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The Art of Being Rebekkah
The Art of Being Rebekkah
Price: $6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Hard Decisions, April 9, 2014
In The Art of Rebekkah by Karoline Barrett readers are introduced to Rebekkah Gelles, a woman wanting to start a family but with a husband whom is not willing. Rebekkah tries to continue with her marriage but soon realizes that her husband may be derailing their attempts to have children. Rebekkah also suspects that her husband is involved with some shady business ventures. This leads Rebekkah and her husband, Avram, to divorce court.

In steps Detective Nick Rossi, who gives Rebekkah the attention she needs but Rebekkah knows they cannot be together. When Rebekkah finds out she is pregnant with Nick’s child she will have to make some harsh decisions. Being a Conservative Jew brings out several challenges for Rebekkah since Nick is not. As Rebekkah takes this journey she will have to redefine her life and overcome the obstacles placed in front of her. Will Rebekkah receive her happily ever after?

The Art of Being Rebekkah is the story of a woman needing to discovery who she is and what she really wants out of life. The main character struggles with staying true to her faith or being with the man she loved who has different values. This book had drama and covered issues such as pregnancy, religion and embezzlement, which will keep readers turning the pages. This book had well-developed characters consistent with the storyline and I found myself rooting for the relationship between Rebekkah and Nick. I recommend The Art of Being Rebekkah to others.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

Teresa Beasley
A&RBC Reviews
4 Stars=Great Page Turner


Sympathetic People
Sympathetic People
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hard Relationships, April 7, 2014
Sympathetic People by Donna Baier Stein is a collection of short stories about love, loss, marriage, affairs and other issues in men and women’s lives. These characters are looking for love but everything does not always go the way they planned. In these 13 stories men and women struggle with hurt and pain but some come out stronger and others do not. Finding love should not be this hard and staying in love should not either but these characters find out that it is harder than it seems.

My two favorites of the stories were The Secrets of Snakes and Hindsight. The Secrets of Snakes was about Arlene, a woman that sees the signs of her failing marriage and tries to keep it together while taking care of her son’s pet snake. One sudden move causes Arlene to get bitten and she realizes there is still love in her marriage but that the snake poises a definite danger to them all. The Hindsight was about a woman who questions her friendships and her marriage, which both turn out to be not what she believed they were and it finally makes her open her eyes.

Sympathetic People was an interesting book about the struggles of marriage and relationships and how it affects the individuals involved. I could relate to some of the characters, the plots were developed as well as the structure but some of the endings did not work for me. The book does not carry a “Wow” factor for me but the stories are worth reading. I do recommend Sympathetic People to others.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

Teresa Beasley
A&RBC Reviews
3 Stars=Okay Page Turner


How to Make It in Hollywood: The Inside Story
How to Make It in Hollywood: The Inside Story
by Rick Friedberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.17
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood Insider's Handbook, March 29, 2014
If you ever wondered what it takes to make it in Hollywood and don’t know where to start then this book is for you. A rulebook designed simply enough to give veterans in “the biz” a refresher course and a play by play for the ones wondering how to get a foot in the door. This book is chock full of 32 important rules one must follow. The author’s shares valuable knowledge (as a seasoned Hollywood veteran) that’s sprinkled with doses of humor and whimsy. Each rule should be applied if you are seriously seeking a career in the entertainment industry. In addition to the rules that are outlined, the author shares personal experiences from his own career. This book is a must have for those serious about their craft and was entertaining from cover to cover.

Mr. Friedberg knows exactly how to capture a reader’s attention as he kept each chapter short and to the point while never skimping on the information. The sage advice he offers should be well received from anyone hungry to learn how to make it in a highly coveted industry trying to be the next “biggest thing” in Hollywood. Most rulebooks tell you what to do but not what happens if you don’t follow the rules. Now in this book, Mr. Friedberg admits how he broke one of his own rules and the lesson he learned from the veering away from the script. His personal accounts add to the rule book. Because of the amount of detail and simple outline of the rules; this Hollywood handbook is worthy of five stars.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

Tracy Cooper
A&RBC Reviews
5 Stars=Non Stop Page Turner


Paper Phoenix: A Mystery of San Francisco in the '70s (A Classic Cozy--with Romance!)
Paper Phoenix: A Mystery of San Francisco in the '70s (A Classic Cozy--with Romance!)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rising From The Ashes, March 24, 2014
When Richard Longstreet blindsided his devoted wife Maggie with the news he was leaving her for a woman twenty years her junior, she thought she hit would hit rock bottom. While wallowing in despair and misery for weeks after he left her, Maggie stumbled on the news that Larry Hawkins, the People’s Times editor had jumped to his death in what seemed to Maggie a not-so-apparent suicide. Maggie had met Larry through her soon to be ex-husbands social circle and found that Hawkins was so arrogant and disliked by everyone in San Francisco, including her husband she wondered if his suicide was a cover-up for a homicide. Before she knows it, Maggie finds herself at the office of the Times as well as being involved in the middle of a real life whodunit. The list of possible suspects were all people her husband had dealings with and with memories of a promise Richard made someone on the phone that Larry would “no longer be a problem”, she wanted to see if he was involved with Larry’s untimely demise. In an instant Maggie goes from a brooding jilted aging wife to being driven to find strength and purpose in her life by evolving into an investigative reporter unafraid of what dangers lie ahead as she uncovers the truth.

Michaela Thompson has written a true page turner from beginning to end. Readers can easily side with the main character Maggie and watch her character develop from being a weak extension from her husband to being an independent woman that finds her inner strength with the people she encounters. Maggie found herself in several sticky situations that I wished could have been more exciting considering the power players her character was up against. Don’t get me wrong, although some of the scenes didn’t pack the powerful punch I hoped for it still delivered quite a blow. This novel was well written and definitely worthy of a four star rating. I look forward to reading more from this author.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

Tracy Cooper
A&RBC Reviews
4 Stars=Great Page Turner


Limoncello Yellow (Franki Amato Mysteries) (Volume 1)
Limoncello Yellow (Franki Amato Mysteries) (Volume 1)
by Traci Andrighetti
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.79
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3.0 out of 5 stars Complicated Investigation, March 17, 2014
In Limoncello Yellow by Traci Andrighetti readers are introduced to Francesca Amato, a cop that is questioning her job until her boyfriend is the cause of a 911 emergency call. Francesca decides to get away so she moves to New Orleans to work for a friend. Francesca’s takes a job with Private Chicks, Inc a detective agency, which she believes will be a better fit.

After starting with Private Chicks, Inc she is thrust into a murder case about a boutique manager. As she investigates, Francesca’s finds herself admiring and wanting more time with Bradley Hartmann, a bank executive that is wonderful on the eyes. As Francesca continues to investigate the case starts getting more complicated and interesting at the same time. Will Francesca solve the mystery and secure a love life?

What I Did Not Like: The book was too descriptive and it was hard to relate to some of the characters.

What I Did Like: The main characters grandmother kept me interested in the story because she gave it humor. This is my first time reading this author’s work and even though I was not that impressed with the storyline or dialogue, I would read this authors work again.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

Teresa Beasley
A&RBC Reviews
3 Stars=Okay Page Turner


Before I lay me down to sleep
Before I lay me down to sleep
Price: $3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Listen to Your Therapist, March 11, 2014
In Before I Lay Me Down To Sleep by Obsession readers are introduced to Gail Washington, a therapist who just found out that her husband has been unfaithful. Gail also learns that she has six months or less to live. Gail comes to the realization that she will be leaving behind clients and friends who are still in need. Gail decides her last act of good faith will be to throw a gathering that will help her match make her clients. This is Gail’s last wish before she dies, will everything go as she planned it?

Nathaniel, Raven, Zaya and Morgan are devastated when they learn their therapist is dying. All of them are beside themselves especially since Gail does not want fight with treatment. Gail demands them to show up at her gathering especially if they care about her. All four individuals realize that Gail will not take ‘”no” as an answer so they all agree. Gail has surprises for her clients and as the night gets underway Gail’s hope is that her four clients will have matches made in heaven.

What I Did Not Like: I hated that this book had to end.

What I Did Like: This book brought out different emotions in me from sadness to frustration. Gail’s love for her clients rings true in every aspect of the book. These clients have different backgrounds but the same thing in common they need and want to be loved. This author’s writing style captured me with the first chapter and could not stop reading. These characters were well-developed and consistent with the story line. It had drama, deceit, and betrayal which are everything a good book needs. I definitely recommend this book to others.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

Teresa Beasley
A&RBC Reviews
4 Stars=Great Page Turner
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The Seduction of Miriam Cross (A Delilah Percy Powers Mystery) (Volume 1)
The Seduction of Miriam Cross (A Delilah Percy Powers Mystery) (Volume 1)
by Wendy Tyson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.36
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4.0 out of 5 stars Double Life, March 11, 2014
When an author is murdered a private detective takes the case in The Seduction of Miriam Cross by W A Tyson. Delilah Powers’ friend comes to her with a request, to find her aunt’s killer. When Delilah is informed on whom the aunt is she realizes this will be a difficult case. Will Delilah be able to solve the murder?

As Delilah jumps into the case she finds that the victim lived two different lives. The crew has to figure out what happened to Emily Cray in order to find out who killed Miriam Cross. The more Delilah and her crew investigate the more they see that Miriam’s secret life will have them in danger especially when her secrets are revealed.

What I Did Not Like: It took too long for the action or I’ll say the twist in the story to take place.

What I Did Like: This was a suspenseful book that kept me wanting to know what happened to Miriam. The story line keeps you on your toes after it is up and going. It has well-developed characters that bring the story to life. In taking this case it leads Delilah and her crew into some questionable territories which kept the story interesting. I recommend The Seduction of Miriam Cross to others.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

Teresa Beasley
A&RBC Reviews
4 Stars=Great Page Turner


Just Between Us-Inspiring Stories by Women
Just Between Us-Inspiring Stories by Women
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4.0 out of 5 stars I Can Do It, March 11, 2014
Inspiring stories by women is the back bone of Just Between Us. Several authors come together to write about the things that cause havoc in their lives. These six women share intimate stories about their lives all having overcome the obstacles presented to them. Readers will be able to relate to these stories and pass them to others they know whom are dealing or have dealt with similar issues.

What I Did Not Like: I wish there were more ladies to contribute to the book.

What I Did Like: These ladies opened their hearts to share with their readers specific details so as to help another person. I applaud each one and appreciate their commitment to this collection of inspirational work. I learned more about these women in just reading this book. I recommend Just Between Us to others.

This book was provided by one the authors (Nicole Dunlap) for review purposes.

Teresa Beasley
A&RBC Reviews
4 Stars=Great Page Turner


Deaf, Dumb, Blind & Stupid: Michael Anderson's Fight For Life
Deaf, Dumb, Blind & Stupid: Michael Anderson's Fight For Life
Price: $2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars When Everything Comes to the Surface, March 11, 2014
Tremayne Moore introduces the emotions of love, hurt, rejection, loneliness and deceit in Deaf, Dumb, Blind and Stupid.

Michael Anderson was a gifted poet and talented singer who loved music and expressed his feelings through writing. He was in search of love and acceptance from his family only to become a victim of hurt and abuse of the old saying, “What Happens In This House, Stays In This House.” With one rejection after another, loneliness began to suffocate him and the one person he truly trusted and love led him to deceit. The unforeseen tragedy was not taken serious until everything surface leaving silence in the air.

What I Did Not Like: There was nothing to dislike

What I Did Like: Deaf Dumb Blind and Stupid was a definite page turner. The author touched on real life events without holding back on each character and their personality. I really liked the form in how the story was presented and I anticipate other projects this author will bring. I do recommend this book to others.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

Michelle Beasley
A&RBC Reviews
5 Stars=Non Stop Page Turner


Christmas Carol
Christmas Carol
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Change of Mind, March 11, 2014
This review is from: Christmas Carol (Kindle Edition)
In Christmas Carol by Michelle Gorman readers are introduced to Carol. Carol who is a workaholic is over Christmas, weddings and anything related to relationships having been recently dumped. Carol has to put her feelings aside to attend her sister, Marley’s wedding, which is happening Christmas weekend.

When Carol arrives at the wedding location she realizes that three of her ex-boyfriends are attending as well. This is just what Carol needs to face her past. Will this weekend change her life for the better? It just may after Carol starts thinks about what went wrong in these three relationships.

What I Did Not Like: This book started slow but picked up later and it had some repetitive language.

What I Did Like: The main characters reflection on her past relationships that helps her move forward. I also loved the ending of this book even though it was not a surprise. The author does a wonderful job slightly mimicking the original story of A Christmas Carol but putting her own spin on it.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

Teresa Beasley
A&RBC Reviews
4 Stars=Great Page Turner


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