By Mary Reed McCall
From the splendidly evocative and proficient Mary Reed McCall comes the 1st novel of an exhilarating new trilogy in accordance with the mysterious and interesting Knights of Templar.
Sir Richard de Cantor, a highly-skilled warrior, is hampered via guilt over the formidable, materialistic means he'd lived prior to he joined the Templar Brotherhood -- a life-style he believes resulted in the demise of his younger daughter. girl Margaret Newcomb is a disgraced daughter of a strong English earl and has led a quiet lifetime of penance and atonement. although of other backgrounds, honestly they're either lonely, battered by way of the area, and in determined desire of every other's love and reputation. Their fragile dating is quickly threatened whilst the French Inquisition makes its method to England, and Richard is confronted with fees for his place as a Templar Knight, basically to have their love extra verified while anyone from Meg's prior reappears with the facility to rip the 2 apart.
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Willa, sir. ” “Aye, that seems a common theme in this house,” he said under his breath, adding more loudly, “I do not recall having seen you before, Willa. ” “I see. ” Willa looked aghast. “With Lady de Cantor? ” Meg kept her tone even, though she threw the cook a sharp glance. ” Richard asked, frowning again. “Nay, all is well. ” Meg knew her voice sounded tight, and she struggled to paste a bland smile to her face. But though Willa remained silent now, she glowered like a thundercloud before shaking her head enough to set her jowls jiggling.
She hadn’t allowed herself to think beyond that point. It had been a deliberate decision; she couldn’t bear imagining in too much detail how his strong, masculine, very naked body would be ﬁlling her tub. It was far too intimate an image to entertain. Now here she stood outside the chamber, wondering what she should do. It had been some time since the lads had carried the last jug of water in to him, and yet still no sounds issued from the chamber. No splashing or knocking about. Was he waiting, then, for her to come and assist him?
Chapter 2 R ichard paced his solar, waiting for Brother Thomas to arrive. The Templar priest had been delayed, missing the meal altogether—a result that was probably for the best anyway. Supper had been a strained affair, to put it mildly. Though his years with the Brotherhood had accustomed him to silence while eating, the dagger-edged stares coming at him from all directions were another thing altogether. Eleanor would not be descending from her bedchamber to partake of the meal, Meg had informed him, a circumstance that, he learned upon asking, was not at all unusual.
Beyond Temptation: The Templar Knights by Mary Reed McCall