Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
I have read a good many of Ms. Sweeney’s books, liked some, loved some and disliked some. All I can say is that I absolutely loved this one, it had me hooked from the first page and I couldn’t put it down. I tend to read a book a day and every once in a while a book just captivates me, this was one of those books.
Melissa Powers has decided to take a three week cruise and never expects it will change her life forever. On board the ship she meets Travis Brandt, a rancher from Nebraska, a man who she feels she knows. She suddenly realizes that he is the missing actor and rock star known as Hildebrand. Twenty years earlier Hildebrand disappeared; after many years he was pronounced dead. Obviously the report of his death was premature.
Their shipboard romance turns into much more when Travis asks Melissa to marry him. The one thing that Travis is adamant about is that he does not want children. Not now, not ever. Why?
The book flashes back in time to when Travis was living the life of Hildebrand, actor and rock star who was also a drug and alcohol user and womanizer. We watch as his agent, Della, corrupts his very soul and turns him to satanism. As Hildebrand, Travis is totally involved in the darker side of humanity. He is supposedly the Chosen One, but at one point he turns against the coven and becomes just plan Travis again. Can he really get away from the Devil? Why has the coven not come after him for twenty years? Can his desire not to have children have anything to do with the Devil?
Melissa and Travis are adults, he is fifty-one and she is forty-one, but you are never too old to find love and happiness, and they seem to have found both. But, how long can it last? Can Travis really get away from his dark side? When Melissa becomes pregnant, Hildebrand’s past comes back with a vengeance. Can he save the ones he loves? Good against evil. Will evil win this time?
There are so many twists and turns and Travis’ fight for his soul is great. The love story is beautifully written, a love story about two people both in the middle of their lives fighting a battle that has been waged over and over, the fight between Heaven and Hell.
As for the ending I never saw it coming.