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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2006

    A lush, emotionally charged, sensual delight!

    SINFUL PLEASURES, Mary Reed McCall¿s second book in her Templar Knights Trilogy is a gloriously romantic story and an outstanding historical drama based in part on true events. In this exceptionally talented author¿s skillful hands ~ all the adventure, excitement, political intrigue and rich pageantry of the Medieval Era, as well as, the hardships, conflicts and, life and death struggles faced by the people of that time are seamlessly woven into the storyline and vividly brought to life for the enjoyment of the reader. But it never feels like a history lesson because the author never lets the setting overshadow the beauty of the love story that can be only described ~ as a lush, emotionally charged, sensual delight¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ The story begins about 6 months after the start of the Inquisition, in a chateau in France where Lady Alissende of Surry has gone to seek refuge. Lady Alissende, a lovely and wealthy young widow is being pressured by her well-meaning mother and Cousin Michael to accept a proxy marriage in order to save herself from being taken by force by her ruthless and unscrupulous Cousin Hugh, the Earl of Harwick ~ whose suit has the Kings support. After suffering in a loveless marriage for four years, Alissende would rather not marry at all, but like most women of her times, she knows she really has no way of protecting herself from the schemes, intrigues and whims of powerful men like the King or Hugh. Michael tells her she needs a strong man to defeat Hugh but it also must appear be a `reason of the heart¿ to pacify the King. He thinks the best choice for her husband is none other than Damien de Ashby the man she had so foolishly and publicly rejected five years earlier ~ the man she truly never stopped loving¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿. Our hero, Damien de Ashby ~ fought hard to rise above his common blood and humble beginnings to become a strong, proud, and honorable knight. Once a well respected and nearly unbeatable tournament champion, known for his brave pure heart and fine face he was nicknamed the Archangel. After being openly spurned and humiliated in front of nearly two hundred members of King Edward¿s court by Alissende ~ the woman who had shown him love beyond compare¿ but then coldly trampled his heart ~ a stunned and devastated Damien left England to devote his life the Templars. However, in October of 1307 King Philip the Fair of France declared all Templar Knights Heretics and called for their immediate arrest. Now, after spending several months in a French prison being subjected to unspeakable tortures by the Inquisition, Damien is rescued and brought back to health from the brink of death only to be asked to marry and offer his protection to Alissende ~ the one person he thought he¿d never see again in his lifetime. And the one person he¿s afraid he¿ll fall in love with all over again¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿.. In this well-plotted story Ms. McCall unveils a gripping and deeply passionate love story between the physically and emotionally scarred hero, Damien and the genuinely remorseful, tender and fun-loving heroine, Alissende. As these remarkable characters rediscover their love for each other the author treats us to beautifully written love scenes that sizzle with passion and steamy sensuality ~ most especially my favorite, the ¿erotic picnic¿ in Chapter 18¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿. SINFUL PLEASURES is an exquisite tale of two lovers destined to be reunited and joined together ~ body, heart and soul ~ for all time. This heartwarming and unforgettable story is not to be missed ~ I can¿t recommend it enough.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    wonderful medieval romance

    They were young lovers in love, but she humiliated him in public disdainfully rebuffing his advances. Angrily he left her and joined the Templar Knights. Now in the year of our Lord 1308, Damien de Ashby sits in a French prison awaiting the so called regal justice of the Inquisition. When his former lover Lady Alissende de Montague learns of his incarceration, the widow arranges for his freedom paying a heavy ransom for his release. Alissende fears a forced second marriage so her plan calls for her to wed Damien by proxy so that each can have their freedom. However, Damien wants to confront the woman he still loves with neither expecting the attraction to be so strong considering their history. An unknown adversary wants the Templar dead and the widow married to him that foe waits for the moment to strike terror in the hearts of the lovers. --- SINFUL PLEASURES is wonderful medieval romance that transports readers back to Inquisition France at a time when the Templars are outlawed and being hunted down. The story line stars two courageous individuals whose love for one another in spite of their tribulations and the intrigue and danger ever near, still remains strong. Mary Reed McCall makes the fourteenth century come alive. --- Harriet Klausner

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    Posted October 22, 2008

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