Thursday, December 15, 2011

Best of the Bookshelf - December

This month Smarty Pants is reading The Power & The Glory by our very own Kimberly Lang.

The Marshalls series continues with sexy older brother and political hotshot Brady. The running of his father's campaign was going well until he got handcuffed to Aspyn Breedlove - a hippie activist with a mission. He's got no choice but to diffuse the scandal by bring Aspyn aboard the campaign. Of course, the closer the better when the sparks start to fly between the two of them. A great read, giftwrapped for the holiday!

Playground Monitor is reading Space in His Heart by Roxanne St. Claire.

This book’s prologue is set on July 8, 2011, the actual date of the last Space Shuttle launch. The book then hops back twelve years to the day when PR star Jessica Malone was tasked to improve NASA’s image because nobody cared about space anymore. Her plan? Make NASA sexy by taking hotter-than-the-surface-of-the-sun astronaut Deke Stockard and turning him into the space program’s poster boy. Deke isn’t thrilled at all even if he does find Jessica attractive. He’s focused on the next launch and a safety issue that could spell disaster, but he’s ordered to take part in the campaign.

SPACE IN HIS HEART is only available now as an e-book but will soon become available in book form. As a former Shuttle contract worker and huge fan of the space program, this book gets a definite thumbs up from me. It’s a fast-paced read that leaves you with a big smile on your face at the end.

Angel is reading Heart of a Killer by Jaci Burton

Dante Renaldi comes home for what he thinks will be a family reunion, but finds himself facing the events of the worst night of his life. Now he has to track down a killer while trying to protect his own dark secrets. Detective Anna Pallino was once in love with Dante, until he saved her life then disappeared. Now she’s faced with the deaths of those closest to her. Can she trust him again? Or has he brought the danger home with him? I really love Jaci’s spitfire heroines and the darkness of her suspenses. Those who love those strong heroes and the women who reel them in will really enjoy this story!

Problem Child is reading On the First Night of Christmas by Heidi Rice

I know that Heidi is my shelfmate this month, and I should really expand my horizons, but I’ve been sitting on this for a month while I finished my own book. There is a day – very soon – when I, this book, and a cup of tea are going to share a great afternoon under an afghan on the couch. Since I haven’t read it yet, I can’t offer any insights -- beyond “Heidi has never written a book that wasn’t fab” – so I’ll give you the back blurb instead.

Cassie's tips for the Perfect Christmas Fling!
1. 'Tis the season to be daring: Find the perfect Mr. Right Now (extra points for a bad-boy-turned-billionaire) and be brave about getting him—even if that means jumping straight into sexy Jace Ryan's car!
2. Enjoy the ride: Once you've chosen your man, get swept away by the moment! For once, Cassie's determined to stop worrying about the future, but she must remember one thing…
3. This fling is just for Christmas: Jace Ryan's a seasonal special. Do not start falling for him, Cassie, no matter how perfect the package or how much you've enjoyed unwrapping it.…

And I'm reading Crave by Melissa Darnell

A great start to a new YA series, Crave was an easy, enjoyable read. Set against the backdrop of a normal high school experience, we soon learn that there's more to the inhabitants of this small town and the group of people - the Clann - that run it. Darnell pits two very different worlds against each other with Savannah Colbert and Tristan Coleman caught in the middle. I'm looking forward to the next installment of the series.

Share with us what you're reading this month. Looking forward to any new releases?

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