5 of 5 stars
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but after reading the blurb, I knew I wanted to read it. The book delivers on everything I hoped for - pirates, witches, curses, all-consuming guilt and forgiveness and love. Victor Blackburn is cursed and is destined to die an appalling death when he turns 27 unless he can find Mercy Seymour. She is a descendant of the Thorne family and the only one who can break the curse on the Blackburn men. Needless to say, Mercy has no intention of breaking the curse, but that doesn't stop Victor from kidnapping her and dragging her to Blackburn Castle.
Ms. Matthews elegantly teases out the details of what happened to Victor and Mercy when they were children and why Mercy is so ingrained in her hatred. There are quite a few twists and turns in the book that totally surprised me. Mercy's character is strong and spirited, but she's no match for Victor. He was raised by a ruthless pirate and he's hardened himself against everyone. Could Mercy be the one woman who could capture his heart? Can Mercy let go of the past and realize the future path that lay before them or will she hold onto past hurts and let a good man die? Recommended.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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