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Farran de Clare, loyal member of the cursed Knights Templar, wants nothing to do with predestined mates. Even the Almighty won't turn him into a fool again--he'd rather sacrifice his soul. Yet in the scientist Noelle Keane, a devout atheist, Farran meets the seraph designed for him.
Ordered by the archangel Gabriel to protect Noelle, the possessor of a sacred relic that co...more
Paperback, 402 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Tor Books
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Cynthia (aka Artemis)
Sep 28, 2012 Cynthia (aka Artemis) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Interested in Knights Templar
Recommended to Cynthia by: Laurie Garrison
Reviewed at Bitten By Paranormal Romance

IMMORTAL SURRENDER opens with a prologue that gives you a glimpse of the evil incarnate that is Azazel; along with the suffering the Knights Templar experience in search of their Seraph. The prologue is a tease from Ms. Ashgrove of a scrumptious tale yet to come.

Ms. Ashgrove uses the tropes of miscommunication, misunderstandings, and the attraction of complete opposites and carries these throughout the story with good use. Farran, our hero, just wants to d...more
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
Reviewed by Vickie for www.BookChickCity.com - 4.5 Stars on the blog.

Noelle Keane has been a leading scientist in D.C for 6 years. Within her lab ancient artifacts are tested for age and authenticity. Her latest challenge, the Sudarium of Oviedo (a piece of cloth supposedly used to clean the face of Christ after His crucifixion). Given to her by aging archeologist Gabriel she tests the material and discovers that it did indeed cover the body of a human in the approximate year 33. Noelle is a tot...more
Joy (joyous reads)
I tend to stay away from covers like this. Heaving bosoms, long flowing locks...and those are just the men for starters. Heh. At least this one is not your typical historical fiction where women wore gowns that couldn't hold their bosoms in. And in any case, this is not really a historical romance but the cover is one that makes me want to read the book in hiding. Best left read in the privacy of your homes.

Anyway. This book was sent to me for review by the awesome people of Tor but not the firs...more
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
4.5 Stars
After reading the first book in the The Curse Of The Templars, I knew that this was going to be a series for me. The story is rich and unique with sexy immortals, intriguing angels and some pretty scary demons.

Over nine hundred years ago, the Knights of the Templar were punished by the Archangels for uncovering a forbidden holy relic. Cursed with Azazel's darkness each time they kill a demonic creature, eventually that darkness will take over their soul and they will become a minion of...more
L.E.Olteano
I'll begin by saying I actually went into this read not knowing what to expect. The key word here was 'archangel', bringing with it all of my potential freak-out factor, because as you all know I'm not feeling angels mixed in with romance stories, it just doesn't work out for me. I couldn't tell if the angels would play a romantic role or not, and I have been mislead before by blurbs not telling me about it but books sneakily introducing the element along the way.
So I was a bit fearful, I might...more
Mei
This one was much better than the first.
There's still too much angst, but it is better explained and I found it more acceptble.
The main characters are both flawed, but in an endearing way. I wanted to reassure Noelle about her appearance, she was like an ugly duckling. All she needed was someone to make her feel beautiful. And Farran was really very intuitive about that. Not at the beginning, but when he started to fall for her he made her feel that he found her irresistible.
Farran, on the othe...more
Paranormal Haven
4.5 stars


Earlier this year I read the first book in the The Curse Of The Templars series and fell in love at the first chapter. The whole story is so unique and exciting it draws you in from the start and you are left quickly turning pages just to read what will happen next. I love the whole world it is a modern love story with historical men who still have old fashion mannerisms and ways of doing things. The story has sexy immortals, angels and demons with a super hot love story.

... In 1119 Ni...more
Anna
Immortal Surrender is as good as Immortal Hope was and then some! Claire Ashgrove does an amazing job on her paranormal series about hot Templar Knights!

I remember saying in my previous review on Immortal Hope, that Templar Knights always fascinated me. So The Curse of Templars series starts for me with a huge advantage over similar paranormal romance series that feature vampires or werewolves or any other paranormal creature. That particular myth is among my favorites and most intriguing. So, t...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It's the second in Claire Ashgrove's Curse of the Templars series. And one of the things that I like best about these books is that each one features a tortured hero with a heroine who can save his soul.

In this case, our hero is Farran. Like Merrick before him, he doesn't want a seraph. He thinks he is too far gone. He wants one of his brothers to receive the gift. Beyond that, though, he is still nursing a 900 year-old heartbreak brought on by a treacherous...more
Kristen
GENRE: Romance
THEME: Fantasy/Mythology
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I love being able to jump into a series, even if I haven’t read the previous and understand what’s going on. Immortal Surrender may be the second novel in The Curse of the Templars series, but it’s perfect as a stand-alone. I immediately knew who the characters were from the first book, but all together each character introduced was memorable and had such vast personalities.

Immortal Surrender follows...more
Stephanie
Original Post at Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust
IMMORTAL SURRENDER TAKES NO PRISONERS on 9/6/2012
Immortal Surrender (The Curse of the Templars, #2) by Claire Ashgrove
MMORTAL SURRENDER
Curse of the Templars, Book 2
By Claire Ashgrove
TOR Romance
9/25/2012
Sent unsolicited by publisher. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions expressed herein are my own unless stated otherwise.


Farran de Clare, loyal member of the cursed Knights Templar, wants nothing to do with predestined mates. Even the Almighty won’t turn him into a fool again—he’d rather sacrifice his soul. Ye...more
Leah
Just as soon as I think it can't get any better, along comes the next in this series. I am SO in love with these immortal Knights Templars!

Farran is dark and brooding and irresistible in my book. He's also a Metallica lover which had me smiling and won me over. He has sworn to never let another into his heart because of a treachery from his past. When he realizes that Noelle is his seraph he decides to speak the vows with her that will bring him his powers but not to fall in love with her. He wi...more
Avry15
originally appeared on: Bookshelf Confessions

IMMORTAL SURRENDER, just by the title catches my attention. And I was so glad to find out that this book is all about angels, demons and cursed Templars! A mixed I heard so much about but hadn’t had time to read!

Reading the prologue, we get a glimpse, of Ian, a cursed Templar, who’s supposed to meet his seraph (a nephilim destined to purify his soul and end his course), only that what he found, left him breathless. Well, he found his seraph making out...more
Debbie
The curse came when Farran de Clare and his brother knights of the Templar went against orders and discovered a forbidden scroll. For their act of disobedience they were given immortality to fight the evil demon Azazel and his minions. And with every kill of evil they made they would absorb some of that evil. But all is not lost; there is a prophecy that tells of the return of the seraphs that will redeem them.

Farran is not looking for redemption; he doesn’t believe he deserves it so when it kno...more
Alicia Jespersen(BehindThePicketFence)


"Immortal Surrender" was a little slow to start relationship wise, but other than that this book was an amazing continuation of “The Curse of the Templar’s” series. This is the ultimate paranormal romance; its got demon’s, knights, angels, and predestined soul mates. Each of the Knights is being affected by the darkness that consumes their souls. Farran’s darkness is causing him to be bitter and angry all the time, but when Noelle comes around Farren finds himself laughing once again. There wer...more
Heather Book Savvy Babe
Immortal Surrender swept me up in a romance involving the mysterious Templar Knights, Freemasons, demons and angels. I have always been intrigued by the mysterious Templars and Claire Ashgrove has given the historical Knights a touch of the supernatural and a thrilling mission. The Knights have been tasked with fighting evil, but with each victory, their souls pay a dark price. Finally, after almost a thousand years of fighting demons, salvation is close. When the Knights find their Seraph (a fe...more
Lindsey ( United By Books Reviews)
Noelle Keane a Non-Believer of all things God ,was given a very important task to carbon date a sacred relic that her long time friend Gabriel brought her. As she produces the information to verify it is the real deal then she must return it to it's rightful place. Just not before the meddling Gabriel gives her a gift of the Seraph Torc. Of course she doesn't know that. She just knows she can't get the blasted thing off and that Gabriel is making her have bodyguards . One of them being the oh so...more
Michelle Leah Olson
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha – Michelle L. Olson:

Another incredible installment in THE CURSE OF THE TEMPLARS series by Claire Ashgrove. Not quite as action packed as Immortal Hope, but engaging and thrilling just the same.

Picking up where Immortal Hope, book #1, left off, the Order is still guarding the gates, fighting back Azazel’s minions, their fallen brethren, and doing whatever they can to keep the darkness within themselves at bay.

Dr. Noelle Keane, the 2nd of the prophes...more
Rachel at theJeepDiva
This is the sequel to Immortal Hope and the second book in The Curse of the Templars. I enjoyed reading this story and hope you will give this series a try also. I give this book 4 stars.

In this story there are more demons, more fighting and Azazel is more involved in this story raising the stakes for the Templars as Azazel continues his search for the holy artifacts to steal. The author managed to take two people that you knew would probably end up together and create a unique conflict between...more
Vilia
Review from Backchatting Books

Our next tortured Templar is Farran de Clare who has been assigned to act as a guard for respected scientist Noelle while she tests the Sudarium of Oviedo. Both these characters are incredibly stubborn – Farran isn’t interested in finding or romancing his seraph and Noelle’s atheism means she refuses to accept anything the Knights Templar say. I really enjoyed the first in the series so had fairly high expectations for this one. I was not disappointed.

Farran is quit...more
Dan Wright
Before we start, I should point out that this is the SECOND of The Curse of the Templars series – and, like with The Pack: Retribution, I haven’t read the first book. So as such I’m going to treat this as a standalone book for the purpose of the review to be as fair as I can.

The plot is pretty basic – a standard good versus evil story whereby the Templars have been stuck in a long running battle with Azazel, a Dark Knight. In the midst of this battle, a young scientist called Noelle is taken int...more
Sophia

Some books you just really anticipate because of the wonderful job the author did when penning the first one. I had no fears that the sequel would not live up to the anticipation either and I am pleased to report that I was right.

For those who have not read the first book, Immortal Hope, I caution you that there may be some mild spoilers in my review so read on at your own risk. Yes, that was a broad hint that these books need to be read in order. The first book gives the detailed back history t...more
Ni_kii
Really 4.5 Stars
Reviewed at http://scorchingbookreviews.blogspot....

Noelle has been carbon dating archaeological finds for nearly 6 years. Over that period of time, her aged friend Gabriel has given her many religious artifacts to examine. Some have been real and some fake, but the latest one has come up trumps. He has brought her the Sudarium of Oviedo, a piece of cloth supposedly used to clean up Christ after his crucifixion, and the dating seems to match the story. Being the possessor of such...more
Star (The Bibliophilic Book Blog)
Farran de Clare thinks the search for the seraphs who could save the Templars’ souls from Azazel is a waste of time – at least for himself. He’s happy enough to let the darkness take him and have one of his Templar brothers kill him than bind himself to a woman again. The Archangel Gabriel has assigned him to protect Dr. Noelle Keane, a scientist working with the Shroud of Turin. Yet when he finds out Noelle is his seraph, he wants to take the oath and have nothing else to do with her. Best laid...more
Emily

Noelle Keane has firm beliefs as an atheist, when she meets Farran de Clare she is forced to question every belief she has. Farran is a member of the cursed Knights Templar, who never wanted a mate especially after his own history with a woman and now he finds his Seraph in Noelle. Friction between Noelle and Farran is immediate, caveman behavior is predominate, but oh what a delicious read Immortal Surrender becomes as the two enter a reluctant journey with one another.

Unfortunately for me, I h...more
Cary Frates
Claire Ashgrove has done it again. I thoroughly enjoyed the world she created in book one of The Curse of the Templars series, Immortal Hope, and she has followed through with an equally compelling story in Immortal Surrender. The heroine, Dr. Noelle Keane is wonderful in her brilliant quirkiness, while Noelle’s counterpart, Farran, is delicious but deeply troubled. I look forward to the third installment, Immortal Trust. One additional note: Despite Farran’s baggage, I would let that man give m...more
Michel Reinhard
Claire Ashgrove continues with her Curse of The Templars series. Immortal Surrender is book 2 of the series.

The Templar Knight who craves the darkness and forever death has found his Seraph. Although he wants nothing at all to do with women, let alone be bonded to one throughout eternity, he will do it for it is his sworn duty. But little does he know....his Seraph holds much more power over him than does his sworn duty.

I highly recommend this series!
Pilvi
I loved Merrick in the previous book and I now I loved Farran too :) Ashgrove has created just my kind of guys: big, muscular, strong, sexy! Maybe they are a bit too stubborn, but hey, nobody is flawless :D Can't wait for the next book!
Helyce
This one was a little disappointing and didn't grab me like the first one. Still intrigued by series premise...this one just fell a little flat. Review to come at www.smexybooks.com
Heather
I love this series. This book was even better than the first. Great plot and characters. My only complaint id that I have to wait for the next book to come out. Hard to put down.
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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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