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Wings of Grace By Vanessa Davis Griggs

"In Vanessa Davis Griggs' eagerly anticipated sequel to Promises Beyond Jordan, Pastor George Landris is back, but this time he's sharing the spotlight with a family of strong-willed, true-to-life women who must struggle to overcome wounded spirits and severed ties. Richly populated with complex, unforgettable characters, Wings of Grace is a fresh and engaging novel, Griggs' finest to date.

Because Lena Patterson never enjoyed a fulfilling relationship with her mother, she is determined to break the cycle and be there one-hundred percent for her now-pregnant daughter, Theresa. Raised by her strong and loving grandmother, Lena looks forward to playing a central role in her own grandchild's life. Then an older woman shows up on Theresa's doorstep looking for Lena. Lena is dubious, convinced that the woman is just looking to get her hands on an heirloom necklace. As painful memories from the distant past re-emerge, the ties that bind a mother to her daughter se…

The Lover By: Nia Forrester

Book Description...

"Ryann Walker knows she’s a difficult woman; difficult enough that it would take a rare, and special breed of man to take her on permanently. Thankfully, she isn’t looking for that. What she does want is a baby. And after a rash decision made during a one-night stand, she just may be having one, with the very successful, good-looking, but completely wrong for her, Spencer Hall.

But once Spencer learns that he may become a father, Ryann just can’t shake him. He isn’t interested in being an absentee parent; and she isn’t interested in having a man hang around who is hell-bent on crawling into her heart, breaking down her defenses and unearthing all her secrets, including the ugliest one of all."

Title:  The Lover Author:  Nia Forrester Publisher:  Stiletto Press, LLC Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"The Lover" by Nia Forrester
My Thoughts...

Interesting read that will keep the reader entertained all the way to the end with some tho…

RUN: The 5th installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries by Deidra D. S. Green

Book Description...

"Dr. Chloe Daniels is behind the eight ball. Although Anna Black is behind bars, the trial is still pending. Anna wants to be free. The state wants her dead. Dr. Daniels continues to work closely with Detective Phillips to find out who the Baby Doll Killer is, yet, few clues are available and the body count continues to rise. Death and destruction have followed Major and Mayven across state lines. Dr. Daniels is being stretched thin as neighboring police departments reach out to her for her expertise in addressing their own crime sprees. Is there enough of Chloe to go around? Find out in RUN: the 5th installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries."

Title:  Run
Author:  Deidra D. S. Green
Publisher:  Rathsi Publishing Presents
Series:  The 5th installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"RUN: The 5th installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries"  by Deidra D. S. Green

My Thoughts....

OK,  I will say this s…

The Light In Summer By: Mary McNear

Book Description...

"New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Mary McNear brings you home to Butternut Lake and a novel filled with irresistible characters who you will want to call your friends.

It’s summertime on Butternut Lake, where the heat of noon is soothed by the cool breezes of the evening, where the pace grows slower, and sometimes, just sometimes, the summer light makes everything clearer...

For the lovely Billy Harper, Butternut Lake is the place she feels most at home, even though lately she feels the only one listening to her is Murphy...her faithful Labrador Retriever. Her teenage son, Luke, has gone from precious to precocious practically overnight. Her friends are wrapped up in their own lives, and Luke’s father, Wesley, disappeared before his son was even born. No wonder she prefers to spend time with a good book, especially ones where everything ends in perfection.

But Billy is about to learn that anything is possible during the heady days of summer. Comin…

Dragon in Blood By: Juliette Cross

Book Description....

"While all seems quiet in Gladium Province, the Morgon Guard—the global justice force for the dragon hybrid race—knows their enemy is rebuilding its forces in the underground.

Valla Moonring, an assassin for an order of the Morgon Guard, is ordered to join an expedition through the Wastelands of Aria, a formidable, icy wilderness fraught with all manner of dangers, including outlaws, deadly weather, and big-game predators.

To her great distaste, she’s partnered with a Nightwing Security operative, Conn Rowanflame, a Morgon with the aggravating ability to get under her skin. While she takes her mission seriously, Conn’s confident charm throws her off balance, a dangerous place to be in conditions like these. Especially when cold nights require close contact.

Sensual attraction binds them ever closer, igniting a passion of unexpected force—soulful. But when the hunters become the hunted, their bond could prove perilous. Even fatal…"

Title:  Dragon in Blood A…

Dragon Heartstrings (Vale of Stars 0.5) by Juliette Cross

Book Description....

"Demetrius Cade has long since let go of his prejudice against Morgonkind, the dragon hybrid race his father taught him to hate. But what he never saw coming was the Morgon woman who would finally teach him to love.

Shakara Icewing has watched Demetrius Cade from afar for years. Known as the most eligible bachelor and emotionally unavailable in all of Gladium Province, she sees him as the aloof, arrogant brother of her dear friend. But when they finally meet, she isn’t sure she can handle how deep and how fast they both fall.

An old enemy resurfaces and once more threatens those Demetrius loves. When Shakara plans to speak before Parliament against business tycoon Aron Grayson, she puts her own life in the line of fire. Demetrius will stop at nothing to protect the woman he can no longer live without."

Title:  Dragon Heartstrings Author:  Juliette Cross Publisher:  J. C.
Series:  Vale of Stars Prequel 0.5 Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating:  Five Review:

The Girl On The Train: A Novel By: Paula Hawkins

Book Description.....

"The #1 New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt. Don't miss Paula Hawkins' new novel, Into the Water, coming May 2017.

The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

“Nothing is more addicting than The Girl on the Train.”—Vanity FairThe Girl on the Train has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since Gone Girl. . . . [It] is liable to draw a large, bedazzled readership.”—The New York Times

“Marries movie noir with novelistic trickery. . . hang on tight. You'll be surprised by what horrors lurk around the bend.”—USA Today

“Like its train, the story blasts through the stagnation of these lives in suburban London and the reader cannot help but turn pages.”—The Boston GlobeGone Girl fans will devour this psychological thriller.”—People

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Eve…

The Heirs By: Susan Rieger

Book Description.....

"Brilliantly wrought, incisive, and stirring, The Heirs tells the story of an upper-crust Manhattan family coming undone after the death of their patriarch 

Six months after Rupert Falkes dies, leaving a grieving widow and five adult sons, an unknown woman sues his estate, claiming she had two sons by him.  The Falkes brothers are pitched into turmoil, at once missing their father and feeling betrayed by him.  In disconcerting contrast, their mother, Eleanor, is cool and calm, showing preternatural composure. 

Eleanor and Rupert had made an admirable life together -- Eleanor with her sly wit and generosity, Rupert with his ambition and English charm -- and they were proud of their handsome, talented sons: Harry, a brash law professor; Will, a savvy Hollywood agent; Sam, an astute doctor and scientific researcher; Jack, a jazz trumpet prodigy; Tom, a public-spirited federal prosecutor. The brothers see their identity and success as inextricably tied to fami…


Book Description...

"Living a lie isn't easy, but it becomes second nature when you tell yourself what you’re doing is for the greater good. This is reality for 25-year-old Jamar Maxwell, an ex-NBA star from Memphis. Jamar grew up with four friends, one of which was his best friend/twin from birth Bryce. Growing up in the hood, Jamar was the star of the click because he had all the popularity and clout his homies wanted. He shared it with them too and anything else he had because in his eyes they were his brothers and what was his was theirs by law of the streets. He lived with that philosophy for years until people's true colors started to show. Soon Jamar found out that those he was most loyal too we’rent loyal to him at all, and that shit didn’t sit well with him. That harsh reality along with each of their faults, led Jamar on a mission to destroy their egos and shatter those glass houses all around them. One by one he slept with their girls, and left his mark on the…

Secrets in Summer: by Nancy Thayer

Book Description:

"“The queen of beach books” (The Star-Ledger) returns to the shores of Nantucket in a novel about one memorable summer when flirtations flourish, family dramas play out, and scandalous secrets surface.

Memorial Day weekend means that seasonal visitors have descended on the glamorous island of Nantucket. For year-round resident Darcy Cotterill, it means late-night stargazing in the backyard of the beautiful house she grew up in and inherited from her beloved grandmother. It’s also Darcy’s chance to hit the beach and meet her new summertime neighbors. But the last person the thirty-year-old librarian expects to see staying next door is her ex-husband, Boyz, along with his wife, Autumn, and stepdaughter, Willow.

Darcy must also navigate the highs and lows of a new romantic relationship with local carpenter Nash Forester even as she becomes smitten with handsome vacationer Clive Rush, a musicologist in town to write a book and visit family. And she finds herself pu…

DUI: Drowning Under The Influence Of You 2 By: Charae Lewis

Book Description....

"Tyme thought that she had escaped the unbidden misery she had been accustomed to. She assumed that her troubles would cease since she was finally in a good space. But when Tyme learns that something tragic has happened to her father, Joe, she becomes overwhelmed with grief. Her entire life has been dedicated to Joe, and the thought of losing him permanently causes an eerie feeling to reside in the pit of her stomach. On top of that, Tyme finds herself wedged in a situation that could prompt her to lose everything. She's forced to make a decision, but when Tyme chooses the wrong option, everything crumbles right before her very eyes.

Quillon is devastated when he discovers his fiancée, Myka's betrayal. He wants revenge and desperately seeks to find it. But when Quillon finds himself on the other side of the law due to his impulsive decorum, things go from bad to worse. In addition to his relationship woes, Quillon is harboring a secret so damaging tha…

An Alpha's Desires By: Amarie Avant

Book Description....
Daniel"As heir to Titan Aerospace, the world believed my every wish was at my disposal. Yet, for my family's many accolades, we've endured just as much tragedy. In reality, I fight for my legacy, and I fought for her. At first sight, I was hypnotized by the curvy beauty, Desire Taylor. Then she opened her plush lips, cursing me with the words, "You're not worthy." Yet, I won't stop until I'll she's mine.

I was too career-driven for love. In return, it took me hostage.  Love was wrapped in the wrong package. I mean, the damn package was gorgeous, with blond hair and alluring gray eyes, but we clashed. Yet, Wentworth Daniel Rutledge  III, billionaire and controller, was relentless in claiming  my heart.
As I submitted to his relentlessness, I learned that submitting to Daniel meant he'd serve me too...
Somewhere along the lines, I've become The Alpha's Desire."

Title:  An Alpha's Desires
Author: Amarie Ava…

Druid Vampire Requiem by KuroKoneko Kamen

Book Description....

"It’s a thorny path for Becca to follow her heart…

Now a Huntress, Becca, who has been told of a prophecy that foretells she will defeat Dracula, believes that the only way to save Derek Dearg is to kill him. But what if she’s making a horrible mistake? As Becca struggles to accept Derek’s vampire side and her own blooming dark desires her family pays an unexpected visit. Derek jumps through hoops to gain the approval of Becca’s family, especially Becca’s religious mother, Emma.

As darkness creeps over San Francisco Derek gains new allies…

Homicide Detective Alex Wolfman and his police dog Maddy have been investigating the strange murders occurring in San Francisco. Now bodies are missing from the morgue, and he encounters the Thorns being attacked by zombies while sightseeing. Alex tries to protect them, but when the vampire Undertaker shows up Alex is defeated. All hope seems lost until Derek comes to their rescue.

The fight to save San Francisco from a Zo…

Druid Vampire by KuroKoneko Kamen

Book Description....

"A brooding Druid vampire who runs a tattoo parlor…

A vampire running a tattoo parlor? Probably not the best job choice. But Derek Dearg doesn’t care - tattooing is one of the few skills he has besides hunting vampires using Druidic magic. And since decapitating vampires with ink creatures doesn’t pay the bills he doesn’t plan to close his shop Voodoo Tattoo in San Francisco anytime soon.

An old friend who has become the deadliest of enemies…

Sunny San Francisco, probably not the best place for a vampire to live either. However, Derek has been pursuing his Archenemy, Slaine Morvyn, an evil vampire who killed his wife, Cinnia, more than two millennia ago. Derek lives only for avenging his wife’s death, and once he’s finally taken Slaine’s head plans to go out into the sun, and burn himself to ashes.

The red string of fate ties Derek’s destiny with one special woman…

When an unexpected customer arrives in the form of Rebecca “Becca” Thorn, cyber socialite and …

Home By: Ginny L. Yttrup

Book Description...

"Melanie runs away. From conflict. From pain. From reality. 

When novelist Melanie Vander faces a looming deadline, she decides it’s time for an escape to an inspiring, novel-worthy locale. She’s not running away. Really. She just needs time to focus. But as she disappears into her writing, she encounters a man whose tenderness leaves her reeling. Engaging and wise, psychologist Elliot Hammond tempts Melanie to question everything, including her marriage.

But that’s ridiculous. Dr. Hammond isn’t even…real.

Melanie’s husband, Craig, has his own problems, including a recession that’s threatening his business. Waning finances, a looming home foreclosure, and a wife who’s checked out emotionally, has Craig feeling as though he’s carrying his burdens alone. When his client, the beautiful and single Serena Buchanan, offers him a solution to his financial woes, he’s tempted by more than her offer of a business solution.

At a crossroads, Melanie and Craig seem headed i…

Second Chance Season By: Liora Blake

Book Description....

"Return to Liora Blake’s Grand Valley series with Second Chance Season, in which an avowed country boy with a family duty meets an ambitious city girl with even bigger goals and who shows him just what he’s been missing.

Garrett Strickland is unapologetically country, fiercely loyal, and perfectly happy with his job at the Hotchkiss Co-op. Garrett is all about living in the present and not dwelling in the past—even if he was once on his way to a lofty agricultural sciences degree that would guarantee the brightest of futures, only to end up back home when his old man died, leaving behind a debt-ridden family farm that was impossible to keep afloat. After that, it was easy to see why dreaming big wasn’t worth the heartache. And until he crosses paths with a city girl who’s hell-bent on kick-starting her own future, he’s sure that good enough is just that.

Cara Cavanaugh is ready for more from life, even if that means changing everything; including dumping her b…

Finding You By: Jo Watson

Book Description....

"When you go to Greece to meet your family but end up making out with your smokin' hot tour guide.

Being adopted never made Jane Smith feel unloved, just unlike the rest of her family. As her twenty-fifth birthday approaches, she is struck by an overwhelming longing to finally find her place in the world. So in a very un-Jane-like move, she books a last-minute ticket to Greece to find her birth father and the real Jane. All she knows about him is it that he was a tour guide named Dimitri. Armed with this knowledge and several surprise boxes of condoms from her mom (not embarrassing at all), Jane takes off.

Within minutes of landing she makes two important discoveries. First, everyone in Greece is named Dimitri, and second, fate might be playing a sick joke on her when a sexy tour guide called Dimitri comes to fetch her from the airport. He offers to help Jane with her search---if she'll go on an adventure with him. Stable Jane would never risk a steamy…

Bittersweet By Shirlee McCoy

Book Description....

"In Benevolence, Washington, the Lamont family's luscious handmade chocolates are a beloved tradition—and the sweetest of comforts. And for the most reserved of the three Lamont sisters, they’re a much-needed way to challenge the past, rekindle hope—and make happiness for a lifetime.

Caring family and friends, tranquil streets—ex-prosecutor Willow Lamont wishes these could make her feel truly at home. She's back to help her grandfather manage Chocolate Haven, a long held dream come true. But she's struggling to make their unique fudge—and to cope with a secret trauma that haunts her. Yet when she finds an abandoned baby who breaks her heart wide open, she wonders how long she can hide her emotions—especially from warm, handsome, and way too nosey Deputy Sheriff Jax Gordon.

Always an outsider, Jax knows more than he should about loss. But he didn't expect his difficult search for baby “Miracle's” mother would reveal such a vulnerable side…

Forever Is The Worst Long Time By: Camille Pagan

Book Description....

"From acclaimed author Camille Pagán comes a wry, heartfelt exploration of love and loss.

When struggling novelist James Hernandez meets poet Louisa “Lou” Bell, he’s sure he’s just found the love of his life. There’s just one problem: she’s engaged to his oldest friend, Rob. So James toasts their union and swallows his desire.

As the years pass, James’s dreams always seem just out of reach—he can’t finish that novel, can’t mend his relationship with his father, can’t fully commit to a romantic relationship. He just can’t move on. But after betrayal fractures Lou’s once-solid marriage, she turns to James for comfort.

When Lou and James act on their long-standing mutual attraction, the consequences are more heartbreaking—and miraculous—than either of them could have ever anticipated. Then life throws James one more curveball, and he, Rob, and Lou are forced to come to terms with the unexpected ways in which love and loss are intertwined."

Title:  Forever Is …

Our Short History By Lauren Grodstein

Book Description....

"Karen Neulander, a successful New York political consultant, has always been fiercely protective of her son, Jacob, now six. She’s had to be: when Jacob’s father, Dave, found out Karen was pregnant and made it clear that fatherhood wasn’t in his plans, Karen walked out of the relationship, never telling Dave her intention was to raise their child alone.

But now Jake is asking to meet his dad, and with good reason: Karen is dying. When she finally calls her ex, she’s shocked to find Dave ecstatic about the son he never knew he had. First, he can’t meet Jake fast enough, and then, he can’t seem to leave him alone.

With just a few more months to live, Karen resists allowing Dave to insinuate himself into Jake’s life. As she tries to play out her last days in the “right” way, Karen wrestles with the truth that the only thing she cannot bring herself to do for her son--let his father become a permanent part of his life--is the thing he needs from her the most. W…

Adunni Dares to Dream The Story of Dr. Ethel A. Adeloye As Told by Taiwo I. Ajao RN Illustrated by Dr. OlaWale Ajao

Book Description....

"Although she was a part of a very hardworking family, Adunni just could not
have the finer things in life, like school, books and literacy.
In her culture, girls were just expected to look pretty, get married and have
children,  But Adunni Wished for something more

Does she give in to her society's expectations?  Does she chose the status
quo?  What are Aduni's dreams and where do her dreams take her?"

Title:  Adunni Dares To Dream
Author:  Taiwo I. Ajao
Publisher:  A Dr. Ajao Company
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  Five

"Adunni Dares To Dream" by Taiwo I. Ajao

My Viewpoints...

What will happen when 'Adunni Dares To Dream?'  Will her dreams come true?  "Adunni Dares to Dream" is a beautiful written story of a young girl named Adunni who just wanted to go to school but for her that would be hard because of the money situation.  Adunni's mom needed  her to help work and to help keeping her little sister…