A Breath of Innocence by KA Merikan

A Breath of Innocence by K.A. Merikan

Mark is done with flings. He is looking for something real, and he knows just where to find it. Years ago, he fell in love with Charlotte Elswood, but after saving her life, he made the difficult choice to stay in a cartel for the sake of his family. Now, free of the bloodstained work, he’s ready to rekindle what he’s lost.
But in England, he meets someone who is also blond, blue-eyed, and irresistible. Problem is, Griffith Elswood is Charlotte’s brother. Should Mark even consider putting his hands all over an innocent who would push him away if he knew what kind of monster… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Homomisia
  • Disownment
  • Forced outing
  • Coming out themes
  • Sexual harassment
  • Attempted rape
  • Drugging
  • Blackmail
  • Organised crime (mafia)

The Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser

The Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser

Thea Mottram is having a bad month. Her husband of nearly twenty years has just left her for one of her friends, and she is let go from her office job–on Valentine’s Day, of all days. Bewildered and completely lost, Thea doesn’t know what to do. But when she learns that a distant great uncle in Scotland has passed away, leaving her his home and a hefty antique book collection, she decides to leave Sussex for a few weeks. Escaping to a small coastal town where no one knows her seems to be exactly what she needs… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Familial estrangement
  • Cheating
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Recreational drug use
  • Miscarriage recounted
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Team Phison Forever by Chace Verity

Team Phison Forever by Chace Verity

Tyson Falls is ready to get married. After being disowned by his parents, his adorably grumpy boyfriend has made cautiously optimistic Tyson embrace the concept of family again. Armed with a ring and the newest video game, Tyson has plans for the nerdiest proposal. Life throws a wrench in Tyson’s plans when he meets someone online during a multiplayer match. Someone that makes him rethink if he’s ready to start a family—the half-sister he never knew he had.
With the harsh reminder of how messy families can be, Tyson plunges headfirst into despair. Phil… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism
  • Homomisia mentioned
  • Transmisia mentioned
  • Racism mentioned
  • Familial estrangement
  • Depression
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Death of a parent mentioned
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Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar

Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar

Everyone likes Humaira “Hani” Khan—she’s easy going and one of the most popular girls at school. But when she comes out to her friends as bisexual, they invalidate her identity, saying she can’t be bi if she’s only dated guys. Panicked, Hani blurts out that she’s in a relationship…with a girl her friends absolutely hate—Ishita “Ishu” Dey. Ishu is the complete opposite of Hani. She’s an academic overachiever who hopes that becoming head girl will set her on the right track for college. But Ishita agrees to help Hani, if Hani will help her become more popular so that she… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Islamophobia
  • Bimisia
  • Lesbomisia
  • Coming out themes
  • Disownment
  • Toxic friendship (theme)
  • Alcohol consumption discussed
  • Bullying
  • False allegations of cheating in a school test
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Bio-Mechanical by EM Lindsey

Bio-Mechanical by E.M. Lindsey

Having grown up the son of a Southern Baptist preacher, James Gossett was expected to be one thing, and one thing only—a God-fearing, straight, Christian man. It didn’t help that from a young age, James knew he was different. He hid the truth about who he was from himself, and from his family, until a freak accident during a routine simulation right after basic training cost him both legs, and nearly his life. Knowing what he almost lost, James decided to come out—and with that, lost the rest of the blood kin he had left ali…. Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism
  • Religious homomisia
  • Sexual assault
  • Familial estrangement
  • Parental abandonment
  • Child abuse & neglect recounted
  • Anxiety & panic attacks
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Teen pregnancy from rape mentioned
  • Amputation & loss of limb
  • Parent with Multiple Sclerosis
  • Death of a mother from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
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The Awkward Truth by Lee Winter

The Awkward Truth by Lee Winter

Ambitious ice queen and corporate lawyer Felicity Simmons has spent her life focused on one thing: scuttling up the career ladder. She’s achingly close to taking charge of a media empire for her boss when she’s sent to investigate a South Bronx charity that helps homeless people’s pets. Has the charity made off with her boss’s generous donation? And who on earth is that gorgeous soft-butch veterinarian who looks as if she could toss a Shetland pony over one shoulder? Not that Felicity has any interest in some opinionated Amazon or her adorable fleabag of a dog… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Fatmisia
  • Racism
  • Classism
  • Disownment
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Death of a parent recounted
  • Homelessness
  • Murder of a pet recounted
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Tommy Cabot Was Here by Cat Sebastian

Tommy Cabot Was Here by Cat Sebastian

Some people might accuse mathematician Everett Sloane of being stuffy, but really he just prefers things a certain way: predictable, quiet, and far away from Tommy Cabot—his former best friend, chaos incarnate, and the man who broke his heart. The youngest son of a prominent political family, Tommy threw away his future by coming out to his powerful brothers. When he runs into Everett, who fifteen years ago walked away from Tommy without an explanation or a backward glance, his old friend’s chilliness is just another reminder of what a thoroughgoing mess Tommy has… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Homomisia & internalised homomisia
  • Familial disownment
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Smoking
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A Little Light Mischief by Cat Sebastian

A Little Light Mischief by Cat Sebastian

Lady’s maid Molly Wilkins is done with thieving—and cheating and stabbing and all the rest of it. She’s determined to keep her hands to herself, so she really shouldn’t be tempted to seduce her employer’s prim and proper companion, Alice. But how can she resist when Alice can’t seem to keep her eyes off Molly? For the first time in her life, Alice Stapleton has absolutely nothing to do. The only thing that seems to occupy her thoughts is a lady’s maid with a sharp tongue and a beautiful mouth. Her determination to know Molly’s secrets has her behaving in ways she… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny
  • Child abuse & neglect mentioned
  • Sexual harassment recounted
  • Familial disownment
  • Parent with alcoholism
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Wildfell by London Clarke

Wildfell by London Clarke

After a traumatic experience with her graduate school professor, Anne Fleming disposes of all her possessions, boards a plane, and plans to check out of life. But a chance meeting on an international flight leads her to Wildfell, a gothic mansion north of London. At first glance, Wildfell seems like the perfect place to hide out, and Anne is intrigued by its strange atmosphere and history of disappearances and deaths. But echoing voices, ghostly mists, a mute girl with a sketchbook full of murders, and a possessive landlady… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Date rape
  • Abandonment
  • Familial estrangement
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A Thousand Questions by Saadia Faruqi

A Thousand Questions by Saadia Faruqi

Set in Karachi, the middle grade contemporary novel follows American-born Mimi as she searches for her absent father, and Pakistani-born Sakina, who balances her dreams against her family’s needs, over the course of a summer.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Familial estrangement
  • Parent with diabetes
  • Hospitalisation
  • Poverty
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