Review: Immortal Surrender by Claire Ashgrove

Immortal Surrender (The Curse of the Templars #2)

By Claire Ashgrove
Editions: ebook, paperback
Expected publication: September 25th 2012 by Tor Books
Genre: Adult Paranormal / Romance { PNR }
Source: review copy

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 could give Azazel incredible power, Farran swears to do his duty—but in name only. Fighting an attraction that grows with each day, he’s determined that he’ll never pledge himself to her.
As they war over her future, their mutual passion ignites a conflict far more damning. But before Noelle will agree to eternity with him, she demands the ultimate sacrifice – his heart.
~ Goodreads Blurb

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 say. Knights Templar? Sure thing, bring it on, but what would the angels/archangels role be?… And I got my answer.
This is a perfectly clear example of how a romance story involving angels or heavenly beings doesn’t go wrong, and in fact goes perfectly delightful. Angels are messengers of God, though I’m not hot on mixing Chruch and faith with entertainment, this book worked for me like a charm, so to speak.
So if you’re skittish about such things mixing, like I am, know this is a perfectly delightful read and it didn’t give me the notorious iffy factor.

Now that we got that aspect out of the way, the world of this novel is just freaking fabulous. I mean, we’re talking good versus evil, immortal knights, distressing damsels as opposed to damsels in distress – Farran may bear witness to this, haha -, sword fighting, bumpy romance and a lot of charm. As my ‘good’ habit is, I read book #2 in the series without having read book #1. Pffft, relax, I do this all the time, haha. And this book made crystal clear sense to me, so you read it as a stand alone like I did and enjoy it full-force, without a doubt. The world makes perfect sense in the book, without needing any clarifications or premises from a previous one, and I have to say I enjoy that in all series.

The characters were just irresistible, I mean we’re talking a huge grumpy knight and a spitfire little woman that just drives him insane most of the time. I loved the chemistry that Farran and Noelle had, they just made a killer combo and I was really laughing out loud for a couple of times during the read. You know how I love a read that can make me laugh a little.
Both characters in the main pair had some hard edges, so to speak, I mean Farran has a tendency to go a bit caveman and grumble a lot, but then again he does sort of belongs to that time frame, lol. Noelle on the other hand does tend to go all I-Am-Woman-Hear-me-Roar, so you can imagine how sparks were constantly flying all over the place. And yet they were both vulnerable, wounded, not all the way healed from their pasts. I won’t go into details here, but their stories were enough to make me wince.
The way their relationship developed wasn’t insta-love but a slow burn sort of thing, that kind that I really love because it really feels like a love story and not an affair. Just loved them together.
Heat level is adult, but the one on one isn’t the focus of their romance, though they have hot interaction when it does happen, they’re not out there making out like bunnies all over the read. Sadly. Lol, kidding, I mean I love a good story, but at the same time smut never hurt anyone. This isn’t smut romance, though, that’s what I’m trying to say.

As an immortal knight hence old as the hills, basically, Farran did convince me he has been alive for a long time, and that he came from the time frame I was told he did. His voice was quite convincing and appropriate, though at times ’twas a bit too much, and if you have read this or you will, you’ll get what I mean.

Aside the romantic arc, we have some kickass evil fighting, both within each knight and against Azazel. The plot was just ripe with conflict and tension, and as we all know that makes for highly entertaining reading. There was enough action to keep you on edge, but without becoming annoying – you know I tend to get annoyed with agitated action. So this was for me something of the perfect blend of action and romance.
The writing was just awesome, I mean the clear and accessible style mixed with intense, overwhelming imagery in places, tension and conflict bloomed from all directions, but there was also a lot of feeling, a lot of mending broken hearts and finding courage again, braving love.

And because I never can help it, the curb appeal is out of this world. That cover got my attention in a heartbeat, and coupled with the blurb I was sold, no doubt about it, I was so curious about this knight spin. Aside the promise of steamy romance and cool action, the blurb also got me very curious, it’s a fresh take on paranormal romance and a brave concept. What it promises, it delivers, or so it did for me at least.

All in all I say you should definitely give this a shot, there’s a touch of history, a touch of drama, a touch of romance and a sprinkle of action in the knight’s quest to save the world and himself from darkness. Awesome reading, I loved it.

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2 thoughts on “Review: Immortal Surrender by Claire Ashgrove

  1. leahweller

    I loved this review and I’m so looking forward to reading this! You have to read Immortal Hope, the first in this series. It became one of my all time favorites before I was halfway through it. I agree with you in that Claire’s writing is freaking fabulous!

  2. Livia ~ BoM Books

    Thank you, I fully intend to read book #1. Though it may take me a year, lol, I’m a spazz  like that with my reads 😀 But I loved reading this, so I’m totally forward to some more knight action 😀 


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