Shrouded in unspeakable horror and spoken of only in whispers, the abandoned Devil’s Cove Manor lures Captain Devlin Limmerick and his unquenchable thirst for revenge to its doors. Feared as the Devil on the high seas, the pirate’s desire to avenge his past is matched only by his hunger for the powerful young medium he has coerced to aid him in his nefarious quest.
Blinded from youth and touched with an ability to communicate beyond the grave, Grace is both feared and revered by the uneasy town folk. Yet she is powerless against the unrest brewing within the manor walls and finds herself drawn to the Devil’s darkness. Still, she refuses to sacrifice her soul to set Devlin’s unspeakable plans in motion.
But an evil lurks within these walls, and their very souls are in jeopardy. Grace’s presence at the manor spurs inexplicable happenings, forcing Devlin to believe nothing is as dead as it seems—not even his heart. Plunged into the throes of passion and danger, they discover the only way out is to search deep within and summon the courage to believe in true love.
I wanted to like this book more than I wound up able to. There were parts I enjoyed and some that didn’t work. I liked the overall idea of the story with Devlin working towards revenge and Grace being part of that plan in one form or fashion. However the story was a little disjointed. Almost as if different elements were added later or moved around making it flow not quite right. The ending where good triumphs over evil seemed a bit too easy without any major loss or hardship to the main characters. The romance felt a bit forced. Devlin held himself apart and then all of a sudden he was in love. Grace and Devlin didn’t communicate with each other when dealing with their problems. If they had both talked to each other, then some of their issues could have been avoided. I really adored Grace. She had good intentions throughout the whole book. She truly wanted to redeem Devlin and everyone around her. Her companion and surrogate father, Brother Anselm, was a warm friend and someone I was able to connect with. The one thing I really struggled with is something I don’t think Ms. Matthews set out to imply. Both Grace and Devlin are dealing internal evil they have to fight and both of those evils revolve around same sex relationships or same sex intercourse. The story never delves into that topic or says those words in the story. However I couldn’t help feeling this underlying vibe about same sex relationships as I read the story.
R.C. Matthews’ debut book entitled Little White Lies, was conceived in 1997 while living in Cologne, Germany. However, marriage, children and a day job that paid the bills put writing the book on the back burner until 2012 when she discovered the folder with her research in the basement while reorganizing! Determined to finally realize her life-long dream of writing a book, R.C. Matthews spent 15 months writing on weekends to complete the manuscript.
R.C. Matthews was raised in the Metro-Detroit area by deaf parents along with four siblings. She graduated from a liberal arts college with a B.A. in Accounting and German and continues to work as a certified public accountant. She enjoys traveling with her loving husband and children, reading, down-hill skiing, and playing board games. Talisman and LIFE are high on the list of favorites at her home.