The Mistletoe Motive by Chloe Liese

The Mistletoe Motive by Chloe Liese

He loathes the holidays. She loves them. She’s full of festive cheer. He’s brimming with Bah, Humbugs. Besides unreasonably seasonable names, the only thing Jonathan Frost and Gabriella Di Natale have in common is a healthy dose of mutual contempt. Well, that and the same place of employment at the city’s most beloved independent bookstore, Bailey’s Bookshop. But when the store’s owners confess its dire financial state, Jonathan and Gabby discover another unfortunate commonality: the imminent threat of unemployment. With the Baileys’ requests to minimize exp… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism
  • Chronic illness (Diabetes T1)
  • Stalking by an ex-partner recounted
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With You Forever by Chloe Liese

With You Forever by Chloe Liese

Rooney Sullivan is sunshine incarnate. Warm, bright, always smiling, she’s everything I’m not and the last person I have any business desiring. Desperate to hide a hopeless attraction, I’ve done everything possible to keep my distance until a charades game gone wrong brought that to a grinding halt. Since then, steering clear of Rooney has been impossible. In a matter of months, she’s kissed me speechless, commandeered my art career, and infiltrated not only my dreams but my home. The woman who was once avoidable has become the last thing I needed: temptingly within reach. Axel Bergman is a gorgeous… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism
  • Parental divorce recounted
  • Anxiety
  • Medical procedures & needles
  • Unplanned pregnancy recounted
  • Chronic illness (ulcerative colitis)
  • Death of a parent from cancer recounted
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Always Only You by Chloe Liese

Always Only You by Chloe Liese

The moment I met her, I knew Frankie Zeferino was someone worth waiting for. Deadpan delivery, secret heart of gold, and a rare one-dimpled smile that makes my knees weak, Frankie has been forbidden since the day she and I became coworkers, meaning waiting has been the name of my game—besides, hockey, that is. I’m a player on the team, she’s on staff, and as long as we work together, dating is off-limits. But patience has always been my virtue. Frankie won’t be here forever—she’s headed for bigger, better things. I just hope that when she leaves the team and I tell her how I feel, she won’t want to leave me behind, too… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Chronic pain & illness (rheumatoid arthritis)
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Love Flushed by Evie Mitchell

Love Flushed by Evie Mitchell

I sell toilet paper for a living. It doesn’t seem glamorous but S#!T HAPPENS is going places. We’re the fastest growing eco-toilet paper subscription service around. We’re amazing—and I should know, I’m my own best customer. After years of hard work, I have everything I need to take my business to the next level—well, everything except the paper. When my competition swoops in and offers my supplier a better deal, I’m left up a certain creek without a paddle. I must have done something truly crappy in a previous life because the only person willing to help is my ex-boyfriend, Lincoln ‘Linc’ Garrett… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny
  • Cheating recounted
  • Depression
  • Parent with alcoholism
  • Pregnancy
  • Chronic illness (Chron’s Disease)
  • Hospitalisation of a sibling recounted
  • Car accident recounted
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Mutually Beneficial by Ava Guerre

Mutually Beneficial by Ava Guerre

Annalise Teague is dead broke. Her life has become a highwire act, trying to balance too many obligations to too many people. When she can’t scrape together the money for rent, she has no choice but to beg her landlord for mercy. But Jason Andreas isn’t known for his bleeding heart. Instead of mercy, he offers her a deal. She won’t owe him a penny if she gives him… herself. She knows it’s wrong to accept but, is it even worse if she likes it? … Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Anxiety & panic attacks
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Substance addiction
  • Attempted suicide
  • Chronic injury
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Small Change by Roan Parrish

Small Change by Roan Parrish

Ginger Holtzman has fought for everything she’s ever had—the success of her tattoo shop, respect in the industry, her upcoming art show. Tough and independent, she has taking-no-crap down to an art form. Good thing too, since keeping her shop afloat, taking care of her friends, and scrambling to finish her paintings doesn’t leave time for anything else. Which … is for the best, because then she doesn’t notice how lonely she is. She’ll get through it all on her own, just like she always does. Christopher Lucen opened a coffee and sandwich joint in South Philly… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sexism
  • Workplace sexual harassment, off-page
  • Major Depressive Disorder mentioned
  • Attempted suicide mentioned
  • Self-harm recounted
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Drug use & smoking
  • Chronic migraines
  • Amputation (arm) mentioned
  • Death of a father mentioned
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Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots

Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots

Anna does boring things for terrible people because even criminals need office help and she needs a job. Working for a monster lurking beneath the surface of the world isn’t glamorous. But is it really worse than working for an oil conglomerate or an insurance company? In this economy? As a temp, she’s just a cog in the machine. But when she finally gets a promising assignment, everything goes very wrong, and an encounter with the so-called “hero” leaves her badly injured.  And, to her horror, compared to the other bodies strewn about, she’s the lucky one… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Medical experimentation
  • Chronic illness & pain
  • Body horror, including eyeball trauma
  • Murder
  • Torture
  • Kidnapping
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The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London… As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Slavery mentioned
  • Human trafficking
  • Self-harm
  • Alcoholism
  • Substance addiction
  • Chronic illness
  • Murder
  • Torture mentioned
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Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams

Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams

Agnes loves her home of Red Creek–its quiet, sunny mornings, its dusty roads, and its God. There, she cares tirelessly for her younger siblings and follows the town’s strict laws. What she doesn’t know is that Red Creek is a cult, controlled by a madman who calls himself a prophet. Then Agnes meets Danny, an Outsider boy, and begins to question what is and isn’t a sin. Her younger brother, Ezekiel, will die without the insulin she barters for once a month, even though medicine is considered outlawed. Is she a sinner for saving him? Is her sister, Beth, a sinner for dreaming of the world beyond Red Creek? As the Prophet grows more… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny
  • Ableism
  • Statutory rape
  • Adult-minor relationship
  • Forced child marriage & polygyny
  • Paedophilia and child sexual abuse
  • Child abuse, on-page
  • Domestic violence mentioned
  • Depression
  • Pandemic
  • Serious physical injury
  • Diabetic shock & crisis
  • Hanging mentioned
  • Kidnapping recounted
  • Cults (theme)
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Seven Mercies by Laura Lam and Elizabeth

Seven Mercies by Laura Lam & Elizabeth May

After an ambush leaves the Novantae resistance in tatters, the survivors scatter across the galaxy. Wanted by two great empires, the bounty on any rebel’s head is enough to make a captor filthy rich. And the seven devils? Biggest score of them all. To avoid attacks, the crew of Zelus scavenge for supplies on long-abandoned Tholosian outposts. Not long after the remnants of the rebellion settle briefly on Fortuna, Ariadne gets a message with unimaginable consequences: the Oracle has gone rogue. In a planned coup against the Empire’s new ruler, the AI has developed a way of mass programming citizens into mindless drone… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Slavery
  • Dysphoria
  • Child abuse recounted
  • Panic attacks
  • Suicide & suicidal ideation
  • Chronic illness
  • Murder
  • Genocide
  • Torture
  • Police brutality
  • Gun violence
  • Explosion
  • War & colonialisation
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