Thursday, September 13, 2012

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Immortal Hope

Claire Ashgrove has been writing since her early teens and maintained the hobby for twenty years before deciding to leap into the professional world. Her first contemporary novel, Seduction's Stakes, sold to The Wild Rose Press in 2008, where she continues to write steamy, sexy stories for the Champagne and Black Rose lines. Adding to these critically acclaimed contemporaries, Claire’s paranormal romance series, The Curse of the Templars, will debut with Tor in January 2012. For those who prefer the more erotic side of romance, she also writes for Berkley Heat under the pen name Tori St. Claire.

Claire lives on a small farm in Missouri with her two toddler sons, fifteen horses, four cats, and five dogs. In her “free” time, she enjoys cooking, winning at rummy, studying ancient civilizations, and spending quiet moments with her family, including the critters. She credits her success to her family's constant support and endless patience. 

Immortal Hope, THE CURSE OF THE TEMPLARS Book #1
Author:  Claire Ashgrove


Centuries ago, Templar knights defied the archangels and unearthed the copper scroll that revealed the locations of the gates to hell. Cursed for their forbidden act, they now 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, releasing him from the clutches of their enemy. When he stumbles upon history professor Anne MacPherson, he discovers that 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 Merrick 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 that he alone can soothe. Yet loving Merrick comes with a price. If she admits she is destined for him, her gift of foresight predicts his death.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:

My first comments upon finishing this book were: “Incredible find!
A HUGE thank you to Claire for reaching out to me, sending me the ARC of Immortal Surrender & prompting me to buy and read Immortal Hope. A sassy heroine, super sexy alpha males, incredible Knights Templar history with a fresh & unique preternatural spin, smoldering romance, and plenty of action. Loved it.”

O.K, now let’s break that down…

Anne, our heroine, is a sassy history professor immersing herself in the task of finishing her thesis on the Knights Templar. Ironically, she ends up meeting a real-life Knight of the Order, and throws herself at the chance to get first hand accountings and validation for her hypotheses. The problem, there’s more to Anne than meets the eye, and the Order has no plans to simply let her use them and then leave.

Merrick, our hero, is an honest to goodness Templar Knight. An immortal cursed back during the Crusades for uncovering relics they had no business finding. With the help of his ‘brothers’, it’s Merrick’s duty to fight the evil that exists in the world as well as fight the darkness within himself. He has sworn an oath to serve forever, or until 1 of 2 things happens – 1) He finds his seraph, that one woman meant exclusively for him and who can save his soul, or 2) He succumbs to the darkness and becomes part of the evil himself.

Anne and Merrick’s journey to their HEA was not an easy one. It was heart wrenching, utterly frustrating, fascinating and beautifully romantic all in one.

Immortal Hope is action packed from start to finish, and there were plenty of twists and turns to keep me wanting more and even trying to think further ahead in the series to guess what might happen next and to whom.

I’m thoroughly captivated by Immortal Hope and the CURSE OF THE TEMPLARS series and I cannot wait to dig into Immortal Surrender.

LITERAL ADDICTION gives Immortal Hope 4 Skulls and would recommend it to any paranormal romance fan who wants something different to sink their teeth into.

Immortal Hope

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