Release Reviews: Grayson's Vow: Mia Sheridan

by - Thursday, September 10, 2015

Grayson's Vow
Mia Sheridan
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Expected September 10, 2015

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.
Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures...

Kira Dallaire is desperate and limited on options. Grayson Hawthorn is losing hope of restoring his family's vineyard. So Kira proposes an interesting proposition that could solve both of their problems. 

Kira is spirited, sassy, optimistic, and passionate. She thinks creatively and is impulsive. Grayson is detached, withdrawn, worried, and untrusting. But he is also low on options and can't seem to resist her crazy proposition.

She a mix of a kind, pretty Princess and tempting, feisty Witch. He is her fire-breathing Dragon. They are antagonistic, wary, volatile, resistant, but also have an attraction and sexual tension. They challenge each other and make each other feel alive, but at the same time drive each other to distraction.

Despite the differences in their pasts and upbringings, they find painful common ground. Perception is often very different than reality. Both suffered family dynamic issues, disappointment, hurt, and decreased self worth. Both are trying to find their place in the world, true acceptance, and to be wanted. But both have fears, insecurities, and demons that make it hard to truly trust. And there are influences in their world that will not idly stand by and let them find happiness. There are secrets being kept that could shake any semblance of stability they might find.

I loved Kira. She was so full of life and passion. She was strong, kind, understanding, and had so much love to give. She just wanted a life of her own free from her past and family ties. Her ingenuity, impulsiveness, little schemes, sarcasm and wit made her impish and mischievous.

Grayson was a bit harder to warm up to. He was guarded with a tough outer shell that hid an underlying vulnerability. He was a broken, damaged man with little hope and a lot of responsibility. He had never really been shown love and acceptance. He kept emotions locked down and tried to honor his vow with hard work. But it always seemed like something would set him back and he was fighting a losing battle. I loved seeing his layers peeled back to get to the heart of him. But his underlying emotions and ability to lose control tended to get him in trouble.

Together they had the ability to bring out each other's inner strength, but with that power also had the ability to destroy the other. They challenge and push boundaries, but also have an understanding of the other. They both just needed hope, healing, acceptance, and to matter. But are also afraid to trust and believe in it. They have struggles, but also make gains.  But when the secrets and  hidden truths are revealed, Grayson will have to face the  fact this his world is built on lies. Can they hold on to what they have found or will it send them spiraling back into their separate darkness?

I loved the colorful and unique side characters. They were a bit of a rag tag group that made up a network of support. The antagonists were bad enough that I hated them. The setting of the vineyard in Napa was like a character itself and came alive with the vivid imagery and descriptions.

Mia Sheridan has once again immersed me in a story that I had a hard time putting down. I stayed up way too late because I hated to leave them.  It has a little of a modern fairy tale Beauty and the Beast feel to it. The story line was perfectly paced with a build up of tension, attraction, acceptance, and drama. There were dark and desperate parts, but also sweet, romantic, funny, and passionate parts. There were twists and surprises.  The characters had depth and flaws, but were vulnerable and likable even when they made mistakes. There were struggles, tension, and dramatic situations that I wondered how they would get resolved. I was completely drawn into this heartfelt, emotional, and inspiring story.

I enjoyed getting both Kira and Grayson's points of view and it was necessary since they did not always communicate their feelings freely. It had themes of letting go, trust, faith, fate, and paying it forward. It was a tumultuous journey for this couple who had been beat down and broken, but were trying to rise from the ashes as others tried to bring them down again. They truly walked the edge of balance trying to manage their pain in order to find hope and allow love in even during difficult circumstances. It was a beautiful, raw, powerful, story of survival, hope, healing and the power of true love. And the epilogue was just the icing on the cake. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Grayson Hawthorn has vowed to return his father’s vineyard to the success it once was, but he is failing. Unable to secure a loan to make some much needed repairs, Grayson fears he will let down the few employees who remain and dishonor the vow he made to his father.

Kira Dallaire refuses to return to her father’s home, but is running out of money and options. The Queen of Very Bad Ideas, Kira has a reputation for acting first, and acting huge. She is impulsive and a free spirit, caring and philanthropic.

Her latest idea could be her craziest yet, to access her inheritance, she will marry a complete stranger. Or nearly complete. But if it works, she can remain independent of her father and help Grayson save his vineyard.

What happens when pretend stops being pretend and real feelings creep in?

I loved the personas each bestows upon the other. In the continued battles between the Witch and the Dragon, first impressions are not always accurate, and public opinion is easily manipulated. I love the way these two challenge each other, and at the same time support and protect however they can. The push and pull between them is so charged that as each tried to rely on tried and true coping mechanisms, they find that what worked in previous relationships fails spectacularly in this sham of a marriage (and particularly because the marriage is a sham).

The side characters that make up Grayson and Kira’s inner circles were so easy to love. Charlotte and Walter, with their guiding, interfering (sometimes humorously), and generally watchful eyes gave a stability to the vineyard family that was warm and comforting. Jose, Virgil, Harley, and Kimberly helping out where and when they can formed a solid base in the background. And even the triangle with Grayson’s brother and sister-in-law added more depth to what Kira and Grayson were maneuvering.

But there were also characters that were easy to loathe, even when they never actually appeared in the present day scenes. And others? I thought I didn’t like one particular character, but there was redemption in the most serendipitous way possible.

I always look forward to a new novel from Mia. Her characters are perfectly flawed, realistically fictional, and live in a vivid world. Each story I’ve read from Mia is so unique, yet so connected to the values of each represented sign. I am always amazed by the way she personifies the astrological sign so that it breathes and becomes so much more than a simple description. Grayson’s Vow is no exception to the exceptional stories I’ve come to expect from Mia and the Signs of Love series.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 A Sign of Love Series can be read as stand-alones  and the stories are not related.
The exceptions are Leo and Leo's Chance(male alternative POV) and 
Becoming Calder (part one) and Finding Eden(part two). 

Leo's Chance (male POV of Leo):

Archer's Voice:

Becoming Calder
(part one)

Finding Eden
(part two)

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.

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