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Stormswept reminds me so much of The Count of Monte Cristo with some surprising twists and turns. This book is a story of love, betrayal, deception and forgiveness. I love how the story unfolded – right from the sweet start, the bitter middle, and finally some heartwarming ending.
They were in love, but betrayal tore them apart. Juliana waited for Rhys, until the news of his death broke her apart. As for Rhys, he was impressed into the navy and was told that she betrayed him and doesn’t want him any longer. While it was the desire to reunite with Rhys that made Juliana lived, it was Rhys’ desire for revenge that have allowed him to get through all the hardships he experienced on board.
Six years later, just as when Juliana was betrothed to another, Rhys returns and wanted to claim his wife back. He wanted her to go with him right away. There are two sides to each story, and it was exasperating to watch these two suffer while they can just ask each other what really happened between the two of them. Despite of it, what started as revenge seems to be another getting-to-know-you-once-again and falling-in-love-once-again.
I love watching them once again fall in love with each other. Their chemistry was still there, and didn’t falter in six years that they weren’t together. Rhys can be stupid and stubborn most of the time – I hated him at some points (can he ever stop and listen?!!) – nevertheless, it was a great relief when he finally listened to Juliana’s side of the story (and somehow redeemed himself).
I enjoyed reading Stormswept from start to finish. This was a great book to start the series, and I’m looking forward for the rest.
Rating: 4.5 Stars