Monday, November 6, 2017

River Road by @RCMatthews123 - New Release and Giveaway @BuoniAmiciPress

River Road
by R.C. Matthews
Series: Tortured Souls, #3
Genre: Gothic Romance
Release Date: November 6, 2017

When a pirate and voodoo priestess must lift a deadly curse on those they love, do they dare let a relationship blossom amid danger? River Road is the gothically satisfying end to this fan-favorite series!

Charles Moore relishes his dangerous life as the pirate Hatchet, since manning a clipper ship keeps his mind off the role he played in the brutal 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 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 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, they reveal a connection between Hope and Hatchet that makes the curse more powerful than ever. Will they discover that love is worth the risk in time to survive the coming darkness?

NOTE: This can be read as a standalone book.

A vicious headache throbbed behind Hatchet’s eyes with each step down the stairs. He ought to have fallen into bed after dinner the evening before, but he chose to discuss his predicament with Victor over brandy instead. Still, a few tumblers of alcohol shouldn’t have knocked him on his arse. His entire goddamned body ached.

Victor stood at the bottom of the stairs, grinning. “You’re awake early this morning.”

His voice boomed in Hatchet’s ears, and he scowled. “Keep your bloody voice down. Damn you and your heavy hand, filling my glass last night.”

“Old man,” Victor taunted. “I’m feeling fit as ever. Can’t hold your liquor anymore?”

Apparently not. He wanted to fall into blissful sleep but instead found himself greeting his sister in the parlor, with Victor trailing close behind. Mary glanced up from the book on her lap.

“Good morning,” she said, setting the book aside. She stood and kissed Hatchet on the cheek.

“Or perhaps not. You look dreadful, Charles.”

He rolled his eyes. “Nothing one of Pauline’s remedies won’t fix. Can you have Millie ring for it?”

“Of course.” She patted his arm before hurrying out of the room. A second later she poked her head inside again. “Before I go, I forgot to mention a letter was delivered last evening for you, Victor. I’m afraid it completely slipped my mind. I was speaking with Benjamin about an issue at the sugar mill when it arrived. You’ll find it on the credenza.”

Victor nodded and strode to the desk. Lifting the letter, he inspected the direction. “Speaking of breakfast, I’m famished. Shall we head to the dining room?”

“As you wish,” Hatchet said, following his friend.

Though, truth be told, he didn’t have much of an appetite. All he wanted was something to ease his headache. Two steps later, he crashed into Victor’s back. His friend stood stock-still, engrossed in his letter.

“What is so enthralling you cannot read and walk?” Hatchet groused.

Victor thrust the letter at him. “Hope begs for your return. She’s in jail.”


Hatchet snatched the letter and read the contents. They were vague, cryptic. Had the police raided Le Havre after all? Hope’s sitting room was full of damning evidence. If they’d caught her unawares … Perspiration gathered on his upper lip, and he wiped it away.

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.

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