Also by this author: Defiance Of The Heart (Book 2)
Absinthe of the Heart by Monica James
Series: Sins Of Yesterday #1, Sins Of The Heart #1
Published by Monica James on May 14, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
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Two households, unlike in dignity, in the City of Angels is where we lay our scene...
London Sinclair was the boy my mother warned me about for as long as I can remember. His name alone has brought my family nothing but shame and suffering, so it’s no surprise we’ve been sworn enemies since the first moment we met.
With his bedroom eyes and cocky smile, he has all the girls under his spell. I have one more year of school left, and then I’m home free because I’m guarding a secret, one I’m ashamed to keep.
The boy who is completely off-limits is the one who drives me, Holland Brooks, wild. I want London, and I think…he wants me, too.
Some may compare it to a Shakespearian tragedy, as our surnames have fated our future, but when a single night changes my life forever, I can’t leave the City of Angels fast enough.
Ten years later, I have atoned for my sins and return to Los Angeles a changed woman. I’ve come home to get married. But the moment London walks back into my life, one thing is clear. Ten years can’t undo that night—that single, sinful night when I gave into temptation—because I want to do it again.
“London Sinclair didn’t just break my heart; he fucking set it on fire and threw the ashes to the wind. I loved him, and in return, he danced on my grave.”
I had a massive book funk the week I tried to start reading this book. It took me several tries to get into, and I know it’s not the fault of the book. I’m so sad this epic book was affected by my funk, and it ruined my reading experience.
“What was done could never be undone, and what they’d all done would never be forgotten…or forgiven, for generations to come.”
I have watched every version of Romeo & Juliet movies. I will read any book that has the same premise because I love Shakespeare and that is one of my favorite plays by him. I am also very particular when someone uses this theme in their story. It has to be done right and pay homage to Shakespeare and not insult him. This was done right in every way, and I am so glad I read it.
“…My only love sprung from my only hate.”
London and Holland have a spark from the very beginning even though they are enemies. The love/hate line is thin here. The angst, drama, and suspense all make this story one I couldn’t put down after I worked through my funk. I am so anxious to get my hands on the next book. Monica did a phenomenal job.
“You’re the cause of my chaos, but when I’m with you…nothing has felt more real.”
**I think the author changed the series/duet’s name. I have included both on this post regardless.**