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The Last Dance By: Kierney Scott

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"American-born prima ballerina Georgina Fairley made a mistake that could destroy her. Now, saving her career means selling her soul to the Russian government. A spy who uses her body to lure men and secure their secrets, Georgina is tasked with seducing Roman Zakharov, the most dangerous oligarch in Russia.

Roman Zakharov a man with a past as ugly as his disfigured face. An assassination attempt left him horribly burned, but the scars go deeper than the frightening exterior. Jaded and cruel, he lets pots Georgina into his world but only to punish her and teach the pretty dancer that no one crosses Roman Zakharov. He will show her what it means to be used. And he will teach her to beg.

And in the end, they may teach each other to love..."

Title:  The Last Dance Author:  Kierney Scott Publisher:  Loose ID Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"The Last Dance" by Kierney Scott
My Thoughts....

This was definitely one of those romantic suspe…

Waiting For Rio By Marie Cole

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"Rio Levant growing up had a normal loving family. But one fateful night his mother was killed and the life he knew was gone. His father committed an unforgivable act and Rio blames himself for the outcome. Now, a recovering alcoholic, Rio is still struggling to piece himself back together. Nothing and no one has been able to help him.

Until her.

Growing up, Stacy Hammond was taught that the best way to survive was to latch onto a man and hope he never let you go. Stacy is determined not to follow in her mama's footsteps and is committed to making a life for herself without a man by her side. But a drunken one-night stand pushes Stacy towards a man who she never would have picked out for anything other than his hot body and his bad boy attitude. He seems like the wrong choice but she can't seem to get enough of him.

Rio and Stacy are going to find out that sometimes what you believe is completely and totally wrong."

Title:  Waiting For Rio Author:…

Ashes By Steven Manchester

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"Middle-aged brothers Jason and Tom Prendergast thought they were completely done with each other. Perceived betrayal had burned the bridge between them, tossing them into the icy river of estrangement. But life – and death – has a robust sense of irony, and when they learn that their cruel father has died and made his final request that they travel together across the country to spread his ashes, they have no choice but to spend a long, long car trip in each other's company. It's either that or lose out on the contents of the envelope he's left with his lawyer. The trip will be as gut-wrenching as each expects it to be . . . and revealing in ways neither of them is prepared for.

At turns humorous, biting, poignant, and surprisingly tender, ASHES puts a new spin on family and dysfunction with a story that is at once fresh and timelessly universal."

Title:  Ashes Author:  Steven Manchester Publisher:  Story Plant Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rat…

Daily Wisdom: That Small Still Voice By: James V. Daniels

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"Read this book and be blessed. Learn how to be happy, cheerful, and at peace with yourself and others. Learn that being happy is a choice that we all have. Learn how to keep your peace and be happy with the everyday challenges of life. Daily Wisdom is a book of true life experiences, wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of God's love for us and how he wants us to be happy here on earth."

Title:  Daily Wisdom:  That Small Still Voice
Author:  James V. Daniels
Publisher:  J.V.D.
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"Daily Wisdom:  That Small Still Voice" by James V. Daniels

My Thoughts....

What a wonderful Christian novel that is for anyone to read and understand. The one thing that I enjoyed reading was in putting God first in your life and listening to Him and from that I know that in the end everything will work out alright. I love the all the chapters for the deal so well with our daily lives.  I think one of my favorite ones …

Really Bad Girls of the Bible By: Liz Curtis Higgs

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"When it Comes to Badness, There's Nothing New Under the Sun

In her best-selling book Bad Girls of the Bible, Liz Curtis Higgs breathed new life into ancient stories depicting eight of the most infamous women in scriptural history, from Jezebel to Delilah. Biblically sound and cutting-edge fresh, Bad Girls already has helped thousands of women experience God's grace anew by learning more about our nefarious sisters.

And there are more where they came from! With Really Bad Girls of the Bible, Liz reveals the power of God's sovereignty in the lives of other shady ladies we know by reputation but have rarely studied in depth: Bathsheba, the bathing beauty. Jael, the tent-peg-toting warrior princess. Herodias, the horrible beheader. Tamar, the widow and not-so-timid temptress. Athaliah, the deadly daughter of Jezebel. And three ancient women whose names we do not know but who have much to teach us: the ashamed Adulteress, the bewitching Medium of En Dor…

What Doesn't Kill Us By: Stephanie Henry

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"In What Doesn’t Kill Us, we follow two teenagers in alternating point-of-views as they experience life-changing events. Drew is the son of a cop, raised in a small house on his dad’s average salary. His mother ran off when he was just a boy, due to a tragic accident that will forever define Drew’s life. Hailey is from a wealthy family and has a seemingly perfect life, until she learns of the secret her father has been keeping for years. Subsequently, her peaceful reality becomes morphed into something she never could have predicted. When Drew and Hailey meet, they quickly fall in love and ultimately discover that fate had meant for their lives to be perpetually entwined."

Title:  What Doesn't Kill Us
Author:  Stephanie Henry
Publisher:  S.H.
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"What Doesn't Kill Us" by Stephanie Henry

My Thoughts....

This  YA romance storyline was a very good one.  This author gives the reader quite a inter…

What I'd Do For Love By: K. F. Johnson

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"A woman scorned is a dangerous woman. Greer Patterson always felt like an outsider. Loathed by her step mother and half siblings for being the green eyed, fair skinned product of her black father's affair with a white woman; she's never truly felt loved by anyone except her father and husband Michael.
When Greer's life as she knows it comes crashing down after discovering her husband's torrid affair, she decides to take matters into her own bloody hands. Soon, after sending Michael to his untimely death and framing his mistress, she begins feeling something she's never felt before...powerful. Now, with a new found confidence and the freedom, if she can stay out of jail, she's determined to stop anything and anyone from standing in the way of true love again!"

Title:  What I'd Do For Love Author:  K. F. Johnson Publisher:  One Ironwoman Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"What I'd Do For Love" by K. F…

Wind River Wrangler By: Lindsay McKenna

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"WIND RIVER VALLEY

First in a new series by the author of Night Hawk and Out Rider

Still waters run deep . . .

From the moment  Roan Taggart picked up the pretty redhead at the Jackson Hole airport, his training and experience told him she was spooked. She’s left New York City to visit the Wind River Ranch, where Roan is a wrangler, and just as he can pick up a horse’s mood, he can feel the tension coming off her body.  And that vulnerability is triggering all his protective instincts...

Shiloh Gallagher likes the gray-eyed cowboy’s dry humor—and the Special Forces background that lends him a stoic, powerful presence. But she’s been scarred by trauma and her mother’s murder . . . and knows a strong man can be dangerous. She came to wide-open Wyoming to flee a threat that’s left her unable to write her novels. Now, as she rides horses with Roan and helps him build an isolated cabin, she’s slowly letting down her guard. But danger has followed her west, and they …

Clean Break By: Abby Vegas

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"Lane Haviland can’t seem to catch a break. She’s dead broke, barely functioning as an adult, and completely alone in New York City. Her so-called “apartment” is a six-by-nine cell in a Brooklyn basement. And her new boss hasn’t ever met a personal or professional boundary she can’t bulldoze through.

Still, Lane’s determined to at least attempt to claw her way back to respectability. But she can’t seem to get her mysterious handyman, Viktor, out of her apartment – or her headspace. Maybe that’s a good thing: Viktor’s easy on the eyes, and that deep-voiced Russian accent is beyond sexy. But as he and Lane grow closer, he can no longer hide his connections with a dangerous criminal underworld – where secrets can be deadly."

Title:  Clean  Break Author:  Abby Vegas Publisher:  Create Space Independent Publishing Platform Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"Clean Break" by Abby Vegas
My Thoughts....

This was definitely one of those cont…

Honor Bound By: B. J. Daniels

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"Protecting her life will mean betraying her trust 
Ainsley Hamilton has always been the responsible one of the family. As the oldest daughter of presidential candidate Buckmaster Hamilton, she's also a potential target. For months she's sensed someone following her. When an expedition to scout locations for a commercial takes a terrifying turn, she's rescued by a natural-born cowboy who tempts the good girl to finally let loose.
Sawyer Nash knows just how reckless it is to fall for someone he's gone undercover to protect. Yet masquerading as an extra on set, he starts to see beneath Ainsley's controlled facade. And with the election—and a killer—drawing closer, Sawyer stands to lose not just his job and his life but the woman for whom he'd gladly risk both."

Title:  Honor Bound
Author:  B.J. Daniels
Publisher:  HQN Books
Series:  The Montana Hamiltons
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"Honor Bound" by B.J. …

The McCullagh Inn in Maine By: Jen McLaughlin

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Her second chance at love. . .

"Chelsea McCullagh escapes to Maine with a gun and fresh bruises. She's ready to begin anew-until she runs into her old flame, Jeremy Holland. As he helps to fix her inn, her heart heals and they rediscover what they once loved about each other. But as the two play house, it starts to seem too good to last. . . ."

Title:  The McCullagh Inn in Maine
Author:  Jen McLaughlin
Publisher:  BookShots
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Four
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"The McCullagh Inn in Maine" by Jen McLaughlin

My Thoughts....

Be ready for a short, suspenseful, sexy adventurous read full of secrets, reconnections and twists that this author gives so very well to the readers.  I like this friends to lovers...as was Chelsea and Jeremy had been at one time.  But after Jeremy was supposed to marry someone else Chelsea leaves and would she  have known that Jeremy calls off the wedding soon after she leaves.  Oh well...as the story goes Chelse…

Earned by the Billionaire: A Sweet BWWM Romance By: Shani Greene-Dowdell

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"I won’t settle for love. Love isn’t enough. 
Standing in front of a classy boutique, I’m window shopping for a sexy black dress. I’m in search of the perfect “single again” gift to somehow, some way, make me forget the last year ever happened. From this day forward, it’s all about me. I will no longer give myself away to a man that doesn’t appreciate me. I intend to enjoy this newfound freedom to the fullest. My favorite earring slipping from my ear shatters that wish. When I turn around to find handsome, elegantly dressed, Rusty von Strauss holding my favorite piece of jewelry in his hand, my constitution slowly slips away. Looking into his ocean blue eyes, I immediately know that Rusty is a one-man wrecking crew. He finds his way in, breaks down my walls, and makes me believe in magic again. But, will his biggest secret ruin all the love we’ve made? ~Kayla

Everything was going great. Until I fell for her.
A stray piece of jewelry lying on the ground gives …

Sun On Sundays By: Wendy Lou Jones

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"Sun on Sundays is an emotionally compelling tale of family and friendship and hope.
Carrie-Ann is 19 and in love with Tom; she always has been, yet their worlds only touch every other weekend. She had thought that by agreeing to work on Nutt Hill she would get see him far more. Unfortunately that didn’t seem to be the case.
But Maggie is a sucker for young love and despite Carrie-Ann keeping her years of yearning close to her chest, one day Tom turns up on the hill.
Will he ever see her the way she wants to be seen?
Sometimes these things need a helping hand...
This is the second Echoes of Nutt Hill novel."

Title:  Sun On Sunday Author:  Wendy Lou Jones Publisher:  Create Independent Publishing Platform Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: FIVE  Review:
"Sun On Sundays"  by Wendy Lou Jones
My Thoughts...

This was quite a romance about Carrie Ann and Tom's life who both seemed to have a big problem with 'self confidence.'  It seems like n…

Them Shane Boys By: Sarah McWhite

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"I love him, but I can't have him. We are two broken souls, but I know we could weather the storm together, if only he would let his guard down. I know he has issues about being raised as the bastard Shane Covington Jr, instead of the golden Shane Covington Jr, but if he will let me love him, he will never have to feel second best again, so Harmony James thought.

Shane Covington Jr. has accomplished much success in his short lifetime. He started a company from scratch, and turned it into a multi-million dollar conglomerate known today as Covington Computers.

Shane was born into this world as the first Shane Covington Jr, but he soon would learn he is not the only. He was conceived secretly when his dad had an extra marital affair.

Life has thrown him a lot of curves, but he was able to knock everyone of them out the park; except getting over being the bastard son of Shane Covington Sr.

Shane has a broken soul and has tried to repair it through hard work and…

The Angel of Forest Hill By: Cindy Woodsmall

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"A time of anticipation. A season of miracles.

Because of Joel s impossible situation, twenty-one-year-old Rose must sacrifice everything. As days pass into years in the midst of the beautiful hills, the laughter of children, and God's providence is it too much for Rose to hope for love in return?

An amazing journey toward love and belonging, filled with the wonder of the season of Christ s birth.


When Old Order Amish Rose Kurtz is asked to leave her family, travel deep into West Virginia, and help Joel Dienner with his children in the wake of tragedy, the quiet young woman recognizes a home where she might find kindness instead of criticism and hope replacing harsh words. She agrees to stay in Forest Hill and become Joel s wife for the sake of his family needs, but their marriage is to be a partnership, one built from need, not love and affection.
As the years pass, Rose continues to beckon Joel to join life again, to take joy in his growing children, and…

Fire, Fury, Faith [Winged Warriors #1] By N. D. Jones

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"Issa, tribal chieftain and warrior, dies trying to protect his family and tribesmen from slave traders but is given a second chance at life as an angel. Having lost his home, daughters, and life by forces beyond his control, Issa, a Guardian Angel for four centuries, has yet to come to terms with this “failure.” So when a rogue demon attacks and almost kills his wife, Serwa, Issa goes on the hunt. Serwa knows the pain of loss, the burn of fire, the heat of love. She is a Healer Angel, bound to help, to heal, to protect. And the person she wants most to heal is Issa, her husband, her soul mate, her warrior. But what is a woman to do when a husband's guilt and fury challenge the very foundation of their marriage?"

Title:  Fire, Fury, Faith
Author:  N. D. Jones
Publisher:  N. D. J.
Series:  Winged Warriors #1
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Four
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"Fire, Fury, Faith" by N. D. Jones

My Thoughts....

What a fantasy love story this was o…

Run To You By Rachel Lacey

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"ONE LITTLE LIE. A WHOLE LOTTA TROUBLE.

Moments after meeting the most gorgeous guy ever, Gabby Winters promptly gets stung by a zillion yellowjackets and falls-not gracefully-into a stream. Yup, Ethan Hunter is trouble with a capital "hot," and Gabby definitely needs to keep her distance. Except in the small town of Haven, there's nowhere to hide from Ethan's sexy, infectious grin . . . and all the residents are conspiring against her.

At the center of the town's matchmaking is Ethan's grandmother, who's convinced their relationship is a done deal. Rather than break her heart, Gabby and Ethan find themselves cornered into pretending to be falling in love. The problem: there's serious sizzling attraction between them. And if this charade continues, they won't fool just the entire town - they might fool themselves too . . ."

Title:  Run to You Author:  Rachel Lacey Publisher:  Forever Series:  Risking It All Reviewed B…

A Baxter Family Christmas By: Karen Kingsbury

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"From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes A Baxter Family Christmas, the first in a new series, combining the charm and holiday ambiance of The Bridge with the familiar members of fan-favorite family, the Baxters.

Two sorrowful years have passed since the terrible car accident that took the life of John Baxter's daughter, Erin, along with her husband and three of their four daughters. But this year John has invited a stranger for dinner - Kendra Bryant, the transplant recipient who now has Erin's heart.

In light of her father's idea, Ashley and her brother Luke don't think it's right. They want to protect their ten-year-old niece, Amy - the only surviving member of the accident. But John is determined and believes meeting this woman is something his deceased daughter would want.

At the same time, Maddie West, the eighteen-year-old daughter of Brooke Baxter West, is praying for meaning this Christmas. Could she find it i…

Finding Libbie By: Deanna Lynn Sletten

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"Poring over a dusty hatbox of photographs in her grandmother’s closet, Emily Prentice is shocked to discover her father was married to his high school sweetheart before meeting her mother.

In the summer of 1968, Jack and Libbie fall in love under the spell of their small town, untouched by the chaos of the late sixties. Though Libbie’s well-to-do parents disapprove of Jack’s humble family and his aspiration to become a mechanic, she marries Jack a year after they graduate high school. But soon their happiness crumbles as Libbie’s mental state unravels and she is drawn to alcohol and drugs. Despite his efforts to help her, Jack loses the woman he loves and is forced to move on with his life.

Now that Emily’s mother has passed away, Jack is alone again, and Emily grows obsessed with the beautiful woman who had given her father such joy. Determined to find Libbie, Emily pieces together the couple’s fragmented past. But is it too late for happy endings?"


Tit…

The Promise Kitchen By: Peggy Lampman

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"Food, friendship, family, and a fresh start. Shelby Preston, a young single mother, is at a crossroads. She feels suffocated by her hardscrabble life in rural Georgia and dreams of becoming a professional chef. Lord knows her family could use a pot of something good. In Atlanta, Mallory Lakes is reeling from a bad breakup. The newspaper food columnist is also bracing for major changes at work that could put her job at risk. Determined to find the perfect recipe for how to reinvent herself, she gets involved in the growing farm-to-table movement. But an emotional setback threatens to derail everything she’s worked for. Shelby and Mallory couldn’t be more different. But through their shared passion for food, they form an unlikely friendship—a bond that just might be their salvation. This heartwarming and lyrical tale reminds us that family isn’t necessarily whom you’re related to—it’s whom you invite to your table. This is a new release of a previously publis…

Echoes Of Family By: Barbara Claypole White

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"Sometimes the only way through darkness is to return to where it began.

Marianne Stokes fled England at seventeen, spiraling into the manic depression that would become her shadow. She left behind secrets, memories, and tragedy: one teen dead, and her first love, Gabriel, badly injured. Three decades later she’s finally found peace in the North Carolina recording studio she runs with her husband, Darius, and her almost-daughter, Jade…until another fatality propels her back across the ocean to confront the long-buried past.

In her picturesque childhood village, the first person she meets is the last person she wants to see again: Gabriel. Now the village vicar, he takes her in without question, and ripples of what if reverberate through both their hearts. As Marianne’s mind unravels, Jade and Darius track her down. Tempers clash when everyone tries to help, but only by finding the courage to face her illness can Marianne heal herself and her offbeat family.&quo…

This Loving Feeling By: Miranda Liasson

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"Samantha Rushford’s future looks bright: the high school art teacher is getting ready to leave Mirror Lake and move to Boston with her ambitious boyfriend, and she hopes a diamond ring is just around the corner. But her past still has a hold on her—especially the bittersweet memory of her rebellious ex, who kissed her passionately before he left town without a word.
Since then, Lukas Spikonos has parlayed his rebel ways into life as an up-and-coming recording artist. When he shows up for a surprise gig at the high school prom, Sam is more dumbstruck than starstruck—he used the words of a poem she wrote about their breakup to create a number one hit. But Lukas hasn’t returned just to impress students; he’s facing some real-life responsibilities and needs Sam’s help. But she has her own unresolved issues about the life she wants to lead. Will the music—and the pull of true love and family—put their hearts back in harmony?"

Title:  This Loving Feeling
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A Man Of Honor By: Miranda Liasson

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"Former Army Captain and venture capitalist Preston Guthrie has always had a thing for Cat Kingston, but he never felt like he could date his best friend’s sister. Plus, he’s a wrong-side-of-the-tracks guy and she’s a white-picket-fence kind of woman. Yet when they met again just before he was deployed, sparks flew. A fire ignited. And the heat was hot. For the first time, he thought a relationship with her might be possible…until an injury in the war changed everything…

Journalist Cat Kingston had a rough couple of years, surviving a broken engagement and the loss of her job. But connecting with Preston last fall seemed right. They shared steamy Skype sessions while he was overseas—until he was wounded, and cut her off without explanation. Now he’s back in town to be the Best Man for her sister’s wedding…and she wants answers.

Preston’s struggling with a leg wound, but the war scarred him on the inside, too. When Cat pays him a surprise visit and her brother …

A Bird in the Hand By Dane McCaslin

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"Take two British expats, transplant them to upstate New York where the local HOA is worshipped and neighbors spy on each other for fun, and you have the makings of murder gone amok.

Caro Layton-Browning, an accomplished writer of mysteries, never imagined she would unwittingly stumble into a series of real-life murders good enough to be in her own books. But when the Cat Lady next door, who Caro is convinced is out to make life miserable for her, is found dead among her feline collection, Caro finds herself in trouble far more dangerous than her neighborhood HOA has ever dished out before. Suddenly she and her professor hubby, Gregory, find themselves on the trail of a murderer far more sinister than Caro's imagination could conjure up.

As the bodies begin to pile up in picturesque Seneca Meadows, Caro sees the possibility of a plot for her newest book, and the killer sees someone who needs to be moved out of the way…permanently."

Title:  A Bird In T…