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!

The Art Of Hiding

The Art of Hiding - Amanda Prowse

Title:  The Art of Hiding

Author:  Amanda Prowse

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five



"The Art Of Hiding" by Amanda Prowse


My Thoughts....


What a wonderful story this author gives to the readers that will definitely put one into its storyline. We find that Nina McCarrick had it all...a wonderful husband [Finn], two sons, beautiful home living the life of the rich and wealthy.  However, what will happen to Nina and her sons after the death of her husband and all that had seemed right in her world comes tumbling down.  Will Nina be able to pick herself up and move on with her life after bankruptcy hits her hard?   Will Nina soon learn that possessions aren't the most important things in her life as she is forced to return to her roots in South Hampton where they will have to adapt to a newer surrounding?  This is definitely a story of  grief, loss, hope, and redemption, drama, recovery as one will be able to see just what is so important in ones life as Nina begins a journey of self discovery and taking back her life in order to survive and be their for her sons Connor and Declan.


I found this novel well written emotional story definitely showing just what the difference is between materialism and spiritual values and the power of love and courage that will leave you with some provoking thoughts long after the read.  .


I received this book from Netgalley and chose to voluntarily review the book with an honest book review.


It Hurts Me To Love You 3

It Hurts Me To Love You 3 (Volume 3) - Ms. T. Nicole

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Title: It Hurts Me to Love You 3
Author: Ms. T. Nicole
Publisher: Royalty Publishing House
Series: #3
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"It Hurts Me To Love You 3" by Ms. T. Nicole

My Synopsis

Beautifully written! I enjoyed this whole series and I would definitely suggest if you haven't read the first two series please do so. It will bring you up to what has gone on earlier in this story. The author really did a wonderful job at bringing this story to a close. Not wanting to spoil anything but just say all questions and answers were given and I loved how it seemed that there was even some forgiveness after all was said and done. The characters were simply off the chain....being well developed, portrayed and so believable giving us a well developed story that will keep your attention to the very end. All that is left to say to the author... you write some well written stories that always leave your readers wanting more!



Virtue (Sons of Scotland Book 1) - Victoria Vane

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Title: Virtue
Author: Victoria Vane
Publisher: Dragonblade Publishing
Series: Sons of Scotland # 1
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Virtue" by Victoria Vane


As always this author gives her readers another well written read that will keep one thrilled and intrigued with a story that also keeps one turning the pages to see what will happen next in this Highlander Scottish Romance series. The story features two main characters...Sibylla Mac William and Alexander. It was very interesting that when these two meet you will be able to feel the connection that is their between them. We find Alexander not really knowing of his heritage, left to leave as a monk but goes as a teacher to help a Highland family that needed a Tudor. After arriving and seeing and meeting Lady Sibylla his finds that his heart is conflicted. Now, why is that? This is where I say I don't want to spoil it for you so, you will have to pick up this read to see if these two will get their HEA.

I liked how the twist and turns, fast pace and surprises that were feed into the story that really keeps the reader on the edge of there seats wondering how this story will come out in the end. Be prepared for a little bit of it all from... 'secrets, betrayals, danger, passion and love' that will take the reader into the next series of 'Sons of Scotland.'


Put It In Ink

Put It In Ink - Danyelle Scroggins

Title:  Put It In Ink

Author:  Danyelle Scroggins

Publisher:  Divinely Sown Publishing

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five



"Put It in Ink" by Danyelle Scroggins


My Thoughts....


What a wonderful amazing read that you might even find yourself praying and even praising God as you read through this beautiful well written novel 'Put It in Ink.' Yes, this is a beautifully written Christian fiction read.  This author really know how to keep the readers attention turning the pages to see what is coming next.  I loved how the 'love, betrayal, lust, greed, heartache, revenge and woven relationships' that was all brought into this story and coming out with such powerful scriptures that would help all that wanted it in there lives there in Shreveport.  The characters presented in this novel from Nikiya, Raja, Monica, Marcus, Sappora,  Delena, Patrick, Michelle, Jerome, Leslie, Pastor Strong to name a few and some of their friendships were all so well developed, portrayed and oh so believable giving the reader one good read with this story that mainly started because of a beauty shop owner. My favorite part o the read was learning about 'Sappora Ink blog talk radio show- Real Folks, Real Truth.' Now that was something that was really interesting in this read that really brought in what was so needed for so many.  Thank you to the author for sharing such a remarkable story with your readers that I would definitely recommend to all.  It was wonderful seeing how one can 'triumph over adversity and how faith can bring one through every situation.'  Thank you to the author for a wonderful good read.

It Hurts Me To Love You 2

It Hurts Me To Love You 2 (Volume 2) - Ms. T. Nicole

Title:  It Hurts Me To Love You 2

Author:  Ms. T. Nicole

Publisher:  Royalty Publishing House

Series: # 2

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating:  Five



"It Hurts Me To Love You 2" by Ms. T. Nicole


My Thoughts...


What a read that will present many secrets that did come out presenting problems especially for Yam Snake and DJ.  Now, how will this cause some deep problems for poor Paisley?  Will DJ be able pull back since Paisley has his heart?  Be ready for plenty of action that will present many twist and turns that will keep you turning the pages to see what will happen next. Since there is more to come of this story we will have to catch part 3 to get the rest of the story.

The Golden Lie

The Golden Lie - B.M. Hardin

Title:  The Golden Lie

Author:  B. M. Hardin

Publisher:  Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five



"The Golden Lie" by B.M. Hardin


My Thoughts...


This is definitely one of those reads that you will not want to put down until the end.  The story will be filled with so many lies that you will simply have to keep up with all of its twist and turns. I found all of the characters simply off the chart bringing so much to this story that will have you shaking your head and saying wow...I didn't see that one coming.  At the end I was left wondering just who the truthful person was in this read.  There was so much damage that had been done would there be a any room for a healing?  I will only say this author has done it again and that is give the readers another good read. 

WAR: The 6th Installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries

WAR: The 6th Installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries - Deidra D. S.  Green, Lashawone Powell

Title:  WAR: The 6th Installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries

Author: Deidra D. S. Green

Publisher: Rathsi Publishing Presents 

Series: The 6th Installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five



WAR: The 6th Installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries by Deidra D. S. Green


My Thoughts....


After reading this 6 installments I had questions that were either answered or will be at the end of these Chloe Daniels Mysteries series. Here are some of my questions...some will be answered from this read and some may not. 


As the Chloe Daniels 6th installment mysteries continue on the reader will get some new well as old ones...Mrs. Grace Pembroke Wetherby...has been identified as the Baby Doll Killer but this left the  Chief Livingston now wondering how the media had gotten the information so fast that had been kept a secret. Had someone leaked this story from his office? Now who is that person?


What had gone on in the Wetherby home as Drake comes into the house  with his children and find Carmen the housekeeper...?


From a new character...Dahlia...who and what was going on with all of the mayhem she was causing all around her?  What had happened to her in her past that had caused these problems that she was having to deal with?


As we see that Major and Mayven are still on the run...what going on with them as their money is getting lower?  What plan will Major come up with for them next?  Will it work?


Will Anna Black get her freedom with the help of Lenore?  Now, was there something going on between these two?  Who was this new Amber Williamson?


Why did Chief Jemison not wish to speak to Chief Livingston?


For Fatima and Lynette...was that to be?  Did Fatima  have eyes for Detective Michael Phillips?


Will Lenore make it out of this mess she is in when she returns to the Fulton County Jail without Anna Black?


As Drake and Carmen pondered what to do with what had happened what will happen when the police show up?


What happens when Dr. Daniels, Detective Phillips and Addison try to see Anna Black only to discover....?


Dr. Daniels and Detective Phillips...were they having feelings for each other?


What happens as Addison takes time off from work and decides to go to the to the gym?

Will Logan have eyes for Addison?  And what's up with that nut job  Andrea Wolcott? What all is she bringing to the table?


How did Dahlia and Ethan Andrews become involved?  Needless to say did that situation end well?

Well all I can say is ... you will have to read it for yourself!  This new character will definitely get  your attention!


Will Lenore have problems with Prescott and Veronica Dunbar from her job?


Well, it seems like its another robbery by Major and Mayven? Who will come out of this alive?


This story will go back and forth all over the place so the reader will have to keep up because there will be so much going on and yes again we are left with another cliffhanger!  To really understand the Chloe Daniels Mystery will really need to start at the first installment thru the 6 installment  to fully understand what all has gone on up to this present time.  


Now we find Anna Black with some more new people and a new life? .....Well this is where I will stop and say you will have to pick up "WAR: The 6th Installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries" to get the whole story and many questions answered however, be prepared for another installment # 7 in 'Blaze.' I am sure I will be taking more notes in order to be able to keep up with all of these characters that this author has given to us that will keep the reader interest in this good mystery series. 

Breathless 5: Loving Jacob

Breathless 5: Loving Jacob - Shani Greene-Dowdell
Title:  Breathless 5:  Loving Jacob
Author:  Shani Greene-Dowdell
Publisher:  Nayberry Publications
Series:  Breathless # 5
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
"Breathless 5: Loving Jacob" by Shani Greene-Dowdell
My Thoughts.... Wow, this was quite a journey of how everything comes together and in the end was worth waiting for... finally getting a HEA!  From this whole Breathless series as in this one the reader will get very well developed and portrayed characters that were for the most part believable and less not forget the hot steamy love scenes as this author knows so well how to keep our interest.  
Author:  Shani Greene-Dowdell
Publisher:  Nayberry Publications
Series:  Breathless # 5
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
"Breathless 5: Loving Jacob" by Shani Greene-Dowdell
My Thoughts....
Wow, this was quite a journey of how everything comes together and in the end was worth waiting for... finally getting a HEA!   From this whole Breathless series as in this one the reader will get very well developed and portrayed characters that were for the most part believable and less not forget the hot steamy love scenes as this author knows so well how to keep our interest.  


40 Days of Healing Journal

40 Days of Healing Journal - Danyelle Scroggins

Title:  40 Days of Healing Journal

Author:  Danyelle Scroggins

Publisher:  Create Space Independent Publishing

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five



"40 Days of Healing Journal"  by Danyelle Scroggins


My Thoughts....


This was definite a clearly well thought out journal about fasting....& praying with wonderful scriptures.


Here is the starting of how this journal is presented to the reader which is very easy to follow.


"It is about laying aside that thing or those things that obstruct you from being the best person you can be, and believing the denying of yourself, gives God room to maximize your potential at becoming the best you, or opening channels for your to receive answered prayers."


"For the next forty are to commit to giving ups something like...Soda, Sweets, Lying, Facebook, Social Media, The Telephone, Cell Phone, Gambling, Alcohol, Gossiping, Sex, Wine, Television, Something but faithfully for the next 40 days!"

I can definitely pick one or more of these!


Write the one what you are giving up....

I'm Giving up....

Why I chose to give up this is...because....


Day 1 Psalm 95:7-8


During this time of fasting and prayer we are to remember to meditate each day to hear the voice of God.

Don't let anyone turn you from the fact you have picked up this book!


'Set your mind to wind because whatever the 'it' is in your life that is keeping you from your next level, 'it' must go down, so you can get up!


Your prayer for today:


What has God spoken for you to do but because your heart is hard, you can't seem to find a way through to do?


After the 40 days are up, what would you desire to have gained?


This was day to work through 39 more days....


My Declaration:

My 'It' Has to Go In Jesus' Name


Day 2  Matthew 4: 17


And this goes on through to Day 40 with each day receiving a word from the author as she leaves  a word for you...


"There's no excuse for turning back after  39 days ago.  Move Forward with this new mindset and a will to work the Word in your life, because baby, if you Work the word the Word will Work for you,"

The Aftermath   Isaiah 41:9-11

Our Faith   Galatians 3:6-9

The End... "Is never complete until God says so!"


After I went through this journal  I found it well written and giving one so much important divine inspirational information that will only help 'renew ones total mind, body and spirit.'  I loved how after each day,  one is to write their prayers.  Wow, what one can get through fasting and prayers!


This journey was beautifully well done and anyone can follow along each of the 40 days  and be truly blessed. Would I recommend?  Definitely yes!  I plan on starting my 40 days soon.


Thank you to the author for permitting me to read about your journal... "40 Days of Healing Journal."














Ray Of Life

Ray of Life (Volume 7) - E. L. Todd

Title:  Ray of Life

Author: E. L. Todd

Publisher:  E.L.T.

Series: Book 7

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five



"Ray of Life" by E. L. Todd


My Thoughts...


This was a beautifully well brought out series number 7 that featured not only family, friends, lost but in the end a true love finally  coming together as it was for Ryker and Austen.  All that is left to say is that Ryker really had some true friends in what that did for him at the end. Finally Ryker and Austen gets their HEA!


Fearless: a Sports Romance - Amarie Avant

Title:  Fearless

Author:  Amarie Avant

Publisher:  Jessica Watkins Presents

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating:  Five



"Fearless" by Amarie Avant


My Thoughts.....


This author has done it again and that is giving the readers another good read.  This story was of Zariah [educated, strong & intelligent] and Vassili [Russian MMA fighter, Alpha] that was off the chain being a well written story that will keep ones attention to see what was going on next between these two. How will these two survive from this instant attraction be able to fit into each others lifestyle? These two characters will keep you on a emotional ride due to the fact that both of these two were so very 'strong will and determined' and let's not leave out the hot chemistry that flowed heavily between them.  I will say at times I did question Zariah's reactions toward her father in regard to what all had happened to her mother and brother.  Be ready for lots of drama, humor,  mystery and oh my that romance!  Will Zariah and Vassili be able to whether the storms that seems to always be around them with some deep family issues along with some their racial backgrounds?  I was so happy to see this story ended with a HEAFN leaving the reader to know there will be 'more curveballs to come' along with some unanswered questions to be answered.  Thank you to the author for another good read!

Born To Be Wild

Born To Be Wild: Book One in The Lake Series (Volume 1) - Chicki Brown, Karen McCollum Rodgers

Title: Born To Be Wild

Author: Chicki Brown

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Series:  Book One in The Lake Series

Reviewed By: Arlena Dean

Rating: Five



"Born To Be Wild" by Chicki Brown


My Thoughts....


This was a sweet love story that involved two people who were opposite being from two different places however the hero was quite a likable guy that literally stole the heroine heart making this one wild and beautiful read. Tangela and Reese's story had the prefect chemistry and I would recommend this novel as a good read.  I do look forward to other series by this author.  I see we have a Lake Series with Breelyn's [Tangela's best friend] story coming next. I wonder if we will hear any more about Johnnie, Carlton or Dashay?  Anyway, we will be waiting!

White Fur

White Fur - Jardine Libaire

Title:  White Fur

Author:  Jardine Libaire

Publisher:  Crown Publishing

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Four



"White Fur" by Jardine Libaire


My Thoughts...


All I can say is this is was a unusual poetical love story as this author gives the readers the ending first and then worked the story forward as the story comes full circled by the end.  So, what should the readers expect?  Well get ready for a little bit of it all...from the gritty, raw and simply painful at times that will definitely leave one saying wow!  We find Jamey Hyde who came from a rich family and then their was Elise Perez who was poor coming together being so very opposite. So, really what could one expect  would happen for all that went on with these two that definitely seemed to be on quite a roller coaster ride? Now, I will say this story wasn't just with these two but also their families and friends.  Would I say this story was similar to the Romeo and Juliet story? Yes,  a little but I found this story was also filled with so much more raw grittiness with lots of emotions. Yes, this was a very obsessive relationship, with crime, some off the chart erotic sex scenes, so be aware of that fact among some other real issues that are full of 'trials and tribulations.'  I did feel that the story went on and on a little bit that seemed to drag somewhat but the story did however pick up getting your attention as you continued on to see what was coming next and then we get a strange unexpected  weird twist of a end. If you are looking for a love story that will be told in a very unusual way then you have come to the right place for "White Fur" will be the read I would recommend to you.


Pieces of Happiness

Pieces of Happiness - Anne Ostby

Title: Pieces of Happiness
Author: Anne Ostby
Publisher: Doubleday
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Pieces of Happiness" by Anne Ostby

My Thoughts ...

This author really give the readers quite one interesting read..."Piece of Happiness." I thought is was really one good read having these six people, five that had been friends since high school in Norway come visit and then live together [after the death of her Niklas, her husband] on a cocoa plantation in Fiji in the South Pacific with each one having there own story that was really intriguing to say the least. Oh, the sixth woman was Kat's housekeeper...Ateca who was so very understanding of each of these ladies. I loved her prayers for God to watch over everyone as the prayers seemed to 'mark the change in the chapters and even the narration from each of the women.'

I loved the invitation that was sent to each one of these ladies who were know in their sixties....


“I’ve planted my feet on Fijian earth and I intend to stay here until the last sunset. Why don’t you join me? Leave behind everything that didn’t work out!”


Will they be able to 'leave their worries, mistakes and problems back in Norway?' No, they hadn't stayed in touch but know would they be willing to start all over and 'come up with plans of a new future in this beautiful cocoa plantation?' How different this would be for these ladies who had difficulties of their own to come to this beautiful place that had much to offer with many highs and well as lows but in the end the readers will give one good story that will give one reason to ponder long after the read. I loved the characters...Kat, Ingrid, Maya, Sina and Lysbeth who all had 'secrets and hopes that had been keep hidden' so will they be able to stop and redefine just what they wanted in their life now? Will they be willing to rediscover their past friendships and even themselves?
All while I was reading this novel I keep thinking what would it be like to have friends like these!

This was definitely a wonderful and enjoyable read about a enduring 'friendship and second chances just to be happy' that I would definitely recommend. In the end all that is left to say is that hopefully we can all have this in our lives. This story was very well done by this author.


Thanks to NetGalley for a pre-publication copy to review.

Through Her Eyes

Through Her Eyes (Mind's Eye Book 4) - Deborah Camp

Title:  Through Her Eyes

Author:   Deborah Camp

Publisher:  D. C.

Series:  Mind's Eye Book 4

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: 5



"Through Her Eyes" by Deborah Camp


My Thoughts......


As always this author brings it all up front and center for the readers..."Through Her Eyes" featuring Levi Wolfe and Trudy Tucker.  Hold on because there will be much going on in this romance and mystery read that will definitely keep your attention. I liked the story that surrounded both of the characters in that they both had some personal demons that they were battling through.  How will they make it though all of it and now looking for a serial killer?  Well,  this is where I say you will have to pick up  this good read to see how these two will catch this serial killer who seem to have 'been murdering for more than a decade' on the streets of New Orleans and now it looks like there maybe someone else who is also involved.  


Be ready for a read that will have you holding your breath as you are reading through some horrible details as this author gives to the reader in this well written story.  In the end will  these two find the HEA medium? Will their personal problems be worked out? Will Levi ever pop the question to Trudy that she longs to hear?   Well, again you will have to pick up 'Through Her Eyes' to see how this story comes out in the end that will definitely leave you wanting more from these two psychics.


Thank you to the author for the early read of "Through Her Eyes" where I gave my honest opinion of the read.

The Goddesses

The Goddesses: A Novel - Swan Huntley

Title:  The Goddesses: A Novel

Author:  Swan Huntley

Publisher: Doubleday

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Four



"The Goddesses" by Swan Huntley


My Thoughts....


What will happen when Nancy want a change in her life as she 'jump starts her family' by moving to Hawaii?  This poor lady had been through so much with that cheating husband Chuck and twin boys that seemed to in into something one way or another.  With all of this drama going on in Nancy's life would moving to Hawaii cause her some happiness?  What happens when she moves to Hawaii with her family?  Who is the woman Nancy will meet and what affect will she have on life?  What will happen when Nancy finally gets out of this disillusion that she had felt so apart of?   This is a interesting part of the read as the story shows just how people often look for happiness in the wrong place.  I will say that was quite a toxic friendship.  Will Nancy learn that one can't live through other people?  Be prepared for lots and lots of drama! I will also say that author really knows how to give the reader a good entertaining read of thrills and  suspense that will keep one reading to see what will happen next in this beautiful Hawaiian setting.  I found "The Goddesses" quite a interesting read that even thought it was captivating it could be somewhat a frustrating read at times too. 


Thank you to Net Gallery for the read.