Dangerous Love by Ray Norman

Ray Norman spent most of his life in far-flung corners of the globe, working on a long-term development projects and living out his calling as a Christian professional. By the time he arrived in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania around the turn of the millennium, he was a veteran of life as an expat, at home in countries and cultures not his own. But in 2001, the world was about to change-and so was Ray’s life.

In the aftermath of 9/11-a time when tensions between Muslim and Western culture were peaking-Ray and his daughter, Hannah, made the short drive from their home to the Mauritanian beach. But instead of spending the afternoon enjoying the waves and the water, father and daughter found themselves hurtling back to the city, each with a bullet-hole pumping blood into the floorboards of their jeep.

This personal account and testimony of Ray Norman was very poignant and moving. Normally, I do not read a lot of non-fiction books because it takes me a long time to read them. It did take me a minute to read this one but  I was glad that I did. Mr. Norman is a Christian and he lives to serve God. I admired his ability to lead his family and seeking God on a daily basis. In the book, he is currently on a mission trip in Nouakchott, the Capitol of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. He works for World Vision. During his time there, he and his daughter are shot by one of the local natives of Mauritania. Instantly, his world is changed and his trust and faith in God is tested. Most of all, he must forgive the person that has done what seems like an unforgivable act. I think the story was told very well. I also like how the author helped me to visual what Mauritania must look like in addition to the culture and people there. I also liked how the author explained how the shooting affected his family & not just himself. I definitely would recommend this book. A very different read.

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Review of Reconstructing Jada Channing by Savannah J. Frierson

jadaAn Ames woman in love is a precarious place to be; however, Jada Channing falls in love with Aaron McKensie, a wealthy and gorgeous man she met at a recreation center where she volunteered during college. One night of passionate lovemaking results in a pregnancy, and her life takes a dramatic turn. She and Aaron plan to get married and raise their baby together, but his father interrupts their plan to be a family. Three years later, Jada and Aaron see each other again at a party in Atlanta and the sparks fly, but Jada has a secret. They have a son. A son that Aaron believed to have been aborted. Once she makes the decision to tell Aaron about their son, she fears he will take him away from her. He has another idea in mind, though. He wants to be a family.

I truly enjoyed this story. This was not your typical happily-ever-after read in which everything goes perfectly right. Jada and Aaron were in love with each other, but they also endured many obstacles such as stereotypes and racism. Jada also had trust issues with men because of the reputation of Ames women falling in love with unavailable men and being abandoned by them. For years, her grandmother had instilled this fear in her and, therefore, caused her not too fully trust men. I frowned upon this because Jada just could not enjoy a good thing.

I really liked her best friend, Shae, because she always encouraged Jada no matter what. I loved Aaron’s mom because she accepted Jada and her son. She didn’t look down on her or make her feel less than a woman. I truly despised Aaron’s father because he felt that money took care of everything and he thought Jada was a gold digger. He could not see that his actions were truly hurtful to not only Jada but also to his son.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to others because it was very moving and imparted powerful messages throughout.

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Tramaine Green

 

 

A Season To Wed: Three Love Stories (A Year of Weddings novella)

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They’ve helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples. Now twelve new couples will find themselves in the wedding spotlight in the second Year of Weddings novella collection.

Love at Mistletoe Inn by Cindy Kirk

Hope Prentiss discovers after ten years that what she thought was her almost-wedding to John Burke indeed actually counted. As fate would have it, John has come back in town for good. After spending time with John and helping plan a Christmas wedding for a mystery couple, Hope begins to wonder if she really wants a divorce…or a real wedding of her own.

A Brush with Love by Rachel Hauck

Revealing the beauty in other women might be Ginger Winters’s specialty–but it will take an unexpected kind of love to help Ginger see the beauty in herself.

Ginger Winters will be the “beauty-maker” for the Alabama society wedding of the decade. But when high-school crush Tom Wells shows up looking for a haircut, Ginger’s thinly veiled insecurities threaten to keep her from love once again…despite Tom’s best efforts.

Serving Up a Sweetheart by Cheryl Wyatt

Meadow knows how to serve delicious food to match any wedding theme. But can she accept love when it’s served on a silver platter?

Meadow Larson is having the mother of all Mondays when her roof caves in during a blizzard, right before the most important wedding contract of her career. Renovation contractor Colin McGrath offers to fix Meadow’s roof, even though he knows he is the last person she would accept help from.

But the more Meadow gets to know the new Colin, the more she realizes God may have something more permanent in store than a new catering kitchen.

My opinion of the book:

All three stories in A Season to Wed represented the willingness to forgive old mistakes and to open up your heart to the future and not to keep looking to the past. In Love at Mistletoe Inn, Hope’s deep rooted fear of not being financially stable (due to seeing her parent’s bicker over money) caused her to leave a man that truly loved her yet she could not see the error in her decision until John returned home. This story was very well written and touched on a very sensitive topic…money. I also loved how her aunt imparted her wisdom onto Hope and did a little matchmaking of her own.

In A Brush with Love, Ginger was use to making others look and feel beautiful, but never truly loved herself due to her scars from a fire she was in as a child. This story truly touched me because I could feel Ginger’s pain. She wanted love but felt that because she did not have the outside beauty that others had, she would never get what she wanted. I loved Tom’s persistence. He never gave up on Ginger and helped her to feel beautiful through God’s love. This story was a tear-jerker and I’m sure others can truly identify with not having self-love.

In Serving Up a Sweetheart, Meadow Larson has been scarred by her past in which her peers taunted her and pretended to be her friends only to back stab her. She has become bitter and Colin McGrath (the contractor that helps her repair her kitchen) was among the same peers that taunted her. When he comes back into her life just as crisis takes place with her kitchen, she is wary of him. She believes him to be the same person from her high school days. She soon learns that he is not the same person and has grown up. I really liked how her and Colin’s relationship developed into something more. Even though they had a few hurdles to get over, they both made the decision to forgive one another. I won’t give all the details but this one was a very good story as well and will have you sniffling just a little.

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Married Til Monday: A Chapel Springs Romance by Denise Hunter

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Abby and Ryan McKinley have been divorced for three years. Since their split, they have not seen each other but a phone call from Abby’s mother changes everything. Ryan is invited to Abby’s parents’ anniversary party and incidentally finds out the Abby never told her parents they were divorced. In Ryan’s eyes, he believes that God has opened the door for him to get Abby back because he still loves her. When he shows up at her doorstep, he knows that this will not be easy and that he will have to put in a lot of work to breakdown the barriers around her heart.

This was my first read by Denise Hunter and I must say that she hit on a lot of topics and matters of the heart such as forgiveness, judging, verbal and physical abuse, and unconditional love. I loved that Ryan loved Abby regardless of the fact that she pushed his buttons and could be very skittish. I was also surprised that there were certain things that Abby and Ryan had not discussed before or during their marriage. You eventually find out why and it all makes sense somehow. I think the only thing that frustrated me was Abby’s reluctance to open up about her past and let Ryan in. I honestly thought Ryan was a great guy with some flaws and I loved that he wasn’t afraid to show his emotions. I also loved Gillian (her best friend). She was patient and loving and there for Abby. Denise Hunter brings together a heart warming tale of love reunited and reconnecting with God. I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

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Twisted Innocence by Terri Blackstock

Terri Blackstock bookHolly Cramer has always been known for being a party girl and making bad choices and decisions. However, when she gives birth to her daughter, Lily, her priorities change. She seeks to create a stable life for her daughter. Just as things seem to be alright in her world, police come to question her about Creed Kershaw, Lily’s father. He is a person of interest in a drug-related murder case. Determined to keep him out of their lives, she searches for him so that she can turn him into the police. However, things don’t work out the way she planned.

I really enjoyed this Christian fiction Terri Blackstock novel. It was full of suspense, drama, and Christian faith. Each character was going through their own trials, heartaches, and suffering but regardless they believed that God would pull them through. I loved how Holly remained strong through everything she went through. I love the sisterly bond between Holly, Juliet, and Cathy. They were there for each other through the good, the bad, and the ugly. The plot of the story definitely keeps you on your toes as everything is not what it seems and some people are not who they appear to be. I would definitely recommend this novel to others as the novel shows that people can change and want to do better. Terri Blackstock has a new fan!

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My review of From A Whisper To A Scream by Elissa Gabrielle

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Book Synopsis:

The colors of love comes in several shades for Queen Thomas, and has been prevalent on her canvas of life as she continues to paint by the numbers. Successful beyond measure, but flawed to a degree where bright hues tend to fade a bit, happiness should be much more than an illusion. Queen is a young African American defense attorney passionately advocating justice for her brown-skinned clients, despite being subjected by black and blue bruises from her ex-boyfriend. Then there are the shades of gray that matters most when trying to balance the memorable scales of a loving relationship with a father that raised her as a single parent. Along with that are the dark clouds of uncertainty accentuating the need to suppress the void of missing the touches that only a mother can manifest. Is a successful but committed relationship so hard to fathom where integrity and faithfulness is not compromised? The whispers get louder with promises of primal screams as the colors take on a different tint as the plot thickens. Enter Quincy Hughes, a handsome doctor easy on the eyes but with an underlying intrigue that allows curiosity to kill much more than the cat. Quincy is on a mission. He relentlessly pursues her despite his mystique, and forces Queen to question the taboo concept of accepted love vs. forbidden fruit; and whether there’s a future in it for her. Is she ready to tackle the relevancy of this different persuasion? And what about her ex-lover — will he settle for second best and allow Queen to pursue matters of the heart, albeit with someone else? Sensual and brimming with sexuality, this heart-wrenching drama is groundbreaking fiction. A Whisper To a Scream is a sexy, moving and riveting tale that will pull you deep into an unforgettable erotic, socially-conscious, and emotionally-charged ride.

My review:
I really and truly enjoyed this story. I mean, wow. The characters Quincy and Queen really swept me away with the undying love they had for one another. Although Queen was very hesitant to start a relationship with Quincy due to their difference in color, his persistence won her over. The only down side to this book was that Queen was always too hesitant to put her abusive ex-boyfriend behind bars because of the already too many incarcerated black males. However, I felt like this was always an excuse to not handle the difficult situation. Don’t get me wrong, I applaud her for her reasoning, but I felt like she wasn’t trying to protect herself enough. Besides that, I never wanted to put the book down! 5 stars all the way! I’m hoping for a part 2! Signed, a new fan.

My review of Side Chic by LaTonya West

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Yesterday, I had the privilege of reading this Ebook and I really enjoyed it. From page one, Miss West draws you in immediately with Lala’s dilemma of being the side chic. She has made the decision to leave Boykins, VA because she has caught feelings for Tre and does not believe that she can stay in the same small town with him. This being because Tre has a family. He lives with his baby mama and has two twin boys that he provides for. Lala does not want to mess up his home so she moves to Danville. Of course, there is another reason why she does this and you will have to read the book to find out. Lets just say that the secret she is keeping ends up coming out and when I say that drama unfolds, it truly does!! 5 stars for Side Chic. Definitely will read more from this author. You can get it here for 99 cents:

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My review of Black Butterfly by Nika Michelle

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Meet Seantay, Seandra, and Renell Beauvois. These three sisters are rich, famous, and are hard-pressed to stay out of the public eye. Seantay Beauvois is the youngest sister and is a daddy’s girl. Seandra Beauvois is the middle sister and looks for acceptance & approval from her mother. Renell is the oldest sister. She is determined to do things on her own and not depend on her father’s money.

The three sisters are not particularly close as each one has their own insecurities and resentments toward each other in the midst of dealing with their own personal drama. Seantay is indecisive about her career and dealing with bad boys. Seandra is involved with her no good boyfriend Maurice. One will wonder why she is wasting her time with him. Renell prefers not to have a man and shuts herself off from everyone else. Throughout the story the sisters will learn some valuable lessons about love, forgiveness, and just maybe they can become close again. Great story. As always Nika Michelle draws you into a story and doesn’t let you go until the very end. *5 stars*

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My review of The Cartel by Ashley & JaQuavis

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I just finished reading this book today and I absolutely loved it! The Cartel, is definitely a fast paced, heart gripping, dramatic novel that takes place in the heart of Miami. Carter Diamond, leader of The Cartel is murdered by the Haitians because of his refusal to let them in on the drug trade. In the event of his death, the Diamond family is put in a vulnerable position…now they are having to fend for the lives & do their best to keep their family together. I don’t want to give too much away about the book but let’s just say obstacles, death, and mayhem all take its toll on the family…So the question will The Diamond family survive or will they perish? Be sure to read the remaining three books of the series to find out their fate. I’m eager to find out! 5 stars all the way!!

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My review of Pleasure Principle by Brenda Stokes Lee

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I always enjoy a good Brenda Stokes Lee novel. She has a way of telling her stories that have you thinking about them long after your done reading. Her novels are full of drama, romance, erotica, and comical wit. Each character leaves a lasting impression, and she does not disappoint in
Pleasure Principle.

This novel focuses on Teddy Bear Davine. Did I mention that the Teddy Bear is fine as all get out? Yes indeed! He was first introduced with the All Mye Queen’s Men series as a whore because of his promiscuous ways with women. However, in this story, he seems to have matured some and is actually considering settling down. Thus, his boys have talked him into doing a reality tv show with VH1 to find his wife. Needless to say this is quite an interesting journey as he has to choose between six different women. Another thing that I loved is that Teddy shows his more sensitive side. Ladies can’t help to fall in love with the infamous Teddy. And who he picks as his wife will no doubt be a surprise to you. I know it was to me. There were some grammatical errors in the story but it did not keep me from reading it. As an author, I understand that sometimes some things will be missed. Overall a 5 star read!

Pleasure Principle