My Review: The Wrong Side of Heaven by Gia Riley

My Review:  The Wrong Side of Heaven by Gia RileyThe Wrong Side of Heaven by Gia Riley
Series: Broken Wings Duet #1
Publication Date: March 22, 2018
Genres: Love Triangle, New Adult, Taboo
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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.

My Review

Wrong Side of Heaven by Author Gia Riley is a coming-of-age, for mature audiences, romance novel. It is part one of the Broken Wings Duet.

“I was never hiding,” I tell him. “I’ve just been invisible.”

Winnie lost it all one night. Her hopes. Her dreams. Her future. Now she’s digging. Fighting to survive. Fighting her demons. Fighting herself. Fighting to find the young woman who’s always just out of reach.

“What I needed was love—someone to show me that my existence wasn’t a burden and that I was worthy.”

Wrong Side of Heaven broke my heart. Winnie could be anyone you know. She had bad luck. She got stuck in horrible places. She didn’t have a constant support system. Gosh. I just wanted to hug her.

“I need everything about him. Each one of his qualities I want to keep in my pocket and pull out when I’m lonely and by myself. If I add them all up and tuck them close to my heart, maybe they’ll transfer over and give me the strength…”

I loved Jasper. I loved Trey. Good boy. Bad boy. Security and safety. Passion and pulse-pounding love. If I had to make a choice right now, I couldn’t do it. I was so verklempt with these males. I wanted them both.

“You’re capable of handling the world, Winnie, but you shouldn’t have to do it all alone. And, whether you want me to be or not, I’m here now. I don’t plan on going anywhere anytime soon.”

This book pulled me. Like claws on either side of chest, pulling it apart. Ripping out my heart. Stealing the air from my lungs. I was a blubbering mess. I’d just about gain some sanity, and then the rug would be forcefully ripped from under me again. I felt every word from page one until the end.

“When I think of safety, I see his face and hear his voice. He’s the calm in the storm. The center of a hurricane where all the rain and wind cease to exist.”

Wrong Side of Heaven was an emotional zinger for my heart, making me crave more in the face of my fear to move forward. I’m dying to get book two in this series.

#forbidden #emotional

5 Stars


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

Gia Riley is a New Adult and Contemporary Romance author from the small but mighty state of Delaware. She’s a lover of all things romance and a firm believer that everyone deserves a happily ever after. Gia takes pride in creating characters who are real, personable, and entertaining.
Mother and wife by day, writer by night –she’s having a blast living her dream. When she’s not writing, you can find her roaming the isles of Kirkland’s or up to her elbows in Play-doh.
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou
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