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Immortal Trust

Immortal Trust

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by Claire Ashgrove

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Immortal Trust is the third book in Claire Ashgrove's exciting series about sexy Knights Templar and the modern women they will do anything to protect.
When archaeologist Chloe Broussard accepts the contract to lead a dig in Ornes, France, she has no idea she will uncover the Veil of Veronica. When she does, she discovers a danger far greater than the

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Immortal Trust 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Melanie_atTheQwillery More than 1 year ago
Immortal Trust is the third in the Curse of the Templars series by Claire Ashgrove and this instalment focuses on the Templar, Lucan of Seacourt. Lucan is on his way to meet his seraph, the fiesty archeologist Chloe who is about to to uncover the find of her career - the Veil of Veronica - a highly prized religious artifact. Despite the fact that the series is based on the Templars the story is largely told through Chloe's POV. Chloe believes that Lucan (and the other Templars) are representatives of the church who are sent to secure the artifact when her dig is complete. Little does she know that Lucan is actually a centuries old Templar and that she is destined to be his 'one true love' and save his soul. Lucan is drawn to Chloe but knows how important the Veil is, to the not just to the Templars but also to the evil Azazel who also determined to get the Veil using whatever nefarious means necessary. With the fate of mankind in the balance Lucan is torn between doing what is right and what is right for him. Chloe however, is torn between her growing affection for the hunky Templar and uncovering the discovery of her career. All this happens within the backdrop of rural France in the winter with a healthy dose of demonic possession just to make things interesting. I liked Immortal Trust but that could have been down more to the model on the front cover rather than to the actual contents of the book. I thought that the story focused more on Chloe rather than Lucan in contrast to the book description. The story was a very easy read and the characters likeable (except of course, for Azazel) but I think they could have all been fleshed out a bit more. There was very little of Azazel until near the end which I think Ashgrove could have expanded on. The dynamic between Chloe and her brother was written in quite a realistic way, as was the interaction between Chloe and Lucan. While attracted to Lucan she didn't act like many heroines in this type of novel by falling immediately into his arms (and bed). Without giving too much away I didn't agree with the choice Chloe made at the end of the book in relation to her brother as it was inconsistent with how both characters were written. The Templars make for great characters as they can quite easily be either the heroes or the enemy and Lucan is a great example of the heroic version. If you like a novel with a bit of a mix of historical fantasy and paranormal romance then this is a good choice, especially if you want it in an easy to read format. Do I like the series well enough to continue? Perhaps not although it really depends on what the model on the next cover looks like (shameless, I know!)
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Original Post on Romancing the Books blog /Reviewed by Andrea / Review copy provided by the Publisher / This book was awesome! Ok – sure. When I first started reading it, the language of the hero (he’s got an almost medieval way of talking) caught me off guard and I was like “What the…?” I was ready to give up but clung to the hope that things would get better. And things definitely got better! You fall in love with these characters. Lucian is the classic Type A hero – tall, dark, sexy (unbelievable sexy) and protective. He knows what he wants and he lets nothing stop him to get it. He speaks in an archaic way and it is so sexy! Every time he says “Aye” you want to melt at his feet. Chloe is an archaeologist who is loyal to her brother, hard working and a beauty (even though she doesn’t believe it). She had a previous bad break-up that holds her back from anything relating to a romantic relationship. Trust is her biggest issue and Lucian almost forces her from the start to trust him completely. These two are fated to be with each other but only Lucian knows. He definitely has to work hard to get Chloe on his side but when he does – holy hot! Lucian is a gentleman in bed and Chloe is anything but a passive partner. Claire Ashgrove definitely can write a love scene. I didn’t realize when I started this book that it was part of a series and there were no issues with reading it on its own. There are parts that seem to be part of a bigger picture but it’s easy enough to get the gist of it all. I think my favorite part of this book was the historical background story. I am a huge history nerd and bringing in the Templars and the entire concept of the Veronica really made it interesting for me. Interesting enough to Google and spend way too much time reading various sites about it. All in all, this is a great book that will keep your interest to the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Immortal Trust is the third book in a series that explores and evolves the myth of the Templars. It is a very involved series that builds with each book so I recommend reading each book in order. Azazel is gathering the Holy Relics to ascend to the heavenly throne and the Templar Knights must stop him, but with each fight a little piece of their soul is lost to the darkness. After hundreds of years of fighting, many Knights walk the line of good and evil and only one thing can save their soul. Their destined Seraph. Only with their light can they defeat Azazel's darkness and continue to fight in the battle for the Almighty. Chloe Broussard is an archeologist, but she is also a Seraph. She just doesn't know it yet. But Lucan of Seacourt knows that she is destined for him, whether she wants to believe it or not. Unfortunately, demons follow Chloe and Lucan has to uncover whether she is working with them, or running from them. Azazel is close, and he wants Chloe and the veil she has uncovered. They must learn to put their suspicions aside and trust in each if they ever hope to leave the dig site alive, and with their souls intact. Claire Ashgrove has a knack for bringing her stories to life and sweeping me away into the magic and romance surrounding the mysterious Templar Knights. With each book I fall more and more in love. ¿ I loved the relationship between Chloe and Lucan, it was rife with suspicion from the get-go but they couldn't deny their sizzling attraction. And each character had their own reasons to be this way, but for some reason I have an easier time accepting the hero then the heroine while reading, so Chloe's denial and constant pushing away did become frustrating at times. Chloe's brother Julian added an intriguing element to the story that was heart breaking at times as well, I'm happy that we will see more of him in future books. The series arc is so profound and intricate that sometimes it was difficult to remember all of the nuances of the story until the author hit upon it but that just added to the suspense. ¿ I find it interesting that in this series both characters have to work past the same hurdles as oppose to each having their own seperate issues. First it was a sort of a fear and commitment with Merrick and Anne, with Farran and Noelle it was trust, now with Chloe and Lucan it is suspicion. It's a nice little switch-up. Immortal Trust didn't have quite as much action in it then previous books, and what it did have didn't come until the end. But the plot was filled with tension, suspense, sultry romance, captivating world building and an intriguing story line with more then it's share of hot and tender moments. A very satisfying read to say the least and I cannot wait to pick up the next book! 
CaryMorganFrates More than 1 year ago
The Curse of the Templar is a great series, and Ms. Ashgrove does not let up the trend with book three, Immortal Trust. She unfailingly gives us yummy guys who are not too good to be true, strong and independent-to-a-fault women, the clash of swords, the clash of passion, and the ever-present threat of eternal danger. They all come together to create a mad swirl and a wild romp – absolutely wonderful. Each book ratchets up the tension, the urgency, and the need for a lasting solution. Having left the U.S. in book two, Immortal Surrender, this story continues the trend, taking place on an archaeological dig in France. Chloe Broussard knows trouble lurks in the woods, and has spent years doing her utmost to keep the unknown evil at bay. Strangely, her loyal brother is uncharacteristically distracted and aloof, and she feels even more vulnerable without his support. When church representatives enter the picture and start asking questions and poking around her life’s work, she becomes defensive, yet she cannot ignore the undeniable attraction she feels for one of them – Lucan. Will he be a help to her? A hindrance? Will he turn her world on its head? Only terror will get in the way of knowing the answers to those questions. This is a great read and I can hardly wait to read the next installment, Immortal Protection. Very well done. I purchased this book online and have given this review freely and without monetary compensation.