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!

Hope At Christmas

Hope at Christmas: A Novel - Nancy Naigle

Title:  Hope at Christmas

Author:  Nancy Naigle

Publisher:  St. Martin's Press 

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

Review:

 

"Hope at Christmas" by Nancy Naigle

 

My Thoughts....

 

This was quite a good holiday story that involved two divorced parents and their children.  I liked how this author brings Sydney Ragsdale and Kevin [Mac] Alea together in this wonderful Christmas magical read that is fulled with 'love and hopefulness.'

 

We find from the story that after an very unexpected divorce Sydney moves from Atlanta to Hopewell, North Carolina with her daughter where her grandparents had left her  their farm house to get away from it all ... a controlling ex and some ex friends. Hopefully Sydney plan to start a new live there in Hopewell.

 

As you read through this well written story one will find the characters so very relatable as well as realistic giving you a good senseable read. Will these two people [Sydney & Mac] be able to get  just what they needed as they find there way around  Hopewell N.C?  This author brings out a interesting point of what can happen when there is a divorce ex  and who is left hurt and abandon  when a marriage is dissolved...the child.  In this case the children were  Ray Anne & Seth.  Be ready for a lots of action, surprises, drama, trust issues, fun, hope, love, sadness and even laughter, and Christmas cheer  as the story continues to the end.  What will happen when Sydney starts working for Bea over the holidays?What was so special about this book store?  Who will she met?  What was it about Mac. divorced, who was teacher at the local HS, baseball coach and during the holidays would dress up as Santa in that interested Sydney?  Will their be sparks between Sydney and Mac as they go some some series of non-dates?  Will these two lost souls who had been wounded be able to find healing?  Will Sydney be able to trust again after that ordeal with her ex?  To get all of these questions answered you will have to pick up "Hope at Christmas" and see how this author will bring it all out for you.

 

By the end the reader will get a good heart-warming holiday story of ' love, hope and second chances' and YES, a ending with a wonderful HEA.

 

 

Tempted & Taken

Tempted & Taken (Men of Haven) - Rhenna Morgan

Title: Tempted & Taken

Author:  Rhenna Morgan

Publisher:  Carina Press

Series:  Men of Haven Series # 4

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating:  Five

Review:

 

"Tempted & Taken" by Rhenna Morgan

 

My Thoughts...

 

This was another good series of the 'Men of Haven # 4 that was indeed a good read.  The story features one of my favorite of the 'Men of Haven' Knox Torren who  was yes a 'coder, hacker, dominant alpha and a friend.'  Then you add Darya Volkova who had to hide her identity, wanting to work for Knox and the reader will be ready for a wonderful story of how this will all work out as these two are drawn together.

 

Will Knox be able to save Darya from who she is running from? Will their chemistry that have for each other be able to keep them together? I loved how this author brings it all out about Knox past and why he was the way he was especially when it came to the women he came involved with.  With all the Haven Men, with their wives and moms  being involved again really makes this story so very real as they come together helping  just when it was needed.  Also, I liked some of the new characters that were new to this series that was added to to give the reader a different spin in how the story turned out. 

 

I will say it was great seeing Knox with Darya.  Now, will they get their HEA?  Well you will just have to pick up "Tempted & Taken" to see how this author brings out another good series to  the readers.  All that is left for me to say is that Knox was truly one guy I loved reading about where he finally gets his happiness!

 

 

 

 

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe - Melissa de la Cruz

Title: Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe

Author:  Melissa de la Cruz

Publisher: St. Martin's Press 

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Four

Review:

 

"Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe" by Melissa de la Cruz

 

My Thoughts...

 

If you are looking for a 'feel good' quick read for the holiday you may like this one by this author focusing on Darcy Fitzwilliam and Luke Bennet.  We find that a lots will happen as Darcy returns home for the holiday after her mother has had a heart attack.  Darcy was quite a successful woman however she also had a life that was full of insecurities.  I enjoyed how this author was able to deliver a modernized retelling of 'Pride and Prejudice' and let's not leave out the Mistletoe where there will be a 'complete flip of characters.'  What will happen when one of the richest women who doesn't have time for nothing but work...comes home after been gone for eight years, having to deal with her strained relationship with her father, mother's illness and having to attend her parents's yearly Christmas party? Will a lots of the events that take place in this story set off some events from the past that seem to collide with Darcy's future? What will happen when Darcy meets up with Luke Bennet...the carpenter?  What happens when Darcy begins to think that maybe living the simple life would be better than the one she now has?  Now to get all of these questions answered and so much more you will have to pick up this novel [Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe] and understand that its a spin off/flip of the original 'Pride and Prejudice,' a Jane Austen Classic however, this will be a quite a different story that is full of  twist and turns, 'lightheartedness, self discovery and second chances.'

 

 

 

Deck The Halls

Deck the Halls: A Darling, VT Christmas Romance Novella (A Darling, VT Novel) - Donna Alward

Title:  Deck The Halls

Author:  Donna Award 

Publisher: Swerve

Series Darling, VT

Reviewed By: Arlena Dean

Rating:  Five

Review:


"Deck The Halls" by Donna Alward


My Thoughts..... 


A well thought out contemporary romantic novella that is part of 'The Darling, VT series with some undercurrent of personal struggles. What a story this was as it presented 'the tough subject of veterans and what could happen when they return home only to have to live with the horrors what had happened will they were away serving our country.' This is definitely one of those stories that will touch ones heart. I liked how this author was able to get George who was a 'wonderful, gentle, proud man who had fought for his country, lost everything suffering from PTSD had finally been given a second chance.  What will happen as the twin sister of his best friend [Ian] Amy Merck arrives and reawakens old bad feelings that had been so close to him? For George had blamed himself for years over Ian's death. Will these two [George & Amy] be able to finds some degree of closures and be able to help one another?  With each other needing so much healing you will have to pick up "Deck The Halls' to see how this heartwarming emotional novella that will put you in a holiday seasonal mood.

 

With This Christmas Ring

With This Christmas Ring - Manda Collins

Title:  With This Christmas Ring

Author:  Manda Collins

Publisher: Swerve

Reviewed By: Arlena Dean

Rating:  Five

Review:


"With This Christmas Ring" by Manda Collins


My Thoughts....

 

What a good holiday romance read of just what can happen when a love lost will be found once again that will definite capture the wonderful feeling of the true spirit of this holiday season.  I found this short novella story to be well written from the start to the finish that will definite keep your attention. This was one of those read that will have you shaking your head as this story unfolds that tells 'the tale of a pair of lovers that were truly torn apart by the conspiracies of a particular family member.'  What will happen when all of the story comes out from traveling to Wrotham Castle?  Will these two [Merry & Alex] that had been torn apart be able to work toward their HEA?  Well, to find out you will have to pick up "With This Christmas Ring" to find out.

Eidolon

Eidolon - Grace Draven

Title:  Eidolon

Author: Grace Draven

Publisher:  G. D.

Series:  Wraith Kings, Book 2

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

Review:

 

"Eidolon" by Grace Draven

 

My Synopsis....

 

I really liked this sequel that continued on featuring Brishen, Ildiko, Anhuset and a some more characters [Wraith Kings] with their own personalities that will keep you turning the pages  with this author giving the reader a well developed written tale about the world of the Kai. The story did indeed keep me enthralled as the reader will see what Brishen does in order to try to save his people that could possibly cost him his life.  Be ready for a story that will have a little bit of it all which features a "world ending struggle, ongoing tale of romance, emotional rollercoaster, magic, fantasy, loyalty, sacrifice, friendship and honor. along with suspense, political intrigue and the impossible mission to save the world."  I will say you really should read the first 'Wraith Kings, book 1 in Radiance" to truly enjoy this fabulous second book 2 "Eidolon" that will give the reader a captivating read at its fullest in tragedy and triumph.

 

In the end the reader gets one awesome  fantastic read filled with romance, action and intrigue that will leave you wanting more of the 'Wraith Kings Series.'

His Convenient Husband

His Convenient Husband (Love and Sports) - Robin Covington

Title:  His Convenient Husband

Author:  Robin Covington

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC 

Series: Love and Sports #1

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Four

Review:

 

"His Convenient Husband" by Robin Covington

 

My Thoughts....

 

I found this novel a very interesting well written read that definitely kept my attention all the way till the end. I found the main characters...Isaiah, Victor and Evan and Ian some very intriguing, well developed and believable giving the readers one good story.  Was this a gay read?  Yes! With the two main characters Isaiah [football player] and Victor [ballet dancer] both being from two different backgrounds it was quite interesting in how this author was able to give the readers a story that did connect quite well and bringing the son [Evan] into the picture really helped bring this story altogether.  Even though this was the second marriage for Isaiah [after having losing his former husband Stephen from a accident] will he be able to leave the past behind and start a new one with his new husband? Will Isaiah began to love again? I will say that I didn't really care very much for Isaiah until toward the end where it seems like after a certain incident that involved his son maybe he got some sense in what was really happening in this whole situation.  Now, I don't want to spoil it ...just saying you will have to pick up this novel and see for yourself what all it is about and how this author will bring it all out in the end. I felt that this was a enjoyable story that in the end you will find out if these two will get their HEA

The Christmas Room

The Christmas Room - Catherine Anderson


Title:  The Christmas Room

Author:  Catherine Anderson

Publisher: Berkley

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating:Five

Review:


"The Christmas Room" by Catherine Anderson


My Thoughts....


I found this a good novella Christmas story that touches on a little bit of it all....from 'grief, trials and tribulations of a single parent, finding a love connection, moving to a new state, with secrets, physical violence,  name calling, lack of understanding, healing, redemption' and it did have some heart warming moments. This author gives the reader a wonderful story that was even humorous at times, with touching moments with interesting characters from [Maddie, Cameron (Cam}, Caleb McLendon, Sam and  Kristin Conacher] to name a few that will definitely keep your attention all the way through this beautiful description of Christmas Montana story. Be ready for a long story of this well blended family where the reader will be able to read about this 'dual love story of two different generations' with the best of it all ... it all happens around the Christmas holiday.  All that is left to say is that this was really a fantastic story of families and their relationships in how this author brings it all together so well after all is said and done.

Mind Games

Mind Games - Stevie Turner

Title:  Mind Games

Author:  Stevie Turner

Publisher: KDP

Reviewed By: Arlena Dean 

 

Rating: Four

Review"

 

"Mind Games" by Stevie Turner

 

My Thoughts.....

 

After a 35 year marriage it looks like this wife has had enough of her husbands addiction to porn and want a divorce.  Now, to fully understand what has gone on with this husband you will just have to pick up "Mind Games" to see how this author presents it to the reader.  As I was reading this story I am not sure who I felt more sorrier for  Frances or Martin.  Definitely there was help that was needed by both but it didn't seem like anyone really wanted it.  Martin claim to have quite this addiction but soon we will find out from the read really was that true?  I could feel Frances need to not want to grow old along but to want to get back with Martin really had me shaking my head and saying REALLY!  As for Martin well I can will say is He Really Needed Some Help!  This story really left me thinking wow!  I will stop now and just stay you will have to pick this one up.  Will these two ever get back to that HEA that they seemed to have had at the beginning of their marriage?  Well, all I will say is wow...Martin certainly think he has it all figured out. But anyone is has an addiction to pornography will definitely need to help.  Now, since Martin tell Frances that he is though with porn and she seems to believe it!  What will happen if Frances finds out really what Martin is hiding and still is up to.  As the story stops here, hopefully Frances will still have her apartment still there for her to return to.  She just may need it!

218 First Hugs

218 First Hugs (Book 3 of the "First" series) - E.L. Todd

Title:  218 First Hugs

Author:  E. L. Todd

Publisher: E.L.T.  

Series: First # 3

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating:  Five

Review:

 

"218 First Hugs" by E. L. Todd

 

My Thoughts.....

 

What a very interesting ending to a truly good series.  There were so many twist and turns that will put one on quite a emotional ride as you read through this series. I would definitely suggest that you start with the first two series so you will know what all has gone on earlier in this whole captivating story. All of the characters from Bree, Cypress, Amelia, Ace, Blade, Celeste to even Evan were all well developed giving the reader a relatable and believable read.  The titles for all of these series were just very unique as this author always seems to give her readers some interesting reads. I will say it was a good ending for all of the characters in how this author was able to  gives all a HEA in this well written and one awesome story.

The Little Girl Inside: Owning My Role in My Own Pain

The Little Girl Inside: Owning My Role in My Own Pain - Barbee Tonya

Title: The Little Girl Inside: Owning My Role in My Own Pain

 

Author:  Tonya Barbee

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating:  Five

Review:

 

"The Little Girl Inside:  Owning my Role in my Own Pain" by Tonya Barbee

 

My Thoughts....

 

What a interesting true story of how this author [Tonya] came out of this situation that so many a person can also be found in ..drifting and only wanted what we all want and that is to be truly loved.  I found this story definitely being one that can help others in so many different ways.  The novel explains it all so well in the twenty-eight chapters.  I loved how the chapters were short and very much on point of what that subject was concerning that particular chapter.

 

So this is what was up when she listened to that little girl inside her as many of us do whether we want to admit it or not.  Some of it may be good but for the most part of it all...it was bad especially when it came to her relationships.  After four failed marriages would she finally get the answers she so desperately needed?  Would she ever find someone like her father...which she adored and coming from a good family?  What about her 'Dreams and Hopes' as only she wanted was to be loved as it seems like her father gave to her family.  Well, as this story goes on we learn about Sir Knight, Sr Charming, the Playmate, Officer Wrong and now we either the Internet date [Sir Intellectual].  Now, that will be quite a story of how her best friend  Naomi enter the picture and things will take a turn from that situation. From that situation she meets Gaines and I will truly say her life will never be the same with this person.  At this point I kept wondering didn't Gaines story sound weird but as you will see that little girl kept listening to just what she wanted to hear.  I don't want to spoil it and tell too much of the story but I hope that you will pick up this read and see just how this author will bring it out so well to the readers. Yes, this is a true  story!  Will Tonya [by the way as I write this review the her and she is named Tonya] ever come to the realization that only she will be able to stop this situation that is going on in her life.  Yes, she has been hurt so much but Tonya now was on her fourth marriage and it was time to wake up and realize that that inner voice of that little girl should be saying that it was time to grow up, mature and only then would hope come.

 

What got me as I read this story was that several people around Tonya knew exactly what Sir Intellectual was all about...but one person told her...this was when the house they were to buy went down hill.

 

"I wanted you to have this house because I knew you would take care of it, give it love and restore it to the beautiful place that it once was....But if you think for one moment you will make it with that so-called man you call a husband, you have another thing coming.  That man doesn't love anyone except himself.  He is a liar, a cheater, dishonest, and you can do much better than him."

 

Did she listen? NO!

 

Thank God for the 'Retreat' from the church that seemed really to help Tonya get her life together.

 

In the end will Tonya be able to not 'implement the perfect family in wanting to give her children the father figure that had always met so much to her?  Will Tonya learn to just treasure what she already has?  Will that little girl inside of Tonya have a 'tranquil spirit and be content just where she is and seek God's blessings for every move she makes?'

 

I loved the ending of this read..

 

"Never give up. Love yourself and embrace your mistakes and learn from them...Keep smiling and be grateful. It starts with you taking the first step to own up to your own pain. God will help you from there?'

 

This is definitely a novel I would recommend to all women. Indeed it would be a great help for all who listens to that little girl as she is speaking and definitely being able to learn from ones past own mistakes!

 

Thank you to the author for the gift of the read for my sharing my honest opinion of the read.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Season of You

A Season of You: A Cloud Bay Christmas Novel - Emma Douglas

Title:  A Season of You

Author:  Emma Douglas

Publisher: St. Martin's Press 

Series:  Cloud Bay #2

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Four

Review:

 

"A Season Of You" by Emma Douglas

 

My Thoughts....

 

This author gives the ready quite a interesting story in "A Season of You" [the second in this series] who dealt with Mina Harper who had lot her father and her husband. How will Will Fraser play in all of this?  Well, he had be very fond of Mina from afar for five years, however, she was married so that was that.  Now, that things were different would Mina ever be interested in Will who owned a whiskey distillery and bar with his brother and since the death of Mina's father and husband had been due to alcohol related causes. Would Mina [the widow] be able to get pass that?  However, after a accident would Mina be able to see things different and overcome this apprehension that she had regarded of Will's career?  Be ready for a little of  'drama, humor, second chances, love, spice and holiday hope.'  Will Will be able to win Mina's heart during this holiday season in this good story of 'overcoming ones fear and allowing one to love once again?' To find out all of the answers to these questions you will have to pick up "A Season of You" to see how well this author brings it out so well to the readers in this Christmas novel. 

Christmas at Two Love Lane

Christmas at Two Love Lane - Kieran Kramer

 

Title: Christmas at Two Love Lane
Author: Kieran Kramer
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Rating: Five
Review:

"Christmas At Two Love Lane" by Kieran Kramer

My Thoughts...

This was a good lovely seasonal/holiday romantic read that even had little bit of comedy in it. I loved the Charleston setting for this read that this author brought out so very well. The two main characters well just let me say were 'phenomenal.' Definitely matchmaker Macy really meets her match when introduced to that bachelor Deacon. With Macy being in the business of matchmaking will Deacon find the date that will make his Aunt happy? Will it take the whole town to help Macy see that she too was capable to being loved?

The author really works the story is presented with so much 'drama, humor, spice, touching, flirting and let's not leave out all of this seasonal holiday happening' along with a wonderful dialogue that will keep one turning the pages to see what will happen next. So, if you are looking for a good holiday read I would definitely recommend this one to you.
 
 

 

Bidding On Love

Bidding on Love - Ms Joanne Dannon

Title: Bidding on Love: When love complicates a fling

Author:  Joanne Dannon

Publisher:  Clarendon 3 Publishing 

Reviewed By: Arlena Dean

Rating: Four

Review:

 

"Bidding on Love" by Joanne Dannon

 

My Thoughts....

 

"Bidding on Love" was a sweet cute read that will keep your attention all the way till the end.  I liked the way the story focused on Lily Taylor who after her parents had died and she had raised her brother was not looking forward to having some fun of her own.Lily was a jazz single and wanted to pursue a musical career.  In what way will meeting Diego again after a one night fling  be something that will catch her interest?  With Diego trying to heal his old wounds from a horrible relationship will he be willing to want to finally want to settle down and become a family man? I loved both of these main characters because they both seemed so very real.  It was a very interesting well written read seeing how this all came out and they both found their HEA.

Money, Power and No Regrets

Money, Power, and No Regrets - Eros

Title:  Money, Power and No Regrets

Author:  Eros

Publisher:  Pen Bullies LLC 

Reviewed By: Arlena Dean

Rating: Four

Review:

 

"Money, Power and No Regrets" by Eros

 

My Thoughts....

 

This is one urban fiction that moves very fast and you will have to keep up because there is so much going on from page to page!  I found it to be very entertaining read of life in the hood with some very interesting characters that will have you shaking your head. That ending... well you will just have to pick this novel up and see how it all comes to a end to see if Justine will finally get the happiness and peace that she so deserved. 

That Was Then, This Is Now, This Broken Vessel Restored

That Was Then, This Is Now: This Broken Vessel Restored - Paulette Harper

Title:  That Was Then, This Is Now, This Broken Vessel Restored

Author:  Paulette Harper

Publisher:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating:  Five

Review:

 

"That Was Then, This Is Now, This Broken Vessel Restored  " by Paulette Harper

 

My Thoughts.....

 

This was a beautiful testimony from this author but since my Kindle allows it to read to me...I felt that I was in church and listening to as it really ministered to my soul. This was definitely a inspiring and powerful message that I needed to hear and be able to receive the message.  The wonderful definitions and biblical scriptures were right there for me to absorb which offered much encouragement to me. I loved how the author delivered the message about  being hurt, bitter and knowing we are not alone on this journey, 'to have faith, and know trouble don't last always!'  Thank you so much for this! This is  great reference read that I plan to keep close. I may have to purchase a paperback copy!

 

Thank you to the author for sharing your life of your pain, sorrow and rebirth with your readers.  I am sure it will help many who may be involved in a broken marriage, disappointing dreams and even thoughts of suicide by the reader but we are given hope and inspiration from the Bible with solutions that were from the 'Word of God.'

 

Process of Healing: involves...

 

Forgiving Yourself!

Stop the Condemnation!

 

Truly knowing that God will never leave or forsake me keeps me going daily!  So, I will say if you are 'hurt, bitter and or going through bad times' I would definitely recommend this book "That Was Then, This Is Now: This Broken Vessel Restored."  I loved the solution that was offered if you are a candidate for surgery if you have a broken heart and its solution being 'Jesus, the Christ.' And ending this beautiful well written read I will leave my favorite scripture that I love too..."And we know that ll things work together for good to those who love god, to those who are called according to His purpose."

 

Thank you to the author for a PDF of your novel.  It was truly a blessing to me to have read it.