(The Curse of the Templars #2)
by Claire Ashgrove
Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Tor Books
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Farran de Clare, loyal member of the cursed Knights Templar, wants nothing to do with predestined mates. Even the Almighty won’t turn him into a fool again—he’d rather sacrifice his soul. Yet in the scientist Noelle Keane, a devout atheist, Farran meets the seraph designed for him.Goodreads
Ordered by the archangel Gabriel to protect Noelle, the possessor of a sacred relic that could give Azazel incredible power, Farran swears to do his duty—but in name only. Fighting an attraction that grows with each day, he’s determined that he’ll never pledge himself to her.
As they war over her future, their mutual passion ignites a conflict far more damning. But before Noelle will agree to eternity with him, she demands the ultimate sacrifice—his heart.
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After reading the first book in the The Curse Of The Templars, I knew that this was going to be a series for me. The story is rich and unique with sexy immortals, intriguing angels and some pretty scary demons.
Over nine hundred years ago, the Knights of the Templar were punished by the Archangels for uncovering a forbidden holy relic. Cursed with Azazel's darkness each time they kill a demonic creature, eventually that darkness will take over their soul and they will become a minion of the evil Azazel. Their only salvation lays in the light that their destined Seraph holds as a descendant of the nephilim.
However, Farran de Clare has no wish to ever find his destined Seraph. Betrayed by his wife, he has never forgotten that heartache and is unable to bring himself to trust a woman ever again. Unfortunately, Destiny has other plans for him. Charged with protecting the scientist Noelle Keane and the relic she carries, Farron discovers his Seraph. His duty and honor to his brothers demands him to unite with Noelle and fulfill his vows. But as an atheist, Noelle doesn't believe the secrets he shares with her, instead she waves Farron and the Knights off as a group of religious zealots.
The more time Farron spends around the spunky scientist the more his walls crumble, but Noelle won't accept anything but his heart. Can he convince Noelle to trust in him and their destiny before it's too late, and can he learn to trust her in return?
Claire Ashgrove's Immortal Surrender swept me away with the legend of the Knights Templar. I cannot say enough how much I love the world that Ms. Ashgrove has created with this series. Feisty heroines, old-world heroes, romance, passion, action and a touch of the supernatural. The Curse of the Templars has it all, along with a gripping story line that will keep you glued to the pages. I enjoyed both of the main characters of this book, their back and forth was like watching a tennis match take place on the pages. Yes, Farron did have his frustrating moments but with his history of betrayal it was understandable. Noelle had her moments as well with her lack of faith and her attitude, but she was in a difficult situation as well so I was able to relate. The surrounding cast of characters, from the other knights to the archangels, were just as captivating and I can't wait to get to know each of them better.
This series has several different aspects to it that I think will please romance readers spanning several different sub-genres. I definitely recommend you reading this but start at the beginning with Immortal Hope which builds the history of the Knights. :)
Rating: 4.5 Wine Glasses
Reviewed by: Crystal