28 June 2016

Book Review | Stormswept by Sabrina Jeffries (@SabrinaJeffries)


New York Times bestseller Sabrina Jeffries reignites a daring love affair in this intriguing tale of desire and deception—originally written as Deborah Martin and newly revised for today’s audience.

The first wedding night that Lady Juliana St. Albans spent with the dark and daring Rhys Vaughan was intoxicating, the heady culmination of her new husband’s driving hunger and her own awakened sensuality. When he mysteriously disappeared the next morning, she waited for him in hope and desperation. And when he was finally proclaimed dead in a shipwreck, she bitterly mourned the loss of her love.

The second wedding night that Juliana spent with Rhys Vaughan was six years later, after he returned to claim her just as she was about to wed another. This Rhys was different—bolder, harder, and convinced that she’d betrayed him. Only their blazing passion remains from their years apart. But is it enough to light their way through the maze of mystery, menace, and mistrust—to the love they once shared and would have to find again?

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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

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