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A Legal Affair By: Alex Strong

Book Description...

"Elle Peyton has a successful career and a beautiful four-year-old son, what more could she want? Certainly not another man who would only abandon them at the first sign of trouble. She learned that lesson the hard way. Which makes it all the more irritating when Raiden, the ruggedly handsome new junior associate at her father's law firm, gets under her skin.

Raiden Kane may not have been looking, but Elle, the boss' daughter of all people, has definitely got his attention. With a little hard work, something he's no stranger to, Raiden manages to break through her icy interior, discovering the sensuous, vibrant woman within.

Elle sees an opportunity to move forward with her life, but Raiden's dark past threatens to leave an even bigger hole in her heart."

Title:  A Legal Affair Author:  Alex Strong Publisher:  Red Dahilia Publishing Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"A Legal Affair" by Alex Strong
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Seasons of Love By: Andrea Boeshaar

Book Description...

"An Apple a Day

Dr. Brian Coridan needs a break. He vacations in quiet Blossom Lake, Wisconsin where he plans to ponder his future as a physician. He never expects to be distracted by Talia Fountain, the town’s “health food nut.” She’s both charming and annoying and their philosophies about medicine are worlds apart. Then why can’t Brian keep his distance? Could it be she holds the key to what’s been missing in his medical practice?

September Sonata

Krissy and Blaine’s marriage is in its autumn season…or is just over? Life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has grown dull. Boring. But there’s a handsome, sophisticated new principal at the Christian school where Krissy teaches. Their attraction to each other is undeniable—but is it strong enough for Krissy to call it quits with her frumpy fireman husband?

Let It Snow

Everyone in the small Door County, Wisconsin town thought Shari Kretlow and Brenan Sheppard would marry someday—until Shari ran off with another guy. De…

Backwards Christmas By: Brooke Williams

Book Description....

"Local tour guide Noelle Richards loves everything Backwards Christmas has to offer in South Pole, Alaska. She gets wrapped up in the upside down trees, taking presents TO Santa Clause and all the festivities. Sled dog trainer Chris Furst, on the other hand, approaches the holiday with nothing but skepticism. When their history bubbles into the present, their difference of opinion comes to a head. When Chris gets himself into a dangerous situation in the snow, Noelle and the hope of Christ are his only hope for redemption."

Title:  Backwards Christmas
Author:  Brooke Williams
Publisher:  Prism Book Group [Diamond]
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  Five

"Backwards Christmas" by Brooke Williams

My Thoughts...

A 'Backwards Christmas' what did that mean?  Well in the South Pole, Alaska that is what they do every single year.  Yes, celebrate a 'Backwards Christmas.'  This author  gives the reader quite a interesting short s…

Season of Us By: Pamela Sanderson

Book Description....

"Sweet contemporary romance.

Shelly Paige has never been one to take risks. Even less so since the loss of her husband. She's content to stay in the town she grew up in, surrounded by the safety of family. A lost dog leads her to a handsome young athlete and the possibility of new adventures. Can she put the past behind her and take a chance on love again?

Zach Carrey is a professional soccer player still finding his way in the high pressure sports world. Unfamiliar town. Tough coach. And he's had heartbreak of his own. The sweet and sexy widow is the calm presence he didn't know he needed. Can he convince her he's worth the risk?"

Title:  Season of Us Author:  Pamela Sanderson Publisher:  Independently Publisher Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Four Review:
"Season of Us"  by Pamela Sanderson
My Thoughts...
This was quite a interesting story by this author that featured a younger man [Zack] who was 22 and older woman [Shelly] w…

Sizzle in the Snow By: Beth Carter(Author), Amy Deason (Author), Cyrstal Firsdon (Author), C.D. Hersh (Author), Kim Hotzon (Author), Ryan Jo Summers(Author), Tina Susedik (Author), & Cheryl Yeko(Author)

Book Description...

"SIZZLE IN THE SNOW: Eight Sizzling, Sexy Christmas Stories!

SANTA BABY, by Beth Carter

Unlucky-in-love Brooke Woods finds herself with a Christmas delivery and it isn’t from Santa. When her boyfriend leaves her for their neighbor, Brooke heads to the nearest bar, meeting hunky, nice guy Anderson Bradley. The two only exchange first names, and their hot fling leaves them both wanting more but their anonymity makes that difficult.
Brooke never thought she’d end up in a hospital pregnant at Christmastime. Will a Santa baby bring her and the father of her child together, or tear them apart?


When Grace Sellers needs to start over, she moves back to her old hometown with her two young children in tow. But the last person she expects to see is her high school crush, Michael Dennison.
Is this unexpected encounter a mere coincidence or a second chance at true love?



Cinderella Busted By: Petie McCarty

Book Description...

"Cinderella's fairy tale moves to Jupiter Island, Florida where Lily Foster, owner of an eclectic landscape nursery, is mistaken for a wealthy socialite by billionaire resort developer Rhett Buchanan. Overdue for a little romance in her life, Lily is anxious for one fabulous date with her handsome prince, so she cultivates her inadvertent masquerade.

Rhett Buchanan has become jaded with the Palm Beach social scene, dominated by scheming women desperate for more money -- his money. Rhett falls hard when he meets Lily Foster. She is a breath of fresh air after the smog of gold diggers constantly surrounding him.

For Rhett and Lily, it's love at first sight until her deception comes to light and pitches their relationship into a disastrous tailspin. Well-meaning friends are determined to intercede and resort to inept high jinks to reunite the estranged couple while a wicked ex-girlfriend plays dirty to keep the couple apart."

Title:  Cinderella Buste…

Greener Grasses By Julie B. Cosgrove

Book Description....

"Twin sisters, Erin and Ellen, covet each other’s lives and husbands. Their festered envy has not only kept them at arm’s length for almost two decades, it has placed both on a precipice of divorce— something they’d never admit to each other.
Yet after two weeks together with their spouses, as they sort through their mother’s belongings following her funeral, they discover the flaws in their sibling’s “grass-greener” lives. But will that revelation help each sister appreciate her own husband and lifestyle as truly according to God’s plan? Or is it too late for a change of heart?"

Title:  Greener Grasses Author:  Julie B. Cosgrove Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"Greener Grasses" by Julie B. Cosgrove

Now 'Greener Grasses' was some read.  Two sisters that were twins that simple did not get along together[no longer than 3 hours], so after their mother dies and makes a request they must fulfill in order to receive their inhe…

The Restoration [Prairie State Friends #3] By: Wanda Brunstetter

Book Description....

"Dive into an Amish country love triangle in this third book of the Prairie State Friends series. Priscilla Herschberger finds herself pursued by Elam, a childhood friend from her community, and David, an outsider raised in the modern world. Elam would do almost anything to convince Priscilla that David would never fit into the Amish way. Will flames of jealousy rage out of control and ruin lives? Can forgiveness allow love and trust to grow?"

Title:  The Restoration
Author:  Wanda Brunstetter
Publisher:  Shiloh Run Press
Series:  Prairie State Friends #3
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Four

"The Restoration" by Wanda Brunstetter

My Thoughts...

This was another Amish series of the 'Prairie State of Friends #3' that continues on from this author's last novel...'The Gift.'  To really get the full understanding of what all has gone on in earlier series, I would suggest you read the other two series.  Now with this se…

Loving a Heartless Felon By Jade Jones and Chase Moore

Book Description...
"Liberty had been going through the wringer with her crazy ex-girlfriend, Trip. Popping up at her crib uninvited, beating up on her little brother, and driving a car through her house were just a few of the things she experienced since their breakup. Life was miserable before Apollo came out of nowhere and rescued her. He's everything she ever wanted in a partner, and she loves him for building up her self-esteem and providing for her family. Life is perfect, but things suddenly take a turn for the worse after he's arrested for the murder of Trip. Further tension arises once Liberty discovers that Apollo is a contract killer. After he's released, she somehow finds herself trying to convince him not to kill his next target--who's ironically her little cousin's boyfriend.

Shayla never thought she'd fall in love and marry the outlaw her mama warned her about. Regardless of their past dif…

Becoming Marta By: Lorea Canales

Book Description....

"Thanks to her wealthy and well-connected family, twenty-six-year-old Marta is used to getting whatever she wants. And what she wants is a good time.

That is, until her father’s wife—the woman who raised her—becomes ill. Beautiful young Marta is forced to witness her unfaithful, brutish father abandon her adoptive mother in her final moments. After her father’s swift remarriage, Marta is surprised to discover that she is now the sole heir of her late mother’s sizeable estate. For the first time, she can choose to cut ties and establish her true self, apart from her parents, her social standing, and the complications of a life of excess. From the balmy beaches of Mexico to New York City, Marta searches for clues to her unconventional heritage and seeks to shed her family’s tradition of secrecy and betrayal as she finds her own way."

Title:  Becoming Marta Author:  Lorea Canales Publisher:  AmazonCrossing Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating:  Four Review:

Home to Cedar Branch By: Brenda Bevan Remmes

Book Description....

"After a betrayal ends in tragedy, Katy seeks refuge from her abusive husband, Hank, in her quiet hometown of Cedar Branch, North Carolina. Taking up residence on the old family farm and landing a job at the local Quaker Café, she hopes to leave her troubled past behind.

At the café, Katy finds allies, kind people willing to protect her and offer advice. There’s the gracious owner who insists that manners prevail, the no-nonsense cook who tackles life with a cast iron frying pan, a Yankee transplant who doesn’t bow to convention, and a shrewd Southern lawyer who sees a chance for Katy to profit from her predicament. But when Hank discovers her whereabouts, Katy’s newfound peace is broken. As a heated standoff involving Hank, local and federal law enforcement, and the media ensues, how far will the Cedar Branch community go to avert violence and save lives?"

Title:  Home to Cedar Branch Author:  Brenda Bevan Remmes Publisher:  Lake Union Publishing Series…

Unwrapping Her Perfect Match: A London Legends Christmas Romance By: Kat Latham

Book Description....

"’Twas a week before Christmas, and at the auction house…

At six foot one, Gwen Chambers has felt like a giant her whole life. She’s a calm, capable nurse saving lives in a busy London hospital, but healthy men give her heart palpitations. When larger-than-life rugby player “Little” John Sheldon convinces her to bid on him in his team’s fundraising auction, she discovers how pleasurable heart palpitations can be.

A rugby player was stirring, with desire no one could douse…

John has wanted Gwen since he first saw her, but when he’s injured in a match just before Christmas he suddenly needs her too. Not only can the sexy nurse help him recover, but she might be able to help him look after his daughter—a shy ten-year-old who speaks only French.

But will it be a Happy Christmas for all, and for all a good night?
From decorating the Christmas tree to ice skating at the Tower of London, Gwen helps father and daughter open up and bond with each other—and she bonds right…

The Changing Season By Steven H. Manchester

Book Description...

"This was supposed to be a simple summer for Billy; one more lazy expanse of time before college began. He'd fill the hours playing with Jimmy – his canine best buddy – going camping and doing all the things he promised Jimmy they'd do before Billy left.

But that was before the accident that shook the entire town.

It was before the summer job that turned into something so much more than a way to get a paycheck.

And it was before Vicki.

This summer was destined to be many things to Billy, things he didn't truly understand until now. But it was definitely not going to be simple.

An enormously touching, richly textured, deeply moving novel of new adulthood, THE CHANGING SEASON is an experience to savor."

Title: The Changing Season
Author: Steven H. Manchester
Publisher: The Story Plant
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
"The Changing Season" by Steven H. Manchester

My Thoughts....

What a amazing story that this author gives the …

Cameron 7: The Finale By: Jade Jones

Book Description:

"Cam, Jude, and Jag are back in the riveting, final installment of the "Cameron" series. What started out as a new beginning soon turns sour after the love of her life becomes her worst enemy. They say 'the grass is never greener on the other side' and now Cameron finally realizes that...but is it too late? Will Jude be able to right his wrongs in time to save his wife? After all, he's part of the reason she landed herself in the situation she's in. Haunted by his past actions, Jude gets a crash course--eventually,in due time, you reap what you sow.
In this dangerous game of love, who will come out the victor and who'll be left broken-hearted?"

Title:  Cameron 7 Author:  Jade Jones Publisher:  Jade Publications Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating:  Five Review:

"Cameron 7:  The Finale" by Jade Jones
My Thoughts...
All I can say is that author really knows how to bring a series to a  perfect close.  Well done is all that is left f…

Raspberry Kisses By: Cecelia Dowdy

Book Description...

"Facing eviction, Rhea Morrison, a young grieving widow, must save her failing bakery. Her
recently-injured twin sister, Raven, loans her money – stipulating Rhea attend a singles retreat to spy on Martin Lane, Raven’s new love interest. Disgruntled, Rhea attends the retreat and is attracted to Martin. She discovers that Martin can help save her bakery.

Pastor Martin laments over his secret, traumatic past mistakes. He’s destined to lead his father’s church, despite blatant rejection. He can’t love Rhea - he’s yet to forgive himself for his past, and if Rhea knew how he used to be, she would have no interest in pursuing a relationship with him. In spite of their shared attraction, he helps Rhea form a plan to save her business. Martin, a former successful bakery owner, can expertly create delicious pastry recipes.

Rhea feels torn about her attraction to Martin – he’s a pastor, and after her husband’s death, she vowed to never get involved with another pastor. Pl…

Forever and Always Collection By: E.L. Todd

Book Description....

"From bestselling author, E. L. Todd, comes the limited edition Forever and Always Collection, books 1-3.

Sean and Scarlet aren’t exactly an ideal relationship. Stupidity and selfishness on Sean’s part lead him to hurt Scarlet over and over again. Scarlet’s naivety and ignorance doesn’t help matters. But in the midst of all the angst is one of the greatest love stories of all time, full of laughter and love, and tears that will make your eyes glisten.

Only For You:

When Scarlet realized Penelope was dumping Sean, her best friend, she was devastated. Penelope was the love of his life, the woman of his dreams. Scarlet knew how far her best friend was going to fall and she had to catch him. Scarlet became Sean’s rock and helped him through a very painful breakup, but her own hidden desires bubbled to the surface in the process. When they finally gave in and slept together, she thought it was the start of their new relationship. Unfortunately, Sean didn’t feel th…

Let It Snow (A Hope Falls Novel Book 8) By: Melanie Shawn

Book Description...

"Thirteen years ago…his world fell apart after his soul mate left him in the middle of an unforeseen tragedy that would bind them together forever. Ever since, sexy Fireman Jake Maguire busied himself by putting out fires in buildings and starting them in women, all in an attempt to extinguish the fire she set off in him all those years ago.

Thirteen years ago…she made the hardest decision of her life. For every tear, every heartache, Tessa Hayes reminded herself that she made that sacrifice out of love. Sweet, caring Tessa always put the interests of others before her own, no matter what the cost.

She sacrificed her heart for his life. He lived without living. Now they had the chance to mend their broken hearts together...but would Tessa and Jake have the courage to do it?"

**Intended for Adults 18+**

Title:  Let It Snow  (A Hope Falls Novel Book 8) Author:  Melanie Shawn Publisher:  M.S.
Series:  (A Hope Falls Novel Book 8) Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rati…

Her Mule Hollow Cowboy (New Horizon Ranch: Mule Hollow #1) By: Debra Clopton

Book Description....

"Cliff saw a woman in need and stepped in—because Maddie was too stubborn to ask…

Cowgirl Maddie Rose has never belonged anywhere but she’s just inherited part of New Horizon Ranch—along with her partners, four handsome, extremely capable cowboys… Maddie’s trying to adjust to her new life and her new partners she’s still unable to believe she’s an owner of this fabulous ranch. Not sure why she was included, she’s out to prove herself worthy of the honor of the inheritance. Loving her new life in the small Texas town of Mule Hollow, she’s determined that, for the first time in her life, she’s going to finally belong somewhere…

Professional Bull Rider Cliff Masterson has been chasing his dreams for years—or has he been running from his past? He’s searching for more in life and ready to dig in his spurs and put down roots deep in the heart of Texas. Rescuing a beautiful cowgirl from being trampled by a bull has him dreaming of romance, home and hearth.

But Maddi…

The Christmas Knot: A Slightly Gothic Regency Mystery Romance Novella By: Barbara Monajem

Book Description...

"Widowed and destitute, Edwina White takes a position as governess in a remote village in the north of England—in a haunted house. She’s so desperate that she’ll take anything, and besides, she doesn’t believe in ghosts. Little does she know that her new employer is the seducer who lied and deceived her many years ago.

Sir Richard Ballister inherited an estate with a ghost and a curse, and every governess he hires leaves within a week. Finally, a woman desperate enough to stay arrives on his doorstep—but she’s the seductress who dropped him many years earlier for a richer man.

The last thing Richard and Edwina want is to work together, but they have no choice. Can they overcome the bitterness of the past in time to unravel a centuries-old knot and end the Christmas curse?

This novella was originally published in the boxed set, Captivated By His Kiss."

Title:  The Christmas Knot Author:  Barbara Monajem  Publisher:  B. M. Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: …

One More Night with You [The Blue Dynasty, #5] By: Lisa Marie Perry

Book Description....

"Loving him is a dangerous job…

Former DEA agent Josephine de la Peña loved Zaf Ahmadi once—and she's got the bullet scar to prove it. No wonder she holds a grudge against her hacker ex. But now, just as Joey's preparing for a new job with the Las Vegas Slayers, Zaf reappears, insisting she's in danger. The sexual pull between them is still as intense, and liable to hurt more than any gunshot.

Even if Joey could forgive him for the botched drug bust that got her injured, Zaf can't forgive himself. Obsessively hunting for the criminals who killed his cousin warped his judgment. To protect Joey, he suggests he pose as her boyfriend. As long as he can keep emotional distance, he can keep her safe. Until the case presents him with a choice: pursue the vengeance he craves—or try to turn one smoldering night into so much more…"

Title:  One More Night with You Author:  Lisa Marie Perry Publisher:  Harlequin Kimani
Series: The Blue Dynasty, #5  R…

One Night in Vegas By: Lisa Marie Perry

Book Description...

"Sin City cosmetic surgeon Krissy O'Claire can create miracles with a scalpel. When it comes to romance, she hasn't found a man worth her bedside manner. It's not often that she moonlights as a break-up artist, but she'll do anything for a friend desperate to escape a New Year's Eve setup. Dumping pro football star Russo Lewis, the sexiest date she's never had, is the plan—until Krissy rings in the New Year in his bed.
Las Vegas Slayer Russo Lewis's career is at a crossroads. Only one thing's decided: he's done living it up in the city that's made for sinning. But his impulsive holiday hookup with Krissy blindsides him. So what's a man to do when one blazing winter night isn't enough?"

Title: One Night in Vegas
Author: Lisa Marie Perry
Publisher: Harlequin Kimani
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"One Night in Vegas" by Lisa Marie Perry

My Thoughts...

I happened to be looking at this a…