Sordid is everything an angsty romance should be. Forbidden relationship. Seemingly insurmountable predicament. Sexual tension so think you feel it run over your skin like an electrical current. It is a tale of loss and gain, sadness and hope. It captivated me from page one.
Grant made my heart crack and splinter with each chapter. Seeing this strong and loving man brought to heel over and over again hurt, because Ava Harrison makes us see what is below the stolid and often truculent facade he shows the world. And like great tragic heroes, hubris is his downfall. He can’t get out of his own way, but, God, do we want him to. Because this man is so good with the way he loves and protects those he cares for, we want all the poison to be sucked out of his life. Readers yearn for him to make amends and to fight for the HEA he deserves.
I just adore Bridget. I know there will be readers who may not like her choices, but nothing is ever black and white when it comes to the heart. I also don’t know that I would have chosen differently, and that makes her character real and flawed and relatable. Readers will love her fortitude. It is one of her best attributes. She has a back bone of steel when dealing with Grant’s belligerence, a soft and kind spirit when it is needed to support other characters, and she is even at times self-sacrificing. She will be a favorite heroine of 2018.
The antagonist of this story is absolutely vile. I hate this person down to my very core. The character has no feelings, remorse, or capacity to care for anyone other than selfish needs. I found no greater joy then when this person finally had karma rear its head. Although, I will say I expected a bigger fight or more explosive altercation for the climax of the story.
What I think I enjoyed most about Sordid, though, is its themes. There is first and foremost the idea of family and that family will always support you and forgive you. They are the people who help you get trough the hard times in life. Another idea is that pride, particularly an over abundance, can not only harm a person but can create a large number of casualties among the people who care for the hero/heroine. And while this is not a new theme in literature, it is on that has relevance no matter the time period or year. Finally as in any good romance, the idea that love can heal and soothe the soul and is worth fighting for is at the heart of Sordid. Readers will want Grant and Bridget to fight for each other and for their relationship because it brings so much joy and happiness to them.
I really enjoyed going back into the Lancaster world. Grant’s story is heartbreakingly tragic, and yet, like any great hero in literature, we root for him to overcome. So while it is a story often laced with sadness, it is also one of family and love and how those two things together can conquer any malice in life.