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THE DEVIL’S BASTARD
CHARLSIE RUSSELL
ISBN# 0-9769824-0-4
September 2006
Loblolly Writer’s House
PO Box 7438, Gulfport, Mississippi 39506
Paperback
$14.95
306 Pages
American Historical/Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Mathias Douglas has grown up not knowing how to show love; the devil raped his mother, Juliana and she died giving birth to him. On her deathbed, she made her mother Elisabeth swear to take care her baby. Mathias grew up not knowing who sired him but has heard the rumors that he was the result of a demon’s seed. His grandmother raised him, but Mathias never felt her love.

Angelique Veilleux is not sorry her father died. He was a tyrannical, unloving father. She looks forward to starting a new life with her Aunt Elizabeth. However, as she gets off the boat, a bunch of thieves kidnaps her. They threaten to rape her. Angelique is scared and prays for help. Will it come in time?

Elizabeth sends Mathias to get her niece, who is coming to live with them since her father has died. Mathias will do anything to gain his grandmother’s love. When Angelique and Mathias meet for the first time, they feel instant attraction for each other. However, Mathias is afraid that if he falls in love with Angelique, she will not return that love. Angelique starts to have nightmares and feels someone or something is watching her. Yo, the Negress who helped Elisabeth deliver Mathias, tells Angelique the family’s history and the story of the demon being Mathias’s father. When animals are found slaughtered, Mathias and his men think it is a wild cat. Angelique wonders if it is something more sinister. Elizabeth insists that Angelique and Mathias marry. She tells Mathias she will give him De Leau, the family homestead, as a wedding gift. After the wedding, Angelique’s life is severely threatened. Mathias wonders if this threat comes from his sire. Is this monster after the person he loves? What are the secrets that Yo and Elizabeth share? How will Angelique deal with the demons that threaten her family?

The Devil’s Bastard is a book that keeps you glued to your seat, reading page after page. It is heartbreaking as you read about Mathias’s childhood and the pain he must have felt as a child not knowing if he was created by a monster. You can feel the love inside him trying to come out. Angelique is just the right person to show him how to love. She brings out the tender side of Mathias. The mystery in this book has a gothic touch. You will not find out until the final pages just who the demon is. And the answer will shock you as the mystery is solved and all the pieces come together. The historic aspects mentioned within this story are amazing. As you turn the pages, you feel you are reliving a part of our history.

Sherry
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