BOOK BLURB: A betrothal neither wants . . . a passion neither can resist.
When the English murder Lady Katherine Calbraith’s family, she refuses their demands to wed an English noble to retain her home. Avalon Castle is her birthright, one she’s determined to keep. After Katherine’s daring escape, she’s stunned when Scotland’s king agrees to allow her to return to Avalon, but under the protection of Sir Stephan MacQuistan . . . as the knight’s wife. To reclaim her heritage, Katherine agrees. She accepts her married fate, certain that regardless of the caliber of the man, Stephan may earn her trust, but he’ll never win her love.
One of the Knights Templar, Stephan desires no bride, only vengeance for a family lost and a legacy stolen. A profound twist of fate tears apart the Brotherhood he loves, but offers him an opportunity to reclaim his legacy—Avalon Castle. Except to procure his childhood home along with a place to store Templar treasures, he must wed the unsuspecting daughter of the man who killed his family. To settle old scores, Stephan agrees, aware Katherine is merely a means to an end.
The passion that arises between them is as dangerous as it is unexpected. When mortal enemies find themselves locked in love’s embrace, Stephan and Katherine must reconsider their mission and everything they once thought to be true . . .
“You will remain here!”
Her heart dropped. ’Twas a risk to push him, but she was desperate. Who wouldna be after the gruesome events she’d witnessed? “I know I speak out of turn. It wasna my intention to usurp your authority.” At his hesitation, she pushed on, her words spilling out. “I am loyal to you, I swear it, but Avalon Castle is my home; ’tis all I know,” she rasped, her words trembling with grief. “If necessary, for my home and my country, I shall sacrifice my life.”
He glared at her. “You are but a wee lass.”
“Mayhap.” She drew herself up to her full height. “But one who fights with the fury of a thousand warriors!”
For a long moment he studied her. Then his mouth twisted into a wry smile. “If I agree to let you return, you will comply with my wishes?”
“Aye, Your Grace, anything.”
REVIEW: I’ve read this author before and she’s been a hit or miss for me most of the time. This one, a first in The Forbidden series, was on the cusp of miss, and the only reason for it is the heroine who I found a bit grating on my nerves and whose pride kept her from accepting the hero for who he was. As I delved more into her past, I started liking her a bit better.
The hero was a surprise because of his background and my heart went out to him. There were some of his characteristics that I wasn’t such a fan of, but in the end I did understand him much better than I did the heroine.
In the end, the author won me over only because she does an excellent job of painting me a picture of medieval Scotland with such vivid colors that I may as well been there myself.
I liked the premise of this and the upcoming stories, of the Knight Templar’s history. It’s fascinating to dig deeper into who they were and what made them tick. Ms. Cosby does an excellent job in weaving historical facts with fiction and that’s what kept me reading this book until the end.
All in all, not bad for a start of the new series. Since I’ve met a few of our heroes friends, I’m looking forward to finding out about who’ll tame them.
Melanie for b2b
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher
AUTHOR BIO: A retired Navy Chief, Diana Cosby is an international bestselling author of Scottish medieval romantic suspense. Books in her award-winning MacGruder Brothers series are translated in five languages. Diana has spoken at the Library of Congress, Lady Jane’s Salon in NYC, and appeared in Woman’s Day, on USA Today’s romance blog, “Happy Ever After,” MSN.com, Atlantic County Women Magazine, and Texoma Living Magazine.
After her career in the Navy, Diana dove into her passion – writing romance novels. With 34 moves behind her, she was anxious to create characters who reflected the amazing cultures and people she’s met throughout the world. With the release of her 1st book in her new Scottish medieval The Oath Trilogy, An Oath Taken, which hit bestseller lists in Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as the release of the e Box Set of the MacGruder Brothers series, she’s now preparing for the last two books in The Oath trilogy, An Oath Broken – 22 June, and, An Oath Sworn – 23 December, 2015!
Diana looks forward to the years of writing ahead and meeting the amazing people who will share this journey.