Ever After Always by Chloe Liese

Ever After Always by Chloe Liese

I’ve spent twelve years loving Freya Bergman and twelve lifetimes won’t be enough to give her everything she deserves. She’s my passionate, tender-hearted wife, my best friend, and all I want is to make her happy. But the one thing that will make her happiest is the one thing I’m not sure I can give her: a baby. With the pressure of providing and planning for a family, my anxiety’s at an all-time high, and I find myself pulling away, terrified to tell my wife how I’m struggling. But when Freya kicks me out, I realize that pulling back has turned into pushing too far. Now it’s the fight of a lifetime to save our marriage… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Parental abandonment
  • Anxiety
  • Alcoholism
  • Poverty recounted
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The Secret of My Seduction by Caroline Linden

The Secret of My Seduction by Caroline Linden

Rule #1: Be discreet. No one suspects Bathsheba Crawford of being the anonymous author of a wickedly scandalous series of naughty novels. But she is. Rule #2: Do not fall in love. When she approaches her publisher, rakish Liam MacGregor, with an indecent proposal, he’s shocked. But he accepts. Rules were made to be broken The requirements for their affair are simple: complete secrecy and no romantic attachment. But the more they see each other…the more pleasure they find in each other’s arms…the harder it becomes to remember the rules.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Physical injury
  • Poverty
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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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Beard with Me by Penny Reid

Beard with Me by Penny Reid

No one is better at surviving than Scarlet St. Claire and making the best out of circumstances beyond her control is Scarlet’s specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, she’d be the last person on earth, hermitting like a pro, singing along to her CD Walkman, and dancing like no one is watching. Scarlet is clever, Scarlet is careful, and Scarlet is smart, except when it comes to Billy Winston. No one is better at fighting than Billy Winston and raging against his circumstances—because nothing is beyond his control—is Billy’s specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, he’d be the first person on earth to lead others to safety, overcome catastrophe… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Adult-minor relationship mentioned
  • Physical & emotional child abuse
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Miscarriage mentioned
  • Homelessness
  • Poverty themes
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Best Laid Plans by Roan Parrish

Best Laid Plans by Roan Parrish

Charlie Matheson has spent his life taking care of things. When his parents died two days before his eighteenth birthday, he took care of his younger brother, even though that meant putting his own dreams on hold. He took care of his father’s hardware store, building it into something known several towns over. He took care of the cat he found in the woods so now he has a cat. When a stranger with epic tattoos and a glare to match starts coming into Matheson’s Hardware, buying things seemingly at random and lugging them off in a car so beat-up Charlie feels bad for it, his instinct is to help. When the man… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Homomisia
  • Disownment
  • Anxiety & panic attack
  • Intrusive thoughts
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a parent in a car accident recounted
  • Poverty & eviction recounted
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Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

The Santiago family lives in a gated community in Bogotá, safe from the political upheaval terrorizing the country. Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister Cassandra enjoy carefree lives thanks to this protective bubble, but the threat of kidnappings, car bombs, and assassinations hover just outside the neighborhood walls, where the godlike drug lord Pablo Escobar continues to elude authorities and capture the attention of the nation. When their mother hires Petrona, a live-in-maid from the city’s guerrilla-occupied slum, Chula makes it her mission to understand Pet… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Rape
  • Kidnapping
  • Child soldiers
  • Poverty
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The Kindest Lieby Nancy Johnson

The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson

It’s 2008, and the inauguration of President Barack Obama ushers in a new kind of hope. In Chicago, Ruth Tuttle, an Ivy-League educated Black engineer, is married to a kind and successful man. He’s eager to start a family, but Ruth is uncertain. She has never gotten over the baby she gave birth to—and was forced to leave behind—when she was a teenager. She had promised her family she’d never look back, but Ruth knows that to move forward, she must make peace with the past. Returning home, Ruth discovers the Indiana factory town of her youth is plagued by unemployment, racism, and despair. As she begins digging… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Drug abuse
  • Substance addiction
  • Gang violence
  • Lynching
  • Police brutality
  • Poverty
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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)

I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi

I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi

News stations across the country are reporting mysterious messages that Earth has been receiving from a planet—Alma—claiming to be its creator. If they’re being interpreted correctly, in seven days Alma will hit the kill switch on their “colony” Earth. True or not, for teenagers Jesse Hewitt, Cate Collins, and Adeem Khan, the prospect of this ticking time bomb will change their lives forever. Jesse, who has been dealt one bad blow after another, wonders if it even matters what happens to the world. Cate, on the other hand, is desperate to use this time to find the father she never… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
  • Attempted suicide
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Self-harm
  • Cancer
  • Surgery
  • Hospital
  • Death of a parent recounted
  • Gun violence
  • Poverty
  • Animal death
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Tattered by Devney Perry

Tattered by Devney Perry

Thea Landry has always known her place in modern-day society. It’s somewhere just above the trash can her mother dumped her in as a newborn but below the class where much comes easy. With her tattered shoes and bargain-bin clothes, her life has never been full of glamour. So when a rich and charismatic man takes interest, she doesn’t fool herself into thinking their encounter is anything more than a one-night stand. Months later, she’s kicking herself for not getting his phone number. Or his last name. She’s given up hope of seeing him ever again. Until one day, years… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Child neglect
  • Unplanned pregnancy, off-page
  • Physical assault,
  • Stalking, on-page
  • Poverty recounted