Seven years after what was supposed to be a special moment between Brogan Ramsay and Lydia De Havilland, it ended with the harsh reality of betrayal and Brogan left permanently while never looking back, making promises to himself to never be put in a compromising position again. He was the gardener's son and Lydia was the daughter of a wealthy business owner so it just wasn't meant to be. That didn't stop Brogan from devising a strategy for revenge later.
Now, Lydia's dad's company is in shambles and has to turn to Brogan for help. The tables have turned. Lydia, who was pampered, selfish and popular, is now working hard to stay afloat, making whatever sacrifices necessary to maintain her job. I wasn't sure that I would like Lydia, but as it turns out, she's a great heroine. As a young adult, she makes some immature choices despite her true intent, and as a grown woman, she knows how to take accountability for her actions and to be humble when necessary. At the same time, she holds her head up high.
As for Brogan, he's got an Irish accent and I love heroes with accents. He's good with numbers and he is very hardworking. He's also got a lot of pride and gets a bit tangled by his own emotions because of the sensory overload. I could see why Brogan needed payback and how it seemed like a satisfying plan to bring his enemies to ruin. That sort of fire fueled him through the darkest of times to become what he is today. But Brogan is not heartless, he's actually loyal, caring and protective, and filled with regrets.
Neither Brogan nor Lydia were without fault, but I found myself very attached to both of them regardless of past wrongs. They both had a compassionate heart at the core and they brought out so much in one another, no matter what the circumstances were. I loved how the core themes of this story included second chances, forgiveness and friendship. Both Brogan and Lydia are different people in the present than they were in the past, but that didn't necessarily change the dynamics between them as far as recognizing the depth of each other's hearts. There's a good bit of Irish slangs and Gaelic sayings, which endeared me further to both Brogan and his best friend Fionn.
There's a balanced combination of drama, angst and the fine line between love and hate. I loved all of it. The writing is beautiful and the emotions are palpable. I felt the heartbreak and the sorrow and the pain of endured hardships. I also felt the love, the connection and the sacrifices. Another Mia masterpiece.