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: 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: 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: Casket Cache, A Spencer Funeral Home Niagara Cozy Mystery Book 1

Janice J. Richardson

Available on: Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Overview:

Blurb: Being surrounded by dead bodies every day isn’t for everyone. Jennifer inherited a funeral parlor and a bit of mischief beyond that! Break-ins, and funerals, and Tim Horton’s, oh my!

Trigger Warnings:

Blackmail, Dead Bodies, Death, Gambling, Gun Violence, Murder

Body Count: many, as there is not one but two funeral parlors involved.

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Review: The Witch and the Warlock

By Elisa Covey

Read as part of the Diversify Your Reading Challenge.

Available on: Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Overview:

Blurb:
Xavier Alexandros decides to solve all of his problems by trying to magically enslave the first chick who has ever withstood his magical masculine draw or something. There’s fake dating, a murderous piece of jewelry, and mild regret for having actually read this to the end. Did someone write and publish Twilight fanfiction? Because this is full of emotional abuse and manipulation. And? It’s full of UST that doesn’t get beyond a kiss. The author can write. And she can write well. I just want better characters from them.

Trigger Warnings:

Badly Written Women, Bastardization of Culture, Bastardization of Mythology, Blood, Bullying, Child Abuse, Death, Embezzlement, Emotional Abuse, Food, Plot Holes the Size of a Canadian Province, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Purple Prose, Slavery (Magical) Slavery, Theft, Toxic Masculinity, Unresolved Sexual Tension, Unsafe Lifestyle

Body Count: 1, natural death

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Review: 21 Dares

By JC Gatllin

Available on: Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Overview:

Blurb: Abbie Reed is about to turn twenty one and her childhood best friend decides to throw her a surprise party. Too bad it turns deadly while she’s in Ybor City.

Trigger Warnings:

Badly Written Women, Blood, Bullying, Child Abuse, Death, Drug Use (Illicit), Drug Use (Non-Consensual), Food, Gore, Gun Violence, Mental Illness, Murder, Plot Holes the Size of a Canadian Province, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Violence, Violent Imagery

Body Count: 6

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Review: All Good Deeds, Lucy Kendall Book 1

By Stacy Green

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

Overview:

Blurb: Lucy Kendall has merrily skipped over the “thou shall not kill” commandment and taken her form of justice farther than Batman ever does. Using a hacker, a chemist, some cyanide, and really good timing, she’s taken to “taking out the trash”. She only murders people who deserve it, in her book; pedophiles and rapists that were freed by a flawed system. Lucy is about to up her body count to four when Chris Hale sits down next to her in a bar and asks her if he can kill along with her. Things only get worse from there and now Lucy has found herself trapped in a world where old grudges, loyalty, and luck will be tested to their breaking point.

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, Infidelity, Mental Abuse, Mental Illness, Murder, Non-Consensual Sex, Non-Consensual Touching, Off Screen Sex, Physical Abuse, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Self-Injury, Sexism, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault, Slavery, Suicidal Thoughts, Toxic Masculinity, Unsafe Lifestyle, Unsafe Sex, Violence, Violent Imagery,

Body Count: 7

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Review: Bakeries and Bones: A Westford Bay B&B Cozy Mystery Prequel

By: Nic Roberts

Available on: Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Overview:

Blurb: This novella is the kickoff point for the Westford Bay B&B Series! Ten chapters of Ally Wescott going from nearly-wedded bliss with her very French fiancé to investigator! Two letters bring about loss, but as this is book zero on the series, I assume they bring Ally much more!

Trigger Warnings:

Death, Emotional Abuse, Food, Murder

Body Count: 1

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