‘The Two of Us’ by Victoria Bylin #SoulBookSunday

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Pick up The Two of Us by Victoria Bylin

Published by Bethany House (2017)

ISBN: 978-0-7642-1738-8(Paperback)

*Provided free for an unbiased review from Bethany House

The Two of Us is one of those Christian romances that defines exactly how a Christian romance should be written. The main character Mia Robinson is a nurse practitioner who already had two broken engagements in her life, and when she meets Jake Tanner, even with his relaxed manner and handsomeness-  she protects her heart. Jake, ever the patient man has experienced loss in his life but the two of them will discover they have a lot more in common than they thought.

From the first chapter, I was engaged with the story. Mia represents women who already know the power of heartbreak and does not want to experience it ever again. She puts her trust totally in the Lord and believes that the doors opening for her as far as missionary work overseas, is a sign from God.

Jake Tanner, from the moment he laid eyes on Mia, knew she had a story. So does he. As a former cop who lost a partner in a terrible accident he wants to do all he can to prove he can continue to help save lives, but the one life before him needs saving in a new way. He falls for Mia but will he ever conquer her heart? Will he be the one man to prove that not all men are after one thing?

There were a few subplots going on in this story worth mentioning. All of them demonstrate the power of holding on to God while understanding we are all human too. Mia’s sister Lucy is the opposite of her- Lucy grabs life by the horns while Mia assesses a situation first, then plan. Then there was the problem of Jake wanting to honor his partner’s memory by starting a camp for teens, but with increasing violence in the town, the community clashes with Jake’s plans to bring more troubled youth there.

I can share a million thoughts on the direction that was taken but just know if you are looking a sweet, Christian romance that has all the power of real love embodied by God’s enduring love for us, pick this up.

Stay tuned for more books like this on Soul Book Sundays!


The Chocolate Reading Experience Presents: Sexy/Dangerous by Beverly Jenkins

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Click here to grab Sexy/Dangerous by Beverly Jenkins

HarpersCollins Publishers(2006)

ISBN: 978-0061751578

The guns. The fights. The thrills. The sex.

This one has it all!

Side note: This book has straight up five stars on Amazon. I’m just sayin’.

Beverly Jenkins proves she not only has a gift for writing historical novels, but writing an amazingly hot and sexy contemporary romance is within her powers also.

Maxine “Max” Blake is hired to protect Dr. Adam Gary, a black scientist who may have just created a prototype that will put the oil industry out of business. When Max meets the sexy, intelligent scientist she is surprised he doesn’t like her, and he is downright rude. The two butt heads constantly but when the “ice” begins to break….

It kept my eyes glued to the page. Let me tell you. I had a sty on my eye, needed rest, needed to get back into reality, but when I read a Beverly Jenkins story I am caught in and it takes a while for me to come up for air.

That is what this book did for me.

Not only does Max remind you of  Storm from X-Men(but with green eyes), her resolve her strength and her humility is infectious. Dr. Adam Gary needed more people skills but you grow a soft spot for him when you learn of his past and his love for science. Plus, the fact that he knows how to turn up the heat on lovin’ helps a bit!

So, let me gift you with a passage from the book so you’ll know what I mean, then afterwards get the book post haste if you haven’t already.

Warning! The following brief passage will elicit a slow burn in your heart. Take those antacids!

“If I don’t see you anymore today, what do you want for breakfast in the morning?” she asked.

“Eggs, bacon, toast.”

“All yours.”

Adam wished she were. The look in her eyes and the tone of her voice made him take a deep mental breath…Blame it on his celibacy, blame it on her, blame it on whatever, but he was hard as a rock.”(from Sexy/Dangerous, Jenkins, 2006).

See what I mean?

So click on the link above in this post(there are affiliate links here folks).

Stay tuned for even more chocolaty reading! Let me know if I am providing enough of it LOL

Thank you for reading!  🙂

~The Write Web

When You Have No Expectations

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This poem was actually an essay, but then I realized…

I was saying too much.


Synonymous with hope,

a submission to wills

and will hope return to me?

that sparkling lustrous  

gift of gold

leaving from my palms?

I love you because I can

Should I expect it back like

a business investment?

If I do this, will you love me

under the sun,

beneath the stars,

in front of the moon’s

peeping eye?

Should I…

expect it?

Will I lose my soul if we…

do this?






Upcoming February Theme: The Chocolate Experience

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Thank you everyone for your participation in the Haiku Challenges. I had fun reading your comments and posting information.

The theme of February will be on love of the chocolate variety.  That’s right! I have been reading and reviewing magnificent books by African American writers and many of their books receive high praises!

African Americans are writing books and finding success in many genres:

  • Memoir
  • Science Fiction/Speculative
  • Romance-including historical!
  • Horror
  • Teen/Young Adult
  • Thriller
  • Urban-the infamous “street” fiction!

If you are trying seek out books that have more action, more HOT romance, and finally  books that will educate and uplift, then stay tuned because I will hook you up with information on books that are scrumptiously good and then some!

Drop your comments below, like and share if you are as excited as I am!



When It Is Too Much for Dancing Tulips(Senryus)


Here are some more senryus with a mixture of haiku in there. The subject of course, is love but poetry is open to many interpretations…Enjoy!


Is it too much for

Roses and tulips

To dance

Under bleeding trepidations?


Love is such a strong

Word when your flesh meet mine and

Gazes clash like thunder.


When words are solid

As rare stones and purity

Vows are crisp on paper




A Sprinkle of Real Love and Book Love

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Hi fellow bloggers and bookworms!

This week has been amazing so far! Let me just brag a little bit…

My husband and I celebrated our 9th anniversary and one of my gifts was the beautifully scented Haiku, Kyoto Flower by Avon wrapped in a beautiful bag with a loving letter, I smell amazing right now you guys!

Now on to what I have been reading and working on.

My book reviews have been posted on Amazon, and I have been reading my urban fiction that I fell in love with years ago, and occasionally go back to. Nothing wrong with dipping into chocolate stories.

One of those books, written by Lamont L. Christian, entitled Indicted is about a man who was more loyal to the streets than he should have been while the love his life made a huge sacrifice for him and in the end, the indictment became much more than just a legal concept…

Then I binge read parts 2 and 3 of Jessica N. Watkins’ A Thug’s Love. What happens when a good girl who is headed for college, fall in love with a sexy dude named King who runs the streets yet treat her like a princess? I will tell you what you get: a lot of haters, scheming women, and there was a lot backstabbing in this hard to put down book too, but surprisingly it had a happy ending. Woot!

Congratulations if you’ve read this far. Because I have one last surprise.

Starting January 2018, I will host an important, fun, amazing challenge. So get your notebooks ready and for those planning on entering writing contests, this challenge may help. I am so excited about it.

I hope everyone have a very blessed and merry holiday. It is all about holding your family dear and showing love to one another…all year long.



The Wife Between Us Blog Tour Has Begun


Imagine you are about to get married and your fiancé’s crazy ex begins to show up, send letters and call to bug the heck out of you.

Imagine that you are the ex wife, doing all you can to end your ex husband’s new relationship.

Imagine being the husband, wishing that your ex would just leave you be.

As you read the book, you suddenly realize something….

Things are not always what they seem. I promise that as you read this your mind will latch on to one bendable truth, naturally but prepare for the twists!

The Wife Between Us centers around the theme of not always knowing who you marry. That fact alone is humbling enough and in reality, many of us experience this, however the authors made sure to keep us on one plane of thought while systematically, twisting our mind around in the middle of the book.

The secrets, the mystery, the psychological torture is only the tip of the iceberg and I can honestly say I was not ready for the many revelations.

At least two revelations, surprised me, but the biggest one of all towards the end shocked the mess out of me.

For those used to linear storytelling, however, do not fear but I do warn you. The true gem of this work lies not only in storytelling and pacing, but how the story is told. It may give you whiplash if you are not paying attention.

“We think we’ve entered into a union with another person when, in fact, we’ve formed a triangle with one point anchored by a silent but all seeing judge…” (from The Wife Between Us by Hendricks and Pekkanen, 2018)

All in all I highly- and I do mean highly recommend this book to you. If there is one you pick up this Winter, let it be The Wife Between Us.

**This book was received for my unbiased review through Netgalley.

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