The Redemption of Darius Stone by Carole Mortimer

Reviewed by Desere

Formidable tycoon, Darius Sterne has built a global empire and he always get's what he wants. Always. And what he wants right now, is ex ballerina Miranda Jacobs, in his bed and sighing out his name in pleasure.

Virginal Miranda can't resist the allure of the brooding billionaire, but the closer he pulls her the more he threatens the barriers she's very carefully constructed to conceal the scars that lead to her past. But is Miranda the only one hiding pain? Or is there more Darius? As the dance of passion begins so thus the redemption of dark and damaged Darius Sterne.

I have been a long time fan of this author's work , and the more I read the more I want! She has an amazing talent for taking a " it's been done before" plot and twisting and turning it into something new and fresh , I realize that might not make a lot of sense, but believe me it is the honest truth. There have been many books about ballerina's and hot rich men meeting and after a time becoming a couple and then voila , romance read. But what this author did was give the main characters more flair, both were more alive and realistic then I have found in some other similar reads.

The character of Darius is the typical dark, dangerous hero closed off hero, with the dreadful past, but instead of being completely disconnected from his family , as in other reads, Darius is close to his twin brother, they share the same pain and the same secrets and that touch was one I particularity enjoyed. It is not often that I find a read where the hero is at least talking to someone, well before he get's to the being part of being open with the heroine, we all know that takes a while. Through this character the author showed that we all have a past we wish we could simply make go away, but it's always there, lurking in the dark and ready to pounce when we least expect it, but courage to face up to it is the main key.

The character of Miranda was sweet, kind and not at all the kind of woman one would think would get involved with a hero as dark and dangerous as Darius. You would expect her to be with someone more sweet and sensitive , not cold and nearly completely closed off, but of course this happens in Hp reads all the time and it's what us fans thrive on! The difference between her and other heroines in similar settings? She was incredibly strong, most woman in her position would fall over and simply not even try to get back up, the ending of a career means is a very bitter pill to swallow, but not this heroine, she fights back to the point where she is comfortable, and thus could do a heck of a lot more, but as with the hero, she needs to find the courage to move forward. And through this character the author showed just how strong the influence of others can be when we need that final push in life.

I am taking away a message of the past is a cold and dark place none of us want to face, it's the hell we run from everyday. But if we never find the courage to face it, will it ever truly go away? No, of course it won't! Stand up and face it, no matter how hard it might seem, there is light at the end of the tunnel and you never know just who might be waiting within in that light, happiness is after-all what brings us home.

I highly recommend this read for all fans of romance reads. It's a stunning story of two lost souls and the journey they take towards the walls of the past being broken down.

5/5 star review
" The swan rises up from the darkness, but will the darkness consume her before she's ready to save her hero?"