A pirate and voodoo priestess lift a deadly curse on those they love. Do they dare let a relationship blossom amid danger?
Charles Moore relishes his dangerous life as the pirate Hatchet. Manning a clipper ship keeps his mind off the role he played in the Civil War. But now an ancient curse has killed two of his loves, and he can't ignore the whispers that New Orleans's Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau herself, has hexed his family.
Creole widow Hope Leblonc bristles under the city's Black Codes that have stripped her of so many freedoms and forced her practice of voodoo underground. When Hatchet seeks her help in lifting the curse, she concedes under one condition. He must steal back a family relic she needs to become a mambo in her religion.
But they're both holding secrets that endanger their lives. When ghosts from the past exact revenge for the skeletons in the Moore family closet, will Hope and Hatchet discover that love is worth the risk in time to survive the coming darkness?
About the Author
R.C. Matthews is the author of contemporary and historical romances featuring bold, sassy heroines and magnetic alpha heroes. Warning! The chemistry between her characters is off the charts hot, so read at your own risk. She resides in the Midwest and is surrounded by men: her husband and three sons. During her free time you'll find her watching The Walking Dead, reading a fabulous book or hanging out with her family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the third story in a series, however, I never felt lost while reading. It appears each book features one couple. Characters from other books showed up, but I feel nothing was given away so I can go back and read the rest of the series with a fresh mind. I really enjoyed this story. It was historical with strong suspense and a big dose of paranormal. I don’t see many historical novels set in New Orleans so it was a nice change of pace. The heroine was incredibly strong in a time when women had no voice. I love how the author incorporated diverse characters without it feeling forced. The love story between Hope and Hachette was authentic. I adored the minor characters of Maribeth and Victor too. The author did a good job of not making anyone a complete villain and painting them in shades with a redeeming arc. She even threw in a few actual historical characters. On top of that, there were twists I didn’t see coming. Towards the end, there is a gripping scene that clearly illustrated why the series is called tortured heroes. This is a great read if you love gothic romances full of magical twists.
River Road is the third book in the Tortured Souls series. I loved this entertaining book about a pirate, Charles (Hatchet) Moore, and Creole widow Hope Leblonc. The story engaged my interest from the start and kept it throughout. This is a terrific book for a weekend read. The author's descriptions bring the reader to historical New Orleans, the heart of voodoo and the home of Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau. The storyline is well written and exciting, with danger, suspense, curses, secrets, power, and a chance for love. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
My only complaint is this book is TOO SHORT. I devoured the book and wanted more. Passion, excitement, secrets... and all wrapped in voodoo and taboo (of the time). The author does an excellent job developing the characters in such depth that you can't help but fall in love with who they are and what drives them. Great book for anyone that loves adventure, the electricity of new love, and strong colorful personalities. The BEST part is that you can pick up this book (Book 3) without having read the previous 2 books... but you will want to dive right into books 1 & 2 to immerse yourself in the authors steamy and devilish characters.