The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom

The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom

When Gwendolyn Bloom’s father vanishes, she sets off on a journey she never bargained for. Traveling under a new identity in a world of assassins, spies, and criminal masterminds, she uncovers a disturbing truth. To bring her father back alive, she must become every bit as cruel as the men holding him captive.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Human trafficking
  • Attempted rape
  • Sex work mentioned
  • Murder
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Doing Time by Jodi Taylor

Doing Time by Jodi Taylor

At some time in the future, the secret of time-travel became available to all. Chaos ensued as people sought to take advantage. Because there will always be nutters who want to change history… And so the Time Police was formed. Internationally sanctioned thugs whose task it was to keep the timeline straight by any and all means possible. And they succeeded. The Time Wars are over. The Time Police won. But who will win the peace?

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Human trafficking
  • Child neglect
  • Emotional abuse & gaslighting
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Once We Were Starlight by Mia Sheridan

Once We Were Starlight by Mia Sheridan

Sundara: the lush and forbidden oasis in the desert where men travel to watch acts of sexual deviancy, and the only existence seventeen-year-old Karys has ever known. But despite a life where secrets and sin are in high supply, and freedom remains far beyond their reach, Karys and her partner Zakai find safety in each other, their passionate love the light that helps them both survive the darkness.

Very suddenly, Karys and Zakai find themselves in the bright and confusing world of New York City,…

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sex trafficking
  • Sexual assault, off-page
  • Unplanned pregnancy
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The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley 

The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley

As an African tightrope dancer in Victorian London, Iris is used to being strange. She is certainly a strange sight for leering British audiences always eager for the spectacle of colonial curiosity. But Iris also has a secret that even “strange” doesn’t capture…​ She cannot die.

Haunted by her unnatural power and with no memories of her past, Iris is obsessed with discovering… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Sexism
  • Slavery
  • Human trafficking
  • Eugenics mentioned
  • Sex work mentioned
  • Sexual harassment
  • Domestic abuse
  • Amnesia
  • Suicide
  • Drugging
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Involuntary medical experimentation
  • Hospitalisation
  • Cannibalism
  • Murder
  • Torture
  • Kidnapping
  • Police brutality
  • Fire
  • Poverty
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Last Breath by Jessica Clare and Jen Fredrick

Last Breath by Jessica Clare and Jen Fredrick

I never really knew what misery was until the day I was kidnapped and sold for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Two months later, I’m at a brothel in Rio when I meet Daniel Hays. He says he’s here to save me, but can I trust him? All I know of him are his sarcastic retorts and his tendency to solve every dispute with his gun. He’s also the only safe thing in my world, and I know it’s wrong to fall in love with him, but I can’t seem to help myself. He says he’ll protect me until his last breath but I don’t know if I should believe him or even if I can… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Human trafficking mentioned
  • Rape mentioned
  • Murder
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Hunting Adeline by HD Carlton 

Hunting Adeline by H.D. Carlton

The Diamond: Death walks alongside me, But the reaper is no match for me. I’m trapped in a world full of monsters dressed as men, and those who aren’t as they seem. They won’t keep me forever. I no longer recognize the person I’ve become, And I’m fighting to find my way back to the beast who hunts me in the night. They call me a diamond,
But they’ve only created an angel of death… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Human & sex trafficking
  • Rape
  • Blood & knife play
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All Scot and Bothered by Kerrigan Byrne

All Scot and Bothered by Kerrigan Byrne

He is first and foremost—at everything. A man who’s made his own way in the world through ruthless cunning and sheer force of will. A strong and imposing Scot who can turn on the charm but does not suffer fools. His title: Lord Chief Justice of the High Court. His name: Cassius Gerard Ramsay. His mission: To investigate the goings-on at London’s most notorious gaming hell, owned and operated by one of the most intriguing and desirable women he’s ever met.

Cecelia Teague was an orphan facing a rather dire future—until a secret benefactor… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Child sex trafficking
  • Slut shaming
  • Child abuse & neglect
  • Rape mentioned
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Explosion
  • Kidnapping
  • Fire
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Blacktop Wasteland by SA Cosby 

Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby

Beauregard “Bug” Montage: husband, father, honest car mechanic. But he was once known – from North Carolina to the beaches of Florida – as the best getaway driver on the East Coast. Just like his father, who disappeared many years ago.

After a series of financial calamities, Bug reluctantly takes part in a daring diamond heist to solve his money troubles – and to go straight once and for all. However, when it goes horrifically wrong, he’s sucked into a grimy underworld which threatens everything, and everyone, he holds dear . . .

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Human trafficking
  • Misogyny
  • Racism
  • Fatmisia
  • Homomisia & homomisic slurs
  • Hate crime
  • Emotional & physical child abuse
  • Alcoholism
  • Substance addiction
  • Drug use & abuse
  • Emesis
  • Torture
  • Gun violence
  • Kidnapping
  • Car accident
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The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft

The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft

Fearing an uprising, the Sphinx sends Senlin to investigate a plot that has taken hold in the ringdom of Pelphia. Alone in the city, Senlin infiltrates a bloody arena where hods battle for the public’s entertainment. But his investigation is quickly derailed by a gruesome crime and an unexpected reunion.

Posing as a noble lady and her handmaid, Voleta and Iren attempt to reach Marya, who is isolated by her fame. While navigating the court, Voleta attracts the unwanted attention of a powerful prince whose pursuit of her threatens their plan… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Slavery & human trafficking
  • Torture
  • Kidnapping & captivity
  • War themes
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Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

The Tower of Babel is the greatest marvel in the world. Immense as a mountain, the ancient Tower holds unnumbered ringdoms, warring and peaceful, stacked one on the other like the layers of a cake. It is a world of geniuses and tyrants, of airships and steam engines, of unusual animals and mysterious machines.

Soon after arriving for his honeymoon at the Tower, the mild-mannered headmaster of a small village school, Thomas Senlin, gets separated from his wife, Marya, in the overwhelming swarm of tourists… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny
  • Attempted rape
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