Saving Hearts by Rebecca Crowley

Saving Hearts by Rebecca Crowley

Atlanta Skyline’s benched goalkeeper Brendan Young would have been happy to ride out the end of his contract after his gambling addiction was splashed all over the news media. Instead, his teammates’ injuries have unexpectedly put him back in the game. A new face in his weekly Gamblers Anonymous meeting provides another surprise spike — of pure attraction. Why is Erin Bailey, former world champion women’s soccer player, at this meeting? And why can’t he stop thinking about their red-hot one-night stand? Six months ago, one reckless night… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Anxiety
  • Gambling addiction
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Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim

Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim

When Amaya rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning, she fears her rash actions have earned her a longer sentence on the debtor ship where she’s been held captive for years. Instead, the man she saved offers her unimaginable riches and a new identity, setting Amaya on a perilous course through the coastal city-state of Moray, where old-world opulence and desperate gamblers collide. Amaya wants one thing: revenge against the man who ruined her family and stole the life she once had. But the more entangled she becomes in this game of deception—and as her path intertwines with the son of the man she’s… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Classism
  • Indentured servitude of children, discussed in-depth
  • Sexual assault, on-page
  • Child abuse
  • Forced arranged marriage
  • Gambling addiction recovery & relapse (theme)
  • Suicide mentioned
  • Alcohol consumption & abuse, recounted & discussed
  • Drugging
  • Blood & gore depiction,
  • Dead bodies & body parts
  • Needles
  • Terminal illness (plague-like), recounted & on-page
  • Depiction of starvation
  • Cannibalism mentioned
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a mother & father recounted
  • Death of children, on-page
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Knife violence & stabbing
  • Torture recounted
  • Whipping recounted
  • Hanging mentioned
  • Kidnapping & captivity
  • Blackmail
  • Death by a fall recounted
  • Near-drowning incident
  • War themes discussed
  • Poverty themes & debt collection (theme)

Cash Plays by Cordelia Kingsbridge

Cash Plays by Cordelia Kingsbridge

The Seven of Spades is back with a vengeance—the vigilante serial killer has resumed their murderous crusade, eluding the police at every turn. But a bloodthirsty killer isn’t the only threat facing Sin City. A devious saboteur is wreaking havoc in Las Vegas’s criminal underworld, and the entire city seems to be barreling toward an all-out gang war. As Detective Levi Abrams is pushed ever closer to his breaking point, his control over his dangerous rage slips further every day. His relationship with PI Dominic Russo should be a source of comfort, but Dominic is secretly locked in his own downward spiral, confronting a night… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Antisemitism
  • Homomisia
  • Physical abuse
  • Gambling addiction
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Dead bodies
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Fire

Macbeth by Jo Nesbø

Macbeth by Jo Nesbø

He’s the best cop they’ve got. When a drug bust turns into a bloodbath it’s up to Inspector Macbeth and his team to clean up the mess. He’s also an ex-drug addict with a troubled past. He’s rewarded for his success. Power. Money. Respect. They’re all within reach. But a man like him won’t get to the top. Plagued by hallucinations and paranoia, Macbeth starts to unravel. He’s convinced he won’t get what is rightfully his. Unless he kills for it.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Child abuse
  • Suicide
  • Drug abuse
  • Substance addiction
  • Gambling addiction
  • Gun violence
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One Dance With a Duke by Tessa Dare

One Dance With a Duke by Tessa Dare

A handsome and reclusive horse breeder, Spencer Dumarque, the fourth Duke of Morland, has a reputation as the dashing “Duke of Midnight.” Each evening he selects one lady for a breathtaking midnight waltz. But none of the ladies of the ton catch his interest for long, until Lady Amelia d’Orsay tries her luck. In an effort to get the Duke to forgive her brother’s debts, Amelia claims the duke’s dance. But she is playing a dangerous game with a notorious rake…

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Gambling addiction
  • Death of a parent recounted
  • Murder
  • Animal death

The Guy in the Middle by Kate Stewart

The Guy in the Middle by Kate Stewart

I was born to play and bred to win. My priorities were instilled in me early on—family and football. Those ideals led me to TGU and a coach whose ironclad principles mirrored my own. With one last college season to play, my goal was singular—get drafted. By realizing my NFL dream, I could save my family, our ranch, and the only home I’d ever known. ⁣⁣⁣⁣Two birds, one ball. .Playing hard was my only option, but there’s always a wild card. For all of my planning and hard work, I never anticipated falling for the coach’s daughter. Harper was a fair catch, but who knew loving her could be the one… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Parent with a gambling addiction, off-page
  • Suicide mentioned
  • Parent with Parkinson’s Disease, on page
  • Bullying
  • Poverty

Broken Vow by Stella Gray

Broken Vow by Stella Gray

My husband isn’t a gentle man. And God knows he isn’t the sharing type. Rico’s announcement has dropped a bomb into my marriage. I never thought I’d see Rico again. Never thought Dante would ever have to know.
Seeing the way he looks at me now, as though I’m just another problem to be handled? It’s breaking my heart. I thought I was in love once before. I swore I wouldn’t make the same mistake twice. But falling for a Bellanti was far worse than a simple mistake…

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Domestic abuse mentioned
  • Alcoholism mentioned
  • Gambling addiction mentioned
  • Blackmail

The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg

The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg

Max: Chill. Sports. Video games. Gay and not a big deal, not to him, not to his mom, not to his buddies. And a secret: An encounter with an older kid that makes it hard to breathe, one that he doesn’t want to think about, ever. Jordan: The opposite of chill. Poetry. His “wives” and the Chandler Mall. Never been kissed and searching for Mr Right, who probably won’t like him anyway. And a secret: A spiralling out-of-control mother, and the knowledge that he’s the only one who can keep the family from falling apart… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Homomisia
  • Rape
  • Gambling addiction
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Lord of Chance by Erica Ridley

Lord of Chance by Erica Ridley

Disguised as a country miss, Charlotte Devon flees London, desperate to leave her tattered reputation behind. In Scotland, her estranged father’s noble blood will finally make her a respectable debutante. Except she finds herself accidentally wed to a devil-may-care rogue with a sinful smile. He’s the last thing she needs…and everything her traitorous heart desires. Charming rake Anthony Fairfax is on holiday to seek his fortune…and escape his creditors. When an irresistible Lady Luck wins him in a game of chance—and a slight… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sex work & assault of sex workers discussed
  • Gambling addiction
  • Poverty, debt & financial struggles
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Hadley and Grace by Suzanne Redfearn

Hadley & Grace by Suzanne Redfearn

Needing to escape her abusive marriage, Hadley flees with her two kids, knowing it might be her only chance. A woman who can’t even kill a spider, Hadley soon finds herself pushed to the limits as she fights to protect her family. Grace, new mother of baby Miles, desperately wants to put her rough past behind her for good, but she finds it impossible when her path crosses with Hadley’s, and her quest for a new start quickly spirals… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Domestic abuse
  • Experiences in the foster care system recounted
  • Spouse with a gambling addiction
  • Death of grandmother recounted
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