On release week blitz for Mia Sheridan’s GRAYSON’S VOW, today we have a very special review. Check it out:
A full-length, standalone romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Archer’s Voice.
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.
As already said here on the blog, we were gifted with an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of “Grayson’s Vow”, the new book by Mia Sheridan, which was released today, September 10th. With that, and beforehand, I would like to thank the girls from 5GE Blog for the opportunity and the luck they brought me, since I’m not known as a lucky person… I don’t even win raffles. Thank you very much, girls! It was the best birthday gift ever!
I could not start this review without talking about the experience of reviewing an ARC. What can I say about the opportunity to read firsthand a book of one of my favorite authors? The joy of knowing in advance one of the stories from one of the series that holds a firm place on the shelf of my heart?
Indescribable is the first word that comes to mind. A deep joy. A huge euphoria. I might not have the right words, only love for all of this… And to my, actually our satisfaction, Mia once again presented us with a beautiful love story that deserves to go to your TBR list…
“Grayson’s Vow” is the eighth book in the “Sign of Love Series”, and relates to Libra’s sign. As the author herself had mentioned before in an interview about “Leo”, these books do not refer to the characteristics of the signs themselves, but to their symbolisms and legends. So, once again, Mia demonstrates her intention to guide the story using the balance, the sign’s symbol, as a metaphor. And to do this, she introduces the story with a phrase by Carl Jung:
“Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.”
We are then introduced to Kira Dallaire, that in my opinion is one of the most endearing characters ever written by Mia. Kira has every reason to give up, but don’t think about it for a single moment. She finds herself in a terrible, desperate situation; where she is the target in a chase, one that in the first pages we are convinced is unjustified, because it is not possible to find in Kira anything but love, joy and kindness. Kira holds onto hope to move forward. Plus, she has a great sense of humor that can make you laugh out loud while reading. Kira is solar and shares her light.
At the crossroads she finds herself in, Kira meets Grayson Hawthorn. He is also in a terrible, desperate situation and hampered by a terrible past that leads him to suffer from the distrust by others, also an unfair one, because it can be seen from the beginning that Grayson is a hard worker and has noble feelings and attitudes, even when he strives too much to hide his noble qualities acting in a tough and closed way. He is strongly attached to his vow (the title reference) to continue tirelessly fighting and to not withdrawal. Grayson keeps himself in the dark, because he doesn’t believe in his value.
Considering the hopeless reality of both, you might think their meeting wouldn’t result in anything productive IF we wewren’t facing Kira and one of her plans, or as she prefers to say “Very Bad Ideas”. The glimpse of a gentle gesture y Grayson makes her believe that he could be the one to help her, and with that she could help him too, not to mention his looks and the attraction she feels for him from the first moment she looks at him.
“And in my illustrious history of Very Bad Ideas, this one might just take the cake” – Kira
And the lack of perspective for Grayson makes him board into Kira’s idea. Of course his boarding into this endeavor doesn’t mean he is in fully agreement or fully trusting her, but he is hopelessly fascinated, and a turbulent partnership starts in which we suffer waiting for its balance.
“Something on the computer screen caught my eye, a small picture at the bottom of the article I’d been reading, and I clicked on it, making it as large as possible. It was another picture of Kira Dallaire (…). My eyes homed in on her right cheek. She had a dimple. The little witch had a dimple. And what it was about that small feature that made my pulse quicken, I couldn’t have explained if my life depended upon it.” – Grayson
The extent to which the story unfolds, you realize the many similarities both share in their past, creating an almost immediate empathy, but what strongly differs them is the way they respond to those memories and how they deal with this reality. And in this regard, Kira has a lot to teach Grayson, for his stubbornness and attachment to the sufferings of his past don’t allow him to see the true nature of his feelings or to enjoy all the good that happened in his life since he met Kira, being often unfair and cruel to her.
Maybe this is the only reservation I have towards Grayson. Different from Kira who even though misjudge some aspects about Grayson, she does it in an attempt to help everyone else, Grayson makes lots of mistakes knowing he is hurting, even if only because he doesn’t believe that he can be the subject of love or affection, acting as a self saboteur.
That’s when Mia’s magic starts. Although this isn’t exactly an original idea, the author presents in this book a rare opportunity for today readers: to make us think from a different perspective, questioning stereotypes, deconstructing characters presented so many times in literature and cinema.
“Grayson’s Vow” is a backward fairy tale, or something like that. Much of the action takes place in Grayson’s Vineyard in Napa Valley, which could be a castle with its bucolic beauty and nature, if it wasn’t nearly broke. Kira, a highborn family’s daughter, could be the spoiled and silly princess, if it wasn’t for her peculiar charms and attitudes so unexpected that Grayson even considers her being actually a witch. In the other hand, Kira is absolutely sure, even with his handsomeness, strength, bravery, hardworking, and sometimes even charming, is by no means a prince: his outbursts, rudeness and sharp tongue resembles more to a dragon. And, like every fairy tale, there are magical moments and sad stories, fairy godmothers, helpers, but there are also villains, tricks and complications along the way.
Is it possible to exist a happy ending between a dragon and a witch? If you, like me, believe in the power of this wizard called yMia Sheridan, you must check out “Grayson’s Vow” and see for yourself what the magic called love is capable of!
“There is always pain in this life. Not just for me, not just for you – for everyone. You can’t avoid it. And sometimes the pain is so great, it feels as if it carves out the very essence, not if you don’t allow it to. It carves out a place in you, yes, but love is meant to fill that space for love within you. And the love we care inside make us strong when nothing else can.” – Kira
Review by Silvia
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By Silvia Lima