Author: Mia Sheridan
Series: Sign of Love #10
Release Date: June 18, 2016
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.
Mia Sheridan serves up a sweet, sexy second-chance romance with Lydia and Brogan’s story in Ramsay. From the start, the storyline intrigued me. Lydia and Brogan’s chemistry was obvious and the fire between them never ceased to burn. Their attraction and passion poured from the pages of this novel, ensuring my need to see their story through to the very end. There was so much history and so much hurt between the main characters that I wasn’t sure how the author could possibly untangle all of their emotions to get to a happily ever after. As always, I had nothing to fear because Mia Sheridan once again delivered a surprising and satisfying journey of love, loss and forgiveness.
“I’d wanted to apologize to him for so many years. I still carried it like a sliver deeply embedded in my skin.”
Lydia and Brogan were both beautifully complicated characters. I fell hard for Brogan and his incredible work ethic. I loved that he wasn’t afraid to struggle and reveled in the success he earned for himself. Admittedly, it was his unwavering loyalty to his family and friends and the kind heart he tried so hard to hide that really sunk me, and by the time all was said and done, I was completely smitten. I admired Lydia for much the same reason. Her devotion to her family and willingness to sacrifice for them warmed my heart, however there were times when her inability to see her brother for who he truly was really irked me. I liked Lydia well enough, but she wasn’t my favorite Mia Sheridan heroine by far. I wasn’t able to connect with her as completely as I have some of the author’s other characters and ultimately this kept me from wholly investing in the couple.
“Learn from your mistakes, but don’t let them define you now. Find forgiveness, for them and for yourself.”
Ramsay read a little slower for me and I would have liked to see more time spent exploring the emotional connection between Brogan and Lydia in the present. While this novel didn’t quite captivate me like the author’s previous work, her writing was as evocative and imaginative as ever. One of the things I can always count on from Mia Sheridan is the poignancy of her storytelling. Lydia and Brogan’s journey was unique, heartfelt, and incredibly genuine. I fell in love with the vibrant secondary characters almost as quickly as I did our hero and heroine and together they brought Mia Sheridan’s world to life with their witty banter, intense chemistry, and raw emotion. Second-chance romance fans will definitely swoon for Brogan!
By now, you’d have to be living under a rock to not realize just how much I adore Mia Sheridan’s writing. It’s fresh and unique, with each storyline bringing something new to the table. Ramsay, like the other astrological-based novels, has easily stolen a piece of my heart that I will treasure for some time. A story of love and forgiveness, Brogan and Lydia’s second chance at love will definitely leave readers with some serious feels.
“I learned that every choice has an outcome and I learned that holding on to bitterness is a poison that eats away at you from the inside.”
The back and forth, push and pull feeling between these two left my head spinning on more than one occasion. Each was so unsure of the other, never knowing what to trust. What started out as a game ended up having high stakes with neither of these characters realizing just what could happen. I really appreciated being on this journey with the two of them and seeing them mature. Though they both had moments where I’d find joy in clunking their heads together, it ultimately ended up being for the best. Sheridan shone a light on the cost of not forgiving someone, and the repercussions and misunderstandings of that. She put them through so many obstacles that it definitely left me guessing what the actual end game would be.
“You have to find a way to release it, Brogan. The women, your choices, the shame, you have to find a way to let it go. Learn from your mistakes, but don’t let them define you now. Find forgiveness, for them and for yourself.”
I’ll admit that I did not take a liking to Brogan and Lydia the same way that I have to her previous characters, but the plot intrigued me nonetheless and kept me drooling for more. If you’re familiar with this author’s writing, there is no denying how incredibly talented she is. She is able to paint a picture, pull readers into it, and leave them drowning in emotions. I swear there is nothing this phenomenal author can’t produce!
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Don’t miss the rest of the Sign of Love series:
Leo (Sign of Love #1)
Leo’s Chance (Sign of Love #2)
Stinger (Sign of Love #3)
Archer’s Voice (Sign of Love #4)
Becoming Calder (Sign of Love #5)
Finding Eden (Sign of Love #6)
Kyland (Sign of Love #7)
Grayson’s Vow (Sign of Love #8)
Midnight Lily (Sign of Love #9)
Preston’s Honor (Sign of Love #11)