Thursday 10 September 2015

Review ~ Grayson's Vow by Mia Sheridan

Book Description:
Kira Dallaire is desperate.

Some challenges in life seem too hard to overcome. With little money, and even fewer options, the quick-witted and vibrant twenty-two-year-old needs to reinvent herself. Known for her generous heart and impulsive personality, she devises a survival plan, possibly her most outrageous idea yet.

Grayson Hawthorn is losing hope.

Some obstacles in life seem too hard to overcome. Betrayal definitely being one of them. With limited capital, and dwindling resources, he is attempting to resurrect his failing family vineyard, a self-imposed vow seemingly destined to fail. That is until a young woman enters his office with an outlandish, unexpected proposition impossible to refuse.

What begins as a temporary business arrangement, soon evolves into more as vivacious, spirited Kira challenges detached, arrogant Grayson to want more from life. To want more for himself. But as their wills clash and fiery passion ignites, they'll realize that sometimes the past creates walls too difficult to climb, and that lies and deception rarely precede a happily every after.

As Kira and Grayson race toward their destiny, they will discover that some vows are meant to be broken, and others are worth risking everything for . . . even your very own heart.

THIS IS A STANDALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY LIBRA. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“Desperate times…call for desperate measures. And this is about as desperate as measures get.”

Mia Sheridan has been one of my go to authors for a long time. Archer’s Voice still has an extremely huge place in my heart and in fact is one of my “go to” books, you know those books that you can read and re-read and no matter how crap you feel it gets you out of your funk. Since then, although Mia’s books have been superb, not one character has come close to MY Archer, Grayson didn’t make it, but he is a close damn second.

“Because true love is not only the flower, true love is also the thorns.”

This book was truly beautiful, another one of those soul wrenching, emotional reads that Mia seems to pen so effortlessly while interspersed with some fantastic dialogue and witty banter that kept those pages turning.

Everyone loves a broken man and believe me, Grayson is broken. Nigh on at rock bottom, his life seemingly couldn’t get any worse. Those “vows” that he made to himself…he seemingly can’t uphold, it seems life just has a way of sucker punching him one way or another, time after time. There is only so much one man can take.

Kira, the woman that is trying to make it on her own away from her fathers interference, manipulation and money. Another person seemingly hurtling towards rock bottom. She has one out, but it has stipulations.

“True love is the greatest leap of faith there is.”

A chance meeting, a shared history, a hate/love/hate/love relationship that keeps you on the edge of your seat, but we all know there is a fine line. Their first meeting did not go well; in fact they hated each other but on the flip side also fancied the pants off each other. While their relationship started as purely business and beneficial to both of them, the sniping and bickering had already started, with Grayson referring to Kira as a little witch and Kira calling Grayson the dragon and it is here the fairytale begins. I do love a love/hate relationship, those constant barbs, the constant bickering all coming off the back of some intense sexual tension always brings with it a heady climax. Both having explosive tempers and Kira being a fiery red head you just knew that when these two finally gave into their desires that it was going to be hot and these two were intense, off the charts, set fire to the kindle kinda hot.

“…forget the prince and princess. I always imagined the real story was between the witch and the dragon.”

Kira was a beautiful character inside and out, she was selfless to a fault and was determined to be the person that she wanted to be and not what anyone else wanted her to be. Her grit and determination were admirable and her drive was fueled by her compassion and her constant giving to those less fortunate than herself. She was not the prissy princess that people thought her to be; she was made of tough stuff and could rough it with the best of them. Her general outlook on life, her fun loving temperament were refreshing and infectious and could put out the fire in any grumpy arsed dragon.

“You bring me peace, little witch, and you put a fire in my blood.”

Grayson was a grumpy, closed off, antagonistic arse at times but he had his reasons. But underneath that fire-breathing grumpy dragon was a man that just felt unwanted, unloved and had something to prove, both to himself and his family, whether they be living or dead. He put immense pressure on himself and had done everything he could to stop the family vineyard from reducing to a pile of rotten, tangled vines. But underneath that hardened exterior was a little boy at heart that just wanted to be heard, to be held, to be loved.

“We should all be children when it comes to love - open and vulnerable.”

A witch and a dragon, two fairytale creatures, but will this fairytale have a happy ever after?

This is a book of generalisations and misconceptions, learning to trust and open up to others, to put a piece of yourself out there for the taking. To believe in yourself, believe that you can love and be loved and taking a chance on those gut instincts.

With some fantastic secondary characters that only enhance and enrich this beautiful story, Mia Sheridan has once again penned a novel that will be extremely hard to forget. From the barbs, to the playful child like situations that these two find themselves in on many occasions, to the soul searching, and to falling in love this book has something for everyone. I have loved this signs of love series and cannot wait to see what comes next, no matter the sign, I’ll be reading.

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