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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An original tale with terrific characters
Author Gerri Russell has penned a truly unique tale, it's a little bit Indiana Jones and the epic movie The Kingdom rolled into one sweet story about honor, fate and love.

Templar Knight Alan Cathcart is on the battle field in Spain with his fellow brethren fighting a massive Moorish army when unbelievably he sees a woman running onto the battleground. He...
Published on May 2, 2010 by Melissa

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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible!
This book was not continuous, and the characters were kind of flat. Jessamina was the Spanish king's niece, and is part Spaniard and part Moorish. Alan is Scottish and a Templar Knight who swore a vow of celibacy. They embark on a mission to find the Ark of the Covenant, following mysterious letters and a cryptic prophecy. They do not talk much to each other about their...
Published on April 13, 2012 by Amazon Customer


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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An original tale with terrific characters, May 2, 2010
Author Gerri Russell has penned a truly unique tale, it's a little bit Indiana Jones and the epic movie The Kingdom rolled into one sweet story about honor, fate and love.

Templar Knight Alan Cathcart is on the battle field in Spain with his fellow brethren fighting a massive Moorish army when unbelievably he sees a woman running onto the battleground. He charges over and rescues her from the clashing swords and he's amazed to find a well dressed articulate Spaniard speaking to him in English.

Jessamine is no common Spaniard, she is in fact the niece of King Ferdinand and she charged into the midst of a horrible battle to escape an evil man the Conde of Teba who is trying to force her into marriage. Jessamine is grateful to be rescued and she is a huge believer in fate. At her birth a prophecy was foretold that she would be on a grand adventure and seeing Alan's templar uniform among the Moorish turbans, she knows the first lines of the prophecy have come to pass.

Alan is on a quest to discover the Ark of the Covenant for the Templar Order; the knights believe that they can keep the Ark safe from marauders in the middle eastern desert. Jessamine now believes this is her quest too and she accompanies Alan to Jerusalem to look for the holy artifact.

The two find much adventure along the way. There are assassins, mysterious strangers, Bedouins and always the Conde is stalking Jessamine hoping to marry into the royal family. Ms Russell does a good job of describing the harsh beauty of the desert, the wonder of Petra and the dangers that the leads face. There's a hint of the mystical woven throughout this story beginning with the miraculous rescue of Jessamine from the Moorish battle to the prophecy to the awesome forces displayed in the desert.

But even better, is the lovely story of Jessamine and Alan, yes they have one adventure after another but they are deep thoughtful characters, with rich interesting backgrounds. Jessamine is attracted to the wonderful traits of Alan, such as his kindness,intelligence and honor, her trust in him is absolutely unwavering. For his part, Alan adores Jessamine's adventurous spirit, her generous heart and her quick thinking. Together they are a truly romantic couple and they realize their deep affection despite the differences in their stations. I was thoroughly engaged in this yarn right from the beginning, the action and tension are constant throughout the story but best of all is the sweet tale of two people destined to find each other and for them to discover they are better together than apart.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read book. Held my interest from first page to end., March 6, 2012
This review is from: Seducing the Knight (Brotherhood of the Scottish Templars Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
Gerri Russell once again writes a powerful story of two people forced to rely on each other while following prophecy clues to find an important part of history. In the process they learn to admire each others thoughts and actions. The story moves smoothly from one adventurous undertaking to another.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exciting, Passion-filled Adventure!, March 9, 2012
This review is from: Seducing the Knight (Brotherhood of the Scottish Templars Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
Author Gerri Russell kept me on the edge of my seat from the first page when Jessamine flees from the evil and power-hungry Conde of Teba, who wants her pedigree for his own gain. Even a priest refuses to protect her, and she's forced to run headlong into a battle between the Templars and the Moors, rescued by Templar Sir Alan Cathcart.

This is only the beginning of the adventures the Spanish princess and the Scottish knight face as he's on a quest to find the Ark of the Covenant. The story is so well-written, you'll think you're right there with them as they're pursued by assassins and endure hardships along the way. This is truly an epic journey where the exciting action magnifies Alan's and Jassamine's heated passion. [Fans self] I'm looking forward to the next Gerri Russell book!
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible!, April 13, 2012
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This book was not continuous, and the characters were kind of flat. Jessamina was the Spanish king's niece, and is part Spaniard and part Moorish. Alan is Scottish and a Templar Knight who swore a vow of celibacy. They embark on a mission to find the Ark of the Covenant, following mysterious letters and a cryptic prophecy. They do not talk much to each other about their lives, and Jessamina never tells Alan why she is being pursued, and he never asks! They do not have any character development, and they seem to think that because they feel passion for each other, it must be love. There are no tender feelings, but only a sense of duty, desire, or thoughts of prophecy that keep them together. The whole story and romance is so contrived. It was a BIG waste of time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but......, October 29, 2012
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This book has good potential, however I think if the author did not self publish I would have enjoyed the story more. I am an avid reader and the problem I had with this book was several grammatical and editing errors. At times it seemed as though she wrote the book as if it was a movie, leaving out certain gestures which leave gaps in the story. Once again it was a good story, but publishing without the fine toothed comb of an editor hurt the story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OK read, May 1, 2013
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While this was a little confusing at first, the book was an interesting read. The plot however was a let down especially after the "ark" was found.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OK, January 21, 2013
This review is from: Seducing the Knight (Brotherhood of the Scottish Templars Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
This is the first book I have read by this author. The author does a tremendous job in research for the plot and incorporates both fact and fiction to comprise this stories as many historical works are. However, I didn't see where the title really described the book. The main female character persona wasn't about having an agenda to seduce the knight.

It is very obvious this author has the talent to write. I just wished that the idea for the book was not so aligned with Indiana Jones.

Overall the book was easy to read, few grammar/punctuation mistakes were noted. If you like the Indiana Jones series, I am pretty sure you will like this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, January 9, 2013
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Romantic, sweeping, historical fantasy will leave you breathless! Take time to read this one and savor its delicious flavors. 5 stars!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seducing The Knight, September 21, 2012
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This is the first book by Gerri Russell that I have read and it was pretty good! I was surprised because it was a free book and you never know what your getting when you "try your luck". I look forward to reading more of her works. The hero was yummy. I love learning about history and you can tell that a lot of research went into this book, that being said it wasn't boring, but very exciting and you felt you were living it. Thanks for a good read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting story--very Indiana Jones-like, April 17, 2012
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Seducing the Knight is more than just a historical romance. It's an exciting quest for the world's most powerful, yet feared, artifact: The Ark of the Covenant. To secure the Ark and return it to Scotland where it can be protected by the Templars is the duty of Alan, a handsome knight who is alone in the world.

The story starts with Jessamine, a Spanish princess, fleeing a forced marriage to a horrible conde who has plans to murder the entire royal family so that his wife-to-be will become queen and he the king. What a villan he is! As she is trying to escape him on foot, she finds herself at the edge of a battlefield. Deciding she'd rather face death in the fray than allow herself to be captured and wed to the conde, she runs straight into the clash of swords.

Alan sees her and immediately springs into action to rescue the apparently daft woman. His vows demand he protect women, and Jessamine quite obviously needed his help. They flee the horrible carnage of the battle, but the furious conde pursues them.

Jessamine has grown up knowing she was destined to fulfill a prophecy. When she discovers her prophecy binds her to Alan's quest of finding the Ark, they join forces, although Alan is reluctant. They travel to the Holy Land and beyond and face danger after danger as they fulfill their prophecy---and fall in love, despite his vows and her royal station.

I couldn't stop reading this delightful adventure. The only thing that keeps me from giving it 5 stars is the rather distasteful setting of an otherwise touching and beautiful tryst on the altar in the Holy Temple. Ew[...] Other than that, it is a wonderful story that I will read again and again.
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