Absinthe of the Heart
(Sins of the Heart #1)
Publication Date: May 14, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
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Reviewed by Stephanie
I love coming across an author I’ve never read before and just falling completely in love with their book! Omg everything about this story was so damn good. From the characters you just couldn’t help falling in love with to the ten tons of angst and shoot, I liked it so much I am even willing to forgive Monica James for the killer cliffhanger she left us with! I mean seriously that almost killed me, but this story was well worth the huge book hangover I was left with.
Holland and London were destined to be enemies from before they were even born. Their parents made sure of that one when one betrayed the other and their rivalry began. Now Holland and London go to the same school in the same small town their parents grew up in and cannot stand to be near each other. Both were from very rich and influential families until Holland’s family lost almost everything and no one, least of all Holland’s family will ever let them forget that fact.
“What was done could never be undone, and what they’d all done would never be forgotten…or forgiven, for generations to come.”
Ah ok, so these two do not get along, you know on top of the whole bad blood between the two families thing and they are always at each other and throwing a good jab in whenever the opportunity presents itself. But you can see pretty early on they are walking that very thin line between love and hate. London or Sin as he is known is more or less the bully in the whole thing, but no matter what he puts out there you know there is a good guy underneath all that. Holland is a strong women and doesn’t take shit from anyone, most of all not from her hot as hell arch enemy. But what happens when one night challenges everything they thought they knew, and the person you have been taught to hate is really the one you love? Is it even possible to get a happy ending?
“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.”
This book was so good, the drama and angst had me glued to the pages and I was a complete mess for half the book. I loved Holland and London so much and was truly pulling for these star crossed lovers. I wanted them to have a chance and not be affected because of the choices their parents made so long ago. Then that cliffhanger…why oh why? I need more and I need it pronto!! I highly recommend this book and can not wait for the next one!
“Love is messy, inconvenient, and at times, heartbreaking, but when you find it, you’ll do anything to hold it because you’re at it’s complete mercy.”
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, 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.
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