Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan Book Review

Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan Book Review

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Blurb

Their love was supposed to last forever. But when life delivered blow after devastating blow, Yasmen and Josiah Wade found that love alone couldn’t solve—or save—everything.

It couldn’t save their marriage. Yasmen wasn’t prepared for how her life fell apart, but she’s finally starting to find joy again. She and Josiah have found a new rhythm, co-parenting their two kids and running a thriving business together. Yet like magnets, they’re always drawn back to each other, and now they’re beginning to wonder if they’re truly ready to let go of everything they once had.

Soon, one stolen kiss leads to another . . . and then more. It’s hot. It’s illicit. It’s all good—until old wounds reopen. Is it too late for them to find forever? Or could they even be better the second time around?

Triggers

Kennedy Ryan is well known for her books having some intense topics involved. She does have a content warning at the beginning of the book. I have included those topics plus some other sensitive content I observed while reading:

  • Alcohol
  • Depression
  • Discussion of complicated grief
  • Divorce
  • Loss of a loved one (past, off page)
  • Miscarriage/stillbirth
  • Passive suicidal ideation (no attempt)
  • Pregnancy
  • Profanity
  • Sexually explicit scenes

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Credence by Penelope Douglas Book Review

Credence by Penelope Douglas Book Review

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Blurb

From New York Times bestselling author, Penelope Douglas, comes a new standalone!

Three of them, one of her, and a remote cabin in the woods. Let the hot, winter nights ensue…

Tiernan de Haas doesn’t care about anything anymore. The only child of a film producer and his starlet wife, she’s grown up with wealth and privilege but not love or guidance. Shipped off to boarding schools from an early age, it was still impossible to escape the loneliness and carve out a life of her own. The shadow of her parents’ fame followed her everywhere.

And when they suddenly pass away, she knows she should be devastated. But has anything really changed? She’s always been alone, hasn’t she?

Jake Van der Berg, her father’s stepbrother and her only living relative, assumes guardianship of Tiernan who is still two months shy of eighteen. Sent to live with him and his two sons, Noah and Kaleb, in the mountains of Colorado, Tiernan soon learns that these men now have a say in what she chooses to care and not care about anymore.

As the three of them take her under their wing, teach her to work and survive in the remote woods far away from the rest of the world, she slowly finds her place among them.

And as a part of them.

She also realizes that lines blur and rules become easy to break when no one else is watching.

One of them has her.

The other one wants her.

But he…

He’s going to keep her.

*Credence is a full length, stand-alone romance suitable for readers 18+.

Triggers

There were no triggers listed in my ebook but Penelope Douglas might have some on her website. Here are some of the sensitive topics that I observed:

  • Alcoholism
  • Animal Death
  • Blood
  • Bullying
  • Child Abuse (not from main characters)
  • Cheating
  • Fire
  • Polyamory
  • Pregnancy
  • Profanity
  • Sexual Assault (potentially DubCon)
  • Sexually explicit scenes
  • Slut shaming
  • Suicide
  • Violence

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The Hunter by L.J. Shen Book Review

The Hunter by L.J. Shen Book Review

Blurb

Boston’s debauched elite is going up in flames, and it’s the Fitzpatrick family that set it on fire.

Hunter

I didn’t mean to star in a sex tape, okay?

It was just one of those unexplainable things.

Like Stonehenge, Police Academy 2, and morning glory clouds.

It just happened.

Now, my ball-busting father is sentencing me to six months of celibacy, sobriety, and morbid boredom under the roof of Boston’s nerdiest girl alive, Sailor Brennan.

The virginal archer is supposed to babysit my ass while I learn to take my place in Royal Pipelines, my family’s oil company.

Little does she know, that’s not the only pipe I’ll be laying….

Sailor

I didn’t want this gig, okay?

But the deal was too sweet to walk away from.

I needed the public endorsement; Hunter needed a nanny.

Besides, what’s six months in the grand scheme of things?

It’s not like I’m in danger of falling in love with the appallingly gorgeous, charismatic gazillionaire who happens to be one of Boston’s most eligible bachelors.

No. I will remain immune to Hunter Fitzpatrick’s charm.

Even at the cost of losing everything I have.

Even at the cost of burning down his kingdom.

Triggers

There weren’t any triggers listed in my ebook or the hardback I have. There may be some on her website but these were some of the potentially sensitive topics that I observed:

  • Alcohol
  • Animal Death
  • Attempted Murder
  • Blood
  • Profanity
  • Sexual Explicit Scenes
  • Violence

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November 9 by Colleen Hoover Book Review

November 9 by Colleen Hoover Book Review

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Blurb

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Starts with Us, It Ends with Us, and All Your Perfects returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in Los Angeles together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?

Triggers

There isn’t much in this book but there weren’t any triggers I saw listed. Here are some of the potential sensitive content that I observed:

  • Alcohol
  • Cancer
  • Death
  • Fire
  • Sexually Explicit Scenes (brief)
  • Suicide
  • Violence (brief and not between FMC and MMC)

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Shattered Vows by Shain Rose Book Review

Shattered Vows by Shain Rose Book Review

Blurb

I’ve traded my hand in marriage for six months to save my city.

To Sebastian Armanelli:
Most powerful man in the city…
And the hottest one-night stand of my life.

My new husband promises to be a gentleman by day and play his part. But in the dark of night he’s commanding, ruthless.

And possessive.

I’m starting to feel he can’t share what’s his.
And that now includes me… his lawfully wedded wife.

USA Today Bestselling Author, Shain Rose delivers a standalone arranged marriage romance where a grumpy mafia boss will wed a free-spirited surf girl and make sparks fly.

Triggers

Shain Rose provides some trigger warnings on her website for her books so I’ve included them here in addition to any other sensitive content I observed:

  • Alcohol
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Death of a Loved One
  • Murder
  • Profanity
  • Steamy Sexual Scenes
  • Violence

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The Witch and the Vampire by Francesca Flores Book Review

The Witch and the Vampire by Francesca Flores Book Review

Blurb

Francesca Flores’s The Witch and the Vampire is a queer Rapunzel retelling where a witch and a vampire who trust no one but themselves must journey together through a cursed forest with danger at every turn.


Ava and Kaye used to be best friends. Until one night two years ago, vampires broke through the magical barrier protecting their town, and in the ensuing attack, Kaye’s mother was killed, and Ava was turned into a vampire. Since then, Ava has been trapped in her house. Her mother Eugenia needs her: Ava still has her witch powers, and Eugenia must take them in order to hide that she’s a vampire as well. Desperate to escape her confinement and stop her mother’s plans to destroy the town, Ava must break out, flee to the forest, and seek help from the vampires who live there. When there is another attack, she sees her opportunity and escapes.

Kaye, now at the end of her training as a Flame witch, is ready to fulfill her duty of killing any vampires that threaten the town, including Ava. On the night that Ava escapes, Kaye follows her and convinces her to travel together into the forest, while secretly planning to turn her in. Ava agrees, hoping to rekindle their old friendship, and the romantic feelings she’d started to have for Kaye before that terrible night.

But with monstrous trees that devour humans whole, vampires who attack from above, and Ava’s stepfather tracking her, the woods are full of danger. As they travel deeper into the forest, Kaye questions everything she thought she knew. The two are each other’s greatest threat-and also their only hope, if they want to make it through the forest unscathed.

Triggers

This is a fantasy novel so there weren’t any triggers listed but these are the potentially sensitive topics I observed:

  • Animal Death
  • Blood
  • Bones
  • Child Abuse
  • Death
  • Gore
  • Murder
  • Torture
  • Violence

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The Highland Fling by Meghan Quinn Book Review

The Highland Fling by Meghan Quinn Book Review

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Blurb

In this steamy tale by USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn, an American searching for her purpose escapes to a Scottish town but finds more questions than answers when she meets a brooding yet handsome handyman.

Freshly fired from her third job in a row, Bonnie St. James has lost her way. So when she and her best friend stumble upon a “help wanted” post to run a coffee shop in the Scottish Highlands, they apply on a whim. Who knows? Maybe traveling to a new place is just what she needs to figure out her next move.

When the friends arrive in the tiny idyllic town of Corsekelly, they instantly fall for the gorgeous Highland landscape and friendly townspeople. But Bonnie finds a less-than-warm welcome in Rowan MacGregor, the rugged local handyman. Busy wrestling his own demons, Rowan’s in no mood to deal with the quirky American—even if she is a bonny lass.

As Bonnie and Rowan’s paths inevitably cross, insults—and sparks—fly. Can the pair build on their similarities to help each other find purpose and direction…and maybe romance too? Or will their passionate tempers fling them apart?

Triggers

Though this book is rather lighthearted in feel, Quinn does touch on some topics that could be sensitive to some readers. Here’s the possible triggers I observed:

  • Alcohol
  • Blood
  • Cancer
  • Death
  • Pregnancy
  • Profanity
  • Sexually Explicit Scenes

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Fumbled by Alexa Martin Book Review

Fumbled by Alexa Martin Book Review

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Blurb

A second chance doesn’t guarantee a touchdown in this new contemporary romance from the author of Intercepted.

Single-mother Poppy Patterson moved across the country when she was sixteen and pregnant to find a new normal. After years of hard work, she’s built a life she loves. It may include a job at a nightclub, weekend soccer games, and more stretch marks than she anticipated, but it’s all hers, and nobody can take that away. Well, except for one person.

T.K. Moore, the starting wide receiver for the Denver Mustangs, dreamt his entire life about being in the NFL. His world is football, parties, and women. Maybe at one point he thought his future would play out with his high school sweetheart by his side, but Poppy is long gone and he’s moved on.

When Poppy and TK cross paths in the most unlikely of places, emotions they’ve suppressed for years come rushing back. But with all the secrets they never told each other lying between them, they’ll need more than a dating playbook to help them navigate their relationship.

Triggers

This book is much lighter than the the ones I normally read but there were still some sensitive topics that came up. Here are some possible triggers I observed:

  • Abortion
  • Alcohol
  • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)
  • Pregnancy
  • Profanity
  • Racism
  • Sexually Explicit Scenes
  • Terminal Illness
  • Stalking

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas Book Review

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas Book Review

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Blurb

The sexy, action-packed first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Court of Thorns and Roses series from Sarah J. Maas.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a terrifying creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not truly a beast, but one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled her world.

At least, he’s not a beast all the time.

As she adapts to her new home, her feelings for the faerie, Tamlin, transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But something is not right in the faerie lands. An ancient, wicked shadow is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it, or doom Tamlin-and his world-forever.

From bestselling author Sarah J. Maas comes a seductive, breathtaking book that blends romance, adventure, and faerie lore into an unforgettable read.

Triggers

In my e-book, there were no mentions of triggers as with many fantasy novels. I’ve listed the triggers I observed here:

  • Alcohol
  • Animal Death
  • Assault
  • Blood
  • Bones
  • Branding
  • Cheating
  • Child Death
  • Death
  • Decapitation
  • Demons/ Mythological Creatures
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Genocide
  • Gore
  • Murder
  • Profanity
  • Sexually Explicit Scenes
  • Skeletons
  • Slut Shaming
  • Terminal Illness
  • Torture
  • Violence

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The Death God’s Sacrifice by Jenny Nordbak Book Review

The Death God’s Sacrifice by Jenny Nordbak Book Review

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Blurb

Where a Gorgon assassin sets out to slay a death god and instead becomes his sacrifice…

Triggers

There is a content warning present for this book; I do appreciate it when authors include this kind of thing. I did observe some other potential triggers that weren’t mentioned in this CW.

  • Assault
  • Death
  • Drug use
  • Dubious Consent
  • Gore
  • Murder
  • Sexually Explicit Scenes
  • Profanity
  • Violence

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