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The Princess and the Templar [Kindle Edition]

Hebby Roman
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"A sweeping, medieval epic of star-crossed lovers, don't miss it!" NYT Bestselling author, Lori Wilde

Raul de Porcelos, a dedicated Knight Templar, is duty bound to bring orphaned Irish Princess Cahira O'Donnell to wed the Earl of Orkney, Raul's lord. But Cahira has a mind of her own and resists the handsome Templar, refusing to relinquish the castle and lands that her family died to protect.

Thrown together by fate, they come to know each other and a forbidden passion is kindled. Who will be the first to surrender to desire, the warrior-princess or the warrior-monk?

"A JOY TO READ!
"Beautifully written, rich in history, and romance. If you enjoy Medieval conflict, adventure,passion and love than you are sure to enjoy "The Princess and the Templar".
AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


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THE PRINCESS AND THE TEMPLAR by Hebby Roman is an interesting Medival Historical Romance set in Ireland, Scotland and France. Meet Cahira O'Donnell, an orphan and an Irish Princess forced into a betrothal to the Earl of Orkney and Spanish Knight Templar Raul de Porcelos, Orkney is Raul's Lord, is taxed to bring Cahira to Oakney. Cahira has other ideas on her forced marriage. She is determined to not relinquish her beloved castle and lands. So begins the battle of the warrior -princess and the warrior-monk......

Beautifully written, rich in history, and romance. If you enjoy Medieval conflict, adventure,passion and love than you are sure to enjoy "The Princess and the Templar".

These two characters will steal your heart as they fight their attraction to each other, fight for their lives and hang on to a belief.

I enjoyed "The Princess and the Templar" and hope to read more of Ms. Roman stories. I would recommend this title, especially if you enjoy Medieval France, Scotland and yes, Ireland. A great read!

Received for an honest review from the publicist and/or author.

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: MILD

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

From the Author

My inspiration as a writer for The Princess and the Templar came from the bestselling book and vintage TV series, "The Thornbirds." I loved that book and series and wanted to write a romance using the element of chastity from the man's point of view and to show the unfolding of and conflict of a forbidden romance.

Even though my other historical romances are all set in the 1800's, I had been reading medieval history and medieval fiction for several years. Before, I started on my medieval reading jag, I had the distinct impression that the Middle Ages was a dirty and dark place, full of brutality and disease. And to some extent, this depiction of medieval life is correct. It was a very dangerous time to live and decent medical care was non-existent. But in many other ways, it was an infinitely fascinating period of history. If for nothing else than that the Middle Ages spanned a thousand years, saw the rise of the Christianity and the Catholic Church, the birth of chivalry and castles, and the beginnings of a middle class as trade and business flourished.

When I decided to write a medieval romance, I wanted to have the hero be a man who had taken a vow of chastity. I didn't want an actual monk or priest, so I settled on a little known group of men (at that time--little known), the Knights Templar, who were, in effect, warrior-monks who were supposed to remain chaste and unmarried.

I choose the Knights Templar long before Dan Brown wrote the "Da Vinci Code," and there was not a wealth of information about them, like there is now. But I gathered what research I could on these knights and cast my hero as one against the backdrop of the French purge of the Order.

For my heroine, I wanted a strong woman from a seldom used romance locale, so I decided on Ireland and an Irish princess who'd been raised as a warrior-princess by her father and five brothers.

I needed both my characters to be strong and brave in their own right but also noble and giving. And for them both to have a soul-altering attraction to each other. 

I hope you'll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Product Details

  • File Size: 724 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (November 23, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GVKRVP0
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A JOY TO READ! January 20, 2014
Format:Paperback
THE PRINCESS AND THE TEMPLAR by Hebby Roman is an interesting Medival Historical Romance set in Ireland, Scotland and France. Meet Cahira O'Donnell, an orphan and an Irish Princess forced into a betrothal to the Earl of Orkney and Spanish Knight Templar Raul de Porcelos, Orkney is Raul's Lord, is taxed to bring Cahira to Oakney. Cahira has other ideas on her forced marriage. She is determined to not relinquish her beloved castle and lands. So begins the battle of the warrior -princess and the warrior-monk......

Beautifully written, rich in history, and romance. If you enjoy Medieval conflict, adventure,passion and love than you are sure to enjoy "The Princess and the Templar".

These two characters will steal your heart as they fight their attraction to each other, fight for their lives and hang on to a belief.

I enjoyed "The Princess and the Templar" and hope to read more of Ms. Roman stories. I would recommend this title, especially if you enjoy Medieval France, Scotland and yes, Ireland. A great read!

Received for an honest review from the publicist and/or author.

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: MILD

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and entertaining! January 17, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Reviewed by Betty Fokker
for TheRomanceReviews.com

THE PRINCESS AND THE TEMPLAR was well-written and entertaining fiction. The prose could be a little purple in spots, but the lilac-tinged wording was rather enjoyable to a reader who came of age reading romance novels in the 1980s.

Cahira O'Donnell was an orphaned Irish Princess whom the Spanish Knight Templar Raul de Porcelos was supposed to bring to the Earl of Orkney for a forced marriage. They fall in love with one another in spite of Raul's vows and her resentment of him. Her refusal to give up her lands to predatory lords and the French attack on the Knights Templar only complicate an already convoluted situation for the lovers. What will it take for these two to finally be together?

I have some caveats regarding the historical accuracy of parts of the story, but the plot was interesting enough and the writing was skilled enough that I think the reader will also let those slide with the knowledge that there was at least the faint possibility of plausibility. Moreover, several of the details about medieval medicine, Euro-Arabian relations, and the Knights Templar were spot-on and largely unfamiliar to those who haven't studied the topic academically, which makes any other historical/physical unlikelihood or anachronistic goals/morality much less bothersome.

I was fonder of the hero than the heroine and thought he was the better developed character of the two, but frankly if I had to choose, I would always choose a cooler hero. Thus, Raul's more interesting arc made me happy. I didn't have a problem with the heroine physically being able to fight (the recent US broadsword champion is a woman), but I was less thrilled with the reckless immaturity that was passed off as high-spirited bravery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not your average "Bodice Ripper" June 25, 2014
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While this is still light romantic reading, it has a more in-depth character development of the heroine than usual. It was a nice surprise and easy to relate to her. At least for me. I liked the give and take between reality and romance. It was a little more believable, which I always appreciate.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What's not to like in this exciting historical? March 25, 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed Cahira and Raul's story. A spirited heroine, a conflicted hero, danger, and forbidden love--what's not to like in this exciting medieval? From the first page, I was drawn into the conflict and challenges the couple faces. This is the first book of Ms. Roman's I've read, but I'm definitely searching for her previous publications. Hope she hurries with her next story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Templars March 6, 2014
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Finally a love story about the knights Templars. The story line flows superbly. One of my favorite books so far
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hebby Roman does it again March 3, 2014
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Another strong Heroine and the brave knight who rescues her. This full-length novel is another example of the great job Ms. Roman does combining history, romance, and intrigue into an action-packed tale of heroic proportions. Can't wait to read more, Hebby!
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE PRINCESS AND THE TEMPLAR February 24, 2014
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Cahira has a mind of her own and resists the handsome Templar, refusing to relinquish the castle and lands that her family died to protect. Thrown together by fate, they come to know each other and a forbidden passion is kindled. Who will be the first to surrender to desire, the warrior-princess or the warrior-monk?

A UNIQUE STORY, GREAT IN HISTORY, WELL WRITTEN, PACING GOOD, DIALOGUE AND NARRATIVE GOOD, I ENJOYED THIS BOOK. HARD TO PUT DOWN.
JACLYN V. DI BONA
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4.0 out of 5 stars A most interesting read February 21, 2014
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A really good story line with characters that were real.
Very interesting to read about life in those times - especially in light of female freedoms today.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Medieval Love Story
I enjoyed the story of Cahira and Raul. In fact, once I starting read the novel, I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Louise Z. Pelzl
5.0 out of 5 stars the princess and the templar
i chose this rating because i think it deserves the all star rating. i t was a very good book. I really enjoyed it. thank you for great reading.
Published 12 months ago by alvin gieset
5.0 out of 5 stars Go back in time!
Captivating, well researched, surprisingly fresh storyline! I cannot wait for more from this author! Alison Weir and Phillippea Gregory style, with a story all her own. Well done!
Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Story failed at end
The story held my interest till the last few chapters and then it just fell apart. It was like the author got tired of writing and just decided to end it quickly.
Published 13 months ago by Jeri M. Walsh
3.0 out of 5 stars Liked this story until I got about 75% through....
...and then you try and write the de Molay character as some evil person (spitting on the Cross)...I don't believe that to be true. Read more
Published 13 months ago by P. J. Merrill
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Typical historical love story. Unrequited love, a journey, death, more journey. Love, sailing, sea sickness, passion. Good characters made it interesting.
Published 13 months ago by M. R. Owings-christian
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable but fun nonetheless
Easy read. The characters were very predictable, the plot uncomplicated. I was disappointed in the Templar part of the story -- it could have added a good deal to the plot.
Published 14 months ago by ED Lovejoy
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More About the Author

Hebby Roman is the author of nine print published romances: five historical romances and four contempoarary romances. Her first contemporary romance, SUMMER DREAMS, was the launch title for Encanto, a print line featuring Latino romances. And her re-published e-book, SUMMER DREAMS, was #1 in Amazon fiction and romance.

Hebby is a member of the Romance Writers of America, and the past president of her local chapter, North Texas Romance Writers. She was selected for the Romantic Times "Texas Author" award, and she won a national Harlequin contest.

She graduated with highest honors from the University of Texas in Austin with a Master's Degree in Business Administration. She was selected for inclusion in the first edition of Who's Who in American Women.

She is blessed to have all her family living close by in north Texas, including her family's latest edition, her granddaughter, Mackenzie. Hebby lives in Arlington, Texas with her husband, Luis, and maltipoo, Maximillian.
Visit her website at: http://www.hebbyroman.com or Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hebby-Roman/582681221798972
You can find all her books on Amazon.

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