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.
The Boy Toy by Nicola Marsh
When Samira gets a new job, it’s time to go back home to Australia. There, she’ll reconnect with her Indian mother who screwed up the arrangement of Samira’s first marriage. She’ll also conveniently have a hot one-night stand with stuntman Rory Radcliffe. Later, when Rory needs to hire a dialect coach for his stutter, he’s shocked to see that his new teacher is the sexy woman he had a fling with! Samira knows Rory is wrong for her. He’s ten years younger, and he’s not Indian. Could he turn out to be more than just a boy toy, and if so, will Samira’s mother approve?
Daughters of Jubilation by Kara Lee Corthron
There is tension growing in the Jim Crow South, but Evalene can’t be concerned with what’s going on. She’s busy caring for her two little sisters and she’s also discovering her magic abilities. The gift of ‘jubilation’—something that has been passed down since slavery—is getting stronger by the day. When Evvie’s demons awaken she will have to take hold of the powers she has and embrace her gift before something dark comes loose.
This Way Back by Joanna Eleftheriou
Joanna Eleftheriou returns home in this poignant book about a Greek American girl who figures out she is a lesbian in love with God. What is home and where does she belong are unanswered questions for Joanna as she struggles to find herself. Community, humanity, the environment, and Joanna’s personal experiences are all explored in these essays that read like memoir.
Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything by Kristin Bair
If you loved the characters Eleanor Oliphant and Bernadette, Agatha Arch will be your next favorite book heroine. When Agatha finds her husband cheating on her with the local dog walker, her anxieties skyrocket and all her fears surface. Rather than confront him, she decides to start spying on him and the dog walker. Through her escapades, she hopes to find the courage to do something to make her life better than it was before.
They Never Learn by Layne Fargo
Scarlett Clark is an English professor and she’s also a serial killer. Each year, she finds the worst man at Gorman University, where she teaches, and she plans his murder. The years are passing, the body count is growing, and Scarlett is flying under the radar. Meanwhile, Carly Schiller and her roommate Allison Hadley are freshmen on campus who form an intense friendship. When Allison is sexually assaulted at a party, Carly makes it her mission to seek revenge. What does Scarlett, Allison, and Carly have in common? Read They Never Learn in all its sinister and suspenseful glory to discover what connects these three women.
Purple Lotus by Veena Rao
An arranged marriage to Sanjay ends in divorce for Tara after memories of a traumatic childhood surface and her husband starts abusing her. She had experienced abandonment and isolation when she was a child, and knows she deserves better. When she marries Cyrus, her childhood love, things are better than they ever were before. But Tara’s fears begin to resurface and she must do everything she can to save her relationship with Cyrus.
Waiting for a Star to Fall by Kerry Clare
Brooke went from working for Derek, to becoming friends, to falling in love. The political superstar is charming and handsome… and so much older than Brooke. Despite his age, and the fact that he is Brooke’s boss, they become a secret couple, and the dreams of their future keep Brooke afloat. When Derek becomes the subject of a scandal, Brooke is left alone to pick up the pieces of what once was. She must reevaluate everything she thought she knew about Derek and their relationship and figure out what her happily ever after will look like.
Snapped by Alexa Martin
Love football? Love romance? Check out Snapped by Alexa Martin. Elliot Reed is the Strategic Communications Manager for the Denver Mustangs. When Elliot is assigned to manage the star quarterback after a public field incident, she knows it won’t be easy to keep Quinton in check. Her job is on the line, his integrity is on the line, and the more time they spend together, the more each realizes the stakes are high. This might be a coin toss that nobody wins.