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Immortal Hope: The Curse of the Templars (The Curse of the Templars #1)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  162 ratings  ·  50 reviews
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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 367 pages
Published (first published January 3rd 2012)
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Cynthia (aka Artemis)
Dec 28, 2011 Cynthia (aka Artemis) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Honorable knights, paranormal romance
Recommended to Cynthia by: Laurie Garrison

Reviewed at Bitten By Paranormal Romance

When Laurie asked me if I wanted to read a book from another new-to-me author (NTMA), honestly, it was all I could do to keep from a *deep sigh* But once she told me it was about Templar Knights, I figured, “what the heck”. I’ve always had an interest in the history of the Templars and the Church and thought the book can’t be that bad.

What - - - how could she? This NTMA DARED to take the glorious, beautiful, honorable, and courageous Templar Knights and
"If things were different, she'd be in heaven. This place was a made-to-order catalogue for single women. Pick hair color, eye color, and the rest of the package was waiting and ready. Assuming one could ignore their surly attitudes"

Immortal Hope is my kind of book. I'm a complete sucker for a gorgeous but slightly grumpy tortured warrior who is saved by the love of a good woman, so introduce me to six potential tortured warriors and I'm so there. Immortal Hope definitely has the feeling of a re
It could have been a 5 stars if not for the heroine's misguided convinction that it was better to keep secrets. She didn't understood the situation, but stubbornly didn't ask questions that could clarify it. She was too sure of herself. And I didn't like that.
Otherwise the story was interesting and I'll be reading the next books.
Immortal Hope surprised me!Really and truly surprised me in a really pleasant way! When I picked this title, all I knew about it was what the blurb revealed, there were no reviews about it at the time so to be honest, I didn't really know what to expect. And believe me, maybe knowing absolutelly nothing abou it was what made me love it as much as I did!

Immortal Hope is like reading BDB but with Templar Knights instead of vampires! Don't get me wrong, there aren't any similarities with BDB whatso
Dark Faerie Tales
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Men with honor and loyalty. And they ain’t bad to look at either.

Opening Sentence: Abigail Montfort blew out the solitary candle in her windowsill and closed her eyes, inhaling the smoke-laced vanilla.

The Review:

In the fight of good versus evil, there are out Knights of the Templar, here to protect the world from the invasion of demons through the gates of hell, cursed by the angels for their insatiable curiosity…and we all know what that di
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Long ago, nine men --Knights of the Templar-- unearthed sacred relics best left hidden to humanity... one of which was the scroll that reveals the locations to the portals to hell on earth. As a punishment, they were rendered immortal... cursed to for their souls to darken as they fight demonkind. Their only hope for the redemption of their souls is to find their seraph --the fated woman to bring light to each knight's darkness.

Anne has spent her life studying the Templar Knights, but never drea
I’m a long-time fan of historical fiction so it’s no surprise that Immortal Hope was very appealing to me, but the romance aspect kinda scared me a little. Romance has never been a favorite of mine but Claire Ashgrove has definitely changed my thoughts on the genre as a whole after devouring her latest tale. From the very first page, I was immersed in a world that took my breathe away and never let me go. I simply couldn’t put Immortal Hope down, and when I finished reading, I wanted the next bo ...more
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
3.5 Stars

Who doesn't know a little something about the Templer knights? Most recently brought into the spot light by Dan Brown and other religous conspiracy books, now romance takes a bash out of them and in true romance style have turned them into an order of (semi chaste) immortal knights sworn to protect human kind by battling the denizens of hell. However, each time they kill a demon they take the taint of evil into their souls, until eventually they either become demon knights or they are k
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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Anne MacPherson is determined to finish her thesis on the Knights Templar and gain the promotion that she richly deserves, but when a handsome, rather imposing Knight appears in her home and whisks her away to the Templar stronghold, she doesn’t know what to think. One thing she does know is that when Merrick touches her, she sees a terrible vision, one of his death. Anne comes to find out she is a seraph, which is a decen
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
4.5 Stars

A riveting tale of honor, destiny and romance – where good could very well turn evil in a heartbeat!

Almost a thousand years ago nine Knights of the Templar uncovered a forbidden scroll that revealed the secret location of portals that open to Hell. Cursed by the Archangels for their disobedience, they now walk the earth immortal, protecting humans from the evil they have unleashed onto the world and fighting dark creatures back to the gates of Hell. But there is a price, with each demo
Honestly, I wasn't so sure I was going to like Immortal Hope. After all, the subject of the Templar Knights is uncharted territory for me. I wasn't sure what to expect or if it would even hold my interest.

Maybe it was due to my doubts about this book. But the story was a bit slow to pull me in. But I am delighted to say that this impression did NOT last long! WOW!! This book is packed full of fast paced action, heartache, smoldering hot tension and a VERY lustful and passionate romance! I couldn
I have read the first three books from this series now. While these books are relatively addictive in content, it does lack in a few areas.

The author has done a wonderful job in creating a mysterious and exciting plot, but fails to deliver in really bringing these elements to life through the story. As a veteran romance reader of some 15+ years, I found myself skipping through the 4 page kiss scenes to read more into the base plot itself, which never felt as developed as it could be.

All the stor
I really enjoyed the book. The characters were interesting and likeable.

Good plot

Looking forward to the sequel
This book was disappointing--and mainly because I found Anna to be annoying and sometimes a cuntface. Yup, I said it. Here's the deal: I can understand her dislike of the situation, but she was actively trying to steal long-buried secrets (buried for a reason). She was constantly manipulating Merrick and everyone around her so that she could steal what she wanted and go back to her life. I didn't like her selfish behavior regarding Merrick. "Oh, his honor is causing him to not bone me? Weellllll ...more
I want to start with a huge WOW! This is the first book that I have read by Claire Ashgrove and I tell you now, it won't be the last. This book went immediately to the category of one of my most favorite books. If you love medieval history, this book is for you, even though it is set in the now. Think immortal Templar Knights. This story made me feel so many emotions and I even found myself fussing loudly at one point. It was such an emotional read for me that I'm having trouble finding words to ...more
Previously reviewed at

Immortal Hope is the first in a new series revolving around the Knights Templar. I was completely taken in by the blurb on this book. Having attended a private Catholic high school, I had to write a report on the Crusades my sophomore year. I remember trying to teach myself calligraphy so that I could create a project cover that would blow my teacher away (it didn’t-my religion teacher was kind of a dud. He was male; what was I thinking?). This was a long
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
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Anne Macpherson is a history professor trying to complete her thesis on the Knights of Templar. She is continuing in her late fathers footsteps researching the knights and trying to unearth the secrets surrounding their histories, and to fathom why there was the separation from the church. She spends some of her spare time giving tarot readings, and she also has psychometric powers allowing her to get visions of the past and future when coming into con
Bryan Schmidt
More and more I am finding the paranormal romance genre to my liking. I've only read a few books in two series so far, but in both cases, the writers did enough world building to make the story have enough depth beyond the romance to hold my interest. There are real issues, obstacles and dangers here, not just a broken heart. And those come in the form of demons, angry fellow nights and more. While I found the juxtaposition here of Templar Knights who speak like they are still living in a the me ...more
The Templars eradicated from the ancient Church did not die, they live even now, under a curse for an order disobeyed and an ancient treasure unearthed, a treasure that has led mortals to believe in error. The Templars live among us, almost immortal protecting us from demons prophesied to ascend to the Almighty’s throne. Merrick du Loire is such a man he has lived for centuries fighting against evil answering to the archangels who lead their holy war, a man doomed to die with an evil stain upon ...more
Michelle Leah Olson
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, i
Abbey Ann
I ended up really loving Immortal Hope. It was an entertaining, exciting read that I had trouble putting down.

Before I picked up this book, I had expected to enjoy it. It has an interesting premise and falls under a genre that I've had much success with in the past. What was unexpected however, was how much I would end up enjoying it. With a somewhat slow first chapter, I was worried the rest of the book would follow suit. Boy, was I wrong. Instead, the story became exciting, intriguing, and a r
Rachel at theJeepDiva
First of all I love the time period that the Templar knights came from and second I love sword fighting especially if it involves demons. This story has immortal knights, seraphs (descendants of angels) and a war that has been fought since the twelfth century. Combine all this with great writing and of course I loved this story as it had all this and more. I can’t wait to start Immortal Surrender. I give the book 5 stars.

This is a story of good vs. evil, dark vs. light and angels vs. demons. I l
Gah, I wrote a long review and Goodreads ate it. Suffice to say that I am a sucker for the wounded warrior hero that needs his match to make him whole again and this is written along those lines. However, I disliked the heroine immensely and thought the conflict, which was based upon her forgetting something very important, made her look like the dumbest heroine in a long time.

Heroine is a PH.D candidate writing her thesis on Templars.

But with most of the documentation about the Orders demise l
Review from Backchatting Books

I wasn’t entirely sure what to make of this novel as the cover looked pretty cheesy but the blurb was intriguing. I’m glad I picked it up though as I thoroughly enjoyed it. The Knights Templar got caught checking out a scroll that no humans were ever supposed to see. They were cursed and have to wander around fighting Azazel’s demons. Every evil being they kill, pollutes a bit of their once pure souls until one day they turn into Dark Knights and become agents of do
I'm always intrigued by the combination of history and fantasy. This book was awesome because it was also a romance.

The premise is that the Templar Knights became cursed to immortality when they discovered something under the Temple Mount in Jerusalem that they were not supposed to find. They now had to battle demons and absorb the demon's evil into their own bodies every time they killed one until finally they succumbed to evil. They are also sworn to protect several holy relics that must be ke
Star (The Bibliophilic Book Blog)
Anne MacPherson is a highly intelligent and independent woman, a history professor specializing in the Knights Templar, who were destroyed many centuries ago…or were they? Anne also has the gift of sight, seeing both the past and fleeting glimpses of the future. When Templar Knight Merrick du Loire busts into her house convinced she’s a demon, Anne doesn’t know what to do, but she knows she’s not scared, she’s fascinated by a real, live Templar Knight. Merrick is impressed with Anne’s fortitude ...more
I reeeeeeeally wanted to give this book 2 stars. Lots of aspects of the novel should have driven me to distraction, including (but not limited to):
1) downright stupid motivations for avoiding the truth - admittedly, it would have been a much shorter book if people had been honest from the start, but still! I like my dramatic tension to be convincing, rather than thrust upon me
2) a paper thin supporting cast (the MOODY one! the JOLLY one! the OBSERVANT one! the CRAZY one!)
3) an unremarkable and
Jessica Aspen
Just finished Immortal Hope, and I loved it. The paranormal element is clear, but this is really a romance, heavy on the interpersonal relationships. I'm hoping she adds in some more action in the next book. My only complaint about this book is that it relied heavily on the characters not telling each other basic information. That's fine for a first book, but I really would like to see a more in depth conflict for the next book. Especially since I felt her that the other men had more interesting ...more

While I found storyline with the Templar Knights as main protagonists intriguing, there are several things in this book that vexed me. The heroine behaving foolishly even though she supposes to be highly intelligent person, the secondary Knights are one-dimensional. The constant swapping between the modern and medieval speech pattern made it a bit of a heavy going for me (Sure, the Knights originated in 12th century, but they existed for over 800 years and were not suddenly transplanted
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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 ...more
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