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Burning of the Cross Kindle Edition by Niki Jilvontae

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"Things are rarely what they appear to be. This is a truth Brielle Mason learned first hand as she finds herself in love with a mysterious boy from the other side of the tracks. She falls for Ayden Conway and lets her guard down only to find out that the old saying is true. Everything that glitters ain't gold, quickly becomes the backdrop of her life as she's led right into the clutches of the man from her nightmares. Brielle and her friends become trapped in a cabin with racist predators all around them. Will they survive? Or will the terror cell Ayden led them to take the crew out? Find out in this heart wrenching, humorous, bloody tale of love, hate, racism, and hard decisions. Find out what happens in this Affair of Jefferson County... Burning of the Cross."
Title:  Burning of the Cross Author:  Niki Jilvontae Publisher:  Niki Jilvontae Presents  Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating:  Five Review:
"Burning of the Cross" by Niki Jilvontae
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Lady Guardians: Curvalicious Kindle Edition by Celeste Granger

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"Six degrees of separation; that's what people say, right? But is that true for Naima and Ezekiel?

She was an anesthesiologist at Atlanta’s Grady Hospital; spending her days working to save lives. He was a professor of philosophy at the historic Morehouse College; spending his days educating leaders of tomorrow. At night, Naima Foster spent much of her time alone quietly content; a contention resulting from a painful past. At night, Ezekiel Hampton rode his custom Harley with the brothers of the Dirty South Riders, trying to avoid fixating on a current pain he couldn’t seem to shake. The two didn’t seem to have much in common at first glance. But there were only a few degrees of separation between the two.


They traveled in similar circles, yet those circles never converged until Naima stepped out of her comfort zone accompanying her best friend, Kai Jefferson, president of the Lady Guardians to an annual function. Ezekiel and Naima were destined to meet there. Those …

Rhyme & Reason Kindle Edition by Nia Forrester

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"“Maybe friendship is all that’s realistic for us right now.”

With those words, Zora ended their long-distance relationship, shattering Deuce’s vision of a life with the only woman he’s ever loved. But after months of silence, he thought he was over it. He’d moved on, hadn’t he? And as far as he knew, she might have done the same. Now Zora is back from California, and he’s thrown into an immediate tailspin. Nothing’s changed.

She’s the one, the only, his rhyme, and his reason …

But this ain’t no college romance.

There are serious, grown-folks’ obstacles standing in the way, and the other woman in his life isn’t even half of it.
And sometimes growing up might mean moving on …

Over a few short summer weeks, Deuce and Zora will have to decide whether the great love they shared in the past, is enough of a foundation to build a future."


Title: Rhyme & Reason Author:  Nia Forrester Publisher:  Stiletto Press, LLC                    Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating:  Four Review…

The Many Facets of Me by Dr. Wendy Hall Sims

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Dr. Wendy Hall Sims in The Many Facets of Me shares how she moved From A Heart of Hurt to The Joy of Jesus. She expounds upon how God allowed the facets of her life to building her character and faith. Dr. Sims encourages her readers to put their trust securely in God, who will always channel every situation into one that will ultimately work for your good. Being mocked (for the color of her skin) and molested at a very young age, she identifies with those who have been hurt but encourages them like her, to use their hurt to their advantage by spreading a message of love and hope. She attributes her relationship with Christ for helping her to move from a heart of hurt to the joy of Jesus.

Title:  The Many Facets of Me:  From A Heart of Hurt To The Joy of Jesus  Author:   Dr. Wendy Hall Sims Publisher:  DS Publishing                           Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"The Many Facets of Me" by Dr. Wendy Hall Sims
My Rationalization:  
I found 'The Ma…

Take Me Slow Kindle Edition by Shani Greene-Dowdell

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"Yandy Martin is a new FBI Agent with plans to dedicate her life to protecting young girls against sex trafficking. After her friend is murdered for chasing her dream of being a model, she is left with a renewed sense of purpose. She takes it in her own hands to fix a broken system that leaves so many young girls shattered and broken. It’s not the safest of jobs, but it’s where her heart leads her until he propositions her.

Blaze Wells is a workaholic cop with no time for women. When a woman standing on the side of a rundown alley turns out to be the woman of his dreams, his life is flipped upside down. He’s fascinated with her beauty, and suddenly, something he never thought would ever be on the line is out there—his heart. But, she’s on the other side of the law, and every alarm bell tells him he can’t have her.

Warning: Take Me Slow is a steaming hot novella with syrupy sweet goodness to savor at every turn. There are dirty propositions, fast money, sexy cops and an e…

Love Levels 3 (West Virginia Bachelors) By: Falon Gold

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"Carter Ramirez wanted out of the family’s illegal side of business in Charleston bad enough to do a job he wasn’t skilled in two thousand miles away in Laramie. Though hating being out of his depth, screwing up even more, he wasn’t about to pass up a chance to open his own security firm. But, there was no map for the trip he took into a land with no easy exits.

Kendall Reyes wanted to run her store and life free of threats and her ex. Divorce, a big move, and a big gun she wasn’t even remotely qualified to use made her more secure in her future. When she was tracked down for debts she didn’t owe… again, she and her twitchy trigger finger took a stand, starting with the man who meant her the most harm in surprising ways.

Will the enforcer she meets become what she needs to get the life she wanted? Or, is he the beginning of her losing everything, including her life if she doesn’t ever remember to take the gun’s safety off?"




Title: Love Levels 3

Afraid To Love You: Urban Story Kindle Edition by J Brinkley

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"After losing her husband in a tragic accident, Stephanie Dennard finds herself a single parent of two beautiful daughters. After years of struggling alone she is suddenly swept off her feet and finds comfort in the arms of a new man, a handsome smooth talking truck driver named Mike. Mike soon moves into the home Stephanie shares with her young daughter, Anita, a teen who possessed exotic features much like her father. She had a passion for helping others and dreamed of one day becoming a nurse, just like her mother. LaSonya, on the other hand, looked just like her mother, but possessed the business acumen of her father and pursued a career in business management. LaSonya was the perfect ‘big sister’ and loved Anita dearly. Anita and LaSonya, both, dislike Mike but is their dislike for him misplaced or is there a more sinister side to him that hasn’t yet surfaced? Stephanie finds herself torn between the man she loves and the daughters she adores. Will she be forced t…

Revenge: Urban Love Story Kindle Edition by J Brinkley

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"Baltimore college student, Brooklyn Taylor finds herself falling in love with a student who loves the streets more than anything else. Brooklyn begs Tyrell to change his lifestyle, but the more she pleads, the more distant he becomes. When Brooklyn discovers she is pregnant she is elated, but it quickly turns to devastation when she finds out her child's father is on his way to prison. Brooklyn begins to question her love for Tyrell and her future with him. When she makes the decision to stand by him no matter what her friends and family think of him, she prays endlessly to God that he will change his ways. Brooklyn gives birth to their daughter and takes on another job to earn extra money while Tyrell is serving time. He learns about her new job and becomes insecure and abusive upon his release from prison. The last physical altercation they have lands Brooklyn in the hospital where her internalized pain turns into deep-seated resentment towards Tyrell. As she lie…

I Hope She's Worth It 2: Some Ghetto Sh*t Kindle Edition by Niki Jilvontae

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"Love is blind...some love can be quick. Love can endure the tests of time, or lead you to Some Ghetto Sh*t. This is a lesson many have to learn the hard way and Quaderious Jones is no different. The tale of Quatty continues in this sequel as he begins to wonder if any woman is worth all he has gone through. With Pooh still alive and not giving up and secrets surrounding his relationship with Tinka hanging over his head, Quatty is put to the test. More murder, secrets, heartache, jail time, and lies are in his future along with some ghetto shit he can't escape. Come on this turbulent ride as Quatty continues to ask himself. .. Is She Worth it?"


Title: I Hope She's Worth It 2
Author: Niki Jilvontae
Publisher: Niki Jilvontae Presents; 2 edition
Series: #2
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"I Hope She's Worth It 2" by Niki Jilvontae

My Rationalization:

Well, it seems like Quatty finally finds out who is worth it in "I Hope She's Wort…

Split-Level A Novel by Sande Boritz Berger

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"For young wife and mother, Alex Pearl, the post-Nixon 1970s offers pot parties, tie-dyed fashions, and the lure of the open marriage her husband wants for the two of them. Alex is a painter, stifled but loyal, and when she realizes just how far her husband's eye has begun to wander, she's faced with difficult choices about what marriage and family mean, and whether an "open" lifestyle mimicking communal living might be for her. Yearning for both greater adventure and intimacy, yet fearful of losing it all, Alex must figure out the truth of love and fidelity—at a pivotal point in an American Marriage."




Title: Split-Level
Author: Sande Boritz Berger
Publisher: She Writes Press
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four
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"Split-Level" by Sande Boritz Berger

My Rationalization:

I will say this was indeed one interesting 1970's nostalgia that will definitely keep you turning the pages to see what next is going on with these two main ch…

Shadow Doctors (Atlanta X-Men Homicide Squad #3.5) by Cortez Law III

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"In Atlanta, murder has a new upscale address. Someone targets the city’s privileged citizens in the dark of night. But for what purpose and why?

Sergeant Malcolm Hobbs leads his elite X-Men Homicide Detective Squad in pursuit of a crafty and elusive enemy that leaves enigmatic clues at crime scenes that baffle the investigators.

As the squad digs deeper into the lives of the victims, patterns emerge and converge, and lead Sergeant Hobbs and his X-Men Detectives on an intense manhunt to stop the criminals from carrying out their ominous plans."


Title: Shadow Doctors
Author:  Cortez Law III
Publisher: Metro Black & Blue Book
Series: Atlanta X-Men Homicide Squad #3.5
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"Shadow Doctors" by Cortez Law III

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With murder being on the uprise in Atlanta for the city's privileged citizens, how will Sergeant Hobbs with the help of the 'elite X-Men Homicide Detective Squad' take down these criminals? This is …

Wait No More: A With Your Permission Spin-off Kindle Edition by Stephanie Nicole Norris

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"The rumors... they came from sources that she trusted; the news, the neighborhood, and now the patrons in her night club, Rendezvous. Still, Sophia Clark wouldn’t believe that the soldiers who returned from their tours included the only man she ever loved. But when Dean St. James strolled through the door, the shock to Sophia’s spirit nearly disassembled her. There was no explanation for the reckless up-surging beat of her heart, not after the way Dean disappeared, leaving Sophia to wonder if he’d become a casualty of war.

Now, without time to process her turbulent emotions, Sophia comes face to face with his return, which proves to challenge the love they lost—bringing them together or closing the door on what could have been for all time."




Title: Wait No More
Author: Stephanie Nicole Norris
Publisher: Love Is A Drug Ink
Series: A With Your Permission Spin-Off
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"Wait No More" by Stephanie Nicol…

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION Kindle Edition by I.J. Miller

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"Two moms, Maddie and Al, wake up one cold morning in March in a run-down motel in Weehawken, NJ thinking they have finally found safety after a cross-country escape from their baby’s manipulative biological father. But they soon discover that the state’s top hostage negotiator--and his personal four-man SWAT team--surround their room. 

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION takes you to the inner core of two unique women desperate to keep their baby at all costs and provide him with the secure, protected, happy childhood neither of them had. This well-crafted story takes you from the drama of the present, to the tragic scarring of childhood past, to the joyful connection the two make as adults, then back to the present and its emotional closure to this passionate journey of two partners seeking a peaceful life together as a family.

Maddie and Al show us how important it is to protect our children at all costs and how valiantly they’re willing to fight to overcome the deep-rooted effec…

Catching Creole by S.I. Hayes & J. Haney

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"Style, grace, charm and a pretty face. This is what Zeta Tau Alpha girls are made of.
School’s out and so is Aviana River Moore’s luck.
Having moved to New Orleans after Katrina, Aviana met Xavier Thomas Rousseau.
Between his smart alack remarks and her sassy ways, they bonded like shrimp and gumbo.

They’ve done everything together. Dances, family affairs, even college. It was her way of keeping him. College is out, and he’s joined Doctors without Borders, leaving after the summer break.

Aviana has three months to do the one thing she’s never done. Tell him how she feels.
Can she get her courage, and show Xavier what he’s been missing?
Will Xavier see past the girl down the road facade and let love in or will Aviana forever be just a friend?"



Title: Catching Creole
Authors: S. I. Hayes & J. Haney
Publisher: Haney/Hayes Books
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four
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"Catching Creole" by S.I. Hayes & J. Haney

My Rationalization:

Be ready for a sho…