In the wake of an Italian mobster's death, the archangels charge Immortal Templar Knight Caradoc of Asterleigh with protecting a necklace that contains Christ's tears. He vows to bring the relic home, never imagining he'll have to battle Isabelle Speranza, the only woman he's ever loved and whom he left in a futile attempt to protect her heart. Discovering she's his fated seraph changes everything. For the dark lord Azazel is hunting the Templar mates.
Isabelle lost her heart to Caradoc in a whirlwind affair abroad, only to be abandoned in the middle of the night. When she encounters Caradoc in Sicily three years later, her buried anger fuels desire that won't be denied. Yet a dark shadow threatens their reunion. Azazel has discovered her greatest weakness, and her dreams promise unspeakable horrors if she fails to procure the sacred necklace.
As danger stalks her, Isabelle reveals an unbelievable secret. To save them both, Caradoc must accept her truths, even if it means turning from everything he's sworn to uphold.
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Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle: --Actual Rating 4.5 Skulls Claire Ashgrove's THE CURSE OF THE TEMPLARS series quickly became one of my favorites after I discovered it some time back. What's not to love... real history molded to fit a paranormal shell (yet with fabulous attention to detail where the history IS accurate), all melded with romance and set off by some mystery and intrigue. Fabulous! When this book (which is actually the 5th story of the series) came out, I was upset that I couldn't start it immediately. I made time for it though, and boy am I glad that I did! You don't get as much backstory with Immortal Sacrifice, so I highly suggest reading the books in order before jumping into this one to get its full awesome effect. For the sake of my review, I will give you some nonspoilery history to set things up... Back when Caradoc was still mortal, he was a lord in Asterleigh. After taking his vows to become a knight - chastity, poverty, etc - he found that he was missing it too much, and that it wasn't helping his battle against the darkness that was destined to overtake him. In an effort to get closure on that part of his life and concentrate on his mission, he traveled to Europe to say goodbye to what was left of his beloved homeland and met Isabelle, a mob boss's daughter and antiquities dealer. They had a whirlwind affair in a quaint English cottage and both fell in love. Unfortunately, Caradoc knew that he could only be with the woman who was destined to be his, his Seraph, so to avoid any further heartache, he left. Without so much as a goodbye. Fast forward 3 1/2 years into the future where Immortal Sacrifice begins... As the Templars continue their quest to obtain all of the holy relics that the dark lord Azazel could use to overthrow the Almighty, Caradoc and Isabelle run into each other once again at an antiquities auction in Sicily where The Tears of Christ, which are hidden in an exquisite flawless diamond necklace, are up for grabs, along with an urn and some other things that are made from the Cross. Both Caradoc and Isabelle are there to bid on the necklace and fireworks ensue. There's unresolved history, unfulfilled love and desire, need, determination, stubborness and more, and to make matters more interesting...secrets galore (I would love to tell you more, but I don't do spoilers. Sorry!). Suffice it to say that the book was very well-written with a fast moving plot, side stories that will eventually segue into other Templars' tales (yes!!), and enough romance and action to keep all the different sides of us book addicts and paranormal junkies happy! If you're looking for a fun, fresh and unique paranormal romance, this is an amazing book for it! However, again, I do suggest reading the series in order: Immortal Hope, Immortal Surrender, Immortal Protector ( a novella), Immortal Trust and Immortal Sacrifice.
An ongoing saga of cursed Templar Knights, the women who can bring them salvation from their curse, the growing evil they battle and the hope of one lone prophecy just makes for some of the best reading I can find. It was so hard to be patient for this latest installment after the ending on that last one. Each book has charged off in a different direction it seems shattering even the possibility of a dreary formulaic plot. Yes, there is the race to recover the relics, there is the knight, there is his seraph, and there is the clash with evil, but- yes but- there is a whole lot more going on. Each knight and seraph's struggle is different and each time evil is confronted no matter how much I try to anticipate the end, I still get a surprise. Speaking of all the books, this is not a series that can be read out of order. Each book links to the one before it with less and less worldbuilding in the newer ones since the assumption is made that the reader has read what went on before. There are also spoilers to the previous romances and plots that would probably just leave the reader confused and out in left field if they jumped the gun. So yeah, moral of the story...read in order. In this story which is Caradoc's turn, he is given a reunion romance. Caradoc spent three weeks in the arms of the woman he loved and she loved him, but he left her without a word or note. He knew she was not his seraph so he could not be with her. Three years later on a mission with Tane and Gareth, he is in Sicily at an auction to recover a necklace that contains Christ's Tears. The Templars must retrieve it before Azazael at all costs. He turns around when he smells a familiar scent and is confronted by the woman he never stopped loving even after he left her. Her eyes are full of pain and hate. Isobel can barely keep it together when she stands before Caradoc for the first time since he walked away from her. He broke her heart and never looked back. Her dreams of the future revealed that they would eventually meet again so she prepared a speech that would tell him of all that she felt for what he had done. Unfortunately, being confronted by the reality and the honest expression of remorse and pain in his eyes leaves her without words. She is angry and she is hurting, but she is there for a purpose- bidding on the unusual diamond necklace that her buyer wants at all costs and her child's freedom hinges on her success. Eventually, she will have to deal with Caradoc who is relentless in pursuing her so they can talk and they need to, but not now. Besides, this time she plans to be the one to walk away. And I'm going to stop there with the summary because I don't want to spoil even one of the plot twists and reveals. Truthfully, most of the secrets are out on the table early, but the people holding the secrets clutch them close so the reader is the only one who sees it as a whole. And let me tell you, that is a twitchy situation to be in. I was guilty of muttering 'tell him' or 'tell her' or 'tell them' quite a bit of the time and figuratively biting my nails to see how it was all going to play out with the hero and heroine in the dark, but the evil guy kept completely apprised of all the pertinent intel. Caradoc and Isobel had to work through all the pain he caused when he left her plus they both had secrets they needed to reveal. It was a slow and agonizing path at first and it needed to be to be believable. I loved that he owned to it all and accepted her hate, hurt and doubt in him while working hard to prove that he deserved forgiveness. Isobel was fiercely angry at first and had to let all that out, but through it all she never stopped loving Caradoc. I felt so badly for both of them and not once did I get impatient with the process because the pace of things was actually slow by fictional standards and for that level of hurt it takes time. This being said, the passion was still there. Dealing with the physical side was no solution to matters, but it gave them time to set the hard stuff aside and take it up after. I was relieved when after some time, Caradoc looked her in the eye and asked her, "Have you ever made a mistake?" For me this was 'put up or shut up' time. Caradoc messed up and he knew it and was trying to show with action and word that he wanted a final chance, but ultimately it was on Isobel if she could look toward the future instead of the past. There was a very hard scene where she throws a lot of stuff at him that as the reader I knew wasn't true and he didn't deserve. I hated it, but was glad for it because I got to see her- after realizing the truth and knowing she had just spewed all sorts of awful- vulnerable and open just like Caradoc had been to her all along. It meant that if they could get past it; they would start on equal footing in a future together. This one left things in an interesting place. Not a cliffhanger, just a nice little bit of tension to keep me wanting the next book. I enjoyed the brief peek-ins with the other characters and got the biggest grin on my face over the surprise of Merrick and Anne. This series is for those who would enjoy spicy and exciting paranormal romance involving angels and demons along with brave Knights and their ladies in modern times. My thanks to the author for providing the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.