#5Books: Book recs and mother-freaking cold snap, people

As I write this it’s a cold snap over here, and I am freezing my arse off. I know everyone who has tons and tons of snow are laughing their asses off at me, but oh hey, I’ll cop that.

Sighs.

I cannot wait to go off on my holiday and hopefully have some sun for about two weeks.

I’ll be banning myself from blogging — or to be more accurate I’ll try my best. How do you switch off on your holidays? Do you find it difficult to not blog? And see what everyone is reading?

Tell Me Everything

A murder at an elite New England college tears apart a group of friends – and one of them is playing a dangerous game – in this electrifying debut in the tradition of In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Couple Next Door.

In her first weeks at Hawthorne College, Malin is swept up into a tight-knit circle that will stick together through all four years. There’s Gemma, an insecure theater major from London; John, a tall, handsome, and wealthy New Englander; Max, John’s cousin and a shy pre-med major; Khaled, a wise-cracking prince from Abu Dhabi; and Ruby, a beautiful art history major. But Malin isn’t quite like the rest of her friends. She’s an expert at hiding her troubling past. She acts as if she is concerned with the preoccupations of those around her – boys, partying – all while using her extraordinary insight to detect their deepest vulnerabilities and weaknesses.

By Senior Day, on the cusp of graduation, Malin’s secrets – and those of her friends – are revealed. While she scrambles to maintain her artfully curated image, her missteps set in motion a devastating chain of events that ends in a murder. And as their fragile relationships hang in the balance and close alliances start shifting, Malin will test the limits of what she’s capable of to stop the truth from coming out.

In a mesmerising novel that peels back the innumerable layers of a seductive protagonist, debut author Cambria Brockman brings to life an entrancing setting through a story of friendship, heartbreak, and betrayal.

The friends you make at what might be the worst or best times of your life… certainly are good fodder for murder mysteries, aren’t they? The feeling of belonging is powerful I think, which is why when it all breaks down, it’s as riveting. And also: what is Malin hiding?

Swipe Right For Murder

On the run from the FBI.
Targeted by a murderous cult.
Labeled a cyber-terrorist by the media.
Irritated texts from his best friend.
Eye contact with a nice-looking guy on the train.
Aidan has a lot to deal with, and he’s not quite sure which takes top priority.

Finding himself alone in a posh New York City hotel room for the night, Aidan does what any red-blooded seventeen-year-old would do—he tries to hook up with someone new. But that lapse in judgement leads to him waking up next to a dead guy, which sparks an epic case of mistaken identity that puts Aidan on the run from everyone—faceless federal agents, his eccentric family, and, naturally, a cyber-terrorist group who will stop at nothing to find him.

He soon realizes the only way to stop the chase is to deliver the object everyone wants, before he gets caught or killed. But for Aidan, the hardest part is knowing who he can trust not to betray him—including himself.

So Aidan is in deep doo-doo. Big time. But. What does that last line mean? That he can’t trust himself to betray… himself?

The Tiger at Midnight

Esha is a legend, but no one knows. It’s only in the shadows that she moonlights as the Viper, the rebels’ highly skilled assassin. She’s devoted her life to avenging what she lost in the royal coup, and now she’s been tasked with her most important mission to date: taking down the ruthless General Hotha.

Kunal has been a soldier since childhood, training morning and night to uphold the power of King Vardaan. His uncle, the general, has ensured that Kunal never strays from the path—even as a part of Kunal longs to join the outside world, which has been growing only more volatile.

Then Esha’s and Kunal’s paths cross—and an unimaginable chain of events unfolds. Both the Viper and the soldier think they’re calling the shots, but they’re not the only players moving the pieces. As the bonds that hold their land in order break down and the sins of the past meet the promise of a new future, both rebel and soldier must make unforgivable choices.

Inspired by ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology.

First, the cover and then inspired by Indian history and mythology? YAS. 

Lady in the Lake

The revered New York Times bestselling author returns with a novel set in 1960s Baltimore that combines modern psychological insights with elements of classic noir, about a middle-aged housewife turned aspiring reporter who pursues the murder of a forgotten young woman.

In 1966, Baltimore is a city of secrets that everyone seems to know–everyone, that is, except Madeline “Maddie” Schwartz. Last year, she was a happy, even pampered housewife. This year, she’s bolted from her marriage of almost twenty years, determined to make good on her youthful ambitions to live a passionate, meaningful life.

Maddie wants to matter, to leave her mark on a swiftly changing world. Drawing on her own secrets, she helps Baltimore police find a murdered girl–assistance that leads to a job at the city’s afternoon newspaper, the Star. Working at the newspaper offers Maddie the opportunity to make her name, and she has found just the story to do it: a missing woman whose body was discovered in the fountain of a city park lake.

Cleo Sherwood was a young African-American woman who liked to have a good time. No one seems to know or care why she was killed except Maddie–and the dead woman herself. Maddie’s going to find the truth about Cleo’s life and death. Cleo’s ghost, privy to Maddie’s poking and prying, wants to be left alone.

Maddie’s investigation brings her into contact with people that used to be on the periphery of her life–a jewelery store clerk, a waitress, a rising star on the Baltimore Orioles, a patrol cop, a hardened female reporter, a lonely man in a movie theater. But for all her ambition and drive, Maddie often fails to see the people right in front of her. Her inability to look beyond her own needs will lead to tragedy and turmoil for all sorts of people–including the man who shares her bed, a black police officer who cares for Maddie more than she knows.

Cleo is a ghost who is watching Maddie investigate her murder. That right there won me over.

The Bromance Book Club

The first rule of book club:
You don’t talk about book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott’s marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it’ll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.

Okay, look alphas reading romances. I couldn’t resist! *waves at blurb*

…. yeah, I’m not going to get over the cuteness of the Bromance Book Club any time soon!

6 Comments

  • I last Went away about five years ago for four days camping with no internet access. I scheduled a couple of posts but it was quite nice to have some time unplugged.

    It’s been cold here too, I currently have a fleece blanket across my lap.

  • Hope you enjoy your time away. I always feel badly when I stay away from my blog. I feel like I miss so much by sitting out a week or two. I think Swipe Right for Murder sounds pretty good and I have to admit, the Bromance Book Club is such a refreshing twist, it might make a good summer read.

  • Jen Mullen says:

    Lady in the Lake has my attention. Have a great, relaxing holiday!

  • Lark says:

    So many of these sound good! The Bromance Book Club totally made me laugh and I had to add Tell Me Everything and Swipe Right for Murder to my To Read list. Hope you have an awesome holiday!! 🙂

  • Angela says:

    The Bromance Book Club sounds awesome!

    I generally find it pretty easy to disconnect from blogging when I’m away – I don’t normally bring my computer, so that helps!

  • MELODY says:

    I’m excited that Laura Lippman has a new book out! And I hope you’ve a wonderful holiday!

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