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.
Since reading Archer’s Voice over two years ago, Mia Sheridan has become a favorite author and automatic one click for me. After the reading the synopsis, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. One of my favorite tropes is hate to love, and this one mixes in a second chance as well. Ramsay is a heart wrenching story filled beautiful writing, angst, and the power of forgiveness.
Life was full of surprises, and this was one I would never have expected.
Even though Lydia and Brogan have a past, I was excited to see most of this story is present day. I always dread the long flashbacks or events when you know there’s heartbreak ahead for a couple. You will definitely learn past events, but they unfold through remembrance and short recaps. The story is always more meaningful for me when told in the present. While he seems to be focused on revenge, it’s evident from the beginning that Brogan cares deeply for Lydia. His inner struggles are interesting to follow, and though I disliked him in the beginning, my opinion quickly changed. This brooding Irishman definitely stole my heart. He is much more than he appears to be. I especially enjoyed his interactions with his sister and the young men he tries to help.
“Learn from your mistakes, but don’t let them define you now. Find forgiveness, for them and for yourself.”
Unlike Brogan, my opinion of Lydia never wavered. I liked her from the first chapter and continued to admire her throughout the book. Even though she was naive when younger, she grows immensely after devastating life events. Her spirit never breaks, despite harsh treatment from Brogan and her brother. Although the connection between she and Brogan is intense, this is definitely a slow burner. They have so much pain from their past, and both are hesitant to take any chance with their heart again.
My complaint about this book is lack of communication. It felt as if most of the heartbreak and loss could have been avoided in the first place if Brogan and Lydia would have simply talked to each other. This happens on more than one occasion and did take away somewhat from the story toward the end.
Overall, I found the book enjoyable and think most readers will too. Ramsay is the perfect balance of angst and romance. For a Mia Sheridan book, it’s definitely on the lighter side. As always, it is well researched and contains beautiful symbolism. I found myself transported to the Connecticut/New York setting, and will never see a clover without thinking of this book. Mia Sheridan is a master storyteller, and I cannot wait for whatever she writes next.
**Thank you to Mia Sheridan for my advanced copy.**
Mia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven. Mia can be found online at www.miasheridan.com or www.facebook.com/miasheridanauthor.