Showing posts from November, 2019

Give Me Love: A Thanksgiving Novella, By B. Love

Book Excerpt:

"Gratitude Montgomery, Attorney, and Cherish Williams, Gift basket boutique owner, meet for the first time by crashing into each other – literally. This unexpected meeting changes the events of their lives for the next few days, forcing them to spend that time together. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and Gratitude hates the holiday and all it stands for. The last thing he wants to deal with is a positive, cheery woman whose disposition only irritates him more. During their time together, Cherish sets out to make Gratitude the meaning of his name.

Will she succeed and change his perception of Thanksgiving, love, and life itself, or will he taint her heart and spirit and drain her of the good within her until they both have nothing left?"

Title:  Give Me Love:  A Thanksgiving Novella Author:  B. Love Publisher:  B.L.                    Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating:  Five Review:
"Give Me Love" by B. Love
My Rationalization:
I really enjoyed this sho…

Sweet Intentions: A Christmas Novella by J. Haney & S. I. Hayes

Book Synopsis:

"Absence makes the heart grow fonder unless you're Samuel Benson.

Betrayed by his own brother and the love of his life, Sam has stayed away for ten years until the death of the Benson Patriarch lures him home. Taking care of the Christmas Tree Farm is one thing, but can he face his past and reconcile the choices that were made, or will it all blow up in his face?

Peyton Miller was the girl next door. She’s been in love with the boy on Church Street since she was eight, but circumstance put her in the arms of his brother. Ten years later, Peyton is widowed with two children and a third on the way. Will she ever feel like her old self again? Will she be able to chisel the ice from Sam's heart to find the path to forgiveness? Can she ever forgive herself?"

Title: Sweet Intentions: A Christmas Novella
Author: J. Haney & S. I. Hayes
Publisher: Haney & Hayes
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Sweet Intentions: A Christmas Novella" by J…

Weekend Fling A Crazy Love Novel by Stacey Lynn

Book Excerpt:

"It’s just supposed to be a weekend fling. . . . “Stacey Lynn always knows how to perfectly balance sexy and sweet.”—New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne

Fresh out of a long-term relationship, Willow Parks is working two jobs and caring for her mother, whose husband left her with nothing but a pile of bills. That’s why Willow made a vow: no men until she figures out her own life.

But while she may not need a man, she could use a break. And a weekend away at a California beach to clear her head? That’s appealing. Even if the offer comes from Trey Collins, the irresistible tech-mogul millionaire who visits her coffee shop every morning like clockwork—and needs a date for his best friend’s wedding. With an adorable, occasional stutter, he refuses to take no for an answer.

Once the weekend begins, Trey is intent on proving how good they can be together. Willow’s even feeling tempted to break her vow—until reality rudely interrupts her well-deserved getaway. Ther…

Beautiful Assassin (Destiny Awaits Book 3) Kindle Edition by Stephanie Nicole Norris

Book Excerpt:

"As the reigning queen of a crime organization, hit-woman Celine Devereaux has a constant target on her back. Ruling alongside the boss is what she is made for. But when a new enemy arises, it catches the Devereaux organization off guard, triggering a war that erupts in the streets of Chicago.

With a battle raging, Celine and Brian fight with the strength not only of their army, but their love for one another to make it through unscathed. That same love drives the force of their determination to win… and winning is the only option if they want to survive."

Title:  Beautiful Assassin Author:  Stephanie Nicole Norris Publisher:  Love Is A Drug Ink Series:  Destiny Awaits Book 3 Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:  
"Beautiful Assassin" By Stephanie Nicole Norris
My Rationalization:  

I enjoyed the ending of this series in Destiny Awaits in book 3 being such a suspenseful thriller.  This story was definitely an emotional, dramatic, action-packed, and le…

O'shay & Sanaa 2: Suspense Thriller Kindle Edition by J. Brinkley

Book Excerpt:

"In Book Two…
What Happens when Loves goes wrong?
This couple finds out the hard way when someone cracks and ruins their lives.
After Sanaa was shot and left for dead, O’ shay is frantic and lost while Sanaa is in a coma."

Title: O'shay & Sanaa Author: J. Brinkley
Publisher: J. B.
Series: Part two
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"O'shay & Sanaa" by J. Brinley

My Rationalization:

This was one read that really had me shaking my head. It was sad in the way this story turns out for O'shay but when you think about it what other way could it turn out seeing he felt no guilt in what he had done to his wife Sanaa. I felt so sorry for O'shay's mother as she had warned him about karma. What was even worse was that O'shay had the nerve to want to be involved with another person in his already horrible life. I was so glad that was shut down quickly. I will say you will have to read part one of this novel to get all from what …

Unfailing Love Kindle Edition by J. Brinkley & Lenare Gasoline

Book Excerpt:

"Unfailing Love is a street romance about Peter Hart whom everyone calls "Petey". Petey gets caught between his love for the streets, love for his family and love for his ultimate weakness Butta. Petey soon realizes that the only love that succeeds in life is the love that never fails. Many never know what lies in the mind of a hustler who has to be a family man, a boss, and a cold-hearted ma' fucker at times. That can be hard to comprehend and those who can't comprehend it like Petey's long-time girlfriend Rika end committing malicious actions. Petey has to deal with all this while protecting, caring for and even punishing those he loves the most."

Title:  Unfailing Love
Authors:  J. Brinkley & Lenare Gasoline
Publisher:  J. B. & L.G. 
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Four

"Unfailing Love" by J. Brinkley & Lenare Gasoline

My Rationalization:  

What I did get out of this story was how hard it was for this character, …

From the Outside In: A True Crime Story Kindle Edition by Deidra D. S. Green

Book Excerpt:

"A five-year-old little girl is brutally murdered by her mother’s boyfriend. His true identity is questioned and questionable from the very beginning. Her mother, a social worker, is found culpable but is not the primary killer. The people responsible for her protection have ultimately failed the little girl… and not just once. The story makes national headlines and is covered on every major news station in the local area. The media doesn't have the whole story, but someone else does. She is looking, “From the Outside In.” (Re-edited)"

Title: From the Outside In
Author: Deidra D. S. Green
Publisher: Rathsi Publishing Company; 1 edition
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"From the Outside In A True Crime Story" by Deidra D. S. Green

My Rationalization:

Wow-what a read this one was that will definitely tear at your heart. Yes, this novel was a sad story of what happened to little Bridgette [child abuse, death] at the hands of her mother's …

Happiness in Jersey (The Prototype Book 1) Kindle Edition by Jacinta Howard

Book Excerpt:

"The only thing in Jersey Kincaid’s world that she has time for is keeping her grades up so that she doesn’t lose her scholarship to South Texas University, playing the bass in her band, The Prototype, and satisfying her coffee addiction. Oh, and the occasional random hook-up she indulges in to pass the time. 

Love? Eh, not so much. Save that crap for a Katherine Heigl or Natalie Portman movie.

Jersey’s seen enough in life (courtesy of her Pops) to realize that undying romance is nothing more than a myth used to sell books and movie tickets. As she knows too well, the only thing inevitable in life is death— love is definitely not promised.

That’s why when Jersey meets Isaiah “Zay” Broussard with his soulful gray eyes, quick wit, and easy charm, she’s determined to remain aloof. She doesn't have time to get sidetracked by fleeting fantasies, even if she does feel an unexplainable connection to Zay she’s never experienced before.

But when his interest in her only se…

Can’t Get Enough of His Boss Love Kindle Edition by Ni'Andra Nicole

Book Excerpt:

"Falling head over heels in love with a boss left Kalila Tate-Canale in tears as she packed her bags and walked away from what she thought was a whirlwind fairytale love. What started off as love and trust turned sour at the hands of those closest to them.

Looking to move on and start anew, the damsel in distress starts to plan her life without the infamous Mafia boss, Giuseppe Canale. However, all that changes when Kalila gets the shock of a lifetime.

Giuseppe Canale had managed to meet and marry the woman of his dreams. But all that changed when he came home one day, only to find her gone without so much as a goodbye. Panic-stricken and full of rage, he takes to the streets to find her.

Without so much as a trace left of her, Giuseppe refuses to give up until he found the one woman that owned his heart and rocked his last name. But years go by, and the search grows cold. Falling ill once again, Giuseppe is forced to start getting his affairs in order.

Desperate to ma…

She's Got Soul (Soulmates Book 1) Kindle Edition by Aja

Book Excerpt:

"Soul mate
/ˈsōl ˌmāt/
a person ideally suited to another as a close friend or romantic partner.

Zola Lewis is many things to many people. She’s a marketing extraordinaire by day, and a podcast host by night. She’s also a devoted daughter, a funny and caregiving auntie to her sister’s daughter. But, the one thing she is not is a wife to a loving husband and she’s beginning to think that could never happen because she’s entirely too opinionated for most men. One night on her live podcast, she experienced a challenging caller who seemed to aggravate her more than a little, and Zola wondered who was more opinionated. Zola or the caller?

Khalil Berry was a bit of a nerd growing up, and as a result, also a bit of a late bloomer. Time not spent with girls allowed him to stick with books. His big brain landed him many opportunities and by his mid-twenties, he’d amassed a fortune from his software apps. The latest app he’s developing requires more hands-on research and he …

Dreeco and Deja: A Standalone Novel Kindle Edition by Jade Jones

Book Excerpt:

"A fast-paced, jaw-dropping new romance from Jade Jones, author of the epic bestselling Cameron series!

Stuck in the hometown she’s lived in all her life, Deja’s ambitions were bound to end up as unfulfilled dreams. Growing up with strict but loving parents, Deja is a good girl through and through, but her sheltered life makes her hesitate to leave everything she knows behind and go out into the world. But with the encouragement of her best friend, she finally takes the plunge and moves to DC to follow a new career path which she hopes will bring her the success she craves.

However, things don’t always go exactly as planned, and when she meets a bad boy by the name of Dreeco – a member of an ill-famed motorcycle club – Deja falls for him. He’s slick, dangerous, and unlike anybody, a small-town girl like Deja would have ever dated, but also far more trouble than she can deal with.

Finding herself tangled up in a torrid affair with a bad boy, it seems that the dreams sh…

Ridin’ For A VA Hitta 2 Kindle Edition by Racquel Williams

Book Excerpt:

"The drama continues in this explosive finale…

Akila Jones thought it was best to walk away from the life she has known for years and the man of her dreams. Unbeknownst to her, evil was lurking around and ready to snatch her freedom up. This young woman will be faced with the toughest battle of her life. With her life turned upside down and no one to turn to, she will run back into the arms of the man that she was trying desperately to get away from. Is she willing to give love one last try, even if it means getting in bed with the devil?

After losing his brother, Mari vows to get the people that are responsible for his death. No one is safe, and this young killer is in savage mode. He becomes oblivious that money can’t buy loyalty, and if you don’t feed your dogs, they’ll soon start eating off your plate. It was only a matter of time before death came knocking on his door, and karma paid him a visit.

Akila and Mari are in a fight for their lives. Will they fold under…

Healing Words. Healing Hearts. Kindle Edition by Elisabeth

Book Excerpt:

That’s what needs to happen here.
For her, for me and for us.
Neema is my everything, and what I did, I would never forget.
What’s done is done.
I didn’t change it then, and I wouldn’t change it now.
But everything had consequences, missing puzzle pieces that randomly turn up, and enemies to answer to.
Unfortunately, I won’t let her go this time.
I’m determined to be here.
We’re healing. That’s the point."

Title:  Healing Words.  Healing Hearts. Author:  Elisabeth Publisher:  Imperial Publishing House  Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five  Review:
"Healing Words.  Healing Hearts." by Elisabeth
My Rationalization:  

I will say that I enjoyed the conclusion of this story that featured Drago and Neema.  I would definitely suggest if you haven't read the first part of the story:  Broken Words. Broken Hearts, please do so because this read is the continuance of it.  I loved how well this author really brings the story up to date from a previous journey an…

Clothesline Blues Kindle Edition by B. Berry


"On the fringes of the Jim Crow era, resources for women living in questionable and sometimes dangerous domestic situations were practically non-existent and many women were desperately compelled to take matters into their own hands.

After years of “playing house” with Frank, Hilda has grown weary of his bullish ways and she wants to be free to live in peace. Telling him to leave face to face would be the fair and proper thing to do, and she’s even broached the subject on occasion only to find that once again, her fragile mind and deep-rooted anxiety stopped her in her tracks. Her mental illness that lay just below the façade of sanity wouldn’t allow her to follow through.

As time passed and Hilda’s frustration grew, her thoughts took a dark and sinister turn. She concocted a fool-proof plan to get rid of Frank once and for all, but she couldn’t carry it out alone. She enlisted the help of her dearest friend, Pearl, and although Pearl struggled with matters of her own as…