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Yours to Have: A Novella Kindle Edition by B. Love

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Book Excerpt:

"He was hers to have, not to keep."

*Please note: This is a 17,000-word novella. If you prefer longer books, please skip this read.

Title: Yours to Have Author:  B. Love Publisher:  B. L.      Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating:  Five Review:
"Yours to Have"  by B. Love
My Speculation:
I loved this novella "Yours to Have" that featured Luna and Cabe.   With all Luna had gone through from her parents, especially her mother, will she be able to love Cabe unconditionally?  I loved the work that Cabe put into this story to help Luna.  By the end seeing Luna being able to 'finally accept the fact that she was Cabe's to have, to hold, to cherish, to love and to keep for as long as they both shall live' was really one sweet story.

Playing For Keeps Kindle Edition by Niki Jilvontae

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Book Excerpt:

"There's nothing like the pain a woman feels when she learns the life she's lived is a lie. It can be a hard pill to swallow when she sees that a lie ain't shit to tell for the man she vowed her all to. That kind of discovery can cause a woman to change into a devious being in the blink of an eye. After losing everything, that is exactly what happened to Samantha in this drama-filled tale. Come on this ratchet thrill ride and find out what it's like when Sam snaps and goes on a quest for revenge! Will she end up losing herself in the processor will she show her cheating husband Dre that she's Playing For Keeps?"

THE SPIN-OFF TO A LIE AIN'T Shh TO TELL!



Title: Playing For Keeps
Author: Niki Jilvontae
Publisher: Niki Jilvontae Presents
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:
"Playing For Keeps" by Niki Jilvontae

My Speculation:

All that is left to say after reading "Playing For Keeps" is no one wil…

Could've Been (A Distant Lovers Novelette) Kindle Edition by Michelle Mitchell

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Book Excerpt:

"For Brandon Carter, there's not a woman in the world who could compare to the love of his life, Corian Scott. He's ready to make her his wife, but a career move presents one fantastic opportunity that he can't refuse and one beautiful obstacle he's working hard to ignore.

Corian Scott has loved Brandon ever since she was 11 years old, but there was always something or someone coming between them. Now that he's ready to make the ultimate declaration of love, she's the one getting in the way of their happily ever after.

Brandon and Corian have a choice to make: fight their way through hardship to make love last? Or let go of each other, basking in memories of love gone by and wonder what could have been."

Title:  Could've Been Author:  Michelle Mitchell Publisher:  M.M.                             Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating:  Five Review:
"Could've Been" by Michelle Michelle My Speculation:  
I enjoyed "Could've Bee…

A Cowboy to Remember SINGLE CHAPTER EXCERPT by Rebekah Weatherspoon Feb 25th

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Book Excerpt:

"In this brand-new series from award-winning author Rebekah Weatherspoon, a charming cowboy and his sleeping beauty find their modern-day happily ever after . . .
With a headline spot on a hit morning show and truly mouth-watering culinary skills, chef Evie Buchanan is perched on the edge of stardom. But at an industry party, a fall lands Evie in the hospital—with no memory of who she is. Scrambling to help, Evie’s assistant contacts the only “family” Evie has left, close friends who run the luxury dude ranch in California where Evie grew up. Evie has no recollection of them—until former rodeo champion Zach Pleasant walks into her hospital room, and she realizes his handsome face has been haunting her dreams . . . Zach hasn’t seen Evie in years—not since their families conducted a campaign to make sure their childhood friendship never turned into anything more. When the young cowboy refused to admit the feelings between them were real, Evie left California, making…

High Convictions (A Heart Strings Love Affair Book 3) Kindle Edition by J. Haney Feb 25

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Book Excerpt:

"Tap, Tap, Tap. Anyone there? Oh, there you are!
Last you saw me, my life went down the drain, and it’s
still much of the same. However, now I have a new
secret. I don’t want my boys to know. Want to know what
it is? Sorry, I can’t tell you that’d ruin the story.
Just know we’re all a little mad down here."

*Trigger Warning
**Polyamory
***Erotic Themes incl: M/M M/F/M
****Drug Use



Title: High Convictions
Author: J. Haney
Publisher: Haney/Hayes
Series: A Heart Strings Love Affair Book 3
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four
Review:

"High Convictions" by J. Haney

My Speculation:

This was absolutely a story that had twist and turns all over the place that will certainly keep your attention as you are kept turning the pages to see what was coming next for Clayton, Vic, and Abigail. Be ready for a read that will lead you into 'Tigger Warnings, Polyamory, Erotic Themes... M/M, M/F/M and Drug Use.' The characters, for the most part, were well developed, help…

Reputation A Novel by Sara Shepard

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Book Excerpt:

"In this perfectly-paced new novel from Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars, the women of a tight-knit college-town learn through gossip, scandal, betrayal, and even murder, who their neighbors and husbands really are.

Aldrich University is rocked to its core when a hacker dumps 40,000 people's emails—the entire faculty, staff, students, alums—onto an easily searchable database. Rumors and affairs immediately leak, but things turn explosive when Kit Manning's handsome husband, Dr. Greg Strasser, is found murdered. Kit's sister, Willa, returns for the funeral, setting foot in a hometown she fled fifteen years ago, after a night she wishes she could forget. As an investigative reporter, Willa knows something isn't right about the night Greg was killed, and she's determined to find the truth. What she doesn't expect is that everyone has something to hide. And with a killer on the loose, Willa and Kit mus…

What Happened to Us? By: Faith Hogan Net Gallery

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Book Excerpt:

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Description
'A heartwarming, emotional read ... Perfect for curling up with on a winter's day' Liz Fenwick. Sometimes the end is only the beginning... After ten years together, Carrie Nolan is devastated when she's dumped by Kevin Mulvey without even a backward glance! But on reflection, she has sacrificed her own long-term happiness by pandering to his excessive ego in their successful Dublin restaurant (and out of it) – but not anymore! While Kevin is 'living the dream' with his beautiful new Brazilian girlfriend, Carrie seeks solace from a circle of mismatched strangers who need her as much as she needs them. Then suddenly, a catastrophic sequence of events leads to the unthinkable... How far do you need to fall before you learn the real value of family and friends? And is it ever too late to start again..." 
Title: What Happened to Us?
Author: Faith Hogan
Publisher: Aria
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:
"What Happe…

The Other Side of the Game: A Standalone Novel Kindle Edition by Jade Jones

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Book Excerpt:

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A fast-paced, jaw-dropping standalone from Jade Jones, author of the bestselling Dreeco & Deja novel!
As a single mom, Summer has always lived difficult life, struggling to get by and maintaining her morals as a stripper. To make matters worse, the man she loves is married to another woman. The ball has never been in her court--or so it seems. That is until she meets a bad-tempered, sexy dread-head by the name of Killah.

Despite the differences in their circumstances and character, the 2 falls hard and fast for each other. But with secrets, drama, and tragedy standing in the way of their bliss, they're forced to face obstacles that could potentially sabotage their happily ever after.

"The Other Side of the Game" is an African American standalone that will transport you into a fast-paced world of crime, betrayal, drama, and romance."

Title:  The Other Side of the Game Author:  Jade Jones Publisher:  Jade Publications                      Reviewed B…

And This I Swear (In The Heart of a Valentine Book 7) Kindle Edition by Stephanie Nicole Norris

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Book Excerpt:

"As the matriarch in one of Chicago's elite families, Bridgette Valentine has the weight of the world on her shoulders. Coordinating soiree's for every season, along with pulling her weight as the co-owner of Valentine Media Group, Bridgette is left little time to indulge in the one person who rocks her world, Leslie Valentine. As a domineering force to be reckoned with, and head honcho of their dynasty, Leslie is the epitome of Bridgette's wildest dreams. He's not clueless to the way she's withdrawn from him, and instead of forcing her attention, Leslie sets out to eliminate anything that threatens to come between them, determined to reclaim her soul and nourish her heart once again."

*This novella follows the mother and father of the Valentine men. This is not Kyle's story, which comes next.


Title: And This I Swear
Author: Stephanie Nicole Norris
Publisher: Love Is A Drug Ink
Series: In The Heart of a Valentine Book 7

This Masquerade (Love In Action Book 3) Kindle Edition by Roy Glenn

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Book Excerpt:

"Following the arrest of FBI Agent Nicole Maddox and Jamal Hayes (Love On The Run) on Espionage and Conspiracy against the United States charges, and in light of the credible allegations that members of a domestic terror organization the U.S. government, a special counsel an investigation has been launched and FBI Agents have been assigned to the case along with Justice Department lawyer, Alaina Greyson. When an NSA employee tells her that he been monitoring members of White America First and recorded them planning to assassinate Senator Eastland, Alaina becomes a target. 
With a little help from their friends, Nicole Maddox and Jamal Hayes are released from federal custody, and they resume their investigation to find who set them up. Along the way, they peel back the layers to find that nothing and no one is as it appears in this deadly masquerade."

Title:  This Masquerade Author:  Roy Glenn Publisher:  Escapism Entertainment  Series:  Love In Action Book 3 Reviewe…

Trouble [Dogwood Lane Book 3] by Adriana Locke

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Book Excerpt:

"She wants something real. He wants something now. Together they're trouble in USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke's sexy and funny twice-in-a-lifetime love story.

With his shameless grin and let' s-play swagger, carpenter Penn Etling leaves women wanting in Dogwood Lane. What do they get? Avery Perry knows a one-night stand. She's been there. She remembers every hot pulse as if it were yesterday. But Penn? He doesn't remember a thing. Now he's making new moves, and Avery's not falling for trouble…again. Is she? How could the beautiful stranger resist him? Avery is going to be a challenge for the bad boy. She's the kind of woman who digs deep—deep enough to see there's more to Penn than meets the eye. But first, she has to give him a chance. She has to say yes. Could she also be the woman to make him change his playboy ways? When these two come together, it's hard to pull them apart. But with love and trust on the line…

Been There, Married That A Novel by Gigi Levangie

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Book Excerpt:

"A hilarious novel full of Hollywood glitz, glamour, and scandal from New York Times bestselling author Gigi Levangie.
When he changes the locks, she changes the rules. Agnes Murphy Nash is the perfect Hollywood wife – she has the right friends, the right clothes, and even a side career of her own as a writer. Her husband Trevor is a bigshot producer, and from the outside, it looks like they're living a picture-perfect celebrity life, complete with tennis tournaments and lavish parties. But the job description of a Hollywood wife doesn't cover divorce, which is the way Agnes' life is headed after she comes home one day to find her credit cards canceled and the security passwords to get into her large LA home changed. Oh, and there's a guy there whose job it is to tase her if she tries to enter…which she does. Needless to say, Agnes' husband is dead set on making sure she loses big time, but Agnes isn't the type to just lie down and take i…

Silent Nights (The Shorts Book 7) Kindle Edition by Nia Forrester

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Book Excerpt:

"It's a career-making opportunity. 

Summer has an invitation to 'Black America's Wedding of the Decade' and wouldn't miss it for the world. Deuce Scaife is finally marrying his college sweetheart Zora Diallo (an outcome that was never in doubt, by the way, except maybe to the two people getting married). Since there'll be celebrities all over the event, it's in an expensive, remote location and all very hush-hush.

As an up and coming blogger and YouTuber for a series called 'The Black Girls' Guide to Slaying at Absolutely Everything,' Summer's stock will increase considerably if she documents her experience at the wedding celebrations.

But when an unforeseen obstacle presents itself, Summer realizes she can only go to the most exclusive of the wedding events if she shares accommodations with the insufferable Lloyd Winston. Lloyd is a conservative, stuffy wannabe politico whom Summer is shocked even got an invite.

But whatev…

Maybe Never Kindle Edition by Nia Forrester

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Book Excerpt:

"The postscript to 'Unsuitable Men'. . . Tracy is a complicated and sometimes difficult woman, but Brendan loves her anyway. Still, your lover's foibles are one thing to tolerate when they're just your 'lover.' Contemplating forever is an entirely different story. What happens when there are things about the person you love that you still want to change? And what do you do when you have to face the fact that if a change is what you need from them, that might happen . . . maybe, never?"



Title: Maybe Never
Author: Nia Forrester
Publisher: N. F.
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"Maybe Never" by Nia Forrester

My Speculation:

This was indeed a good read all the way around it. Yes, Brendan Cole had flaws, but so did Tracy Emerson. I enjoyed how this author was able to give us a read where you saw the 'complications, depth, and resolutions fo many of the uncertainties' that were left from these t…

Commitment Kindle Edition by Nia Forrester

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Book Excerpt:

"It was obvious to everyone, but then they were all wrong for each other. Riley is a free-spirited boho writer, and Shawn is a magnetic and charismatic rapper, riding the highest crest of his career. She doesn't understand his world, and he sure as hell doesn't understand hers. And what's worse, while he's never committed to any woman before, she's committed to someone else. Still, they can't stay away from each other. Along with frequent clashes of their equally strong wills, Shawn and Riley will have to face down opposition from friends, family, and one extremely motivated groupie, if they want to forge a commitment that will last the test of time."



Title: Commitment
Author: Nia Forrester
Publisher: Nia Forrester
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"Commitment" by Nia Forrester

My Speculation:

What can be said about "Commitment?" It was one fantastic read from the beginning to the very en…