Blackburn Castle

Tortured Souls

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Curses and witches enliven this gothic romance, the second in Matthews’s Tortured Souls saga.

Victor Blackburn is living on borrowed time. An ancient curse violently claims the life of each Blackburn male on his twenty-seventh birthday. As his approaches, his only hope of survival is a witch who vanished long ago without a trace.

Mercy Seymour eagerly counts down the days until the curse will claim Victor’s life. She watched him murder her mother, and only his death will free her of the hatred and anger she harbors.

When fate throws them together in Devil’s Cove, desire simmers between the handsome pirate and the spirited barkeeper’s niece until they learn the truth about each other. Desperate for her cooperation, Victor spirits her away to Blackburn Castle in the Scottish Highlands, where forces of magic and mists from beyond the grave weaken her resolve, opening her eyes to the truth of the past.

As Victor and Mercy unearth the fabled stones needed to break the curse, they discover that the only weapon powerful enough to destroy hate is love. But will they have to sacrifice their relationship to save what means the most to them?

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About the author

R.C. Matthews lives in Michigan where she enjoys the four seasons and indulging her imagination while writing romances. Find her at RCMatthews.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter @RCMatthews123.

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Publisher
Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Apr 10, 2017
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Pages
292
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ISBN
9781507204481
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Victorian
Fiction / Romance / Paranormal / General
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Pirates, witches, curses, and voodoo form a thrilling backdrop for this sensual gothic series that “keeps readers absolutely riveted” (Library Journal).

Devil’s Cove: Captain Devlin Limmerick, the pirate feared as the Devil, eagerly takes ownership of the abandoned Devil Cove’s Manor in his quest for vengeance on his past. Only Grace, a beautiful, blind medium, can aid him with his nefarious plan. Yet even though she finds herself drawn to his darkness, she refuses to sacrifice her soul to set his revenge in motion. Plunged into the throes of passion and danger, they discover the only way free from the evil closing in on them is to summon the courage to believe in true love.

Blackburn Castle: An ancient curse violently claims the life of each Blackburn male on his twenty-seventh birthday, and Victor Blackburn’s only hope of survival is tied to a witch who vanished long ago. Mercy Seymour eagerly counts the days until Victor’s death will free her of the hatred and anger she harbors after watching him kill her mother years ago. Yet when fate throws them together, desire simmers between the handsome pirate and the spirited barkeeper’s niece…until they learn each other’s true identities. Desperate, Victor spirits her away to Blackburn Castle, where they discover that the only weapon powerful enough to destroy hate is love. But must they sacrifice their relationship to save each other?

River Road: An ancient curse has killed two of Charles Moore’s loves, and the pirate known as Hatchet blames New Orleans’s Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau herself, for the hex. Creole widow Hope Leblonc bristles under the city’s Black Codes that have forced her practice of voodoo underground. When Hatchet treats her like the respectable woman she is, she offers him a deal: she’ll lift the curse if he’ll steal back a family relic she needs. But they’re both holding secrets, and ghosts from the past reveal a connection between Hope and Hatchet that makes the curse more powerful than ever. Is love enough to survive the coming darkness?

Sensuality Level: Sensual
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Hugh Pennington—Viscount Greysteil, Lord Justice of the Scottish Courts, hero of the Napoleonic wars—is a grieving widower with a death wish. When he receives an expected crate from the continent, he is shocked to find a nearly dead woman inside. Her identity is unknown, and the handful of American coins and the precious diamond sown into her dress only deepen the mystery.

Grace Ware is an enemy to the English crown. Her father, an Irish military commander of Napoleon’s defeated army. Her mother, an exiled Scottish Jacobite. When Grace took shelter in a warehouse, running from her father’s murderers through the harbor alleyways of Antwerp, she never anticipated bad luck to deposit her at the home of an aristocrat in the Scottish Borders. Baronsford is the last place she could expect to find safety, and Grace feigns a loss of memory to buy herself time while she recovers.

Hugh is taken by her beauty, passion, and courage to challenge his beliefs and open his mind. Grace finds in him a wounded man of honor, proud but compassionate. When their duel of wits quickly turns to passion and romance, Grace’s fears begin to dissolve...until danger follows her to the very doors of Baronsford. For, unknown to either of them, Grace has in her possession a secret that will wreak havoc within the British government. Friend and foe are indistinguishable as lethal forces converge to tear the two lovers apart or destroy them both.

Daring Rescue and Escape to the Colonies in the Historical Romance, Crystal Passion, by Jo Goodman

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Ashley Lynne never expected kindness from her guardian, the Duke of Linfield. But being betrothed by him to a much older man she hardly knew was unthinkable. Worse was the cost of her resistance—awakening from a drugged sleep in the bedchamber of a dark-haired, steel-eyed stranger.
In England on business, Captain Salem McClellan assumed the lovely young woman curled up in his bed was only an evening's entertainment supplied by the Duke. But Ashley's terrified protests were proof enough of her innocence—and a powerful inspiration to rescue her.
From the gloomy docks of London to the lush green hills of Virginia, Salem and Ashley embark on a journey that exposes scandalous family secrets, and plunges them into the American Revolution where they fight for freedom, and the promise of each other...forever.

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: For fans of Jo Goodman we bring you one of her earliest books freshly edited, by Jo Goodman herself, for today's readers. Enjoy!

AWARDS:
Best Romance 2011 – Library Journal
Best Romance, All About Romance 2008 Annual Reader Poll
Romantic Times Career Achievement Award
Top Ten Romance of the Year 2011, Library Journal
#5 in the Top 100 Romances of All Time, Dear Author.

REVIEWS:
“Delightful and exciting...Goodman holds the suspense as well as the surprises and never lets up on the passion.” – RT Book Reviews
“A thoughtful and intelligent writer who can make her characters live and breathe on the page.” – All About Romance

THE MCCLELLANS, in series order
Crystal Passion
Seaswept Abandon
Tempting Torment

THE HAMILTON FAMILY, in series order
More Than You Know
More Than You Wished

THE COMPASS CLUB, in series order
Let Me Be The One
Everything I Ever Wanted
All I Ever Needed
Beyond A Wicked Kiss

THE DENNEHY SISTERS, in series order:
Only My Love
My Heart's Desire
Forever in My Heart
Always in My Dreams
Only in My Arms

THE MARSHALL BROTHERS, in series order:
Her Defiant Heart
His Heart's Revenge

THE THORNE BROTHERS TRILOGY, in series order:
My Steadfast Heart
My Reckless Heart
With All My Heart
Pirates, witches, curses, and voodoo form a thrilling backdrop for this sensual gothic series that “keeps readers absolutely riveted” (Library Journal).

Devil’s Cove: Captain Devlin Limmerick, the pirate feared as the Devil, eagerly takes ownership of the abandoned Devil Cove’s Manor in his quest for vengeance on his past. Only Grace, a beautiful, blind medium, can aid him with his nefarious plan. Yet even though she finds herself drawn to his darkness, she refuses to sacrifice her soul to set his revenge in motion. Plunged into the throes of passion and danger, they discover the only way free from the evil closing in on them is to summon the courage to believe in true love.

Blackburn Castle: An ancient curse violently claims the life of each Blackburn male on his twenty-seventh birthday, and Victor Blackburn’s only hope of survival is tied to a witch who vanished long ago. Mercy Seymour eagerly counts the days until Victor’s death will free her of the hatred and anger she harbors after watching him kill her mother years ago. Yet when fate throws them together, desire simmers between the handsome pirate and the spirited barkeeper’s niece…until they learn each other’s true identities. Desperate, Victor spirits her away to Blackburn Castle, where they discover that the only weapon powerful enough to destroy hate is love. But must they sacrifice their relationship to save each other?

River Road: An ancient curse has killed two of Charles Moore’s loves, and the pirate known as Hatchet blames New Orleans’s Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau herself, for the hex. Creole widow Hope Leblonc bristles under the city’s Black Codes that have forced her practice of voodoo underground. When Hatchet treats her like the respectable woman she is, she offers him a deal: she’ll lift the curse if he’ll steal back a family relic she needs. But they’re both holding secrets, and ghosts from the past reveal a connection between Hope and Hatchet that makes the curse more powerful than ever. Is love enough to survive the coming darkness?

Sensuality Level: Sensual
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