Sweet on You by Carla de Guzman

Sweet on You by Carla de Guzman

For barista and café owner Sari Tomas, Christmas means parols, family and no-holds-barred karaoke contests. This year, though, a new neighbor is throwing a wrench in all her best-laid plans. The baker next door—“some fancy boy from Manila”—might have cute buns, but when he tries to poach her customers with cheap coffee and cheaper tactics, the competition is officially on. And Baker Boy better be ready, because Sari never loses. Foodie extraordinaire Gabriel Capras wants to prove to his dad that his career choice doesn’t make him any less a man. The Laneways might not be Manila, but the close-knit community is the… Read more,

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Fatmisia
  • Sexism
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The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline by Nancy Springer

The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline by Nancy Springer

Enola Holmes’s landlady, Mrs. Tupper, is the closest thing Enola has to family these days, besides her occasional run-ins with her brother Sherlock. Even though Mrs. Tupper is nearly deaf and can barely cook, she’s an endearing presence as Enola longs for her absent mother. So imagine her horror when Enola comes home to find Mrs. Tupper kidnapped! Who would take her, and why? And what does Florence Nightingale have to do with it?

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny
  • Parental abandonment
  • Kidnapping
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Alien ‘n’ Outlaw by K.C. Burn

Alien ‘n’ Outlaw by K.C. Burn

R’kos, son of the Ankylos Emperor, is expected to settle down. But he’s much more attracted to human males than to his own species. Eager to explore his forbidden longings, he steals a ship and heads to Elora Ki to see if he can find the right human guy. Darien robs the corrupt to give to those in need, but now he needs a ride off Elora Ki, stat. Pursued by drug lords, he accepts help from the amorous stranger who calls himself Ricky. As they fly together along Darien’s route, their friendship quickly turns into passion… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Homomisia
  • Misogyny
  • Child abuse mentioned
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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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The Killing Code by Ellie Marney

The Killing Code by Ellie Marney

Virginia, 1943: World War II is raging in Europe and on the Pacific front when Kit Sutherland is recruited to help the war effort as a codebreaker at Arlington Hall, a former girls’ college now serving as the site of a secret US Signals Intelligence facility in Virginia. But Kit is soon involved in another kind of fight: Government girls are being brutally murdered in Washington DC, and when Kit stumbles onto a bloody homicide scene, she is drawn into the hunt for the killer. To find the man responsible for the gruesome murders and bring him to justice, Kit joins forces with other female… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny
  • Racism
  • Nazism
  • Sexual assault mentioned
  • Drugging, off-page
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Death of a friend
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Fire
  • War themes
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Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews

Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews

As Prime magic users, Catalina Baylor and her sisters have extraordinary powers—powers their ruthless grandmother would love to control. Catalina can earn her family some protection working as deputy to the Warden of Texas, overseeing breaches of magic law in the state, but that has risks as well. When House Baylor is under attack and monsters haunt her every step, Catalina is forced to rely on handsome, dangerous Alessandro Sagredo, the Prime who crushed her heart. The nightmare that Alessandro has fought since childhood has come roaring back to life, but now Catalina is under threat. Not even his life…Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny & slut-shaming
  • Panic attacks
  • ALcohol consumption
  • Blood & gore depiction including body horror
  • Emesis
  • Needles
  • Death of a father from cancer recounted
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Gun violence
  • Nonfatal poisoning of a grandparent
  • Stalking
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Persuasion by Jane Austen

Persuasion by Jane Austen

At twenty-seven, Anne Elliot is no longer young and has few romantic prospects. Eight years earlier, she had been persuaded by her friend Lady Russell to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a handsome naval captain with neither fortune nor rank. What happens when they encounter each other again is movingly told in Jane Austen’s last completed novel. Set in the fashionable societies of Lyme Regis and Bath, Persuasion is a brilliant satire of vanity and pretension, but, above all, it is a love story tinged with the heartache of missed opportunities.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny
  • Classism
  • Physical injury
  • Death of a parent
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A Treacherous Trade by Kerrigan Byrne

A Treacherous Trade by Kerrigan Byrne

Fiona Mahoney stands in the ashes of her hopes facing her tempting adversary, Inspector Grayson Croft. Her sins are about to spill from her lips, when he says the one thing that could dispel all thoughts of revelation or redemption. Someone is leaving the corpses of sex workers in the streets, and a name is being whispered in the fearful shadows. The name against which Fiona would sell her very soul for vengeance. Jack the Ripper.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny
  • Sexual assault
  • Necrophilia mentioned
  • Violence against and death of sex workers
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Death of a child recounted
  • Death of a friend recounted
  • Murder
  • Poisoning
  • Kidnapping & captivity
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When the Apricots Bloom by Gina Wilkinson

When the Apricots Bloom by Gina Wilkinson

At night, in Huda’s fragrant garden, a breeze sweeps in from the desert encircling Baghdad, rustling the leaves of her apricot trees and carrying warning of visitors at her gate. Huda, a secretary at the Australian embassy, lives in fear of the mukhabarat—the secret police who watch and listen for any scrap of information that can be used against America and its allies. They have ordered her to befriend Ally Wilson, the deputy ambassador’s wife. Huda has no wish to be an informant, but fears for her teenaged son, who may be forced to join a deadly militia. Nor does she know that Ally has dangerous secrets of her own… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny
  • Rape mentioned
  • Death of a parent recounted
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • War themes
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Harsh Times by Mario Vargas Llosa

Harsh Times by Mario Vargas Llosa

Guatemala, 1954. The military coup perpetrated by Carlos Castillo Armas and supported by the CIA topples the government of Jacobo Árbenz. Behind this violent act is a lie passed off as truth, which forever changes the development of Latin America: the accusation by the Eisenhower administration that Árbenz encouraged the spread of Soviet Communism in the Americas. Harsh Times is a story of international conspiracies and conflicting interests in the time of the Cold War, the echoes of which are still felt today.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny
  • Child abandonment
  • Adult-minor relationship
  • Murder
  • Torture
  • Gun violence
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