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Wrong Side of Heaven

(Broken Wings Duet #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  271 ratings  ·  91 reviews
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 t
Paperback, 294 pages
Published February 12th 2018 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Dri ✰
Jul 14, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
★ 1 star! ★

I struggled with this one and unfortunately I couldn't connect with the story or the characters.
To be honest, this book was boring and flat for me.
I understand that Winnie's situation wasn't good, that her life was like hell and I even felt empathy for it, but I wasn't able to like her.

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Winnie is a 17 year old young woman who has dealt with more pain and heartache than you can imagine. Life has dealt her several bad hands and she’s surviving the best way she can. Jasper is a boy from school, working at the same place they become friends. Winnie has been captivated by a mysterious stranger who arrives at the trailer park where she lives.

Jasper has always had a crush on Winnie but he’s never plucked up the courage to make a move. Over time he turns into her protector and lets be
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stayed up all night reading this.
Wow. Totally blown away. This is my first book ive read by Gia Riley and wont be the last. This book punched you with so much emotions. I felt so connected to the story and the main character Winnie. I cant wait to see where the next book goes. I need more
Whoo Gives A Hoot
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I honestly don't know if my heart can handle the books that I've been reading lately. As of now I'm pretty sure that my heart has found its forever home in the pit of my stomach especially if I keep torturing myself, a sweet torture nonetheless, with these kind of stories that capture you whole body and soul. You know the stories that not only give you all the feels, but somehow manages to keep a tight grip on your heart for long after you turn t
Zilpha Owens
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
This is my first Gia Riley read. I was excited for this duet because the synopses were so intriguing. This starts out as a YA story and those are really tough to write and capture the real essence of being on the cusp of adulthood. Winnie’s thoughts are just a little too scattered for me and I had a hard time connecting with her. That being said, the story is still interesting enough to want its conclusion. She is living a nightmare with seemingly no immediate escape. Jasper wants to be her savi ...more
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Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Can I just be blunt and say that I didn't like the story? I tried to, I swear... In the beginning, like all angsty stories go, I thought it was slow because it's building up to something... and when I reach the middle, I still gave it a shot and tried to be positive...that its probably almost that time, that pivotal moment.. but no, it didn't come... So many times I thought about quitting the book... I was subjecting myself to too much angst and drama... I can deal with angst, I can deal with he ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author to review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

Some touched. Some watched. Some just talked to me. They all had their vices. Fear. Betrayal. Loss. I am trial 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 lat at night and I am 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 is all I
Ana Rita
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This lady had proven with each book that she's an author to follow. Her writing is simple yet powerful, super detailed and engaging. Each book is full of feelings and emotions that will be impossible for you to be indifferent about. You will get caught into the stories and there will be only one thing crossing your minds, that you have to devour it in no time because each word is consuming your soul.
Wrong Side of Heaven is her latest release and it's the first book for the Broken Wings Duet. Th
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
April Symes
Wrong Side of Heaven is a story about a 17 year old girl named Winnie. Winnie has lived thru so much heartbreak and pain in her young life. Her determination to make it out of the holy hell she is living in once she turns 18 and graduates high school is profound. Winnie doesn’t think life can get any worse but it does. Enter Jasper. Boy from the other side of the tracks. He cares so much for Winnie and would do so much for her. He is like her knight in amour but wait—there is this older man, one ...more
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Wrong Side of Heaven is a gritty, emotional story from beginning to end.

Life dealt 17 year old Winnie Dawes a losing hand living in a trailer in Carrillon with a lady named Tess and her boyfriend Jax who creeps me out whenever he is around. My heart breaks for Winnie and her coping method for dealing with her situation and Gia Riley has you hurting right along with her.

There are two main men in Winnie's life, enter The Man in Leather, her mysterious motorcycle riding neighbor, and a boy fro
K.  Ramjohn
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So this book was nothing like I expected. Wrong Side of Heaven is the 1st book in the Broken Wings Duet. This story was a slow burn but OMG it had you hooked from start to finish. Heart-breaking, riveting and to an extent tragic this story will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride and believe me you will feel all the emotions, as each character will evoke a different emotion from you.
Gia Riley was able to create such different characters in this novel, from the strong to the weak, from
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've never read anything by this author but I'm glad that I picked up Wrong Side of Heaven. There were parts to this which are so utterly emotional. The feels are there in spades. There is no question. I felt for each character Jasper, Trey, and definitely Winnie.
Winnie...the poor girl just couldn't get a break. Her life didn't offer any type of breaks. It didn't play fair. She didn't have anyone to truly count besides two mainly a boy and a man. Jasper was a good old boy and wanted to fix ever
Rachel Beamin'
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fucked up.
I started to read this book, got 33% through and decided I needed to know if the second book was already out.
So, I pull up amazon and BOOM, 2nd book is out.
I then proceed to read the description, in all its 8 total words glory.
I then scroll down.
And see all these 5-star reviews and low and behold a 1 star.
Which got me curious. I mean if you see 100 5s and 1 1, you start to ponder.
And obviously, curiosity got the best of me.
All I could think of in that moment was SONOFABITCH

Jeannine Colette
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Interview with Gia Riley as featured in my newsletter!

The Wrong Side of Heaven and The Edge of Heaven are part of the Broken Wings Duet that had me up all night two days in a row! Author Gia Riley took me into the dark world of the slums of Carillion, a town riddles with drugs and lost tomorrows. Check out how she weaved an incredible love triangle into this gripping romance in this *spoiler free review.* I hid it in the spoiler tab just in case.... so cli
Kathy Coopmans
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wrong Side of Heaven is a Heartwrenching story about Seventeen-year-old Winnie. This young woman has endured more than most do in their life.
Gia has written a gripping story.
It's a swept up tail with Winnie, Jasper and the man in leather.
The good, the bad, the mystery this novel entails will grip your soul. It's dark, it's heavy, which makes for one heck of an emotional ride.
I can't wait to get the second book in my hands. Because, my God, that ending.
One-click guys, it's so, so worth the hear
❤️Melanie G.📖💛

This book gutted me more times than I can count. I was sucked in from the first page and now...CLIFFHANGER (fuck my reading life).

WOW, there's not much more to say about this story other than READ IT!!!!

Now, I'm going to play the waiting game for the next book and I'm super excited to see how this story plays out. My fingers are crossed fro Jasper & Winnie. Trey I want a HEA for him also. Jax & Tess, burn in storybook hell!!

Loved this book, MUST READ!!!
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wrong Side of Heaven by Gia Riley is the first in her Broken Wings Duet and it was heartbreaking and gripping. I was consumed by this story and could not put it down.

Winnie is a seventeen-year-old girl that lost it all and is now just fighting to survive. She has no one. She is counting down the days until she can leave. My heart broke for her. She meets Jasper where she works, and he has a crush on her. They go to the same school but were not friends. They become friends and he becomes her pro
Cynthia Villarreal Ortiz
Beautiful and Real to Life

This book left me in beautifully written and it captures your soul because of Winnie and her life, this book brought me into a glimpse of a bittersweet life.
Loved and Hated the characters but this is what a real book does and this book is real..
How can you fly when your wings are broken...

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Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Gia Riley has absolutely gutted me with the story of Jasper and Winnie. I immediately wanted to read this book after reading the blurb. My goodness, I haven't been so emotional during a book for such a long time! Winnie, my heart hurt for her.
Part One of this duet wasn't enough for me, I NEED Part Two right now!!! I need the conclusion.
Wrong Side of Heaven has left me absolutely speechless.
5 Phenomenal Stars! "
Kali McQuillen
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-read, 2018-arc
4.5* Oh Winnie, she broke my heart but she's such a strong woman. I know she's only 17 but she's so mature for her age. She's been through more than anyone should have ever been through and she's STILL going through bad times but she's waiting for the day she turns 18. She wants out and she'll do what it takes to do it.

Jasper, a boy she knows from school is working at the place she and is they strike up a friendship. It might be something, it might be nothing. He wants to find out but her heart
Heaven Scheuring
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gia Riley has absolutely gutted me with the story of Jasper and Winnie. I immediately wanted to read this book after reading the blurb. My goodness, I haven't been so emotional during a book for such a long time! Winnie, my heart hurt for her.
Part One of this duet wasn't enough for me, I NEED Part Two right now!!! I need the conclusion.
Wrong Side of Heaven has left me absolutely speechless.
5 Phenomenal Stars!
Amazeballs Book Addicts
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gia Riley is one of my one click authors. I have read every one of her books. This one had a different feel to it then her previous one. Even though it felt different then her other works it was still an amazing read.
Winnie has a tough life. Her father has passed away and she is living his girlfriend, Tess. Tess is a druggy and a mess. I wouldn't give Tess a dog to raise and she definitely doesn't know what she is suppose to be doing with Winnie. Winnie is pretty much on her own. She had her Da
Kayla (kaylareads)
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not for me. When you’re having a pretty shitty week the last thing you want to do is crawl into bed with your kindle to read about a fictional shitty life.
I understand Winnie had a really bad time of it and obviously that’s going to leave some deep rooted emotion (and in her case physical) scars, but she came across as being completely unable to make a decision when it comes to the two men who care about her. She even portrayed herself as quite selfish and almost enjoying the situation where tw
Kendall {Book Crazy}
I haven't read any of this author's other books, but I have a few of them on my Kindle! I was looking for something new to read one night and I knew that the second book in this duet had just released, so I decided to give it a read because I could read both books straight after each other! The synopsis is also pretty vague, so I wasn't really sure what to expect! After reading, I can say that I had mixed feelings about this book lol! I actually enjoyed it, but I found the love triangle a bit fr ...more
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Broken Wings Duet was my first reading experience with author Gia Riley. I’m choosy when it comes to reading angst, so I was taking a leap of faith when I agreed to tackle the Wrong Side of Heaven, followed by The Edge of Heaven.

The books center on Winnie Dawes, a seventeen-year-old girl, who battles every day to survive. She fights for what few things belong to her and she has no one she can trust. A mysterious yet protective stranger moves into the trailer across from Winnie’s at just the
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it

Reviewed by Anna Green on behalf of KFF

This is the first book in a duet, a well written coming of age story.

Winnie is a seventeen year old girl, an orphan when her dad died of a drug overdose and she now lives with her stepmother Tess, a stripper and a hardcore drug addict. She is trapped in a hell-hole and can’t do much until she turns eighteen. Her life feels hopeless and her way of coping is trying to be invisible to others. There are two men in her life: Trey and Jasper.

Trey is
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Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my first time reading Gia Riley and wow does she really pack a wallop in a book. The story of Winnie is so sad and heartbreaking and yet you see hope as well.

Winnie is a 17 yr old who has lost her dad and is living with his girlfriend at the time Tess. Tess is horrible as are the men that come around. Winnie is just trying to make it to 18 so she can move on and try to carve out a future. Suddenly her world is turned more on it’s side because of Tess and Winnie is now working at the Whip
Cee Cee Houston
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wrong Side of Heaven is the first part of the Broken Wings Duet by Author Gia Riley, it’s a brand new coming-of-age romance. It was a hard-hitting emotional story about Winnie and the two men in her life. Winnie’s only seventeen, barely more than a child, but she’s had a hard life since her dad died. Her mom is gone and Winnie is left with her dad’s girlfriend, Tess.
Tess isn’t a nice woman and she drags Winnie further and further from the life she hoped and dreamed of having before she lost her
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Bestselling 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.

She’d rather pick truth than dare, bake than cook, and will always choose coffee over tea.

Just like life, her stories ar

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