Shelfbuzz Undiscovered Gems for the Week of Sunday, December 22, 2019

Shelbuzz Undiscovered Gems. Best Kindle Ebook Discoveries for the Week of Sunday, December 22, 2019

Merry Christmas, Shelfbuzzers. We hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season. Here’s this week’s list of handpicked, highly-rated books. Happy reading!

The Culmination of Everything by Christina C. Jones

Genre(s): Romance, Contemporary Fiction

Losing everything doesn’t have to be the end. Sometimes, it’s a chance to find something different…(more)

Harlow by Karyn Rae

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Terms of Surrender is a story about when coming of age arrives late. On Harlow Ausby’s fortieth birthday, she still feels as out of place in polished Charleston as the moon in a midday sky. From her strawberry-red hair to the matching birthmark that seems to swallow her left leg, Harlow’s uncommon looks have always made her feel less than worthy of the image-conscious Ausby name. As her often cruel and critical mother, Vivian, lies dying in a hospital bed, Harlow reexamines the choices — or lack thereof — that have brought her to a crossroads in her life. She…(more)

Up to the Challenge by Terri Osburn

Genre(s): Romance

Opposites attract in a sexy tale of unexpected loveWhen the Dempsey patriarch suffers a heart attack, Lucas Dempsey steps up to keep the doors of the family restaurant open. The proverbial prodigal son returns home to Anchor Island–putting family first and his quest to make partner at his high-powered law firm on hold. Sporting a bruised ego after losing his fiance to his older brother, Lucas would rather walk on glass than spend six weeks within spitting distance of the happy couple. But family duty calls. And that duty includes working side-by-side with a tantalizing…(more)

Sword and Serpent by Taylor Marshall

Genre(s): Fantasy, Historical

Every Legend Has A Beginning The year is A. D. 299. Diocletian rules the Roman Empire. And the gods have suddenly fallen silent.17-year-old Jurian doesnt have time for the gods. Hes trying to hold his family together after his father died in disgrace, and piety — even to the Christ — just isnt practical. But then a ruthless enemy targets his family, forcing Jurian to make a choice: will he pursue the glory hes always wanted, or will he sacrifice everything to protect a faith that was never really his own? On the other side of the Empire, the…(more)

Good Karma by Donya Lynne

Genre(s): Romance, Free

Bashful Karma Mason has been too concerned with college–and now work–to embrace her sexuality. Bullied as a child, she hides behind an unremarkable wardrobe and relegates herself to the shadows. But when her best friend convinces her to attend a charity benefit in Chicago wearing a stunning red dress that catches the eye of every man in the room, she discovers a surprising side to her personality. One that adores the spotlight but has no idea how to handle the attention.Mark Strong, a wealthy Chicago businessman, is brimming with confidence. Hes in total control. Nothing–and no…(more)

Balanced on the Blades Edge by Lindsay Buroker

Genre(s): Fantasy, Romance, Free

Colonel Ridge Zirkander isn’t the model of military professionalism — he has a tendency to say exactly what’s on his mind, and his record has enough demerits to wallpaper the hull of an airship — but as the best fighter pilot in the Iskandian army, he’s used to a little leniency from his superiors. Until he punches the wrong diplomat in the nose and finds himself issued new orders: take command of a remote prison mine in the inhospitable Ice Blades Mountains. Ridge has never been in charge of anything larger than a flier squadron — what’s he supposed to do with a…(more)

Harvest of Gold by Tessa Afshar

Genre(s): Romance, Historical

An arranged marriage. A man whose heart is closed to love. A king whose life hangs in the balance. A nation on the brink of annihilation. Harvest of Gold (Book 2)The scribe Sarah married Darius, and at times she feels as if she has married the Persian aristocracy, too. There is another point she did not count on in her marriage–Sarah has grown to love her husband. Sarah has wealth, property, honor, and power, but her husband’s love still seems unattainable. Although his mother was an Israelite, Darius remains skeptical that his Jewish wife is the right choice…(more)

Tabitha by Vikki Kestell

Genre(s): Historical, Free

From the author of the groundbreaking series, A Prairie Heritage, comes the compelling story of fiery-haired, fiery-tempered Tabitha Hale. Rescued from a life of depravity, Tabitha gives her heart to God and her life to nursing. As this tenacious, redeemed woman perseveres toward her vocation, her temper and stubborn independence threaten to derail her aspirations. Will Tabitha pass the trial by fire that is necessary for God to truly use her? And what is Tabitha to do with her feelings for Mason Carpenter, the man who simply refuses to give up on her? Is it even possible for…(more)

Hidden by Kendra Elliot

Genre(s): Mystery

Eleven years ago, the Co-ed Slayer murdered nine female students on the Oregon State University campus. Lacey Campbell barely escaped his attack, but lost her best friend whose remains were never found. As the sole surviving victim, Lacey helped send the sadistic serial killer to prison for life.Now a forensic odontologist examining teeth and bones for the state Medical Examiner, Lacey is devastated when she arrives at a crime scene and identifies the skeletal remains as her college friends.The remains are discovered on the land of ex-cop Jack Harper. Sparks fly between him and Lacey, even…(more)

The Dead Key by D.M. Pulley

Genre(s): Thriller

Its 1998, and for years the old First Bank of Cleveland has sat abandoned, perfectly preserved, its secrets only speculated on by the outside world.Twenty years before, amid strange staff disappearances and allegations of fraud, panicked investors sold Clevelands largest bank in the middle of the night, locking out customers and employees, and thwarting a looming federal investigation. In the confusion that followed, the keys to the vaults safe-deposit boxes were lost.In the years since, Clevelands wealthy businessmen kept the truth buried in the abandoned high-rise. The ransacked offices and forgotten safe-deposit boxes remain locked…(more)