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A Christmas Surprise by Janelle Taylor

Title: Doesn’t Quite Hit the Mark

Description:

An unexpected miracle or a risky dream? She never expected to get pregnant so soon after a health scare, and her work as a nurse makes her all too aware of the dangers. Will sharing her secret with her adoring husband create a holiday disaster— or a Christmas surprise? Betsy Reed and her husband, Tommy, have a marriage that other people envy—romantic, passionate, and filled with happiness. The news Betsy brings home from her doctor right before Christmas could destroy all that. Against all odds, just a few months after surgery to remove cysts in her uterus, she’s pregnant. She’s familiar with the dangers of pregnancy—her beloved sister-in-law died of complications. As Betsy and Tommy head for a Christmas in the Blue Ridge mountains, he begins to realize she’s hiding something from him. Although their nights are filled with desire, her holiday joy seems forced. He fears the worst. New York Times bestselling romance author Janelle Taylor puts her magic to work in this Christmas story about love, courage, faith, and trust.

My Review:

A Christmas Surprise by Janelle Taylor is the story of a married couple, Betsy and Tommy, and they are keeping secrets from one another. Betsy and Tommy are spending their first Christmas away from their respective families and are nervous and scared to face the elephant in the room. A Christmas Surprise has elements of romance because the love between the couple is apparent but after reading this book I was not really in the Christmas spirit. The premise of this book is a solid one but it is my opinion that the author should have made it into a full length book because it seemed rushed and not fully developed.

3 stars

Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes.

Can I Be Frank! by Rickey Teems II

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Rickey Teems II tackles the often ignored and sensitive subject of internet porn addiction and turns it into an entertaining read in Can I Be Frank! We meet Frank(lin) while he is watching porn on his computer at work in his cubicle, what an introduction and who does that? Does Frank not know browsing history is traced by employers or is his addiction that deep that he merely does not care? Frank not only loses his job; his wife also says she is leaving him.

Franks finds solace in singing karaoke all over the city but he knows that something must change in his life. My favorite part of the book is when Frank’s cousin suggests he starts dating. Teems’ descriptions of these dates had me laughing out loud because Frank has absolutely no concept of how to interact with women nor how to censor himself.

Even though Frank is going on these dates and making ends meet by singing, his addiction to porn is still there. Well, that is until he finds a new sense of spirituality and then Teems takes us on another journey to see if Frank will choose his addiction or his faith. As with all of his novels, Rickey Teems II explores social issues that make you think, make you feel and most of all, will keep you engaged. Can I Be Frank! is one novella you should definitely read!

5 Stars

 

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