Forbidden Legacy by Diana Cosby
Overview by Publisher:
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 . . .
I really, really enjoy it when the history in ‘historical romance’ is something different. This book features a former Templar Knight. The book follows the demise of the famed Knights and the politics behind the scenes. The story highlights the connection between the Templars and Scotland. I found myself frequently hitting Google to research the Templar Knights while I was reading because it was so interesting.
So it had me wondering how a love story would work out between a celibate Knight and a young woman. Stephan longs to get back Avalon, his birthright that was stolen from him. When Robert the Bruce offers it to him, he accepts. Along with the castle, he gets a bride. Katherine is not just any young woman, she is the daughter of the man who stole Avalon Castle and killed his parents.
This plot is in place very quickly, so it leaves the rest of the book for it to play out. I found Katherine to be an amazing woman. She is no shrinking violet and she can stand her ground with a contingent of knights. Things don’t get off to a good start with her and Stephan. I found that I really admired the stoic knight. He was capable and confident which is true to his code.
There are a lot of complications to this plot. There is the danger to the Knights Templar, the capture of Avalon Castle from the English and the relationship between Stephan and Katherine. All elements are really well developed. I enjoyed this book and I really look forward to reading the next book in this new series.