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Claiming Noah By: Amanda Ortlepp

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"Catriona and James are desperate for children, and embark on an IVF program. After a gruelling round of treatments, Catriona finally falls pregnant, and they donate their remaining embryo anonymously.

Diana and Liam are on a waiting list to receive an embryo. Sooner than expected, they are thrilled to discover one is available.

After a difficult pregnancy, Catriona gives birth to Sebastian. But severe postnatal depression affects her badly, and quickly turns into deadly psychosis. For her protection and her baby’s, she’s admitted into psychiatric care. When she comes home, she again struggles to bond with her baby, but gradually life finds its own rhythm.

Meanwhile, Diana has given birth to a beautiful little boy, Noah.
But when he is two months old Noah is abducted … and Diana and Liam’s nightmare begins.

Where is Noah?"

Title:  Claiming Noah Author:  Amanda Ortlepp Publisher:  Faithworks/Center Street Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating:  Five  Review:
"C…

Everything We Keep: A Novel By: Kerry Lonsdale

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"Sous chef Aimee Tierney has the perfect recipe for the perfect life: marry her childhood sweetheart, raise a family, and buy out her parents’ restaurant. But when her fiancé, James Donato, vanishes in a boating accident, her well-baked future is swept out to sea. Instead of walking down the aisle on their wedding day, Aimee is at James’s funeral—a funeral that leaves her more unsettled than at peace.
As Aimee struggles to reconstruct her life, she delves deeper into James’s disappearance. What she uncovers is an ocean of secrets that make her question everything about the life they built together. And just below the surface is a truth that may set Aimee free…or shatter her forever.
A luminous debut with unexpected twists, Everything We Keep explores the devastation of loss, the euphoria of finding love again, and the pulse-racing repercussions of discovering the truth about the ones we hold dear and the lengths they will go to protect us."

Title:  Ever…

Wife Of A Misfit: A Cameron Spin Off By: Jade Joes

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"Juicy's entire life changed when she met Tariq Haddad aka Rico. With his suave demeanor and devilishly handsome looks, he was every girl's dream and every father's worst nightmare. Because he was a smooth-talking pimp, she knew the risk that came with getting involved with a man like him--and yet she still allowed him to pull her into his underworld...but now it may be too late for her to escape his deadly grasp.

Roxie was simply trying to move on with her life when Kwon came along and helped her get over a broken heart. Sweet, charming, and charismatic, he's seemingly a breath of fresh air and the exact opposite of her cheating no good ex, Magyc. Yet there's only one problem...Kwon is hiding a deep, dark secret. One that could potentially put her and her daughter's life in danger.

"Wife of a Misfit" is a rollicking ride full of drama, betrayal, and unexpected twists!"

Title:  Wife Of A Misfit Author:  Jade Jones Publis…

Mama's Lies - Daddy's Pain By: Brian W. Smith

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"Jamal Simms is the loving father of Jada Simms. He struggles to raise Jada with her mother (Tracy) whom he can't seem to get along with. Shortly before Jada's 18th birthday, a DNA test reveals that Jamal isn't Jada's biological father. Feelings are hurt, lies are told, loyalties are tested, and lives are forever changed."

Title:  Mama's Lies - Daddy's Pain
Author:  Brian W. Smith
Publisher:  Hollygrove Publishing
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"Mama's Lies - Daddy's Pain" by Brian W. Smith

My Thoughts....

Oh, my goodness..so this is how a lie can start during one's teenage years and continue all the way
to adulthood.  But what will happen when the lie is finally found out?  Well, this is what happened to Jamal and Tracey during their teenage years. Now, only if Jamal had listened to his best friend Greg...
oh well there are so many parts of this story that you will just have to pick this on…

Mr. and Mrs. Black By: Roy Glenn

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"With all of their enemies defeated and Rain Robinson firmly in control of his Family, Black and Shy have put that life of constant war and death behind them. They moved back to the home that they built in Freeport, Bahamas; the home that they built to spend the rest of their lives in, so many years ago. Shy has promised to hang up her guns to live the quiet life with the man she loves; raising their children and focusing on running her legitimate import/export business. So when Shy is presented with the opportunity to become the U.S. importer for a company that made hand-made women’s apparel, she jumped at the opportunity. A meeting was quickly arranged in Palermo, Sicily to meet the owner and negotiate a deal. That’s when the trouble begins and that is when Shy is glad she brought her gun."

Title:  Mr. and Mrs. Black
Author:  Roy Glenn
Publisher:  Smashwords Edition
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Four
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"Mr. and Mrs. Black" by Roy Gl…

True, Undying Love: A Twisted Love Story By: Ms. T. Nicole

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"When you are born in the hood, the game won’t allow you to fall in love. The streets will take everything they can from you. On a cold night when the odds were stacked against him at the worst point in his life, Lex finds a woman that is truly the Bonnie to his Clyde. Will snakes slithering within the team cause them drama or bring them closer together? Or will this instant love connection be a match made in heaven or lead them to find their destiny in hell?"

Title:  True, Undying Love:  A Twisted Love
Author:  Ms. T. Nicole
Publisher:  Treasured Publications
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"True, Undying Love:  A Twisted Love Story" by Ms. T. Nicole

My Thoughts...

I will say the title says it all "True, Undying Love:  A Twisted Love Story" was definitely one good fast paced urban romance story.    What a dream Lex Jr. was having! The story definitely was given some of that 'Bonnie and Clyde'...featuring Lex a…

No Loyalty in The Hood By Ms. T. Nicole

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"The streets of Chicago better known as Chi Raq was once ran by the well-known, most respected, and feared man named Mitch. In a fast lifestyle full of gangs, drugs, women, and money, it usually comes with a six feet grave or life beyond bars. After serving a 15 year bid for a crime he didn’t commit, only one person will continue to reign in these streets. True bonds are put to the ultimate test; but when the streets is no longer showing you the love that you feel you deserve, you understand that everything is for the taking, and death is always just around the corner. Follow Brandon and Cashmier as their bond of brotherhood and loyalty is put through the test of time. Will a new life bring them together, or fuel a burning desire to rage war in Chi Raq?"

Title:  No Loyalty in The Hood
Author:  Ms. T. Nicole
Publisher:  Treasured Publications
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"No Loyalty in The Hood" by Ms. T. Nicole

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Fell In Love With A Bad Guy By Ms. T. Nicole

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"With dreams of attending Clark Atlanta University’s MBA graduate program coming true, Ariel sets off to the windy city Chicago to surprise her father, Pharaoh and grandfather, Con with the good news. Unfortunately for Ariel this didn’t turn out be the fun, exciting road trip that she was hoping for due to the incident that changes her life forever.

After losing the love of his life, Nancy, who died giving birth to Ariel, Pharaoh refused to let his lifestyle affect his daughter in anyway. His named held weight in the streets and up until the kidnapping of his baby girl, he had yet to been tested. Facing the ultimate test, Pharaoh sets out on war path to find Ariel and handle who was responsible for taking her; leaving a trail of bodies behind.

How could the one responsible for holding her captive, be the one to capture Ariel’s heart? After realizing who Ariel was, Eric knew things would end one way; With him in a box. He was willing to accept his fate until, h…

Vengeful Vows By: Parker S. Cole

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"Daffodil Simmons knows how the world works. She’s the spider, all the world is a fly. She has spent her life spinning webs, using people for personal gain. And now, she’s about to spin her biggest one yet – for vengeance. She'll do whatever it takes to get revenge on the two men who abandoned her: her father, and her former lover. When she blackmails her half-sister Leah Westwood’s ex-lover to do her bidding, she tightens her fist around his will and brings him into submission to her plans.
Vincent Miller hates that Daffodil has a noose around his neck, forcing him to do whatever she wants. But he’ll do anything to steal Leah back from Jacob Westwood, the man who destroyed his life, even if it means making a deal with a blue-eyed spider. Yet as Daffodil spins her web, he finds himself entrapped by a silk of a very different kind and intrigued by a woman who only sees him as expendable prey.
Everything is going according to plan until another …

Results May Vary: A Novel By: Bethany Chase

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"She never saw it coming. Without even a shiver of suspicion to warn her, Caroline Hammond discovers that her husband is having an affair with a man—a revelation that forces her to question their entire history together, from their early days as high school sweethearts through their ten years as a happily married couple. In her now upside-down world, Caroline begins envisioning her life without the relationship that has defined it: the loneliness of being an “I” instead of a “we”; the rekindled yet tenuous closeness with her younger sister; and the unexpected—and potentially disastrous—attraction she can’t get off her mind. Caroline always thought she knew her own love story, but as her husband’s other secrets emerge, she must decide whether that story’s ending will mean forgiving the man she’s loved for half her life, or facing her future without him."

Title:  Results May Vary
Author:  Bethany Chase
Publisher:  Ballantine Books
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

The Tea Planter's Wife By: Dinah Jefferies

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"Nineteen-year-old Gwendolyn Hooper is newly married to a rich and charming widower, eager to join him on his tea plantation, determined to be the perfect wife and mother. But life in Ceylon is not what Gwen expected. The plantation workers are resentful, the neighbors treacherous. And there are clues to the past - a dusty trunk of dresses, an overgrown gravestone in the grounds - that her husband refuses to discuss. Just as Gwen finds her feet, disaster strikes. She faces a terrible choice, hiding the truth from almost everyone, but a secret this big can't stay buried forever . . ."

Title:  The Tea Planter's Wife
Author:  Dinah Jefferies
Publisher:  Penguin
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"The Tea Planter's Wife" by Dinah Jefferies

My Thoughts...

A beautiful love story of Gwendolyn Hooper who was nineteen from the UK falling in love with a plantation owner [Laurence]who was a widower living  in Ceylon in the 1920…

I Almost Forgot About You By Terry McMillan

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"The #1 New York Times bestselling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting To Exhale is back with the inspiring story of a woman who shakes things up in her life to find greater meaning

In I Almost Forgot About You, Dr. Georgia Young's wonderful life--great friends, family, and successful career--aren't enough to keep her from feeling stuck and restless. When she decides to make some major changes in her life, quitting her job as an optometrist, and moving house, she finds herself on a wild journey that may or may not include a second chance at love. Like Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back, I Almost Forgot About You will show legions of readers what can happen when you face your fears, take a chance, and open yourself up to life, love, and the possibility of a new direction."

Title:  I Almost Forgot About You Author:  Terry McMillan Publisher:  Crown Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"I Almost Forg…

On Knife's Edge By: Lynda Bailey

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She was once his sweet salvation…
Lynch Callan has been a dead man walking most of his life—nothing out of the ordinary for a member of the 5th Street biker gang. There was a brief period, though, when she made him believe he could be more. That he could be worthy of her, and her love. To protect her, and keep their relationship from being discovered, he went to prison. Except now the Streeters are in danger. But in order to save his crew, he must first betray them. If caught, he’ll end up dead for sure. It’ll be the mother of all balancing acts—especially with her in the picture. But Lynch will do whatever is necessary to protect the people he loves.

He was once her deepest desire…
Shasta Albright doesn’t break the rules. Not anymore. As an unruly teenager, she defied her family at every turn…even secretly befriending, then dating, then falling in love with a bad boy Streeter. Finally her recklessness caught up with her—with lasting and even dire consequences.…

Forbidden Love In Timbuktu: Woman From Another Land By: Brenda Smith

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"Kieta Toures, a native of Timbuktu, finds herself in America trying to sort out how she got there. Her only memories are of how her life changed after she met Mahmoudou Ibrahaim. The two fell in love, and their relationship flourished until insurgents came, bringing new rules for citizens to follow. Their desire to be together trumped the law. Although they exercised caution, they were caught. She was captured and punished but did not know what happened to him—a fate that should have ended their story. However, that was just the beginning of a riveting tale, Forbidden Love in Timbuktu (Woman from Another Land)."

Title:  Forbidden Love In Timbuktu:  Woman From Another Land
Author:  Brenda Smith
Publisher:  Xlibris U. S.
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"Forbidden Love In Timbuktu:  Woman From Another Land" by Brenda Smith

My Thoughts.....

"Forbidden Love In Timbuktu:  Woman From Another Land" will keep your attention til…

It's Complicated By: Author A. D.

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"Melanie Daniels and Andrew Dodson are still trying to cope with the shocking news dealt to them. And it’s taken a toll on them.

Despite her reservations, Melanie is still willing to give love another try, but if it has to be with the new man on the scene, Aaron Oliver, she just may pass him over because of their obvious and controversial difference.

Andrew is enjoying getting to know the woman who gave him up for adoption, but there’s still that one question she has yet to answer: who is his father? Will she finally share that truth with him?

Karen Roberts followed her heart and chose the best man that pursued her. Their love is budding, but will they survive the new strain that threatens their relationship?

Things really are complicated in this tale."

Title:  It's Complicated Author:  A. D. Publisher:   A. D. Series:  BBF Book 2 Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"It's Complicated" by Author A. D.  
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This wa…

Discovery By: Author A. D.

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"What do you do when the guilt of your past hinders the peace of your present?
Elementary teacher, Pam Robinson struggles with the answer to that question when she chooses to leave the life she knew in pursuit of a more fulfilling one, but the weight of her past just won’t leave her alone. She’s forced to deal with her overbearing mother; her loving but invasive best friends, The Sisterhood; and now, the unwanted advances of Vance as she searches for peace.
Vance Sutherland is the principal of Jensen Academy and has been smitten by Pam since the day he met her, but she’s made it clear that the difference between them is too much for them to overcome. How can he get her to see that he’s the one for her? Will he come to terms with a nightmare from his past?
Discover the past, present, and futures of Pam Robinson, Vance Sutherland, and many others when you open up “Discovery."

Title:  Discovery  Author:  A. D. Publisher:  A. D. Series:  The Sisterhood Chroni…

Covert Affairs: Affairs of Special Agent Nicollette Jones By: Shani Greene-Dowdell

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"Seducing men for information is just another day of undercover work for Special Agent Nicollette Jones, until she crosses paths with Indian Bad Boy Blaine Broadnack. She's quickly faced with the tough task to bring down the man responsible for the next big terror plot against the United States and keeping her feelings in check. After a tragic event happens to her daughter, Blaine Broadnack becomes public enemy number one, and Nicollette is determined to bring him down.

Will Blaine be able to win Nicollete's heart, or will the warmth he craves to feel from her come from the heat of her .38 Special?"

Title:  Covert Affairs:  Affairs of Special Agent Nicollette Jones Author:  Shani Greene-Dowdell Publisher:  Nayberry Publications Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"Covert Affairs:  Affairs of Special Agent Nicollette Jones" by Shani Greene-Dowdell
My Thoughts....
What drama, mystery and suspenseful thrill  I got from this qui…