Cynthia has run into two men in her life who both have tap danced on her heart. One tapped and hustled away years before, only to return while the othCynthia has run into two men in her life who both have tap danced on her heart. One tapped and hustled away years before, only to return while the other tapped with no desire to switch dance partners. But situations and time wouldn't let this happen the easy way. Her friends felt she was doing terrible in the mating department, her mother would never approve of her blue collar lover, BUT love is the craziest, unpredictable force there is.
I truly enjoyed the chemistry and balance in this book. Byron is the blue collar brother and Cynthia the white collar sister trying to get their head and heart on the same page. Two people couldn't be more different. But the heart knows what the heart wants. Driving Heat confirms opposites just might attract and could possibly continue the magnetism. But the question remains; does it matter if he's paid by the hour? Is it really about white collar vs blue collar or the level we communicate and accept others. What a great read
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Gabrielle is a spoiled brat with a head on her shoulders in all subjects such as Science, Math and all things school related, but when it comes to comGabrielle is a spoiled brat with a head on her shoulders in all subjects such as Science, Math and all things school related, but when it comes to common sense she's a thirteen year old ticking time bomb.Her mother Victoria has worked hard to be able to provide and her efforts have paid off, they are living large. However Victoria doesn't have a relationship with her daughter and Gabrielle's daddy is not a constant in her life.
Left to her own devices Gabrielle finds out that fast living can bring one closer to the other side even faster. Just in time Gabrielle makes a phone call and life begins again.
I understood what the author wanted to do with this story, but at times as a reader the flow and emotion was off. For example Victoria and Lucy were in crisis mode a child was missing, a death occurred and they are people watching and taking on the role of fashion police? I know at times we need a breather during a crisis to break the tension but this was a bit unrealistic.
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When I read the back of the book I was excited to get started, why you ask? Well finding a character that uses her senses in a way I have not seen inWhen I read the back of the book I was excited to get started, why you ask? Well finding a character that uses her senses in a way I have not seen in a book made this read a welcomed treat. Gloria is a radio host and we meet her sister Anna after she becomes the victim of identity theft. Suddenly it appears that someone might also be trying to kill Anna. Along with her friend Gloria decided to find the perpetrators on her own without the police. They travel to and from a few cities tracking down the hackers who have stolen her sisters’ identity. Now this I found to be a little strange because one Gloria is blind and her sister is well they both are civilians. The story gets even stranger when they track down the hackers and stop a police officer on the streets of New York during the Thanksgiving Day parade and try to get him to make an arrest on the hacker. Not realistic at all, I found many challenges like this one throughout the story. But I still think it was worth a read, especially because we don’t want readers to miss the theme of struggles and how what others view as a disability might actually be someone’s strength. A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for my honest and thoughtful review....more
Sometimes in life there comes a time when we have to make life changing decisions, those that could be the beginning or end of a thing.
Meet Serena MaSometimes in life there comes a time when we have to make life changing decisions, those that could be the beginning or end of a thing.
Meet Serena Manchester who appears to be sad and possibly depressed; along with several of her supporting characters together they try to do the right thing, but quickly find out that right sometimes feel so wrong. I enjoyed this lightweight story of grudges, family drama and trauma as well and being the beneficiary of what felt like a budding love story to this reader. I’m excited to see what happens next in the 2nd book of this series.
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From City to City we read and hear many stories of parents for whatever reason who left their children in the hands of others. MostHeadline: Who Am I?
From City to City we read and hear many stories of parents for whatever reason who left their children in the hands of others. Most times when I hear about abandoned children those same children have a passion to find out WHY. I’m not even sure if they really want to be part of their parents’ life as much as knowing WHY.
Monroe Connor attributes all the bad in her life to her mother who aandoned her at an early age; thirteen I believe. The reason why she can’t love, not being able to have a long term relationship and her trust issues all roll into the question surrounding her mother’s departure: WHY. While reading Monroe’s story sometimes it felt like she was telling us if only I could find out why my mother left me every wrong thing in my life will be made right.
Monroe begins a quest to find her mother against her dad’s wishes. But finding her mom could put her mother and others in danger. A danger that Monroe has no idea is following her until the phone rings and she walks into the darkness where danger waits.
Abandoned Secrets was a good read, I was able to jump into the story meet the characters and care for them and their issues quicker than expected. A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for my honest and thoughtful review. ...more
The second book in the Eugeena Patterson Mystery, Moody opens with somOven Baked Secrets by Tyora Moody
Headline: Don't let your secrets bake too long!
The second book in the Eugeena Patterson Mystery, Moody opens with some familiar characters and plenty of new ones waiting to earn their spot in your life. From the opening Louise quickly becomes a favorite and you will root for her until the very last flick of your finger. Something is happening in the small town of Sugar Creek, SC. First Eugeena’ neighbor Mary is murdered (Book One; Deep Fried Trouble) then the son of her friend Louise is shot right next door to Eugeena’ house and if you know Eugeena Patterson like I do that is the first invitation for her to get involved. The next is it happened in Sugar Creek. Her investigative curiosity and the loving way in which she cares for people is what makes her mysteries so filling and it doesn’t hurt to have Mr. Amos Jones as your partner in crime. Eugeena and Amos made me smile watching the fuel that ignites their curious mind and heart. Thinking of their style and how they support the other’s plans displayed even more care for each other. As you begin your journey in Sugar Creek you will laugh and feel a sense of pride at these two, they are my favorite retired crime stoppers. This book and Deep Fried Trouble (Book 1) could both be read with or without the other, but I suggest you read them both not just to support the author, but they are really good quick mysteries. 5 bookmarks...more
Raising the Enemy by Dominique Wilkins Headline: They are watching you.
Our children learn how to treat us and others by watching what we do in our relaRaising the Enemy by Dominique Wilkins Headline: They are watching you.
Our children learn how to treat us and others by watching what we do in our relationship. Paul watched how his mother allowed Carlos and her mother to disrespect her. Carlos showed Paul exactly how to treat his mom and the behavior was not good. Carlos didn't support Patricia in their relationship emotionally he was checked out, but he was a good provider. Paul spoke venomous words to his mom and answered her just as Carlos did. Things get worse when Patricia leaves Carlos and ends the relationship. Daily Patricia tries to claim some resemblance of self respect, but is it too late? Has Paul seen too much?
With Carlos no longer in the home Paul decides he's going to become the man of the house and he disrespects his mother at every opportunity. Both struggling for control in the household, things really take a turn for the worse and Paul finds himself sitting on a mountain of remorse. But is it true remorse or momentary?
This is a real tough story about how raising children and being in relationships means being the best you, you can be because your children are watching you.
A complimentary copy of this audio book was provided by the author for my thoughtful and honest review.
Can a man and a woman just be friends? This is the million dollar question most people say no. If your relationship is hHeadline: Forgive Us Our Debts
Can a man and a woman just be friends? This is the million dollar question most people say no. If your relationship is honest and you are careful to be transparent, absolutely. So often countless number of celebrity friends turned lovers make us doubt that this relationship is possible. Joy's husband Kenny is doubting this is just a friendship as he walks in the house and finds Joy in the company of another. Joy is confused, she doesn't understand WHY Kenny doesn't get it?
Then she finds out her husband is the one cheating when she has been faithful, what do you do? Can your faith carry the relationship? I don't know the answer but what Joy, Kenny and Joe go through leaves the reader wondering, after a blemish in a marriage can it truly survive? Should we pray for a spouse who stepped outside of the marriage or maybe just ask God for strength to do the right thing.
Wilkins short stories empower and makes the reader pause, while contemplating spiritual principles. A complimentary copy of this audio book was provided by the author for my thoughtful and honest review. ...more
Tasha, Keisha and Gisele, a hooker, a widow and an unwed mother 3 souls struggling with life's yokes around their necks, bringingHeadline: God's Love
Tasha, Keisha and Gisele, a hooker, a widow and an unwed mother 3 souls struggling with life's yokes around their necks, bringing them down and causing doubt. Society believes that we are a victim of our upbringing, it doesn't matter who we are or where we are in our life, God loves us. This story of God's agape love is one that so many people today really need to read. Once we learn how to look up instead of down we will understand the grace of God. We all need a little more Jesus, once we realize that we can open our hearts and receive.
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Headline: Betwix and between The beginning and end of Delilah Daughter’s is sprinkled with some elements of speculative fiction, which added a really gHeadline: Betwix and between The beginning and end of Delilah Daughter’s is sprinkled with some elements of speculative fiction, which added a really good mix to the Monroe family reveal. One reveal was having the ability to connect with Rocky and hear his thoughts were nothing short of brilliance. This touched my heart and I am sure many readers felt the same as they began and ended this journey. I read a quote once that really resonated with me and connected me to this story “a family is a patchwork of personalities tied together with heartstrings.” As a family we are all part of the same quilt. The challenge comes when pieces of the same quilt are shuffled away from the other squares due to dreams and aspirations; how do you get the quilt pieces sewed together again? Delilah’s Daughters is an inspirational story which tugs at your heart and teases the mind. Readers’ emotions will be confused to a degree, trying to decide right and wrong betwixed and between.
Headline: Is home where the heart is? What is that saying that some call Murphy Law, when all things can go wrong blah blah blah. Some know this betterHeadline: Is home where the heart is? What is that saying that some call Murphy Law, when all things can go wrong blah blah blah. Some know this better than others, and Twilah I believe definitely knows. All at once she finds out that her soon to be husband is cheating on her with none other than her best friend and then, she finds out her dad is dead. Leaving Los Angeles, to return to her hometown of North Carolina only to take care of her father’s affairs she meet a sexy cowboy who complicates her plans. As I turn page after page I kept wondering will she stay in North Carolina and embrace this budding romance or return to Los Angeles which is now home. I absolutely enjoyed this read it left me thinking where is home for me. All of my family is in New York, and I moved to Chicago for love. The relationship ended after twelve years, but I found myself asking do I stay with my new family or back to my mom and siblings. ...more
Sometimes our mistakes are what make our fate. Without them, what would shape our lives? Like Carrie on Sex in the City said;Headline: Second Chances
Sometimes our mistakes are what make our fate. Without them, what would shape our lives? Like Carrie on Sex in the City said; if we never veered off course, we wouldn't be who we are or something like that. What I’m trying to say is that mistakes are just a mis-take an opportunity to do it over with God’s grace. We cannot have beginnings without endings; how exciting to begin again. Pauls story which reads very much like a memoir and a coming of age story could very well be my story or yours. Celeste Stanton’s journey is one filled with ups, downs and many twist. Just when you think you know what Celeste, Jordan or Aunt Ruby will do next you might want to think again. Celeste journey from her teen’s years to adulthood will break the readers’ heart, but also have you wanting to hit her in the head to the white meat. I loved this story and I especially enjoyed the theme of second chances from our Sovereign God. It’s nearly a perfect story, and unimaginable that it was the only published work by Pauls, an outstanding debut.