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Everything You Need You Have: How to Be at Home in Your Self By: Gerad Kite

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"In this inspiring, revelatory book, Kite shows us how to look at things from a different perspective, and to uncover the truth: that everything we need to be happy and well, we already have inside. Drawing on the principles of ancient Chinese philosophy and his extensive experience of helping people of all ages and from all walks of life, Kite offers a route to a state of being that is authentic, expansive and liberating."

Title:  Everything You Need You Have
Author:  Gerad Kite
Publisher:  Harmony
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:   Four
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"Everything You Need You Have:  How to Be at Home in Your Self" by Gerad Kite

My Thoughts....


This read will give you much food for thought in trying to learn 'How to Be at Home in Your Self.'  I will say the read was of interest to me in learning how to be happy with just being myself.  I will say I did have to reread several portions of the read before I was able to continue on understandin…

Cheddar Off Dead By: Julia Buckley

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"Caterer and cook Lilah Drake is up to her elbows in deadly trouble in the latest mystery from the author of The Big Chili...

The Christmas holidays are one of Lilah’s favorite times of the year, filled with friends, family, and, of course, tons of food orders for her Covered Dish clients. But Lilah’s Yuletide cheer ends when she sees a most Grinch-like crime: the murder of a Santa in a school parking lot.

It turns out the deceased Kris Kringle was a complicated tangle of naughty and nice, with a long list of people who might have wanted him dead. And whoever did the deed wants to make sure that Lilah keeps quiet. Now, Lilah will have to team up with her former fling, Detective Jay Parker, to unwrap the mysteries of a deadly Christmas killer and stay alive long enough to ring in the New Year..."

Title:  Cheddar Off Dead Author:  Julia Buckley Publisher:  Berkley Series:  An Undercover Dish Mystery #2 Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
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The Final Ultimatum by Unoma Nwankwor

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"For the second time in Olanma Obinze-Rice’s life love hasn’t been good to her. Five years ago, a repossessed car and the looming threat of eviction, left Olanma Obinze-Rice in dire need of cash. Then out of the blue, she landed an interview of a lifetime that would solve all her problems. But she had to go through former bad boy and heir of Rice Holdings, Abayomi Rice. One ultimatum, a whirlwind romance and a life scare later, Olanma and Abayomi were married.
Now all Olanma wants is to be free. Free from her rocky marriage, manipulative husband and overbearing father. If everything goes according to plan, she’ll be divorced and free from her father’s clutches by her thirtieth birthday. All she has to do is wrap up one last business deal. Once he gets divorce papers, Abayomi Rice knows his wife has called his bluff. He didn’t mean to manipulate her but her broken promises and inability to stand up to her father tore them apart.
Despite their present state, the…

Yakimali's Gift By: Linda Covella

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"It’s 1775 in Mexico, New Spain, and 15-year-old Fernanda Marquina, half Pima Indian and half Spanish, can’t seem to live up to her mother’s expectations or fit into the limited female roles of her culture. While she tends her garden, matches wits with buyers and sellers at the weekly market, and avoids Mama’s lectures and the demands of Nicolas, the handsome soldier pursuing her, Fernanda grabs any opportunity to ride the horses she loves, racing across the desert, dreaming of adventure in faraway lands.

But when a tragic accident presents her with the adventure she longed for, it’s at a greater cost than she could have ever imagined. With her family, Fernanda joins Juan Bautista de Anza’s historic colonization expedition to California.

On the arduous four-month journey, Fernanda makes friends with Feliciana, the young widow Fernanda can entrust with her deepest thoughts; Gloria, who becomes the sister Fernanda always wished for; and Gloria’s handsome brother…

Ivy: Some Say She's Poison By: Deidra D.S. Green

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"Ivy is a master teacher and her lovers are students of her game. Their wills she bends to fulfill her own lustful desires and they enjoy every blissful minute of it, until she dismisses them, one after the other, until there is only one… well, maybe two… one has never been enough for her. Taken from the pages of “Woman at the Top of the Stairs” comes the candid tale of Ivy; a woman cut from the same cloth as the father she idolizes. And just like her father, Ivy is a rolling stone, never stopping, never settling. She has left many a lover in her wake, wounded but wanting more. Ivy is poison to some but a pleasurable antidote to others. Dare to take a taste for yourself and see if she’s really poison."

Title:  Ivy:  Somes Say She's Poison
Author:  Deidra D.S. Green
Publisher:  D.G.
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"Ivy:  Some Say She's Poison" by Deidra D. S. Green

My Thoughts....

This author really knows how to give the …

The River At Night By: Erica Ferencik

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"A high stakes drama set against the harsh beauty of the Maine wilderness, charting the journey of four friends as they fight to survive the aftermath of a white water rafting accident, The River at Night is a nonstop and unforgettable thriller by a stunning new voice in fiction.
Winifred Allen needs a vacation.

Stifled by a soul-crushing job, devastated by the death of her beloved brother, and lonely after the end of a fifteen-year marriage, Wini is feeling vulnerable. So when her three best friends insist on a high-octane getaway for their annual girls’ trip, she signs on, despite her misgivings.

What starts out as an invigorating hiking and rafting excursion in the remote Allagash Wilderness soon becomes an all-too-real nightmare: A freak accident leaves the women stranded, separating them from their raft and everything they need to survive. When night descends, a fire on the mountainside lures them to a ramshackle camp that appears to be their lifeline. But…

Inner City Blues By: Chicki Brown

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"Successful surgeon, husband and father of three, Dr. Jesse Stafford, lives in an exclusive enclave in Atlanta. He volunteers his time at a neighborhood free clinic in one of the roughest parts of Atlanta where his wife, Cydney's family still lives. When an unarmed thirteen-year-old boy is shot and killed by the police in this neighborhood, Jesse finds himself in an ethical dilemma and at odds with some family members. His involvement puts everything he’s achieved on the line."


Title:  Inner City Blues
Author:  Chicki Brown
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"Inner City Blues" by Chicki Brown

My Thoughts....

This last [6] book of this series "Inner City Blues" of the Stafford's was indeed another good read featuring Dr. Jesse Stafford [a twin] and his wife Cydney [Cyd].  It was simply a wonderful well written story that really brings out  what all is going on i…

Devoted To A Street King, By Racquel Williams

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"Friendship and loyalty are out the window in the lives of two best friends. Bianca is a young sexy entrepreneur who makes good money, but always manages to get in bed with dope boys and thugs. Soon she meets her husband, Mel, a controlling and abusive man who sleeps around with various women. Oblivious to the fact that her ace, Lexi, has a taste for the kind of men she dates, she poured out her soul to her best friend. She will quickly realize that the one closest to her is nothing but a snake, waiting on the right time to attack.

Lexi is poisonous and deadly. Her sole purpose is to take the man she thinks belong to her; her best friend's husband, Mel. Not caring who she hurts, she came up with a devious plan to take over her best friend's life, and get her own out of the way.

Take a journey with these two ladies as they show you that loyalty is overrated. Best friends become enemies and anything is possible, even murder!"

Title:  Devoted To A S…

Fear Dreams By:J.A. Schneider

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"A sensitive woman fearing insanity... Liddy Barron was injured in a hit-and-run accident that left her with recurring nightmares, gaps in her memory, and an increasing obsession in the disappearance of a coed named Sasha Perry. Was Sasha murdered? Liddy's turmoil grows as she begins seeing ghostly images. Her husband Paul tries to help but insists it's just her imagination...while intuitive Detective Kerri Blasco, also obsessed with young Sasha's disappearance, senses that Liddy may have a key to solving the case, and tries to unravel the shocking truth of what really haunts her."

Title:  Fear Dreams
Author:  J.A. Schneider
Publisher:  R.G.S. Media
Series:  Detective Kerri Blasco Book 1
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"Fear Dreams" by J.A. Schneider

My Thoughts....

This author really gives the reader a interesting psychological mystery ghost thriller drama read that will keep your attention not being able to put it …

A Very Blessed Christmas Coloring Book By Robin Mead

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"Color your way to a meaningful holiday season with A VERY BLESSED CHRISTMAS COLORING BOOK.

There is no better way to get into the full spirit of the holiday season than by coloring more than 85 uplifting illustrations in this special volume: frosty winter scenes, carolers in the snow, trees trimmed in nostalgic trappings, ornate churches, angels, nativities--all reminiscent of cozy moments with family and friends and the sweetest, simplest blessings of the holidays. Each artist can rejoice with a grateful heart and be reminded of the ultimate gift God gave the world. Also included are illustrated Scripture verses and fun, holiday craft cutouts that everyone can use to create their own ornaments, Christmas cards, gift tags, and more!"
Title  A Very Blessed Christmas Coloring Book Author:  Robin Mead Publisher:  FaithWords/Center Street Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating:  Five Review:
"A Very Blessed Christmas Coloring Book" by Robin Mead
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The Gingerdead Man By: Ginny Gold

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"Christmas is just around the corner and Kori is busier than ever. She has the town cookie exchange, Secret Santa at The Early Bird Café and plenty of time spent with family. So when she finds a dead body in the parking lot of the café, her work load just about doubles as she hunts down the killer.

By Christmas Eve, Kori has plenty of questions but not enough answers. Boyfriend, Lieutenant Zach Gulch, tries to warn her away from the investigation but all of his pleas fall on deaf ears. Even a warning from the killer can’t keep Kori off the trail as she thinks she’s getting closer.

But a single wrong turn could spell disaster for Kori. Will she be able to find the right lead before she’s added to the body count?

INCLUDED: In The Kitchen with Ginny Gold—A Special Gift For You!

**Gingerdead Man is approx. 32K words and is volume 6 in The Early Bird Café Cozy Mystery Series. Ginny Gold books can be read and enjoyed in any order."

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Lonely This Christmas By: Faith Bleasdale

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"Emily Smith has always loved Christmas.

Growing up, her family didn’t have much but they always made their family Christmas special.

Emily’s gran had been at the heart of their festive celebrations, and it all started with getting the right Christmas tree.

Now, age thirty, Emily is hosting her own Christmas for the first time.

And she is determined that everything will be just perfect.

Her fiancée Toby Neill, a successful fund manager, has just bought them a house in Surrey.

And he plans to announce their wedding plans to his whole family over Christmas dinner.

But work commitments have taken to Toby to New York, and he won’t be back until two days before the big day.

So, as well as overseeing the work on the house, and juggling a full-time PR job, Emily has to sort out Christmas on her own.

Armed with extensive spreadsheets and detailed lists Emily gets to work.

And, of course, as the countdown to Christmas begins, the first on her list is the perfect Chris…

Sugar and Spice By Cecelia Dowdy

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"Sheila Parks is stunned when Mason Smith, the identical twin brother of her ex-boyfriend Reese, moves to Blue Spring and opens a bakery. Reese’s cruel breakup still bothers her and seeing somebody who looks just like him is a painful reminder of her predicament. Unemployed, Sheila needs financial help and it appears that Mason can assist her with her problem. Can she learn to trust a man who looks just like her ex?

Mason is stunned when Sheila storms into his bakery, mistakenly thinking that he’s Reese. Mason is used to comforting his womanizing brother’s ex-girlfriends. A stutterer, Mason has always had a hard time socializing with others. However, he finds himself smitten with beautiful Sheila. Can he control his stutter so that he can ask Sheila to be his date to his grandmother’s Christmas birthday party?

Both Sheila and Mason deal with past pains as they work together during the Christmas season."



Title: Sugar and Spice
Author: Cecelia Dowdy
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Rough & Tumble By: Rhenna Morgan

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"Live hard, f*ck harder and follow only their own rules. Those are the cornerstones the six men of the Haven Brotherhood live and bleed by, refusing to conform to society's expectations, taking what they want and always watching each other's backs.

A self-made man with his fingers in a variety of successful businesses, Jace Kennedy lives for the challenge and he always gets what he wants. From the start, he sees Vivienne Moore's hidden wild side and knows she's his perfect match, if only he can break it free. He will have her. One way or another.

Vivienne's determined to ditch the rough lifestyle she grew up in, even if that means hiding her true self behind a bland socialite veneer. Dragging her party-hound sister out of a club was not how she wanted to ring in the New Year, but Viv knows the drill. Get in, get her sister and get back to the safe, stable life she's built for herself as fast as humanly possible. But Viv's plans are…

Since I Fell For You By: Bella Andre

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"Suzanne Sullivan doesn't need a bodyguard. After all, she's one of the most successful digital security specialists in the world―so she can most certainly take care of herself despite the problems she's been running into lately. Unfortunately, her three brothers don't agree. So when Mr. Way-Too-Handsome shows up bound and determined to protect her, whether she wants him there or not, sparks definitely start to fly. Because she has absolutely no intention of falling for the bodyguard she never wanted in the first place...

Roman Huson has vowed to do whatever it takes to protect Suzanne Sullivan from harm. And her brothers would kill him for so much as looking at her the wrong way. The only problem is that he's never been hired to work for anyone so beautiful, or brilliant, before. Between trying to keep up with her―and working like hell to keep from kissing her breathless―he's up against the most difficult challenge of his life. Especi…

Troubled Heart: A Novella By: Tyora Moody

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"Forensic artist Toni Reed loves when her work helps the police catch criminals. Tasked with helping a traumatized woman identify her attacker, Toni is troubled when she sketches a face that resembles a man from her past. Is it the same man who brutally attacked her two years ago?

Despite longtime family friend Detective Cam Noble’s insistence that she not interfere with the case, Toni becomes obsessed with seeking justice. Will she let God lead her to come to terms with her past?"

Title:  Troubled Heart Author:  Tyora Moody Publisher:  Tymm Publishing, LLC Series:  The Reed Family Book 2 Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"Troubled Heart" by Tyora Moody
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"Troubled Heart"  Book 2" by this author was another good Christian mystery suspenseful read.  If you haven't read Book , I would highly suggest you  do so because it will add into things that had happened earlier especially for Toni Reed. The stor…

Eden's Deliverance Eden# 4 By Rhenna Morgan

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"Fate is the life we’re given. Destiny is what we do with it.

Captured as a child and forced into slavery by the Rebellion’s leader, Brenna Haven was raised in near isolation with the utmost cruelty. She knew nothing of kindness, or compassion, until Fate orchestrated her rescue. Finally free, she wants nothing more than to return to her home. To reconnect with her human family and live a simple, quiet life. But her newfound powers demand an entirely different future. One fraught with danger, and a terrifying role in an ancient Myren prophecy.

A battle-hardened warrior and sworn bodyguard to the king, Ludan Forte wields a powerful, memory stealing gift. But his skill comes with a price. A torturous burden he’s hidden since his awakening over a hundred years ago. He never dreamed he’d find relief, let alone be tempted to forgo his vows to the king. Yet in Brenna’s sweet, beguiling presence, the weight he bears is lifted. And when her role in the prophecy thre…

Waking Eden By Rhenna Morgan

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"The only hope for saving their race is to surrender their hearts.

With a long foretold and annoyingly vague prophecy warning of immense change for Eden, Ramsay Shantos is forced to hunt words and legends instead of rebels. For a man of action, it’s the worst kind of agony. Until he encounters a sexy librarian who bears the fated prophecy’s mark. A mark no human should possess.

Tortured by her mixed heritage, Trinity Blair has enjoyed little human touch in her life, let alone intimacy. Even the most innocent contact fills her mind with a person’s deepest, darkest secrets—except for Ramsay. Her immunity to his thoughts sparks a fragile hope that she might finally experience the passion of her Dark Spiritu brethren…unless he’s the dangerous crossroads her father predicted.

When knowledge of Eden goes viral in the human realm, Trinity is Ramsay’s only hope for quelling mass panic. Can he risk revealing the secrets of his race to the guileless ray of sunshine? O…

Healing Eden By: Rhenna Morgan

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"In a world divided by war, falling in love is the ultimate betrayal.

Galena Shantos has never questioned her loyalty to Eden. As sister to the Myren king, she serves as a healer, one of the best in the army fighting to suppress the brutal Lomos Rebellion. She’s never doubted the importance of stopping the rebels bent on enslaving humans, until she spots a warrior across enemy lines—and knows instinctively that their destinies are entwined. . .

Rebellion warrior Reese Theron has nothing left to lose. He’s been forced to fight on the wrong side of a war he abhors in order to protect his family secret. His honor lost, as well as the trust of his own people, Reese has thrown himself into a battle he cannot possibly hope to survive. But after being rescued by a beautiful woman whose exquisite eyes seem to see him for more than the traitor he’s become—he may have just found a new reason to live. . ."

TItle:  Healing Eden Author:  Rhenna Morgan Publisher:  L…

Under the Tuscan Sun By Francis Mayes

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"A CLASSIC FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF UNDER MAGNOLIA

Frances Mayes—widely published poet, gourmet cook, and travel writer—opens the door to a wondrous new world when she buys and restores an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. In evocative language, she brings the reader along as she discovers the beauty and simplicity of life in Italy. Mayes also creates dozens of delicious seasonal recipes from her traditional kitchen and simple garden, all of which she includes in the book. Doing for Tuscany what M.F.K. Fisher and Peter Mayle did for Provence, Mayes writes about the tastes and pleasures of a foreign country with gusto and passion."

Title:  Under the Tuscan Sun Author:  Frances Mayes Publisher:  Trade Paperback Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"Under The Tuscan Sun" by Frances Mayes  
My Thoughts....

What a interesting delightful read that was definitely well written by this author that will keep your atte…

Bang [B Squad #2] By: Avery Flynn

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"Freelance investigator Isaac Camacho has a weakness for bitchy blondes, and no one fits the bill quite like former beauty queen and gold digger Tamara Post. She’s sexy, feisty and on the run from a cult leader. Complicated women? Oh he loves them almost as much as he loves watching Tamara act like a total ice queen when he knows she burns white hot.

Calculating opportunist Tamara Post never cared what anyone thought about her—except for her sister. But when her sister dies, it’s up to Tamara to hide her teenage niece so the girl’s dictatorial father can’t marry her off to one of his disciples. The last thing Tamara has time for is Isaac—a man who flirts as well as he fills out a pair of worn jeans and whose stubborn determination to help makes it hard to act as if she’s really as cold as she appears.

When the bad guys find her, there’s only one person Tamara can depend on to help keep her alive until her niece is safe. But once the life and death chase is on, …

Brazen [B Squad # 1] By: Avery Flynn

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"Falling in love is the easy part, staying together…now that’s the biggest challenge of all.

Everything is finally working out for Bianca Sutherland and Taz Hazard. They’re in love and running B-Squad Security and Investigations. They’ve planned the perfect operation to take down the dangerous drug kingpin who’s kidnapped one of Bianca’s best friends. Then Taz’s wife—who was supposed to be his ex-wife—shows up on the eve of the big rescue mission and threatens to blow up his and Bianca’s happily ever after.

The last thing Bianca wants after the revelation that Taz might still be married is to have to spend time with her former live-in boyfriend who never told her he’d ever been married in the first place. But it’s too late to change plans. To save her friend, she has to swallow her hurt and go undercover with Taz as a newlywed couple at an exclusive resort. The only thing Taz wants is Bianca and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to win her back. But when it’s…

The Twilight Wife By: A.J. Banner

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"From bestselling author A.J. Banner comes a dazzling new novel of psychological suspense in the vein of S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep and Mary Kubica’s The Good Girl that questions just how much we can trust the people around us.

Thirty-four-year-old marine biologist Kyra Winthrop remembers nothing about the diving accident that left her with a complex form of memory loss. With only brief flashes of the last few years of her life, her world has narrowed to a few close friendships on the island where she lives with her devoted husband, Jacob.

But all is not what it seems. Kyra begins to have visions—or are they memories?—of a rocky marriage, broken promises, and cryptic relationships with the island residents, whom she believes to be her friends.

As Kyra races to uncover her past, the truth becomes a terrifying nightmare. A twisty, immersive thriller, The Twilight Wife will keep readers enthralled through the final, shocking twist."

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Secrets She Keeps By: Amarie Avant

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"Dangerous connections and deadly roots...

All twenty-seven-year-old Reese Dunham wants is to focus on creating a successful boutique bakery that her sordid past can't destroy. But with secret connections tied so intricately to her family's history, she may never escape the reality of her life.
When she encounters Italian LAPD narcotics detective, Evan Zaccaro, their chemistry is undeniable, but he represents everything that she wants to forget. As the web of deceit and betrayal engulf them, Evan and Reese are entangled in a perilous trap that unearths their past and threatens their future. Suddenly, with her enemies closer than she ever realized, Reese becomes a pawn in a deadly game. But who is on her side?"

Title:  Secrets She Keeps Author:  Amarie Avant Publisher:   Prism Heart Press Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"Secrets She Keeps"  by Amaie Avant
My Thoughts....

Who would have thought as Reese Dunham is visiting h…

We're All Damaged By: Matthew Norman

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"Andy Carter was happy. He had a solid job. He ran 5Ks for charity. He was living a nice, safe Midwestern existence. And then his wife left him for a handsome paramedic down the street.
We’re All Damaged begins after Andy has lost his job, ruined his best friend’s wedding, and moved to New York City, where he lives in a tiny apartment with an angry cat named Jeter that isn’t technically his. But before long he needs to go back to Omaha to say good-bye to his dying grandfather.
Back home, Andy is confronted with his past, which includes his ex, his ex’s new boyfriend, his right-wing talk-radio-host mother, his parents’ crumbling marriage, and his still-angry best friend.
As if these old problems weren’t enough, Andy encounters an entirely new complication: Daisy. She has fifteen tattoos, no job, and her own difficult past. But she claims she is the only person who can help Andy be happy again, if only she weren’t hiding a huge secret that will mess things up ev…