Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Eliza's Review: Grayson's Vow by Mia Sheridan

Title: Grayson's Vow
Series: A sign of Love
Author: Mia Sheridan
Release date: 9th Sept, 2015
Cliffhanger: No


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.


Ever since falling in love with Archer's Voice, the Signs of love novels are ones I have actively followed. Grayson's Vow is a glorious addition to the series, and now among one of my favourites. Although there is the warring of emotions we've all come to expect (and appreciate) from a Mia Sheridan read, this felt the most contemporary in its delivery, there were enjoyable moments of lightheartedness which made for a perfect balance.

Twenty-two year old Kira Dallaire has a history of coming up with hair brained schemes. Her latest scheme is borne out of sheer desperation and coincidence. Estranged from her father, with her finances dwindling, an overheard conversation sets into motion a set of life changing events .

Her only real chance of survival is gaining access to her grandmother's inheritance. An inheritance that would be released if Kira were to marry, failing that it would be released on her 30th birthday. As she does not have the luxury of time, marriage is her only option. And her husband to be? Grayson Hawthorn. 

After overhearing a conversation at the bank that results in Grayson's loan application being rejected due to his past criminal conviction, Kira decides to approach him with her proposition that would be mutually beneficial for both of them. Marry to release her inheritance and split the funds. Grayson is searching for vindication and his dream is to restore his late father's vineyard to its former glory and with a lack of investment or financial backing, he reluctantly, begrudgingly and hilariously agrees to her terms.

"Truce. Come here so we can shake." 

"You come here," she challenged. 

I smiled slowly. "Meet in the middle."
Their relationship is fraught with friction and they can't resist baiting and goading one another. This added ample amounts comedic value and also serves to build the sexual tension between the pair. The pretence of man and wife brings a strange comfort and their world of make believe soon fringes on a reality they daren't have wished for themselves.

"Hi, little witch," I murmured, stepping right up to her. 

"Hi, dragon," she breathed, reaching up to undo the bow tie knotted at my neck.

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I'll always adore the true beauty and strength of Mia's writing, it shines through in her characters, the message she delivers and the feeling of fulfilment we as readers are left with. Grayson's Vow encompasses the true beauty that comes from pain, in a world were Kira and Grayson have suffered at the hands of those who should have loved them most, it's their pain that recognises and solidifies their love for one another.

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