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Pop Manga Coloring Book: A Surreal Journey Through a Cute, Curious, Bizarre, and Beautiful World By Camilla d'Errico

Book Description....

"Manga artist and Pop Surrealism superstar Camilla d Errico presents her first everadult coloring book, filled with portraits, patterns, and the stunning artwork her fans and collectors have come to love.
This one-of-a-kind book offers you the opportunity tocollaborate with d Errico, adding your colors to her gorgeous black and whitelinework. Featuring everything from haunting and surreal character portraitsto pages filled with patterns and designs all rendered in d Errico sinimitable style, "Pop Manga Coloring Book "is guaranteed toprovide hours of coloring fun and excitement."
Title:  Pop Manga Coloring Book Author:  Camilla d'Errico Publisher:  Watson-Guptill Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: 5 Rating: Review:
"Pop, Manga Coloring Book" by Camilla d'Errico
My Thoughts....
Wow, what a beautiful coloring book in Manga 'black and white' lined work.   If you are looking a coloring book with some 'incredible patterns' …

COVET: Deceptive Desires (A BWWM New Adult Romance) By: Amarie Avant

Book Description....

"For Jonathan Liam Delacroix Lemaitre, everything revolved around the love of his life: Raven Shaw. But they were too young, too destructive and too clueless.

Raven thought they would always be friends, yet Liam knew a different truth. The son to a vast Legacy, he is shipped off to Paris at a tender age, leaving Raven to fend for herself, full of questions and doubts.

Now, he is back in town and determined to get back in her good graces. Gone is the clumsy, fat boy he once was. In his place stands a man ready to take on the world, with the woman he wants at his side. Raven, on the other hand, can see the new man but still searches for echoes of her friend. Who is this guy that has swept into her life? He was Liam, but he wasn’t HER Liam…. And she wasn’t sure if he ever could be."
Title:  Covet: Deceptive Desires Author:  Amarie Avant Publisher:  Blu Savant Press Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating:  Five Review:  
"Covet:  Deceptive Desires" by Amarie Ava…

Meant To Be Mine By: Lisa Marie Perry

Book Description....

"Loving him was hard. Wanting him was so damn easy . . .

Sofia Mercer may have been sick as a teen, but she’s no delicate flower. And she’s proven it by making it on her own and starting a new life away from the town that turned against her, away from the boy who broke her already fragile heart. But when her aunt Luz dies unexpectedly, leaving Sofia with a mountain of regrets and the keys to a quirky boutique, Sofia has no choice but to return to Cape Cod. Only, this new life in her old town comes with complications.

Burke Wolf was Sofia’s first love—a relationship that burned bright and went up in flames. Seeing him again, Sofia can’t help but get caught up in that all-too-familiar tornado of passion and pain. He’s battled his own demons—that much is clear. But Sofia can’t afford to be careless with her heart . . . and loving Burke again might just break it completely."

Title:  Meant To Be Mine Author:  Lisa Marie Perry Publisher:  Forever Series:  Guilt…

The Things We Wish Were True B: Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

Book Description....

"In an idyllic small-town neighborhood, a near tragedy triggers a series of dark revelations.
From the outside, Sycamore Glen, North Carolina, might look like the perfect all-American neighborhood. But behind the white picket fences lies a web of secrets that reach from house to house.
Up and down the streets, neighbors quietly bear the weight of their own pasts—until an accident at the community pool upsets the delicate equilibrium. And when tragic circumstances compel a woman to return to Sycamore Glen after years of self-imposed banishment, the tangle of the neighbors’ intertwined lives begins to unravel.
During the course of a sweltering summer, long-buried secrets are revealed, and the neighbors learn that it’s impossible to really know those closest to us. But is it impossible to love and forgive them?"

Title:  The Things We Wish Were True
Author:  Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
Publisher:  Lake Union Publishing
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Four

Dare To Seduce By: Carly Phillips

Book Description....

"Lucy Dare & Max Savage
NY Dare cousins … the hotter Dare books!

Max Savage has had a thing for Lucy Dare for as long as he can remember but he values his long standing friendship with her brothers too much to cross the line. When Lucy shows up at an engagement party on the arms of another man, Max doesn’t like the changes he sees in her.
It’s now or never. Max can think of one way to convince Lucy she’s with the wrong guy. He’ll dare to seduce her …"

Title:  Dare To Seduce Author:  Carly Phillips Publisher:  C.P. Publishers Series:  NY Dares Book 3 Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"Dare to Seduce" by Carly Phillips
My Thoughts...

I enjoyed this Book 3 of NY Dares...'Dare To Seduce' that featured Lucy Dare and Max Savage's story.  After Max was given the OK from Lucy's brothers[Gabe & Decklan], he didn't lose any time at going after what he had always wanted which was Lucy.  We find from the reads that Ma…

Dare to Submit By: Carly Phillips

Book Description...

"Decklan Dare knows about the unexpected loss of loved ones and for this reason, he values control in all areas of his life. Amanda Collins enjoys the freedom she finds in casual encounters without the emotional connection a relationship brings. They meet and their physical attraction is mutual but both experience feelings that could run deeper – if they drop their guard and let each other in. Decklan is first to trust, but when he discovers the secret Amanda’s been hiding, will he forgive? Or will he rebuild every wall before she has a chance to explain?"

Title:  Dare To Submit
Author:  Carly Phillips
Publisher:  C.P. Publishing
Series:  NY Dares Book 2
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5

"Dare To Submit" by Carly Phillips

My Thoughts....

Wow what a read of this sexy alpha cop [Decklan]  and curvy and beautiful [Amanda]!  With them meeting at the BDSM club you can only imagine what will happen for these two people. Would you believe th…

The Captive Heart By: Michelle Griep

Book Description....

"Proper English governess Eleanor Morgan flees to the colonies to escape the wrath of a an angry duke. When the Charles Town family she’s to work for never arrives to collect her from the dock, she is forced to settle for the only reputable choice remaining to her—marriage to a man she’s never met. Trapper and tracker Samuel Heath is a hardened survivor used to getting his own way by brain or by brawn, and he’s determined to find a mother for his young daughter. But finding a wife proves to be impossible. No upstanding woman wants to marry a murderer."

Title:  The Captive Heart
Author:  Michelle Griep
Publisher:  Barbour Publishing
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"The Captive Heart" by Michelle Griep

My Thoughts.....

What a interesting and captivating frontier read with its setting in 1770's  South Carolina colonies before the Revolutionary War where the settlers had to 'honor the crown or be punished.'  This author …

Bad Dog By: Obren Bokich

Book Description...

"When serial womanizer Jack Banks hits on the wrong beauty, a Spanish witch who’s been turning thoughtless men into dogs since one broke her teenage heart over three hundred years ago, he wakes up as a Labrador retriever. As if that and navigating a far from stray dog-friendly city weren’t frustrating enough, he falls in love for the first time with Karen, the young woman with an outsized heart for animals who adopts him. She clearly loves him too, as a dog. But even if he can break the spell, will she love him as a man?"

Title:  Bad Dog
Author:  Obren Bokich
Publisher:  West Hills Publishing
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating;  Four

"Bad Dog" by Obren Bokich

My Thoughts....

Now this was quite some fantasy read.  I would imagine  this one mounts right up there with some men who have cheated and have been thought of as mire dogs in one way or another. However,  this 'Spanish witch' takes it to another level. Now, why was that?  It …

Unexpected Eden By: Rhenna Morgan

Book Description...

"Paradise, love, power…and a prophecy with a price.

Most people believe Eden no longer exists. Lexi Merrill’s about to learn they’re wrong. A hard-working bartender with a self-sufficient backbone and a wary nature, she knows pickup lines like a second language. So, when Eryx Shantos barges into her world with too-smooth words and a body to back it up, she locks up her libido and vows to keep her distance.

Eryx has other ideas. As king of the Myren race, Eryx is duty-bound to enforce the laws preventing exposure of their existence to humans. Yet The Fates have led him through his dreams to Lexi, a temptation he doesn’t want to resist. The question--is she Myren, or human, which makes her forbidden fruit?

When Eryx’s nemesis tags Lexi as his next target, Eryx insists on taking her home where he can keep her safe. Lexi had no idea “home” would mean the one-and-only land of creation…or that she’d trigger a prophecy that could doom her newfound race."

Title:  …

Glass Houses By: Brian W. Smith

Book Description...

"Tammy Hill is physically abused by her husband, Chris. She manages to escape Chris' wrath and hides out at a neighbors house. While in hiding, Tammy contacts her three older brothers and ask them to come and rescue her. The brothers quickly run to her rescue, but in doing so, they overlook their own flaws: one of the brothers physically abuses his own wife; a second other brother is a deadbeat dad who is supposed to see his kids the day they leave to get Tammy; and the last brother is a minister - the ultimate conflict of interest. The three men are forced to face their own demons and eventually learn that people who live in "glass houses" have no right to throw stones."

Title:  Glass Houses
Author:  Brian W. Smith
Publisher:  B.W.S.
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Glass Houses" by Brian W. Smith

My Thoughts...

This was definitely not a read where you would want to put it down until the very end.   This author ha…

Now That It's You Tawna Fenske

Book Description...

"Talented chef Meg Delaney hasn’t spoken to her cheating ex-fiancé, Matt Midland, for two years. Ditching him at the altar after blurting out “I can’t” instead of “I do” would sour any relationship. But now, just as Meg is finally ready to bury the hatchet, she learns closure is permanently off the menu. And the kicker? Matt’s brother, Kyle, is back in her life, stirring up feelings that are equal parts guilt and lust.
Meg was the best thing that never happened to Kyle. He couldn’t make a move on his brother’s girlfriend—even if Matt didn’t value her nearly enough. The situation is even more complicated now that Meg’s bestselling aphrodisiac cookbook has spawned a legal battle with the Midlands. Maybe he should stay away. But love, like family, plays by its own rules. And the one woman he shouldn’t want might be the only one who’s perfect for him."

Title:  Now That It's You
Author:  Tawna Fenske
Publisher:  Montlake Romance
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

June By: Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

Book Description...

"From the New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet comes a novel of suspense and passion about a terrible mistake made sixty years ago that threatens to change a modern family forever. 

Twenty-five-year-old Cassie Danvers is holed up in her family’s crumbling mansion in rural St. Jude, Ohio, mourning the loss of the woman who raised her—her grandmother, June. But a knock on the door forces her out of isolation. Cassie has been named the sole heir to legendary matinee idol Jack Montgomery's vast fortune. How did Jack Montgomery know her name? Could he have crossed paths with her grandmother all those years ago? What other shocking secrets could June’s once-stately mansion hold?

Soon Jack’s famous daughters come knocking, determined to wrestle Cassie away from the inheritance they feel is their due. Together, they all come to discover the true reasons for June’s silence about that long-ago summer, when Hollywood came to town, and June and Jack’s lives…

Body Shot [Prologue] By: Kelly Jamieson

Body Description....

"The bestselling author of the Heller Brothers series stirs up a tempting cocktail of fun and seduction as a sexy SEAL-turned-bartender treats a buttoned-up scientist to a wild weekend . . . and a change of heart.

Former Navy SEAL Beck Whitcomb left a world of privilege to prove he could make his own way. Money, mansions, expensive cars—none of it could heal the loss of his older brother, or buy his parents’ love. Now, after using his trust fund to open the Conquistadors tequila bar with his brothers-in-arms, Beck has it all: good friends, fine liquor, and hot hookups. When it comes to women, commitment’s not his thing—until he gets a taste of the pretty professor who walks into his bar . . . and winds up in his bed.

Hayden Miles knows all too well that emotional decisions can lead to heartbreak, and nothing screams “bad decision” like a playboy bartender with inked biceps and a wicked smile. Still, their chemistry is off-the-charts explosive—and Hayden knows …

Fell In Love With A Bad Guy 2 By: Ms. T. Nicole

Book Description.....

"After taking a bullet for Eric and leaving the streets to become a better husband, Con is stuck with the harsh reality that Porsha is now dead. He has no interest in getting in the streets to find answers. He prolonged saying goodbye for as long as he could until depression set in and changed the Conway’s family dynamics forever.

Ariel finds it hard living in Chicago after giving birth to twins. She doesn’t feel like she made the right decision when she fell in love with her bad guy. Trying to find a balance between being a mom and a live-in girlfriend while planning a wedding, the street life is taking a toll on her as she’s finding it hard to juggle her kids with an absent father. Will their love keep them together or will the streets pull them apart?

After saving Ariel and earning the respect of her family, Eric is now having to prove himself to a family that doesn't have an issue with putting him in the dirt. He goes to great lengths to hide a secre…

Loyal By: Yasmin Shiraz

Book Description....

"at the bottom of my front door, lay my brother, Khalil, crumpled like a sack of dirty clothes.  Blood had soaked thought everything he was wearing and he lay there on the ground.  Moaning.

Title:  Loyal:  The Prequel To Retaliation
Author:  Yasmin Shiraz
Publisher: Y. S.
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5

"Loyal" by Yasmin Shiraz

My Thoughts....

I found this novel such a good read with all that had gone on in this family...a single mom trying to be their for her daughter Tashera and son Khalil.  However, it seems like the son had problems being caught up with the wrong people [gangs] who thought that they would be their for him. Khalil thought he knew what loyalty was but did he really know what that word meant?  After asking his sister Tashera to look up the word loyal...I loved the way she brings it all out so well in her answer to her brother in a letter...

"this experience, this is what I've learned from you about being loyal…

The Daughter of Union County By: Francine Thomas Howard

Book Description....

"Fourteen years after the end of slavery, Lord Henry Hardin and his wife, Lady Bertha, enjoy an entitled life in Union County, Arkansas. Until he faces a devastating reality: Bertha is unable to bear children. If Henry doesn’t produce an heir, the American branch of his family name will die out. So Henry, desperate to preserve his aristocratic family lineage, does the unthinkable.

When Salome, a former slave and Henry’s mistress, gives birth to a white-skinned, blue-eyed daughter, Henry orders a reluctant Lady Bertha to claim the child as their own…allowing young Margaret to pass into the white world of privilege.

As Margaret grows older, unaware of her true parentage, devastating circumstances threaten to shroud her in pain and shame…but then, ultimately, in revelation. Despite rumors about Margaret’s true identity, Salome is determined to transform her daughter’s bitter past into her secure future while Henry goes to extraordinary lengths to protect his lega…

Breaking and Holding By Judy Fogarty

Book Description...

"For Patricia Curren, the summer of 1978 begins with a devastating discovery: an unfamiliar black pearl button in the bed she shares with her controlling husband, Jack. Seeking the courage to end her desolate marriage, Patricia spends a quiet summer alone on beautiful Kiawah Island. But when she meets Terry Sloan, a collegiate tennis player trying to go pro, their physical attraction sparks a slow burn toward obsession.

Once Patricia and Terry share closely guarded secrets from their pasts, they want more than a summer together. But their love soon fractures, as a potential sponsor takes an unusually keen interest in Terry—both on court and off. And when single, career-driven Lynn Hewitt arrives, other secrets must surface, including the one Patricia has kept from Terry all summer.

An intimate portrait of the folly of the human heart, Breaking and Holding explores buried truths that are startlingly unveiled. What’s left in their wake has the power not only to s…

Saving Sarah By: Nicola Marsh

Book Description....

"When Sara Hardy inherits a cottage in the small town of Redemption, Connecticut, it is just the break she needs to draw a line under her past—to begin again, on her own.

Sara never thought she’d be starting over. She was married, successful, and the mother of a beautiful girl. But the life she thought was on the right path has taken a series of wrong turns…

Meanwhile Jake Mathieson has a lot on his plate. Still reeling from a tragedy for which he feels responsible, he finds himself unexpectedly caring for his six-year-old nephew. In desperation, he comes to Redemption to enlist the help of his Aunt Cilla, a widow with demons of her own.

Jake is intrigued by Cilla’s cautious new neighbor. Like him, Sara is desperate to put the past behind her but not quite sure how to begin. Can Redemption offer either of them a second chance to find hope and happiness—perhaps even to take a risk on new love?"

Title:  Saving Sarah Author:  Nicola Marsh Publisher:  Lake Uni…

Retaliation By: Yasmin Shiraz

Book Description....

"Violence runs rampant on the streets of Washington, DC, and on one seemingly quiet day, the Odom family finds its world destroyed when seventeen-year-old Tashera is brutally attacked by a group of high school girls.
Retaliation exposes the corrupting existence of violence in our communities and the retaliatory measures families go through to protect themselves and their children."

Title:  Retaliation Author:  Yasmin Shiraz Publisher:  Rolling Hills Press at Smashwords Series:  Retaliation # 1 Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"Retaliation" by Yasmin Shiraz
My Thoughts....

Wow, this was some story where 'Retaliation' is front and center in this urban YA read.  Will the Odom family ever be the same after Tashera was 'brutally attacked by a group of HS girls.'  It seems like their had already been problems in this family from her brother Kahlil who had been 'paralyzed
due to running with gangs.'  What will hap…

Taken By: Erica Conroy

Book Description...

"Respect the enemy, fear his daughter.

Peace negotiations are easy right? Not when you’re learning a language composed of hisses, growls and other guttural sounds. And that’s not even the tough part for recently divorced diplomat Viktor Jacobs. No, that would be matching wits with the fiercely intelligent daughter of the opposing side. Between dodging her claws, avoiding a myriad of cultural taboos, and not accidentally getting married or killed, he has to somehow make the Lyrissians see that joining the Alliance of Worlds is the best choice for all of their futures.


Viktor's door chimed and he scowled. He exited the bathroom, glanced at the clock on the wall and stubbed his toe on the sofa as he made his way to the door. It opened to reveal not his friend Roger, the ship's commanding officer whom he was expecting, but S'rea.

"What is that on your face?" she immediately asked.

"Haffin hehl," Viktor tried to reply around the …

Hungry Moon: Quicksilver By: Claudy Conn

Book Description...

"Ravena MacAllister doesn’t want to admit what she is. She wants to continue pretending she’s just human … only human, like her mother, like her friends.

But she isn’t human.

Heartbreak and betrayal send her off rushing to Scotland, to a familiar haven where she has spent so many summers with her father, but she soon discovers that everything has changed.

From the moment she meets Quinn MacValdane, shock waves travel through him to her and back again, wrapping them in a tide of passion she had never dreamt possible. But if they are to have a future together, she must confront who and what she is, for she will need to call on the powers within her as she becomes embroiled in an adventure that will alter her life forever.

The time for pretending is over."

Title:  Hungry Moon:  Quicksilver Author:  Claudy Conn Publisher:  C.C. Series:  Hungry Moon #1 Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating:  Five Review:
"Hungry Moon:  Quicksilver" by Claudy Conn
My Thoughts…

Secret Places Revealed By: Author Paulette Harper

Book Description....

"Secret Places Revealed, An Inspirational Fiction Romance Novel

Single and content, Real Estate Developer, Aaron Blackman is determined not to be in another relationship. His ex Macy, gave him enough drama to last a life time. The only thing that has his attention right now, is his growing business, that’s until Simone Herron comes along. Fighting to keep his promise to himself, he soon learns that when it comes to love some rules are meant to be broken.

After losing her fiancé to an untimely death, Simone Herron is relocating and trying to put the past behind her. A new chapter in her life is what she is hoping for but what happens when her past and her present collide? Will she let the walls she has built come down?

Simone must learn that in order to love again, she must conquer her past fears and allow God to put all the broken pieces together."

Title:  Secret Places Revealed Author:  Paulette Harper Publisher:  Thy Word Publishing Reviewed By:  Arlena…

Bidding On The Billionaire [Prologue] By: Christina Tetreault

Book Description....

"Rather than disappoint his beloved aunt, billionaire Derek Sherbrooke has reluctantly agreed to participate in her foundation’s fundraiser: a bachelor auction. Concerned who the lucky winner will be, he devises a plan and enlists the aid of his longtime friend Brooklyn Novak. All she has to do is make sure no one outbids her. It was a simple plan... until they kissed.

Successful attorney Brooklyn Novak met Derek in college, and has loved him ever since—despite her father’s disapproval. Rather than risk their close friendship, she’s constantly kept her true feelings buried. When Derek asks for her help, she knows it’s a disaster waiting to happen, but can’t say no. But what was supposed to be a simple charade quickly puts her on an emotional roller coaster ride to a place she never wanted to go.

Can these longtime friends find their happily ever after together?"

Title:  Bidding On The Billionaire [Prologue] Author:  Christina Tetreault Publisher:  C.T…

The Crepes of Wrath By: Sarah Fox

Book Description....

"In the debut of a delightful cozy mystery series, Sarah Fox introduces a charming new heroine who finds herself in a sticky situation: stacking pancakes, pouring coffee, and investigating murder.

When Marley McKinney’s aging cousin, Jimmy, is hospitalized with pneumonia, she agrees to help run his pancake house while he recovers. With its rustic interior and syrupy scent, the Flip Side Pancake House is just as she pictured it—and the surly chef is a wizard with crêpes. Marley expects to spend a leisurely week or two in Wildwood Cove, the quaint, coastal community where she used to spend her summers, but then Cousin Jimmy is found murdered, sprawled on the rocks beneath a nearby cliff.

After she stumbles across evidence of stolen goods in Jimmy’s workshop, Marley is determined to find out what’s really going on in the not-so-quiet town of Wildwood Cove. With help from her childhood crush and her adopted cat, Flapjack, Marley sinks her teeth into the investigat…

Solitary Horseman By: Deborah Camp

Book Description....

"Hatred is Easy. Love Takes Courage.
He’s known her his whole life, but he never really knew her until she revived in him emotions he thought had died on the Civil War battle fields.

The Civil War is over, but the battles continue.
Callum Latimer returned from the war to a life he didn’t want and with inner battle scars he can’t heal.
Banner Payne clutched desperately to the remaining shreds of the life she’d known, but she is losing her grip.
Brought together by bad luck and cruel twists of fate, Callum and Banner forge a partnership they hope will keep them afloat even as neighboring Texas ranchers go under and their land is snapped up by opportunists.
Fate smiles on them and Callum and Banner find the missing pieces of themselves in each other.
Healing begins as their hearts are awakened. Now they must remain strong in their determination to forge a more peaceful existence and not be poisoned by the bitterness of a country still divided."

Title:  Solit…

Dare To Surrender By: Carly Phillips

Book Description...

"Part of Invitation to Eden

After ending a relationship to a cheating, domineering man, Isabelle Masters takes off in her leased Mercedes, only to be arrested for grand theft and hauled to a local police station. To her surprise, she is rescued by the most unlikely person possible, Gabriel Dare, a man she’s been attracted to for far too long. Gabe offers Isabelle freedom along with an invitation to Eden, an exclusive island resort where everything and anything is possible.

Although Gabe yearns to possess Isabelle, he knows all too well he must fight his primitive need to bind her to him, and instead help bring out the independent woman she yearns to become – or risk losing her for good.

A woman who needs to run her own life. A man who needs to exert control. Can she surrender to his erotic demands without losing her sense of self once more?"

Title:  Dare To Surrender Author:  Carly Phillips Publisher:  C. P. Series:  NY Dares #1 Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Ra…

If I Loved You By: Mary J. Williams

Book Description...
"Welcome to Harper Falls, Washington. A place where everything you ever dreamed of can be yours. Especially love.

If all you wanted was one night would you take a chance on a man who wanted forever?
Rose O'Brian wants to spice up her love life, and she knows that Jack Winston is just the man to help her. Unfortunately, Jack has a secret that is keeping his from the one thing he wants more than his next breath--Rose.

Rose has never believed in a happily ever after ending for herself; emotional scars run too deep. She tells Jack it's one night or nothing, but what she can't admit to him or herself is that he is the first man that has ever had her dreaming of more. When a demon from her past rears its ugly head will Rose have the strength to reach for what she wants? Can Jack convince her they have a future worth fighting for?

Book one in the Harper Falls series."
Title:  If I Loved You Author:  Mary J. Williams Publisher:  M. J. W.  Series:  Harper …