Wrong Side of Heaven, an all new Forbidden and Emotional Romance by Gia Riley is AVAILABLE NOW!!
Some just talked to me.
They all had their vices.
I’m trailer trash in the slums of Carillon.
Until I met him, the mysterious neighbor who speaks through handwritten notes. He never shows his face, only comes and goes late at night, and I’m drawn to him like a moth to a flame.
I shouldn’t want him.
I don’t need him.
But when I close my eyes, he’s all I see.
He’s my addiction. The secret I keep close to my heart.
But sometimes things aren’t what they seem, and secrets don’t stay secrets forever.
And together, we’re just two lost souls on the wrong side of heaven.
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★ ★ ★ ★
Reviewed by Anna Green on behalf of KFF
This is the first book in a duet, a well written coming of age story.
Winnie is a seventeen year old girl, an orphan when her dad died of a drug overdose and she now lives with her stepmother Tess, a stripper and a hardcore drug addict. She is trapped in a hell-hole and can’t do much until she turns eighteen. Her life feels hopeless and her way of coping is trying to be invisible to others. There are two men in her life: Trey and Jasper.
Trey is Winnie’s anchor and he was her late dad’s best friend. He has dubious connections, he is twice her age and when his best friend died he took it upon himself to take care of Winnie as much as he can when he is around. He is very protective of her and they have a very deep bond and connection.
Jasper goes to the same school with Winnie but he only got to know her when she started working at The Whip. He is a devoted and protective friend and also loves her but he knows she loves Trey more. She feels she should give Jasper a chance but her connection with Trey has been there since she was a young girl. How can he compete with Trey when they only got to know each other recently?
This coming of age story involves a damaged heroine, one who is also strong enough to survive the hardship she has experienced. Winnie’s life is so miserable but one marvels at her resilience. She is a mature seventeen year old with goals and dreams, she is only biding her time until she comes of age and can get out of the trailer home she shares with Tess. Amidst all the put downs, the physical and emotional abuse she gets from Tess, Winnie is a fighter and one can only root for her happiness. But between Jasper and Trey, who is the better choice? Be warned that this book ends in a massive cliffhanger but don’t despair as book two comes out in April 2018. I suggest that you have a box of chocolates by your side whilst reading this as it can be quite depressing.
I’ve become a prisoner in my own body, held captive by my thoughts. Without a TV, there’s not much to do besides write, draw, and think. When I run out of paper, I get antsy, and I talk to Dad, praying he’s watching over me. Because, no matter how hard I try to block out the noise, the inside of my brain feels like a cluttered junk drawer full of odds and ends that don’t matter. A bunch of trash that’s stuck in a small space with no purpose.
Sometimes, the voices are so loud, I pace in circles until the ratty carpet fibers stop laughing at me. If I don’t, I’ll end up in the bathroom with the blade against my thigh. On days when I can’t get the chatter to stop, I run the smooth metal over my skin and watch the blood seep out.
Blood—the lifeline that unites a family.
All my family is dead or gone.
God, I hate the sight of blood. The smell. The consistency. The way it smears and stains everything it touches. But, once the blade touches my skin, I forget about Tess and how little I have. Suddenly, that little cut is all I can think about, and I love the way it silences the screaming inside my head.
For those few seconds of peace, I forget that Dad’s not coming back, that Trey is gone, and how Tess isn’t ever going to be the mother I need her to be. I’m no longer lonely and afraid. I’m the girl who looks in the mirror and likes what she sees.
I am me. Nobody else.
About Gia Riley
Author Gia Riley has been in love with writing romance since high school when she took her very first creative writing class. From the small but mighty state of Delaware, she’s a country girl at heart, traveling back to her roots in Pennsylvania as often as she can.
While New Adult and Contemporary romance have been her passion, she’s dabbled with more erotic plotlines lately, enjoying discovering the sexier side of love with each story she pens. After all, she’s a lover of all things romance – a firm believer that everyone deserves their
happily ever after no matter what it takes to get there.
When she’s not writing, you can find her roaming the aisles of Kirkland’s, up to her elbows in Play-doh, or trying to hunt down spoilers for her favorite reality television show.
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