The Curse of the Templars, Book IV
Award-Winning Author Claire Ashgrove
January 24, 2014
Back Cover Blurb:
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.
Whence comes the teacher, she who is blind shall follow.
The one who digs in dust precedes the finding of the jewel.
And she who understands the sword precludes the greatest loyalty.
When darkness rapes the land, the seraphs shall purify the Templar
and lead the sacred swords to victory.
– Ancient Prophecy of the Knights Templar
“I can’t do this right now, Caradoc,” she managed through a tightening throat. “You need to leave.”
Slowly, he rose to his feet and brought his free hand to the side of her face. His touch carried the same gentleness he would afford a fragile doll. Yet the tender caress of his fingertips offered strength Isabelle desperately needed. It took every last drop of willpower she possessed not to turn her head and press a kiss into his palm. To not erase the foot of distance between them by stepping forward and taking shelter in his embrace. She dragged in a shaky breath, willed her weak knees to hold.
Caradoc tucked a lock of her hair behind her ear. “Is what plagues your dreams the same fear that brought you to tears?”
“No,” she whispered.
At least she hadn’t thought so. Now that Caradoc raised the possibility, a whole new fear surged down her spine and threatened to buckle her legs. Paul had taken September—what if the nightmare was true? It had held the same orangish halo all her prophetic dreams did.
But accepting that possibility meant September was in very real danger. Isabelle wasn’t ready for that. She couldn’t allow herself to believe she might fail to secure the necklace, or even worse, have it taken from her before she could return it to Paul.
“Are you certain?” Caradoc tipped his head, as if he sensed her self-doubt.
“It’s just a dream.” It must be a dream. Paul Reid had no reason to kill September. Certainly not in some decrepit old garden with statues of eerie angels.
Caradoc’s body heat soaked into her, making her painfully aware of how little distance separated them. Nerve endings, rubbed raw from too many months of separation, arced upright, seeking the comfort of his warmth. She inhaled sandalwood and sage that flipped her heart wildly into her ribs. He smelled so good. She’d always associate that old world aroma with him, no matter how much time passed. It contented some unnamable part of her soul. Against her will, her gaze pulled to the soft contours of his mouth. How easily she could forget…
“Caradoc, you have to go,” she whispered. Before she did forget.
“Aye.” His mouth moved, but he showed no sign he intended to follow through. He remained otherwise still, his only motion, the subtle rub of his thumb against the sensitive underflesh of her bicep.
Building on a background of fantasy game design, a fascination with history, and a lifetime love of books, award-winning author Claire Ashgrove brings to life action-filled, passionate journeys of the heart. Her paranormal series, The Curse of the Templars (Tor), marries the history of the Knights Templar with the chilling aspirations of the most unholy–a must-read for speculative fiction fans. She also writes darkly arousing espionage novels as the National Bestselling Author Tori St. Claire and historical romance as Sophia Garrett.
In her non-writing time, she’s runs Finish The Story, a full-scale editing house co-founded with Bryan Thomas Schmidt. She lives in Missouri and enjoys cooking, studying ancient civilizations, and spending downtime with her two sons and too-many horses, cats, and dogs.
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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.