The Island by CL Taylor 

The Island by C.L. Taylor

It was supposed to be the perfect holiday: a week-long trip for six teenage friends on a remote tropical island. But when their guide dies of a stroke leaving them stranded, the trip of a lifetime quickly turns into a nightmare. Because someone on the island knows each of the group’s worst fears. And one by one, they’re coming true.

Seven days in paradise. A deadly secret. Who will make it off the island alive?

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sexual harassment
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Panic attacks
  • Phobias discussed
  • Burn scars
  • Death of a brother in a fire
  • Death of a mother in a car accident
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The Hunter and His Mates by Kiki Clark 

The Hunter and His Mates by Kiki Clark

As personal assistant to a powerful alpha of a large pack, there are certain rules Jamie has for himself to make sure he’s successful at his job. First, nothing and no one gets to the alpha without his say so. Second, schedules will be enforced for everyone. At all costs. Third, a certain Enforcer with an enticing scent and scarred face is not to be stared at, drooled over, and/or daydreamed about.

And fourth, human hunters are never, ever mate material—no matter what their smiles do to him… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder & trauma
  • Chronic pain
  • Amputation (arm)
  • Explosion recounted

*Note : One of the protagonists experiences chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) after losing his arm in an explosion.

Warnings sourced from Alex @HEABookNerd.

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Keepsake by Sarina Bowen

Keepsake by Sarina Bowen

Lark Wainwright used to be fearless. Her life was a series of adventures, each one more exhilarating than the last. But her recent overseas adventure was one too many. Now she’s home and in one piece. Mostly. But her nights are filled with terror.

When her best friend offers her a stay at the orchard in exchange for help at the farmers’ markets, Lark jumps at the chance to spend fall in Vermont. But her nightmares don’t stop. Desperate to keep her fragile… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Kidnapping
  • Graphic murder
  • Cults
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In the Dark with the Duke by Christi Caldwell

In the Dark with the Duke by Christi Caldwell

Eight years ago, Lady Lila March retreated to the safe shadows of her family’s estate after a devastating tragedy. Weary of being a whisper of her former self, she is determined to brave the dangers of the outside world again. No man is better equipped to train her in the art of defense than the Savage Gentleman, East London’s undefeated street fighter.

Hugh Savage reigns as king—of the underworld. Physically invulnerable, emotionally… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
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Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran 

Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran

When teenage queen Lia inherits her corrupt uncle’s bankrupt kingdom, she brings a new spymaster into the fold … Xania, who takes the job to avenge her murdered father. Faced with dangerous plots and hidden enemies, can Lia and Xania learn to rely on each another, as they discover that all is not fair in love and treason?

In a world where the throne means both power and duty, they must decide what to sacrifice for their country and for each other … 

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Suicide
  • Self-harm
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Drugging
  • Miscarriage mentioned
  • Blood & injury depiction
  • Dead body
  • Emesis
  • Death of a father mentioned
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Torture
  • Poisoning
  • Near-drowning incident mentioned
  • Kidnapping
  • Solitary confinement & sensory deprivation, off-page
  • Animal death
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The AI Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole 

The A.I. Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole

Trinity Jordan leads a quiet, normal life: working from home for the Hive, a multifunctional government research centre, and recovering from the incident that sent her into a tailspin. But the life she’s trying to rebuild is plagued by mishaps when Li Wei, her neighbour’s super sexy and super strange nephew, moves in and turns things upside down.

Li Wei’s behaviour is downright odd—and the attraction building between them is even more so… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Memory loss & suppression
  • Panic attack
  • Stroke
  • Chronic pain
  • Nonconsensual drug use
  • Explosion
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An Unconditional Freedom by Alyssa Cole 

An Unconditional Freedom by Alyssa Cole

Daniel Cumberland’s uneventful life as a freed man in Massachusetts ended the night he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. To then have his freedom restored by the very man who stole his beloved’s heart is almost too much to bear. When he’s offered entry into the Loyal League, the covert organization of spies who helped free him, Daniel seizes the opportunity to help take down the Confederacy and vent the rage that consumes him.

When the Union Army occupies Janeta Sanchez’s small Florida town, her family’s goodwill… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Slavery
  • Threats of rape & sexual assault
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Death of a parent mentioned
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Lovely War by Julie Berry

Lovely War by Julie Berry

It’s 1917, and World War I is at its zenith when Hazel and James first catch sight of each other at a London party. She’s a shy and talented pianist; he’s a newly minted soldier with dreams of becoming an architect. When they fall in love, it’s immediate and deep–and cut short when James is shipped off to the killing fields.

Aubrey Edwards is also headed toward the trenches. A gifted musician who’s played Carnegie Hall, he’s a member of the 15th New York Infantry, an all-African-American regiment… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sexual assault
  • Racism
  • Hate crimes
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Gun violence
  • Lynching
  • War themes & battle scenes
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Dogs by MA Bennett

Dogs by M.A. Bennett

After the dramatic events of the last few weeks, Greer Macdonald is trying to concentrate on her A levels. Stuck for a play to direct for her drama exam, she gets help from an unexpected quarter . . .

A priceless lost play, buried by time, is pushed under her door. It is Ben Jonson’s The Isle of Dogs, a play considered so dangerous in Elizabethan times that every copy was burned . . . except one. As the students begin to rehearse it, events become increasingly dark and strange, and they lead Greer back to where she never thought she would return – Longcross Hall.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
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Cake by J Bengtsson

Cake by J. Bengtsson

Jake McKallister might have been a rock star, but he was no ordinary one. Surviving an unspeakable crime as a young teen had shaped him into a guarded workaholic, and he now lived his life trying to forget. If it hadn’t been for music and the redemption he found through it, he might not have survived. Career success came easily for him. Personal connections did not.

When outspoken, vivacious college student Casey Caldwell was paired with the famously reserved rockstar for a friend’s wedding… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Rape recounted
  • Sexual assault recounted
  • PTSD & trauma
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Coma
  • Torture
  • Kidnapping of a child
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