His to Defend (NOLA Knights Book 1) by Rhenna Morgan

Book Synopsis:

"Book one of NOLA Knights, the heart-stoppingly sexy spinoff series by Men of Haven author Rhenna Morgan

His world. His rules. Her love.

Though his methods may be rough, when it comes to protecting what’s his, Russian vor Sergei Petrovyh’s heart is always in the right place. That’s never been truer than when the gorgeous Evette Labadie asks him for a job. He knows enough to keep his hands off someone as beloved by the locals as Evie, but there’s something about her that calls to him—no matter how badly he burns to make her his.

Don’t think Evie hasn’t noticed the powerful Russian mafia boss who makes her favorite diner a regular stop. How can she not? He’s as hot as his reputation is dangerous. But everyone in her struggling New Orleans neighborhood knows he’s the man to turn to. And right now she needs money to get her son out of trouble.

Her other needs—needs she knows damn well Sergei can more than satisfy—will have to wait.

Evie soon finds herself playing Cinderell…

Amorous Déjà vu 2: An Urban Romance Kindle Edition by J Brinkley

Book Synopsis:

"Kim and Jason Graham found themselves immersed in their new marriage. 

Then one morning, Jason woke up in a hotel room with a high school crush, Paulette McGee, not knowing how he got there.

Months pass and he finds out that Paulette is pregnant, claiming the unborn baby is his. Will Jason be able to maintain his marriage?
Or will he lose everything?"

Title:  Amorous Deja Vu 2:  An Urban Romance Author:  J. Brinkley Publisher:  VOMA                        Series:  Part 2 Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"Amorous Deja Vu 2" by J. Brinkley
My Rationalization:  
In the second part of 'Amorous Dea Vu 2', you will get the sense that all is going well for Kim and Jason.  But you can guess when all is going to well something is about the break.  Well, in the situation it was an ex of Jason by the name of Paulette who was known for being somewhat crazy. And it seems that this craziness took over Paulette by what she was trying to present to this…

Portrait of a Serial Killer JEREMIAH Kindle Edition by Niki Jilvontae

Book Synopsis:

"Not everyone needs a reason to kill... sometimes people are born with evil in them. Meet Jeremiah Lewis, pegged the Silent Killer with over 100 “proven” murders under his belt. Get ready to enter the mind of a Serial Killer... Brace yourself! ...
“When I was 5 and I saw the fear in my first victim’s eyes... I knew this was what I was destined to do. I found joy in watching the life leave the poor animal’s body. I found peace... I found myself! I am Jeremiah & this is the Portrait of a Serial Killer!”

Title:  Portrait of a Serial Killer Author:  Niki Jilvontae Publisher:  Niki Jilvontae Presents  Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating:  Five Review:
"Portrait of a Serial Killer Jeremiah" by Niki Jilvontae
My Rationalization:

I will say this was a hard read for me in what was going on but I kept reading to see how this 'heartless, manipulative, evil person' could live with himself after all he had done.  I definitely agree Jeremiah was definitely the '…

In Black & White Kindle Edition by Nia Forrester

Book Synopsis:

"A marriage, a friendship, the fate of a missing child ... All three hang in the balance.

Noah and Dana are already facing a difficult time in their short marriage when their daughter, Samara, is abducted. The fallout from friends and family and the harsh judgment of the public forced them to face some difficult truths about their views on love, marriage, and race. As Dana reflects on the road leading to her and Noah's union, she begins to examine her motives for getting married, consider whether they should go on, and most painfully, question whether she and her husband ever really knew each other at all."

Title:  In Black & White Author:  Nia Forrester Publisher:  Stiletto Press, LLC                       Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating:  Five Review:
"In Black & White" by Nia Forrester
My Rationalization:
This was a very interesting read that talked about child abduction, interracial marriage[complications], communication & trust [or the l…

Amorous Déjà vu: An Urban Romance Kindle Edition by J Brinkley

Book Synopsis:

"After many attempts to find that special someone and failing, Kim decides to redirect her focus on herself and her only daughter. Judging things by her past relationships, she realizes that things usually begin lovely, but end tragically.

She questions her fate; how will this relationship end? Or will it last? Only time will reveal that unknown secret."

Title:  Amorous Deja vu  Author:  J. Brinkley Publisher:  VOMA                          Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"Amorous Deja vu" by J. Brinkley
My Rationalization:  

Wow!  What a love beautiful sweet well-written romance that "Amorous Deja vu " was that this author presented so well to the reader.  As I was reading through the story I wasn't sure how it was coming together but indeed after the trust issue was established between Kim and Jason there was nothing left for them but love that definitely existed for them.  I really did enjoy seeing how this hero acted toward th…

The Swirl: Book 1 & 2 Kindle Edition by Cornelia Smith

Book Synopsis:

"There's a thin line between lust and love. Torn between two men, June must choose the man she wants to spend the rest of her life with and say goodbye to the other lover. But what happens when the loser isn’t satisfied with her decision? Find out what happens when this love triangle turns into a wreck tangle.

Title:  The Swirl: Book 1 & 2
Author:  Cornelia Smith
Publisher:  The Book Plug       
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"The Swirl Book 1 & 2" by Cornelia Smith

"The Swirl:  A Haunted Crave" Part 1  by Cornelia Smith

My Rationalization: from Book 1

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. What will happen 'when you lust for the person you are supposed to hate' as it was for Leo?  This was quite an interesting story that …

Mr. Vega Kindle Edition by Xyla Turner

Book Synopsis:

"Mr. Vega
I didn't want this woman to be my nanny. She had no experience and a failed art career. What did she know about rearing children? She was my late wife's choice and I didn't too much care for the woman and she didn't care for me either.
Until all hell broke loose and the nanny was the only one my son could turn to. The only one we could rely on. She kept us going and then she wanted to leave too.
Not a damn chance.

There could never be anything between me and Mr. Vega. He was the father of the boy in my charge. I was his nanny. Nothing more and nothing less.
The lines needed to be clear between him and me, but a nagging feeling told me, he would keep them blurred."
Note: This is a standalone book, but it does have cameos from other series: Across the Aisle: Trent & Duncan, Lady Guardians: Goldie, Stetson Series: By Chance, No Choice. It is IR, BWWM, and HEA, but Duncan is a different kind of perfect. I hope you give him a cha…