the chance? In an odd twist of fate her problems may be solved by a freak occurrence. But at what price? One part Double Indemnity, two parts "T…

Ryder: Every Man Needs A Ryder By: Angel Williams

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Title:  Every Man Needs A Ryder
Author:  Angel Williams
Publisher:  Star City Publications
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Book 1
Rating: 4
Review:

"Every Man Needs A Ryder"  by Angel Williams

Book Description.....

"Take a ride with Asia as she takes you on a wild ride throughout her drama filled life.

Asia wasn't looking for love but found her Romeo, Stanley, due to a tragic situation she’d gotten herself caught up in.

Stanley was every woman’s dream. He had it all from the hot-boy looks, the demanding demeanor, right down to the life-long line of money.

After seeing Stanley’s true colors and all the drama he came with, Asia got fed up being Stanley's "Ryder" and her eyes landed on the wrong prize!

Will Asia continue being Stanley's Ryder or will she take her love elsewhere?"

Why I read this novel...

I met this author through Facebook and I just wanted to see what she was writing.

What I liked from this novel.....

This was a interesting urban read …

Ring in the Holiday By: Katie Lane

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Title:  Ring in the Holidays
Author:  Katie Lane
Publisher:  Forever
Series:  Hunk for the Holidays #2
Reviewed  By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4.5
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"Ring in the Holidays" by Katie Lane

Book Description...

"THE BEST NEW YEAR'S EVE . . . EVER
Psychologist Ellie Simpson is about to get a healthy dose of sex therapy. Leaving her cheating boyfriend behind, she has everything she needs for a quick rebound: Vegas, plenty of champagne, and a proposition from the sexiest man she's ever seen. As her handsome stranger helps her ring in the New Year-over and over again-Ellie finds herself blissfully losing all of her inhibitions.

Attorney Matthew McPherson is good at making women lose things, like their minds and underwear. With his athletic build and soulful eyes, he doesn't need to use his powers of persuasion or famous last name to get a woman into bed. But when morning comes, Matthew finds Ellie is the only woman he can't bear to leave-ever. It's enough to m…

It Happened at Christmas By: Debbie Mason

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Title:  It Happened at Christmas
Author:  Debbie Mason
Publisher:  Forever
Series:  Christmas, Colorado #3
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
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"It Happened at Christmas" by Debbie Mason

Book Description...

"Christmas, Colorado, will get you in the spirit for love all year long." --- Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author

Love is the best Christmas gift of all.

"Free-spirited activist Skylar Davis is out of money and out of options. After using up her trust fund trying to save the world, she hides out in Christmas, hoping the kindness of friends will help her forget the reckless actions of her past. All goes well . . . until she comes face-to-face with one of her mistakes: the town's gorgeous young mayor.

Ethan O'Connor likes his life drama-free and predictable now that he's about to make the move from small-town politics to the Colorado State Senate. Then Skye blows back into town, as impulsive and passionate as he remembers. If word …

Writing Skin By: Adriana Kraft

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Title:  Writing Skin
Author:  Adriana Kraft
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Genre: Erotica
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Writing Skin" by Adriana Kraft

Book Description:

'What would it be like to be romanced by not one but two potential partners, simultaneously? Luci Parker has finally achieved the career of her dreams as an erotic author – but the only romance in her life these days is in the books she writes. Long attracted to both men and women, Luci despairs of ever finding just one person to settle down with. Owners of a South Side Chicago bookstore, Chai and Frank Ferguson eagerly devour Luci's books as fast as she can write them, and now they wonder."

What I liked about this novel....

I liked how this novel continues on from this author first novel...'The Diary' with this second novel "Writing Skin" being about three people who will have to sort it all out in the end to be in a erotic ménage relationship. But was it really to be…

Mistletoe on Main Street By: Olivia Miles

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Title:  Mistletoe on Main Street
Author:  Olivia Miles
Publisher:  Forever
Series:  The Blair Creek Series #1
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4.5
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"Mistletoe on Main Street" by Olivia Miles

Book Description...

"Sleigh bells, snow, and second chances . . .

Briar Creek's quaint shop windows, cozy homes nestled in snow, and neighborly residents are what Christmas dreams are made of--for everyone except Grace Madison. She left her hometown years ago to pursue a writing career. But when her father's death leaves his bookstore empty, Grace must return to face why she fled Vermont in the first place: Luke Hastings, who still heats her up like a shot of smoky whiskey on a cold winter's night.

Grace is back, and Luke is worried. How much has she changed as a bestselling author in the big city? What memories will she stir up? And was the choice he made five years ago the biggest mistake of his life?

Now, with their past, present, and future rocking around the …

On the Record By K. A. Linde

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Title:  On the Record
Author:  K. A. Linde
Publisher:  Montlake Romance
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Series:  The Record Series #2
Rating: 5
Review:

"On the Record" by K.A. Linde...

Novel Description....

"For political reporter Liz Dougherty, election day—a day of looking toward the future and saying goodbye to the past—seems like a fitting time to start a new relationship. But feelings for her former flame still linger...

The sexy second book in bestselling author K.A. Linde’s Record series decides whether it’s better to pick up the pieces and move on...or to pick up right where you left off."

What I liked from the novel....

"On the Record" by this author was a  excellent read that will take you on a roller coaster ride.  From the start I found this read coming  from a high note as this author's first series 'Off  the Record'  to this second novel was simply one intriguing read that will hold your attention.  Each page gives you something very imp…

Always Unique By: Nikki Turner

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Title:  Always Unique
Author:  Nikki Turner
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"Always Unique" by Nikki Turner

Book Description....

"I: With only two hundred dollars, Unique packed her suitcase and headed to New York City for a brand new start. It’s there that Unique meets big time boxing promoter, Kennard, and it is love at first sight. After nine months of living in the lap of luxury with Kennard, skeletons from Unique’s past show up and it will cost her a cool million dollars to not only keep her relationship but her life. Unique isn’t about to lose it all. With the help of her best friend, she devises a major heist, to pull it off all she has to do is stay alive. II: Living the life she has always dreamed of, Unique isn't about to let her past ruin her future with her fiancé, Kennard. But the tables are turned on her and Unique is fighting for her very life. As for Kennard, he is stunned to learn about her past, but mor…

Gimme Some Sugar By: Kimberly Kincaid

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Title:  Gimme Some Sugar
Author:  Kimberly Kincaid
Publisher:  Zebra Books
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Series:  A Pine Mountain Novel
Rating:  5
Review:

"Gimme Some Sugar" by Kimberly Kincaid....

Book Description...

"Desperate to escape the spotlight of her failed marriage to a fellow celebrity-chef, Carly di Matisse left New York City for a tiny town in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The restaurant she's running these days may not be chic, but in Pine Mountain she can pretend to be the tough cookie everybody knows and loves. Until she finds herself spending too much time with a way-too-hot contractor whose rugged good looks melt her like butter...

Jackson Carter wasn't looking for love. But he's not the kind of man to walk away from a worksite—or from a fiery beauty whose passionate nature provides some irresistible on-the-job benefits...

It's the perfect temporary arrangement for two ravenous commitment-phobes, except that Jackson and Carly keep coming back …

Last Chance at Love By Gwynne Forster

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Title: Last Chance At Love
Author: Gwynne Forster
Publisher: Harlequin Kimani Arabesque
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
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How Much Will She Risk For Love?

"Fired from her prestigious job, journalist Allison Wakefield is now working for a tabloid newspaper, and she's desperate to find a way to get her career back on track. Her new assignment, an explosive story involving mysterious bestselling author Jacob Covington, could be the answer. When Allison first encounters the author while visiting her aunt's home on Idlewild Lake in Michigan, she realizes that Jacob is one subject she wouldn't mind getting to know more intimately….

But as they work side by side during Jacob's book tour, Allison finds herself falling in love—and in a dilemma about what to do. The exposé is her ticket to success, but revealing the truth about Jacob's past as a State Department undercover operative could jeopardize his career—and destroy a summer romance that holds the promise o…

The Diary By: Adriana Kraft

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Title:  The Diary
Author:  Adriana Kraft
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  5
Review:

"The Diary" by Adriana Kraft

Book Description....

"Lust, revenge, dark sexual escapades and the mysterious disappearance of her younger half sister, Luci, will take art curator Kate Noble on a whirlwind transcontinental journey. The diary Luci's left behind paints vivid images of shameless erotic exploits with a rake named only as G.C. Can Kate learn enough under the delightful hands of her bisexual best friend, Gina, to ensnare the sensual and elusive Professor Grayson Cosgrove into a marriage proposal of her making? Can she find Luci before it's too late? If only she could read between the lines. The Diary--never have the secrets of another been so electrifying!"


What I liked about this read...


I found "The Diary" a very exotic romantic novel and I thought the authors did a wonderful job at presenting it to the readers. This story was abo…

Miracle in a Dry Season By: Sarah Loudin Thomas

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Title:  Miracle in a Dry Season
Author:  Sarah Loudin Thomas
Publisher: Bethany House Publisher
Series: Appalachian Blessing Book # 1
Review By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Miracle in a Dry Season" by Sarah Loudin Thomas

Book Description....

"It's 1954 and Perla Long's arrival in the small town of Wise, West Virginia, was supposed to go unnoticed. She just wants a quiet, safe place for her and her daughter, Sadie, where the mistakes of her past can stay hidden. But then drought comes to Wise, and Perla is pulled into the turmoil of a town desperately in need of a miracle.
Casewell Phillips has resigned himself to life as a bachelor...until he meets Perla. She's everything he's sought in a woman, but he can't get past the sense that she's hiding something. As the drought worsens, Perla's unique way with food brings both gratitude and condemnation, placing the pair in the middle of a maelstrom of anger and forgiveness, fear and faith."

Tyree's Love Triangle By: Charmaine Galloway

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Title:  Tyree's Love Triangle
Author:  Charmaine Galloway
Publisher: C.G.
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Tyree's Love Triangle" by Charmaine Galloway

Book Description....

"Things aren't always what they seem and that's certainly true for Tyree Bell, a handsome and successful businessman with a wife and child who adores him. On the outside it appears he has it all together. On the inside he's holding onto something so immoral, if ever it's revealed his perfect family could be forever destroyed, but only after he lost his life. How long can Tyree keep his skeletons in the closet? Will he let go of his sin and let God take care of him? Or will he carry his secrets to the grave and go insane in the process."

What I received from this read...

"Tyree's Love Triangle" was a interesting read and once you start reading you will hard to put down until the end.  Be ready for many different emotions during the read of being a…

Damaged Girls II By Janice G. Ross

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Title:  Damaged Girls II
Author:  Janice G. Ross
Publisher:  J.G.R.
Series: A Family and Relationship Series
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Damaged Girls II" by Janice G. Ross

Book Description....

"Get excited, cry, curse, hate, love, and despise! If you’ve already read Damaged Girls I, then these emotions should be familiar. The Damaged Girls Family & Relationship Series began with an introduction to the complex love triangle of Steven Briggs, Jillian McConnell and Jessica Rodney. In the second book of the series, Damaged Girls II, get pulled deeper into the trauma and gain valuable knowledge of why Jillian and Jessica might be such easy targets for a womanizer such as Stevie. Jillian has to come to terms with the crumbling idea of love that she desperately needed to find in Stevie. And Jessica is forced to grow up and away from the man she so badly wanted to keep forever. Stevie even realizes that he needs to get a grip on the drama he created years …

Loving Nate By: Janice Ross

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Title: Loving Nate
Author:  Janice G. Ross
Publisher:  Cultural Cocktails
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Loving Nate" by Janice G. Ross

Book Description....

"Loving Nate is Leah's story of falling in love with Mr. Perfect. Leah falls fast and hard, losing all sense of reasoning. Love can do that to a gal, especially when the guy is as smooth as Nathan Moore. Loving Nate is about Leah's journey of falling in love, when she should have been standing in love. *Author's Note* I've decided to provide two very different endings to this novella. Have you ever made a decision and wondered whether or not it was the right choice? Or perhaps you made the right choice because you knew that the alternative would've been disastrous? This is my gift to readers. Regardless of Leah's final choice, I wanted readers to be able to reflect on the possibilities."

What I liked about this read....

I thought this novel was a very thought provoking rea…