Under-the-Radar Books: Selected December Reads for You


Each month we scour the internet to find the latest and greatest reads, but while some books are front and center and get top billing, there are probably some amazing reads that you’ve yet to discover. In Under-the-Radar Books, we’re highlighting unique books and authors in order to widen your reading circle and expand your reading horizons. Consider these recently published books if you’re looking for something new and different to read.

Every Last Secret by A.R. Torre

Neena Ryder isn’t like the rest of the women in her new town but she’s got a plan and a secret fixation. Her neighbors, Cat and William have it all, and Neena wants it. A toxic relationship begins between the two women, and Neena will stop at nothing to get her perfect life.

Take it Back by Kia Abdullah

Former lawyer Zara Kaleel gave up the courtroom for a job helping victims in a sexual assault center when she meets Jodie Wolfe. Jodie is sixteen with facial deformities and she is accusing four classmates of an unthinkable crime. But all four have alibis and even Jodie’s best friend thinks she’s lying. Zara believes Jodie’s claims and is determined to find out the truth. Sex, race, and social injustice meld to bring readers this twisty courtroom thriller.

Loss Lake by Amber Cowie

Mallory is recently widowed when she impulsively moves to a remote lake house in the mountains, ready to start a new life and leave the past behind. On the day she moves in, she’s notified that there has been a woman’s body found in the lake, just outside her home. Is this connected to the tragic accident that happened years ago? As Mallory investigates her new home and town, mysteries surface. Instead of a calm refuge, she may just be trapped at Loss Lake.

Under a Gilded Moon by Joy Jordan-Lake

When family needs her back home, Kerry leaves college in New York and moves back to North Carolina. She has tried to get away from the opulence and privilege of her family, who owns land that is needed to complete the Biltmore Estate, a mansion being built by American “royalty.” As Kerry becomes caught between wealth and poverty, she must choose whether to fall into the temptations around her or keep her own aspirations and pride.

Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines by Jennifer J. Chow

Mimi’s pet grooming business is doing great, she’s got a sweet boyfriend, and a talking cat. When a local teacher is murdered, and Mimi’s sister Alice was the last to see her alive, there is trouble. Mimi starts an investigation of her own to solve the crime, with the help of her sassy cat Marshmallow and a cute kitten. Can Mimi get to the bottom of this mystery? Only time will tell. 

The Same River Twice by Pam Mandel

At seventeen years old, Pam Mandel’s father sent her on a youth group tour of Israel. She was caught up in a world she wasn’t familiar with, one where she embarked on an adventure across three continents, where she said yes to everyone and everything. This book takes readers from the suburbs of California to London, Pakistan, the Nile River Delta, and Ladakh, then back to California. A book for travel aficionados, this is a poignant memoir about growing up and going away.

Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 6 Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel

For readers looking for something a little more spicy, you might try Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 6. Twenty adventure stories take readers around the world where characters indulge in the pleasures of sex. From a sexy tattoo artist, a single mom and a steamy vacation, a vegetarian who’s hot for her butcher, a kinky escape room, and more, these stories will delight and inspire your inner vixen to come out and play!

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