Here for the Right Reasons by Jodi McAlister

Here for the Right Reasons by Jodi McAlister

When Cece James agrees to be cast as a ‘Juliet’ on the next season of the hit television show Marry Me Juliet, it’s certainly not for the right reasons. She’s knee-deep in debt and desperate for the associated paycheck. The last thing on her mind is the hunky ‘Romeo’ waiting for her at the end of the gravel driveway. But Dylan Jayasinghe Mellor isn’t your usual fame-hungry TV star. An Olympic gold medallist with calloused hands, kind eyes and a propensity for panic attacks, it turns out he’s not here for the right reasons either. As spokesperson for a men’s mental health foundation, and the franchise’s first non-white male lead… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Foster care system
  • Panic attacks
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Poverty
  • Bullying
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The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane by Kelly Harms

The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane by Kelly Harms

For heartbroken Janine “Janey” Brown, this announcement has the hallmarks of one of her Aunt Midge’s harebrained plans to lure her from her tiny kitchen, where she’s been submerging her grief in the pursuit of the perfect pot-au-feu. Meanwhile, across town, Janine “Nean” Brown couldn’t be more thrilled. She just knows that this house is her destiny, the chance to escape the latest in her revolving door of crappy jobs and drunken boyfriends. When both Janine Browns descend on Christmas Cove, Maine, to claim the prize they both think is theirs, however… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Foster care system
  • Agoraphobia
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a fiancé
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Night Shift by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, and Milla Vane

Night Shift by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, and Milla Vane

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh delivers a smouldering story with Secrets at Midnight, as the scent of Bastien Smith’s elusive lover ignites a possessiveness in him that’s as feral as it is ecstatic. And now that he’s found his mate, he’ll do anything to keep her. In #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews’ novella, Magic Steals, when people start going missing, shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau and jaguar shifter Jim Shrapshire must uncover the truth about the mysterious creatures responsible. From Milla Vane—a warrior princess must tame. The Beast of .. Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

Secrets at Midnight:

  • Foster care
  • Pregnancy mentioned (sc)
  • Death of both parents in a house fire

Magic Steals:

  • Racism recounted
  • Disappearance

The Beast of Blackmoor:

  • Slavery & sex slavery recounted
  • Rape of a child recounted
  • Rape by a prison guard, on-page
  • Facial & body scars

The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz

The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz

They called themselves “the lucky ones.” They were seven children either orphaned or abandoned by their parents and chosen by legendary philanthropist and brain surgeon Dr Vincent Capello to live in The Dragon, his almost magical beach house on the Oregon Coast. Allison was the youngest of the lucky ones living an idyllic life with her newfound family…until the night she almost died, and was then whisked away from the house and her adopted family forever. Now, thirteen years later, Allison receives a letter from Roland, Dr Capello’s oldest son, warning her that their father is ill and in his final days. Allison determines she must go… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Attempted rape
  • Foster care system experiences
  • Domestic violence
  • Cheating
  • Retrograde amnesia
  • Suicide
  • Drug use
  • Miscarriage mentioned
  • Seizure
  • Brain tumours mentioned
  • Medical procedures & treatment
  • Death of a child
  • Death of a mother from a car accident
  • Murder-suicide & attempted murder
  • Poisoning (lead)
  • Animal death & abuse

Slide by Garrett Leigh

Slide by Garrett Leigh

Shy tattoo artist Ash has a troubled past. Years of neglect, drug abuse, and life on the streets have taken their toll, and sometimes it seems the deep, unspoken bond with his lover is the only balm for wounds he doesn’t quite understand. Chicago paramedic Pete is warmth, love, and strength—things Ash never knew he could have, and never even knew he wanted until Pete showed him. But fate is a cruel, cruel mistress, and when nightmares collide with the present, their tentatively built world comes crashing down. Traumatic events in Pete’s work life distance him… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Foster care experiences recounted
  • Drug abuse recounted
  • Death of a mother recounted
  • Homelessness

The Debt by Molly O’Keefe

The Debt by Molly O’Keefe

For the five kids who live at St. Jude’s Home for Court Placed Juveniles, life is a nightmare. Carissa, the youngest, has been there the longest. And barely speaks. Rosa is sixteen and pregnant. Simon keeps his head down and studies, hoping to get back the life he lost. Beth and Tommy, in the middle of the darkness, have found each other, and all they want is to be together. But when they get caught making out at school, it puts everyone in danger. Tommy is used to the beatings from their foster father, but when Beth is singled out for punishment, Tommy can’t.. Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Abuse in the foster care system
  • Teen pregnancy

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

Three years ago, Madison Culver disappeared when her family was choosing a Christmas tree in Oregon’s Skookum National Forest. She would be eight years old now—if she has survived. Desperate to find their beloved daughter, certain someone took her, the Culvers turn to Naomi, a private investigator with an uncanny talent for locating the lost and missing. Known to the police and a select group of parents as “the Child Finder,” Naomi is their last hope. Naomi’s methodical search takes her deep into the icy, mysterious forest in the Pacific Northwest, and into her own fragmented past. She understands children like… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Antiziganism (g slur)
  • Incest (foster siblings)
  • Paedophilia, child sexual assault and rape (theme)
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Foster care system experiences recounted
  • Amnesia and memory loss
  • Dissociation
  • Blood and gore depiction
  • Physical injuries mentioned, including the loss of an arm in an explosion while deployed
  • Death of a foster mother, off-page and discussed
  • Death of a wife from cancer mentioned
  • Death of a wife from suicide mentioned
  • Accidental infanticide
  • Murder by stabbing, on-page
  • Physical assault
  • Kidnapping and captivity of a child
  • Incarceration
  • Graphic animal death and hunting
  • Animal dead bodies and butchery, on-page

Context : The story follows a private investigator trying to find a missing child. The book is told from her POV, the missing child, and the predator who kidnapped and held the child captive. While there are no on-page scenes of sexual violence, it is clear that the captor sexually abuses and rapes the child. It is vaguely mentioned through metaphors and lyrical writing from the child’s perspective; as well as mentions of pain and blood on her legs. The predator was also raped by his captor as a child. Again, there are no on-page scenes of this.

A secondary character leaves her baby in their stroller on a bus that is parked in storage. It is unclear how the baby dies but the protagonist finds his body (off-page, no descriptions).

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180 Seconds by Jessica Park

180 Seconds by Jessica Park

After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds. One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sexual assault mentioned
  • Foster care experiences recounted
  • Cancer
  • Grief & loss depiction
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Bad Alpha by Kathryn Moon

Bad Alpha by Kathryn Moon

Eve had one job. Kill Adam. But when her mark for the night turns out to be a gift-wrapped omega, Eve can’t resist delaying the job and enjoying the opportunity before her. One bite is all it takes That’s what Adam is counting on. One bite and he might live till morning. Success is complicated and on the run for their lives, Eve and Adam need the one thing neither of them wants. A pack. Can three good men tame the killer and the con artist? Not if this bad alpha can help it.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Human trafficking
  • Sexual assault
  • Foster care system experiences mentioned
  • Nightmare
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Drugging
  • Physical injuries & illness including septic gunshot & knife wounds
  • Murder
  • Disappearance & presumed kidnapping of a sibling
  • Fire
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Barbarian’s Mate by Ruby Dixon

Barbarian’s Mate by Ruby Dixon

‘Resonance’ is supposed to be a dream – that’s when your soulmate is chosen for you. And everyone on the ice planet has hooked up with a big, hunky soulmate of their own… except me. So do I want a mate? Heck yeah. More than anything, all I’ve ever wanted is to be loved by someone. Except that the soulmate chosen for me? My least favourite person on the darn ice planet. Haeden’s cranky, disapproving, unpleasant, overbearing… so why is it that my body sings when he gets close? Why is he working so hard to prove to me that he’s not as awful as I think he is? I hate him, don’t I?

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Rape recounted, off-page
  • Child sexual abuse recounted
  • Death of a partner, off-page
  • Abuse in the foster care system recounted
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