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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Stinger by Mia Sheridan

Stinger by Mia Sheridan

Grace Hamilton was the girl with a plan. She knew exactly where her life was going and prided herself on always achieving her goals. It was who she was, and how she lived her life. She never stepped outside the lines, and never considered what she might desire and whom she was actually trying so hard to please. Until him

Carson Stinger was a man who didn’t play by any rules except his own. Working in the adult entertainment industry, he didn’t care what others thought… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sex work
  • Murder
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Fever by Lauren DeStefano 

Fever by Lauren DeStefano

unning away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago – surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.. .

The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But…. Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Forced sex work
  • Forced polygamy recounted
  • Child pregnancy mentioned
  • Kidnapping & captivity
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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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Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell 

Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell

A thief. An officer. A guardian. Three strangers. One shared destiny . . .

When the Last Days came, the planet of Laterre promised hope. But five hundred years later, it’s now a place where an extravagant elite class reigns supreme; where the clouds hide the stars and the poor starve in the streets; where a rebel group, long thought dead, is resurfacing. Whispers of revolution have begun-a… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Child abuse & neglect
  • Sex work mentioned
  • Murder
  • Police brutality
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Out of the Blue by Jason June

Out of the Blue by Jason June

Out of the Blue by Jason June

Crest is not excited to be on their Journey: the monthlong sojourn on land all teen merfolk must undergo. The rules are simple: Help a human within one moon cycle and return to Pacifica to become an Elder–or fail and remain stuck on land forever. Crest is eager to get their Journey over and done with: after all, humans are disgusting. They’ve pollluted the planet so much that there’s a floating island of trash that’s literally the size of a country.

In Los Angeles with a human body and a new name… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Cheating mentioned
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Yerba Beuna by Nina LaCour

Yerba Beuna by Nina LaCour

Yerba Beauna by Nina LaCour

When Sara Foster runs away from home at sixteen, she leaves behind not only the losses that have shattered her world but the girl she once was, capable of trust and intimacy. Years later, in Los Angeles, she is a sought-after bartender, renowned as much for her brilliant cocktails as for the mystery that clings to her. Across the city, Emilie Dubois is in a holding pattern. In her seventh year and fifth major as an undergraduate, she yearns for the beauty and community her Creole grandparents cultivated but is unable to commit. On a whim, she takes a job arranging flowers at the glamorous restaurant Yerba Buena and embarks on an affair with the married owner.

When Sara catches sight of Emilie one… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sexual assault of a child
  • Sex work
  • Drug use
  • Overdose
  • Death of a parent
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Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole

Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole

Growing up, Josephine didn’t know who or what she was—just that she was an outcast with strange powers. Protecting her baby brother became her entire life. The day he was taken away began Jo’s transition from would-be superhero…to enchanting villain.

Archer Rune the Baneblood never fails to eliminate his target. In his sights: the oldest living Valkyrie. Yet before he strikes, a vampiric creature pierces him with aching pleasure, stealing his forbidden blood—and jeopardizing his brethren’s secrets… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Child abuse
  • Sex slavery
  • Death of a parent
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
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Demon from the Dark by Kresley Cole

Demon from the Dark by Kresley Cole

Tormented by his sordid past and racked by vampiric hungers, Malkom Slaine is pushed to the brink by the green-eyed beauty under his guard. Carrow Graie is hiding her own sorrows, until she meets a tortured warrior worth saving. But, in order for Malkom and Carrow to survive, he must unleash both the demon and vampire inside him.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Child slavery & sex slavery mentioned
  • Parental neglect mentioned
  • Murder
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a parent
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Voyeur by Fiona Cole 

Voyeur by Fiona Cole

I didn’t know she was my student the first time I paid to watch her at Voyeur. Once she walked into my classroom, another smiling college freshman, I knew I should stop going. Stop watching. But I couldn’t do it. Everything about her makes me want more, and once I realize she wants me too, the temptation becomes irresistible. The worst part is that she has no idea her professor is the one watching behind the glass. I just have to hope that once she finds out the truth, she wants the same thing I do. Because now that I’ve seen all of her, I can’t look away.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Bimisia
  • Sex work shaming
  • Slut-shaming
  • Sex work
  • Sexual harassment
  • Incestuous child sexual abuse recounted*
  • Teacher-student relationship
  • Panic attacks, on-page & recounted
  • Alcoholism & alcohol abuse

* Note : The male protagonist recounts the trauma of his male cousin sexually abusing him as a child.

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