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Shattered Trust By Lynda Bailey

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Title:  Shattered Trust
Author:  Lynda Bailey
Publisher:  L.B.
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  4.5
Review:

"Shattered Trust" by Lynda Bailey

Book Description.....

"Learning to love is the easy part…

As a young woman, Kate Landry trusted the wrong man, and she paid dearly for her naiveté. Alone, pregnant and destitute, she survived by the sheer force of her will. Now forty-two, Kate has made a good living for herself and her daughter as the owner of the Bluebird Saloon. But she’s forgotten how to live. That is until he comes into her bar…

Liam St. James loved a girl once. And only once. After an accident paralyzed her, she didn’t trust he would continue to love her. Brokenhearted, Liam left and soon discovered a world where women did trust him—to be their sexual Dominant. He plays out the scenes masterfully, but the unexpected request from the stoic bar owner will pose his greatest challenge yet…

Kate and Liam embark on a journey to uncover repressed urges and, in the pr…

Sandpiper Island By: Donna Kauffman

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Title:  Sandpiper Island
Author:  Donna Kauffman
Publisher:  Kensington
Series:  Bachelors of Blueberry Cove # 3
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4.5
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"Sandpiper Island" by Donna Kauffman

Book Description....

Ford Maddox was running from his past when he came back to Blueberry Cove, Maine, where he'd tasted both heartache and comfort. With feisty Delia O'Reilly there to cheer him on, he couldn't have picked a better place to start over—even if he's determined to do it alone in his island tree house, working to save endangered seabirds . . . and himself.

But when he finds Delia fighting to hold on to her local diner, and all that's best about their little seaside town, Ford has to lend a hand. Suddenly two fiercely independent people are building something sweeter than they ever imagined . . . together.

DIY is so much better with two...

Includes an easy do-it-yourself restoration project!

What I liked about this novel....

This novel may have started…

Echoes of Scotland Street By: Samantha Young

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Title:  Echoes of Scotland Street
Author:  Samantha Young
Publisher:  NAL
Series On Dublin Street #5
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4.5
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"Echoes of Scotland Street" by Samantha Young

Book Description:

"Shannon MacLeod has always gone for the wrong type of man. After she drifted from one toxic relationship to the next, her last boyfriend gave her a wakeup call in the worst possible way. With her world shattered, she’s sworn off men—especially those of the bad-boy variety.

Cole Walker is exactly the sort that Shannon wants to avoid—gorgeous, tattooed, charming, and cocky. But his rough exterior hides a good man who’s ready to find “the one.” He’s determined to pull Shannon from her self-imposed solitude and win her heart.

As Shannon opens up in the face of Cole’s steady devotion, the passion between them ignites to blazing levels. But when Shannon’s past comes back to haunt her, her fears may destroy the trust Cole has built between them—and tear them apart for go…

The Tea Shop on Lavender Lane By: Sheila Roberts

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Title:  The Tea Shop on Lavender Lane
Author:  Sheila Roberts
Publisher:  Harlequin MIRA
Series:  Life In Icicle Falls # 5
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4.5
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"The Tea Shop on Lavender Lane" by Sheila Roberts

Book Description....

"When it comes to men, sisters don't share!

After a fake food poisoning incident in L.A., Bailey Sterling's dreams of becoming a caterer to the stars collapse faster than a soufflé. Now Bailey's face is in all the gossip rags and her business is in ruins. But the Sterling women close ranks and bring her back to Icicle Falls, where she'll stay with her sister Cecily.

All goes well between the sisters until Bailey comes up with a new business idea—a tea shop on a charming street called Lavender Lane. She's going into partnership with Todd Black, who—it turns out—is the man Cecily's started dating. It looks to Cecily as if there's more than tea brewing in that cute little shop. And she's not pleased.

Wait! …

A Holiday Gamble By: Jane Feather

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Title:  A Holiday Gamble
Author:  Jane Feather
Publisher:  Pocket Books
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
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"A Holiday Gamble" by Jane Feather

Book Description.....

"A viscount stranded on a stormy night. The beautiful heiress who takes him in. Warm up with this delightfully romantic short story set in Regency-era England, from New York Times bestselling author Jane Feather!

Edward Vasey, otherwise known as Viscount Allenton, is journeying precariously through a snowstorm one night when his coach is overtaken by highwaymen. Robbed and stranded, Edward takes refuge at Selby Hall, where he meets a spirited beauty who may steal something more—his heart. As passion flares between them, Edward uncovers a shocking secret that threatens to tear them apart…but will this be enough to chill their steamy love on a cold winter’s eve?"

What I liked about this novel.....

A story that was a unique novella and I enjoyed it.  We find the Viscount (Ned) Edward Vasey  is on his…

How To Bake The Perfect Pecan Pie By: Gina Henning

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Title:  How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie
Author:  Gina Henning
Publisher: Carina
Series: Home For The Holidays #1
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
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"How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie" by Gina Henning

Book Description....

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

Lauren Hauser is home for the holidays, and she’s been given a challenge: preparing her grandmother’s pecan pie. The problem? Lauren’s not famed for her baking skills. In fact, while her sister would win Star Baker every week, and her mom at least knows a sieve from a spatula, Lauren’s bakes have always been more dangerous than delicious!

Still, no Thanksgiving would be complete without dessert…which is why Lauren finds herself searching for pecans on Thanksgiving Eve. Stumbling into a gorgeous stranger laden down with bags of pecans seems like a holiday miracle…but despite Jack’s kissable lips he’s frostier than a snow cone…and out of sight before she can say ‘Macy’s Parade’!

As the clock …

Healing By His Spirit By: Geraldine D. Bryant

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Title:  Healing by His Spirit
Author:  Geraldine D. Bryant
Publisher:  Xulon Press
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
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"Healing by His Spirit" by Geraldine D. Bryant...

Book Description:

"Healing by His Spirit is based on a true story which spans a period of more than forty years. It depicts the chain of events that befell a young woman faced with adversity, the one perpetrator she struggled to forgive and the restlessness of her very soul as she came to grips with her innermost fears. It is a heartfelt and emotional story of faith, trust, belief and the miracles God performed in her life which led her to her ultimate sacrifice and redemption. She holds true to the fact that God is very real, especially in a dark and uncertain world. It is the hope that the writing of this book will inspire and encourage others, particularly those who don't know our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, those who are facing serious challenges in their lives...to be made aware...tha…

Born At Dawn By: Nigeria Lockley

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Title: Born At Dawn
Author: Nigeria Lockley
Publisher: Urban Christian
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
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"Born At Dawn" by Nigeria Lockley...

Book Description....

"Thirty-four-year-old Cynthia Barclay knows that marriage is supposed to be for better or for worse. Unfortunately, for the last ten years Cynthia has experienced the worst that marriage has to offer at the hands of her abusive husband, Marvin Barclay. With the hope of saving herself and her family, she turns to the Lord. When she doesn't see God manifest Himself in her life fast enough, she decides that she wants out. Abandoning her hope, her husband, and her two young sons, Cynthia boards a bus from New York City to Richmond, Virginia. She begins a new life armed with six thousand dollars on a prepaid credit card, a sketchy plan for success, and a promise to return for her sons that is, until she meets Cheo, a photojournalist with enough connections to take her where she wants to be and help her f…

Game For Love By: Bella Ande

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Title: Game For Love
Author: Bella Andre
Publisher:  B.A.
Series: Bad Boys of Football # 1
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4

"Game For Love" by Bella Andre

Book Description...

"In a relationship built on lies...the only truth is their feelings for each other.

To fulfill his grandmother's dying wish, linebacker Cole Taylor must find and marry a good girl. First grade teacher Anna Davis fits the bill perfectly. Their deal is simple: If she'll be his temporary wife, he'll give her more pleasure than she ever imagined was possible.

Only, love is the ultimate game-changer."

What I liked about the novel.....

I thought this was a good love story of Anna Davis and Cole Taylor and you will find once you start reading it you will not want to put it down until the end. The main part of this storyline was of Cole's who was a football player's dying grandmother wanting to see him married and settled down with a 'good girl.' How was Cole to make tha…

Envy: A Twisted Taste of Seduction By: K'Aliyah Knight

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Title:  Envy: A Twisted Taste of Seduction
Author: 
Publisher:  Alana's Book Line
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  5
Review:

"Envy: A Twisted Taste of Seduction" by K'Aliyah Knight

Book Description.....


"Rameer Banner is fine as hell, with buku money, and a dick that will make you delirious. He's the kinda dude that gets what he wants, when he wants. He owns it.
After 8 years of Rameer playing with her heart, Ki is done. Fuck the dick, she's moving on, or so she thinks. Getting away from Rameer gets easier when a handsome detective catches her attention. But Ki can't move on, Rameer ain't having that. Will trying to let go cost her more than love...?"

What I liked about this novel....

I found "Envy" and even more envious  was definitely what Queen Fatima was in this story. I will say this author really knows how to work it...that beginning  of the novel was off the chain.  I found some very some  interesting characte…

Tricks With Motive: Rock City III By: K'Aliyah Knight

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Title:  Rock City III:  Tricks With Motive
Author:  K'Aliyah Knight
Series: Rock City Hood Love Series #3
Publisher: Alana's Book Line
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  5
Review

"Tricks With Motive" by K'Aliyah Knight...

Book Description....

"Enter ROCK CITY again. Now the sex will tempt you to stay awhile but beware of TRICKS with MOTIVE.
A lot of us are the grimy set-you-up type that thrive off your pain. The pain? Rockwell use to be THAT chick. Popping tags. Princess of The H. Now her heart barely beats. She only has one reason to survive... While Blu ain't even got none. Barely alive, with a finger on the trigger and the Glock pointed to her own head. The gain? Leelee is on a mission. She's motivated to put down any nigga that stands in her way. This next trick has no breaks! Trinidad is so far gone over love that she will burn a bitch. Lighter fluid. Match. Adios! Maybe the biggest trick of them all? The dude you love to hate, Isaac is more gr…