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Ridin' for A VA Hitta Kindle Edition by Racquel Williams

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"What would you do to hold on to the good life? Would you let the nigga lie and cheat on you? Would you turn your head when the truth is hitting you dead in the face?

Akila Jones is a young woman who had a rough childhood growing up in one of Richmond, VA’s grimiest projects. She learns early on that she has to boss up, go in savage mode, and take care of herself by any means necessary. Things were starting to look up for her when she fell for Mari, a well-known hitta from Virginia Beach, VA. Little did she know, she was up for all the bullshit and drama that comes with dating a nigga with money. She’ll learn fast that good sex and playing the good girl was not enough to keep her wild lover under control.

Mari was young, rich, and arrogant. His messed up mentality toward females only makes it worse when he snatches up this young girl that was desperate for a better life. His ignorant behavior makes him oblivious to the fact that danger is on the way, and his life is about…

The Real Friends of Atlanta Kindle Edition by Cornelia Smith

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"Black Chyna and Treasure hail from downtown hot Atlanta. Best friends since childhood they experience highs, lows, and everything in between together. Treasure is unemployed with high hopes of making it out the hood. Black Chyna is a kept woman who struggles to keep her title as Shawn’s woman. Growing further apart because of the differences in their life goals, the girls engage in a heated dispute for the last time; Oh so they think. A fatal accident with Black Chyna younger sister brings the girls back together, at least for a hot second. Secretly, Shawn hate for Treasure blossoms into lust. Playing rouge roulette with hearts; Shawn learns that lust has no mercy. In this fiction of disloyalty, lust, and lies the girl’s friendship is put to the ultimate test. Lives are forever changed as the future of their long-term friendship dangles over a cliff."



Title: The Real Friends of Atlanta
Author: Cornelia Smith
Publisher: The Book Plug LLC
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Cruisin' (Lady Guardians) Kindle Edition by Celeste Granger

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"Carmen Rodriguez was living her best life. As maitre’d at Café Laquette, Carmen worked in her best friend’s five-star restaurant, meeting people and making things happen. She distanced herself from her past and was hopeful for what was to come.

And then a letter came, announcing the return of her first love; propelling Carmen into the very tormented past she desperately tried to forget.

Multimillionaire, Grayson “Turks” Foster, renowned architect, and vice president of the Dirty South Riders was living his best life, too. Turk spent his days designing architectural masterpieces for the rich and famous and spent his nights riding out with his biker brothers. Even with everything Turk had going for him, there was an undeniable absence; a space in his life he desperately wanted to fill.

He’d seen her before; a chance encounter that brought Carmen Rodriguez into Turk’s orbit. Would Carmen’s past deter her from pursuing a future with someone new? Or, would Carmen leave the …

A Love So New (Moore Friends Book 2) Kindle Edition by Celeste Granger

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"“This is not the end of us.”

That’s the promise Elijah Sinclair made to Lynette Jones when the clock struck midnight, ringing in the new year. 

Would Elijah keep his promise?

note: This is the conclusion to Something New, which should be read before reading A Love So New!"



Title A Love So New
Author: Celeste Granger
Publisher: C. G.
Series: Moore Friends Book 2
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
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"A Love So New" by Celeste Granger

My Rationalization...

Oh, how I loved this conclusion to 'Something New!' 'A Love So New' was a beautiful read that dealt with Lynette and Elijah. Will Lynette be able to believe that Elijah was for her no matter how she had doubt about them? Well, to see how this beautiful romance comes out you will just have to pick up this good read to see if 'Elijah will keep his promise to Lynette?' 













Valentine Rush: A Holiday Teaser Kindle Edition by Stephanie Nicole Norris

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"Trapped due to a snowstorm, Naomi Scott and Bryce Fitzpatrick continue to battle out their litigation case with no end in sight. But when neither of them can shake memories of their love together, that fight turns into an uninhibited passion that could ignite a fire and reunite them for a lifetime.:



Title: Valentine Rush: A Holiday Teaser
Author: Stephanie Nicole Norris
Publisher: S.N.N.
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"Valentine Rush: A Holiday Teaser" by Stephanie Nicole Norris

My Rationalization:

I love this short sweet read of Naomi's and Bryce's romantic story. It was great seeing them meeting up again after their split, who was now working on a case during a horrible snow storm. I loved how this author was able to give us a teaser of a beautiful short story showing through overcoming some obstacles finally these two will get a second turn at getting their HEA. 



The Remarkable Housewives of the Bible Kindle Edition by Erin Brown Hollis

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"Welcome to Girls’ Night!
Grab your favorite snacks, your besties, and some open nights on the calendar to take a deep dive into the noteworthy drama sprinkled throughout The Bible. These days, our television entertainment also consists of some pretty outrageous drama, but what if I told you that the women of the Bible have riveting tales filled with much more exciting story lines than anything you’ll find on a soap opera or reality TV…

The Remarkable Housewives of the Bible invites you to:

- take a little breather from today’s “reality” entertainment;

- delve off into the alluring, scintillating, water-cooler-gossip-worthy tales of the biblical housewives; and

- discover the incredible promises of fortitude, survival, empowerment and love found through their stories in God’s Word.

So, with that said, right now, I would like to invite you to join me for a good old-fashioned Girls’ Night. Actually, several of them. Whatever time of the day works best for you, curl up on the co…

No more Secrets Kindle Edition by Breanna J

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"Who said there's no problems amongst people in the church. Harmony is proof of that. With being a pastor's daughter, she has always lived in a glass house along with the rest of her family. But she quickly finds out that even in a glass house secrets are kept. From murder to adultery, to homosexuality. Harmony world goes upside down, and no matter how much each person prays to keep their secret cover, they all keep unfolding. Lines will be crossed; lies will be told to cover the truth and hearts will be broken. The only thing to determine is if faith can keep a family that supposes to be following Christ together when all is said and done."

Title: No More Secrets
Author: Breanna J.
Publisher: B. J.
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"No More Secrets" by Breanna J.

My Rationalization:

"No More Secrets" was quite some read that will leave you really having feelings for Harmony. It seems like this pastor daughter, girlfriend and sister…

1st Forty-Eight: Welcome to Memphghanistan Kindle Edition by Niki Jilvontae

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"The hood has a way of sucking you in and never letting you go. Even if it's not the life you chose but rather the environment you were thrust in... The hood can trap you. This is true for the four friends and teenage mothers this book is based on, growing up in the hood. Each from different family demographics, they find themselves trapped in similar situations. After one tragic night, one of the girls dies while another goes to jail. The remaining two are left to pick up the pieces while raising their five kids. We'll ride through the tough streets of Memphis with Nyema, Nyeer, Audrika, Rondavious, and Shyeem, and find out how their city was dubbed the 1st Forty-Eight aka MEMPHghanistan. Poverty, violence, pain, despair, and murder is the backdrop of these five kids lives while growing up in Memphis. Come on this turbulent ride and find out if it's true that your environment can determine where you will go. This is the raw, gritty story of life in Memphis be…

Cry Baby Cry..... or Not by Dewandus Johnson

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"Trina is a young girl raised by her deaf and mute mother named Jackie. Jackie is so mad at the world because of her curse that she pours unimaginable hate into her daughter. Trina grows in hate until she finally has enough and stands up for herself. She runs away and finds herself subject to a world filled with murder, gangs and extreme violent behavior. Trina knows nothing about the game so all that she learns is by trial and error until she meets Mistro. Mistro, a young gangbanger blessed with royalty in his mob, sees something in Trina that makes him infatuated with her persona. After she witnesses him murder a mark, the question that she asks catches him completely off guard..... (How does it fill to kill someone!?) Unable to shake the first murder he witnesses, a bond is formed in his mind with Trina and he sets out to find her and they find love. Mistro tries to find a flaw within Trina because of his own battles with trust issues and finds that her loyalty is re…

With Your Permission (In The Heart Of A Valentine Book 5) Kindle Edition by Stephanie Nicole Norris

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"It was their first encounter that landed them in newfound territory.

Up and coming wedding planner Bri St. James is in the height of her career. As the CEO of Building Bridges LLC, Bri is driven by determination for success, and each day makes for new opportunities abound. However, while planning the wedding of one of Chicago’s hottest couples, Bri’s focus is shifted when the strum of a nocturnal voice captures her attention. Being an empath has empowered her sense of compassion for others, so she’s not only drawn to him because of his broken heart but also from a fierce attraction that sparks her interest and tap dances on a groove on her heart. Getting involved with someone who’s not open to love may prove to be the most difficult road Bri has ever journeyed, but she’s unable to stop herself from falling into an irresistible tango of love.

World-renowned photographer Raphael Valentine hasn’t been in the public eye since the tragic death of his fiancée four years prior.…

Down and Dirty By Rhenna Morgan

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"“A slow burn from the very first page. These boys have the perfect amount of sweet and heat. Every woman needs her own Haven brother.” —Audrey Carlan, #1 New York Times bestselling author

The Men of Haven: fierce passion, unyielding loyalty.

Especially when it comes to their women.

A powerful man

Axel McKee abandoned his musical career years ago in favor of becoming a power player on the music scene. His dreams of the spotlight are over—and he’s better off for it. Working with his Haven brothers and building their empire is enough for him.

One who commanded attention with nothing more than a look

And then came Lizzy. A dynamic, beautiful powerhouse of a performer unlike any he’s seen or heard before. Her presence leaps off stage and into the heart of anyone who watches her sing. Axel wants her. Wants to help her and collaborate with her… But more than anything, he wants to be with her.

And every ounce of his attention was locked on her

Two things are immediately obvious: Lizzy…

Going Home By: by Judith Keim

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"In 1970, Violet Hawkins’ only wish at eighteen is to escape her life in the Dayton, Ohio, foster-care system and make her way to the west coast to enjoy a mellow life and find the love she’s been missing all her life. She makes it to San Francisco, but soon learns she needs a job if she’s to live properly. A kind, young man named Kenton Chandler offers her a sandwich and a job at his father’s inn and vineyards. With nothing to lose, Lettie takes him up on his offer and begins a whole new life in the Willamette Valley, Oregon. She immediately falls in love with the land and is fascinated with the idea of growing grapes in order to make wines. She, Kenton, and Rafe Lopez become friends as she learns about running the small inn on the property. At the same time she marries Kenton, a stroke kills his father. And then before she can tell Kenton she’s pregnant, he dies in an automobile accident. Heartbroken and burdened with the gift of the Chandler Hill Inn and Winery, she…

From Cleveland To California: My Journey To Becoming A Successful Self-Published Author Kindle Edition by Jade Jones

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"Jade Jones discovered her passion for creative writing in elementary school. Born in 1989, she began writing short stories and poetry as an outlet. Now, at the age of 29, she's making six figures, lives in Los Angeles, and has published over 70 titles--several of which being chart toppers that have garnered worldwide praise and landed in the Top 100 on Amazon's bestseller's list! Learn how she made a platform for herself in the writing game, as well as some of her favorite marketing tips!"


Title: From Cleveland To California: My Journey To Becoming A Successful Self-Published Author
Author: Jade Jones
Publisher: Jade Publications
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: :Five
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"From Cleveland To California: My Journey To Becoming A Successful Self-Published" By Jade Jones

My Rationalization...

Ms. Jade, you really give the readers a very informative read of just how you got started with your work of writing. Starting with her first royalty check of ju…

Before I Fall (Moore Friends) by Celeste Granger

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"Sanaa Chase, high-powered stock trader, had never been one to settle down, preferring to live life on the edge, committing only to making herself happy. The last few failed relationships scarred Sanaa in such a way that she didn’t even share the depth of her pain with her best friend, although she trusted their friendship implicitly. 
Kingston Wells, timber magnate, and philanthropist was an astute businessman with a generous heart. A chance encounter with Sanaa Chase did more than pique Kingston’s curiosity. He was traditional. Kingston desired to pursue her, to get to know Sanaa, and woo her.
She was resistant. He was convincing. Could Sanaa be swayed?"

Before I Fall is a short story with a happy for now!

Title: Before I Fall
Author: Celeste Granger
Publisher: C.G.
Series: Moore Friends
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"Before I Fall" by Celeste Granger

My Rationalization:

This was a sweet teaser of what will be a good read. Sanaa will find out more …

Chosen: A Story of Love (Novella) Kindle Edition by Ms. T. Nicole

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"Chosen-
Having been selected as the best or most appropriate.
This is a Novella that encompasses the true meaning of the word CHOSEN"

Title: Chosen
Author: Ms. T. Nicole
Publisher: Mentoring Gems
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"Chosen" by Ms. T. Nicole

My Rationalization

I found 'Chosen' a very hard read in how Tahini was treated by her mother and cousin. However, Tahini finally had someone and it wasn't just her brother Juston but a Darold. Who was this Darold that took to Tahini after first meeting her and her son? My main thoughts as I read through this story was why in the world was Tahini's mother and cousin be so mean to her? What will happen as Tahini becomes a stronger person and the answer to many of her questions come out? Well, to find out all of these questions and so much more you will have to pick up this novella to see how this author brings out this story of finally giving Tahini the love she so well deserved.