REVIEW – Grayson’s Vow by Mia Sheridan

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Synopsis:

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.

*****Dee’s Review*****

****4 Sweet Stars*****

(ARC kindly provided by Author)

This is a beautiful story about two people tormented by their past and coming together by a deal that will prove to be more that they both bargained for. I loved Mia Sheridan’s writing style, and the beautiful setting of the California wine country made Grayson’s Vow a very special read.

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Grayson Hawthorn just got out of jail after serving a five year sentence. His father died while his was in jail, and leaves Grayson the family vineyard in Napa Valley. He didn’t have a good relationship with his Dad, so Grayson has made a vow to make the vineyard successful, and prove to his dad and everyone else that he is more than the troubled man everybody thinks he is.

Grayson needs money to buy new equipment and hire more employees to help make this next harvest a profitable one, but his lack of finances and bad reputation doesn’t make him a good candidate for a bank loan. Little does he know, that a fiery redhead will come to the rescue and offer him a deal that will help him fulfill his goal. The redhead is Kira Dallaire, she too has a very troubled past and a terrible relationship with her father. Her sweet Grandmother left her an inheritance that she desperately needs but the papers say that she can’t take possession of the money until she gets married and that’s why she picked Grayson Hawthorn to be her fake husband.

“Marriage is much like wine. They both mature slowly and grow deeper and more complex with time”

Both Grayson and Kira have been burned by love in the past. So from the very beginning they both agree that their marriage is only business and that there’s no room for love or any type of intimacy. But these two have a lot more in common than they think, and their plans won’t go exactly as they hoped. That’s how the fairy tale of The Dragon and The Witch starts…

I loved everything about this story except one thing, the hero. Grayson was not your typical swoony male character. He was bitter and didn’t trust anyone, not even his own shadow. At the beginning and after learning about his past I understood his reasons. But then it took him way too long to finally be able to see and appreciate the great amount of love surrounding him, and by then I had completely disconnected with his character.

I adore Mia Sheridan books. Her writing to me is truly magical and I will always be a huge fan. I would definitely recommend this book to all of her fans because it has her signature romance stamp that we all love.

“There’s nothing on earth like the feel of someone who loves you grasping your hand in the dark when you are lost and afraid.”

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author In Exchange For An Honest Review}

“If you let it, pain makes more space for love within you. And the love we carry inside makes us strong when nothing else can.”

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I’m glad I took almost a couple of days to write this review. After thinking on it, I decided to give this a full four stars. I am a HUGE fan of Mia Sheridan. Having read all of her books except for one, I can honestly say that I have loved most of her books. This was the first one that didn’t win me over right away.Grayson’s Vow , has a fairy tale vibe to it. The constant references of the dragon and the witch, was off-putting to me. However the message that this story has to give is one that I find really beautiful and for this reason, I changed my mind on my rating.

Grayson Hawthorn and Kira Dallaire are two complete strangers, but with so much in common. They both lost their mother when they were young, although by very different circumstances. Their fathers are both wealthy and completely heartless. Grayson and Kira had pretty messed up childhoods. They never felt loved by the one person in their lives that should have showered them with love and affection.

So these two end up together when Kira overhears Grayson being turned down for a bank loan because he has a criminal record. He’s recently been released from prison and is trying to revive his family’s winery that was left to him when his father passed away. Kira is in deep financial trouble at the moment. She is penniless and refuses to live with her father who betrayed her several years back which caused her to have to leave the country for a while. She has a way to become financially independent. She must marry in order to be able to cash in on the inheritance her grandmother’s will has left her.

Kira goes to Grayson and tells him she can give him the money he needs to get his vineyard up and running again. She tells him they must marry and stay that way for a year. At first he’s skeptical and makes some pretty misguided assumptions about Kira. He’s very closed off and bitter. Life has been pretty cruel to him and he’s let it beat him down. Grayson doesn’t have many close relationships, but does have one night stands from time to time. He eventually agrees to the arrangement with Kira.

These two get off to a very rocky start. However as they get to spend more time together, feelings start to develop and maybe both have finally found in each other the love that they’ve craved for so long.

Kira is a very endearing heroine. She opens her heart up to those less fortunate. She could have turned bitter but remains forever the optimist. It’s very hard not to like this character and she definitely was my favorite along with Sugie Sug. Grayson was the polar opposite of Kira. It took quite a while for me to warm up to him. But I can’t say that if I had gone through the same things that he did, that I wouldn’t have turned into a bitter person as well. The moral of this story is pretty much summed up in that the quote I added at the beginning of my review. As the old saying goes – “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

 

 

*****Mel’s Review*****

3.5-4 Stars!
(ARC provided by author)
(BR with Patty & Dee)

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Kira Dallaire is a 22 yr. old woman from San Francisco, who comes from a very wealthy, political, influential, dysfunctional family that she wants to get as far away from as possible. She leaves home with just what she can fit in the trunk of her car. She is now homeless & desperate with little money & few options. She heads for the only place she’s ever felt peace. She returns to Napa Valley where she always spent summers at her Grams house.

She crosses paths with a breathtakingly handsome man named Grayson Hawthorn. Grayson owns Hawthorn Vineyard. Grayson is also in a bind financially & Kira suggests an arrangement that would be mutually beneficial to both of them. Grayson has vowed to keep his family’s winery running & restore it at any cost.

As Grayson & Kira spend time together neither are prepared for the feelings that begin developing between them. Grayson is cold & withdrawn & closed off emotionally, but Kira makes him feel again & stirs emotions in him he didn’t think he could feel anymore.