Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
Our story begins in Vera Cruz, Mexico in 1685 when Rafael Marquez, a Buccaneer, is forced to steal the Madonna’s Tear mounted in her crown, a ruby worth it’s weight in gold. Forced to steal this jewel goes against everything Rafe stands for but his men are being held captive by the pirate MacKenzie, the very pirate that raped and killed his wife and young daughter. MacKenzie is known as the Scottish Butcher and he lives up to the name because when Rafe returns to his ship it is discovered that there are no sails and nothing left to make any. He and the rest of his crew are left adrift and the only thing in sight is their death.
When Rafe is visited by Madonna herself requesting him to retrieve and return her ruby in one months time or have his soul sent to Hell and that it has to be done with love not vengeance he finds himself facing a very difficult mission. Before he knows it he is swept away with a promise his crew would arrive safely on shore he on the other hand finds himself falling in front of a woman and her young child.
Julia Reynolds is in Galveston, Tx. and it is now 1895 over two hundred years in the future. A widow who was betrayed by her husband, she is weary of ever falling in love or trusting a man but this strange man in strange clothes catches her eye. Julia’s father is wealthy and she has accompanied him on his business trip with Olivia, her six year old daughter. Unable to turn away from this man who is in need of lodging and clothing and feigning amnesia she finds him a room, dresses him with good clothing and makes sure he is fed. Her father seems to also be drawn to Rafe because he hires him to be a bodyguard for his daughter and granddaughter.
Rafe discovers that Julia and her family have a connection to both the ruby and to the pirate MacKenzie and as he falls for her and Livvy, fulfilling his mission for the Madonna, becomes more and more difficult. Rafe is an honorable man who has to find a ruby two hundred years in the future or be damned while trying not to hurt the woman he is falling in love with.
A beautiful story of two people who lost the ones they loved and who never believed finding love again was possible. A man on a mission to save his soul while protecting the two people who have become everything to him. Loved this story and can’t wait for more.