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Playing With Fire By: Deborah Fletcher Mello

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Title:  Playing With Fire
Author:  Deborah Fletcher Mello
Publisher:  Dafina
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review

"Playing With Fire"  by Deborah Fletcher Mello

Book Description....

"Romeo Marshall is over six feet of cool, smooth, hot, southern seductiveness--just like the music at his popular Raleigh club, The Playground Jazz and Blues Bar. With his beloved mother gone and no father he's ever known, the business is Romeo's everything. It's a place where anything can happen--and the evening one gorgeous young woman and one intriguing old musician walk into the bar--and into Romeo's life--it does.

There's something about high-powered, down-to-the earth Taryn Williams that captures Romeo's attention like no other woman has. Yet unanswered questions from his past seem to hold him back from real commitment. For Romeo to move forward in love, he'll have to learn some devastating truths--and James "Piano Man" Burdett is there to te…

Wagon Train Cinderella By Shirley Kennedy

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"Love can lead you out of the wilderness…

1851, Overland Trail to California. As a baby, Callie was left on the doorstep of an isolated farmhouse in Tennessee. The Whitaker family took her in, but have always considered her more a servant than a daughter. Scorned by her two stepsisters, Callie is forced to work long hours and denied an education. But a new world opens to her when the Whitakers join a wagon train to California—guided by rugged Indian, Luke McGraw…

A loner, haunted by a painful past, Luke plans to return to the wilderness once his work is done. But he can’t help noticing how poorly Callie is treated—or how unaware she is of her beauty and intelligence. As the two become closer over the long trek west, Callie’s confidence grows. And when disaster strikes, Callie emerges as the strong one—and the woman Luke may find the courage to love at last…"

Title:  Wagon Train Cinderella Author:  Shirley Kennedy Publisher:  Kensington Books Reviewed By:  …

The Memory of Your Kiss BY: Wilma Counts

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Book Description...

"An Untimely Encounter…

When her father falls gravely ill, eighteen-year-old Sydney Isabella Waverly dutifully agrees to marry the earl whose estate borders her family’s modest country home. But on a trip to Bath before she weds, Sydney meets the enigmatic, heroic Captain Zachary Quentin, with whom she feels an unmistakable mutual attraction.

Still, they have no choice but to part ways, regretting what might have been. Sydney cannot know that one day they will meet again under vastly changed circumstances, that Zachary will play an unexpected role in her life—and that the man she never forgot still ignites her heart. All that will remain is to find out if he feels the same way..."

Title:  The Memory of Your Kiss Author:  Wilma Counts Publisher:  Kensington Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: 5 Review:
"The Memory of Your Kiss" by Wilma Counts
What I enjoyed from this novel.....

I found the heroine Sydney Isabella Waverley one very interesting pers…

One Kiss More By: Mandy Baxter

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Book Description....

"Emma Ruiz knows her father is innocent. But that doesn't help her convince the law—not even smoking hot U.S. Marshal Landon McCabe. When McCabe bangs on her door demanding information about how her cancer-stricken father escaped from federal prison, she’ll have to distract him somehow—it may as well be with a stolen kiss.

Landon gets why Emma isn't saying all she knows. What he doesn't understand is why he’s putting his reputation, his case, and his badge on the line for a gorgeous person of interest. Much as he’d love to, he can’t let Emma play him. The stakes are higher than either of them can guess. The only way to survive is to trust their instincts. But their instincts want more than one kiss…"

Title:  One Kiss More
Author:  Mandy Baxter
Publisher:  Kensington Books
Series:  U.S. Marshals # 2
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"One Kiss More"  by Mandy Baxter

What I enjoyed from this novel....


"One Kiss More"…

Deputy's Bride By: Anita Philmar

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"NEW RELEASE!A hot, historical western stand-alone story with a satisfying HEA.
Texas Deputy Bo Kildare is looking for a special kind of lady, one that is willing to meet his special requirements. No sweet little virgin will do, he wants a woman who knows how to please a man, perhaps two.Recently widowed, Sarah Elizabeth Foster-LaFever has lived in the public eye for the last few years and wants out. Her reputation as Micah LaFever’s wife has left her penniless and without many viable options until Bo comes calling.
Now, she believes she found the perfect man until her past rears its ugly head. Can murder and corrupt dealings keep these two lovers from making it to the alter?
Tags: menage ménage, a trios sex stories, ménage, erotic romance, texas, cowboy, naked bluff, menage a trois, double penetration

Title:  Deputy's Bride
Author:  Anita Philmar
Publisher:  A. P.
Series:  Naked Bluff, Texas Book # 3
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"Dep…

A Way From Heart to Heart By: Helena Fairfax

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Book Description....
"After the death of her husband in Afghanistan, Kate Hemingway’s world collapses around her. Her free time is spent with a charity for teenage girls in London, helping them mend their broken lives - which is ironic, since her own life is fractured beyond repair.Reserved, upper-class journalist Paul Farrell is everything Kate and her teenage charges aren’t. But when Paul agrees to help Kate with her charity by accompanying her on a trip to the Yorkshire moors, he makes a stunning revelation that changes everything, and leaves Kate torn.Can she risk her son’s happiness as well as her own?"
Title:  A Way From Heart to Heart Publisher:  Accent Press Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: 5 Review:
"A Way From Heart to Heart" by Helena Fairfax
What I liked about this novel....
It was a sad story at the beginning with Kate Hemingway having lost her husband Stuart while serving in Afghanistan but all is not lost for her because she had her son George and…

I Love How You Love Me By: Bella Andre

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Dylan Sullivan's story (Seattle Sullivans #4)

"Dylan Sullivan, a renowned boat builder, has spent his entire life sailing around the world. But while he’s always enjoyed the freedom of the ocean, when Grace Adrian shows up at his Seattle boathouse to interview him for a magazine, it’s love at first sight. Love for both Grace and her ten-month-old son, Mason, with whom Dylan has an immediate bond. And every moment they spend together makes Dylan more and more certain that a love like theirs is worth risking everything for.

A year and a half ago, Grace’s entire world turned upside down. Not only did she learn that she was pregnant, she also found out that she was nothing but a dirty little secret to her boyfriend and his elite Washington D.C. family. Since then, Grace has been rebuilding her life in Seattle, giving one hundred percent of her attention to her son and her freelance writing career. Believing she can never risk her heart—or her son’s—again, espec…

Hero By: Samantha Young

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The emotional and unforgettable new romance from the New York Times bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series.

"Alexa Holland’s father was her hero until her shocking discovery that her mother and she weren't his only family. Ever since, Alexa has worked to turn her life in a different direction and forge her own identity outside of his terrible secrets. But when she meets a man who’s as damaged by her father’s mistakes as she is, Alexa must help him.

Caine Carraway wants nothing to do with Alexa’s efforts at redemption, but it’s not so easy to push her away. Determined to make her hate him, he brings her to the edge of her patience and waits for her to walk away. But his actions only draw them together and, despite the odds, they begin an intense and explosive affair.

Only Caine knows he can never be the white knight that Alexa has always longed for. And when they’re on the precipice of danger, he finds he’ll do anything to protect either one of…

Harvest of Blessings By: Charlotte Hubbard

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"The tranquil little town of Willow Ridge is facing a startling challenge. Wealthy Nora Glick Landwehr is determined to make it her home again--and put her past to rest. Cast out by her own family, Nora can't reconcile with Old Amish ways or her strict father. But she'll do anything to help her community embrace the future . . . and make amends to the daughter she had to give up. So, she certainly has no time for her reckless new neighbor Luke Hooley. They disagree about almost everything. And how can she trust him if he always seems to believe the worst about her? Somehow, though, his unexpected support and passionate heart are helping her find her own way in faith. And Nora will discover that even in the face of insidious lies and unyielding judgment, God creates unexpected chances for forgiveness--and love."

Title:  Harvest of Blessings
Author:  Charlotte Hubbard
Publisher:  Zebra
Series:  Seasons of the Heart Book 5
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Love VS. Trust By: Ms. T. Nicole

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Title:  Love VS. Trust
Author: Ms. T. Nicole
Publisher:  Pleasure Principle Publications
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  5
Review:

"Love VS. Trust" by Ms. T. Nicole

Book Description....

"Erica’s search for the truth will force her to go back and face what she deemed as a difficult past. Her sisters are now back in her life as they offer her true love and honesty, leaving her to make a decision that may cost her everything.

Growing up, Erica felt as if she wasn't loved. After meeting and marrying the person who gave her love and everything in between, Erica was on a quest to finding the truth and her voice. Everything was going according to plan until her husband Richard started to change his patterns and raises her brow of curiosity. With love on the line and a marriage hanging by a thread, will love keep them together, or will lust pull them apart?"

What I liked about this novel....

I found "Love VS. Trust" was a good urban fiction read and as I r…

The Man Who Loved Too Much Book 1: Archipelago By: John Rachel

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Book Description.....

"This is the story of Billy Green. When he was just turning four, his father tried to throw him in the trash. He was a smart kid but that just seemed to create enemies.

His mom did everything to protect him. But this was Detroit, armpit of the wasteland! Catholic school didn't help much, except the time he got his first kiss from an atheist nun. Home life was dismal. Was his father capable of anything but drinking beer and farting? And what was with that neighbor who made puppets and tried to molest Billy? Golly! Detroit was sucking the life out of him. At such a young age!

Then adolescence swirled around him. Like water in a toilet bowl. High school was a B movie. Only without a plot. So finally he did something about it. Billy ran away… to college. Cornell University. That was a good move for sure! He studied hard, lost his virginity, met the love of his life. Things were definitely looking up! What could possibly go wrong? Isn’t that what we always as…

Barbecue and Bad News By Nancy Naigle

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"Welcome to Adams Grove…where the barbecue isn’t the only thing that sizzles.
Savannah Dey politely agreed to attend her ex-husband’s wedding, but she’d be grateful for any reason to get out of it…which is why the speeding ticket from the handsome sheriff of Adams Grove is both a surprise and a reprieve. With one quick call to her editor, the aspiring columnist finds herself with a new assignment and the perfect excuse to get closer to the man who pulled her over. Now, all she needs is a way to deal with all the bad memories the small town dredges up…
Sheriff Scott Calvin can’t forget the woman who set off his radar, but he’s determined to send Savannah on her way. He’s done making bad choices, and this beautiful city gal is sure to leave Adams Grove once she finishes her story. By the time she’s stirred up a hornet’s nest, he’s already falling for her. Will trouble bind them together, or will her secrets tear them apart?"

Title:  Barbecue and Bed News��…

The Cowboy By: Margareta Osborn

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"Carina Chapman wants a vacation. Somewhere hot. Somewhere decadent. Somewhere far, far away from her complicated life in New York. Somewhere in Australia appears to be the answer, until Carina discovers her PA has booked her into the wrong resort.

Cowboy Jake Richardson can cook a mean camp-oven roast, track wild horses, breed cattle and knows Australia’s rugged High Country like no other, but he needs to diversify if he wants to keep his land. Tourism seems like the answer, but his housekeeper just quit, the rooms aren’t ready and he doesn’t know a short black from a cappuccino.

Then his first guest arrives.

City slick Carina is smart, classy and disgruntled that her dreamy five-star retreat has been replaced by a rustic homestead beside the Barcoo Creek. Jake has seven days to convince Carina he can deliver all the items on her vacation checklist – including the five-step method to an everlasting relationship… "

Title:  The Cowboy    
Author:  Margare…

Horse Crazy By: Caitlin Ricci

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"Melody and her teenage daughter, Kristen, have moved to Colorado for a fresh start. She's still not 100% where she wants to be in terms of her body yet but she is finally comfortable with herself and is living completely as a woman for the first time in her life. To thank Kristen for being so wonderful she promises her daughter riding lessons, something her little girl has always dreamed of.

While waiting for the lesson to start, she's happy to see her daughter amidst the horses that she loves so much, but Melody does not expect the handsome man who sits down next to her—a man who proves to be Kristen's instructor and idol—to be interested in taking Melody out on a date..."

Title:  Horse Crazy      Author:  Caitlin Ricci     Publisher:  Less Than Three Press
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean      Rating: 4


Review:  "Horse Crazy"  by Caitlin Ricci

What I thought about this novel......

I must say this was a different kind of read for me …

Deepest Roots of the Heart By Chautona Havig

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"During WWII, Avelino Carrillo spent four harrowing years in the South Pacific with one thought driving his survival: to return to his beloved home in Napa Valley.
The Carrillos have a history in the valley that stretches deep, like grapevine roots in the soil. For a century, they worked the vineyard at their family home, la Casa de los Sueños, until they lost the property to a wealthy land baron. Now, Avelino is determined to reclaim the land and home he loves so much. When he meets Amelia, a young woman who lives at the vineyard with her grandfather, he finds that regaining his birthright isn’t his only struggle—he battles the longing of his heart as well.
Can Avelino overcome the local bigotry and personal demons that face him to create the life he desires?"

Title:  Deepest Roots of the Heart       Author:  Chautona Havig      Publisher:  Waterfall Press
Series:  Legacy of the Vines #1           Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean                 Rati…

The Blue Diamond: The Razor's Edge By: P.S. Bartlett

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"When four spirited young women
find themselves orphaned and alone in an unforgiving world, they are forced to
defend not only their honor but their very lives.
Ivory Shepard, has made a name for herself as the notorious pirate "Ivory Razor," while she and her handy cousins; Cass, Keara and Miranda are building a life in Port Royal, Jamaica. When she takes a merchant ship and finds a bag full of rare diamonds, including one very large blue one, she never imagined she'd end up captured and held prisoner by a rival pirate.
Maddox Carbonale aka "Blacksnake" intends to collect a fifty thousand pound bounty on her head and earn a pardon in the process, until a fiery attraction ignites between them. Regardless of their first passionate night together, by the time the sun rises the next morning, Ivory is reminded why she trusts no one and she's left wondering if her fate is sealed due to Blacksnake's greed or Maddox's wounded ego.

Detour Ahead By: Adriana Kraft

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"Hot-shot Chicago prosecuting attorney Traci Steele works tirelessly keeping rapists off the street to prevent other women from suffering the hell she’s endured, so she resists her friends’ insistence that she take a two month R&R in their California Live Oak condo—until they persuade her to help their rancher friend as a private investigator.

Though he runs the stables at Live Oak, well-muscled mustached wrangler Scott McCord much prefers working with the race horses he trains at his ranch, and he can’t believe his old friends have sent a greenhorn female to help him with horse troubles.

The improbable dance between this mismatched pair barely fits in around the escalating suspense of whoever’s after Scott’s horses. Traci is as tenacious in her sleuthing as she is terrified about her inability to ever love a man. Can Scott succeed in gentling her—like he does his horses—before she flees in panic?"


Title:  Detour Ahead
Author:  Adriana Kraft
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The Billionaire Boyfriend Trap By: Kendra Little

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"Cleo knows her job is borderline unethical, but she tells herself that the businessmen she spies on are arrogant and greedy. Besides, it pays well and she needs the money for her sister's medical bills and to put her through art school. But when that art school's very existence is under threat from Cleo's latest target, billionaire Reece Kavanagh, she will do anything in her power to stop him and keep her sister happy.

Until she falls in love with him.

He was supposed to be a jerk, but Reece turns out to be everything Cleo ever wanted in a man. His heart is not cold and empty as reported, but beats only for Cleo. So when he reveals the dark secret that drives him to close down the school, she knows she has to stop him, for his own good as well as her sister's.

But what will Reece do when he finds out that the woman he trusts has been undermining him all along? "

THE BILLIONAIRE BOYFRIEND TRAP is a complete standalone novel with a satisfy…

Steely Gray By: Vanessa Davis Griggs

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"Twenty-five-year old Lilly Gray has loved to write since she was in elementary school. Her first book was published by a Christian publisher when she turned twenty-one. With a growing number of awards and accolades to show for her efforts, the single and very beautiful “dark chocolate” (as her preacher father always calls her) Lilly appears to be on track as a force to be reckoned with. Maybe that’s why an up and coming author has decided to target her as her number one rival. Whatever is going on, it’s obvious that this twenty-five year-old author who pens erotica and simply goes by the name Ebony has beef with Lilly. And Ebony is having no problems with letting the world know just how far she’ll go to take Lilly on.

Making any and all public appearances wearing various Mardi Gras’ masks and glitzy over-the-top wardrobe as well as other costumes (now a signature trademark to her overall mystique), no one (other than possibly Ebony’s publishing house and an…