Broken Shine by Candice Gilmer
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (191 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint
Love will be the death of him.
Felicia Hunter earned herself the nickname Leeza early in life, and well as the reputation for being a klutz. How she landed a job in a glass store was a miracle. The bigger miracle is the mysterious designer who brings in the most beautiful glasswork she’d ever seen. Little does she know, he’s an Immortal Knight Templar.
Sir Liam has spent the last 700 years as a Knight Templar, faithful to the Balance Mandate. His charge is to protect humans from all manner mythical creatures. In the past 24 years, he’s become more attached to Leeza than his vows of chastity allow.
The closer Liam gets to Leeza, the more love and need surge through him. His feelings for her bring him to the very edge, but if she pulls him over, he may end up broken.
Some may feel sex will cause their demise. For Liam and the rest of the Knights Templar, it literally will. So when he realizes that, for the first time in over 700 years, he not only is attracted to Felicia Hunter, better known as Leeza, but cannot seem to stay away from her no matter how much he tries, his life is turned upside down.
The first thing that made me want to read this book was the fact Liam was one of the Knights Templar. I find it refreshing that the author tried to stick to as many historical accounts about the knights, as well as incorporate some additional information. It served to make them fit into the story so well, including the Inquisition. I also enjoyed that, now immortal, the knights in this story remained true to the way history depicted them in many ways. For instance, the fact that they were chaste and that they were required to pray every morning and evening. I think it added a certain amount of validity to the story.
Although very descriptive, this story only contained one sex scene. The fact that the main conflict in this story is based on Liam’s requirement to stay chaste, according to the Balance Mandate (their rule book, so to speak), this was to be expected. Since all of the knights were required to take a vow of chastity, Liam had never had any type of contact with a woman, not even simple touching. This added a little more depth to Liam’s character, and made for an amazing build up of tension. The author depicted him, as any virgin may be, uncomfortable with physical contact because of his inexperience.
If you are like me, and enjoy love stories that include some mythology and history, you will really enjoy reading this one.