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review 2017-03-01 21:08
Fire In The Water
Fire In The Water - Janice Ross


Title: Fire In The Water
Author: Janice Ross
Publisher: Jessica Watkins Presents
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Fire In The Water" by Janice Ross

My Thoughts....

This was quite a interesting novel featuring Chanel Bissett and Rhys Colburn. But was about Zach Marlowe? What had happened with all of the plans that Chanel and Zachary had mapped out for their life together? Now, all of that had started from their childhood, but know almost twenty years later...were things different for Chanel and Zach? This will be some story as Rhys comes into the picture definitely causing a 'fork in the road' for these two. Yes, we will find that Rhys had plenty of issues in his life but was he by himself? How will Chanel's mother try to help her in wanting her to find herself...to truly know herself? Why was that so very important in this read? As you read this story the reader will be presented with many surprises and twist and turns for both of these two main characters...Chanel and Rhys. How long will these feeling go on between Rhys and Chanel before she will be able to see what in right before her eyes? I loved how Rhys decides what he really wanted and goes after it. What will it take for Chanel to take a moment to stop and smell the roses! Will the dreams hopefully leave Chanel after what happens to Zach. It was quite a wow moment for me when it all comes out about Zachary. How does this affect Chanel? Will Chanel get the help she needs? You will get a very emotional story as the reader will see how well the author brings it all out as these two [Chanel and Rhys] lives are intertwined together. So, in the end "Will either take a chance with a stranger or will the past resurface to shatter the possibility?"

I will say that ending left me in tears.. I loved this quote:

"Do you get it! ....You were listening...I saw us in the artist's take on this work. A tag rested just above the canvas: Fire in the Water...The image was a flame refusing to die while moving from one spot to the next - through the journey of life... The struggle of a determined person will never fully die...Sure, there will be trying forces similar to the water. It's life. And though your fire might dwindle along the way, your core will remain strong."

To find out the answers to all of the questions and to understand that ending you will have to pick up this excellent read to see for yourself how well this author presents it so well to the reader.
Would I recommend? YES!

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review 2017-02-18 03:57
I Thought This Was Love
I Thought This Was Love - Shani Greene-Dowdell,B. Sparks

Title: I Thought This Was Love
Author: Shani Greene-Dowdell & B. Sparks
Publisher: S. G. D.
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four

"I Thought This Was Love" by Shani Greene-Dowdell & B. Sparks

My View...

Now this was one of those stories that will have you shaking you head and saying will Solange Miller ever learn that maybe this Rodrick Carter was bad news. Oh, maybe she realized it but what was it about him that Solange seemed not to be able to resist him even after all he had done to her? How in the world did she think this was love? I found from this story I was really feeling sorry for this heroine [shaking my head many times] because Solange wouldn't listen to her mom or even her best friend, CoCo. However, it always seemed that CoCo was always their for her dear friend by being in her corner no matter what Solange was up to or going through. With CoCo bringing Douglas Michaelson into the picture was one good thing. However, will Solange finally realize the error of her ways before it's too late and stick with a plan that made sense? I felt the story was a little slow at times but very easy to keep up with. I just keep wondering if Solange would get some common sense before it was too late for her? To found out how this story will all come out the reader will have to pick up this read and see just how these author will bring it all out. That ending...well you will have to see for yourself which direction Solange will go.

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