Thy Kingdom Come by Monica James–Review

Please explain to me what I just read, because there was Punky, Babydoll, Ireland, Catholic vs Protestant, mafias, and secrets, lies and truth that Monica so masterfully places on the page to create this well executed story, but WHOA, REALLY?! Thy Kingdom Come is an incredibly unique story concept. It will jump out at you and just sucks your soul attaching itself to you like an octopus never letting go until the end and even then, you will always question what you read.

Ok, I am getting slightly ahead of myself. Thy Kingdom Come is about Puck Kelly and his ever changing and slightly distrustful mafia world in the northern part of Ireland. There are territorial and religious turf wars and Puck is smack dab in the middle of it with a plan to be executed for the Kelly bloodline and yet, Punky had an additional nefarious plan of his own.

“ To the outside world. I look relatively “normal” but it’s a whole different story on the inside. On the inside, all I can think about is revenge and blood.”

Babydoll. Nobody is prepared for Babydoll. What starts as an innocent broken down bike, quickly flips the script between Puck and Babydoll. Let’s face it, from the outside, BD is nothing more than a liar, cheat, and thief, but according to Puck there is something about her. What he does not know is, who is babydoll? What’s her last name? What’s her agenda? And how is that agenda going to affect everyone?

For me, Puck ‘Punky’ Kelly is the star of this book, but Babydoll sure has an extensive background and that history fills in the scene perfectly to steal/match Punky. Punky’s story is ingrained with pain, torture, angst, and sadness. There is so much sadness, which we get from the first word in the Prologue.

“Whatever ya see, whatever ya hear, I want ya to know it’s not real because yer not really. here.”

I still have their story whipping through my brain. The angst, sorrow, utter rage, the sparks that flew as they realized there is come sort of connection between them, the trust-distrust-and back to trust was a whole other arc that Monica flew at us. Thy Kingdom Come is book one with book two coming soon.

Monica is always fundamentally sound when writing her plotlines and overall story arc for her characters and Thy Kingdom Come is a true representation of that. Puck will forever have a spot in my heart, and I cannot wait to see what happens next for Puck and Babydoll!

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