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:  My interview of some authors are located at   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:    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!

Burnt Orange

Burnt Orange - Meiah Shaun
Title: Burnt Orange
Author: Meiah Shaun
Publisher: Redemption Press
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Burnt Orange" by Meiah Shaun

My Thoughts.....

I found "Burnt Orange" quite a interesting incredible read that focus on twin girls [fraternal]...Erika and Erin living in Orange, Texas in the 1990's. This coming of age read takes the reader into a emotional read as these twins suffered a type of abuse like no other coming mainly coming from their father. The author takes the story from early childhood, teenagers and on through young womanhood.

It was interesting see their girls grow and mature to womanhood as you continue to read. I love the fact that they had a grandmother around them when they really need her due to that father. I wondered a lot about the father and why he was the way he was in this story and at the end I was able to maybe understand why he had been the way he was toward his children due to what the twins had done. However, it still was no reason for the way he had treated them...especially Erin. Now, I don't want to spoil it for you the reader so you will have to pick up this story that is 'well written novel, detailed, and engaging and see for yourself. It was quite interesting seeing Erin and Erika growing up and even overcoming some of their many difficult s they had endured during their childhood. One thing that was for sure their mother had instilled some wonderful 'Christian' values that had grounded them in their adulthood. Truly forgiveness is a powerful thing! This was a really emotional, powerful journey that Erika and Erin had endured and in the end...well again you will have to pick up this read to see how this author bring it all comes out so well to the reader. Would I recommend? YES!

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

Ths Fist That Bound Me

The Fist That Bound Me: A Stand Alone Novel - Trinity DeKane, Maria Harrison
Title: The Fist That Bound Me
Author: Trinity DeKane
Publisher: Tiece Mickens Presents, LLC
Rating: Five

"The Fist That Bound Me" by Trinity Dekane

My Thoughts...

What a well written story with so much sadness and emotional pain that dealt with such domestic abusive violence that happened to these girls [Jade, Corrina, Telissa & Dee] that many have gone through. How they made it through it was really a horrible story. I still wish Jade would have told her mother on just what was going on with her father. But oh well this happens and naturally Jade would end up with someone like Greg who used 'his badge for all the wrong reasons.' However, thank God Malcolm comes into the picture and to learn the rest of the story you will have to pick up this phenomenal good read to see who well this author brings out this journey all out to the reader. I found this story a very realistic one and that ending was really something!

I love what the author also presents to the readers concerning this subject matter at the end of the read. Would I recommend this novel? YES!

Colors Of Christmas

Colors of Christmas: Two Contemporary Stories Celebrate the Hope of Christmas - Olivia Newport

Title: Colors of Christmas
Author: Olivia Newport
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Colors of Christmas" Two Contemporary Stories Celebrate The Hope of Christmas By Olivia Newport

My Thoughts....

Two Contemporary Stories Celebrate The Hope of Christmas:

Christmas in Gold

What a story that had me in tears...What will happen when a older woman [Astrid] falls and breaks her ankle. Then her family wants to put her in an assistant living facility. Wow, what a family! You will just have to pick this one up to see how it will all come out as she meets a Physical Therapist named Carly.

Then next we have....

Christmas in Blue

This was such a wonderful contemporary heartwarming story of 'love, loss and the beauty of family and friends.' What will happen as a mysterious stranger [Gabe] appears in town to help Angela. How will this take a turn and instead of dread there will be 'joy and tenderness in Angela's heart' for this holiday.

Both of these stories are well written and will contain a message that is only for the reader to receive. I found these stories tender, so endearing and hopefully one hearts will be lifted for this Christmas holiday season from the read. I was left to be reminded to be 'thankful and never take anything for granted.'

Thank you to NetGalley and Barbour Publishing, Inc. for a review copy in exchange for my honest review.

Undone By Deceit

Undone by Deceit - Falon Gold

Title:  Undone by Deceit

Author:  Falon Gold

Publisher:  Imperial Publishing House

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five



"Undone by Deceit" by Falon Gold


My Thoughts...

This was quite a lovey story involving Mahogany. Majesty and Chance along with some other very interesting characters that will keep you turning the pages from the beginning to the end to see what was coming next.  You will find a lots of hilarious moments that will have you laughing out loud. It is so interesting to see these two [Mahogany & Chance] go back and forth until finally they seem to get it.  Be ready for a lots of drama, secrets and family issues that will keep coming until they get the message that they love each other no matter what all the reasons that had happened.  In the end will Mahogany and Chance get their HEA?  Well to see how well this author brings it all out to the reader you will have to pick up this well written story and see how well this it was delivered. I loved the ending!  

Charm School Night Play: Lesson 3

Charm School Night Play: Lesson 3 (Volume 3) - Lynn Carmer

Title:  Charm School Night Play:  Lesson 3

Author:  Lynn Carmer

Publisher: Lynn Carmer        

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five



"Charm School Night Play:  Lesson 3  by Lynn Carmer

My Thoughts.....


I found this novel a very good read where you will find Athena one control person that will find at times  leave you shaking your head.  And then their was Tommy who you may find him him losing his temper at times but when it came to what he wanted he would definitely be found going after it and not taking no for a answer.  I did find several scenes that had me laughing so very hard.  Yes, this was quite a enjoyable read.  I liked the way this author wrote and separated the l's.  I could read it and thoroughly understand the story quite well and even thinking it was uniquely done. 

I found most of the characters somewhat complex but still so very interesting that will definitely keep you turning the pages to see what is coming next.


So, will Athena finally get the happiness she so well deserved?  With these two having that sizzling chemistry will they both who have had some many personal problems be able to finally get their HEA?  To find out you will have to pick up "Charm School Night Play:  Lesson 3" to find out.  Would I recommend?  YES!

She Said Yes

She Said Yes (Falling For A Rose Book 6) - Stephanie Nicole Norris Title: She Said Yes 'A Holiday Edition' Author: Stephanie Nicole Norris Publisher: S.N.N. Series: Falling For A Rose Book 6 Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review: "She Said Yes" by Stephanie Nicole Norris My Thoughts..... What a beautiful series this "Falling For A Rose Book 6...She Said Yes" was that will keep you turning the pages to see who said Yes! You will definitely get caught up with this entire family of Roses and let's not leave out the mess that Martha and Adeline presented. It was quite a delight seeing who Christopher Rose finally ending up with after all was said and done. This story definitely ended very enjoyable and now we will be looking forward to the next series that is about another Rose family member..... Phoebe Alexandria Rose and Quentin.

Her 13th Husband

Her 13th Husband - B.M. Hardin
Title:  Her 13th Husband
Author:  B.M. Hardin
Publisher:   Savvily Published LLC   
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
"Her 13th Husband" by B.M. Hardin
My Thoughts....
If you are looking for a good mystery, thriller and suspenseful read you have come to the right place because this authors novel "Her 13th Husband" was quite a read full of secrets that were simply off the chart well done!  I thought that Ivy's 13th husband was something but their was one more that was simply crazy.  With all of the twist and turns you will be kept turning the pages to see what was happening next.  That Mama Kay was simply one not to be messed with as she showed how well she was definitely was a protector and 'sister's keeper.' This is definitely one of those reads that will keep your attention all the way to the very end.  Thank you, thank you to the author for not giving us a cliffhanger!!!  You did a wonderful job in presenting and giving your readers a well written story that worked its all the way through by answering all the questions that needed to be answered in the fantastic read.  


Wicked Torture

Wicked Torture - J. Kenner

Title:  Wicked Torture

Author:  J. Kenner

Publisher:  Martini & Olive

Series:  Wicked Nights S tark World Book 3

Reviewed By:

Rating: Four


"Wicked Torture" by J. Kenner

My Thoughts.....


If you love reads of intensed second chance love that will have a lots of emotional twists, memories, heartbreaks to redemption and love then this is definitely the read for you.This is definitely one of those loves that should have never been walk away from in the first place however, I could see that Noah was doing what he felt was right.   


We find that the two main characters Kiki and Noah have been on a roller coaster 'to hell and back' will they be able to get finally  their HEA? For reason why these two had separated due to what Noah had done to Darla. Now as his life changes due to his wife and daughter death and it seems like he still had feeling for Kiki after seeing her again. Will Kiki be there for him as he seems to have come back into her life after ten years?  What about her 'huge music career?  Well, the story gets more interesting as you keep turning the pages where we see that these lives would have to be rekindled. We find Kiki now that she is divorced from her husband and Noah is widowed.  


The author presents quite a story as we see how these two being drawn together once again. I will say I did like how time that was taken to heal before they tried to start once again. There was definitely the hot chemistry between these two but will Noah be able to 'give his heart a second chance at love?'  This will definitely be a 'unique twist on a second chance love.' Will these two get this HEA and find their way back to each other?  To find out the answers to these questions and so much more you will have to pick up "Wicked Torture" to see how this story all comes out especially that epilogue.  


A Lifetime With You

A Lifetime With You (Falling For A Rose Book 5) - Stephanie Nicole Norris

Title: A Lifetime With You
Author: Stephanie Nicole Norris
Publisher: S.N.N.
Series: Falling For A Rose Book 5
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"A Lifetime With You" by Stephanie Nicole Norris

My Thoughts....

This was another well told story in this Book 5 of the Falling For A Rose series in 'A Lifetime With you' dealing with another one of the famous Rose brothers...Jonathan. I really liked how this story was of friends that become more than friends as it was for Jonathan and Octavia. Be ready for a story with some drama as Octavia seems to have a lots on her mind due to what had happened to her some sixteen years ago that still comes to her in her dreams. Will these two best friends be able to become more than friends even though there will be some hurdles to overcome? Well, if you haven't picked up the first four series I would definitely suggest you do so along with this one book five "A Lifetime With You" to get another well written story that leave you with a smile on your face.

An Ex For Christmas

An Ex for Christmas (Love Unexpectedly) - Lauren Layne

Title: An Ex for Christmas
Author: Lauren Layne
Publisher: Loveswept
Series: Love Unexpectedly # 5
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"An Ex for Christmas" by Lauren Layne

My Thoughts....

This is definitely one of those read where one will say wow and shaking ones head! Poor Kelly Byme was really having a lots of trouble not being able to see the forest for the woods syndrome but being caught in in 'tea leaves, tarots cards, magic eight balls and gypsies telling the future. So, when Kelly psychic has her thinking she is getting back together with a ex by Christmas...her search will start and oh my god where it will lead her! So, instead of Kelly seeing Mark Blakely who had been her best friend for years, one she could and did count on and was right their in front her her she still goes through her long list of exes. However, I did keep in mind that Mark was just a friends and not a ex. Oh, yes they did share a spunky dog! This will be one funny and have you laughing out loud as this story goes on as Kelly takes Mark along with her on this venture of hers. Will this put a strain among these two friendship? What will happen as Kelly finally starts to see what is right in front of her? This author does a good job at pulling the reader into this story wanting to know what will happen next in this emotional hot, sweet and sexy romantic story. So, as we find Kelly 'working around getting ready for the holiday, working around superstitions, ex boyfriends, ex friends, a friend and a dog' the reader will get one heck of a good holiday story.

In the end will Kelly and Mark get their HEA? Well, you will have to pick up "An Ex for Christmas" to see how this author will bring the readers one entertaining 'fun read with lots of humor and chemistry' giving us a good Christmas read. Would I recommend this novel? YES!

Thought We Had Forever

Thought We Had Forever - LaQuita Cameron

Title:  Thought We Had Forever

Author:  LaQuita Cameron

Publisher:  Shan Presents, LLC   

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five



"Thought We Had Forever" by LaQuita Cameron


My Thoughts.....



What a read that will definitely leave you 'speechless.'  The characters from Linx, Reesee, Angel, Vincent to Harriet to name a few will definitely give the reader quite a dramatic read.  I don't know who I felt more sorrier for between Reesee and Angel.  To me they both were quite a trip!  Those two....Linx and Vincent ...really?  Anyway we are left with a cliffhanger... 'To be continued....So, we are left  wondering what is happening!   So, be ready for a very interesting read that will keep you turning the pages to see what is going to happen next with these characters..  


Thank you to the author for the read and my giving a honest opinion of the read.

Under His Skin

Under His Skin - S.I. Hayes, J. Haney

Title:  Under His Skin

Authors:  S.I. Hayes  & J. Haney 

Publisher: S. H. H. & J. H.

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five



"Under His Skin" by S. I Hayes & J. Haney


My Thoughts...


This was quite a good read that these authors gives the readers.  It was quite interesting seeing Dorian Gallagher and Charlotte [Charlie] Herrick becoming friends and then on to lovers.  With Dorian having to leave LA  to Tennessee due so some of his previous actions taken with a married woman.  So, now he is in Tennessee to set up the 'family's newest theme park' and trying to stay on the low due to his indiscretion so not to be followed by this married woman husband goons that maybe out to get him.


On wanting to get 'some new ink' who does Dorian meet?  Well, it's Charlie who was quite some 'dark beauty, free spirit, drives a big truck, rides a motorcycle and carries a gun.'  How will Dorian fit in all of this after they meet?


Well, this will be a cute romance with some mystery and suspense that will keep one turning the pages to see what is coming next.  It was some read seeing out these two come together giving us a good read as both of these families will come together.  I loved the characters in the read who were all for the most part well developed, portrayed and believable keeping the story up front and center.


In the end will this 'Amusement Park Prince get his princess with a HEA?'  Well, you will have to pick up "Under His Skin" to see how these authors bring it all out to the readers. Would I recommend?  YES!

Forgive Us This Day

Forgive Us This Day - Barbara Joe Williams

Title:  Forgive Us This Day

Author: Barbara Joe Williams

Publisher:  Amani Publishing, LLC

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five



"Forgive Us This Day" by Barbara Joe Williams


My Thoughts....


What will happen when Michael Wayne does something that is almost unthinkable to his wife Alese whom he had been married to for years?  This was definitely not the fact that he didn't love Alese but just a real bad judgment that did cause quite a stir in his marriage.  Not only this matter was going on but it looks like there will be some trouble in adopting their foster daughter [Bianca] and Alese's mom Ma Dear being ill. 


With this story being of just a christian faith marriage will the power of prayer and forgiveness be enough to keep these two together?  The author does a wonderful job with her story where she really works the descriptions up front and center to it all giving the reader quite a story.  I loved how Michael refuses to give up and how well his best friend [Martin] was their to help him in his hour of really needing a friend and the fact that Alese was finally able to stop and listen to the words of her friend Karema and Ma Dear who had told her of 'forgiveness.'  I loved that ending with this couple getting something that they both had so desired.  Now, to find out about what all goes on in this story of "Forgive Us This Day" you will have to pick up this good read to see how well this author delivers it so well to the reader. 


I enjoyed this beautiful love story that dealt so well with marriage, family, secrets, betrayal, hope, forgiveness, commitment and faith. Would I recommend?  YES!


Flawless 4

Flawless (4 Book Series) - Jade Jones

Title:  Flawless 

Author:  Jade Jones

Publisher: J. J. 

Series:  # 4

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five



"Flawless 4" by Jade Jones


My Thoughts....


All that is left to say is wow! What a read with so much drama with all of the interesting characters whether it was with Shayla, Starr, Romeo, Desmond, Eviva, Dro, Ashley, Kim, Tyree and even Quay?  Be ready for quite a roller coaster ride because this author really gives the reader quite a well written journey that is still not completely finished yet as we are left once again in a cliffhanger wondering who is still alive.

Since I Had You

Since I Had You - Roy Glenn

Title:  Since I Had You

Author:  Roy Glenn

Publisher:  Escapism Entertainment 

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five



"Since I Had You" by Roy Glen


My Thoughts....


I didn't know what to expect when I first started reading this novel but as I continued on through the read, I really found that I enjoyed how well this author gives the readers quite a unique love story.  Yes, maybe it was of a love that shouldn't have happened but it does so how will these two main characters make it out of this situation.  Starting from just coworkers getting together after work, then to more of an affair where these two just loved communicating  with each other.  From that well other things start to happen. Now to put the icing on the cake both of these two were married to their spouses.  I kept saying why didn't each of their spouses know something was up...well later it is revealed that one of the spouses did know.  Anyway, I loved how this author brings it all out so well in 'what done in the dark...will come to light in the out.'  So, what will happen as Chris and Brooke move on with their lives with their spouses?  I will stop here and just say you will have to pick up "Since I Had You" to see how well this author gives the reader a well written love story that will definitely put a smile on your face especially with that ending. 

The Thursday Night Club and Other Stories

The Thursday Night Club and Other Stories of Christmas Spirit - Steven Manchester

Title:  The Thursday Night Club and Other Stories

Author:  Steven Manchester

Publisher:  Fiction Studio Books

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating:  Five



"The Thursday Night Club and Other Stories of Christmas Spirit" by Steven Manchester


My Thoughts.....


What a beautiful collection of three short stories that will really grip the reader especially doing this Christmas season that is very much full of  'emotions, spirit and faith.'


 'The Thursday Night Club' ...we have five college friends that soon changed to four due to a horrible accident. I loved what this group of friends did in order to honor the memory of their dear friend.  This story turned out to be a very inspirational read  that would definitely be one importance read especially during the Christmas season.   It was indeed wonderful seeing as these friends 'undertake the contest, the healing begins as they even  become inspired beyond their expectations.' 


'A Christmas Wish'....Another wonderful story of who a Italian matriarch, Mama that is there for her grandchildren as she shares not only her 'experience, wisdom but so importantly her unconditional love.'  Will the granddaughter Steph be able to learn to have faith and courage and not be afraid of her life?'  What about the grandson Brian? Will they 'both be able to finally find the courage to be true to themselves?' 


'The Tin Foil Manager'....What will happen when a geriatric  nurse Jeanne decides that she will not let Nancy Guillmette who is suffering from dementia give up?  I liked how Jeanne pushed Nancy into remembering her 'favorite childhood Christmas memories of retelling Christmas legends from around the world' that had been told to her by her father a long time ago. In doing this it was beautiful seeing how Nancy remember being loved.  I loved how this memorizing brought back even through smiles and tears that special gift that was greatly shared among the two which helped Nancy regain the will to even want to live. 


All three of these reads will definitely get one into the holiday spirit and put a smile on your face as you are turning the pages of these well written stories.  Would I recommend "The Thursday Night Club and Other Stories of Christmas Spirit?"   YES!


Thank you to the author for another good read!