NOW AVAILABLE!! Wrong Side of Heaven by Gia Riley ~ Sarah A’s Review

Broken Wings Duet is an all-new Forbidden and Emotional Romance releasing March 22nd and April 12th from Gia Riley!!

Some touched.

Some watched.

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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Do you ever read a book and you can feel the grime like a physical entity, you turn the page and you can almost feel the dust billow out of the corners, you open the cover and it almost seems like the pages are covered with dirt and greasy fingerprints? That’s how this book felt; used and discarded, just like Winnie herself felt. It was a powerful bit of writing to make me feel so much from the start.

Wrong Side of Heaven is the first book in Gia Riley’s Broken Wings Duet. As the first book in a duet, it does end with quite a cliffhanger. The second of the series will be out on April 12, 2018. This book is written in first-person perspective, primarily narrated by Winnie, with a smattering of chapters from other characters.

Winnie was heartbreaking from the off. She was given an awful lot in life, forced into horrific situations because her father made the wrong choice in women: Tess. It’s a poignant statement about how one poor decision by another person can lead to the destruction of the life you’d thought you’d have. She’s been repeatedly damaged by Tess, first by the tragic loss of her father and home, and eventually by the loss of things far more ruinous.

Jasper and that man in leather both entered her life as a result of Tess’s ministrations. It was an interesting dichotomy, how the worst things in her life were brought to her by one decision of the most important person in her life, only for that person to consequentially make a choice which brings the only good she’s known in some time back into her life.

Gia Riley is a new to me author, and when I read the blurb for these books I was intrigued. I was quite happy I’d picked these books up, the writing was superb, the characters interesting and unique, and the plot held enough interest to keep my full attention throughout. I can not wait to see what she has in store in the next book, I need to know how Winnie’s story ends, and if she ever breaks out of the life forced upon her.

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.


When I said I would kill for her, I meant it. When I said I would die for her, I meant that, too.

But protection comes with a price and so does my life.

I can’t hold her.

I can’t speak to her.

I can’t even see her.

The most important piece of my life is gone.

I had everything.

I had Winnie.

And just like that, my unconditional love vanished.

Picking up the pieces is impossible.

There’s no easy way to fall out of love.

But that’s exactly what I have to do.

The Edge of Heaven is the emotional conclusion to Wrong Side of Heaven.

One jilted love story.

Four converging paths.

A brand new forever.

***  RELEASES APRIL 12 ***

 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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