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Your Curated Book Binge for February

by Alexandra Maravic
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It’s that time of the year again – Valentine’s Day is around the corner and love is in the air. For those looking for a dreamy romance, seductive thriller, or dystopian love story, we’ve got you covered for this month’s book binge!

The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks + Sarah Pekkanen

Thriller/Suspense

The Golden Couple

Marissa and Mathew Bishop are the perfect couple with the perfect life. Matthew is an ambitious lawyer and Marissa owns a popular boutique in town. Their 8-year-old son is the center of their world and they both adore him beyond words. On the outside, everything looks perfect… and it is until Marissa admits to cheating on Mathew with a random guy from her gym. 

With the help of renegade therapist Avery Chambers, maybe Marissa and Mathew can salvage what is left of their crumbling marriage before it is too late. The only thing is that Avery’s methods are quite unorthodox, so unorthodox in fact, she lost her license. But her results speak for themselves and her success rate is super convincing. Avery’s 10 step program is guaranteed to work but only if the couple is 100% honest with her and each other. Soon enough, Avery begins to wonder if the affair is the only secret the Bishops have or is there something else threatening to destroy them from the inside out? 

The Arc by Tory Henwood Hoen

Romance

The Arc

The Arc is a refreshing dystopian love story about an exclusive dating service that confidently claims to find your one true love but you first must endure a series of extensive emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual evaluations. The Arc essentially architects the perfect relationship destined for success and a lifetime of happiness. With an outrageous price tag, it caters to particularly motivated clients who are invested in finding lasting love. Clients just like Ursula Byrne, a 35-year-old ultra-successful businesswoman who has put her career first for as long as she can remember. She’s beautiful, smart, ambitious, and extremely good at her job.

The only thing missing is her soulmate, that special someone to blissfully spend the rest of her life with. When she is handed a mysterious business card for The Arc, her interest is immediately piqued. She dives right into the whole experience, trusting the process that has convinced her they will find her perfect match. Enter Rafael Banks, the handsome lawyer who just might turn Ursula’s world upside down. The couple is immediately swept away in a whirlwind of emotions; dating is so much easier when you know it’s guaranteed to work. But as time goes on, Ursula and Rafael find out just how wild love can be despite being meticulously engineered for success. 

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A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham

Thriller/Suspense

A Flicker in the Dark

The summer Chloe Davis was 12, her entire world fell apart the moment her father was sentenced to life in prison for the disappearance of six local teenage girls. In the aftermath of the betrayal and devastation he left behind, the remaining members of the Davis family were forced to pick up the shattered pieces of their lives. Chloe’s happy, loving memories of her father simply did not match the terrifying image the media painted of him. There was no way he could have done all these horrible things… right? 

Now at 32, Chloe has her own psychology practice in her home state of Louisiana where she works to help others through their own trauma and difficulties., Chloe is engaged to an amazing man who loves her and feels as if the normalcy she so desperately yearns for is finally within reach. But still, she cannot shake the crippling fear that everyone will find out the truth about her identity. When the disappearances start again, Chloe feels the oppressive uneasiness regarding her past resurfaces. To make matters worse, one of the missing girls is a client and the last place she was seen alive was Chloe’s office. As the disturbing truth comes to light that maybe this is more than just a coincidence, Chloe finds herself frantically trying to make sense of it all. A Flicker in the Dark is an extremely refreshing, thrilling novel that will keep you guessing and then second-guessing everything until the very last page. 

The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas

Romance

The Spanish Love Deception

No one ever wants to attend a wedding alone, especially not your own sister’s, and especially not after you just found out your ex (who conveniently happens to be the groom’s brother/best man) is recently engaged and deliriously happy. All Catalina Martín knows is that she CAN NOT show up to this wedding dateless or she will never hear the end of it from her intrusive, nosy, and meddlesome family. The thought of her father’s sad puppy eyes and mother’s worried frown could make her shrivel up like a raisin with shame. The breakup left some unfortunate, lasting damage that only her fresh start in America could fix. When the only option left is literally the last man on earth she wants to be in a room with – never mind, spend an entire three days in Spain with, Catalina knows the time has run out.

Stuck between a rock and apocalyptic desperation, Catalina Martín finds herself swallowing her pride and accepting her arch-nemesis Aaron Blackford’s suspicious offer to be the fake boyfriend she lied about in a pathetic attempt to prove to everyone she was not only surviving after the traumatic breakup but absolutely thriving. Can Catalina and Aaron put aside their differences and successfully convince her family they are in love or will they rip each other to a million shreds instead? 

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