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Arlena

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  • In Bed with a Highlander

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
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    Ewan McCabe, the eldest, is a warrior determined to vanquish his enemy. Now, with the time ripe for battle, his men are ready and Ewan is poised to take back what is his-until a blue-eyed, raven-haired temptress is thrust upon him. Mairin may be the salvation of Ewan's clan, but for a man who dreams only of revenge, matters of the heart are strange territory to conquer.

    marlene says: "Steamy as only a Maya Banks can be!!!"
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    "In Bed With a Highlander" by Maya Banks was a good historical fiction and interesting romance read. This was the beginning of a new highlander series by this author. Only Ms. Banks can write these kind of novels that simply keep us on the edge of our seats. All the characters were well presented and developed. For Mairin (heroine) and Ewan (Laird) ...hero... were just off the chart good. Let me not forget the two McCabe brothers(Alaric and Caelen) and (Ewan son)....Crispen.


    The novel was very enjoyable with enough tension and humor that simply couldn't put the novel down until I had finished it. Only Ms. Banks can present such erotica...sex scenes that you just call romance that will keep your attention. Be prepared for a lots of action packed, steamy and even a suspenseful read. I was kept guessing just what was going to happen next. This is where I say you must pick up the well written novel and see what is in store for this highlander.


    If you are looking for a good fantastic Scottish highlander romantic novel...you have come to the right place...for "In Bed With a Highlander" I would recommend this novel as a excellent read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Forbidden Falls: Virgin River, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
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    Recently ordained minister Noah Kincaid is used to taking on new challenges, so he has no problem tackling the renovation of the long-abandoned Virgin River church. But that’s before he meets the stunningly beautiful—and stubbornly headstrong—Ellie Baldwin. She may not be exactly what Noah wants in an assistant, but she may be exactly what he needs.

    LeftyMom says: "Excellent!"
    "A Wonderful Series"
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    Title: Forbidden Falls
    Author: Robyn Carr
    Publisher: Mira Books
    Series: Virgin River #9
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Rating: 5
    Review:


    "Forbidden Falls" by Robyn Carr was another good read of this author's 'Virgin River Series.' This series was of Noah and Ellie. This was a wonderful romantic story of a pastor from a new town who finds love on 'from the other side of the tracks.' There will also be a secondary story involving a past hero/heroine who will have a 'heart tugging change of events that will be brought into their lives.' Now, to truly understand this second story you may need to go back a series to see what is up with Paul and Vanessa. This author really knows her stuff in being able to put all of these series together that they seem to flow so smoothly off of the pages as you read them. The reader will also be able to find out about the secrets of the puppies and with that being said you must pick up "Forbidden Falls" to read it for yourself to see how this author will bring it all out to you. It is a good read.


    There will be so much going on in "Forbidden Fall" that once you start reading you will find it hard to put down and when you do you will be wanting the next series # 10 "Angel's Peak."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Temptation Ridge

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
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    In RITA Award-winning, New York Times best-selling author Robyn Carr’s Temptation Ridge, two lonely hearts are surprised by love while visiting the close-knit mountain community of Virgin River. Shelby, a sheltered and idealistic 25-year-old, doesn’t want to fall for a man like Luke. And 38-year-old Luke, a battle-hardened Blackhawk pilot, fears being hurt by a young lady like Shelby.

    LeftyMom says: "The best!!"
    "A good read!"
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    Title: Temptation Ridge (A Virgin River Novel)
    Author: Robyn Carr
    Publisher: Mira Books
    Series: Virgin River #6
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Rating: 5
    Reviewed:

    "Temptation Ridge" by Robyn Carr was a beautiful contemporary novel of the Virgin River #6 that featured three romances. The main storyline was of Shelby McIntyre and Luke Riordan...then it moves on to Walt Booth and Muriel and lastly Abby MacCall and Cameron Michaels. Be prepared for a read of not only romances that are going on in this small California town but where you will find the people will come together in sadness, in rescue times, along with plenty of babies being born, pregnancies, town near disaster, abuse, a homeless man with 'Down's Syndrome,' and a town drunk.

    The characters were all well developed, believable and colorful bring out a well written read of suspense, humorous, tearful and even some sexy scenes that will keep you interested turning the pages to see what will happen nest.

    I found "Temptation Ridge"a well written romance novel that I would definitely recommend to you as very good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If You Were Mine: The Sullivans, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Bella Andre
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
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    Can two people who have both sworn off love find forever in each other's arms? Find out in If You Were Mine, the fifth book in Bella Andre's best-selling Sullivan family contemporary romance series.

    Amazon Customer says: "The impact of a father..."
    "Another Wonderful Series!"
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    Title: If You Were Mine
    Author: Bella Andre
    Published: B.A.
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Series: The Sullivans # 5
    Rating: 5
    Review:

    "If You Were Mine" by Bella Andre was the fifth in 'The Sullivans' series and this series featured Zach Sullivan and Heather Linsey. This novel was another contemporary romantic read that connects the series together being so well written that smoothly picks up from the last series.

    We find from this read Zach is a 'mogul mechanic' and loves life to its fullest. Being another one of the hottest Sullivan brother he has it all...'money, good looks and fancy cars,' however when Zach meets the beautiful Heather he soon will know that there maybe something missing in his life. When Zach is left to keep a little dog named Cuddles it doesn't take long for him to know he needs help. So he meets a dog trainer named Heather and this is where this story to take off. Zach will find Heather one beautiful lady and just what he will have to do to get Heather 'eating out his hand' because she really wants nothing to do with him. You will find from the read that both Zach and Heather have a 'scarred past.' Will they be able to learn to love and trust each other? Now, this is where I say you must pick up "If You Were Mine" to see how this will all come out. You will find all of the characters were as always well developed producing such a captivating read. I also loved the additions of the animals characters 'Atlas and Cuddles' who were delivered simply off the chart and beautifully presented.

    "If You Were Mine" was truly a fun, beautiful, intriguing, sexy and very romantic read that will only lead you to the next series # 6 'Let Me Be The One.'

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Can't Help Falling in Love: The Sullivans, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Bella Andre
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
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    Gabe Sullivan risks his life every day as a firefighter in San Francisco. But after learning a brutal lesson about professional boundaries, he knows better than to risk his heart to his fire victims ever again. Especially the brave mother and daughter he saved from a deadly apartment fire... and can't stop thinking about. Megan Harris knows she owes the heroic firefighter everything for running into a burning building to save her and her seven-year-old daughter. Everything except her heart.

    CAROLYN says: "ANOTHER WORTHY WINNER FROM MS. ANDRE"
    "A Awesome Read"
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    Title: Can't Help Falling In Love
    Author: Bella Andre
    Published: B.A.
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Series: The Sullivans # 3
    Rating: 5
    Review:

    "Can't Help Falling In Love" by Bella Andre was the third in the Sullivan series featuring Gabe Sullivan and Megan Harris. This novel was a good series featuring such delightful characters that was so well developed on to draw you into a very interesting read. We find that Megan husband (David) has died and she has a daughter(Summer) to raise all by herself. Then there is a fire and where Megan loses all of her belongings, however she and her daughter are found and saved by a certain fireman named Gable Sullivan. This is where this story takes off and for Megan her life will never be the same. Will Megan and Gabe be perfect for each other even though they will be often caught fighting in their attraction for each other? With Megan not be sure this is the correct path for her and her daughter will she feels something for this guy? And, on the other hand do we find that Gabe also feels something for Megan? With Gabe being on hot and sexy fireman will they be able to get together in this fantastic story? This is where I say you must pick up "Can't Help Falling In Love" so see how this author will bring it all out to the reader. It will be a beautiful read that I can only recommend to you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Sons, Volume 1: Brides for Brothers and The Marriage Risk

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
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    Location: north of the Arctic Circle, Population: 150 (mostly men!) But the three O'Halloran brothers, who run a bush-plane charter service called Midnight Sons, are heading a campaign to bring women to town. Sawyer O'Halloran, the middle brother, isn't entirely in favor of this scheme. But he considers himself immune to any woman - even the lovely Abbey Sutherland. She's arriving in Alaska within days. However, there's a complication...or two. She hasn't told them she's arriving with kids!

    Candice says: "Great story content"
    "A good romance read"
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    Title: Midnight Sons Volume # 1

    Author: Debbie Macomber

    Published: Mira

    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean

    Narrated by: Dan John Miller

    Rating: 5

    Series: Midnight Sons Volume # 1: Brides for Brothers and The Marriage Risk


    Review:


    "Midnight Sons Volume # 1" by Debbie Macomber was a wonderful romantic contemporary read. I thought this was a well written story that kept me turning the pages until the end. Would bringing women to Hard Luck, Alaska in the hopes of matchmaking with the various men that lived there was really something that I thought this author did well with. This novel was mainly Abby, Sawyer, Charles and Lenny story.


    How will this turn out? This was a town of '150 people, no main roads, mostly men, bears and cold freezing weather. Now, who would want to come here? What could this Arctic Circle offer in the way of jobs and living conditions in this area? When a single mom decides to live Seattle and moves to Hard Luck...well I will say that it get pretty interesting. What will or could go wrong for her? This is where I will say you will have to pick up this good read to see how and what all will come to this story from this author. Be ready for a very interesting read. You will find yourself even laughing as you read through "The Midnight Son" novel. This author gives the reader a descriptions of 'magnificence, vastness, and small town friendliness.' I found the characters very rich, well developed and well portrayed giving the reader some good read.


    If you are looking for a well written read that will keep your attention until the end, you have come to the right place. For "Midnight Sons" is a cute delightful romantic read that I would recommend to you as a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angel Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sherryl Woods
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
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    Heather Reed thought she was making the right choice when she decided to raise her daughter, Angel, on her own. But three years later, Heather realizes she needs help. Her career as an actress is faltering, and Angel’s more than she can handle alone. It’s time to track down Angel’s father…only problem is, he doesn’t know Angel exists. Heather’s search leads her to Whispering Wind, Wyoming. If Todd Winston is dismayed to see his old girlfriend show up in town, he’s shocked when he looks into the angelic eyes of the little girl who is clearly his daughter.

    SIMARA says: "Nope, not for me... Children should be a priority."
    "A good romance read"
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    Title: Angel Mine
    Author: Sherryl Woods
    Published: Mira Books
    Narrator: Christina Trister
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Rating: 5
    Review:


    "Angel Mine" by Sherryl Woods was a wonderful contemporary romance novel that was the first in this 'A Whispering Wind' series. This was indeed a interesting story of how the girl gets the guy or was the guy finally get the girl? This author gives the reader a well written spin on a true romantic love between Heather Reed and Todd Winston. With Heather being a single parent would she be able to convince the father of Angel, her dad Todd that she needed help in raising her? What I thought was somewhat amusing was that Todd had no idea that he even had a child and just what had happened that he seemed to panic after finding out he had a child? Yes, this little girl looked just like him. I found this read a long read but in the end it gave the reader a wonderful ending. The characters were all simply off the chart good, well developed, likable, and so very colorful making the read an captivating one. I liked the way this author was able to share facts about this close knitted community that were a bit eccentric from Whispering Wind, Wyoming but all in all making this a novel that was fast paced and entertaining that kept you reading till the end. You will find yourself smiling as you are reading through this good read. Now, how these two were able to rekindle their love, I will just say you must pick up the good read "Angel Mine" to see how this author will bring it all out to you.

    So, if you are looking for a good story of family and community with some romance added in, you have come to the right place for a heartwarming novel "Angel Mine" will give it all to you. Would I recommend? YES!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Look of Love: The Sullivans, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Bella Andre
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    Overall
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    With The Look of Love, best-selling author Bella Andre introduces you to a fun and emotional contemporary romance series about the Sullivan family. Because when a Sullivan bad boy falls... he falls hard. And it's forever. Chloe Peterson is having a bad night. A really bad night. The large bruise on her cheek can attest to that. And when her car skids off the side of a wet country road straight into a ditch, she's convinced even the gorgeous guy who rescues her must be too good to be true. Or is he?

    Kristin says: "What a flaming disappointment!"
    "A wonderful read!"
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    Title: The Look of Love

    Author: Bella Andre

    Published: Bella Andre

    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean

    Rating: 5

    Series: The Sullivan's Book 1

    Review:


    "The Look of Love" by Bella Andre was truly a romantic story of Chase and Chloe. I felt this novel was a good introduction to the 'Sullivan Family' and I will be reading the rest of all twelve of this series. "The Look of Love" was a beautiful told love story of Chase Sullivan who was quite some man in that he was just that ...quite a 'sweet' man. Then there was Chloe Peterson who Chase had met on the side of the road that had some real issues that she had to deal with. Will Chase be able to help Chloe with these issues? Truly Chase believed he could help the 'Lovely Chloe' but would she want his help? This is where I say you must pick up the good read to find out how this author will bring it all out to the reader. Be ready for a lovely heartwarming story with some hot steamy encounter that will leave you saying Wow! Would I recommend? YES!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Always on My Mind: The Sullivans, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Bella Andre
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
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    (236)
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    Grayson Tyler's convinced himself that all he'll ever need again is the blue sky, a thousand acres of pasture, and the crashing waves of the ocean. Until one day, Lori Sullivan barges into his life and promptly blows his emotionless and solitary world to shreds, driving him crazy as only a woman nicknamed "Naughty" can. But will Lori be able to convince him that it's safe to love her...and that forever isn't actually out of reach?

    Kristin says: "Did I get the same book as everyone else?"
    "A wonderful read"
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    Title: Always On My Mind

    Author: Bella Andre

    Published: Amazon Digital Services Inc.

    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean

    Series: The Sullivans #8

    Rating: 5

    Review:


    "Always On My Mind" by Bella Andre was this author's eighth in 'The Sullivan's' series. This novel was of Lori (naughty) and Grayson love story. This novel will take you through many emotional feelings where you will find yourself laughing, crying and sighing n this hot steamy read. You will definitely be kept mesmerized by all of these fascinating characters of this wonderful Sullivan family.

    This author really works her magic with bringing together Lori's dancing world and Grayson the New Yorker who was now a farmer. In the end will they be the perfect couple for each other? This is where I say you must pick up "Always On My Mind" to see for yourself. Would I recommend this series? YES! This was another good Sullivan series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When the Sun Goes Down

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Gwynne Forster
    • Narrated By Kim Brockington
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    After millionaire widower Leon Farrell dies, his three grown children are dismayed that their father’s will cannot be found. As tensions rise, they must learn to come together—or face being torn apart for good.

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    By: Gwynne Forester

    Published By: Dafina

    Narrator: Kim Brockington

    Age Recommended: Adult

    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean

    Rating: 4

    Review:


    "When the Sun Goes Down" by Gwynne Forester was a wonderful written novel about the Leon Farrell family. It was the death of Leon Farrell when it all came out about a family that looked good on the outside but when you are able to get inside this picture...my, my, my what will we find...a father whose life changed for his family in their treatment after his loss his 'beloved wife.' There were three children, Edgar, the oldest, next their was Gunther and then the baby sister Shirley. We find Edgar was the 'rebel' who lived his life by is own terms only leaving Gunther and Shirley more or less on their own due to the treatment of their father. What was so very important about this read is that from the opening of the story till the very end that there wasn't any love lost between the father and the children. Why was this?


    Edgar was a guitarist, Gunther an entrepreneur software designer and Shirley was a PR specialist for a cruise line. The two younger Farrell children had worked their way through college and into successful careers while Edgar, well you will see from the read how he managed. Now, to really understand what all is going on with the Ferrell's you area going to have to pick up this amazing read to see what happens after their father dies and no one can find the will. Who will be really concerned with this... the inheritance? Will they find this well hidden will? Be ready for some mystery, with deep secrets and lies with will be revealed in this drama of many twist and turns. Will the oldest sibling, Edgar finally grow up and stop depending on his brother and sister to help him out of his messed up life? One thing I will note about this novel is that their was love showed toward the brother, Edgar by his siblings. They truly had tried to help him out many, many times. "When The Sun Goes Down" will be a long novel but I feel the author did a good job at presenting it all to her readers the way she did and it was a easy smooth read.


    The characters well developed and interesting maybe some I didn't like but that did not take away from the awesome story that was presented. I thought that the 'family dynamics' were very true to life in what could happen when someone loses a 'influential' family member especially when money is involved.


    If you are looking for a good family story with a little bit of it all you have come to the right place for "When The Sun Goes Down" will give you some of it all. From death, secrets, lies, love, rape, deceit to romance....it's well covered between the book cover. Would I recommend? YES!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
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    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "What a beginning....this will be interesting!"
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    By: E.L. James
    Published By: Vintage Books
    Age Recommended: Adult
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Rating: 5
    Series: Fifty Shades #1
    Review:

    "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James was on amazing read all rolled up into one. You are kept on the edge of your seat with these two characters...Anastasia Steel and Christian Grey. Even though this 'Dominate' was not my type of loving but this author kept it interesting enough that I would not stop reading until the end and you know what? I liked 'Fifty Shades of Grey.' I will definitely be reading the next two novels of this series by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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