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Suddenly Single: So Undeserving By: Deidra D. Green

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"Are happily ever after’s only for fairy tales? Bailey Jamison’s life could have been plucked right from the pages of the most romantic story book. She married the love of her life. He loved her without condition. It was like a dream. But what happens when the dream turns into a nightmare? Devastating loss, new life and divisive lines drawn in the sand wreak havoc in Bailey’s life. Can she handle all that is being thrown her way or will Bailey crumble under the pressure? Find out in “Suddenly Single, So Undeserving”."

Title:  Suddenly Single: So Undeserving
Author:  Deidra D. Green
Publisher:  Rathsi Publishing
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"Suddenly Single:  So Undeserving" by Deidra D. S. Green

My Thoughts....

This novel was wonderful written and as part of the title stated ...'So Undeserving.'  This author really knows to give the readers a story that is so full with drama,  hatefulness as well as some emotions that…

BOSS (Book 1, Part 3) (The Baptiste Family Novella Series) By: Brian W. Smith

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"The Baptiste Family run K and E Publishing, the largest African-American owned publishing company in the country. The Founder/CEO, King Baptiste has decided he's ready to retire. Each of his kids (Junior, Queen, Elan, and Carmelo) want to be the new CEO, and they will do anything - including backstab each other - to be named the new BOSS."

Title:  Boss [Book 1, Part 3] The Baptiste Family Novella
Author:  Brian W. Smith
Publisher: B.W. S.
Series:  Part 3 Novella Series
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  Five
Review:

"Boss [Book 1 Part 3]" by Brian W.Smith

My Thoughts....

OK, I will admit I don't like waiting  to read part  2  and then  waiting to read part 3 so...Now let me be clear to what I am saying. I wanted to read the whole story at one sitting, so when I met this author and learned that there was going to be a part 3 to this Boss story...I said OK [to myself].. I will just wait and read it all together Parts 1, 2 & 3 and ye…

Boss [Book 1, Part 2 The Baptiste Family Novella Series] By: Brian W. Smith

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"This is Book 1 (Part 2) of the Baptiste Family Series. King Baptiste, Founder and CEO of K and E Publishing is ready to retire. He must decide between his four kids who will be his successor. They each want the job, and have every intention to become the new BOSS...by any means necessary."

Title:  Boss Book 1 Part 2 [The Baptiste Family Novella Series]
Author:  Brian W. Smith
Publisher:  B.W.S.
Series:  The Baptiste Family Novella # 2
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"Boss Part 2" by Brian W. Smith

My Thoughts.....

OK, as I continue on with Boss Book 1 Part 2...this Baptiste Family a decision is to be made by King
Baptiste.  Now, how with this man decide between the four ? children to become a successor as the CEO of the K and E Publishing Company?  Who deserves this job? Well, as the plot thickens...as this
story gets even more awesome!  As the drama keep on coming  to King and his family the reader will be kept reading as King …

BOSS (Book 1, Part 1) (The Baptiste Family Novella Series By: Brian W. Smith

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Book Description....

"The Baptiste Family run K and E Publishing, the largest African-American owned publishing company in the country. The Founder/CEO, King Baptiste has decided he's ready to retire. Each of his kids (Junior, Queen, Elan, and Carmelo) want to be the new CEO, and they will do anything - including backstab each other - to be named the new BOSS."

Title:  Boss  [Book 1, Part 1][The Baptiste Family Novella Series]
Author:  Brian W. Smith
Publisher: B.W.S.
Series: The Baptiste Family Novella Part 1
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"The Boss Book 1, Part 1"  by Brian W. Smith

My Thoughts....

This was a little different read for me having all of these parts that will lead to the end  but I will say it was interesting  read and I look forward to the next part 2.  The author really shows his talents  as a good writer has he shows his talents with the way he slips in those twist and turns that will really captivates his readers keepi…

Ring in a Cowboy: Nine Sexy Cowboys from Bestselling Authors [by: Donna Michaels, Lexi Post, Victoria Vane ,Rhonda Lee Carver, Amanda McIntyre, Hildie McQueen, Kathleen Ball, Tori Scott and Gem Sivad]

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"New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Authors Donna Michaels and Lexi Post are joined by seven award-winning authors to bring you nine sexy cowboys in this New Year's collection that will warm you from the inside out. Ring in a Cowboy."

Donna Michaels - Wine and Her New Year Cowboy (Book 4/Citizen Soldier Series) A Going no male resolution excludes cowboys.

Lexi Post - Trace’s Trouble: Last Chance Series #2 - A divorced cowboy, with nothing left but his pride, runs into trouble when he has to evict a feisty woman who understands animals better than humans and carries a Glock named Sal.

Kathleen Ball – A Kiss at Midnight - Will Anora accept Maverick’s Heart? Only a long awaited New Year’s kiss at midnight will tell him.

Rhonda Lee Carver- A New Year's Cowboy- Charlie has suffered tragedy, but a Christmas package offers hope and a cowboy.

Amanda Mcintyre - Lost & Found - Fate gives first love a second chance.

Hildie Mcqueen- New Year w…

The Tree Of Hope By: Darcie Chan

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A Christmas Novella

Title:  The Tree Of Hope
Author: Darcie Chan
Publisher:  D.C.
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"The Tree Of Hope" by Darcie Chan

My Thoughts...

This was a wonderful well written short story of a mother and the love of her girls survived during the Christmas season in 1984 after the death of her husband.  Things were tight but Josie was determine to give her girls a  real Christmas Tree.  With the help of her Aunt Ivy...just how did Josie make this happen?   Well you will have to get this short story to read and see just what the girls [Emily & Rose] saw when they got up the next morning.  .  I found this story very refreshing for the Christmas season definitely being a 'Tree of Hope' in all that Josie had to do.  I loved how the author shared what it was to be able to get it all done with what you have right around you.  When you set your mind to it as it was for Josie, it proved to her she could do it and sh…

Razor Sharp [Embryo: A Raney and Levine Thriller]

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"A Jack the Ripper type killer is murdering male prostitutes, with one exception...

A young woman is found brutally attacked with a straight razor, her cruel facial mutilation the only link to three other horrific murders: a transgender woman, a transvestite, and a 17-year-old hustler. So nasty are those three born-male kills that the psychopath seems to be saying, they're all males...

FROM HELL he scrawls, taunting the NYPD with the original Jack the Ripper's 1888 letter to the police. This killer is cunning: wears gloves, disguises, and leaves no physical evidence. At a loss, the police ask "one small favor" from physicians Jill Raney and David Levine, friends and - until now, detectives on their own. "No warrant? No problem!" had been their mantra...until their relationship with the cops led to exhaustion and conflict.

But they share the horror that grips the country and agree to help, thus plunging into an unimaginable and terri…

Cookies and Kisses By: Trish Perry, Debby Mayne, Cecelia Dowdy and Lynette Sowell

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"Relax and enjoy these holiday love stories while you munch on a handful of delicious cookies made from the recipes at the end of each novella in this collection of contemporary romances set in Bethlehem, Connecticut. Four childhood friends keep their beloved holiday tradition of a sleepover and Christmas cookie exchange that they started as teenagers.

The love stories in Cookies and Kisses show how these four friends' lives have changed over the years and what motivates them when they meet the men who make them weak at the knees. Anna has a chance to pursue her dream career and the possibility of love, but at what cost? After years of a secret crush on the boy next door, Carly has to face some important realities that can alter the direction of her future. Kim's life is a mess, so she returns to Bethlehem to run the family bakery and runs into someone who dredges up some old feelings she thought she'd lost. Single mom Heather has to decide whethe…

Two To Wrangle By: Victoria Vane

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"A COUNTRY BOY

Maybe having a hot and heavy affair with the boss’s daughter wasn’t the smartest move. But country boy Ty Morgan didn’t regret a moment with city girl Monica Brandt…until she left Las Vegas to return to her life in New York.  When devastating news sends her running back, Ty can’t help but open his arms.  His heart, however, is another matter.

AND A CITY GIRLNow that Ty has what he’s always wanted—controlling interest in Hotel Rodeo—Monica is certain their time together is at an end.  Then Ty asks her to come on board as a partner.  Maybe it’s just her money he needs, but the chance to stick close to the sexy wrangler sure could make work a whole lot more interesting.

GET READY TO TANGOTheir partnership doesn’t come without a heap of problems. The two can’t agree on anything—except their iron-hot attraction.  As the hotel’s Grand Opening approaches, the truth is all too clear: Ty and Monica must find a way to mix business with pleasure if they have…

Once Upon A True Love's Kiss By: Julie Johnstone, Katherine Bone, Collette Cameron, Jullian Chantal, Lauren Smith, Samantha Grace, Alanna Lucas, Victoria Vane

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"USA Today Best-selling author, Julie Johnstone, joins best-selling, award-winning authors, Katherine Bone, Collette Cameron, Jillian Chantal, Samantha Grace, Alanna Lucas, Lauren Smith, and Victoria Vane in this delightful limited edition, containing eight tantalizing kiss-and-tell stories. Meet dashing, wildly charming rogues, spies, pirates, rakes and their extraordinary, intrepid heroines as they whisk you along on sweet to sizzling romantic romps in these wickedly entertaining historical romances.

AFTER FOREVER by JULIE JOHNSTONE-
Widowed Lady Julianna Barrows never wants to fall in love again. But when the notorious former boxer Nash Overton hires her to transform him into a gentleman, Julianna quickly becomes the student, learning more about passion than she’s ever known, and more importantly, learning how to love again.

THE PIRATE’S DUCHESS by KATHERINE BONE -
Duty forces him to take on the pirate code, but honor brings him back.

Prudence, Duchess of B…

Unfinished: A First Love, Second Chance Romance by Susan Hammond

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"One summer, one secret, one last chance . . .

Nicole Chandler was seventeen the summer she fell in love with Jake Evans, the sexy, rough-around-the-edges mechanic who came to work in her father's marine repair shop. At twenty, Jake had seen more of the dark side of life than any kid ever should, yet underneath the hard exterior was a man who protected and cared for what was his.

For Jake, Nicole was a sunshine he’d never known—sweetness and innocence, feisty, brave, funny. And definitely sexy. He knew he shouldn't love her, yet she believed in him as no one ever had and made him laugh as though life might turn out okay. When the summer ended, Niki held his heart.

Then she broke it.

His secrets, her misunderstanding—the mistakes they both made—sent their lives on different paths, their story unfinished. Yet twenty-three years later, they still remember.

Nicole, now a successful artist, is starting over. When Jake finds her again, she’s ready to believe in …

Journey To Love By: LaCricia A'ngelle

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"Wealthy, debonair bachelor Christian Tyler, a building contractor from Los Angeles, agrees to take on the task of building a youth center in the town of Bethany, Tennessee. Completely out of his element, and unaware of what lies ahead, Christian remains open minded as he uses his skill to pursue the philanthropic opportunity.


Shelby Lamar, the town’s self-proclaimed gold digger, sets her sights on the handsome new man in town. With a reputation for getting what she wants, Shelby stops at nothing in order to carry out her plan. A chance meeting at the grocery store provides her with enough information to get the ball rolling in her pursuit of adding Christian to her list of benefactors.


Unlike her former conquests, Christian does not easily bow down to her advances. What she finds in Christian is a lot more than her next mark. Will he be the one who teaches her the true meaning of love, or will he be blinded by her seduction and become her next victim?"

Ti…

Hearts Under Fire By: Antonio Scotto di Cario

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"Jenny is a beautiful young businesswoman. She lives in an Italian tourist town where she owns a shop. Her need for independence is her strength, but her innate distrust sometimes creates problems with others.
One day she encounters love. More than an encounter, it’s a collision, a head-on collision. Her heart isn’t Eros’s only target, and everything changes …
Police begin investigating suspicious events around her, slowing down the construction of a new great hotel in town and rocking her life even more."

Title:  Hearts Under Fire Author:  Antonio Scotto di Cario Publisher: A.S. d. C. Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"Hearts Under Fire" by Antonio Scotto di Cario
My Thoughts...

What a wonderful emotional read [setting in Italy] with 'My Way'[the song] being so well featured in this well written story. This was definitely one of those stories where you may think you know what is going on then then there will be some twist, …

I Heart Obama By Erin Aubrey Kaplan

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"A personal and cultural exploration of Barack Obama as black president, black icon, and black folk hero....

In his nearly two terms as president, Barack Obama has solidified his status as something black people haven’t had for fifty years: a folk hero. The 1960s delivered Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, forever twinned as larger-than-life outsiders and truth tellers who took on racism and died in the process. Obama is different: Not an outsider but president, head of the most powerful state in the world; a centrist Democrat, not the face of a movement. Yet he is every bit a folk hero, doing battle with the beast of a system created to keep people like him on the margins. He is unique among presidents and entirely unique among black people, who never expected to have a president so soon.
In I Heart Obama, journalist Erin Aubry Kaplan offers an unapologetic appreciation of our highest-ranking “First” and what he means to black Americans. In the process, she…

Christmas Cravings By: Emma Hamilton

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"How could everything that seemed so right suddenly have gone so wrong for Mia? Snow is on the ground and Christmas lights twinkle in the German Christmas market. The warm, spiced wine is just right, but there's still one key ingredient missing from her romantic dream. Will Mia's Christmas turn out to be sugar and spice and all things nice - or a deflated soufflé of loneliness and regret?
Christmas Cravings is a festive romance standalone episode from the Greedily Yours series."

Title:  Christmas Cravings Author:  Emma Hamilton Publisher:  Bastei  Entertainment
Series:  Greedily Yours  Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Four Review:
"Christmas Cravings"  by Emma Hamilton
My Thoughts....

'Christmas Cravings' was one of the 'Greedily Yours' series.  I found it  was one interesting short chick lit romantic read.  For Mia and her friend Lizzy gave the reader a interesting read with even some humor. As the story goes on it wil…

A Girl's Guide To Moving On By: Debbie Macomber

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"In this powerful and uplifting novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber, a mother and her daughter-in-law bravely leave their troubled marriages and face the challenge of starting over. Leaning on each other, Nichole and Leanne discover that their inner strength and capacity for love are greater than they ever imagined.

When Nichole discovers that her husband, Jake, has been unfaithful, the illusion of her perfect life is indelibly shattered. While juggling her young son, a new job, and volunteer work, Nichole meets Rocco, who is the opposite of Jake in nearly every way. Though blunt-spoken and rough around the edges, Rocco proves to be a dedicated father and thoughtful friend. But just as their relationship begins to blossom, Jake wagers everything on winning Nichole back—including their son Owen’s happiness. Somehow, Nichole must find the courage to defy her fears and follow her heart, with far-reaching consequences for them all.

Lean…