Absinthe Of The Heart by Monica James ~ Live & Review

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Absinthe Of The Heart by Monica James ~ Live & ReviewAlso by this author: Defiance Of The Heart (Book 2)
Absinthe of the Heart by Monica James
ISBN: 9781370980574
Series: Sins Of Yesterday #1, Sins Of The Heart #1
Published by Monica James on May 14, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
Pages: 412
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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.**


About Monica James

Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare, and Emily Dickinson.
When she is not writing, Monica is busy running her own business, but she always finds a balance between the two. She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt, and turbulent stories, hoping to leave an imprint on her readers. She draws her inspiration from life.
She is a bestselling author in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, and the U.K.
Monica James resides in Melbourne, Australia, with her wonderful family, and menagerie of animals. She is slightly obsessed with cats, chucks, and lip gloss, and secretly wishes she was a ninja on the weekends.
If you have any questions, comments, or queries, I would love to hear from you: authormonicajames@gmail.com

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