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Sinful Pleasures: The Templar Knights (Anglais) Poche – 30 mai 2006
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Mary Reed McCall once studied at the University of Leningrad and considered a career in national security. However, she soon realized her calling lay elsewhere and turned to her love of books for inspiration, eventually becoming a high school English teacher and a romance writer. She began work on her first novel one week after completing her M.A. in English literature. The award-winning author of seven novels for Avon Books, Mary lives in upstate New York with her family, sharing an often crazy but always wonderful life.
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Traditionally, the Holy Order of the Poor Knights of the Temple of Solomon was made up of proud, noble, strong and highly trained knights who had committed their lives to service and had taken vows of poverty, chastity, piety, and obedience. These valiant warrior-monks or Templar Knights, known for never surrendering in battle, were a fearsome and elite fighting force in medieval times, until ...a fateful Friday the 13th, in October of 1307. On this day King Philip the Fair of France ordered the immediate arrest and imprisonment of all Templar Knights on charges of heresy; allegations many believed was to allow the devious king to officially seize the Templar's vast wealth and assets. Thereafter, began a vile and corrupt inquisition that used horrific and despicable forms of torture to force innocent men to make false confessions of heresy; or perish by their righteous denial. Few men were able to survive hellish "questioning" by the French Inquisition...
The story begins about 6 months after the start of the Inquisition in a chateau in France; where Lady Alissende of Surry has gone to seek refuge. Lady Alissende, a lovely and wealthy young widow is being pressured by her well-meaning mother and Cousin Michael to accept a proxy marriage in order to save herself from being taken by force by her ruthless and unscrupulous Cousin Hugh, the Earl of Harwick ~ whose suit has the Kings support. After suffering in a loveless marriage for four years, Alissende would rather not marry at all, but like most women of her times, she knows she really has no way of protecting herself from the schemes, intrigues and whims of powerful men like the King or Hugh. Michael tells her she needs a strong man to defeat Hugh but it also must appear be a `reason of the heart' to pacify the King. He thinks the best choice for her husband is none other than Damien de Ashby; the man she had so foolishly and publicly rejected five years earlier ~ the man she truly never stopped loving.
Our hero, Damien de Ashby ~ fought hard to rise above his common blood and humble beginnings to become a strong, proud, and honorable knight. Once a well respected and nearly unbeatable tournament champion, known for his brave pure heart and fine face; he was nicknamed the Archangel. After being openly spurned and humiliated in front of nearly two hundred members of King Edward's court by Alissende ~ the woman who had shown him love beyond compare... but then coldly trampled his heart ~ a stunned and devastated Damien left England to devote his life the Templars. Now after spending several months in a French prison being subjected to unspeakable tortures by the Inquisition, Damien is rescued and brought back to health from the brink of death; only to be asked to marry and offer his protection to Alissende ~ the one person he thought he'd never see again in his lifetime. And the one person he's afraid he'll fall in love with all over again.
In this well-plotted story Ms. McCall unveils a riveting, breathtaking and deeply passionate love story between the physically and emotionally scarred hero, Damien and the genuinely remorseful, tender and fun-loving heroine, Alissende. As these remarkable characters rediscover their love for each other; the author treats us to beautifully written love scenes that sizzle with passion and steamy sensuality ~ most especially my favorite, the "erotic picnic" in Chapter 18.
SINFUL PLEASURES is an exquisite tale of two lovers destined to be reunited; and joined together ~ body, heart and soul ~ for all time.
This heartwarming and unforgettable story is not to be missed ~ I can't recommend it enough.
"Legends of the Fall". Anyone who saw that movie will most likely remember the strength, force, and emotional vulnerability that Pitt's character embodied. Damien de Ashby seemed to me a mirror image of those wonderful masculine qualities.
Strong writing, great characters, a book well worth reading.
Granted that in this story, the hero had every right not to want to love the heroine. But I just can't read, much less enjoy, a love story that is one sided (on the heroine's part) until toward the end, as it is in this story. Yes, the hero had loved the heroine in the past, (but this happened "off page") from the very beginning of this book the hero is determined not to fall in love with the heroine again, until almost the end. While the heroine had never stopped loving him (even when she had rejected him). Besides, all the stories I have read (from the Kindle selection) when dealing with the he/she did me wrong theme, if it is the hero who is at fault, upon his return the heroine quickly falls in love again, or even worse, still loves him despite his shabby treatment of her. YIKES!!!!!!!!
Also I really do not like when the hero is economically challenged.
I bought this book because I mistook Mary Reed McCall, for an author that I like a lot: MARY McCALL. I will not be making this mistake again.