Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score

Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score

Bearded, bad-boy barber Knox prefers to live his life the way he takes his coffee: Alone. Unless you count his basset hound, Waylon. Knox doesn’t tolerate drama, even when it comes in the form of a stranded runaway bride.

Naomi wasn’t just running away from her wedding. She was riding to the rescue of her estranged twin to Knockemout, Virginia, a rough-around-the… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Child abuse & neglect
  • Domestic abuse & violence recounted
  • Parent with a substance addiction
  • Death of a parent, off-page
  • Gun violence
  • Kidnapping
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Night Road by Kristin Hannah

Night Road by Kristin Hannah

Jude Farraday is a happily married, stay-at-home mom who puts everyone’s needs above her own. Her twins, Mia and Zach, are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill enters their lives, no one is more supportive than Jude. A former foster child with a dark past, Lexi quickly becomes Mia’s best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable. But senior year of high school brings unexpected dangers and one night, Jude’s worst fears are confirmed: there is an accident. In an instant, her idyllic life is… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Child abuse & neglect mentioned
  • Foster care system
  • Depression
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Miscarriage mentioned
  • Car accident
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The Baby is Mine by Oyinkan Braithwaite

The Baby is Mine by Oyinkan Braithwaite

When his girlfriend throws him out during the pandemic, Bambi has to go to his Uncle’s house in lock-down Lagos. He arrives during a blackout and is surprised to find his Aunty Bidemi sitting in a candlelit room with another woman. They both claim to be the mother of the baby boy, fast asleep in his crib. At night Bambi is kept awake by the baby’s cries, and during the days he is disturbed by a cockerel that stalks the garden. There is sand in the rice. A blood stain appears on the wall. Someone scores tribal markings into the baby’s cheeks. Who is lying and who is telling the truth?

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sexism
  • Child neglect
  • Cheating
  • Alcohol consumption, on-page
  • Recreational drug use, on-page
  • COVID-19 (theme)
  • Emesis
  • Physical illness & tribal marking disfigurement of a baby
  • Blood depiction
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of an uncle & husband recounted
  • Animal slaughter, on-page
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Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Cat Fisa’s destiny has finally caught up with her. But fully accepting her fate means taking a final, terrifying step—reuniting all three realms and embracing her place as Queen with warlord-turned-king Griffin at her side. But forging their kingdom can only mean going to war with Fisa and its violent Alpha—Cat’s own mother, Andromeda. Although Cat used to be Andromeda’s sole weakness, that’s no longer true. And while Andromeda seems to know every trick and spell, Cat’s own magic refuses to work like it should. When… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Child abuse recounted
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Torture recounted
  • Kidnapping
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Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Cat Fisa’s warlord captor-turned-lover may have crowned her with the symbols of the three realms, but war is far from over. She believes in what Griffin is trying to accomplish. She believes that peace will finally come when the realms are united. And she believes that with her by his side, Griffin has the strength to change the world. But with her dangerous past resurfacing and the neighbouring Magoi royals out for blood, Cat and Griffin must strike soon if they want to unify the land without full-scale war… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Fatmisia
  • Rape
  • Physical & emotional child abuse recounted, on-page
  • Drugging
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Torture recounted
  • Kidnapping
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We’ll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss

We’ll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss

Uniquely told through letters from death row and third-person narrative, Bryan Bliss’s hard-hitting third novel expertly unravels the string of events that landed a teenager in jail. Luke feels like he’s been looking after Toby his entire life. He patches Toby up when Toby’s father, a drunk and a petty criminal, beats on him, he gives him a place to stay, and he diffuses the situation at school when wise-cracking Toby inevitably gets into fights. Someday, Luke and Toby will leave this small town, riding the tails of Luke’s wrestling scholarship, and never look back… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Physical child abuse
  • Parent with alcoholism
  • Alcohol consumption & abuse
  • Smoking
  • Emesis
  • Murder
  • Physical assault
  • Imprisonment
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Banishing the Dark by Jenn Bennett 

Banishing the Dark by Jenn Bennett

Complicated does not begin to describe Arcadia Bell’s life right now: unnatural magical power, another brush with death, and a murderous mother who’s not only overbearing but determined to take permanent possession of Cady’s body.

Forced to delve deep into the mystery surrounding her own birth, Cady must uncover which evil spell her parents cast during her conception…and how to reverse it. Fast… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Child abuse recounted
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Saturdays at Noon by Rachel Marks 

Saturdays at Noon by Rachel Marks

Emily just wants to keep the world away. She doesn’t want anyone to know all the ways her life is messed up. Going to anger management every Saturday, talking to strangers, was not part of the plan.

Jake just wants to keep his family together. He’s also messed everything up. Going to anger management is now his best hope for bonding with his six-year-old Alfie. Emily can’t understand why Jake… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Paedophilia & child sexual abuse
  • Sexual assault
  • Physical child abuse
  • Alcoholism
  • Substance addiction
  • Blood depiction
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His Hollow Heart by Rachel Leigh 

His Hollow Heart by Rachel Leigh

Bella: A pact made. Two orphans who vowed to never part. I was selfish. For once, I had to be. The last time I saw Callum he was standing at the dormer window as I sat in the back seat of the car. His dark eyes foreign to me.
The hatred that radiated from his glare shot through me with more force than a silver bullet. In a matter of minutes, he had become a stranger. No longer my best friend.
He was now a boy with a hollow heart who was headed down a dark path. A path I knew I’d never cross again. Or, so I thought… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Child abuse
  • Night terrors
  • Kidnapping
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Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner

Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner

Brynn Haper’s life has one steadying force–Rachel Maddow. She watches her daily, and after writing to Rachel for a school project–and actually getting a response–Brynn starts drafting e-mails to Rachel but never sending them. Brynn tells Rachel about breaking up with her first serious girlfriend, about her brother Nick’s death, about her passive mother and even worse stepfather, about how she’s stuck in remedial courses at school and is considering dropping out… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism
  • Homomisia
  • Child abuse
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Death of a brother from a drug overdose
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