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HEAD OVER HEELS (Mama's Boys #3)

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HEAD OVER HEELSCRYSTAL B. BRIGHT

Sometimes it takes hurt to open your heart…

At twenty-two, Thane Wells is the highest-paid pitcher in Major League Baseball—and he owes it all to his adoptive Mama, “Queen” Elizabeth Sommerville, a wise, beautiful, entrepreneurial African-American woman who always encouraged him and his two white brothers to reach for the stars…the woman Thane still talks to daily. He never dreamed their most recent conversation would be their last. With his beloved supporter suddenly gone, Thane is grief-stricken, shaken, and vulnerable—especially to a woman like Kari Meyers.

Kari’s had her eye on Thane for a while, but strictly for business. As a junior sports agent, she’s hungry to sign him, especially when she hears his current agent will be retiring soon. When she finally locates Thane, she’s shocked to discover he’s attending his mother’s funeral—and he’s shocked to find Kari in his hotel room. Assuming she’s an escort is just the beginning of their misunderstanding…

WITH MY EYES WIDE OPEN: Miracles and Mistakes on My Way Back to KoRn

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WITH MY EYES WIDE OPENBRIAN "HEAD" WELCH

He left KoRn to help himself. He went back to help others. And along the way, he nearly lost everything.

A life-changing spiritual awakening freed Brian “Head” Welch from a stranglehold of drugs and alcohol and prompted him to leave the highly successful nu-metal band KoRn in 2005. What followed was a decade-long trial by fire, from the perils of fathering a teen lost in depression and self-mutilation to the harsh realities of playing solo and surviving the shattering betrayal of a trusted friend. In this intensely inspiring redemption saga, perhaps most inspiring is Brian’s radical decision to rejoin KoRn and reconcile with the tribe of people he once considered family in the metal music scene.

Brian returned to his musical roots with a clear head and a devoted heart. Though his story is wild, hilarious, and deeply poignant, the message is simple: God will love you into the freedom of being yourself, as long as you keep the relationship…

SURVIVING WOUNDED KNEE: The Lakotas and the Politics of Memory

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SURVIVING WOUNDED KNEEDAVID W. GRUA

On December 29, 1890, the U.S. Seventh Cavalry killed more than two hundred Lakota Ghost Dancers- including men, women, and children-at Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota. After the work of death ceased at Wounded Knee, the work of memory commenced. For the US Army and some whites, Wounded Knee was the site where a heroic victory was achieved against the fanatical Chief Big Foot and his treacherous Ghost Dancers and where the struggle between civilization and savagery for North America came to an end. For other whites, it was a stain on the national conscience, a leading example of America's dishonorable dealings with Native peoples. For Lakota survivors it was the site of a horrific massacre of a peacemaking chief and his people, and where the United States violated its treaty promises and slaughtered innocents. 
Historian David Grua argues that Wounded Knee serves as a window into larger debates over how the United States' conquest of the indi…

JUST A GIRL

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JUST A GIRLELLIE CAHILL

After getting kicked out of her own band—by her own boyfriend—Presley Mason finds herself back in Wisconsin, helping her parents run their renowned music store. Instead of belting out powerhouse vocals to sold-out crowds in L.A., she’s stocking shelves and inspecting rental violins. But the shop isn’t all bad: When she’s vacuuming up late one night, she bumps into the guitar teacher with the smoldering amber eyes and the killer tattoo. And that’s when things take an interesting turn.

Presley soon finds that Paul Kellerman is as good in bed as he is on guitar. So why isn’t he stoked to share his band, Jukebox Bleu, with her? Turns out Paul has crippling stage fright, which he’s been self-medicating without much success. But when Jukebox Bleu’s lead singer gets called for military service, the other members beg Presley to front them. Even though she swore never to mix men with music again, the temptation to perform is almost as intense as her chemistry with Paul. N…

ALL FOR YOU (Copeland Ranch Trilogy #3)

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ALL FOR YOUKRISTINA O'GRADY

‘All For You was very enjoyable, and easy to read story’ - Rachel Gibley

Is it time for a second chance at love?
When Lily left her home town – and the love of her life Wade – 8 years ago to start her acting career she had big plans to make her dream a reality. However, a few dead end jobs and one dead end relationship later she is back to make a fresh start with the only good thing to come out it all – her unborn baby.

Lily soon realises however that the heart wants what the heart wants, and hers clearly still wanted Wade Copeland! Can they overcome the hurt and pain of the past to allow themselves a future?
The third novel in the sizzlingly sexy Copeland Ranch romance trilogy from Kristina O'Grady

THE COPELAND RANCH TRILOGY
Book 1 – I Choose You
Book 2 – Because of You
Book 3 – All For You

HUBBY'S REVIEW:
This book begins with Lilly coming home after 8 years she did not make it as an actress, but that was not the real reason why she left in the first pla…

SMOKIN' HOT IN THE SOUTH:New Grilling Recipes from the Winningest Woman in Barbecue

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SMOKIN' HOT IN THE SOUTHMELISSA COOKSTON

With the grill and smoker as her go-to tools, chef Melissa Cookston—named "One of the most influential pitmasters in America" by Fox News, and one of the "25 Super Women in Business" by the Memphis Business Journal in 2015—shares her all-new, modern interpretations of traditional Southern ingredients and recipes. Melissa explains how the culinary traditions of the South—long a bastion of slow-simmered vegetables and deep-fried everything—have expanded in the last decade to embrace Southwestern flavors, Asian spices, and the French palate.The nine chapters venture beyond the competition and barbecue principles of her first book and focus on instilling flavor with fire, using fresh herbs, and diversifying seasoning components in recipes that reflect the New South. She fire-roasts homegrown green tomatoes for a spicy take on a traditional pizza sauce and uses a barbecue smoker to add Southern nuance to porchetta. Also includ…

AFTER THE FIRE (One Pass Away #3)

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AFTER THE FIREMARY J. WILLIAMS

In his lifetime, Gaige Benson has dreamed of only two things. Playing football and Violet Reed. 

WELCOME TO THE NFL 

The Seattle Knights have the hottest players in the game. On and off the field. 

Second Chances. First Love. 

Gaige Benson is the NFL's golden boy. He's done it all. Won every award. Except that elusive Super Bowl ring. This year he is hanging up his cleats and he plans on going out a winner. 

Even a golden boy has secrets. Will Gaige's past be the one thing that derails his future? 
Violet Reed almost lost it all. Her sight, her dreams of becoming a doctor, and the only man she ever loved. A miracle saved the first two. Sixteen years later she is getting her second chance at love. 

Secrets kept them apart. Will the truth separate them forever?

MY REVIEW:

     Gaige Benson was a kid who was offered a chance out of a horrible situation at home.  You see his father was an alcoholic and a physical abuser.  His mother was too weak mentally a…

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD (The Wedding Belles #1)

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TO HAVE AND TO HOLDLAUREN LAYNE
Discovering her fiance is an international con man just moments before they exchange vows devastates celebrity wedding planner Brooke Baldwin's business—and breaks her heart. Now a pariah in Los Angeles, she seeks a fresh start in New York City and thinks she’s found it with her first bridal client, a sweet—if slightly spoiled—hotel heiress. Then she meets the uptight businessman who’s holding the purse strings.

Seth Tyler wishes he could write a blank check and be done with his sister Maya's fancy-pants wedding. Unfortunately, micromanaging the event is his only chance at proving Maya’s fiance is a liar. Standing directly in his way is the stunning blonde wedding planner whose practiced smiles and sassy comebacks both irritate and arouse him. He needs Brooke’s help. But can he persuade a wedding planner on a comeback mission to unplan a wedding? And more importantly, how will he convince her that the wedding she should be planning... is theirs?

MY…

ANYTHING BUT LOVE

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ANYTHING BUT LOVEABIGAIL STROM
Socialite Jessica Bullock can’t catch a break. After a lifetime of chasing perfection, hoping to please her parents, all her hard work is set to pay off. But on her wedding day, her fiancĂ© leaves her high and dry. Humiliated, she finds her calm, cool facade beginning to crumble…until an unexpected wedding guest, her childhood best friend and crush, offers to help her pick up the pieces. Never in his wildest dreams would Ben Taggart have imagined he’d be escorting Jessica on her honeymoon to Bermuda. Although they haven’t seen each other in years, he can’t leave her to fall apart. Agreeing to keep things platonic, they vow to make the most of their spontaneous vacation—until an unplanned kiss sparks a powerful passion. They tell themselves that what happens in Bermuda will stay in Bermuda. But when old secrets are revealed and new feelings ignite, will Ben and Jessica be able to leave their romance behind?MY REVIEW:     Carrying a close held secret of a tr…

REWIND

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REWINDKEISHA E. PEARSON

Angelique' Monet Collins is finally living her dream as a prime-time sitcom actress and creator of the show, Clare's Clinic, inspired by her mother who worked as a school nurse for over 30 years. On a vacation, Angelique' runs into two men in her past: her ex-husband, David Duncan Taylor, an NFL defensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons and his sports agent, Keith Armstrong, the guy who Angelique' has a crush in middle school. Both men vie for her attention. In middle school, Keith ignored her and later she was mistreated by her ex. Who will win her heart?




MY REVIEW:
 Very different mix of genera in this book.  Christian based, mixed raced couples, and modern young black woman making her way after a divorce.  A divorce from a man she had once loved very much.  Who was kind, caring, and ambitious.  But when he was drafted in the NFL their lives changed.  Especially once he was injured.     She tried to be there for him like she had always been but w…

POWER PLAY (Pilots Hockey, #2)

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POWER PLAYSOPHIA HENRY

Beneath her innocent facade, Gabriella Bertucci has her reasons to be standoffish with guys. Especially guys like Landon Taylor, a star defenseman on the minor-league Detroit Pilots and the object of a serious crush since he first walked into her family's market. But when Landon comes through for her in a moment of crisis, Gaby starts to wonder if there might be more to Landon than hard muscles and fast skates.

Landon isn't afraid of telling Gaby that he's got it for her bad. The problem is, she seems unwilling to believe it. And though Landon enjoys his reputation as a cool-headed athlete, he hates losing—both on the rink and off. It's his competitiveness that makes him so damn good at what he does . . . but it also makes him just a little bit complicated.

One minute Gaby's tempted to give in; the next, she's getting cold feet. How can she trust a guy who's destined for bigger and better things to stick around? Then again, when Landon p…