Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score

Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score

Bearded, bad-boy barber Knox prefers to live his life the way he takes his coffee: Alone. Unless you count his basset hound, Waylon. Knox doesn’t tolerate drama, even when it comes in the form of a stranded runaway bride.

Naomi wasn’t just running away from her wedding. She was riding to the rescue of her estranged twin to Knockemout, Virginia, a rough-around-the… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Child abuse & neglect
  • Domestic abuse & violence recounted
  • Parent with a substance addiction
  • Death of a parent, off-page
  • Gun violence
  • Kidnapping
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The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis

The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis

When she is sent to an orphanage at the age of eight, Beth Harmon soon discovers two ways to escape her surroundings, albeit fleetingly: playing chess and taking the little green pills given to her and the other children to keep them subdued. Before long, it becomes apparent that hers is a prodigious talent, and as she progresses to the top of the US chess rankings she is able to forge a new life for herself. But she can never quite overcome her urge to self-destruct. For Beth, there’s more at stake than merely winning and losing.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Misogyny
  • Substance addiction
  • Death of a parent
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Saturdays at Noon by Rachel Marks 

Saturdays at Noon by Rachel Marks

Emily just wants to keep the world away. She doesn’t want anyone to know all the ways her life is messed up. Going to anger management every Saturday, talking to strangers, was not part of the plan.

Jake just wants to keep his family together. He’s also messed everything up. Going to anger management is now his best hope for bonding with his six-year-old Alfie. Emily can’t understand why Jake… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Paedophilia & child sexual abuse
  • Sexual assault
  • Physical child abuse
  • Alcoholism
  • Substance addiction
  • Blood depiction
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Inebriated by Katey Taylor 

Inebriated by Katey Taylor

Barely seventeen and as pretty as can be: the summer is their playground. Cait and her best friends Steph and Allie take on San Francisco’s party scene with fake IDs and short dresses. When Cait meets Adrien Cross, the charismatic lead singer of her favourite indie band, she’s introduced to a hedonistic world of liquor and lust that she never wants to leave.

But then that world spirals out of control and the harsh realities of reckless living take a toll on Cait… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Rape
  • Attempted sexual assault
  • Addiction
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Recreational drug use
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Truth, Lies, and Second Dates by MaryJanice Davidson

Truth, Lies, and Second Dates by MaryJanice Davidson

Captain Ava Capp has been flying from her past for a decade. She’d much rather leave it, and her home state, behind forever. But when she finds herself back in Minnesota, against her better judgment, everything goes sideways in a way she never expected it to.

M.E. Dr. Tom Baker has never forgotten Ava and the cold case she ran away from. When she shows up unexpectedly in town, in spite of himself, sparks fly. Which is terrible because he can’t stop his growing attraction… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Fatmisia
  • Subtance addiction recovery
  • Suicidal ideation recounted
  • Death of a wife from cancer mentioned
  • Death of a sister & parents in a car accident
  • Murder of a friend recounted
  • Gun violence
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Fractures in Ink by Helena Hunting

Fractures in Ink by Helena Hunting

Waitressing at a seedy strip club isn’t ideal, but it pays Sarah Adamson’s tuition. Her goal is to finish her master’s program and get a job that doesn’t involve tight skirts and groping hands. She doesn’t need distractions. Especially not the one that comes in the form of a hot-as-sin tattoo artist who works across the street from her apartment.

Kicked out at sixteen, and a high school dropout, Chris Zelter is familiar with wanting things he ca… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Domestic abuse
  • Substance addiction
  • Overdose
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Have Mercy by Shelley Ann Clark 

Have Mercy by Shelley Ann Clark

Rock diva Emme Hayes already broke up one band after sleeping with the lead singer, and she swears she won’t let sex screw things up again. The problem is, her new bass player—a lean, muscular, tattooed mystery man who makes her want to demand his absolute attention—has her so worked up she can hardly carry a tune. Emme promises he’s off-limits. She just doesn’t know how she’ll be able to confine the heat to her love songs.

The moment Tom McKinney lays eyes on… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny & internalised misogyny
  • Substance addiction
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The Buy-In by Emma St Clair

The Buy-In by Emma St. Clair

When a family of former pro football players buy a small Texas town, they didn’t intend to start a war with its residents … or to fall in love.

Ever since his career-ending injury, Pat has bounced from job to job, idea to idea, short-lived relationship to short-lived relationship. But when his father purchases the town of Sheet Cake, Pat suddenly sees his life with clear purpose: get his brothers on board with his dad’s wild idea and win back the one woman who got away… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Child abandonment
  • Parent with dementia
  • Addiction
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Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino

Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino

When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.

Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Child abuse & neglect
  • Parental abandonment
  • Parent with alcoholism
  • Substance addiction
  • Drug abuse
  • Death of a sibling
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Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley 

Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Della can’t work out why her adored older sister Suki screams in her sleep. Suki has always been Della’s protector, especially after their mother went to prison and her boyfriend took the sisters in. But who has been protecting Suki?

Della is in trouble at school for having a big mouth, but after she stands up to the class bully other girls rally to her cause. When Suki tries to kill herself, Della decides it’s time to tell their secrets and speak out… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sexual assault
  • Verbal & emotional abuse
  • Addiction
  • Attempted suicide
  • Bullying
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