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Yes, I’ll admit upfront I would not have requested a NetGalley ARC knowing what I know now. Do I regret reading it? Well, through a large part of it I might have leaned towards saying kind of...sort of….yes and no. You see, not only is the plot complicated but so is my reaction. By the end though my answer is a resounding “Yes, I regret it and want the time I wasted reading it back.” Now onto my painful attempt to explain why.
I’m not a fan of a hero who will throw the heroine under the bus, so to speak, to get what he wants. Heck, even Devlin’s friends warned him it wasn’t right, not worth it, and would cost him something irreplaceable/precious in the long run. This very hurtful at times hero spouted off such a vial threat to Grace I was ready to let the gatekeeper haul his sorry behind off to hades right then and there. Yeah, he said he was sorry, but I still haven’t forgiven him for it. At 70% into, having only kissed her a time or two, he is still playing Russian roulette with her life and continuing his plan, which is more like a deal with the devil. Then his hair brained notion he has it all under control and everything will work out just fine. Yeah, right (shaking my head). Oh, why, oh, why, didn’t I give up then (hanging my head now in frustration). I also just didn’t feel a genuine soul mate connection between this main couple.
Also, I’m not a fan of graphic violent abuse/rape in my romantic reads. Devlin’s flashback of what was done to him was very disturbing for me. I also wasn’t enamored with the idea/explanation of Grace and an evil female spirit who did smexy things to her against her will. The whole premise of the multi-pronged events that started this ordeal into motion eventually began to feel ridiculous.
Then there was the author’s oversight in not researching the fact the particular religion she was drawing from does not support/endorse, in fact emphatically does not consider it a gift nor encourage anyone, other than an ordained/specially trained in exorcism priest (not a for hire medium) to approach a ghost/demon…ever...under any circumstance. That likely picked up on my radar because I once studied the subject. Let’s just say, I slept with the lights on for quite some time after reading cases studies of what is involved. It didn’t make sense, therefore, an average run of the mill monk was working with her. It was portrayed as if God and her religion highly endorsed what they were doing and that wouldn’t have been the case per that religion’s beliefs. The author likely thought the religion aspect would give it credibility, but for me it did the opposite.
Sleeping with Grace right before knowing what he had planned and, face it, only a stupid person wouldn’t acknowledge it could all go up in flames and destroy her. He’s not my kind of hero, folks. Her naively going on with things, knowing what she knew didn’t seem to fit her character. Honestly, I thought she was smarter than that. I guess you could say sex made her stupid.
The “all over the place” conclusion, which tried to cram too much in what was supposed to be a riveting ending, likely is what frustrated me the most. My romance book-loving friends, I stopped reading at 94%. It was too frustrated to get the full scoop on the likely specifics of a HEA. Rarely am I this angry I wasted my time reading a book. Equally frustrating was the author’s writing flows across the pages. I think she is a talented writer. I just didn’t particularly care for what she did with this storyline.
Title: Devil’s Cove, Series: Tortured Souls (Book 1), Author: R.C. Matthews, Pages: 300, stand-alone, hero set on revenge no matter the cost, caught in the middle heroine, disturbing graphic abuse, paranormal, M/M sexual abuse/torture, forced/unconsensual F/F scenes, blind heroine who is a spirit medium, could have been a great read but wasn’t.
(This review is based on free advanced reader copy provided via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased, fair review. No type of compensation was given to the reviewer. There is no relationship/affiliation between the reviewer and the author/publisher.)
I'm not kidding. I read this at night before bed and suffered for it in my dreams. THAT'S how creepy-good it is.
Captain Devlin Limmerick is hell-bent on revenge, a mission that draws him to the haunted mansion in Devil's Cove. It's the only thing in England with a scarier reputation than his. And with good reason, let me assure you. He must hire a medium to rid the ghosts...and perform a much darker task he has in mind. But he doesn't count on that medium being the strong and willful Grace, whose goodness is stronger than his or any other power of ill-intent. He is drawn to her light.
Grace may be blind, but she can see the darkness strangling the captain, and what begins as fear turns into a fierce desire to save him from himself and the damning path he's set them upon. But never before has she faced a foe so powerful, and never before has she doubted her own heart, mind and strength. But she is the last hope. If she fails, not only will they lose their souls. They'll lose their love.
This is a tale full of passion, emotion, angst and suspense. Matthews has woven a gothic world in which I found myself tearing through the pages and looking over my shoulder in the dark of night. It freaked me out. It warmed my heart. It made me cringe, and it made me cheer. That's what I look for in my five-star reads. THANK YOU!
The tale that follows is a suspenseful journey of a Pirate named Devlin and a blind Medium named Grace. Devlin hired Grace to rid the mansion of the spirits that are lurking in it's walls. But, there is so much more to the mission than Grace was led to believe. Devlin has a much more deceitful mission in which she refuses to participate. Will Devlin choose to follow his heart and his growing love for Grace. Or, follow his desire for revenge?
Josephine the demon enjoys toying with Grace and encouraging her to embrace her dark side as a medium. Grace is being pulled between light and dark and isn't sure who she can trust. Josephine often comes to her in her dreams and toys with her sexual desires.
This is a dark but also spiritual journey for the characters as they attempt to help save the souls of the lost in the mansion. And, also their own. If you are not fond of stories that have a spiritual undertone then this is not the book for you! This is a book in which the characters rely heavily on their faith and prayer and use these tools in helping spirits find peace so they can cross over into heaven. I mention this only because some other reviewers gave this book a very low rating because of this theme. So, just an FYI if this is something you like to know about in advance.
There are also some scenes involving Male/Male and Female/Female encounters which are not entirely consensual so one or both may elicit negative triggers for some. If you do not like this type of content then proceed with caution. I have read many books with dark content so this was not an issue for me.
This was an intriguing and fast paced read that I would recommend to fans of gothic/Victorian romance and those who do not have a problem with spiritual undertones. An entertaining and suspenseful read and definitely hit the spot for me... I was definitely in the mood for something a little different.
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