Review: Devil’s Cove by R.C. Matthews

Devil’s Cove by R.C. Matthews
Series:  Tortured Souls (# 1)
Release Date: August 29, 2016
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Pages: 300
Source: book provided by the publisher for review



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.


Review: Years ago a massacre took place at Devil’s Cove Manor. Now, privateer, Captain Devlin Limmerick, has bought the abandoned mansion, but needs servants and someone with the power to communicate with spirits to detect the presence of an evil entity.

Grace is blinded in her youth, but gained the powers of ‘sight’ and is known around the village as a medium, which is why Devlin approaches her. Reluctant to live in the old house, Grace declines his invitation, but soon finds herself at his mercy and under his protection.

Resigned to her task, Grace discovers the house is indeed enveloped in evil and that she and Devlin have an inexplicable connection between them. But, they will endure much before they can know peace… if they survive.

First of all, and I’ll try to keep this brief, this was not exactly what I was expecting from this book. I was under the impression the book was a historical romance with Gothic elements blended in, and based on the blurb, and the cover art, pretty benign.  Truth, be told, I was sure this book was akin to a Victoria Holt novel, so, you can imagine my shock when what I got instead was a straight up horror novel.

There are Gothic elements in the book, but it is not a pure ‘Gothic’ novel, and yes, there is a romance, but it’s fraught with high angst, is a little troubling, and perhaps darker than some might be expecting, myself included. The emotional chemistry between Grace and Devlin is flat, and although the romance is redemptive in nature, it was, ‘too little, too late’, as far as I was concerned and I never warmed up to Devlin at all.

Although the romance is set in historical times, this novel is not what people usually think of in terms of ‘historical romance’.

So, let’s say, for all intents and purposes, this is a horror novel and go from there.

If you are looking for a super evil haunted house, a plethora of paranormal happenings, and wish to escape the ‘Gates of Hell’, then this book is for you. Honestly, this would make an excellent book to read for Halloween. It is the perfect setup for a creepy, atmospheric, tale of revenge and suspense, that will have you chewing your nails and holding your kindle with white knuckles.

If you know what to expect going in, you will find this book to be a solid tale of horror, perhaps best read while curled up by the fire on a dark and stormy night…