This month, the recommendations shelf was quite bare. We actually considered not recommending any books but recognizing that Books on Board would give a small discount to ones that we did, we came up with the following short list.
Skin Game by Ava Gray (Ann Aguirre)
Someone reminded me that I enjoyed Skin Game by Ava Gray (Ann Aguirre). One of the hazards of reading books early is that sometimes you forget when they are coming out. Skin Game features two morally ambiguous characters who fall in love while evading the law, exacting revenge, and learning how to trust each other. The best part, in my opinion, is that these characters don’t become defanged when they do find their happy ever after.
Home for the Holidays by Sarah Mayberry
Joe Lawson has a thing for his new neighbor Hannah Napier. As a single dad, he shouldn’t be thinking what he is about her. Still, that doesn’t stop them from getting close. And the way she connects with his kids, it’s as if they’re a family. (I’m not a big fan of kids in books but this worked for me. Hannah is a prickly tomboy who is regaining her shattered confidence when fiance leaves her for prettier sister. Joe is working on coming to life again after the loss of his wife).
Christmas Angel for the Billionaire by Liz Fielding
Annie needs a break from being the “nation’s angel.” Her high-profile charity work means the media spotlight follows her every step. So leaving her aristocratic title behind her, Annie goes undercover.. and meets brooding businessman George Saxon. (This is Roman Holiday all over again without the reporter hero. It’s sweet but not treacly sweet.).
SEALed and Delivered by Jill Monroe
Kiss the first man you see. The Fate Delivery Cards were a silly impulse purchase. But thanks to one of the Cards, bed-and-breakfast owner Hailey Sutherland finds herself locked in a scorching kiss with super-hot, wet-suit-clad navy SEAL Nate Peterson. (These two actual date and you can see them fall in love. The courtship was important and made me believe that the two would be be able to withstand long separations).
Blaze of Memory by Nalini Singh
Nalini Singh returns to the Psy/Changeling world and its "breathtaking blend of passion, adventure, and the paranormal" as a woman without a past becomes the pawn of a man who controls her future- (Recommended by Janine, Singh delivers another strong entry into her increasingly popular series).
Maybe you can recommend books to us this month.