Hi! I know, I know. I’ve been MIA for a long time. I’m sorry. I needed to take some time off from everything. But you can call off the search parties because ScribblerAlliance is back in business! I thought we’d better kick off the weekend with a Bookworm Express post.
In the time I’ve been away, I’ve read a lot … and I mean a lot. So I needed to think which book to review for you guys first, and I finally settled on something very close to the reason for my hiatus.
As someone who doesn’t have faith in astrology, I have always been skeptical of people who justify whatever’s happening in their life as a sign from the stars. But as many curious minds know, skepticism can lead you to read something you never thought you would. And so, I took a tumble down the rabbit hole to find whether being born under a star sign affects your personality traits or not.
And just like that, I found myself reading Ramsay, a novel from Mia Sheridan’s A Sign of Love series dedicated to the star sign of Aries.
I admit I was intrigued by the brilliant wordplay with the book title (Ram = Aries) even before I started reading. As I ventured into the world of Aries, I was introduced to Brogan Ramsay, a sweet, innocent, extremely sensitive teenager who works as a gardener’s assistant at the house of the girl he has learned to love from afar, Lydia De Havilland. However, his young mind is left scarred forever by the cruel trick Lydia plays on him, breaking his heart.
Cut to several years later, we meet Lydia De Havilland—an heiress without any real inheritance thanks to her promiscuous older brother. It’s been years since the night Lydia gave her virginity to the only boy she has ever truly loved—Brogan Ramsay, but she still holds his memories in her heart with nothing but fondness. That is until one morning when her brother walks into their office to announce that he has lost their father’s company in a poker game … to none other than Brogan Ramsay.
Determined to make Brogan see the error in his ways, Lydia goes in search of the boy she had once loved. However, instead, she comes face to face with a beautiful, handsome stranger who can give the Devil a run for his money with his wickedness. As she ventures deeper into the trap Brogan has laid for the De Havillands, Lydia quickly finds out that this man has returned to her life with nothing but vengeance in his mind.
What follows is a story of lost love, retaliation, the thin veil that exists between love and hatred, and above all, forgiveness.
Here’s a little excerpt from the novel to tickle your senses:
I searched his face for the kind, sensitive boy he’d once been, but saw nothing of him in the hard lines of this man’s face. I didn’t know him anymore. This man was a callous stranger.
“There’s nothing I can do, is there?” I asked. I licked my lips, pulling the bottom one between my teeth.
Brogan studied me, his gaze skittering to my mouth and back to my eyes. Tapping on his desk again, he appeared to be weighing something, some decision. “How much do you want ownership of De Havilland Enterprises back, Lydia?”
My throat went dry. “I . . . I’ll do anything, Brogan. Anything.” My face flooded with hot shame. But it was true. In that moment, I would go to any lengths to fix this mess. For my father, for his dream, I’d do anything. It was his legacy, the only part of him I could still care for in this physical world.
Brogan chuckled, a sound filled with disdain. He rubbed the edge of the leather inset on his desk with his index finger, my eyes following the movement for a moment. He’d always been such a sensual person, always touching something, his hands lingering, caressing, seemingly entranced by textures . . . He had covered his accent, but not that. I grasped onto it—finally recognizing something in this man that had also been in the boy. “Anything? Would you beg for it? Would you get down on your knees and beg?”
I froze, my heart seeming to stop before it picked up an erratic beat, my gaze meeting his. “Is that what you want me to do? Is that what this comes down to? A payback of some sort?”
“Actually, Lydia, some interest has accrued since I was asked to beg. If we’re considering a payback, your begging would have to be on a much larger scale. Grand even.”
“What does that even mean?”
Brogan looked off to the side, seeming to be considering something. Moments ticked by before he finally looked back to me, his light blue eyes a soft and startlingly beautiful contrast to the harsh expression he wore. “Here’s my offer: Come work at my home as I used to work at yours. Do as I ask you to do and every day, you will beg me for your company back. If you do it well enough, I’ll consider your request.”
I gaped. “Are you out of your mind?” I hissed.
He shrugged nonchalantly, his face impassive now. “It’s been said.”
“Said? Said by whom? Because I’d be inclined to agree. It’s a disgusting offer. You’re a pig.”
“That’s been said as well.” Brogan chuckled, leaning back in his chair again, flashing me an arrogant smirk. I blinked. I’d never seen Brogan smile that way before. I remembered a different smile—sweet and slightly shy. That smile used to make my heart flutter.
Now tell me that doesn’t make your heart flutter!
Time for my review. First off the positives: this story took me through an emotional roller coaster, and I admit it made me cry at times … sometimes for Brogan and sometimes for Lydia. Mia Sheridan writes in her unique style which makes you feel every emotion her characters are feeling and you can’t help but fall in love with the way she portrays them. This story shows how difference of perspective can show a story in different lights. I developed a love-hate relationship with Brogan myself because while I hated his RAM-headedness, his raw wounds made me want to wrap him in my arms. And that, I imagine is the true mark of a great writing.
The only negative I will count against this novel is, I wanted more of their HEA. After all the struggles this couple went through, I wanted them to have a big happily ever after, but then again, that’s the insatiable reader in me. All in all, in Anne’s scale this book gets 6 stars out of 5. Yes, 6 because just 5 doesn’t seem to be enough.
To round it out, did I find this book entertaining? Definitely. I recognized a lot of traits in Brogan that reminded me of the Aries in my life. Have I turned into a believer of Astrology? Not really. But I definitely give Ms. Sheridan kudos for portraying the personality traits usually associated with Aries perfectly.
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