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The Brat is a contemporary romance with a dash of mystery and suspense. The Brat is a book you will remember long after you close the last page.
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Gina Williams has a secret and prays it is buried with her childhood persecutor, Anna Kouvaris, as discovery will ruin her reputation as a famous children’s author. She soon discovers the son, Ben Kouvaris, new owner of her publishing company, has uncovered her past and is making demands. Will he ruin her career if she doesn’t comply?
Ben kouvaris is blown away by the unknown beauty at his estranged mother's funeral, and when his father demands he marry, immediately, to secure the family business, he knows just who he wants as his temporary bride. But can Ben persuade Gina to trust him?
“You’re no better than your mother. I was a child when your mother ordered my life, but I’m a grown woman now and won’t be ordered around by you or anyone else. So don’t stand there sanctimoniously telling me it is your right to control my life for the next ten months. And when they end, what then? You drop your control, just like that? I doubt it. There’s not a Kouvaris on this planet that isn’t a control freak.”
She drew in a deep breath, glared at him when she came to a brief stop in front of him. “You’ll keep tabs on me, tell me what to do and when…”
“Why would I do that?” Cold as steel, Ben’s voice cut across her tirade, but it didn’t stop her.
“Because you’ll tell me it will impact on your reputation, or the company profile, or the value of the shares. How would I know? You’ll have a reason and expect me to abide by your ruling.” She spun away from him and back again. “Oh, I nearly forgot. As your ex-wife, someone may use me to get to you. Wasn’t that how you put it when we arrived in Greece?”
Hands fisted on her hips, her hair plastered against her fiery cheeks, she watched the colour climb up his neck and into his face. Until she heard the words hang in the air, she hadn’t known they were there. But she knew they’d hit their target head on.
The shocker starts on page one. You are immediately thrown into a tense funeral. Ben Kouvaris openly admits that his dead mother was a drunk, a druggie, and a whore. He is hurt, angry and relieved at his mother’s death. Then you meet Gina Williams, the only other funeral attendee, and a woman who is equally satisfied to be rid of Ben’s mother. As you can see, this is not your typical romance book. Gloag immediately exposes us to the burdens Ben and Gina carry on their shoulders and in their hearts. Through their pain you will instantly feel the trust these characters are placing in your hands – their darkest thoughts, their deepest fears – and you quickly become lured into Gloag’s world. You will get to know Ben and Gina, their family, and their friends quite well. Gloag excels in developing rich characters that continuously pushes the story to new boundaries. If this is just the first few pages, you can imagine how much Gloag has in store for her readers.
The Brat is perfectly paced. The book never drags because there is a unique blend of mystery, intrigue, drama, romance, and passion. There is no way to predict what will happen next, and the surprises are always sweeter than what you have in mind. I also enjoyed how Gloag weaves multiple facets of the heart – familial love, self love, romantic love – into her novel and I believe that is what makes the characters whole, what makes the story come alive. You are not just reading about two people’s journey to sex. You are witnessing first hand how two people hearts have been taught to love.
The Brat is beyond amazing. I’ve never read anything like it. Gloag nailed this story to the ground: deeply developed characters, perfect pacing, mind blowing revelations revealed at the perfect time, intrigue and mystery that keeps your mind spinning, and a journey that will not be forgotten! Go get your copy today! The Brat is really this fantastic.
How does an author make my very exclusive auto-purchase list? By defining a new romance. An author must write a book that moves me to the core. Create a title that takes me on a journey. Changes the habits of my heart. Gives me strength. Renews my hope. Reminds me that there is more than one kind of love.
Here are 3 reasons why Sherry Gloag has made my auto-purchase list?
(1) The Brat is flawless. Sherry Gloag creates three dimensional characters who have more than one hang up, more than one fear, more than one secret, more than one desire, and weaves their complicated relationships together like Parisian Couture.
(2) Sherry is daring. She doesn’t hesitate to develop a story that touches on the darker side of life. Death. Jealousy. Hate. Fear. Pain. By fearlessly exploring these emotions, it makes the journey real, human, and reading about the rewards after experiencing a hard fought struggle is that much more pleasurable.
(3) Sherry maintains her own voice. You can tell that The Brat is first and foremost a book that happens to have romantic parts, not a book dedicated to romance. Although this is her debut novel, she has stayed true to herself and her original thoughts, and that uniqueness definitely shines through in her work.
Sensuality Rating: sweet
Star Rating: 5 stars
"A heart wrenching story about a woman who has gained strength by overcoming the horrors of her childhood and vowed never to allow another to control her."
At his estranged mother’s funeral, Ben Kourvaris sees Gina Williams and wants to know what her attachment is to the woman who sent him away at age ten. Gina tries her best to keep her distance from Ben, but when he buys the publishing company of her books it makes it difficult to steer clear of him. Gina has a past that could destroy her career, the more he learns about the elusive author the more he realizes he wants to have her as his wife, the only problem is Gina does not want to be married, ever.
A heart wrenching story about a woman who has gained strength by overcoming the horrors of her childhood and vowed never to allow another to control her. When Ben explains the arrangements of a one year marriage in order to gain control of his ailing father’s company, something about the loyalty he shows pierces through Gina’s damaged heart. As they begin to open up to one another, Gina realizes that the next part of her journey is learning to trust again.
The Brat is a written with such delicacy to Gina’s past that it envelops you into this engaging story. I thought it was memorable and a story that makes you think about it again and again once it is finished. A real treasure.
Romance in the Backseat
The Brat by Sherry Gloag is an intriguing and very moving story about Gina, a trouble young woman, suffering from the psychological after-effects of child abuse. She struggles to overcome her fears and live her dream life as a wealthy, successful author. One who has everything she needs or wants. Or so she tells herself. But throw Ben into the mix, and Gina’s dream life implodes into her worst nightmare. Afraid to love or be loved, she hides in her writing and stubborn pride until circumstances force her to face not only her fears, but her own untapped passions.
Ben’s life also is complicated by childhood traumas, and he’s plagued with memories he doesn’t understand. At the age of ten, Ben’s divorced mother sent him away to his father who was a stranger. The move was a traumatic one for Ben and has left him believing love can’t be trusted. So Ben has grown into a cold, practical man, who keeps his emotions tightly locked away. He doesn’t want in marriage and isn’t looking for romance. Until he runs into Gina.
Although, The Brat touches on some of the darker aspects of society, including child abuse and the illegal practice of selling of young children, Gloag handles these issues with amazing sensitivity. I felt immediately sympathetic to Gina and suffered with her as she struggled to overcome the problems caused by her abusive childhood. I understood her need to succeed in her chosen career, as well her tendency to fight her private demons by refusing to acknowledge them. And I could easily imagine how her world could turn inside out when faced with Ben Kouvaris, a determined Greek whose assets not only include wealth and family reputation, but physical characteristics reminiscent of the gods of his ancestors. In Ben, Gloag has created the kind of man few women can resist. But then, why would any woman want to?
Ben’s character is as complex as Gina’s. A very rich and successful man, Ben rarely gets no for an answer. And when he does, he doesn’t listen. He’s charming, demanding, relentless, and determined to get what he wants. The fact that Gina isn’t what he planned on wanting doesn’t keep him from pursuing her for his own ends. But Ben’s deeply buried feelings can’t resist his father’s devotion or Gina’s honest vulnerability, coupled with her surprising strength. I especially liked the fact that Ben isn’t a hero. He starts out as selfish, cold, and practical. I really enjoyed watching him change and grow into someone Gina can’t resist.
The Brat is filled with fresh and enchanting characters, delightful touches of humor to offset the darker glimpses of child abuse and abandonment, and plots twists that keep the reader on his or her toes from beginning to end. Not the typical, run-of-the-mill romance, The Brat is a honest and very moving story of how the human spirit can overcome any obstacle to achieve the deepest longings of the heart. Once read, The Brat will not be easily forgotten. I strongly recommend this book.
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