Tuesday 2 March 2021


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• 28 February 2021
• standalone dramance 
5 Stars

A bed posed on a stage under a dazzling spotlight. An audience of hungry eyes. And him, the other half of my soul, our supple bodies moving as one . . .

Sundara: the lush and forbidden oasis in the desert where men travel to watch acts of sexual deviancy, and the only existence seventeen-year-old Karys has ever known. But despite a life where secrets and sin are in high supply, and freedom remains far beyond their reach, Karys and her partner Zakai find safety in each other, their passionate love the light that helps them both survive the darkness.

Very suddenly, Karys and Zakai find themselves in the bright and confusing world of New York City, navigating separation, school, and relatives who are all but strangers. If they’ve been found, why do they still feel so lost? As their new lives threaten to drive them apart, and Zakai spins out of her grasp, Karys must figure out who and what can be trusted in this strange city, seemingly filled with more venom than the desert they once called home.

From the prologue - at a book awards show - we go back in time seven years.
Karys and Zakai.
17 and 20 years old.
They've been living in this desert compound ever since they can remember.
They, and the others who live there, are forced to 'perform' for foreign rich guys a few nights per month.
The place is everything they know. Karys and Zakai are each other's everything. They love each other. They've been told the outside world is dangerous and they need to stay until their debt is paid.
But Zakai knows that there is more than this.
And there is. But being rescued and sent to New York to go to college and a normal life is not exactly the 'more' he was hoping for.
Their lives will change drastically ...


What can I say?
It's a Mia Sheridan book. I LOVED reading it!
I think I cried for roughly 99% of the story. 
Ugh. Mia. You and your cry-books!
This was so heartbreaking!
At first it's all so sad and shocking in that desert place. But it's also so sweet and innocent. Their love is just so pure. But then we're in New York and things change so much. Poor Zakai doesn't get the same rescue-happy-ending that Karys gets. He has to fight for himself. And it's so sad and heartbreaking the way he tries to make sure that Karys stays where she is. In college, learning, making something of herself.
Ugh. I just wanted to jump into the book and rescue that poor guy again!

Okay ... Nothing more I can say without spoiling the story!
READ IT! It's just beautiful. A typical Mia Sheridan heartbreaker and -healer!

And Netflix?! Please come and do this!

ONCE WE WERE STARLIGHT was such a beautiful & heartbreaking love story! I just adored Karys & Zakai! Run to your nearest amazon asap - they'll be sold out in no time! ☺

A tiny little thing that bothered me a bit. Not about the story, but about word-choice. The word SINGULAR. The first time it was mentioned I thought, huh, weird word-choice for that sentence. And then it happened eight more times and only once or twice was it used correctly in my opinion. Or rather in a way that didn't sound silly. So very weird. It's as if Mia has one of those a-big-word-for-every-day calendars and she decided she has to put at least 9 of those singulars in this book. LOL! But nobody will even notice this, so don't worry - I'm weird!



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Mia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven.