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Dark Horse Assassin: Rise of The Messiah By: Jihad

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Title:  Dark Horse Assassin: Rise of  The Messiah
Author: Jihad
Publisher:  Envision Publishing, LLC
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Dark Horse Assassin" by Jihad

Book Description...

Modern Day Babylon" The almighty dollar is reigning supreme and America is in complete disarray. Even God is being exploited for a dollar more than ever before. Now, as thousands are dying, America's fate lies in the hands of one person.
Redemption?
Thousands consider the young man known as Zion as their only hope for salvation. But time is running out as the veil of darkness threatens to consume the earth and all that inhabit the dying planet. With the help of twelve of the nation's most prolific spiritual leaders, Zion, and two friends risk their lives daily trying to redeem mankind, while barely staying a step ahead of the world's most powerful men who have two goals - Destroy Zion and his friends, and obtain world domination under a One World Order.
Will the grea…

Four Friends (Unabridged) By Robyn Carr

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Title:  Four Friends
Author:  Robyn Carr
Publisher:  Harlequin MIRA
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  5
Review:

"Four Friends" by Robyn Carr...

Book Description....

"Gerri can't decide what's more devastating: learning her rock-solid marriage has big cracks, or the anger she feels as she tries to repair the damage. Always the anchor for friends and her three angst-ridden teenagers, it's time to look carefully at herself. The journey for Gerri and her family is more than revealing—it's transforming.

Andy doesn't have a great track record with men, and she's come to believe that for her a lasting love is out of reach. When she finds herself attracted to her down-to-earth, ordinary contractor—a man without any of the qualities that usually appeal to her—she questions everything she thought she wanted in life.

Sonja's lifelong pursuit of balance is shattered when her husband declares he's through with her New Age nonsense and walks out. There…

Furious Cool: Richard Pryor And The World That Made Him By: David Henry & Joe Henry

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Title:  Richard Pryor And The World That Made Him
Author:  David Henry and Joe Henry
Publisher:  Algonquin Books
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"Richard Pryor And The World That Made Him" by David Henry & Joe Henry

Book Description....

"No one who saw Richard Pryor alone on stage with nothing but a microphone in his hand could have doubted that here was a man possessed of genius. But few have any sense of the strange, violent, and colorful landscape from which he emerged.

His childhood in Peoria, Illinois, was spent just trying to survive. Yet the culture into which he was born—his mother was a prostitute; his grandmother ran the whorehouse—helped shaped him into one of the most influential and outstanding performers of our time.

Pryor attracted admiration and anger in equal parts. He was a comedian who many consider the greatest ever, yet his triumphant stand-up work has been largely eclipsed by his mediocre movie output. His personal life was likewise …

Destiny's Captive By: Beverly Jenkins

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Title:  Destiny's Captive
Author:  Beverly Jenkins
Publisher:  Avon Books
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4.5
Review:

"Destiny's Captive" by Beverly Jenkins...

Book Description....

"In national bestselling author Beverly Jenkins' Destiny series, the Yates men play hard and live hard. And when they find that special woman, they fall hard . . .

Noah Yates fully believes in the joys of a happy family and a good wife. But that's not the life for him. No, he would much rather sail the wild seas in search of adventure, not tied down. But then the unthinkable happens . . . he finds himself literally tied down. To a bed. By a woman.

And Pilar isn't just an ordinary woman. She's descended from pirates. And after giving him one of the worst nights of his life, she steals his ship! Now Noah is on the hunt, and he'll stop at nothing to find this extraordinary woman . . . and make her his."

What I liked about this novel....

I thought "Destiny…

The Fortunes of Blues and Blessings By Karen Sloan-Brown

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Title:  The Fortunes of Blues and Blessings
Author:  Karen Sloan-Brown
Publisher:  Brown Reflections
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  5
Review:

"The Fortunes of Blues and Blessings" by Karen Sloan-Brown

Book Description....

"From the beginning, as written in Genesis 8:22, "While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease." Described by many as the two faces of fortune, it is the blues and our blessings, one causing much heartbreak and the other providing immense joy. The Fortunes of Blues and Blessing is a historical American saga telling the story of a black family in America beginning in 1849 that spans more than 100 years and five generations. The family tree takes root in Sierra Leone with the capture of a young African named Zokaya, he's carried across the waters and sold as slave in Charleston, SC and then taken to a rice plantation on Ossabaw, a sea island off the coast of Savannah, GA…

A Reflection: What a Difference a Day Makes, ...What About 100 Years? By: Karen Sloan-Brown

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Title:  A Reflection: What a Difference a Day Makes,  What About 100 Years?
Author:  Karen Sloan-Brown
Publisher:  Brown Reflections
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"A Reflection:  What a Difference a Day Makes,  What About 100 Years?" by Karen Sloan-Brown

Book Description...

"A contemporary history book that expands before and beyond the Civil Rights Movement in a decade by decade examination of the journey of Black Americans from Jim Crow in 1909 to Barack Obama in 2009. The book is designed to be informative as well as entertaining, covering a broadly based range of subject matter. Every reader will find a decade in which they can identify or relate to as they follow the changes that have taken place in the aspects of black life in the United States, black leadership, business and personal finances, black thinking and aspirations, culture, values, attitudes, how have they affected the quality of life and personal growth for African Americans today. The bo…

The Blood of Titans By: C. Michael Forsyth

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Title: The Blood of Titans
Author: C. Michael Forsyth
Publisher: Freedom's Hammer Books
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:
"The Blood of Titans" by C. Michael Forsyth

Book Description...

"The Blood of Titans is a unique love story set in the Golden Age of Africa. It is the tale of Halima, a teenage princess who falls in love with a warrior king. Enormous obstacles lie in the way of their happiness. In the course of their adventures, Princess Halima learns about loss, duty, and the high price of romantic love -- and must make a choice that determines the future of kingdoms."

What I liked about the novel....

I found this novel a good romance fiction novel mostly written in third person and I wasn't able to put down until I had entirely finished it. There would be a important decision for this princess Halima who was only fifteen at this time to make. Would she marry the neighboring King (The People of the Snake and Baka Kingdom…

Insane Circumstances By: Brenda Smith

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Title:  Insane Circumstances
Author:  Brenda Smith
Publisher:  Xlibris
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4.5
Review:

"Insane Circumstances" by Brenda Smith

“Insane Circumstances,” chronicles the life of Brandi Leigh Brown, a Negro girl who with the blessings of her mother, Sara, and in spite of the protests of her father Carruthers, enrolls in a recently integrated Claxville University. Rescued by love in the form of a taxi driver who turns out to be anything but ordinary, the young woman does manage to survive, to overcome obstacles she faced, until the protagonist hears of another girl who has been harassed. Under the watchful eye of her beloved Taxi, she shares her story, his story and, their story with a woman she has never seen or met."

What I liked about this novel....

This was definitely one of those reads that had a little bit of it all to describe this well written story of "Insane Circumstances"  from fear, anger, powerful, frustration, ashamed, movi…

The Christmas Women By: Elyse Douglas

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Title:  The Christmas Women
Author:  Elyse Douglas
Publisher:  E. D.
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4.5
Review:

"The Christmas Women" by Elyse Douglas

Book Description....

"When 38-year old Trudie Parks learns that her high school drama teacher is seriously ill, she immediately contacts her two best friends in high school, Kristen and Mary Ann. Together, they'd been known as "The Christmas Girls." They'd produced and starred in the annual high school Christmas show, which their teacher, Mrs. Childs, had directed.
Determined to show their love for Mrs. Childs, they plan a 20-year reunion to recreate the Christmas show for her. What they don't anticipate is the complicated emotions this provokes, as former sweethearts appear and rekindle romance, painful memories and the sting of unrealized dreams. All three women must reassess their lives and their friendships, while struggling to produce the show, even while Mrs. Childs seems to grow weaker b…

Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Cafe By: Rebecca Raisin

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Title:  Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Cafe
Author:  Rebecca Raisin
Publisher:  Carina UK
Series:  The Gingerbread Cafe # 3
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  5
Review:

"Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Cafe" by Rebecca Raisin

Book Description...

"You are invited to the wedding of the year!

Snow is falling thick and fast outside the Gingerbread Café and inside, its owner Lily is planning the wedding of the year. Her wedding! She never dreamt it would happen, but this Christmas, she’ll be marrying the man of her dreams - in a Christmas-card-perfect ceremony!

The gingerbread is baking, the dress is fitted and the mistletoe’s in place – for once, everything’s going to plan. That is until her mother-in-law arrives... Suddenly, Lily’s famous cool is being tested like never before and her dream wedding is crumbling before her eyes.

In the blink of a fairy light, the Gingerbread Café has been thrown into chaos! Lily thought she had this wedding wrapped up, but with so m…

Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Cafe By: Rebecca Raisin

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Title:  Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Cafe
Author:  Rebecca Raisin
Publisher:  Carina UK
Series: The Gingerbread Cafe # 2
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  5
Review:

"Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Cafe" by Rebecca Raisin

Book Description...

"Chocolate…the most irresistible temptation?

The Gingerbread Café is all a buzz! This Easter, Lily and the rest of the town of Ashford, Connecticut are planning a truly decadent Chocolate Festival. Cooking up a storm, CeeCee and Lily are not just baking a batch of their sinfully delicious chocolate-dipped gingerbread men, but an excess of chocolate truffles, squidgy, cinnamony hot cross buns and melt in your mouth chocolate eggs. The Gingerbread Café staff have definitely enjoyed the tasting process!

Add in Damon’s cute-as-a-button seven year old daughter, Charlie, up for a visit and Lily’s perfect Easter may just be around the corner. Until her ex-husband Joel turns up demanding twenty thousand dollars… Suddenly the futur…

Just For Christmas Night By: Lisa Marie Perry

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Title:  Just For Christmas Night
Author:  Lisa Marie Perry
Series:  The Blue Dynasty # 3
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Just For Christmas Night" by Lisa Marie Perry

Book Description....

"A red-hot holiday "

"Pro football publicist Martha Blue has something to prove. To protect the image of the Las Vegas Slayers—and stay employed—she has to shed her party-girl reputation. Fast! So no more mistakes. No further scandals. And absolutely no falling for the one man who can give her everything she wants…and nothing of what she needs.

Danger and desire never mixed well for undefeated prizefighter Joaquin Ryder. A friend of the Blue family, he's a man who knows his boundaries…boundaries he has secretly crossed only once before. Now that he's back in Sin City to train for the biggest fight of his career, he can't afford to let a sexy distraction like Martha put him against the ropes. Revisiting their sizzling past is something he isn't will…

From Faith to Faith By: M. Lyn Walker

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Title:  From Faith to Faith
Author:  M. Lyn Walker
Publisher:  WestBowPress
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"From Faith to Faith" by M. Lyn Walker

Book Description....

"Mack's Destiny"

"Macklin McGregor's carnality is legendary. His close childhood friend, Destiny Harding, is the single mother of two adorable children fathered by two equally dangerous men. Poor choices and bad decisions behind her, Destiny wants the real deal the third time around. She's celibate, and everybody in town knows it. Mack wants no part of Destiny's marriage plans but finds that he can't outrun, outthink, or outmaneuver God.

Reva's Journey

Reva Mitchell is a survivor. Street smart, yet scared, she is running for her life from a gang boss who wants her dead. Melvin Harris, a new believer, still struggles with pain from his past. He's open to the Holy Spirit's direction, and for the first time ever, finds himself desiring to protect. Love is st…

Postive Deception By LaCricia Angelle

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Title:  Positive Deception
Author:  LaCricia A'gelle
Publisher:  His Pen Publishing LLC
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Positive Deception" by LaCricia A'gelle

Book Description...

"Maxwell Lee, a prominent businessman and minister, has aspirations of becoming a pastor. As a bachelor, Maxwell is viewed as a hot commodity to women both at church and at work. Although he has his pick of dozens of women, he sets his sights on the beautiful photographer Lina Fairweather. However, his childhood crush Maxine Miller, is not willing to give up her plans of becoming his one and only. When a life altering deception is exposed, will Maxwell trust the God that he openly shares with others? Or will he turn his back on everything he believes in? Lina Fairweather, an up and coming freelance photographer, is blazing trails since her move to Chicago. After recovering from a past relationship that left her broken and forever changed, she is finally content with her li…

A Queen's Checkmate By: Kierra Petty

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Title:  A Queen's Checkmate
Author:  Kierra Petty
Publisher:  Sullivan Productions
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4.5
Review:

"A Queen's Checkmate" by Kierra Petty

Book Description...

"A Queen’s Checkmate is the story of Amira, a girl becoming a women, jaded by the disappointment of being failed by those around her.

After the simultaneous death of her twin brother and loss of her own innocence, she is trained to be a beast hungry for revenge. Yet, as she grows her thirst for her blood, but her burgeoning feelings of love and lust ultimately derail her mission.

Will she find the satisfaction she wanted in the for of payback, making the ultimately power move of checkmate or will she find another peace?"

What I liked about the novel...

This was definitely one of those reads that had so many twist and turns  and action packed that will hold your attention as  you are reading this well written story. What a story of such pain that Amira had to endure in this …

A Place Called Harmony By: Jodi Thomas

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Title:  A Place Called Harmony
Author:  Jodi Thomas
Publisher:  Berkley
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"A Place Called Harmony" by Jodi Thomas

Book Description...

"New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas has captivated America with her novels set in the small town of Harmony, Texas. Now she tells the story of the three hard-luck men who first settled the town, a place where last chances and long-awaited dreams collide…
Desperate to escape his overbearing father, Patrick McAllen disappears with his bride, heading north to build a new town—discovering strength, honor and true love along the way.
After drinking away the grief from his family’s death, Clint Truman avoids jail by taking a job in North Texas and settling down with a woman he vows to protect but never love—until her quiet compassion slowly breaks his hardened heart wide open…
All Gillian Matheson has ever known is Army life, leaving his true love to be a part-time spouse. But when a wounded Gi…

Momma Said, "Hit 'Em Back!" By: Cynthia Amis Dickerson/ Marian Matthews Nance

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Title:  Momma Said, "Hit 'Em Back!"
Authors:  Cynthia Amis Dickerson/ In Collaboration with Marian Matthews Nance
Publisher: C.A. D & M.M.N.
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Momma Said, "Hit 'Em Back!"    By:  Cynthia Amis Dickerson/ Marian Matthews Nance

A quote from this read by the author....

"Momma Said, "Hit 'Em Back!" inserted paragraph from Chapter 20: Don't wait! If you know that you are tired of sinning and living a worldly life, give your life to Jesus Christ. Repeat these words. "I know that I am a sinner and I need a Savior. I believe by faith that, Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins. God please come into my life and show me how to live for you."
What I liked from this novel....

I received this novel from the Author Cynthia A. Dickerson at a Book Festival in Memphis where she opened up the book and started reading to me.  I found this novel a short but very fascinating in that it defin…

Preacherman Blues By: Jihad

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Title:  Preacherman Blues
Author:  Jihad
Publisher: Envisions
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review

"Preacherman Blues" by Jihad

Book Description:

PREACHERMAN BLUES is the story of

Best friends...Mega preachers…One good….One evil….

As kids, Terrell "TJ" Money and Percival "PC" Turner had one goal – become big-time preachers. But once they accomplished that goal, heading up One World Faith; the largest church in the Southeast, the best friends disagree on just how they should be leading their flock. TJ is living up to his name and looking to capitalize on a congregation more than willing to shell out big bucks for a “man of God”. Percival tries hard to walk the straight and narrow, but eventually the lure of the bling leads him astray.

Can either survive?

When PC tries to right his wrong ways, the battle lines will be drawn and best friends will see sides of each other they never knew existed. Soon, TJ gets down and dirty – pulling up every trick a…

After All Is Said and Done By: A.D.

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Title:  After All Is Said and Done
Author:  A.D.
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"After All Is Said and Done" by A. D.

Book Description...

"Carol Rodgers never imagined her life the way it has matured over the past couple of months; estranged from her husband and parents, unwanted hospital visits, and having to return to work to support herself.

Jacob Rodgers knew Carol would not stand for his behavior, but he did it anyway. Now he is struggling to get his wife and kids back.

Michele loved Jacob from the moment she met him as a teenage girl. It doesn’t matter to her how much time has passed since she last saw him, or the big secret she kept from him; she’s determined to get him back and keep him this time.

Sheila vowed to never be tied down to one man, but Troy is destined to change that for her.

So many issues and emotions envelop these characters. What will be left of them after all is said and d…

Underneath It All By: A.D.

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Title:  Underneath It All
Author:  A.D.
Publisher: A. D.
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  4
Review: 

"Underneath It All" by A. D.

Book Description:

"Monica Sutton has spent most of her life detesting her reflection. Her best friends love her no matter what, but she just cannot see the woman they see in her. She finally decides to do something about the way she looks and discovers herself during the process. Her long time crush Keith returns home. They connect, but will a secret from her past hinder her future with him?"

What I liked about the read....

This was a interesting short read that was thoroughly enjoyed how it relates so well to every day life.  I liked how it was an attention grabber seeing I read it all the way to the end in one setting.  Maybe I found "Underneath It All" somewhat predictable however, it was still had a good the story line that had some very interesting characters who were very colorful and believable.  So, will Monica'…

K-RHO: The Sweet Taste of Sisterhood By: LaToya Hankins

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Title:  K-RHO:  The Sweet Taste of Sisterhood
Author:  LaToya Hankins
Publisher:  Resolute, LLC
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review

"K-RHO:  The Sweet Taste of Sisterhood

Book Description: 

"K-Rho: The Sweet Taste of Sisterhood chronicles the strength of sorority life for three Copper Road University sophomores. Track star Kiara Michaels didn't expect to find two lifelong friends at her sorority membership interview. But life had other plans, leading her to meet Donna-a Bible quoting straight talker-and Gloria-a loquacious high achiever. In the semesters following membership induction, Kiara confesses a festering secret, Donna steers a bumpy course with her unfaithful boyfriend, and Gloria can't find a love match. When a lustful encounter and brutal assault turn Kiara's collegiate experience upside down, the two friends are her saving grace. Fast-forward ten years later and Kiara can't balance life's increasing responsibilities, Donna has departed…

Let The Games Began By: Laquita Cameron

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Title:  Let The Games Begin
Author:  Laquita Cameron
Publisher:  LaFemme Fatale Publishers
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Let The Games Begin" by Laquita Cameron

Book Description....

"Let The Games Begin is an urban fiction try to put their lives together after their love lives become entangled and their intimacy is over the top with kinky actions. Monae is looking for a committed relationship from Porter, but she runs out of patience after their two years of dating, with him refusing to marry her. She ventures off to dating, but meets another guy who is aiding in the revenge on Porter planning to take the one person he loves away. Yvette battles her relationship with her cheating boyfriend. She secretly has affairs with Troy leaving her with an unwanted pregnancy, not knowing who the father of her unborn child is. See how these characters deal with the drama and betrayal they are faced with at every turn. The shocking twists will leave you wanting to read …

Serenity Inn 2: Love Embraced (B&B Series Book 3), By: Nikki Walker

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Title:  Serenity Inn 2:  Love Embraced ((B&B Series Book 3)
Author:  Nikki Walker
Publisher: N.W.
Series:  (B&B Series Book 3)
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Review: 

"Serenity Inn 2:  Love Embraced" by Nikki  Walker


Book Description: 

"When Lindsay and Chad met at Serenity Inn, there was immediate chemistry, but the timing for love was all wrong in the face of what they had both just gone through. They decide to go their separate ways, but they keep in touch. Now the two have agreed to meet, this time on Dr. Chad’s luxurious home turf, with the feisty Cook along for the ride.

The couple find that they not only still have feelings for each other, but those feelings have grown as though they’d never spent time apart. Their elation is short-lived; however, as they realize that with their burgeoning love comes a new challenge: Chad’s sister-in-law, Eleanor, who makes it abundantly clear that Lindsay is beneath Chad’s station in life. Is Eleanor’s assessment valid or…

Trying To Outrun The Love Of God By: Karen Adams

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Title:  Trying To Outrun The Love of God
Author:  Karen Adams
Publisher: Christian Services Network/CSN Books
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Trying To Outrun The Love Of God" by Karen Adams...

About The Book .....

"How can God reach someone who appears unreachable? Will the love of God be enough to break every chain and loose the trap of the enemy? In her debut book, Author Karen Adams struggles to understand how a loving God would allow life to be so unbearable. Facing childhood molestation, years of crack addiction, nervous breakdowns, and admissions to mental wards, she learned that no matter how difficult life was, God continued to extend His love. Trying to Outrun the Love of God, is a deeply moving story of one woman’s journey filled with suffering and pain, but one that ultimately finds wholeness and deliverance in the arms of a loving Savior."

What I liked about the novel....

"Trying To Outrun The Love of God" was truly a inspiratio…

A Cowboy's Christmas Promise By: Maggie McGinnis

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Title:  A Cowboy's Christmas Promise
Author:  Maggie McGinnis
Publisher:  Loveswept
Series: Whisper Creek # 2
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"A Cowboy's Christmas Promise" by Maggie McGinnis....

Book Description....

"In a captivating novel spiced with holiday magic—perfect for fans of Rachel Gibson, Susan Mallery, and Molly O’Keefe—a rugged Montana man mends a Northeast girl’s jaded heart.

Boston veterinarian Hayley Scampini tends the city’s pampered pets but dreams of the rural life of a country vet. She’s single and determined to stay that way, convinced that love isn’t permanent enough to trust. Then a vacation to the Whisper Creek dude ranch introduces her to Daniel McKee, a sexy single dad who runs the kind of veterinary practice she aspires to—and rattles her conviction to keep men at a distance.

Managing a thriving practice, coping with the loss of his wife, and fighting a custody battle with his in-laws over his twin daughters, Daniel couldn…

Once Upon A Christmas Kiss By: Manda Collins

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Title:  Once Upon A Christmas Kiss
Author:  Manda Collins
Publisher:  St Martin's Press
Series:  Wicked Widows # 3.5
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4.5
Review:

"Once Upon A Christmas Kiss" by Manda Collins

Book Description....

"When Sir Lucien Blakemore arrives at his cousin’s estate for a week long Christmas party, he’s shocked to see Miss Winifred Nightingale among the other guests. Employed by his neighbor back in Yorkshire, the governess with the lovely eyes has always seemed off limits, but she’s visiting here as a guest—and there’s nothing like a little mistletoe to make the spirits bright…

Miss Winifred Nightingale never dreamed a holiday visit with her sister would lead to both ladies spending Christmas as the local lord’s guests. But the big surprise is when she finds the handsome Sir Lucien Blakemore staying there too. Their attraction between is undeniable, but will an old nemesis and a party guest bent on mischief make their first kiss under the mistle…

Maybe This Christmas By: Sarah Morgan

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Title:  Maybe This Christmas
Author: Sarah Morgan
Publisher:  Harlequin HQN
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Series:  O'Neil Brothers # 3
Rating: 4
Review:

"Maybe This Christmas" by Sarah Morgan

Book Description....

"Uplifting, sexy and warm, Sarah Morgan's O'Neil Brothers series is perfection."—Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author

This winter, ex-skiing champion, reformed heartbreaker and single dad Tyler O'Neil has only one mission—making sure his daughter, Jess, has the best Christmas ever. The fact that his best friend, Brenna, is also temporarily moving into his chalet at the overbooked Snow Crystal resort is a delicious distraction he's simply going to have to ignore. Theirs is the one relationship he's never ruined, and he's not about to start now.

Ski pro Brenna Daniels knows all about the perils of unrequited love—she's been in love with Tyler for years. But living with him is absolute torture…how can she concentrate on …

The Christmas Bouquet By: Sherryl Woods

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Title:  The Christmas Bouquet
Author:  Sherryl Woods
Publisher:  Harlequin MIRA
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Series:  Chesapeake Shores # 11
Rating: 4
Review:

"The Christmas Bouquet" by Sherryl Woods...

Book Description.....

"When it comes to family and Christmas, #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods always looks to the O'Brien's for a little holiday magic...

For the very driven medical student Caitlyn Winters, catching the bridal bouquet at a Christmas wedding has set off a chain reaction that she's sure is more curse than blessing. Not only has she fallen in love with family medicine resident Noah McIlroy, but an unexpected pregnancy threatens her well-laid plans for the future. It doesn't help that Noah—with a whole lot of help from her O'Brien relatives—is completely on board with the prospect of marriage and happily-ever-after.

It takes a whole lot of patience, love and family persuasion to help Caitlyn realize that she can still have …

The Heart of Christmas By: Brenda Novak

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Title:  The Heart of Christmas
Author:  Brenda Novak
Publisher:  Harlequin MIRA
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Series:  (Whiskey Creek #7)
Rating: 5
Review:

"The Heart of Christmas" by Brenda Novak

Book Description:

"Just call her Christmas Eve…
Eve Harmon has always enjoyed Christmas, but this year it reminds her of everything she doesn't have. Almost all her friends are married now, and that's what Eve wants, too. Love. A husband and kids of her own. But the B and B she manages, and even Whiskey Creek, the small Gold Country town where she was born and raised, suddenly seem…confining.
Eve's worried that her future will simply be a reflection of her past. There's no one in the area she could even imagine as a husband until a handsome stranger comes to town. Eve's definitely attracted to him, and he seems to have the same reaction to her. But his darkly mysterious past could ruin Eve's happily ever after just when it finally seems within reach. And j…