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Arlena

Tell us about yourself! Married, avid reader and book reviewer.

Broken Arrow, OK, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Never Love a Highlander

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Story
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    Caelen McCabe's young, reckless heart nearly destroyed his clan. Now, putting family loyalty above all else, he steps up to marry his older brother's jilted bride and salvage the uneasy alliance between two clans. While beautiful Rionna McDonald is a fit wife for any man, Caelen trusts no woman, especially not this sweet temptress who torments him with white-hot longing. As the sacrificial lamb in her father's power game, Rionna will do her duty but vows to protect her heart and her pride from humiliation.

    Amazon Customer says: "Always Love a Highlander!"
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    "Never Love a Highlander" by Maya Banks was as always a wonderful read. This novel was a conclusion to a wonderful trilogy that only this author..Maya Banks can deliver. The novel was of a 'Scottish' historical romance of the McCabe trilogy. What would become of Caelen and Rionna as he takes over the McDonald Clan...where there had been a marriage out of the sense of duty...returns to take over the McDonald clan. Ms. Banks offers us a relationship between Caelen and Rionna only causing this to be a very hot, steamy and sexual read...all the characters were so very strong and well developed that would only keep the reader on the edge of their seat. You will find from the read that this hero and heroine both "had been wounded deeply by their pass and nothing could heal it but only each other." Now, for you to found out how this will play out you must pick up "Never Love a Highlander" to find out just what Ms. Banks has in store for the reader. I felt this novel flowed very well...especially with it being the last of this series...being very interesting and even suspenseful. Be ready for a novel presenting..."romance, betrayal, a bit of mystery" and a over all excellent read.

    If you are looking for a 'McCabe Series' that only Ms. Banks can give us... you have come to the right place and yes I would recommend "Never Love a Highlander" as a excellent read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tonight and Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Brenda Jackson
    • Narrated By Pete Ohms
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    Overall
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    After her marriage ends in bitter divorce, all Lorren Jacobs wants is to leave California behind. Returning to her roots in Texas seems to be just what the doctor ordered...until she meets real-life physician Justin Madaris. Lorren has vowed never to give her heart to another man, but she can't stop herself from responding to the handsome widower's sensuous whispers of love. Justin thought no woman could ever move him as deeply as his wife had. Until Lorren.

    MaxineSap says: "Not a Bad Story - Bad Narrator"
    "A Good Read!"
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    What was this novel about:


    "After her marriage ends in bitter divorce, all Lorren Jacobs wants is to leave California behind. Returning to her roots in Texas seems to be just what the doctor ordered...until she meets real-life physician Justin Madaris. Lorren has vowed never to give her heart to another man, but she can't stop herself from responding to the handsome widower's sensuous whispers of love..."

    What I enjoyed from this read...

    The author did a beautiful job bringing us a romantic story of two people: Lorren Jacobs and Dr. Justin Madaris who both has some baggage that each would have to overcome before things started to happening good for them mentally, physically and even emotionally. "Tonight and Forever" was truly a good story of how these two found the true love that they both needed the second time around. The novel is definitely a attention grabber that will keep you reading and even wanting more at the end.

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  • Be with Me

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Adam Paul
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    Overall
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    Hutch, Cam, and Sawyer were juvenile delinquents when they formed a friendship with the wealthy but lonely Regina. She felt loved for the first time in her life by all three. Today she's a police officer and wary of resuming her relationship with the hot trio until an attempt is made on her life. When they jump in to protect her, an all-new bond is formed, one riskier than ever before because now a killer looms in the shadows.

    Karen says: "Another winner from Maya!"
    "A wonderful read!"
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    Title: Be With Me

    Author: Maya Banks

    Narrator: Adam Paul

    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean

    Rating: 5

    Review


    "Be With Me" by Maya Banks


    She has a killer on her tail and three men in her bed?

    "An author who knows how to please turns up the Heat in a sizzling new novel of erotic suspense?

    Hutch, Cam, and Sawyer were juvenile delinquents when they formed a friendship with the wealthy but lonely Regina. She felt loved for the first time in her life?by all three. Today she?s a police officer and wary of resuming her relationship with the hot trio? until an attempt is made on her life. When they jump in to protect her, an all-new bond is formed, one riskier than ever before because now a killer looms in the shadows."


    What I liked about this Novel....


    Ms. Banks did a wonderful job with this well written novel. "Be With Me" was quite a interesting read of not only a steamy read of one girl and three guys but it had a stalker in its storyline too. This was definitely one of this authors entertaining books that will keep your attention turning the pages. The author is a fantastic as she gives you romance, erotic, intrigue, murder and a downright suspenseful read. The four main characters were well developed, well portrayed, likable, and this was simply interesting to read giving the reader a sweet hot and sexy read. Be ready for some twist and turns that will keep you reading not wanting to put it down as you will be caught up and captivated until the end

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Up to No Good

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Carl Weber
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    There's always a man around the corner, and church trustee James Black should know - he's usually that very man. Meet a deliciously dysfunctional family in this riveting new novel, filled with intrigue, sex, and surprises.

    cherri says: "Up to no Good.."
    "A interesting read!"
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    Title: Up to No Good
    Author: Carl Weber
    Publisher: Kensington
    Series: Church
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Rating: 4
    Review:

    "Up to No Good" by Carl Weber...

    There is always a man around the corner. Church trustee James Black should know--he's usually that man, carrying on adulterous affairs and sleeping with one conquest after another. But when he suddenly finds himself truly in love, the other women in his church have a thing or two to say about it--including his daughter, Jamie.
    Jamie has every intention of dismantling the relationship--until she discovers a mystery woman has been secretly calling her lover, Louis. Meanwhile, James's son, Darnel, spirals out of control after he catches his fiancée cheating. James knows he's to blame for the turmoil that surrounds him and his loved ones. Now he'll have to find a way to bring peace to their lives. But he can only do it by facing some hard truths about himself and changing his scandalous ways.


    What I liked from the novel.....


    This was another one of this author good reads. "Up to No Good" was definitely one of this author types of drama novels that will keep you on the edge of your seat with a lot of drama and suspense and leave you wondering what will come next. You will be left saying 'what a story' that was a little predictable but yet not disappointing in any way with some characters that were simply off the chart. Some of the characters were greatly flawed while a few others were simply well developed, engaging and oh so real to give the readers a simply good character development with a excellent subplots along with a unforgettable story line. The ending will definitely leave thinking just how far would you go to help out a blood relative. That ending left me in awe...because even though I know that person had a lots of demons and definitely needed help....I never thought that would happen. I am still shaking my head about that ending. All that is left to say is wow what a interesting intensed read that still I have thoughts about long after this read. If you are looking for drama with a lots of pain and craziness you have come to the right place for "Up to No Good" will give it all to you and more!


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  • Torn Between Two Lovers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Carl Weber
    • Narrated By Simi Howe, Ezra Knight, Korey Jackson, and others
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    Overall
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    New York Times best-selling author Carl Weber is a master at portraying unforgettable characters and complex, passionate relationships. Voluptuous Loraine Farrow is as successful as she is curvy, but life is never easy when you want to have your cake and eat it too. With her husband Leon confronting issues from his past, trouble arises on the homefront - and more drama is on the way in the form of Michael, an ex-lover desperate to rekindle his and Loraine’s once torrid flame.

    Dream says: "the webs we humans weave"
    "What A Interesting Ending for this Series"
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    Title: Torn Between Two Lovers
    Author: Carl Weber
    Publisher: Kensington Books
    Series: Big Girls
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Rating: 5
    Review:

    "Torn Between Two Lovers" by Carl Weber ...

    "One of Richmond, Virginia’s, hottest, most successful women, plus-sized diva Loraine Farrow finally wants to settle down with her husband, Leon, and focus on her marriage. Trouble is, her ex-lover, Michael, isn't about to let her go so easily.

    But things aren’t so simple with Leon either. Painful issues from his childhood are starting to surface in the bedroom. Leon’s seeing a therapist, but what he’s uncovering could destroy their marriage for good—unless Michael does it first.

    As Loraine deals with her relationship drama, her best friend, Jerome, is left alone to deal with Peter, a stalker who will stop at nothing to destroy him. Now, four indomitable people torn between love and lust, secrets and lies, will have some momentous decisions to make."


    What I liked from "Torn Between Two Lovers"


    I thought this author did it for us again and that was giving us a very interesting and intriguing read that I thoroughly enjoyed. This is a story about Loraine, Leon , Peter, Michael and Jerome that was full of 'twist and turns, tricks, lies and deception.'

    I was kept intrigued and I was surprised who this 'Big Poppa' turned out to be because this author was able to leave some clues but he did a good job in that they were so subtle and really almost nonexistent for the reader to catch it...at least it was for me!

    This novel really will hold your attention whether you are reading and or listening till the end. All I can say is that this author did a good job with this well written story that was so full of drama. I will say that some of the characters really were quite upsetting to me at times. I had trouble with a few characters but for the most part they were well developed, real and well portrayed only to give the reader a interesting read. It left me thinking do you really know who your friends and or husbands really are? Well, for sure the main character wasn't the only one torn between two lover.

    "Torn Between Two Lovers" was quite a interesting series. It left me saying Wow, what a read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Side of Divine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Vanessa Davis Griggs
    • Narrated By Shari Peele
    Overall
    (37)
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    Paris Simmons-Holyfield is facing a dilemma - she's pregnant but she is not sure who the father is. After spending a night with Darius Connors, her ex-colleague, the baby could belong to him, but she doesn't want to ruin her marriage. Darius has his own problems. His wife, Tiffany, has kicked him out. But he doesn't want to give up on his marriage just yet - even if Tiffany has found company in the arms of Clarence Walker, the Minister of Music at Followers of Jesus Faith Worship Center.

    Arlena says: "Excellent!"
    "Excellent!"
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    Title: The Other Side of Divine
    Author: Vanessa Davis Griggs
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    by Vanessa Davis Griggs
    Narrated by Shari Peele
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Rating: 5
    Review:

    "The Other Side of Divine" by Vanessa Davis Griggs....

    "Full of crazy church politics and a huge cast, Griggs keeps this on-going story alive by addressing the challenges of living by Biblical rules with homespun humor." --Publishers Weekly Paris Simmons-Holyfield is finally pregnant with the baby she's dreamed of for so long. There's just one complication: she's not sure who the father is. Apparently, after a night of drinking with her ex-coworker and ally Darius Connors, it could be him. Considering her husband's track record, chances are it is. Still, Paris prays it's not Darius, and decides to keep quiet about her worries. Especially because Darius isn't ready to give up on his crumbling marriage...

    Meanwhile, after a battle to keep her adopted daughter and an ugly confrontation with Paris's family, Gabrielle Mercedes has finally found love and happiness. But when her father shows up, paroled from prison, she fears she's in for another round of trouble. As all three navigate the path from sin to redemption, can they forgive their way to the other side?"

    What I enjoyed about "The Other Side of Divine"....

    This was another great read from this author...which was a continuation of 'The Other Side of Dare' novel and with the ending of this novel gives us a good ending. The characters... Gabrielle, Miss Crowe along with many others really gave this series and us the readers a wonderful amazing read .

    I loved how this author gives the reader a knowledgeable scripture before each chapter only delivering to her readers a wonderful novel that give us the 'Word of God' ... through 'Strongholds, forgiveness, faithfulness, resisting temptation to love dedication and respect.'


    I would like to thank this author for such a wonderful spiritual read.

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  • The Other Side of Dare: Blessed Trinity, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Vanessa Davis Griggs
    • Narrated By Shari Peele
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    Nationally best-selling author Vanessa Davis Griggs helps spread the Word with powerful fiction for the faithful. In The Other Side of Dare, Paris Simmons-Holyfield finds her marriage of seven years stressed to the breaking point when she works toward adopting nine-year-old Jasmine. Her husband Andrew and her father oppose the adoption. And while Paris has her suspicions as to why, it soon becomes clear that Jasmine is the key to a long-buried secret. Now Paris must overcome tests to her faith and marriage as she searches for the truth.

    Arlena says: "A Wonderful Christian Story!"
    "A Wonderful Christian Story!"
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    Title: The Other Side of Dare
    Author: Vanessa Davis Griggs
    UNABRIDGED
    by Vanessa Davis Griggs
    Narrated by Shari Peele
    Series: The Blessed Trinity Series #8
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Rating: 5
    Review:


    "The Other Side of Dare by Vanessa Davis Griggs

    In a powerful new inspirational novel in the Blessed Trinity series, the award-winning author of "Redeeming Waters" weaves the compelling story of a family threatened by a shocking secret.

    What I truly enjoyed from the read: The Other Side of Dare...


    This was another one of this author's great Christian novels. It holds to the saying: " that what is done in the dark will come to light." I found this read so interesting that once I started reading I couldn't put it down until the end. Finding someone at their end but being able to turn your life around was truly part of this good read that was truly enjoyable.


    This author writes so well of the reality of what can go on a 'todays church's' that will leaves you spell bound in the world that we live in today and are called Christians. I was definitely left saying wow...'Blessed Trinity' it is!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sheik Retold

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Victoria Vane, E. M. Hull
    • Narrated By Dawn Hyde
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (8)
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    (8)
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    Pride and passion vie for supremacy in this fresh new telling of E.M. Hull's romance classic. A haughty young heiress for whom the world is a playground… A savage son of the Sahara who knows no law but his own… When pride and passion vie for supremacy, blistering desert days are nothing compared to sizzling Sahara nights…

    Arlena says: "One Phenomenal Read!"
    "One Phenomenal Read!"
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    Title: The Sheik Retold [Audible Audio Edition]

    Authors: Victoria Vane & E.M. Hull

    Publisher: Vane Publishing LLC

    Narrated By: Dawn Hyde 8 hrs 49 mins

    Format: Unabridged

    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean

    Rating: 5

    Review:


    "The Sheik Retold" by authors Victoria Vane and E.M. Hull was a beautiful story told. The authors really knows who to capture your attention in the 1920 remake and kept it with the intenseness that surrounds the read. I have read this novel from my Kindle and also the novel but I loved listening to this story being told by a narrator even more. Ms. Hyde did a wonderful job at bringing this story to life. I knew from my earlier reads that Diana was a force to be reckon with being so strong willed, independent and all but on this journey she really portrays that part of having so much strength to endure what all she had to go through being raised by such a horrible half brother and even more as we get into the read. It was really interesting how the authors brought out that Diana despised being a woman and since men only seemed to love her for the way she looks...so, she decides to take a vacation in the Sahara desert against everyone's advice alone.


    I liked this quote from Diana...


    "My life is mine and I will deal with it exactly as I wish. I will do what I choose when and how I choose. I will never again obey any will but my own."


    We will be presented a story of what will happen when a strong alpha man kidnaps this strong woman. It will be a intriguing rides with a few sex scene that may have you holding your breathe while listening to this erotic story! Be prepared to go on a journey that will have some of it all... adventure, fear, seduction, submission, kidnapping, drama, shock, erotic sex, anger, death, passion to even joy. "The Sheik Retold" was a well written historical, with steamy erotic scenes that you will keep listening to this captivating novel until the very end. The characters were all so very well defined, portrayed, colorful and developed only making this such a phenomenal read that I would definitely recommend to you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Forbidden Falls: Virgin River, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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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."

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  • 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.'

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