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    Forbidden Legacy by Diana Cosby

    Forbidden Legacy by Diana Cosby is what promises to be an exciting new series, #1 "The Forbidden" series. Set in Medevial Scotland. This a story of the Knights of Templar, their history, and the wondrous question, what really happened to them, and of falling in love. As with most of Ms Cosby's stories, she weaves historical facts with Scotland's lush history, and countryside, along with danger, passion, secrets and romance. First up, we have the, Lady Katherine Calbraith, of Avalon castle, whose family has been murdered by the English, which she's made to watch, and the castle taken over, of course she escapes and manages to get to King Robert the Bruce, her Godfather. Make no mistake, Katherine is a feisty, independent, strong-willed Lass, whose determination to regain her beloved home back from the English, could end in diaster, and the death of them all. There are secrets that surrounds her, some she doesn't know of herself. As a teenager she was assaulted, which, of course, makes her leery of men, intimacy, and she struggles with control. Then we have, Knights Templar, Sir Stephan MacQuistan, a strong supported of his King, Robert the Bruce, who forces him and Katherine to marry, he has secrets of his own, he also is entrusted with a rich cargo, which belongs to the Templars. They travel by ship to Avalon to regain the castle and battle storms, and their growing, unwanted feelings. Stephan, is conflicted by his marriage, and struggles to make sense of his growing feelings, and the his secrets. A struggle to regain Avalon castle begins, as they look for catacombs hidden beneath the castle to hide their precious cargo. Can Katherine and Stephan learn to trust each other, heal from their past, and learn to love with abandon, to find their HEA, or lose all to their stubbornness and pride? Ms. Cosby has weaved a tale of struggles, challenges, secrets, a battle to regain Avalon castle, into a story rich with history. "Forbidden Legacy" is a very complicated, complex, tale with many secrets, challenges and struggles. Very realistic with well-developed, strong-willed characters, and a mesmerizing storyline. I enjoyed this story. I did want to hit both Katherine and Stephen for their stubbornness and pride. As they both struggle with their pasts, long buried secrets revealed, finally learning the truth, and learning to let go and enjoy finding true love. Ms. Cosby has written a tale rich with history, strong characters and a superb storyline. She is a very talented author, and it shows in her writing, her characters and her storylines. A must read Scottish Medieval Historical Romance. Fans of romance, Templar history, struggle, challenges and a mesmerizing tale, will enjoy "Forbidden Legacy". Captivating, powerful, compelling and mesmerizing. I can't wait to see what's next in the "Forbidden Legacy". I hope to read Thomas' story soon, and some of the other Templars. The Templars legacy is such a mystery, fastinatng to me, rich with history, their chivalry is well known as well as their fight in the Holy Crusades. Brilliantly written! I highly recommend "Forbidden Legacy". I absolutely loved this story. An awesome, enjoyable and satisfying read! Received for an honest review from Net Galley. However, all opinions and thoughts are my own. Rating: 5 Heat rating: Mild Reviewed by: AprilR
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    Another Cosby Masterpiece! Loved it!

    This book was absolutely riveting adventure filled with secrecy, mayhem, brutality, betrayal, trust, faith, hope and love. It has so many twists and turns and more than one shocking surprise. Superbly written, brilliant plotting, setting and dialogue! I can hardly wait for book #2 in this spectacular “The Forbidden Series!” Ms. Cosby definitely has the magic touch of drawing the reader in, keeping them fascinated with anticipation wondering what could possibly happen next! I loved, loved, loved this novel and highly recommend it! It is one readers surely don't want to miss! A total masterpiece in my opinion. Forbidden Legacy — book #1 (Stephan & Katherine) Release date: August 16, 2016!
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    Historical Romance

    If you are looking for a fairy tale rather than deep historical fiction then this book might be one you will like. I enjoyed reading a bit about the Knights Templar and researched a few things about them, Robert the Bruce and Edward II while reading this book. As for the story…men committed to God take vows of celibacy and Stephan MacQuistan is ones of those men as are the knights he is in charge of. Finding himself married to Lady Katherine Calbraith is something he never expected – for more than one reason. There is a slow build between them that eventually provides them with a HEA but it takes some doing to get there. I had trouble believing that a woman on her own would be able to escape from the dungeon, make her way some distance to her godfather for help then be sent by him alone with her husband and his men without a lady’s maid or other female as companion on the trip. I also had trouble believing that a woman of status living in that era would have behaved as she did. She was rather mouthy and obnoxious and many times seemed closer to ten than to twenty. She put herself and others in danger and as other reviewers have mentioned, her pride and bickering were wearing. As for Stephan…he had a rough childhood, became a knight, fought and had expectations for his life and they probably included dying without a wife and doing so on a battlefield. His ability to adapt and his kindness were great qualities. His lack of people skills in regard to women was perhaps overdone because he did have a sister and mother for at least awhile. There was a lot of posturing, pounding of chests and competition for supremacy between the two of them that could have easily been resolved if they had been willing to communicate with one another honestly. I liked the men with Stephan, especially Thomas. It will be interesting to find out who they end up with now that they are freed of their vows taken when they became Knights Templar. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 3.5 Stars
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    Forbidden Legacy

    As we all know, everyone has baggage these days, and it is the same with Sir Stephan MacQuistan and Lady Katherine Calbraith. Sir Stephan longed for his forbidden legacy, his birthright, Avalon Castle, and the title of Earl of Dunsmore. His family was murdered and his castle taken when he was but a young child. Fortunately, after his escape from the devastation of his family and their holding, Stephan was rescued & raised by some Knights Templar. As the story opens, Sir Stephan has just delivered a missive to Robert the Bruce, Scotland’s Sovereign, concerning the betrayal by King Philip of France. King Philip was desperate for some much needed wealth, and was willing to betray the very the Knight’s Templar who had aided him in the past. He organized a plot to arrest, murder and completely destroy the Knight’s Templar and their reputation in order to confiscate their great wealth. One of my favorite descriptive scenes in the book is “Tears gathered behind her lashes. Furious, she glanced toward the hearth. Whispers of blue flame danced into slivers of red, then orange, and as fast became lost in a curl of smoke to disappear up the chimney."“Tell me what happened.” His compassion fractured her composure.” I do love Ms. Cosby’s attention to detail! It really is an added bonus and helps the reader be able to better picture the scene. Reading her novels are like watching a movie in my head. I admit, I’ll miss these characters. I don’t wish to give the entire story away, as there are many twists and turns that seem to crop up in Stephan and Katherine’s relationship that hold ones attention until the end. Admittedly, Diana Cosby has always written her characters with such detail to personality and character. The lead male and female characters have depth, as well as, an often unexpected sizzling chemistry, whether her characters themselves realize it or not. Lady Katherine and Sir Stephan’s characters are written with so much warmth and detail that I didn’t want the story to end. Another important aspect of this book that I like, is how she maintained the respect and place of honor, the Knight’s Templar have held throughout history…. regardless of the deceit and perfidy of King Philip. One BIG REQUEST I have is that her books be made into audio books. Their are several really good narrators/story tellers out their with super sexy accents and proper brogue that would really make her wonderful characters come to life. I adore audio books and almost always buy the ebook as well as the audio book. I’m not sure why Ms. Cosby’s publishers or whomever makes that decision, hasn’t already done it with her other two captivating series. PLEASE, bring her work to audio! It’s just too good and too popular for everyone to miss out on the audible experience.
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    Forbidden legacy

    Thoroughly enjoyable book, great detail of the historic times the coming together of the families most enjoyable, disappointed I have to wait for the next one..
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