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Dancing on the Moon: A Carver High Short Story Kindle Edition by Linda Leigh Hargrove

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Book Synopsis:

"Dr. Katrina Mason loves teaching college math. It's a rewarding departure from her past vocation as a stripper. When an abusive relationship forces her to take a job at a high school in another state, she's pleasantly surprised how much she enjoys it. That is until she gets a lewd unsigned note to the school's Valentine dance using her old stage name. When handsome Principal Nate Thomas finds out about her provocative past, will he be inviting her to leave the job? In the end, what Nate teaches Katrina about love will have her feeling like she's dancing on the moon.

NOTE: This short story is one of the stories in Ty Moody's Love Knows My Name (2019) Anthology. I'm reprinting it with her permission.

Title: Dancing on the Moon [Carver High]
Author: Linda Leigh Hargrove
Publisher: L.L H.
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"Dancing on the Moon [Carver High]" by Linda Leigh Hargrove

"My Rationalization:

This was a sweet short re…

The Replacement Date: A Short Story (Victory Gospel Short Book 1) Kindle Edition by Tyora Moody

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Book Synopsis:

"Five years after a rocky divorce, Donna Madison is out on her first date. But when she is stood up by her date, she’s not too upset because a surprise “replacement” date saves the night. The man who shows up at her table is a childhood friend she hadn’t seen in fifteen years. Maxwell Anderson is no ordinary blast from the past, and Donna can't help but wonder if the unexpected meeting has divine purposes.

Victory Gospel Shorts are sweet Christian romance short stories from 8,000 to 10,000 words or 32-40 book pages. Meet a different member of the Victory Gospel Church family. Don't be surprised if you see a character from the Victory Gospel Series or the Reed Family Series in a story."

NOTE: This short story was previously published in the LOVE KNOWS MY NAME anthology.

Title:  The Replacement Date:  a Short Story Author:  Tyora Moody Publisher:  T.M.                                           Series  Victory Gospel Short Book 1 Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating…

Love and Other Mistakes by Jessica Kate

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Book Synopsis:

"Jessica Kate’s hilarious, romantic debut novel proves that some mistakes—including love—are begging to be made again and again.


Natalie Groves once had big dreams. But soon after her fiancé, Jeremy Walters inexplicably broke off their engagement and left town, her father was diagnosed with cancer. Now tasked with keeping her family afloat, Natalie’s grand plans have evaporated . . . and God feels very far away. Fast-forward seven years and Jeremy is back in Charlottesville with an infant son and years of regrets. When his niece, Lili, lands on his doorstep in need of a place to stay, Jeremy needs help—and fast. An internship opening finally presents Natalie a chance at her dream job, but she needs a second income to work around it—and the only offer available is Jeremy’s. They could be the solutions to one another’s problems, provided they don’t kill each other in the process. When they join forces, sparks fly. But they both know there’s a thin line between love …

The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins

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Book Synopsis:

"Sarah Dove is no ordinary bookworm. To her, books have always been more than just objects: they live, they breathe, and sometimes they even speak. When Sarah grows up to become the librarian in her quaint Southern town of Dove Pond, her gift helps place every book in the hands of the perfect reader. Recently, however, the books have been whispering about something out of the ordinary: the arrival of a displaced city girl named Grace Wheeler.

If the books are right, Grace could be the savior that Dove Pond desperately needs. The problem is, Grace wants little to do with the town or its quirky residents—Sarah chief among them. It takes a bit of urging, and the help of an especially wise book, but Grace ultimately embraces the challenge to rescue her charmed new community. In her quest, she discovers the tantalizing promise of new love, the deep strength that comes from having a true friend, and the power of finding just the right book.

“A mesmerizing fusion of the my…

Giving Him The Best That I Got Kindle Edition by T. Nicole

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Book Synopsis:

"Hailey Armstrong, a Chicago writer, appears to have everything under control when it comes to her career. Determined to build a classy life for herself and put herself in a position so that she no longer had to depend on her boyfriend KJ, who at every chance he’s given, reminds her that he’s the one bringing in the money and is taking care of her financially, Hailey decides to write a hot and juicy fiction based, tell-all book revealing some of her own juiciest secrets as well as the scandalous secrets of her friends in hopes of making it on the Best Seller’s List finally giving her the recognition that she feels she deserves and a true reason to leave her old hood life behind her along with all her hood friends behind.
Feeling the pressure of her publisher to deliver results, Hailey must complete this book before going to New York to attend two of her closest and best friend’s wedding, but as time ticks away, Hailey finds herself not only struggling to complete h…

Sable: Tales of a Blackened Soul Kindle Edition by Deidra D. S. Green

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Book Synopsis:

"When you’re born in darkness, light is unfamiliar. Darkness is safety and serenity. Darkness is home.

Sable liked the darkness. It was the only thing she knew; the only thing that comforted her when everything and everyone else failed. 
Sable Pierre Sansaricq had a powerful gift. She didn’t choose the gift; the gift chose her. Sable was born in darkness, but people who wanted to highjack her gift, drug her into intrusive light. Sable didn’t like that. 

She would make them pay for that… all of them." 

This is the second book in the Tales of a Blackened Soul Series.
** If you are sensitive to race-related topics, highly sensitive to opposing religious views this may not be the book for you.
** This book does end in a cliffhanger

Title:  Sable:  Tales of a Blackened Soul Author:  Deidra D. S. Green Publisher:  D.D.D.G.           Series:  Tales of a Blackened Soul Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"Sable:  Tales of a Blackened Soul" by Deidra D. S. Gree…

The Swirl: A Haunted Crave Kindle Edition by Cornelia Smith

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Book Synopsis:

"What happens when you lust the person you hate? Leo yearns for June, but he was raised to hate her kind. He longs for June but knows his life is better off without her. He wants her in his life but knows his social circle wouldn’t allow it. Torn between lust and hate, Leo chooses to chase his fantasy. Will his choice of drug jeopardize his picture-perfect family? Will his lust for June swirl into love or backfire? Find out what happens when you lust the person you were raised to hate in The Swirl."

Title:  The Swirl:  A Haunted Crave
Author:  Cornelia Smith
Publisher: The Book Plug LLC                   
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  Four
Review:

"The Swirl:  A Haunted Crave" by Cornelia Smith

My Rationalization:  

I will say this was quite a 'swirl' of a read with some real shady characters that will keep you turning the pages to see what is coming next.  Definitely, the race was a 'testy subject' that was there throughout the read. W…

The Black Butterfly: Peace At Last Kindle Edition by Cornelia Smith

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Book Synopsis:

"A new life, new goals, and a brighter future; Kerry and her nieces Shaniya and Skylar finally get a foot ahead in life. Shaniya breaks the cycle and becomes the first to attend college, Skylar is breezing through high school an honor student and Kerry finally has the family she and Khloe always wanted. Life is great. That’s until Shaniya pass dealing catches up with her. Are the girls strong enough to survive another tragedy? Will they ever find peace on earth? Find out in The Black Butterfly, Peace at Last."



Title: The Black Butterfly: Peace At Last
Author: Cornelia Smith
Publisher: The Book Plug
Series: #3
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"The Black Butterfly: Peace At Last" by Cornelia Smith

My Rationalization:

First, we have the following series from 'The Black Butterfly:' 'A Damaged Soul, A Lost Soul and now Peace At Last' with each one giving the reader a good read of just what has taken place in Kerry's and her famil…

The Black Butterfly: A Lost Soul Kindle Edition by Cornelia Smith

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Book Synopsis:

"Mourning the death of Khloe, both Shaniya and Kerry make selfish decisions affecting the lives around them. The Black Butterfly: A Lost Soul sheds light to the story of the Robertson women. Why did Skylar and Shaniya flee the scene after their beloved mother Khloe was put to rest? Will Kerry lose her family while stressing over her missing nieces? Will Shaniya and Skylar make it in the hard streets of Atlanta? The Black Butterfly: A Lost Soul, continues on this emotional Roller Coaster of a novel.

Will the girls finally find peace in their hearts?"

Title:  The Black Butterfly:  A Lost Soul Author:  Cornelia Smith Publisher:  The Book Plug LLC; 2 edition 
Series #2 Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"The Black Butterfly: A Lost Soul" By Cornelia Smith
My Rationalization:
I enjoyed the continuation of 'The Black Butterfly"  A Lost Soul" series.  It was quite a read of what happened after Khloe passes away leaving behind her two daughte…

The Black Butterfly: A Damaged Soul Kindle Edition by Cornelia Smith

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Book Synopsis:

"The distant sisters Kerry and Khloe try to regain control of their lives, each at a crossroad that will define their future. After discovering that they share a similar abusive past by their father, the sisters vow to never leave each other's side. Attempting to heal past hurts, they are more determined than ever to reclaim their lives and chase their dreams. But, what happens when life tests their unbreakable bond?

The Black Butterfly is a warm fiction that speaks a cold-hearted truth. That life is too short to not give it your all.

Title:  The Black Butterfly:  A Damaged Soul Author:  Cornelia Smith Publisher:  The Book Plug LLC; 2 edition
Series: The Black Butterfly Series # 1                    Reviewed By:   Arlena Dean Rating: Four Review:
"The Black Butterfly:  A Damaged Soul" by Cornelia Smith

A wow-what story that will have one's feelings all over the place when it is all said and done.  I am not sure who all I felt sorrier for... Kerry or Khloe.…

Fling: It's Not Complicated (The Matthews Family Book 5) Kindle Edition by Roy Glenn

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Book Synopsis:

"Fling:
A period devoted to self-indulgence; a casual or brief love affair.
Sparks fly immediately when Summer Matthews and Jabari Finney lay eyes on one another. After enduring a number of personal and professional changes, both are ready to move forward to the next phase of their lives. But, before continuing on life’s journey, each has decided to take a vacation at a singles’ resort in Antigua. Although they’ve agreed that their time together be no questions asked and no commitments made, it leads to more than just a hot vacation fling. The chemistry is so strong, they find they just may have the makings of something wonderful.
But, are they ready for wonderful?"

Title: Fling: It's Not Complicated
Author: Roy Glenn
Publisher: Escapism Entertainment
Series: The Matthews Family Book 5
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"Fling: It's Not Complicated" by Roy Glenn

My Rationalization:

This was quite a sweet 'casual or brief love affair' …

The Floating Feldmans By Elyssa Friedland

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Book Synopsis:

"Sink or swim. Or at least that's what Annette Feldman tells herself when she books a cruise for her entire family. It's been over a decade since the Feldman clan has spent more than twenty-four hours under the same roof, but Annette is determined to celebrate her seventieth birthday the right way. Just this once, they are going to behave like an actual family.

Too bad her kids didn't get the memo.

Between the troublesome family secrets, old sibling rivalries, and her two teenage grandkids, Annette's birthday vacation is looking more and more like the perfect storm. Adrift together on the open seas, the Feldmans will each face the truths they've been ignoring—and learn that the people they once thought most likely to sink them are actually the ones who help them stay afloat."

Title:  The Floating Feldmans Author:  Elyssa Friedland Publisher:  E. F.   Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"The Floating Feldmans" by Elyssa Friedla…

Promising Forever (Falling for a Rose Book 11) Kindle Edition by Stephanie Nicole Norris

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Book Synopsis:

"In the biggest wedding of the decade, triplets Eden, Jasmine, and Phoebe Alexandria Rose prepare to marry the men who've captured their hearts. Invitations have gone out, and The Who's who in the city of Chicago will be in attendance, including, local and national media. However, after coming up with what seemed to be a brilliant plan for the sister's wedding night, those ideas backfire and the ladies lean on each other for support in an effort to hold it together—all the way to the altar."

*Note - This is a novella and can be read as a standalone.



Title: Promising Forever
Author: Stephanie Nicole Norris
Publisher: Love Is A Drug Ink
Series: Falling for a Rose Book 11
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"Promising Forever" by Stephanie Nicole Norris

My Rationalization:

What a beautiful novel "Promising Forever" gives the reader being such an enjoyable novella and seeing the '3 brides and grooms: Eden…

Alpha Crusher: A BWWM Romance Novella Kindle Edition by Shani Greene-Dowdell

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Book Synopsis:

"“We were standing chest to chest in a standoff. Before I realized his intention, he lowered his head and dropped a kiss on my lips. It was brief, but he was close enough for me to inhale his masculine scent intermixed with cologne. I was shaken, and it took me several seconds to regain my composure to slap him across the face.”
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Ward Levine is overbearing and charming.
When he strides onto one of my sites and announces he wants to buy my company, he doesn’t know he has met his match.
I’m Myra McBride, and I own M & M construction, one of the top construction agencies in NYC.
When I walk into a room, people stop talking.
I’m well respected and equally connected.
Dealing with Ward will be no different.
It doesn’t matter that his uncle is a senator and his family is filthy rich.
We’re neck and neck with the same attitude.
Neither of us will back down easily.
But once sparks start flying, who will break first?"

Title:  Alpha Crusher:  A BWWM Romance Author: …

The Truth is a Theory Kindle Edition by Karyn Bristol

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Book Synopsis:

"How do you define the truth? Is it what you see? Is it what you are told by a beloved partner, a best friend, a trusted parent? Is it the whispers you hear in the halls of your life? However you define it, Allie Sexton is terrified of the truth. Twenty-eight years ago, Allie’s mother disappeared; never to be heard from again. Allie survived by becoming the toast of the party—any party—and never looking back. But as a thirty-two-year-old mother of two, parties have morphed into playdates, and the closest she gets to Dom Pérignon is watered-down Mott’s. Even her once a golden marriage has tarnished into a “How was your day” fly-by. When her husband storms out, Allie knows that this time, she can’t just bury her pain. This time, she needs to sift through it, knowing that the key to her future lies at rock bottom, in the truth about her mother. Allie’s story weaves through a friendship of four women, a no-holds-barred camaraderie that ferries them through the adventu…