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Managed Care Kindle Edition by Joe Barrett


"Is it too much to ask that a managed care facility refund a year’s advance payment when your grandfather dies before he can move in? 

Frank Johnson doesn’t think so, which is why the thirty-three-year-old now lives in a nursing home, locked in a chess match feud with management that doesn’t occupy nearly enough of his time. When foster kid Elroy is thrust into his life, Frank decides to turn this forced relationship to his advantage – launching a string of absurd decisions, inappropriate behaviors and unexpected glimpses of tenderness that ultimately turn a New Jersey suburb upside down. A laugh-out-loud celebration of bad choices for good causes, Managed Care is an offbeat story about three misfits on the social fringes of suburbia and their ridiculous campaign to introduce an unfiltered version of intimacy to their stale, impersonal community. Because, according to Frank, it’s probably what Jesus would have wanted.

Title: Managed Care
Author: Joe…

Well-Read Black Girl Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves by Glory Edim

"An inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well-Read Black Girl, on the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature."

Title: Well Read Black Girl Finding Our Series, Discovering Ourselves
Author: Glory Edim
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Well Read Black Girl Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves" by Glory Edim

My Thoughts...

If you love reading as I do you will find this read a very interesting one and if you are black it will even mean so much more. I loved all that this author brought out in this 'inspiring collection of
essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well Read Black Girl.' These are anthologies of essays by some black amazing women writers featuring: "Jesmyn Ward (Sing, Unburied, Sing); Tayari Jones (An American Marriage); Lynn Nottage (Sweat); Jacqueline Woodson (Another Brooklyn); G…

Stuck in Manistique by Dennis Cuesta


"Near the midpoint of the Upper Peninsula, along a Lake Michigan bend of shore, is the town of Manistique, Michigan. Mark had never heard of Manistique before the death of his estranged aunt, but as sole beneficiary of Vivian’s estate, he travels there to settle her affairs. As Mark tours his aunt’s house for the first time, the doorbell rings.
Days after graduating medical school, Dr. Emily Davis drives north, struggling with her illicit rendezvous on Mackinac Island. She never makes it—on the highway near Manistique, her car collides with a deer, shattering the car’s windshield. Stranded for the night, Emily is directed to a nearby bed and breakfast. Maybe it’s a heady reaction, the revelation that his aunt, an international aid doctor, ran a bed and breakfast in retirement. Or perhaps he plainly feels pity for the young, helpless doctor. Regardless, Mark decides to play host for one night, telling Emily that he’s merely stepping in temporarily while his aunt is away.…

Lady Guardians: Bankrolled Kindle Edition by J.L. Campbell


"Strong-willed and independent, Bo 'Spice' Casserly will do what's necessary for her family’s well-being. She's wary of relationships, but when she meets Imari Newsome—who holds the key to keeping her business afloat—she can't help thinking he might be the man to change her mind.

Bo is unlike any woman Imari has ever met. She's used to doing things her own way and isn't about to change her lifestyle to suit him. He doesn’t understand the bond with her motorcycle club and thinks there's a connection between The Grove Lady Guardians and the person who's stalking Bo. 

Either there's something sinister about the club or Bo is keeping secrets that may put both their lives at risk. Imari must decide whether he can stand the heat or walk away from the woman who has come to mean the world to him."

Title:  Lady Guardians:  Bankrolled Author:  J. L. Campbell Publisher:  The Writers' Suite  Series:  Lady Guardians Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean …

Lady Guardians: Cut: Nationals Kindle Edition by Xyla Turner


"Lady Guardians: Cut was written by USA Today Bestselling & Award Winning Author Xyla Turner

Gianni "Cut" West, VP of the Lady Guardians National Chapter 

Cut doesn't like to sh*t where she eats. This means, when it's time for needs to be met, she goes out of town to find a lucky guy. She never goes back twice.
Well, except this one time!

Caleb West
Caleb tried...after the second time when she gave him the brush off. He vowed it was done. He wouldn't look up the license plate of her bike. He wouldn't go to her house and find out what her fucking problem was. 
Nope, he was going to let it go!

This IR/BWWM novel is short, raw, yet sexy and an HEA. 
For a limited time only, check out bonus material in the back with a chapter of Born to Ride.
For more information about the Lady Guardians, visit"

Title:  Lady Guardians:  Cut: Nationals Author:  Xyla Turner Publisher:  AZINA MEDIA PUBLICATIONS                  Series:  Lady Gu…

Lady Guardians: Freedom Kindle Edition by Embue


"She had to find FREEDOM on her own...

Angelica Starling walked away from a painful marriage, well aware of the losses she’d incur. Four years later, her current relationship with Myron Bollinger has reached a fork in the road. Is Angelica ready to take the next step?

After a run-in with a former co-worker, Angelica receives the opportunity of a lifetime. Will she take up on the offer with or without Myron’s blessing?

They don’t call him DOMINO for nothing…

Elijah Massey has had his fair share of women for the right and wrong reasons. The one thing he hasn’t had is a woman to match his energy. When he discovers Angelica, all bets are off. With his bad boy reputation firmly in place, can he woo the woman with the guarded heart?"

Title: Lady Guardians: Freedom
Author: Embue
Publisher: Nu Cherte Publishing
Series: Lady Guardians
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Lady Guardians: Freedom" by Embue

My Thoughts....

Of all of my readings o…

Lady Guardians: Riding Dirty (Nola Riders Book 1) Kindle Edition by M'Renee Allen


"She knew he was trouble when he walked into her shop.
Being a mechanic and part of an all-female bike club means, Antoinette ‘Toni’ Keys is used to men looking at her and saying, “Hey pretty girl, you sure you can fix that engine?” Or, “Hey doll, you sure you can handle all that bike?” So, when an outlaw biker name Dirt steps into her shop and refuses to allow a female to work on his bike, she’s determined to show him she’s the best mechanic for the job.
What she doesn’t plan on, is the instant attraction she has for him. She’s not looking for love. She doesn’t have time for a tattooed bad boy and the trouble that follows him everywhere he goes. She has her own problems with a rival bike club. Yet, she’s finding it hard to resist his wicked smile and his sexy tattoos.

He knew he was in trouble the moment he laid eyes on her.
Dietrich Tate, aka Dirt, is a third generation Reaper. His club is the most important thing in his life. He’s loyal to his brothers. When one of them …

Lady Guardians: Shifting Gears Kindle Edition by Olivia Gaines


"Keoni Wiles lived a structured life working as a librarian at the Cleveland Avenue Branch in Atlanta. A burgeoning relationship with an equally boring boyfriend Carlton Gear, one of the best accountants in the musical industry, left her engine in a permanent idling state. Craving a shake up in her monotonous life, she joins her good friend Onyx for a fund raiser with The Lady Guardians biker group.

The lady riders offered a day of excitement for Keoni, but the night turned into a magical experience, especially after she meets Carlton’s cousin, Dave, a scruffy biker with a sketchy past, a tenuous future and a very sexy presence.

Digging in and wanting to be a part of the female biker group, against Carlton’s advice and comfort, clothing isn’t the only thing Keoni changes. Climb aboard for a high-octane ride as Keoni reorganizes her life by Shifting Gears and donning the pink and black leather as a Lady Guardian.

Title: Lady Guardians: Shifting Gears
Author: Olivia Gaines

Hanover House: Kickoff to the Evelyn Talbot Chronicles Kindle Edition by Brenda Novak


"Welcome to Hanover House….

Psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot has dedicated her life to solving the mysteries of the antisocial mind. Why do psychopaths act as they do? How do they come to be? Why don’t they feel any remorse for the suffering they cause? And are there better ways of spotting and stopping them?

After having been kidnapped, tortured and left for dead when she was just a teenager—by her high school boyfriend—she’s determined to understand how someone she trusted so much could turn on her. So she’s established a revolutionary new medical health center in the remote town of Hilltop, Alaska, where she studies the worst of the worst.

But not everyone in Hilltop is excited to have Hanover House and its many serial killers in the area. Alaskan State Trooper, Sergeant Amarok, is one of them. And yet he can’t help feeling bad about what Evelyn has been through. He’s even attracted to her. Which is partly why he worries.

He knows what could happen if only one little thing …

The Graffiti Effect Kindle Edition by Perri Forrest



Being an exotic dancer is a life I was made for. Sh*t gives me a high like nothing else I’ve ever experienced. Since the very first time I stepped onstage to perform, it’s been magic. First things first, I do need to ask that you not confuse exotic dancing with stripping. I don’t give full-frontal views. I give just enough—of an illusion. Being able to create fantasies for women is hot as f*ck. They love it! They get excited at a level that their men may never make them reach. Yeah, it’s that hot. At the end of a performance, it’s not uncommon for me to take one of the lucky ones back to my suite, for a night of adult fun. No strings attached. No emotions attached—at least not on my part.

But, there was that one time . . .

I knew there would be a bride-to-be in attendance. I knew that her name was Kassidi. In fact, I knew of her before she knew me. I also knew that I’d bring her onstage as a part of the surprise. What I didn’t know, was …

THE FAITHFUL SIDE BITCH PART 2 Kindle Edition by Racquel Williams


"The drama continues in the finale as Brooklyn, Jihad and Alyssa take you on an emotional roller coaster ride, proving no one can be trusted in this deadly love triangle.
Brooklyn’s health took a turn for the worse, leaving doctors lost on trying to find a diagnosis. Turning to her husband for comfort during this difficult time helped build their strained relationship and brought them closer than before. But things are not what they appear to be. Brooklyn will soon realize that being rich comes with consequences. Hate and jealousy surround her and comes at her from every angle. Lies and betrayal are exposed as she learns that no one can be trusted, and she was surrounded by two headed snakes trying to replace her.
Jihad’s mind is made up. In order to live the good life, he needs to get his wife out the way. When that plan fell through, he scrambled to find a backup plan. Surprisingly, he gets help from a friendly enemy that has the same motive as him. With his life spiral…

Sword and Shield (The Legends of Aewyr Book 2) Kindle Edition by Holland C. Kirbo


"Lakyn has foiled Xarkuhl's attempt to kidnap the young Catalan prince. Now, she and all of Ceredwyn wait with bated breath, knowing the right hand of Maal, the dark god of Hael, prepares his assault on the continent of Perravia. 

Lakyn and Reuel draw closer, but the waiting game wears on her. Tensions swell, and Lakyn chafes at being caged, but Reuel and Nolan fear the lengths to which Xarkuhl will go to neutralize her, and they refuse to allow her outside the city of Kaelin without an immortal guard. While she grapples for independence in a world gone mad, Lakyn discovers things are not always what they seem. Deceptions mount, and her core beliefs are shattered when she finds a secret religious text hidden in the chapel of Kaelin Castle. If its teachings are correct, Maal and The Three, the gods worshipped by Aewyr, aren't gods at all but archons of Elyon, The Most High, and Aewyr has been led horribly astray. Lakyn reels from her discovery and struggles to rec…

Her Alpha Viking By: Sheryl Nantus


"Some loves are bigger than this world…
Former soldier Erik Harrison is a dead man walking. The sole survivor of an ambush, the guilt of losing his friends is crushing. He questions his own sanity, remembering the vision he saw as he was dying –– a battle angel come to collect his friends' souls. Valkyrie Brenna Lund doesn't know why she failed in her duty to reap Erik's soul on the battlefield. He deserves his place with the other mighty warriors in Valhalla, and if she wants to return home, she has to kill him. There are consequences for betraying the gods. But the closer Brenna and Erik become, the more they both want to risk everything for a future together. If only an immortal hunter weren’t sent to kill them both."

Title: Her Alpha Viking
Author: Sheryl Nantus
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Her Alpha Viking" by Sheryl Nantus

My Thoughts......

I found "Her Alpha Viking&quo…