on June 19, 2016
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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.
“I will surmise that in your case, the only is that ya would not hate her so much now if ya didn’t love her so much then. And there is such a thin veil between love and hate, me boy. As wispy as the mist on an Irish mornin’.”
Um, I read this one almost two weeks ago, this was a one sitting read. Because, well this is Mia Sheridan, and I love her books. Once I was done, I felt like I needed it to think about my rating for a while. One thing led to another, I put it in the backburner, went out of town, etc, and well it has taken me forever to write this review. I felt tons of different emotions while reading this book, I laughed, cried and got super angry, a few times, at both main characters, but mostly at Lydia. This was definitely an emotional read for me and I will try my best to not sound like a rambling idiot.
Ramsay starts with a super heartbreaking prologue. Lydia De Havilland is a rich teenager and Brogan Ramsay is her gardener’s son. They have thing for each other and when they finally get together, it ends horribly wrong. The events of that night set in motion a chain of events that will have many repercussions years after.
The story picks up 7 years later and the tables have turned, Brogan Ramsay is a rich businessman driven mainly by revenge, revenge against Lydia and her family for what was done to him and his family. And well Lydia is not that teenager he used to know. Lydia’s family has lost all of their money and unbeknownst to Brogan, she too has suffered a lot due to the events of the past.
This book is both an enemy to lovers story and a second chance romance, and I feel like both things were executed greatly. And well, as with every other Mia Sheridan book, the writing is just beautiful and flawless and the story is extremely moving.
“Love doesn’t keep a tally. Love doesn’t seek to punish. I forgive you with my whole heart. And if you forgive me, then let’s move forward from here. Let’s trust each other. Let’s be honest with each other, even when it’s hard. Especially then.”
What can I say about Brogan, he was definitely complex, and at times a contradiction. He was extremely hurt by the events of the past and was definitely driven by revenge. But he also could not help but feel strongly about Lydia, and it was a strong internal battle for him. Bur underneath it all, he was a great man, and he totally stole my heart!
“I wanted Lydia. I wanted her forever. And I ached for her to want me back. I wanted her to admire me, to respect me. I wanted her to love me. Me. She had loved me. Would she now? And sometimes, as I gazed at her in the moonlight of my bedroom, our limbs tangled together, our bodies intimately connected, I dared to hope she might.”
“I want to have sleepovers with you every night for the rest of my life.” He smiled gently. “I want to fall asleep in your arms and wake up to your face each morning…
…I want a family. With you—only you. I want to love you and care for you and make you happy. I want to be your hero.”
Lydia made me feel a lot of different things. I think she was strong and brave, but sometimes she was also so stupid! I felt for her and everything she went through with all my heart but she frustrated me a lot. I understood her loyalty to her brother, especially since he was all she had, but I couldn’t comprehend some of the decisions she made. At all.
“And I had lost track, too. Again and again. Even now, I wasn’t exactly sure. 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.”
The secondary characters, especially Brogan’s best friend Fionn and his sister Eileen, were great! They should actually get their own book. Although I felt so much, I still can’t give this book 5 stars. This was so amazing until around 80%. I just didn’t like the way everything went down and especially Lydia’s actions. However, this is definitely a preference of mine, so it could just be me and not the book. I do have to point out that I loved the ending and especially the Epilogue. It was just perfection! Overall, this is a great read and I absolutely recommend it to everyone, especially if you are a Mia Sheridan fan!
“I had set out on a mission to achieve what I had once deemed life’s greatest treasures, and all along, what was most precious and powerful was already inside of me. Love. Trust. Forgiveness. And with these things, anything was possible. Anything at all.”
**An ARC was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**