Until We Are Gone by Gia Riley ~ Sarah A’s Review

Until We Are Gone, an all-new Standalone Emotional Romance by Gia Riley is NOW AVAILABLE!!

I wanted a family with Cash.

We had dreams –building a house, kids, a dog, and, yes, even the white picket fence.

Or so I’m told.

I don’t remember anything about my husband. Not the wedding or the vows we shared.

The past ten years were erased and with time, they’re supposed to come back.

But this isn’t your typical case of amnesia

What if I’m not supposed to remember?

What if I was meant to forget?

Maybe I don’t want my old life back.

Because if the accident hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t have uncovered the truth.

Losing my memory wasn’t tragic.

Losing my memory was fate.

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Until We Are Gone captivated me, mind, heart, and soul from the second I opened the book.  Between the devastating accident Meadow had experienced and her addiction following it, I ached for her to find herself, find her happiness, find the life she deserved.

The characters in Until We Are Gone were flawed and hard to like at times, but they felt real, and I found them easy to identify with.  They were all merely searching for the things they’d lost, things they thought they still needed to be complete.  Meadow and Cash were frustrating and hard to like at times, but their motivations were so clear and understandable.  I loved them for their flaws and struggles.

Meadow and Cash’s story was heartbreaking in so many ways.  They were both so broken by the event that happened in the book and, it seemed, something that had happened before the story started.  Watching them try to cope, to understand, to recover from the traumas life had heaped upon them was hard, watching them slowly figure out what they thought was best for them and what they actually needed were completely different things was cathartic and beautiful.

There were a couple wishes I had for this book.  The first was that I still had a lot of questions regarding a relationship in this book, it kind of felt unfinished and I wish we would have got some more answers about it.  The second was a pretty big continuity issue; we first check in with Meadow after she’s been in rehab for a month and then the timeline is pretty well-defined as occurring over the course of a few days after which we are told she has been in rehab for three months.  The length of time she’s been in rehab didn’t seem to play a horribly integral part in the story, so changing it to one or the other would be an easy fix.

I’m fairly new to Gia Riley’s books, having only read one of her duets before this, but I am finding myself to be quite enamored with her writing.  Her stories are unique and engrossing, often looking into the darker parts of life we’d all rather pretend don’t exist.  I love that she gives a voice to those issues and does it in such a beautiful and respectful manner.

 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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Until We Are Gone by Gia Riley ~ EXCERPT REVEAL

Until We Are Gone, an all-new Standalone Emotional Romance by Gia Riley is coming July 30th!!

I wanted a family with Cash.

We had dreams –building a house, kids, a dog, and, yes, even the white picket fence.

Or so I’m told.

I don’t remember anything about my husband. Not the wedding or the vows we shared.

The past ten years were erased and with time, they’re supposed to come back.

But this isn’t your typical case of amnesia

What if I’m not supposed to remember?

What if I was meant to forget?

Maybe I don’t want my old life back.

Because if the accident hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t have uncovered the truth.

Losing my memory wasn’t tragic.

Losing my memory was fate.

The man grabs my hand and laces his fingers with mine, careful not to jostle the IV. Nothing about his hand is familiar, and I’m left wondering if it’s okay to be touching at all.

“Who are you?” I ask him, wondering why he still hasn’t told me his name. If he’s someone who saved me, then I want to know. I need to know. “Are you the pilot?”

He sucks in a breath, and the tears flow harder down his cheeks. There’s a long, uncomfortable pause, and he barely blinks.

A few seconds later, he clears his throat and says, “Cash. I’m Cash. Your husband.”

I search his face for anything familiar. A dimple. A wrinkle. Maybe a freckle. But nothing about him triggers a single memory. I should feel more than this. I should have love for the man I married. I’m not sure how long ago, but we exchanged vows. Vows I don’t remember. And I’m sure I wore a white dress, probably my dream dress, and I don’t even know if it was made of lace or satin. My first Holy Communion dress was an expensive chiffon, and I hated that itchy material, so I’m sure it couldn’t have been chiffon.

Cash brushes his finger down the side of my face, chasing away a tear. I didn’t realize I was crying.

“I think I want to be alone,” I whisper.

He pauses and then lets go of me.

I wait for him to say something, but he just tucks closed fists into his pockets and stares at the floor.

 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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Until We Are Gone by Gia Riley ~ COVER REVEAL

Until We Are Gone, an all-new Standalone Emotional Romance by Gia Riley is coming July 30th!!

I wanted a family with Cash.

We had dreams –building a house, kids, a dog, and, yes, even the white picket fence.

Or so I’m told.

I don’t remember anything about my husband. Not the wedding or the vows we shared.

The past ten years were erased and with time, they’re supposed to come back.

But this isn’t your typical case of amnesia

What if I’m not supposed to remember?

What if I was meant to forget?

Maybe I don’t want my old life back.

Because if the accident hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t have uncovered the truth.

Losing my memory wasn’t tragic.

Losing my memory was fate.

TITLE: Until We Are Gone
AUTHOR: Gia Riley
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: July 30, 2018
COVER DESIGNER: Cover Design by Cover Me Darling LLC

 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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NEW RELEASE!! The Edge of Heaven by Gia Riley ~ Sarah A’s Review

 

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.

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After the deeply poignant intensity of Wrong Side of Heaven, I was expecting something completely earth-shattering and fantastically therapeutic.  While this book was quite an addictive read and kept me completely engrossed from the first page, it didn’t quite live up to the enormity of its predecessor.  I was shocked by how completely different the book from what I expected.

The Edge of Heaven is the second book in Gia Riley’s Broken Wings duet.  This book CAN NOT be read as a standalone; it literally picks up right in the middle of the story, and you need the first part of Winnie’s story to make sense of the second.  The Edge of Heaven is written in triple first-person perspective, narrated by Winnie, Jasper, and Trey.

As I said, I was wholly engrossed in the final episode of Winnie’s story from the beginning; from waiting to see what the shot Jasper heard in the final second of Wrong Side of Heaven, to figuring out what the future held for Winnie and her suitors, I was all in.  The plot moved quite quickly, through tons of situations from horrifying to awkward to devastating and everything in between.  I appreciated that Ms. Riley gave Winnie a shot at a normal life, even if Winnie wouldn’t accept that she deserved it.

Winnie is easily one of the most heartbreaking characters I’ve read in some time.  Perhaps it’s because we’re with only ambiguous clues as to what all has been done to her without her permission or because the only person she’s ever been able to count on continually left her in a dreadful situation for his own selfish reasons, most likely was because she didn’t believe she was worth more than any of that.  Whatever the reason, even when she was highly frustrating my heart and soul ached for the little girl who had been broken and decimated by life.

I honestly have no idea how I feel about her relationships with Jasper and Trey.  I went back and forth through both books and am still trying to figure out who she needed more, who deserved her love.  They were both infuriating and wonderful in equal measure.  In the end, I think the way Ms. Riley ended this story was exactly what Winnie needed, even if it wasn’t necessarily what I wanted or expected.  The fact she gave her character the ending perfect for her garners my love and respect for her writing; it’s a line not all authors will toe.

I always have – and always will – need the healing arc of the character to be a big part of the story, and it was lacking for me.  I know I’m not the norm for this, and most people just want the intrigue and romance, but my biggest wish for The Edge of Heaven would be for her journey to learning to be enough for herself and live would have been more than a couple epilogue-style chapters at the end.  That fight for mental health is important, and I would have loved to have seen it be the focal point of this book.

The Broken Wings duet is my first experience with Gia Riley’s writing, and let me tell you; I’m a fan.  Her writing style, while it did take a little getting used to as the timeline is more fluid than a lot of other romance authors’, was captivating and clever.  She was able to wring emotions out of me like a rag and kept my heart pumping with the action and intrigue she wove into this story.  I will definitely be checking out her backlist and watching for her future releases.

Some touched.

Some watched.

Some just talked to me.

They all had their vices.

Fear.
Betrayal.
Loss.

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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 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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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.

Fear.
Betrayal.
Loss.

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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Wrong Side of Heaven by Gia Riley ~ Excerpt Reveal

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.

Fear.
Betrayal.
Loss.

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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One thunderstorm fades into another, and I keep my eyes on the stars, praying this one isn’t as bad as the last. It’s tornado season in Kansas—the only other force besides Tess that threatens me on a daily basis.

The crack of thunder is sharp, and the flashes of lightning so close together, I know it’s almost time to get in the closet. There’s no basement. No shelter to run to with a secret door to the underground. It’s just creaky floorboards, dust, and a protective layer of cotton pillows I bought at the dollar store.

If the storm were to pull the roof off the trailer, there’s not much else inside my room for the wind to whip around. The only other piece of furniture I own is a dresser. But I learned, whatever I put in there, Tess will take, so I keep my clothes in the trunk in the closet. The little bit of money I have is kept in a secret compartment in the floor. It’s not much, but I save every penny I earn from babysitting jobs around the trailer park.

Over the summer months, I try to pick up as many nights as I can because, without school, I spend too much time in the trailer. Too much time with Tess leads to problems.

Last night, we argued about my chest. She said my boobs were getting too big and that my mother probably had a matching set, just like all the other whores in town. If I knew anything about my mom, I’d disagree, but Tess could be right, so I didn’t bother trying to convince her otherwise.  

As much as I hate Tess, she’s all I have. When my dad died, Tess decided to keep me. She said something about the money from the government helping to pay the bills. I’m not stupid. I know all that money goes up her nose and feeds her habit.

Sometimes, when Tess is exceptionally bitchy, I almost wish I had gone into the foster system. At least then I’d have had a chance at happiness. Because living in Carillon is nothing but hell. A hell I can’t escape until I turn eighteen and graduate high school.

Three hundred sixty-four days separate me and freedom.

I am me. Alone and by myself.

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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Broken Wings Duet by Gia Riley ~ COVER REVEAL

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.

Fear.
Betrayal.
Loss.

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.

 Cover Design: Cover Me Darling
Title: The Wrong Side of Heaven
Series: Broken Wings Duet book 1
Author: Gia Riley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 22, 2018!

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.

Cover Design: Cover Me Darling
Title: The Edge of Heaven
Series: Broken Wings Duet
Author: Gia Riley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 12, 2018!

 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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