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Little Conversations by Sibylla Matilde Review

7:27 AMAlma Lopez


Eighteen-year-old Devin McKay is a complete and total emotional wreck. Fresh out of high school and on her own for the first time in her life, she’s reeling from rejection of a relationship gone very, very bad. Emotionally battered and tormented by the pull of her narcissistic first love, she wants to make a clean break in a small mountain town where he is everywhere... with his new girlfriend.

Ronin Andrews is still battling his own cataclysmic ghosts. He recoils from anything heartfelt, choosing instead to work hard and live wild. Outside of his job, parties and causal hooks-ups are his life until Devin walks in. With her short skirt and her sad green eyes, he can’t help but want her… badly. His protective streak wants to provide her with a haven, to shelter and sustain her.

Through a flash of torrid intensity, they struggle to be friends... just friends. She relies on him to nourish her shattered soul and shield her heart from the clawing, gnawing loss that has consumed her. Before long, the attraction proves too tenacious, and the passion between them becomes undeniable. But will the shadows of the past prove too much to overcome?


Holy tiny towel Batman! I am still fighting the war between being a swoony tearful mess and my loins burning from Ronin and his genuine raw sexiness. This book was an amazing combination of sexual tension and a heartbreaking tenderness. Thank you Sibylla for a delightfully unexpected little treasure. I was more than a little hot and bothered by the sexual chemistry between Devin and Ronin. Can I have a Ronin for Christmas, wrapped in nothing but a painfully short towel? I mean the cover by itself sold me right from the start.

"He wanted her. Sweet Jesus, he wanted her. But he had realized in that very moment that he wanted her whole even more." 

Devin was left in a hot mess of emotional turmoil after her destructive controlling high school boyfriend, Jake, dumped her for another girl, who by the way he was openly dating at the same time. He shattered her down to the point where she felt so unworthy that she accepted the fact he was with someone else, as long as he stayed with her. He was her first everything, which made her hold on to the very limited happy memories they shared with a deadly grip. She was naively convinced that he would realize their love was real and come back to her. In the meantime....she met Ronin, an older bachelor who lived the party life. Even I could feel their instant connection and attraction towards each other. He not only stood up for her, which no one had ever done before, but she almost immediately felt transparent around him.

"For the first time, someone seemed to truly see her pain, to see through her nonchalant act. For the first time, someone stood up for her, seemed to find her worthy. Someone chose her over Jake."

Ronin was fighting his own painful past of betrayal by someone he thought loved him. This betrayal added with the fact that Devin was still frustratingly hung up on Jake, kept them in the friend zone. Not to say that the lines were not tested on many occasions. Man...the scene with him showing up to the door in nothing but a tiny white towel was a re-read for sure. That sexy towel scene, which is what I have rightfully named it, was a wonderful vivid image I will keep with me for a very long time.*drawn out sigh* Okay moving on, they have a lot of hot make out scenes...wait that isn't what friends do right? 

"Sweetheart, you're sexy as he'll. I'd go halfway with you any day, even if you never do let me in." -Ronin

Devin wants Ronin with a fiery passion, but it is hard for her to let go. To her, giving in and finally being with Ronin makes it final that she is actually letting Jake go and she is not sure she is strong enough to do that. Feeling trapped by these insecurities can be insurmountable to most. It takes a huge amount of strength and support to conquer...two things that Ronin desperately wants to be for Devin. It seemed like every time she came close to letting go, Jake would just throw a wrench in the works. She felt more like a commodity to be used when required or convenient. Her journey to sleigh the demons of her insecurities fueled by Jake's emotional battering was a tough one. But sometimes you need to have disharmony to achieve true harmony.

"As her eyes drifted closed and sleep overcame her, she saw Ronin in the stars. A warrior. A saint. A savior."

I truly love when I dive into a new book with an open mind and I am thoroughly surprised and pleased by what I get in return, especially by debut Indie authors. I adored the stories of the stars that Devin shared with Ronin. It really added an endearing depth to their connection. I enjoyed the little conversations they shared with each other almost as much as they did...pun intended. I am very thrilled to have been suggested and given this book to read. I recommend this book to all my fellow readers. Look out for more from Sibylla Matilde!

4.5 out of 5 Swoony, Scorching, Tender Stars!

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Author Low Down:

Sibylla Matilde grew up in the mountain valleys of Southwest Montana exploring the dusty Old West gold country on the back of a horse. She attended a two-room schoolhouse beginning in 1st grade & had the same teacher until she changed schools after 7th. Beginning at about age 12, Sibylla discovered historical romance, feeding off of work of Jude Deveraux & Lisa Kleypas. She loves a book that can make the reader run the gamut of emotions, from the sweet glow of new love to gut-wrenching heartache. She is a true romantic & always has stories floating around in her head, living in a fantasyland until she writes them down to free them. 

Music is her emotional trigger. Growing up with a Wagnarian-loving mother, Sibylla was raised to treasure music that digs deep into the psyche, drawing out elation, sorrow, grief, desire. The soundtrack to her life includes many genres spanning centuries. She looooooooves Thirty Seconds to Mars (rather obsessively, actually... but, really, how can you NOT be crazy about this guy!? Jared Leto. Shhh. ) & pimps them out to all her friends through Spotify. She also delights in Met Opera HD broadcasts at her local movie theater & hopes (listening Met?) to someday see Diana Damrau reprise her role as Mozart’s Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte.

Sibylla lives with her husband and hero who saved her from her own calamitous, young-adult self. He makes her laugh daily, even when things are tough. He's proved to her that love really can heal a shattered soul. In 18 years, they have never had a fight, although argue regularly with their two teenage kids who have, unfortunately, inherited their father’s quick wit (unfortunate as it is a quick wit that Sibylla, herself, definitely does not possess – there is a reason she is a writer & not a stand-up comedian). They live a quiet life with their two weird little rescued Chiweenies. Wait… teenagers & little yap-dogs? OK, maybe not so quiet. 

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