Review: Ramsay – Mia Sheridan

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RAMSAY (Sign of Love Series – Book #10)
Author: Mia Sheridan
Pages: 300

Blurb:

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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***ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.***

Review:

Aye! What’s the craic?

“Ramsay”, Mia Sheridan’s latest release, got me by surprise and captivated my heart! And I’m sure it will captivate yours too! In “Grayson’s Vow” we saw an unusual fairy tale. Now, Ramsay presents us with a tale about…villains. But fear nothing! They are the most charismatic, sensitive and full of beautiful feelings villains you will ever see! And you will cheer for them a lot too!

“Peace. Payback. Revenge. A cleansing. A hundred reasons and I didn’t even need one. I was the one who held all the power now.” (Brogan Ramsay)

As we’ve seen in some movie retellings, these said villains aren’t obvious characters and, therefore, deserve our attention. There are reasons, pain and intense feelings behind every gesture from them. But we can only know if a character is a real villain or not when s/he is faced with the imminence of a triumph, when the tables are turned and they are only few steps from victory.

Brogan Ramson, our Irish hero-villain, was terribly betrayed by Lydia De Havilland, our heroine-villain. This gives him the determination he needs to win and to revenge. After seven years of his humiliation, Brogan resurfaces in Lydia’s life in an amazing and breathtaking way!

He is now more handsome, stronger, richer, and willing to do anything to destroy her. But our villain is not just what he appears to be. While trying to ignore the beauty, sweetness and humor of his archenemy, he realizes that insede her there also are grit, courage and the determination to overcome the most difficult time of her own life!

Lydia, in other hand, even while facing the trials imposed by her bitter enemy, is able to recognize all the nobility, character and intelligence in him that she never forgot. And this proximity between them brings back other feelings that were apparently forgotten by disappointment and sadness of years ago.

“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 ourselves.” (Lydia De Havilland)

Thus, our archenemies find themselves facing an impasse: is it possible to a good feeling survive after so many misunderstandings? Is it possible to love wins over this thirst for revenge? And once a revenge is started, are you able to stop it? Well, these questions will be answered in every read chapter. But what would it be of our heroes-villians without their friends?

“Listen, mo chara, next time ya get to thinkin’ on some subject or another, a good rule of thumb is to ask yourself, what would Fionn do?” (Fionn Molloy)

Oh…friendships, and enmities of course, were beautifully built in this book, bringing a great mix of good and bad male and female characters. And among them one that deserves to be mention is Fionn Molloy.

A right-hand man, Fionn is a true friend whom is always ready to help and advice Brogan at any time, even when our sweet stubborn villain doesn’t want it. But Fionn is much more than just the right-hand man character. He is the responsible os bringing the soft side to the story.

With nice doses of Gaelic humor and wisdom, I was left wanting to know more about him. Yes, I’d love if Mia wrote a spin-off about Fionn, because I was quite curious about his life and his past.

I’ll let the other characters for you to discover while reading this amazing book. All I’ll say is that they are really well developed, and very important and necessary for the narrative and the course of the story. All of them have their role along this story of villains and…”villains”.

“We’re made to care, aren’t we, though? Find me the person who doesn’t care a whit what anyone else thinks of them and I’ll show ya someone very lonely. The trick, I believe, is to know whose opinion matters and whose doesn’t.” (Eileen Ramsay)

With a style that is all her own, Mia Sheridan brings us another lovely story, with a mix of “awfully” seductive characters (Have I told you Brogan is Irish?), charisma, tension and suspense that makes Ramsay an unquestionable success!

Bonus tip: Only Mia to make a War card game sexier than strippoker!!!! Sláinte!

Rated: 5 stars plus 5 clovers for luck!

my rating 5 stars

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