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🏈 Touchdown…when love leaves the friend zone and lands in the end zone❣️

📚  Her Perfect Catch 📚
TITLE: Her Perfect Catch 
AUTHOR: K.L. Brady
PUBLISHER: Lady Lit Press
SERIES: Yes (The Playmaker Series) 
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️ Adorable Romance 
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A CATCH MADE IN HEAVEN

Sometimes love is in your grasp and all you need to do is hold on…

Nerdy, struggling sports writer Melanie Vincent needs a miracle when her dream of running a nationally recognized blog hits a snag due to low readership. After Mel is gifted a pair of Super Bowl tickets for years of faithful dog sitting, she has a chance encounter with her favorite football player, star wide receiver Jet Jamison. Their fateful meeting leads to the inside scoop on the biggest story of her career…and just maybe the love of a lifetime.

 


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REVIEW:

Love is right before you…if you just open your eyes.

Melanie Vincent is the hidden face behind the struggling sports blog, The Vin Report.  Her best friend Dylan agrees to be the face of Mel Vin.  With everything invested in the Vin Report, Melanie is afraid she won’t last past the next few months.  As her birthday approaches, her friend gives her tickets to see her favorite sports team in the playoffs.  Attending with Dylan, Melanie misses the perfect catch, thrown by C.J., Jet Jamison’s brother and it knocks her out.

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Meeting Jet Jamison, Melanie doesn’t reveal who she really is, leading Jet to believe her name is Dylan.  Insert trouble here.   Football’s bad boy Jet Jamison, really needs to turn his image around.  And after his first date with Mel as Dylan, he believes he’s found the perfect mix of a woman.  She has it all, brains and beauty.

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Her Perfect Catch is a perfect mix of clean romance and comedy with a dose of drama.  I enjoyed the beginning of this series and look forward to seeing where the game takes Mel, Dylan and Jet in the future.

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👀 For nothing is a secret that will not be revealed…💑

📚 I love him…Anyway 2 📚

TITLE: Jeremy and Melinda: I love him…Anyway II
AUTHOR: Angelia Vernon Menchan
PUBLISHER: Honorable Menchan Media
SERIES: Yes
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️  Concealed secrets
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51MkfpO-0ZL._SX385_BO1,204,203,200_Tears coursed down Melinda’s face as the doctor’s words resonated inside her. Jeremy stood beside the hospital bed holding her hand is if someone shot him.
“I am so sorry Mr. and Mrs. Stuart, I am so sorry, last week everything seemed fine. The only thing I can offer is perhaps something happened with the fetus…” the doctor said. Melinda turned her tear stained face to look into the doctor’s eyes.
“Fetus? Doctor, I am eight months pregnant. I didn’t lose a fetus; I lost a baby, a baby who if he had been born would have been viable. My baby is dead inside me and you need to keep the platitudes and deliver him so I can grieve.”
Jeremy clutched her hands tighter, unable to speak and glanced at his mother, Marva and Melinda’s mother, Alicia who had flown in from Miami to find out hours later her grandchild passed.
The doctor nodded, telling them they were taking Melinda to surgery. Jeremy kissed her gently, telling her he loved her before walking out behind his mother and mother in law.
The three of them sat quietly in the waiting room unable to offer words of comfort to the other. Everything happened so quickly. Alicia arrived, they were planning dinner and a shower and suddenly Melinda didn’t feel well and was cramping. The doctor told them to come to the hospital and it was discovered their child was no longer alive. Jeremy felt as if something in him died also.
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“Hey.” Jeremy said when Melinda’s eyes opened.
She had been under general anesthesia and was in recovery. She touched her belly and Jeremy flinched. The pain on her face matched his internal anguish. He could not imagine how she must feel having carried their child.
“Where is he?”
“Your dad isn’t here, your mom is with mom; they are getting food in the cafeteria.”
“No, I mean the baby?”
“They have him, I mean he is in the…” He was unable to say morgue.
“I want to have a proper funeral,” Melinda said.
“Are you sure?”
“Yes, I’m positive and when that is done, I think we need to discuss this marriage.”
Jeremy felt as if she had punched him. “What about it? Things have been good,” he murmured.
“We need to discuss if it is viable or if like our son, it is gone.” Turning away, she closed her eyes, leaving Jeremy unsure what to say.
There had been some struggles but he thought they were past those and settled into a routine, preparing for the baby. He dropped down in the chair next to her.


REVIEW:

When my life is in disarray my reading suffers.  This last past month my reading suffered a lot.  However, Jeremy and Melinda brought me out of my current slump.

The second book in the series is a prelude of sorts.  It starts off with Melinda and Jeremy facing the tragic event of losing their first born child.  That in itself is hard enough but the challenges their marriage will face doesn’t stop there.

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Melinda has been harboring a secret from Jeremy, secrets that leave him wondering, who did he marry.  The aftermath that follows the loss of her child, sends Melinda into several stages.  Her jealousy of Florence increases, making the friends, now frienemies.  Yet while everyone is focused on Melinda’s pain and suffering most seem to forget about Jeremy and his pain.  Losing a child is hard for any parent and being a man Jeremy had to place his feelings on hold to deal with those of his wife.

This author is no stranger to tackling issues that plague the community as a whole.  In I love him…Anway II: Jeremy and Melinda deal with many of those issues.  Covering up the ugly with a pretty bandage doesn’t erase it nor heal it.  Melinda and Jeremy learn this lesson the hard way.  Will their marriage survive?  Grab your copy and find out.

 

 

🎭Some men become ghosts before their deaths. ~Plato 🕵

📚 The Real Mrs. Price 📚

TITLE:  The Real Mrs. Price
AUTHOR: J.D. Mason
PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Griffin
SERIES: NO
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️ Sizzling mystery 

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51AbMDqH+dL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_Lucy Price is living the American dream. She has been married to her successful husband and businessman, Edward Price for a year and couldn’t be happier until she learns that Eddie is a dangerously ruthless man, heavily involved in illegal activities that threaten not only her marriage, but her life. Eddie abruptly disappears, but not before warning Lucy that if she wants to keep breathing she’d better keep her mouth shut. Six months later, word of her husband surfaces when she learns that he is presumed murdered in a small Texas town, apparently killed by his “wife”, Marlowe Price.

Marlowe is no stranger to trouble. An outcast in her own community for being one of those “hoodoo women,” who can curse you or cast you under her beguiling spell, Marlowe is shunned at every turn. Six months ago, a whirlwind romance in Mexico led Marlowe to marry the man she thought she’d spend the rest of her life with. For Marlowe and Eddie, there is no such thing as trouble in paradise. But late one night, when Marlowe witnesses her husband putting the body of a dead man in the trunk of his car, the illusion comes crashing down around her and she knows she has to move fast before the devil comes calling once again.

Now, Lucy and Marlowe must come together to find out where and who Eddie really is, and help each other through the threat he poses. There’s nothing more dangerous than a woman scorned…except for two women scorned who are willing to put their pasts behind them and band together to take one bad man down…


REVIEW:

What would you do if your estranged husband turns up dead, burnt to a crisp one day out of the blue?  When the shock wears off, you also discover your presumed dead husband also has another wife.  That’s the journey Lucy Price is on after her estranged husband Edward Price resurfaces, dead.

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In an effort to reclaim her life, Lucy feels the need to prove that Eddie is really and truly dead.  Her mission unites her with Roman Medlock, the former cop, turned PI.  After Roman sets a meeting for Lucy and Marlowe to meet the mysterious tide turns.  There is also an undeniable attraction between the couple.

 

Marlowe Price, is wife number two.  Marlowe Price seems to always find herself leading with her heart instead of her head.  When her Aunt Shou Shou, calls and tells her to read the bones, they warn her of the darkness that’s coming her way.  Suspected of murder, Marlowe doesn’t believe the body found is that of her husband Edward Price.

When Osiris Plato Wells, enters the scene…temperatures are rising (In my best Raheem DeVaughn voice). The physical attraction between O.P. and Marlowe is instant, but the warning from the bones, sets her tooth to grind.

This book follows the four characters as they try to find out if Edward Price is really deceased or playing ghost!  Can the two women put their scorned feelings aside to find out the truth?

I really enjoyed this book.  It is a mashup of mystery/suspense with a tinge of paranormal voodoo.  As our book of the month, this was my first read by J.D. Mason but it surely won’t be my last.

⛪️ The Darkness has blinded his eyes…🎭

📚 A Sinful Calling 📚

TITLE:  A Sinful Calling
AUTHOR: Kimberla Lawson Roby
PUBLISHER: Grand Central Publishing
SERIES: Yes (A Reverend Curtis Black Novel) 
RATING:  ☕️☕️☕️☕️ Contemporary Fiction 
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51Qw5nEv3ML._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgDillon hadn’t been called by anyone. He’d called himself and he wasn’t ashamed of it. But no good can come from . . .

A SINFUL CALLING

Two years ago, to everyone’s surprise, Dillon Whitfield Black, the secret son of Reverend Curtis Black, boldly moved back home, married a woman named Raven, decided he was going to become a minister, and then founded a church right in the center of his living room. Today he’s pastor of a 1,000-plus-member congregation, and new members are joining weekly. Sadly, behind closed doors, Dillon is far from being a saint. Dillon has become more like the man his father was thirty years ago-consumed with money, power, and lots of women. His family may have let bygones be bygones, but they continue to keep their distance.

Not Alicia, though. This daughter of Curtis Black joins Dillon’s congregation, leaving her father’s church behind. The family has forgiven Alicia for marrying Levi Cunningham, the former drug dealer she had an affair with, but once Alicia realizes they will never fully accept Levi, she decides to see her family less and less. She and Levi are truly happy, however, guilt from her betrayal of Phillip and its aftermath casts a shadow over their wedded bliss.

But when Raven decides she wants a higher position in the church and Alicia hides a devastating secret, the entire family is affected in ways they don’t see coming. In the end, no one will be able to trust anyone . . . and for very good reason.


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REVIEW:

The Black’s are back….The Black’s are back!!

Dillon hadn’t been called by anyone. He’d called himself and he wasn’t ashamed of it. But no good can come from . . .

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Book 13 focuses on the lives of Dillion Whitfield Black, the first born child of Rev. Curtis Black and his daughter Alicia.  When Dillion returns to Mitchell with plans to take over Mitchell’s mega church position, he didn’t count on real salvation taking root in his life.  Married to Raven, Dillion’s relationship with the other members of the Black family are non-existent with the exception of Alicia and her husband Levi.  As their bond grows strong, secrets hidden by both Alicia and Dillion begin to unravel and threaten to tear both of their lives apart.

After being ostracized from her family after her first husband’s death, Alicia struggles with some issues, she’s afraid to tell anyone including her husband Levi.

Can the pot call the kettle black?

Will the lesson’s taught weekly during Sunday service, by Rev. Black finally hit home.  Faith, Love, Family, and forgiveness are all lessons that continually go around.

Over the years I’ve enjoyed all the books in the Curtis Black series, and this one was no different.  Kimberla Roby tackled many issues such as depression, alcoholism, mental illness and family virtue and wrapped them all up in a pretty package that anyone could comprehend.

💌 Evolving deceptions to being careful what you ask for…🚛

 

📚 Every Woman’s Dream 📚

TITLE:  Every Woman’s Dream
AUTHOR: Mary Monroe
PUBLISHER: Dafina Books
SERIES: Yes
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Climactic Ending

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EWDNot all wishes should come true.

Master storyteller Mary Monroe begins her Lonely Heart, Deadly Heart series with a page-turning tale of seduction and shocking surprises, as two unhappy women fulfill their every erotic dream—and find a desire that kills…

As teenagers, best friends Lola Poole and Joan Procter concocted a scheme to escape their boredom, pass the time between boyfriends—and bring in some money. It all started when they got in the habit of corresponding with lonely, unsuspecting—and generous—older men. In return for their “love letters,” the teens were rewarded with checks. The fun only ended when their swindle nearly got them killed. Now they’re grown, but they’re still longing for every woman’s dream of love and excitement…

Joan is unhappily married, while Lola is done with putting her life on hold for her selfish relatives’ demands. As girls they were looking for money, but as women they have other needs they want satisfied. And thanks to online dating and a parade of lovers, they’re getting all the sexy fun they missed out on. It’s a downright addictive game. But games can’t last forever—and someone has to lose…


REVIEW:

In the beginning of friendship, Joan and Lola have each others back.  They are there for one another through thick and thin.  Joan is all about the come up.  Living with her large family and sharing a room with her cousin Too Sweet, Joan stumbles upon and advertisement in the back of her cousins romance magazines.  The Lonely Hearts club advertises penpal relationships with people across the world.  After spending a semester writing penpals for a class project, Joan thinks this is the way to put some extra money in her pocket over the summer and have a little harmless fun.  Joan convinces Lola to join in and soon the duo are writing a numerous amount of men and getting money in return.  All is well in their little scheme until a Lonely Wife shows up to set the record straight.

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After that debacle, you’d think the young adults have learned their lesson…hmm well

Flash Forward, present day

Lola is still living in turmoil dealing with her stepmother Bertha and the dying wish she made to her father.  Bertha never, never, and did I say never lets her forget her promise.  Anytime she gets close to a life of her own, Bertha concocts something to derail it.  Lola’s life is nothing like she imagined.  She’s lonely and looking for love in all the wrong places.

Unhappily married and a mother, Joan is disappointed with the way her life went after she married Reed.  Although he provides everything she needs, he’s controlling and lacks the skills in the bedroom to keep Joan occupied.  Joan’s sexual frustration leads her to the internet.  After using several sites for random hook-ups Joan discovers Discreet Encounters.  And after a short while, she introduces Lola to the site as well.  And the two are back on a rollercoaster ride of thrills and sex…But you’ve got to be careful, everyone on the net isn’t whom they are presumed to be.

Calvin Ramsey, the sexy truck driver, and former Marine makes his introduction late in the book but the thrill doesn’t slow down it kicks into overdrive.

I really enjoyed reading this book, I’m definitely looking forward to seeing where the series goes from here.  It definitely makes you think twice about hooking up via the net!

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💞 Can a messy past stay hidden?🏘

📚 Second House from the Corner  📚

TITLE: Second House from the Corner
AUTHOR: Sadeqa Johnson
PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Press
SERIES:  No
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️ 4.5  Drama unfolds 

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shftc“A captivating tale to savor about a woman whose buried past threatens her picture perfect family life. Felicia is a wonderfully flawed, compelling main character, one who has stayed with me long after I finished the book. A winning novel from a writer to watch.” -Benilde Little, bestselling author

Felicia Lyons, a ­­­­­­­ stressed out stay-at-home mom, struggles to sprint ahead of the demands of motherhood while her husband spends long days at the office. Felicia taps, utters mantra, and breathes her way through most situations, but on some days, like when the children won’t stop screaming her name or arguing over toy trucks and pretzel sticks, she wonders what it would be like to get in her car and drive away.

Then one evening the telephone rings, and in a split second the harried mother’s innocent fantasy becomes a hellish reality. The call pulls her back into a life she’d rather forget. Felicia hasn’t been completely honest about her upbringing, and her deception forces her return to the Philadelphia of her childhood, where she must confront the family demons and long buried secrets she thought she had left behind.

From a phenomenal fresh voice in fiction, comes the compelling story of what happens when the dream falls apart. Sadeqa Johnson’s Second House from the Corner is an unforgettable tale of love, loss, rediscovery, and the growing pains of marriage.


 

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REVIEW:

Felecia Lyon Haynes is a married, stay at home Mother of three and part-time actress.  The book starts off with a steady pace, of Felecia going through the motions with her life and family.  Many times she seems overwhelmed and wishing for a departure from the life she has.  When she rushes out one afternoon to the movies, her life takes the turn she wasn’t expecting.

Although Felecia loves her family and life she has, being a stay at home mom has gotten mundane and the voices in Felecia’s head often tell her she’s not doing enough or are unworthy to do more.  Her husband Preston is controlling.  His love for her will be tested in ways neither of them expected.

After a strange unexpected phone call, Felecia is assailed with the past she longed to forget.  The caller brought about memories Felecia never disclosed to her husband nor anyone else in her current circle.

This book left me with many questions, is love stronger than the past.  Should a wife disclose everything she’s ever done to her husband?  Should the husband be able to forgive transgressions that happened before him?  Did Felecia make the best decisions when it came to her husband, the children, her past?  Although most of these questions were answered in the story-telling it did spark some deep thought.  I enjoyed the book, I wanted to scream at points and thought girl, you better not let that ish happen!  I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.

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⚾️ Don’t judge someone just because they sin differently than you do❣️

📚  Hittin’ it out the park 📚

TITLE:  Hittin’ it out the Park
AUTHOR:  Allison Hobbs & Karen E. Quinones Miller 
PUBLISHER: Zane Presents
SERIES: ?
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️ Scandalous 

51BIphyo8QL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_Secrets abound in this scintillating, drama-fuelled novel about a love triangle between a multi-millionaire baseball star, his wife, and the groupie who’s trying to ruin their marriage—if a long-held secret doesn’t destroy it first.

Cheryl Blanton is married to a superstar baseball player who has won three Gold Gloves and recently signed a $120 million, five-year contract with the New York Yankees. He’s wealthy and handsome, and all the groupies are after him, but Cheryl is gorgeous and her sex game has her man on lock. There’s just one little secret she’s been keeping from him: her husband doesn’t realize that she’s nine years his senior. And so far Cheryl’s had no problem hiding her age—her husband only has eyes for her. That is, until twenty-one-year-old Sexy Sanchez comes on the scene.

Sexy blatantly goes after Cheryl’s man, and a series of catfights ensue between them. Cheryl realizes she’s in the battle of her life to keep her man and plots to get rid of her nemesis. But when she hires a private investigator to dig up some dirt on Sexy, she discovers that getting rid of her rival might not be easy, and could also reveal some devastating secrets she’d rather keep to herself…


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Whew…whew! Where do I begin!! This book starts out with the woman-child Cheryl Blanton.  Struggling with an addicted Mother, Cheryl is forced to do what she has to do in order to survive.  Her struggle leads her to a man that changes her life…

Randall Alston is a young country boy hoping to make it into the big leagues of Baseball.  After being invited to a major party by one of the New York Yankee’s scouts, Randy first encounters Cheryl.  Seeing him beyond the bad hair, pimply face and extreme southern drawl, Cheryl isn’t  initially attracted to Randy.  However after a night of unbridled passion, Randy is smitten and Cheryl isn’t that far behind.

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Life for Randy quickly changes after signing a major contract to play for the New York Yankees… (Who knew baseball was so exciting!)  The duo marries and quickly become the IT couple of major baseball.  

Sexy Sanchez is living her life like it’s golden…well at least in her mind it is.  Sexy moves to the beat of her own drum.  Her goal, to seduce and take other women’s men.  There’s no man that won’t succumb to her feminine wiles.  She uses exactly what she has to get what she wants, and right now she wants Randy Alston.

As this book plays out, the drama and scandal that unfold will leave you breathless.  These women are not into playing fair, they are only playing for keeps.  Just like the game of baseball, though, after three strikes…your OUT!  The question is who’s gonna be on the outs?   Sexy or Cheryl?   Although I really enjoyed this book and recommend it, the ending left too many open ends.  I hope there is a sequel to follow soon.

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