Series: The Curse of the Templars #1
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Published by TOR Books on January 03, 2012
Also in this series: Immortal Surrender, Immortal Trust, Immortal Protector
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Templar knights defied the archangels and unearthed the copper scroll, revealing the gates to hell. Cursed for their forbidden act, they forever roam the earth protecting mankind from evil. But darkness stalks them, and battles they fight bring them ever-closer to eternal damnation. One promise remains to give them salvation – the return of the seraphs.
Embittered by his purpose, Merrick du Loire must honor an ancient pact and bring peace to his cousin’s soul. When he stumbles upon history professor Anne MacPherson, he discovers she possesses a sacred artifact that marks her as a seraph. Duty demands he set aside his personal quest and locate the knight she’s fated to heal. As he struggles with conflicting oaths, Anne arouses buried hope and sparks forbidden desire that challenges everything he’s sworn to uphold.
Anne has six weeks to complete her thesis on the Knights Templar. When Merrick takes her to the Templar stronghold, he presents her with all she needs—and awakens a soul-deep ache, he alone can soothe. Yet loving Merrick comes with a price. If she admits she's destined for him, her gift of foresight predicts his death.
The Knights Templar is a group that is bound by marriage or blood. They were expected to spend eternity fighting demons. But because of a curse a part of the demon’s darkness would enter the knight’s soul. Eventually instead of working for good, they would end up becoming evil. There is a ray of hope for their soul if they can find a seraph.
Abigail Montfort is seen trying to fight ghouls on All Hallows Eve. She’s also guarding something that the demons want. Abigail also offers a safe haven for the Templars. Then the head of the unholy comes to take something that Abigail has in safe keeping.
Anne MacPherson is seen reading her future in a deck of cards. Her boss, Gabe Anderson is seen giving her an interesting artifact. Besides working for Gabe, she’s a college student who’s working on her thesis. Is this all a coincidence? How does Gabe fit in to everything that is going on?
Merrick du Loire is seen fighting and killing one of the demons. The scene reminds me of the “Highlander” series. I can almost picture Adrian Paul or Christopher Lambert playing the part of Merrick.
Merrick comes for healing at Abigail’s house but finds Anne instead. Merrick scares Anne and ends up taking her on a ride that will change her life forever. But he must also help in finding her chosen one.
Almost from the start, Anne becomes concerned whenever Merrick goes off to do his job of protecting us humans from the demons. Claire does a great job of showing us all the heat that Merrick and Anne create when they’re together. But just as things start getting real good their first time together something happens and then you’ll say “What?” But then we’re given a second chance to see them explode together.
Besides the romance of our couple, Claire adds some suspense to her story. Who will win the war between good and evil? Will we have the answer by the end of this story or will it continue into book two?
One of the Templars takes Anne away from the compound. By doing that, Anne gets to see first-hand what Merrick has to go through every time he leaves her. But just like times of old, the knight rushes in to save the damsel in distress.
It’s great to see that when Claire created the Templar Knights that they have retained a lot of what they were centuries ago. She gave them a lot of modern conveniences but they still honor the old ways. How does Anne fit into this world? You will just have to read the story to find out.
Claire gives us a teaser at the end. Are you ready for book two? Watch for “Immortal Surrender” to come out sometime this year. I think you’ll find out that if you liked “Immortal Hope” you’ll want to continue to see what happens next for the Knights Templar. (Reviewed by Lynn from Romance Reader Enthusiast)
Please join Urban Girl Reader on Tuesday, January 31st when Farran de Claire, grouchy Knight Templar extraordinaire, joins UGR to dish about seraphs, women, and mysterious relics on the Chivalry Never Dies Blog Tour.