Afternoon Delight Review: Immortal Protector by Claire Ashgrove

Afternoon Delight Review: Immortal Protector by Claire AshgroveImmortal Protector by Claire Ashgrove

Series: #2.5 Curse of the Templar
Genres: Paranormal Romance
on March 12, 2013
Pages: 138
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five-stars  

I accidentally read this one out of order in that I read the third book first.  In a way, it was almost a good thing.  I was already emotionally engaged with what I knew of Iain’s story.

Iain is one of the cursed Templar knights who fight against Azazel and his demon hoard, but he is on sabbatical at the moment because he is at a crises point in his life.  Any hope he had of being saved from the eternal darkness died when his seraph is killed by Azazel.  He now doesn’t see the point of keeping his Templar vows and is disillusioned with his service.  But now that he has hit rock bottom, a ray of hope in the form of Catherine Grady enters his life when he comes to her rescue after a traffic accident.

Catherine is on the cusp of taking her vows as a nun.  She enjoys her work teaching inner-city teens who remind her of herself when she grew up tough bouncing from foster homes to the streets.  She wants to take her vows even when others caution her that this may not be her vocation.  After meeting Iain, she is even more confused because she responds to him almost immediately.  She wants to be with him and it feels right to be with him.

Iain is very drawn to Catherine and even more so when he discovers that she has a mysterious connection to his own Templar order.  He works to solve the mystery even as he notices the demons hovering around the church and home where the nun’s live.  He knows he is in a dangerous race to figure out what draws them there, but he’s also treading dangerous ground with the Templar order when it comes to his actions with Catherine.

It all culminates with a battle involving the Templar and Iain forced to make his decision, but the novella closes with a few tantalizing plot threads left open and unanswered.

I loved this story from cover to cover.  Iain and Catherine are great characters.  This story may be shorter in word count than the others in the series, but it is just as well written grabbing my emotions and interest right to the end.  The end was a little bittersweet, but it total makes sense in the context of all that is going on.  I was so thrilled to see Iain finding his happiness by having this chance with Catherine.  They are so good for each other and together.

This story falls between books two and three and should be read in order of the series or much of the background the story is set against won’t make sense and the presence of the other characters will be confusing.

This is a wonderful series that I recommend to those who love paranormal romance involving a unique take on angels and demons that includes a small army of passionate Templar Knights.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.