Navy SEAL Antonius (Tony) “Cutter” Cuttino is an Italian American male who has a thing for dancers. He loves their grace and athleticism. He’s been dating strippers, but his grandmother keeps asking when he will marry and give her grandbabies. When he attends a belly dance show and sees Zarifah he is smitten.
“Zarifah” is an American belly dancer, who as child gymnast Edith Smith, was training for the Olympics, before her coaches dashed water on her dream. Her dance style is a unique blend of graceful dance and athleticism. Moments after her fiancé puts an engagement ring on her finger, he changes, demanding she stop dancing in public. She breaks the engagement, but he refuses to accept the ring or the breakup. When he hits her, the police arrest him. She never wants to see him again.
She signs up for the first Shimmy Mob event, a belly dance event held on international belly dance day all around the world, which raises awareness and money for local domestic abuse shelters. Like many women, she never thought she would be a victim of domestic violence. Now she wants to help other women and she takes part, with her troupe, in the Shimmy Mob event.
Cutter and Zarifah start dating. She might be the woman of his dreams, the one he will take home to meet his grandmother.
Jack Barr has been assigned on a team to guard actress Angelica Glory. Someone has been sending her gifts that have quickly turned creepy. So, Angelica is sent to Montana for her safety, along with her assistant, Lucy Wood.
Jack finds Angelica to be beautiful, but self‑centered and demanding. Shy, reserved Lucy is more his type. While his assignment takes most of his attention, he spends time with her. But the stalker has found them. So, too, has a man who wants to date Lucy and won’t take no for an answer. Debra Parmley’s latest takes place in the “Brotherhood Protector Series” Kindle World. But even if you haven’t read the series before, you will be captivated by this tale. Her main couple are likeable, and the plot is absorbing. Put this in your reader and enjoy!
Heather Nordahl Files
Belo Dia Publishing
Librarian Betsy Bobbin has been taken with Nash Ware from the moment they met in the library, though he was anything but at his best at the time. It's a night of foul weather, and as she leaves the building, she discovers that she has a flat tire. Nash is there to take her home, and from there a tentative relationship begins.
It's a winding road to a first date because Betsy's sister Leann is coming to visit from college. She's wild and a bit of a trouble magnet. When Leann nearly gets assaulted and gets drunk enough to throw up, it creates an impediment to Betsy's and Nash's budding romance. Leann has a more serious problem as well, and that drama keeps Nash and Betsy apart.
Debra Parmley writes a short, sweet novel readers will enjoy. Her hero and heroine are sympathetic characters, and readers will empathize with them as they deal with Leann's chaos. Also, this tale sheds some light on the serious issue of stalking.
Heather Nordahl Files
Isabella Bride of Ohio: American Mail-Order Brides Series (Volume 17)
Debra Parmley and Robert Arrow
Belo Dia Publishing
Isabella Britta Stolt is an immigrant from Sweden who has found herself without her parents and without a job. She and a group of friends made the decision to become mail-order brides. Trying her best to make a rational decision, she decided to try and take it slow, getting to know the man she picked as a potential husband. She was thrilled that they both seemed to want the same things in life.
Donald Jenks was an accountant. Sending her money, he invited her to visit him so they could get to know each other better and help decide if they would fit.
On the way to Ohio, Isabella had been robbed and almost abducted. Pinkerton man, Tom Allenby had been assigned on the train to try and find the abductors. When he realized Isabella may have been a target, he followed, rescuing her just in the nick of time.
When he travelled to Ohio to return her stolen money, there was a clash between Donald and Tom. Tom felt there was something off about the man and he was going to find out what it was.
It’s been quite a while since this reviewer had to re-read a book because she was so involved with the story that she forgot to take notes! Isabella takes you on a wonderful, exciting ride full of intrigue, adventure, and ending with an HEA.
A Change of Scenery
Sweet Cravings Publishing
Cyree Heat, a professional belly dancer, needed a break and was heading to Grand Cayman. When she arrived at the airport counter, they handed her a paper to read and sign---permission to receive a shot. After being knocked over by a woman, Cyree started watching the crowd. Anxiety started creeping in; something wasn’t right. The more she looked around at the people, the more odd things appeared to her.
She decided to get out of the way and entered an abandoned lounge. The door slammed behind her and she was locked in. Once her eyes adjusted to the dark, she realized something had happened, something very serious.
This reader was disappointed for one huge reason. It wasn’t long enough! The author can take this story and make a great series out of it (hint). Ms. Parmley pulls her readers in from the very beginning, keeping the reader enthralled all the way to the end.
Trapping the Butterfly
Bethany Robinson was taken in by her aunt and uncle after her parents' death. Although she appreciated everything they had done, she looked forward to her freedom when she turned eighteen. She would no longer have to live under their strict rules.
Taking a trip with them to the Hot Springs Bath, Bethany thought that would be an opportune time to follow her plans. Being on her own while her aunt took her treatments, Bethany began meeting and chatting with other people vacationing at the springs. She met a detective who was watching the Capone clan, a gangster who worked with Capone, and a young lady who was a girlfriend of another gangster.
When she realized her uncle's business meeting was to arrange a marriage with an older man, she refused, rebelling. Unfortunately, her decision making skills were not up to par, and Bethany seemed to continue to get herself into hot water.
Do not blink while reading this story, a fast paced tale that will snag you the way gangsters corner their prey. This very talented author shows a flair for story telling that is rare and hard to find.