Title: Her Dark Knight
Author: Sharon Cullen
Publisher: Carina Press
Buy link: Buy Her Dark Knight Here!
Rating: You Need to Read
Reviewer: Wendy Mitchell
Madelaine Alexander is on a mission. When her boss sends her to the hottest nightclub in town to meet with the owner, she won't be deterred, even if that means standing in line for fifty-eight minutes in torturous heels while she'd rather be home in her pj's with a bowl of popcorn.
A Knight of the Templar, Christien Chevalier was given immortality along with the responsibility of protecting the treasure of the Templars. He's been unwavering in his task for centuries until his one true love—who died seven hundred years ago—shows up in his club, demanding his attention.
Christien couldn't protect Madelaine when they first fell in love. She was married to a lord and he was simply a knight. Now, through some unknown miracle, she stands before him again and they have a second chance. But Christien fears that Madelaine is being used as a pawn in a dangerous game, a game of good versus evil that could affect all of mankind...
Christien Chevalier was a Templar knight in the 14th century charged with guarding the Templar’s most holy of treasures and also the means to bring about the Apocalypse Exhausted, sick, and grieving the loss of the woman he loved, he is ready to welcome death with the completion of his task. However death is not to be gifted to the Templar, for he is once again charged with protecting the treasure and now with the added burden of immortality. Now the wealthy and powerful owner of a nightclub in Milwaukee, Christien is totally unprepared when Madelaine Alexander walks into his life. She is the spitting image of his lost love, but she works for the evil who seeks his treasure. Even with all his years and wisdom, Chrisitien is unsure whether to trust his heart or his instincts.
This book was so much darker than I expected. I don’t know why I had lighter expectations because the Templars didn’t have a happy history and this story keeps the dark and tragic tradition going. This book is seriously intense and poses a lot of paradoxical questions. It is eminently obvious that Sharon Cullen put a lot of research into her book in order to maintain the realistic settings of the differing times and habits of the inhabitants. She has crafted a brilliantly overlapping tale of two completely different worlds that fold over and into each other and enable the reader to exist in both with very little effort.
The hero Christien is a hardened warrior and is terrified of hoping for the impossible. He just broke my heart and it was a struggle on my part to understand why so much tragedy had been heaped on this servant of God. It would certainly broken a man of lesser bearing. Madelaine is an innocent and still a tad naive . I’m not talking sexually, but in her outlook on life. She has had some hard knocks certainly, but she still holds onto her values and tries to put a decent face on everything. What I totally loved about Madelaine was even through her disbelief, when she made a situation worse or more dangerous, she accepted her mistakes and tried to rectify them. Christien and Madelaine’s love affair traversed the ages and defeated death. It is also one that will stay with me for quite awhile. Kudos for a job well done, Ms. Cullen.