Author: Mia Sheridan
Genre: contemporary romance
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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I happen to devour and worship all of Mia Sheridan’s book I’ve read so far but after reading ‘Ramsay’ I can’t tell you how disappointed I feel. This must be the most painful rating for me to date! And this rating is purely for her flawless writing and heartfelt words, because honestly, the story didn’t appeal to me at all, nor did the characters.
The story starts with the flash back from seven years ago when Brogan Ramsey was a gardener for the wealthy De Havilland family and is secretly crushing on Lydia De Havilland. Lydia is enthralled by Brogan too, though never expressed her true feelings. She tricks him into meeting her in a stable but what happens later sets the wheels into motion, destroying what could have been a beautiful young love, leaving him heartbroken and humiliated. After seven years, the tables are turned-Brogan is successful and the De Havilland’s are on the verge of bankruptcy. He’s hell bent on ruining them, especially Lydia for betraying him.
The story mostly focuses on Brogan’s journey to vengeance, forgiveness and redemption. But what had my blood boiling was how ‘everything’ that happened was Brogan’s fault! There is always someone blaming him for the chain of events that followed later. What I hated the most was the internal pity party Brogan had going every once in a while. Lydia, on other hand, was getting on my nerves with her constant forgiveness towards her useless brother and for not defending Brogan or trusting him. But there were sweet moments between the Mc’s and banters among the other characters, that I liked.
Anyway, I blame my lack of interest on the unrealistic characters whom I failed to connect with and the underdeveloped plotline soon side-tracking from the main theme- which also had tons of inner monologues and filler dramas.
That being said, I’ll still pick Mia’s book every chance I get. She’s a talented writer and a spectacular story teller, whose words create magic and characters that are simply charming.
*ARC generously provided by the author for an honest review*