Sunday 19 June 2016

Release Day Review ~ Ramsay (A Sign of Love Novel) by Mia Sheridan

Book Description:

Lydia De Havilland is shocked when Brogan Ramsay suddenly reappears in her life. Several years before, Brogan was the son of her family's gardener, and the boy she hurt and betrayed. But Brogan is no longer the quiet, sensitive boy she remembers. Now he's a man—gorgeous, powerful . . . and seeking vengeance.

Brogan Ramsay can't let go of the memory of Lydia tricking him cruelly, leaving his heart shattered and his family penniless. And now he's back to destroy her family the way his was destroyed. There's only one problem . . . the girl who wounded him so badly years ago is now a woman who still has the power to render him breathless.

Ramsay is the story of betrayal and wrath, of the strength of regret and the power of forgiveness. It is the story of the thin veil between love and hate, and how more often than not, when we seek to inflict pain on others, the heart we wound is our own.

THIS IS A STAND-ALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY ARIES. 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 ~ 4.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“There is such a thin veil between love and hate.”

Mia Sheridan never fails to deliver a book that will make you fall in love with her characters and I have to say she certainly did that with these Irish men. The Gaelic dialect will have your panties melting and the Irish sense of humour that is prevalent throughout will have you crying tears of laughter. This was such a different read from Mia Sheridan and yet her trademark signature writing was still there in spades…along with eye-opening Gaelic cursing.

“Also, son, if ya find yourself in love with a woman, on your knees is a rather beguilin’ place to be.”

This is a story of the pauper who became a prince, a man who hit rock bottom thanks to a wealthy family that he was employed by, a man who was the victim of falling in love with a teenage seductress who really only wanted him to notice her other than as a "princess." Revenge is sweet, karma is a bitch. Brogan made it out of the pits of hell, he provided for his family as his dad was a waste of space, he made it from the slums, but at what price? Now a self-made millionaire he is a real life Robin Hood. He was adorable! Brogan is out for revenge, but now, seven years later taking that plan to fruition hits a stumbling block when he comes face to face with his teenage seductress once again.

“Doesn’t Brogan realize that he got back at everyone who ever wronged him simply with the wat he lives his life?”
“No, he hasn’t quite made it there…”

Can the past stay in the past, can all be forgiven?

“The love I had felt for her was false, based on lies. And if the love was false, the hate was false, too. I would ruin her, humiliate her, and then there’d be nothing left except peace. She had ever really known me.”

Lydia de Havilland as a teen was a girl that was used to getting what she wanted, she was a princess, a little bit of a prima donna, but it was all she knew, it was all she had been around and led to believe. Seven years on Lydia has grown up, she is humble, naïve, reflective, hard-working, determined and is fighting to keep the family business from going under. Her father has now passed away and the company is being run by Lydia and her brother, but he is running it into the ground. Lydia is constantly fighting fires, fires lit by her brothers irresponsible and entitled behaviour. Their circumstances had changed, but he had never gotten the memo.

“Or maybe we were all villains sometimes, each one of us. Maybe the thing that determined how quickly we became heroes was the grace we were extended, not only by others, but by ourselves.”

Brogan Ramsay had been belittled and humiliated at the hands of Lydia’s brother before he and his family were ejected from the Havilland property. That humiliation bred contempt and the desire for revenge. The desire that had festered and festered and had been fuelling his quest for vengeance for years. Ramsay had been waiting for the ideal opportunity and now Lydia’s selfish brother had gifted it to him. It was like taking candy from a baby, but coming face to face with a begging Lydia…Ramsay finally sees that not all was as it seems and old feelings soon bubble to the surface, but will he fight them?

“…no more keeping track of wrongs. Love doesn’t keep a tally. Love doesn’t seek to punish…”

Mia Sheridan delivers a story of revenge, redemption, regrets, forgiveness and second chances all delivered with her trademark breath taking, emotional and visceral prose. I was totally captivated by Brogan and Lydia’s story knowing that their road to a HEA would be fraught with obstacles, painful memories, the truth and trust. Nothing was instant, everything was believably drawn out with intense emotion and clarity. Her secondary characters all had their parts to play and were just as developed as Lydia and Brogan. Fionn, this man deserves his own book, he was hilarious and totally lovable with his Irish charm and hilarious sense of humour, but his loyalty was his most attractive trait.

“May ya never lie, steal, cheat, or drink. But if ya must lie, lie in each other’s arms. If ya must steal, steal kisses. If ya must cheat, cheat death. And if ya must drink, drink with us, your friends. To me friends!” He started to bring his glass to his lips and added, “And ya, too, Courtney.”

I have loved this signs of love series and I cannot wait to see what characters Mia Sheridan delivers next.

“What would Fionn do?”

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