Arlena Has Read and Reviewed What Novels?

Female, Afro-American, Broken Arrow, OK My website: I love to read...yes, I am a avid reader. I have been a Book Reviewer for almost four years for various authors. I have a blog page with over 1150 reviews from the various author's novels that I have read up to this present time [around almost five years].  Please feel free to check out my blog: http://arlenasbookreviews-arlenadean.blogspot.com  My interview of some authors are located at  http://agordond.blogspot.com   My Interests: I love Flower Gardening.... Also for my hobby I sell Avon Products. About me: I am married to my husband for over 44 Years also..... I have been an Avon Rep for over 34 years where I specialize in Direct Online Sales. You are able to find me at: www.youravon.com/arlenadean    But most of all I love God because I know without Him in my life I would be nothing! I am thankful for being able to live my life,being happy and at peace with it all. But most of all I just want to Thank My God for everything! About my library...My Favorite books.....can be found in any of the following: Romance, Ficton, non Fiction, Mystery, Erotic, Christian, Crime, Fantasy, Horror, Plays, Drama, Paranormal, Poetry, CookBooks(collector), Thriller, Self Help, Inspirational, Short Stories, Classic, Young Adult, New Adult and Children. By my being a Book Reviewer I get to read all types of wonderful novels. I keep my Kindle busy! I own hundreds of books.... some I have read and many I still have to read. Many are even signed by its author. Please see my blog page and see all the books I have read up to now in  2015!

Ray of New

Ray of New (Ray #6) - E. L. Todd

Title:  Ray Of  New

Author:  E. L. Todd

Publisher:  E.L.T.

Series:  Ray # 6

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating:  Four

Review:

 

"Ray Of New" by E. L. Todd

 

My Thoughts....

 

Well, all I can say is this was definitely a continued read from the last series where  Ryker and Rae, now friends with him  now living in New York.  But will happen when he meets back up with his old friend Liam and meets her sister Austen?  After all of the warning from Liam about his sister will Ryker be able to handle it all when it comes a head. Does it seem like maybe he has some feeling for Austen?  What about the feelings he still had for Rae?   What will it take for Austen to finally realize what is right in front of her before it's too late...but kissing Nathan and guess who saw this? I will say she truly got on my last nerves with her thinking process, so  I guess the readers will have to wait and  see what will come of all of this present situation in the next series.  It looks like maybe Ryker is moving on with his old way of life and what about Austen...will she want to get back with her ex?  Yes, we are left with another cliffhanger! 

Sweeter Than Ever

Sweeter than Ever - Bella Andre

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Title: Sweeter Than Ever
Author: Bella Andre
Publisher: Oak Press
Series: New York Sullivans Honeymoon Novella
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"Sweeter Than Ever" by Bella Andre

My Thoughts....

Another beautifully amazing written story that deals with Smith and Valentina' honeymoon that will definitely leave a smile on your face even with the drama that was presented. Good novella!

 

Vegas Lights

Vegas Lights (A Sex, Drugs and Rock Romance) (Volume 1) - J. Haney, S.I. Hayes

Title:  Vegas Lights

Author:  S. I. Hayes & J. Haney

Publisher:  Hayes/Haney

Series:  A Sex Drugs, and Rock Romance Book 1

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five  

Review:

 

"Vegas Lights" by S. I Hayes & J. Haney

 

My Thoughts....

 

I found Vegas Lights a very interesting read.  Not only was the novel a hot sexy read but one that had some real issues that could even effect those around you.  For Brent Casey[aka Brent Jagger...lead guitarist of Fallen Angles], a famous Rock Band and Marissa who was a Vegas pole dancer.... we find both had a pass they would like to forget that had some real life issues that will give  the reader quite a raw emotional roller coaster ride.  First what will happen when these two find out they are married?  It will take a minute for it all to come out and when it does there seems to be many other problems that come out too.  This was a well written rock n roll story with not only the sex, love, mental issues, parties but booze and drugs that will go along with it all.   I don't want to not mention a secondary characters especially Brent's twin bother Kyle, Steve, Ringo and Angelica to name who all had their quirks that definitely helped give this story a lots of surprising moments that you will have to pick up this read and see how well this author brings it all out.  Will Brent and Marissa be able to help each other through the messes in their lives?   Will the big surprise at the end add something wonderful for these two? Again pick up 'Vegas Lights' to see.

Binkders Keepers

Blinders Keepers - John Rachel

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Title: Blinders Keepers
Author: John Rachel
Publisher: Literary Vagabond Book
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"Blinders Keepers" by John Rachel

My Thoughts...

Wow, this author never disappoints...he knows how to keep your attention as he did with this satire read. There was a good opening, plot, with hilarious humor[laugh out loud], metaphors, insanity, adventure,surprises, political atmosphere of the white house...as we are given this satire of this 'young man [Noah]with one idealistic mindset of it will all come out in the wash.' What a journey this was for this young man who will leave his hometown in Missouri and end up getting mixed up accidentally that propelled him into being a fugitive. My thoughts about what was going on with Noah was that the 'root of all of his travails was just one study misunderstanding!' We find Noah is being sort after by every intelligence agency in the country.

The secondary characters are for the most part down right entertaining that will definitely keep you turning the pages so see what is going on next.

This is one story that the reader will see that almost nothing and no one seems to be who they are. Definitely the reader will be left in a thought provoking state. Now, I will stop here and just say this is one you will have to pick up and see for yourself how well this author brings it all out to the reader.

Be ready for a long read that will have you switching around from scenes to scenes with characters that will have 'things to say in quite a memorable way.' In the end "Blinders Keepers" was just a well written novel for one to sit back and let the insanity unfold.

Thank you to the author for letting me read your novel and my giving a honest opinion of the read.

 

Peace In The Valley

Peace in the Valley: A Novel (Double S Ranch) - Ruth Logan Herne

Title:  Peace In The Valley

Author:  Ruth Logan Herne

Publisher:  Multnomah

Series:  Double S Ranch # 3

Reviewed By: Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

Review:

 

"Peace In The Valley" by Ruth Logan Herne

 

My Thoughts....

 

I loved this heartfelt tear jerking read of the last series:  Double S Ranch # 3...Peace In The Valley this only this author can give to her readers.  What a beautiful read of a story of what will happens when one puts the past behind and now it's about faith and the family.  The main story was of Trey Stafford and Lucy Carlton however we are also given many secondary characters [Sam] and a few others that were truly indeed special in this very powerful moving read.  Not only was this a romantic cowboy story but so much more.  I loved how this author gives us a story of what will happen when a family turn to God for some healing of past wounds and we are even given some inspirational scriptures the were there to give them 'strength or encouragement' at the perfect time.   The story is definitely giving the reader a heartwarming story with Trey, Lucky and her children[Cade & Cody]. In the end the reader is given on fascinating story that will include quite a lots of messages that will be woven into this story giving the readers 'Gods' grace, embracing and forgiving one another as through love they are given second chances.  This author really did a well good job at giving the readers a fantastic ending in this series.  To get the whole story of Double S Ranch three book series get..." Back in the Saddle...Home on the Ranch and Peace In The Valley.'  The reader will truly enjoy all of them!

Rich Peoples Problems

Rich People Problems: A Novel - Kevin Kwan

Title:  Rich People Problems

Author:  Kevin Kwan

Publisher:  Doubleday

Series:  Crazy Rich Asians # 3

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Four

Review:

 

"Rich People Problems" by Kevin Kwan

 

My Thoughts...

 

This author gives the reader in this third book in the Crazy Rich Asians series a read of great drama, some hilarious laughs with some characters, wonderful vacations spots, entertainment and scenic descriptions[clothing and jewelry] that will really have you thinking you are looking at a movie right in front of you.  What wacky antics that this large family seems to have that will keep you turning the pages to its conclusion to a hilarious series. Be prepared to read of a 'dysfunctional, paranoid, social climbing crazies with some ridiculous fun.' This will be one intriguing, incredible and entertaining read that I would recommend to the readers.

Violet Abyss

Violet Abyss (A Blushing Death Novel Book 7) - Suzanne M. Sabol

Title:  Violet Abyss

Author:  Suzanne M. Sabol

Publisher:  Soul Mate Publishing

Series: A Blushing Death Novel Book 7

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

Review:

 

"Violet Abyss" by Suzanne M. Sabol

 

My Thoughts...

 

'Violet Abyss' was the seventh in the series:  A Blushing Death that will definitely present its title.

 

We find Dahlia Sabin has lived quite a 'lonely existence as a killer of the undead know as "The Blushing Death." This author gives the reader quite a interesting read as Dahlia  becomes very involved in the 'middle of  vampire conclave.'  What will happen when the 'vampire liege' comes to New Orleans?  This will be quite a interesting read however, I did find that the read will be so much more understood if you have read the other six in this series....Book one...A Pool of Crimson, Book 2 Midnight Ash, Book 3 Silver of Silver, Book 4 Golden Anidae, Book 5 Black Dalliances, Book 6 Emerald Fire and this one Book 7 A Blushing Death where the reader finds there will be a lots of action going on[in all of these series].  Will Dahlia, Patrick and Dean be able to get back this 'ancient relic of power' and save their friend Everett?  This read will show how  these three who were more than friends as they 'must use everything in their arsenal to turn the tide of revolution, and turning enemies into allies is more difficult and dangerous than any of them knew.'  Would I recommend 'Violet Abyss?'  Yes, but I would also recommend reading Books 1-6  before reading book 7 for a better understanding of what all  has all gone on earlier in this action packed story of humans, werewolves and vampires.

Office Intern

Office Intern: The Kya Chronicles - Deep

Title:  Office Intern:  The Kya Chronicles

Author:  Deep

Publisher: Deep N Wet Publishing

Series: The Kya Chronicles #2

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

Review:

 

"Office Intern:  The Kya Chronicles" by Deep

 

My Thoughts...

 

All I can say is that author 'Deep' gives is all to you with no holes left uncovered  as she did in her novel with 'Naughty Girl' with Kya Garner being  introduced.  In Chronicles # 2 ... 'Office Intern' we find Kya is still very smart and knows what she wants and needs that will please her sexually.  As we Kya her enter the corporate world where it seems nothing will stop her from her many 'conquests and sexscapades.'   The characters that Kya will meet up with from Carlos, Toya, Craig, [RAY],Miles, Mr. Josh Macklin, Jasmine and Shannon and let's not forget ....well, I will stop here and just say you will have to pick the erotica read and see how this summer internship works out for Kya before she begins her senior year while working for 'Morgan, Tessin & Associates.'  Indeed it was quite a interesting summer for Kya and I am sure it will be even more interesting  in the next series as we see will get to see her after she graduates.  Certainly this will bring even more 'sexual exploits' as we see her mature even more will she get what I am sure she is wanting...that one person?  I guess we will have to just wait and see from this author's next 'Kya Chronicle' series.

 

Mischief's Mayhem

Mischief's Mayhem: 3rd Installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries (Volume 3) - Deidra D. S. Green

Title:  Mischief's Mayhem

Author:  Deidra D. S. Green

Publisher:  Rathsi Publishing Presents

Series:  The Third Installment in The Chloe Daniels Mysteries

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

Review:

 

"Mischief's Mayhem" by Deidra D. S. Green

 

My Thoughts....

 

Well as one can see these mysteries .... continue....with Anna Black still in prison ...however will she be able to  go to trial after what has gone on with her?  Continuing on what will we find with Grace Pembroke Wetherby[Baby Doll Killer] still doing her thing time around, however, it looks like she has been caught by none other than ?  Now, in this read we get some new characters...Major and Mayven who are causing havoc across the state lines with their killings. Who are these two and why are they on this killing spree?  Now, I don't want to leave out how hard Dr. Daniels and Detective Phillips are still trying to piece these murders all together, however, it seems like they maybe getting some more help with there cases.  All in all to know what all has gone on in this series  you will have to pick up not only "Mischief's Mayhem" but the other two installments in The Chloe Daniels Mysteries to fully understand what has gone on with each of these very captivating main characters[Anna Black, Grace Pembroke Wetherby and Major & Mayven].  So, I starting my next read of this series....FIT: The 4th installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries to get some more of this mystery read.

 

Fit

FIT: The 4th installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries - Deidra D. S. Green

Title:  FIT

Author:  Deidra D. S. Green

Publisher:  Rathsi Publishing

Series:  The 4th installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

Review:

 

"Fit" by Deidra D. S. Green

 

My Thoughts...

 

Well, as we go into the 4th installment in the 'Chloe Daniels Mysteries' we have 'Fit' and all I can say is that this author gives the reader quite a captivating story that will keep you turning the pages and leave one wanting more.  In this series the reader will spend time with some interesting characters from  Mayven and Major, Anna Black, [Detective Fatima Moore] Logan Spencer...a new character, Grace Pembroke Wetherby, Detective Phillips, Dr. Daniels, [Chief Livingston], [Stanley Lucas][Wallace King & Theo Coulter] to name a few that keep your attention all the way to the end.  By the end will these serial killers still reign or will there be a 'standoff?'  Yes, we get another cliffhanger! The story is very well written and I found there seems to be so much going on with some new characters as well as old ones.  The reader will have to keep up as we are presented some more interesting things going on that will certainly be of great interest in the series.  As we go into last series 'Run'...the 5th Installment in Chloe Daniels Mysteries hopefully this series will tie this whole story all together so  that the reader will get all unanswered questions answered. 

The Power of the V 2: Deadly Thirst

The Power Of The V 2: Deadly Thirst - Shatika Turner, Tammy Capri, Yara Kaleemah

 

 

Title: The Power of the V 2: Deadly Thirst
Author: Shatika Turner
Publisher: Mz. IllWitDaPen Presents
Series: Book 2
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"The Power of the V 2: Deadly Thirst" by Shatika Turner

My Thoughts...

The author really does a very good job with this title and as the reader reads will find that this 'V' is a very 'powerful and dangerous things' that happened to four characters...Asjalynn, Saroya, Nyla and Jermaine. These are some very complex characters that really needs some deep help in choosing the right mate for each other. I was left wondering who I felt more sorrier for. Will they every be able to pull themselves out of this confused state that seems to involve the 'V?' It will be very interesting to see how this author will bring all of this out with all of this things that have gone on earlier. Now, that ending only left me saying wow! That Jermaine was definitely crazy! Hopefully we will get a better picture in part 3 that will give the reader a little hope that someone will come out of this situation OK either together or apart.

 

Soul & Diana

Soul and Diana: An Atlanta Love Story - Jade Jones
Title:  Soul & Diana
Author:  Jade Jones
Publication:  Jade Publication
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  Five
Review:
 
"Soul and Diana:  An Atlanta Love Story" by Jade Jones
 
My Thoughts....
 
This was another good read from this author...'Soul and Diana' that will keep you on the edge of your seat turning the pages to see who or what will be coming next.  I really felt so sorry for Diana..all she wanted was love, happiness and a family.  But with Soul...would that ever happen? It was really interesting to see how that Soul wasn't able to take a dose of his own medicine and I can't blame Diana for doing what she did either.  Again, will Soul open up his eyes before it's too late?
 
I found the secondary characters [Trigga, Ian, Ced, Yohanna and Nyri] to name a few were were captivating in this read. As you are thinking  the situation  is going  one way then it goes another way presenting so many twist and turns. This was quite a interesting story of just what some people will do to get what they think they deserve.  Definitely leaving one to wonder where is there loyalty in all of this?  Can anyone trust anybody?  In the end  the reader is left with a cliffhanger....wondering is this the end for?   I guess we will have to wait and see in part 2.  I guess the saying keep your friends close and your enemies even closer will definitely come into play as they read through this novel of "Soul and Diana."

 

Rules Of Contact

Rules of Contact (A Play-by-Play Novel) - Jaci Burton

Title:  Rules of Contact

Author:  Jaci Burton

Publisher: Berkley

Series:  A Play-By-Play Novel Book 12

Reviewed By:   Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

Review: 

 

"Rules of Contact" by Jaci Burton

 

My Thoughts.....

 

This is my first read by the author and I was very impressed by it.  I loved the hero and heroine...Flynn and Amelia in with their drama, trust issues, emotion, excitement, heartbreaking, humor and wow the chemistry between the two[the hot love scenes were off the chart...hot] all coming together and giving the reader a good read.  In the end seeing  these two get their HEA was quite a wonderful told love story.  

 

Thank you to the author for a copy of your novel for my honest opinion of the read.

When Ash Remains

When Ash Remains - Dena Garson, Deborah Halverson, Hot Tree Editing

Title:  When Ash Remains

Authors:  Dena Garson

Publisher:  D. C.

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

Review:

 

"When Ash Remains" by Dena Garson 

 

My Thoughts...

 

 

What a story that will definitely takes one on a quite a journey that comes together so well as a good  'Native American' historical paranormal romance story.  This author really works her magic in giving the reader as story of Ahyoka and Kajika which their destiny that brought them together. We find Kajika is a alpha warrior who found Ahyoka who was a 'Spirit Talker' while he was on the hunt of a killer of his cousin and family. These two were very for the most part opposites but made up for it as they complimented each other in others ways. I liked how this author brings out the 'spiritual magic' to the story.  Will these two be able to track down a murderous beast to stop it from more killings? What these two could do together was truly unique in the way it was all handled. This will be quite interesting read as it is brought out so well to the reader.  It was a very good read of how these two people who comes together battling 'unforeseen forces' and oh yes I loved the lusty, steamy, and spicy heated romance.  To get the whole story and answer to many questions the reader will have to pick up 'When Ash Remains' to see how well this author presents it to the readers.  Would I recommend? 

Yes, especially if you are a paranormal book lover. 

Wicked Designs

Wicked Designs - Lauren   Smith

Title:  Wicked Designs

Author:  Lauren Smith

Publisher:  L. S.

Series: The League of Rogues Book 1

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

Review:

 

"Wicked Designs" by Lauren Smith

 

My Thoughts....

 

What a very entertaining read that will definitely keep you turning the pages to see what was coming next.  I found the read had 'great dialogue with humorous banter[that will have you laughing out loud], adventure and yes...love.'  Be ready for many twist and turns with surprises taking the reader on quite a rogue ride of 'romance, passion, mystery, murder, adventure and intrigue.'  This was one of those reads that the reader will love all the characters...even some of the villains.  So, if you are looking for a entrancing novel from beginning to the end "Wicked Designs" will give it all to you.

 

Thank you to the author for the gift of your novel for my giving my honest opinion of the read.

A Serenade to Die For

A Serenade to Die For - David Jackson, Janet Fogg

Title: A Serenade To Die For
Author: Janet Fogg & David Jackson
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"A Serenade To Die For" by Janet Fogg

My Thoughts....

Wow, this was quite one of those reads that you will not want to put it down because it seems like every page is some kind of adventure, romance, suspense and so many twist and turns that will be going on. Will Isabella and Cane be able to reconnect again after what they had at one time? Will Isabella be able to save her estranged father who has been kidnapped? This story will take on some really interesting characters from Cane [Hurricane], Isabella, Mickey, Benicio, Angie, Escalante, Fernando, Octavio, Alvarez, Tank Top, Marquez to a few other people...some good and some not so good that will keep you reading and turning the pages as the reader ride along to see what will happen next. What was up with Hurricane's name? What was so important about the 'maqualhuit' that this kidnapper wanted so desperately? It will be quite riveting as the story will move from one problem to the next even after this kidnapper is found. Be ready for some violence as well as romance as the story is bought out so well by these authors. In the end will Cane and Isabella finally get their HEA?

To find out the answers to all of these questions and so much more the reader will have to pick up "A Serenade to Die For" to read how well these two authors will bring it all out to the reader. Would I recommend this novel? YES, especially if you like a suspenseful romance