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I Hope She's Worth It, By Niki Jilvontae

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"What price would you pay for love and to ease your guilty conscious? Would you risk your health, your sanity, your freedom? Those are questions Quatty finds himself asking as he wades the unstable waters in a volatile relationship with his first love Pooh. Pooh held Quatty down and made the ultimate sacrifice to keep them together but that love quickly turned into resentment. Once broken up Quatty moves on and finds the love of his life Tinka, but Pooh just won't let go. Love leads to deceit, deceit leads to mayhem, and mayhem leads to murder in this Memphis tale. Come on this turbulent, drama filled thrill ride and find out if She's Worth It!"



Title: I Hope She's Worth It
Author: Niki Jilvontae
Publisher: Niki Jilvontae Presents
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four
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"I Hope She's Worth It" by Niki Jilvontae

My Rationalization:

I found this quite an interesting read that featured Quatty, Pooh, and Tinka. Will Quatty find the love of his l…

Sullivan's Promise [A Bitter Creek] By: Joan Johnston

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"Two unforgiving lovers reunite for the sake of their child in this fiery contemporary romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Surrender.

Facing the unexpected consequences of a life-altering night of passion with a cowboy she met in a Jackson Hole bar, and with her life committed to protecting endangered species, Victoria Grayhawk does what she believes is the right thing. She hunts down the cowboy, seeking his agreement that their baby should be adopted by a loving family.

Montana rancher Ryan Sullivan has no intention of giving away his own flesh and blood, and takes their son to raise himself. When Vick realizes what a horrible mistake she’s made, and wants back into their child’s life, Rye remains inflexible—because once trust is lost there are no second chances—until an attack by one of the grizzlies Vick has spent her life protecting changes everything and Rye learns that sometimes love can heal all wounds."

The passionate Westerns in Joan Johns…

A Twenty-Year Difference Kindle Edition by Stan Hendriks

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"Is a twenty-year age difference too much in a relationship?

Kendrick Brown asks his grandfather Dwayne Brown what his biggest regret in life is. But in order for Kendrick to understand what Dwayne’s biggest regret is, he first has to tell him a story, a love story. It’s a sweet little love story, but there was also one big problem. The woman whom Dwayne had a relationship with in his story, was twenty years older than him! And back in nineteen fifty-eight, people did not really like the idea of that at all, including Dwayne’s father. But did the twenty-year age difference in his relationship have something to do with his biggest regret? Or is it something else?"

Title: A Twenty-Year Difference
Author: Stan Hendriks
Publisher: S. H.
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four
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"A Twenty-Year Difference" by Stan Hendriks

My Rationalization:

I found this a very interesting read in that it was somewhat happy but also sad. What will Dwayne Brown tell his grandson Ken…

He Who Finds A Wife: Nylah’s Story (Finding Love Series Book 1) Kindle Edition by Kia Summers

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"Nylah Jenkins has loved Darius for as long as she can remember. She’s been by his side through thick and thin, and he’s been by hers, but now as they head toward the altar a second time, doubts about his loyalty start to seep in. Those doubts are compounded when what begins as a friendly reunion with old college friends to an intervention that none of them could’ve seen coming.

Meanwhile, it is time for the reunion of five college women who are successful, confident, and most of the time on fire for God. They’re all coming together to celebrate their older friend, 15 years of marriage as she acclaims by renewing her wedding vows.

‘Mama Bear’, a former college R.A, better known as Nylah by her peers, has plans for her friends. She’s determined to find the perfect Godly men for them, but with her meddling, their own desperation to beat their biological clocks, and misguided attempts to get things right, block them from love at every turn.

Will lingering doubts from the past…

Fumbled by Alexa Martin

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"A second chance doesn't guarantee a touchdown in this new contemporary romance from the author of Intercepted.

Single-mother Poppy Patterson moved across the country when she was sixteen and pregnant to find a new normal. After years of hard work, she's built a life she loves. It may include a job at a nightclub, weekend soccer games, and more stretch marks than she anticipated, but it's all hers, and nobody can take that away. Well, except for one person.

T.K. Moore, the starting wide receiver for the Denver Mustangs, dreamt his entire life about being in the NFL. His world is football, parties, and women. Maybe at one point he thought his future would play out with his high school sweetheart by his side, but Poppy is long gone and he's moved on.  

When Poppy and TK cross paths in the most unlikely of places, emotions they've suppressed for years come rushing back. But with all the secrets they never told each other lying between them, they'll nee…

Falling (Moore Friends Series) Kindle Edition by Celeste Granger

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"Kingston Wells was persistent. Not only had he told Sanaa that he loved her, he showed it through undeniable action. Yet, the pain of Sanaa’s past held her like a vice grip, making it hard to accept even the faintest resemblance of love. Kingston, however, would not be denied. He loved Sanaa Chase. Would she, could she love him back?

This story follows the short story Before I Fall. If you haven't, please read Before I Fall before reading Falling. This story does not end on a cliffhanger and has an HFN/HEA"




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

My Rationalization:

I enjoyed this story that featured Sanaa and Kingston. Kingston definitely didn't want Sanaa to get away because he knew she was the one for him. With all of the doubt, Sanaa had what had happened to her in her past that made her act this way? Even after…

My Thug In Rusted Armor 1 & 2: Combined Kindle Edition by Jade Jones

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" Justin, Madison, Journee and the gang are back for the final installment of the "Cameron" series! It's been one hell of a ride! But all good things must come to an end. This finale includes "Cameron 8" and "My Thug in Rusted Armor" part 1.


Title: My Thug in Rusted Armor 1 & 2
Author: Jade Jones
Publisher: Jaded Publications
Series 1 & 2
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"My Thug In Rusted Armor 1 & 2" by Jade Jones

My Rationalization:

Well having read all of Cameron's series and then these last two: 'My Thug in Rusted Armor 1 & 2' I will say this author has delivered to the readers a well-written series. It was quite interesting seeing Cameron, Jude thru the years coming back together with the family giving the reader an interesting read after Justin had gotten released from prison. I will say after Justin was released from prison and getting back together with Madison things will really start t…

Sleeping in Sin: With A Stranger Kindle Edition by Cornelia Smith

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"They say you’ll never really know a man until you marry him but will you even know him then? Jarlath pass skeletons resurface and Zakiya wants answers. Right as Zakiya finds her marriage in a hole, she finds herself another man to pull her out. Coincidental her new knight and armor is a part of her husband pass skeletons. In the anticipated finale Sleeping in Sin with a stranger, Zakiya is caught in yet another dangerous love triangle. She must figure out who love is real and who’s the stranger."




Title: Sleeping in Sin: With A Stranger
Author: Cornelia Smith
Publisher: The Book Plug LLC.
Series: # 4
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"Sleeping in Sin: With A Stranger" by Cornelia Smith

My Rationalization:

The story comes together so with this last series 'Sleeping In Sin: With A Stranger.' It was really interesting seeing all of the 'dots now connecting with secrets, lies, and affairs finally coming out. Will Zakiya …

Sleeping In Sin Series: The Lesson, The Revenge, On The Run (3) Books by Cornelia Smith March 20

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"Zakiya, a heart-broken, Christian, southern girl leaves her small hometown and her faith for the Big Apple. Chasing her dreams, she slips into the arms of some of the most powerful and ruthless men in New York, Jarlath and Khalon. In this roller-coaster, Zakiya is stuck in the middle of a dangerous love triangle. This suspense-thriller is filled with deceit, murder, lies, and the trigger, love. Cornelia Smith gives you a series that will keep your eyes glued to the pages as you turn to find out the lessons Zakiya learns from Sleeping in Sin."




Title: Sleeping In Sin Series 1-3
Author: Cornelia Smith
Publisher: The Book Plug LLC
Series: The Lesson, The Revenge, On The Run Box Set 1-3
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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" Sleeping In Sin Series: The Lesson, The Revenge, On The Run" by Cornelia Smith

My Rationalization:

What an unpredictable, mystery, thriller and suspenseful read this 'Sleeping In Sin Series 1-3 was that will de…

Seductive Nights (The Night Series Book 3) Kindle Edition by Suzette Riddick

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"Local celebrity chef and restaurateur, Julio Castro is living his dream. He’s satisfied with his professional life and now wants a family of his own, but Julio’s biggest regret is rejecting love to advance his career.

Alexandria (Alex) Lawrence is raising her three-year-old daughter, Maliah, and running two businesses. She also has misgivings because she’s kept her child a secret, with good reason.

Fate intervenes, and Julio feels betrayed when he meets his daughter. He falls in love with Maliah and is determined to win Alex’s heart. As they co-parent, Alex rediscovers the spark that brought them together years ago. When the opportunity comes for Julio to rise to national celebrity chef status, will he choose Alex and Maliah? Or his chance to make it big?"

Title: Seductive Nights
Author: Suzette Riddick
Publisher: S. R.
Series: The Night Series Book 3
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four
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"Seductive Nights" by Suzette Riddick

My Rationalization:

What a goo…

A Mother's Prayer 2 Kindle Edition by Mz. Biggs

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"After the tragic death of their sister, Ruth, Levi and Zech finally had enough. Taking it upon themselves and against their mother’s wishes, both boys decide that leaving home to forget their own path was the best for them. Moving away to Chicago, attending college was the way to go, but the struggle was beyond real for the pair.
Building a relationship, a business partnership, with this shaddy, untrustworthy man, Amp, Levi and Zech find themselves in the exact situation their mother tried to keep them from and the evils she tried to warn them about.
“Ask GOD for help,” “Put your TRUST in the Lord,” “Pray to GOD,” for the answers, are some of the various things Esther tried and wanted all her children to grow up with and put to use in their daily lives. But somewhere she lost them; somewhere she failed.
Zech begins to question and doubt the path he and Levi are following under Amp’s leadership. Levi is just too trusting, and believes Amp has the brother’s best interest.
In…

A Mother's Prayer Kindle Edition by Mz. Biggs

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"Esther did her best as a single mother to raise her children where they would be close to God and know that He would always Keep them covered as long as they believed in Him. When a tragic event occurs, everyone’s faith ends up being tested... including Esther’s.

Leviticus and Zechariah moved away from home, hoping to escape the world they were familiar with. The familiar setting haunted them daily and they had to escape. Zech, being the oldest and closest to his mother, gave up on God as a whole and became hooked on being with the wrong crowd. Levi always fought against his mother and her desire to teach him about God. His resistance ends up backfiring on him and the only thing he can do is the one thing he vowed to never do.

The life that Zech and Levi falls into is one that they can’t seem to find their way out of. A terrible feeling comes to one brother about the road of destruction they are headed down, so he tries to pull the other brother out before it’s too late.…

Slim and the Lady Kindle Edition by Tony

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"A will. A hidden baby. A secret romance… 

Brendon (Slim) McNair is recently divorced after finding out his young wife, Tiffany, is a cheater. He lives the wild and single life for a year. After some hard life hits, he encounters Joy during a chance meeting, and can’t get her off his mind.

Joy is an assistant manager at a large hotel chain. She is also divorced and has been celibate since her husband walked out on her. Childless and living alone, she buries herself in her work. After meeting Brendon, she begins to loosen up and enjoy life a little. Happiness is finally something she feels she can attain.

But Brendon’s past keeps coming back to haunt him, threatening his newly established relationship with Joy. Will his lady stay by his side, or will secrets and lies hidden so deeply in both of their pasts unravel everything they've built?"


Title: Slim and the Lady
Author: Tonya
Publisher: Imperial Publishing House
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four
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"Sl…

Love, Again by L.P. Dover

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"Sometimes all you need is a second chance. . . . 

“L. P. Dover knows how to create the men who make us swoon, the book boyfriends we all want.”—New York Times bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin

Aubrey Reynolds is a small-town girl who’s made it big. 
A successful Hollywood director, Aubrey doesn’t have time to linger on what could have been.
But when a routine blood test comes back with a false positive, she decides to take some time off to do the things she’s always wanted to do: taste the famous chocolate chip cookies at the Minnesota State Fair, hike the Grand Teton National Park, scuba dive in the Caribbean. 
But after Aubrey admits to herself what she’s really missing, she heads back home to Dusty Valley, Oklahoma . . . and the man she left behind.

Cole Haywood is a small-town fireman and that’s just fine with him. 
Sure, when the love of his life left their hometown to chase her dreams he was heartbroken and—he’ll admit—damn mad.
But Cole would have never forgiven …

Love At Last (Jenkins Family & Friends Novella) Kindle Edition by Sharon C. Cooper

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"Carolyn Jenkins has never had a problem getting a man, but keeping one is another story. After two failed marriages and numerous short-term relationships, she’s ready to wave the white flag and give up on love. Yet, with Christmas quickly approaching, she dreads spending the holiday alone. Will a chance encounter with a handsome stranger make all of her Christmas wishes come true?

After thirty years of a nearly perfect marriage, widower Lincoln Richwood struggles to move on with his life. The idea of dating at his age seems daunting … until he meets the vivacious Carolyn Jenkins. Normally a straitlaced kind of guy, there’s just something about the woman that tempts him to walk on the wild side.

Opposites attract, but will their differences derail their relationship and keep them from embracing the love they both desire?"

A Jenkins Family Novella

Title: Love At Last
Author: Sharon C. Cooper
Publisher: Amaris Publishing LLC
Series: Jenkins Family Series
Reviewed By: Arlena…

When Love Calls (Jenkins Family & Friends Novella) Kindle Edition by Sharon C. Cooper

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"Mona Lisa Gregory is ready to live her best life. She's moving on after thirty-five years of dating one man. Scrapping the holy matrimony fantasy, a carefree and no-strings-attached passion is her new obsession. But her perfect plan has one hiccup. Dexter Jenkins.
Dex is an old-school guy who believes in falling in love with one woman and living happily-ever-after. He once had it all. A great job. Money in the bank. A happy, thirty-year marriage. He lost everything he held dear after one unfortunate accident. Guilt plagued him for years, but he has finally forgiven himself. Now he’s ready to give love a try again.

Mona is not looking for long-term. But Dexter is unwilling to ignore the fierce passion they share whenever he holds her in his arms. He will do whatever it takes to make her the next Mrs. Jenkins. But will secrets from his past and her former lover keep them from having the life they deserve? Or will their love be strong enough to withstand every obstac…