Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Published by TOR Books on March 12, 2013
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After the brutal murder of his seraph, Iain Donnelly's salvation is eternally lost. Damned to become a dark knight of Azazel, he can no longer embrace his immortal purpose as a Templar Knight. When the archangels send him on Sabbatical to find his faith once more, his quest leads him straight into the forbidden arms of a Benedictine Sister, whom Azazel is threatening. But this woman arouses far more than his protective instincts. He wants her as he's wanted no other woman, and he's willing to provoke the archangels’ fury to keep her safe.
Catherine Grady has devoted herself to the fellowship of faith and forged a path of eternal dedication to a higher calling. But when a traffic accident forces her to accept Iain's aid, she discovers that her chosen path is not what her heart craves. Iain awakens a buried yearning to be needed and loved in a way her broken childhood denied her. As she struggles to reconcile her desires, she stumbles into the truth about her heritage, ancient secrets, and unholy danger. Iain's immortality is all that can protect her.
For Iain, it's an impossible choice. The archangels have decreed if he walks away from the Templar, they will reclaim his soul. Yet returning to the Order only guarantees his inevitable death…
Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds
This is an e-book companion to Claire’s popular series. If you have read the other three books, you will want to make sure to read this as well. The only disappointment I had was that it was over way too early.
Ian Donnelly is running an errand for Merrick’s wife. Then he meets Catherine Grady. Claire puts an interesting twist in this companion piece. It will be interesting to see how it works out – this was the hook that reeled me in so that I couldn’t put it down until I was finished.
Ian and Catherine seem to compliment each other – Catherine is quiet and peaceful and Ian is commanding and unsure of himself. Together they are each a half of a whole. When I was first introduced to Catherine, I immediately thought of Maria von Trapp. Sean Connery would make a great Ian – but here he needs a french accent.
If you are a sex junky – you just have to have some heavy petting or more in your stories – Claire will give you just enough in this short story. The scenes are very sensual and in just the right places. She doesn’t put them in just to give you what you want but it fits into the storyline. It also shows how into each other they are.
A lot of people are busy these days but if you have just a couple of hours you can get this read. One good thing, or bad thing depending on how you look at it, is that it will have you looking forward to her next book. I did go over to her site, http://www.claireashgrove.com/index.asp, to see if I could find out about what is in store next for the Order of the Templar but was unsuccessful. I know that I want to see more of this group especially Ian and Catherine. Claire has left me with a question that I’m hoping she will answer at some point in time. (Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds from Romance Reader Enthusiast)