If we ever needed escapism and happy ending, it is now! Here are some of my favorite books releasing in April.
Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger– paperback release 4/7
FBI Agent Nell Flynn hasn’t been home in ten years. Nell and her father, Homicide Detective Martin Flynn, have never had much of a relationship. And Suffolk County will always be awash in memories of her mother, Marisol, who was murdered when Nell was just seven.
When Martin Flynn dies in a motorcycle accident, Nell returns to the house she grew up in so that she can spread her father’s ashes and close his estate. At the behest of her father’s partner, Detective Lee Davis, Nell becomes involved in an investigation into the murders of two young women in Suffolk County. The further Nell digs, the more likely it seems to her that her father should be the prime suspect–and that his friends on the police force are covering his tracks. Nell can’t help but ask questions about who killed Ria Ruiz and Adriana Marques and why. But she may not like the answers she finds–not just about those she loves, but about herself.
An instant New York Times bestseller that reminds us that good will triumph over evil and that women are resilient and strong.
The Happy Ever After Playlistby Abby Jimenez
Two years after losing her fiancé, Sloan Monroe still can’t seem to get her life back on track. But one trouble-making pup with a “take me home” look in his eyes is about to change everything. With her new pet by her side, Sloan finally starts to feel more like herself. Then, after weeks of unanswered texts, Tucker’s owner reaches out. He’s a musician on tour in Australia. And bottom line: He wants Tucker back.Well,
Sloan’s not about to give up her dog without a fight. But what if this Jason guy really loves Tucker? As their flirty texts turn into long calls, Sloan can’t deny a connection. Jason is hot and nice and funny. There’s no telling what could happen when they meet in person. The question is: With his music career on the rise, how long will Jason really stick around? And is it possible for Sloan to survive another heartbreak?
OMG this book is AMAZING! Best dialogue ever written. It is hot, romantic and fun. Rush to read!
Feels Like Falling by Kristy Harvey
It’s summertime on the North Carolina coast and the livin’ is easy.
Unless, that is, you’ve just lost your mother to cancer, your sister to her extremist husband, and your husband to his executive assistant. Meet Gray Howard. Right when Gray could use a serious infusion of good karma in her life, she inadvertently gets a stranger, Diana Harrington, fired from her job at the local pharmacy.
Diana Harrington’s summer isn’t off to the greatest start either: Hours before losing her job, she broke up with her boyfriend and moved out of their shared house with only a worn-out Impala for a bed. Lucky for her, Gray has an empty guest house and a very guilty conscience.
With Gray’s kindness, Diana’s tide begins to turn. But when her first love returns, every secret from her past seems to resurface all at once. And, as Gray begins to blaze a new trail, she discovers, with Diana’s help, that what she envisioned as her perfect life may not be what she wants at all.
A discerning portrait of modern womanhood which should be in your virtual beach bag.
The Big Finish by Brooke Fossey
For Duffy Sinclair, life boils down to one simple thing: maintaining his residence at the idyllic Centennial Assisted Living. Without it, he’s destined for the roach-infested nursing home down the road—and after wasting the first eighty-eight years of his life, he refuses to waste away for the rest
But when Carl’s granddaughter Josie climbs through their bedroom window with booze on her breath and a black eye, Duffy’s faced with trouble that’s sticking around and hard to hide—from Centennial’s management and Josie’s toxic boyfriend. Before he knows it, he’s running a covert operation that includes hitchhiking and barhopping.
He might as well write himself a one-way ticket to the nursing home…or the morgue. Yet Duffy’s all in. Because thanks to an unlikely friendship that becomes fast family—his life doesn’t boil down the same anymore. Not when he finally has a chance to leave a legacy.
A funny, insightful, and life-affirming debut that delivers an unflinching look at living large, and loving big.
Lose yourself in these book series:
I had you at “lose yourself”, right? I love book series because they go ON and ON and you live in their world for longer than one book. Here are my favorite book series:
The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley
There are now six sweeping epic fabulous novels in this series. I eagerly await the next installment. Full of strong women, romance and sisterhood, this series should be read by all.
The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward
There are three books in this series. I read them in succession and avoided real life for over two weeks. Sounds about perfect right now! A wealthy family, a family business, hot guys and strong women. Over 1,200 pages of fabulous.
The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe
There are now five books in this series with Book Six, On Ocean Boulevard, coming out on May 19th. Thus, you can read Books 1-5 and be read for book six! Set in the low country of South Carolina, these books will make you yearn for the beach, turtles, hot guys and to be part of Lovey’s family. The Beach House also is now a Hallmark movie with Andie McDowell.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
And my all-time favorite, the Crazy Rich Asians series. I love this series so much that my friends threw me a surprise 50th with a … Crazy Rich Asians theme. Also, the Crazy Rich Asians movie is the perfect example of the movie being as good as the book. Thankfully, Kwan has a new standalone novel coming this Summer, Sex and Vanity.
Finally, if you cannot focus on reading right now, don’t stress. I suggest you binge all six seasons of Younger on Prime Video. The episodes are short, funny and romantic. I am #TeamCharles by the way but sometimes I lean #TeamJosh.