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review 2017-09-16 21:50
69 Million Things I Hate About You
69 Million Things I Hate About You - Kira Archer

Title:  69 Million Things I Hate About You

Author:  Kira Archer

Publisher:  Entangled Indulgence  

Series:  Winning the Billionaire #1

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating:  Four



"69 Million Things I Hate About You" (Winning the Billionaire #1)  by Kira Archer


My Thoughts...


When I first started reading this novel I was wondering would I like it this particular read.  Well, I dd finding it a sweet humorous read that will keep your attention till the very end.  I tell you that Kiersten Abbott really puts it on Cole Harrington  and in the end how it all comes together being quite a nice fun enjoyable read. Truly winning that lottery ticket with her friends started it all!  I did find it somewhat predictable in spots but it was still a good read with some of the funniest scenes...one of them being [Kiersten and Cole's mother] that will have you laughing out loud!


Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the ARC in return for my honest review.

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review 2017-09-16 21:39
400 First Kisses
400 First Kisses (Book 1 of the "First" series) - E.L. Todd

Title: 400 First Kisses

Author:  E. L. Todd

Publisher:  E.L.T.

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five



"400 First Kisses" by E. L. Todd


My Thoughts....


This new series by this author featuring Bree, Cypress, Amalie, Ace and Blade that will definitely keep your attention with there being so much going on in this romantic emotional dramatic story.  You will have to keep up because the reader can get lost in the story as it unfolds. This was quite a shock for Bree when she finds out that she is married to this guy Cypress who had cheated on her.  Now, you will have to pick up this well written story to see who this all happened. I found this story very well thought out with some well developed amazing characters that will keep you turning the pages to see what was coming next.  Yes, you will see how Bree was cheated on by Cypress and what all he tried to do to make up for all his wrong. I could definitely understand Bree thought pattern as she was trying to deal with all of this situation that she found herself in.  Then next part of the read moves on to the story of Amelia and Ace.  Hopefully, there will be a story coming from all of that situation in the next reads.  Yes, this one will end in a cliffhanger and we will have to get the next part "325 First Fights" to see more of how this story will turn out for each of these interesting characters.


Thank you to the author for the read.






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review 2017-09-05 03:52
But My Soul Is Black
But My Soul is Black - Terrell Williams

Title:  But My Soul is Black

Author:  Terrell Williams

Publisher: ÂCreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Reviewed By: Arlena Dean

Rating: Five



"But My Soul is Black" by Terrell Williams


My Synopsis....


I found "but My Soul is Back" one interesting read in that the story was indeed somewhat strange in how it all started.  A white man wanting to be friends with this black man?  Well this is what happened!  Now, one would wonder with Bobby Selinski wanted to be friends with James Guidry [Jimbo] who was a 'African American foreman' who worked for his uncle. What happens has this really becomes a good friendship?  Well it seems all is going well for Bobby until Jimbo introduces him to a Miss Karen Blackwell who just happens to be Jimbo's favorite lady. What will happen when betrayal comes into play.   Now, I don't want to spoil to much but just say this story really take on a intriguing read to see how this author will bring it all out to the reader.


The storyline had some really well developed, portrayed and even believable characters beginning with Bobby, Uncle Fred, Vince, Jimbo, Pete, Karen, Smokey, Miss Thomas and  Carolyn Jenkins to name a few that will definitely keep your attention to the end of the read.


In the end one may wonder a little how this turned out. Was this a way to do someone you called your friend?   Did the right man get the woman? Well, again you will have to read this novel to see just how it comes out.  I will say that ending had me raising my eyebrow and saying really? Oh, I will say it was interesting seeing how Jimbo's grandmother tried to work her magic even after death into her grandsons love life.  Did it work?  It was also interesting to see what Bobby did to try to understand if he and Karen should be together. I will say Karen got on my nerves a little but in the end I was able to understand some of her reasoning.


All and all this was a good read that will keep you turning the pages and I would recommend.


Thank you to Write Now Literary for the early read.  It was definitely a read that will leave you with many provoking thoughts that will leave you to ponder over long after the read.  Was this a real friendship?





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review 2017-09-05 02:17
The Old Cafe
This Old Cafe (Stonehill Romance) (Volume 5) - Marci Boudreaux

Title:  The Old Cafe

Author:  Marci Boudreaux

Publisher:  M. B.

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating:  Five



"The Old Cafe" by Marci Boudreaux


My Thoughts....


If you are looking for a heart warming story you have come to the right place for Jenna and Daniel's story will give it to you in one neat package. How these two come together is so very unique but this is just how some things are meant to happen and at such a good time with Jenna definitely needing help.  I liked how this author gives the reader such a unique story that one can truly relate to in one way or another as these two are faced with some real life challenges. With one being dumped by a ex husband and the other having anger issues after coming back from Afghanistan.  Will these two be able to help each other emotionally with there being so many issues that needed to be fixed?  Even though the story may have been somewhat sad but it was so good to finally see them open up to each other as we are left in the ending...


"but if you ever leave me again___"

He put his hands to her hips and pulled her to him.  "I won't.  I swear to you right here and right now, you are never getting rid of me.  I belong here.  I finally deserve to be here, and I will spend my life proving that to you and anyone else who doubts."


So, It looks like a HEA for these two!


 I voluntarily read and reviewed this book.  Thank you to the author for the review copy. 

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review 2017-08-20 19:50
Shattered (Steel Brothers Saga) - Helen Hardt

Title:  Shattered

Author:  Helen Hardt

Publisher:  Waterhouse Press

Series:  Steel Brothers Saga # 7

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating:  Five



"Shattered" by Helen Hardt


My Synopsis....


This was another good Steel Brothers Saga # 7 that featured mainly Ryan and Ruby along with the rest of the brothers, sister and sister in laws.  We find the two older brothers are getting married and all are in Jamaica having a good time.  But something will happen to two of the guest at the resort that will shorten their trip.  Upon coming home Ryan and Ruby seem to be coming together with such hot and steamy chemistry however, after a  text and phone call will cause secrets to start coming out that will put quite a damper on this relationship.  How will this situation be handled by the other family members and even Ruby as she is involved too?  Even toward the end of this series both Ryan and Ruby will receive a phone call that will send this twisted intensed story into a cliffhanger for this novel and will only leave the reader wanting to know more.  Hopeful in the end Ryan and Ruby will get to a HEA.

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