Review: The Beauty of Bucharest, A Clean Up Crew Thriller, Book 1

By S. J. Varengo

Available on: Amazon.

Read as part of the Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge

Overview:

Blurb: Dan Porter knows his wife Nicole is the love of his life. He knows that as sure as he knows that he has no idea who the dead body in the trunk of his car is, or how he got there. Now, Dan gets to learn all about the business side of his beloved wife and put some stamps in his passport while he does so!

Trigger Warnings:

Blood, Bullying, Child Abuse, Child Prostitution, Death, Drug Use (Illicit), Drug Use (Non-Consensual), Drug Use (Prescription), Emotional Abuse, Food, Gore, Gun Violence, Mental Abuse, Mental Illness, Murder, Non-Consensual Sex, Non-Consensual Touching, Off Screen Sex, Physical Abuse,Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault (mentioned), Slavery, Unsafe Lifestyle, Unsafe Sex, Violence, Violent Imagery,

Body Count: SO MANY

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Review: Bad Karma, The Criminally Insane Series Book 1

By Douglas Clegg

Available on: Amazon, Audible, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.

Read as part of the Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge.

Overview:

Blurb: On vacation with his family, Trey Campbell has to deal with trouble from his work at Darden State Hospital for Criminal Justice that follows him not only home but on vacation with more than slightly bloody results.

Trigger Warnings:

Ableism, Blood, Death, Drug Use (Illicit), Drug Use (Non-Consensual), Drug Use (Prescription), Food, Gore, Gun Violence, Mental Illness, Murder, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Sexual Abuse, Suicidal Thoughts, Suicide, Unsafe Lifestyle, Unsafe Sex, Violence, Violent Imagery, Vore

Body Count:

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Review: Assassin’s Gift Book 1

Ian C.P. Irvine

Available on: Amazon

Read as part of the Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge

Overview:

Blurb: There’s an assassin named Salvador that is one of the top killers for hire in the world. After seeding what they think might have been the Loch Ness Monster, Salvador finds out that there are stranger things out there than Nessie and, after meeting a monk with an odd ability, not all gifts can be given back.

Trigger Warnings:

Alcohol, Blood, Food, Gore, Gun Violence, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Unsafe Lifestyle, Violence, Violent Imagery

Body Count: High

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Review: The Atlantis Gene, A Thriller

By A.G. Riddle

Available on: Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Read as part of the Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge.

Overview:

Blurb: I literally can’t sum up this bananas book without using the phrase “bizarrely entertaining” and “action packed but mildly confusing”. I think it was about a doctor lady and her new secret agent dude friend trying to rescue some kidnapped literally autistic human test subject kids from a global terrorist organization made of Atlantis-descended people and their followers. And there are Nazi, but like, actual World War II Nazis; not the modern day neo-Nazi assholes. Just somewhat regular, trapped in a time dilation field and/or stasis pod Nazis.

Trigger Warnings:

Ableism, Anti Semitism, Badly Written Women, Bastardization of Culture, Bastardization of Mythology, Blood, Bullying, Child Abuse, Child Abandonment, Death, Drug Use (Illicit), Drug Use (Non-Consensual), Drug Use (Prescription), Food, Gore, Gun Violence, Mental Abuse, Mental Illness, Miscarriage, Murder, Off Screen Sex, Physical Abuse, Plot Holes the Size of a Canadian Province, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Racism, Sexism, Toxic Masculinity, Violence, Violent Imagery, War

Body Count: Oodles. Literally a lot.

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Review: The Gatekeeper’s Bride

By Eva Pohler

Available on: Amazon.

Read as part of the Monthly Keyword Reading Challenge.

Overview:

Blurb: This is the story of how Hades and Persephone met, became lovers, and bore godlings into being. An odd little romp through Greek mythos.

Trigger Warnings:

Bastardization of Culture, Bastardization of Mythology, Blood, Bullying, Death, Food, Gore, Murder, Non-Consensual Sex, Off Screen Infidelity, Off Screen Sex, Plot Holes the Size of a Canadian Province, Sexual Assault, Toxic Masculinity, Violence, Violent Imagery, War

Body Count: Oodles, he’s the God of Death

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Review: Matchmaking For Beginners

By Maddie Dawson

Available on: Amazon, Audible, and Barnes and Noble.


Read as part of the Golden Trio Reading Challenge, “Hogwarts Library”.

Overview:

Blurb: Blix knows she is ill, knows she is dying. She also knows that her great-nephew’s fiance Marnie is the one to fill her shoes while she goes on to the next adventure. Because it’s not just anyone who can see when people are a perfect match for one another. Marnie is special. She just doesn’t know special she is until she meets Blix.

Trigger Warnings:

Ableism, Bullying, Death, Emotional Abuse, Food, Infidelity, Introversion (Severe), Magic, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Toxic Masculinity

Body Count: 2

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Review: Fool’s Gold, A Dragonfire Station Short Story

By Zen DiPietro

Read as part of the Monthly Keyword Reading Challenge back in March. I was lazy about reviewing this one.

Available on: Amazon and Kobo.

Overview:

Blurb: Having his bedroom filed with contraband by his ever-so-wonderful sister is the least of his problems.

Trigger Warnings:

Questionable Morals

Body Count: 0

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Review: The Afterlife of Walter Augustus

By Hannah Lynn

Available on: Amazon

Read as part of the Golden Trio Reading Challenge.

Overview:

Blurb: Walter Augustus is dead. Has been a long time. And while he’s hanging in the Afterlife, he’s waiting to be forgotten to go on to the next adventure. And then Lettie picks up the only remaining copy of his book of poetry and reads it. It only gets more entangled from there.

Trigger Warnings:

Bullying, Dead People, Death, Emotional Abuse, Extortion, Food, Ghosts, Haunting

Body Count: 1

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