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In battle-torn Scotland, a castle’s mistress awaits her groom, a warrior she has never met... Lady Gwendolyn Murphy’s fiancé has finally arrived at Latharn Castle, but she expects no joy in their introduction. Gwendolyn is well aware of Bróccín MacRaith’s cold reputation. Yet from first glance, she is drawn to the intimidating stranger. Impossible! How could she be dazzled In battle-torn Scotland, a castle’s mistress awaits her groom, a warrior she has never met... Lady Gwendolyn Murphy’s fiancé has finally arrived at Latharn Castle, but she expects no joy in their introduction. Gwendolyn is well aware of Bróccín MacRaith’s cold reputation. Yet from first glance, she is drawn to the intimidating stranger. Impossible! How could she be dazzled by such a callous man? Little does she know, Bróccín is dead. The man Gwendolyn believes to be her intended is actually Sir Aiden MacConnell, a member of the Knights Templar and her enemy, masquerading as the earl to gain access to the castle. His soul is dedicated to God and war; he has no time for luxuries of the flesh. But Gwendolyn’s intoxicating beauty, intellect, and fortitude lures him to want the forbidden. With the wedding date quickly approaching and the future of Scotland at stake, Aiden gathers critical intelligence and steels himself for his departure, vowing to avoid an illicit liaison. But a twist of fate forces him to choose—move forward with a life built on a lie, or risk everything for the heart of one woman?


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In battle-torn Scotland, a castle’s mistress awaits her groom, a warrior she has never met... Lady Gwendolyn Murphy’s fiancé has finally arrived at Latharn Castle, but she expects no joy in their introduction. Gwendolyn is well aware of Bróccín MacRaith’s cold reputation. Yet from first glance, she is drawn to the intimidating stranger. Impossible! How could she be dazzled In battle-torn Scotland, a castle’s mistress awaits her groom, a warrior she has never met... Lady Gwendolyn Murphy’s fiancé has finally arrived at Latharn Castle, but she expects no joy in their introduction. Gwendolyn is well aware of Bróccín MacRaith’s cold reputation. Yet from first glance, she is drawn to the intimidating stranger. Impossible! How could she be dazzled by such a callous man? Little does she know, Bróccín is dead. The man Gwendolyn believes to be her intended is actually Sir Aiden MacConnell, a member of the Knights Templar and her enemy, masquerading as the earl to gain access to the castle. His soul is dedicated to God and war; he has no time for luxuries of the flesh. But Gwendolyn’s intoxicating beauty, intellect, and fortitude lures him to want the forbidden. With the wedding date quickly approaching and the future of Scotland at stake, Aiden gathers critical intelligence and steels himself for his departure, vowing to avoid an illicit liaison. But a twist of fate forces him to choose—move forward with a life built on a lie, or risk everything for the heart of one woman?

30 review for Forbidden Vow

  1. 5 out of 5

    Caitlyn Lynch

    Set in the turbulent years while Robert the Bruce fought to unify all of Scotland under his rule, this is a beautifully researched and well-written Scottish romance. Unlike many other authors, Diana Cosby doesn't go overboard with the Scottish accent, and the result is a smooth reading experience where I want constantly having to mentally translate the dialect as I read. Gwendolyn is a charmingly feisty heroine, an excellent match for the former Knight Templar Aiden, and though they get off to th Set in the turbulent years while Robert the Bruce fought to unify all of Scotland under his rule, this is a beautifully researched and well-written Scottish romance. Unlike many other authors, Diana Cosby doesn't go overboard with the Scottish accent, and the result is a smooth reading experience where I want constantly having to mentally translate the dialect as I read. Gwendolyn is a charmingly feisty heroine, an excellent match for the former Knight Templar Aiden, and though they get off to the rockiest possible start where he not only enters her castle under false pretenses, but then marries her in another man's name, nothing feels too contrived for the sake of plot. Every action taken is what follows logically from what went before, with no suspension of disbelief required. Though I found a few minor typos, this was an ARC and they may well have been corrected in the final version for publication. I'd highly recommend this one to anyone who likes their Highland romances well backed up with good research and excellent writing. Five stars. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    By Diana Cosby Lady Gwendolyn Murphy's fiance has finally arrived at Latharn Castle and she is not happy at all. Gwendolyn is well aware of Broccin MacRaith's cold reputation however from the first glance, she is drawn to the intimidating man. How is this even possible? How could she even be dazzled by such a callous man? Little does she know, Broccin is dead. The man that Gwendolyn thinks is her intended is actually Sir Aiden MacConnell, a member of the Knights Templar and her enemy, pretending t By Diana Cosby Lady Gwendolyn Murphy's fiance has finally arrived at Latharn Castle and she is not happy at all. Gwendolyn is well aware of Broccin MacRaith's cold reputation however from the first glance, she is drawn to the intimidating man. How is this even possible? How could she even be dazzled by such a callous man? Little does she know, Broccin is dead. The man that Gwendolyn thinks is her intended is actually Sir Aiden MacConnell, a member of the Knights Templar and her enemy, pretending to be the earl to gain access to the castle. As a member of the Knights Templar Aiden's soul is dedicated to God and war which means he has no time for luxuries of the flesh. But he hadn't counted on Gwendolyn's intoxicating beauty, intellect, and fortitude luring him to want the forbidden. Now with the wedding date quickly approaching and the future of Scotland at stake, Aiden has to gather critical intelligence and get ready to leave without getting too close to Gwendolyn or getting caught. But a twist of fate forces him to choose. Will he move forward with a life built on a lie, or will he risk everything for the heart of one woman? Diana Cosby's writing is incredibly fantastic. Her stories sweep me away to a time long gone. Her characters come to life and pull you in so that you feel what they feel and you see what they are seeing as if you are right there with them. The Knights Templar are utterly fascinating and Ms. Cosby mixes together the perfect amounts of history and romance so that the story never bores you. I found this 3rd installment to be the best so far and I look forward to reading the next book when it comes out as well.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    Forbidden Vow by Diana Cosby Forbidden #3 I really enjoyed this book. Why? I think it was a more believable historical romance than some and I really liked the characters. Aiden MacConnell takes on the guise of a fallen enemy warrior so that he and his two companions can more easily scout out a castle for Robert the Bruce. He knew he would be pretending to be another man betrothed to the woman in charge of the castle but the surprise and rather immediate marriage that ensued did throw him a bit. A Forbidden Vow by Diana Cosby Forbidden #3 I really enjoyed this book. Why? I think it was a more believable historical romance than some and I really liked the characters. Aiden MacConnell takes on the guise of a fallen enemy warrior so that he and his two companions can more easily scout out a castle for Robert the Bruce. He knew he would be pretending to be another man betrothed to the woman in charge of the castle but the surprise and rather immediate marriage that ensued did throw him a bit. As a man of honor he managed to maintain propriety but…just barely…and he is definitely attracted to her. Gwendolyn Murphy is no shrinking virginal violet. Nope, she is adept at many things and handy with weapons of war. She wants what is best for those that serve her and ready, if not eager, to marry again. Aiden is not what she expected and as she gets to know him she begins to like then love him. This story has a slow growing love, a fight, some running for their lives, more fighting and two marriages before the hero and heroine finally get their HEA. The main male characters appear to be Knights Templar who were not killed in France but instead made it away to protect the treasures of the Templars. I am not sure how many books there are in this series but look forward to reading the next one. 4-5 Stars

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    Sir Aiden MacConnell, former Templar Knight and loyal warrior to King Robert is sent to take Latharn Castle from Lord Comyn's control. On the way to the castle, he finds Broccin Macraith, Earl of Balfour, dying from battle wounds. Broccin remembers Aiden from his youth and asks him to take a missive to his betrothed at Latharn Castle. The missive is a Godsend to Aiden, it will gain him entry to the castle. He will assume Broccin's identity, learn the secrets of the castle and when he leaves, he Sir Aiden MacConnell, former Templar Knight and loyal warrior to King Robert is sent to take Latharn Castle from Lord Comyn's control. On the way to the castle, he finds Broccin Macraith, Earl of Balfour, dying from battle wounds. Broccin remembers Aiden from his youth and asks him to take a missive to his betrothed at Latharn Castle. The missive is a Godsend to Aiden, it will gain him entry to the castle. He will assume Broccin's identity, learn the secrets of the castle and when he leaves, he will send a message saying Broccin died in battle. Lady Gwendolyn Murphy is not happy, she does not want to marry again. She married years ago to strengthen alliances for her father, but when she was widowed, her father assured her, she would be able to live her own life. But with his death, Lord Comyn has taken guardianship of her and is insisting she marry the Earl of Balfour, a man with a reputation of coldness and ruthlessness. Aiden and Gwendolyn meet when her prized mare is struggling to birth her foal - Aiden steps in and saves both the mare and the foal. Gwendolyn is grateful, until she learns who he is. She bristles at his commands and informs him in no uncertain terms that until they marry - Latharn is HER castle and she does not answer to him! Aiden is attracted to Gwendolyn, but he is on a mission, he must gain her trust to learn the secrets of the castle for King Robert. He plans to stay for only a few days and then he will ask the king to make sure Gwendolyn is taken care of. But when a missive from Rome arrives, calling the priest back to the Vatican, all his plans are destroyed! Lord Comyn was adamant that their wedding take place within a fortnight AND by the priest. With no other priest available, Aiden must marry Gwendolyn. He is not happy, but he will make it work - he will get the information he needs and then send a missive that he died. Gwendolyn is confused, this warrior is not what she expected and when he refuses to consummate the marriage but feigns proof of her innocence, she begins to admire him. Before he shows the "proof" to her retainers, she tells him the truth, she was married before. As they are disposing of the "evidence" they see a fleet of English ships dropping anchor. It seems that Comyn has joined forces with the English to fight King Robert. Aiden needs to get this information to the king and sends Sir Ronan and Sir Cailin out with the news. But when the Duke of Northbyrn double crosses Comyn, Aiden and Gwendolyn must run for their lives. Aiden still hasn't told Gwendolyn who he is and when things between them become heated, he tries to put her off, he will not dishonor her. He will take her to the king and ask him to she her settled. When Aiden is injured and Gwendolyn learns the truth, she is beyond livid. And when she meets with the king, she gets several more shocks - she is angry with herself for falling for Aiden. When the king offers to restore her as mistress of Latharn, she agrees to swear fealty to him. Then he makes another demand - she will marry Aiden, again, immediately. Aiden tries to make things right with Gwendolyn, he promises to restore her castle to her and leave. Gwendolyn agrees to his terms, but isn't sure that is what she really wants. Yes, she is angry with him for deceiving her, but she also admires him. But after learning the truth of who he is and what he was, she won't press him to stay with her. It seems like these two are destined to part, but when Sir Cailin intervenes and a near death experience forces Aiden to examine his heart, a HEA might just be possible. This is a well written, fast paced novel with lots of action, secrets and betrayal. The chemistry between Aiden and Gwendolyn is apparent, but the love scenes are mild and few and far between. I enjoyed the book, but a couple of things seemed "off", first Aiden is a Templar Knight and has been since he was little more than a boy, but he seems very knowledgeable about intimate relations and second, the cover of this book is decidedly not medieval - normally I don't really care about the covers, but if someone was to look at this cover, there is no way they would know this book was a medieval, the gown the lovely model is wearing makes the book appear to be a regency era story. I did enjoy this story and would recommend it, it is the third book in the series, but it could be read as a stand alone title with no problem. *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher.*

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lori D

    The Knights Templar are a legend that transcends time and I can never read enough about. This was a time of turmoil and a fight for dominance in the world and Scotland was part of that fray. Lady Gwendolyn of Latharn Castle is awaiting her betrothed Broccin MacRatith to arrive but does not expect to be happy. But the man that appears brings many surprises, best of all the attraction she feels! Sir Aiden MacConnell, a knight Templar, poses as his friend Broccin who has unfortunately died, to gain The Knights Templar are a legend that transcends time and I can never read enough about. This was a time of turmoil and a fight for dominance in the world and Scotland was part of that fray. Lady Gwendolyn of Latharn Castle is awaiting her betrothed Broccin MacRatith to arrive but does not expect to be happy. But the man that appears brings many surprises, best of all the attraction she feels! Sir Aiden MacConnell, a knight Templar, poses as his friend Broccin who has unfortunately died, to gain access to her castle. He is her enemy and determined to obtain information for Robert the Bruce and take over the castle before others arrive to do the same. The castle location is strategic and important to the Bruce and Scotland. But as fate would have it and often does, there is an attraction between the two that is very strong. Gwendolyn is a such a strong feisty woman and I could not help but admire her. Although they do marry, Aiden, being the man of honor he is, tries to resist Gwen due to them really being married under false circumstances. What a wonderful journey with so many twist and turns that you cannot wait to read more and see how the romance between these wonderful characters ends!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lorrie

    I really enjoyed this story. I think the author captured the chivalry and honor a Templar would possess and placed him in a very tempting situation. Aiden watches as a friend from his youth dies and promises to deliver his missive to Gwendolyn of Latharn Castle. But he decides to take his friend's identity since she had never met her betrothed to obtain information on the castle for Robert the Bruce. They must take over Latharn Castle before Comyn's men arrive to do the same. The strategic locati I really enjoyed this story. I think the author captured the chivalry and honor a Templar would possess and placed him in a very tempting situation. Aiden watches as a friend from his youth dies and promises to deliver his missive to Gwendolyn of Latharn Castle. But he decides to take his friend's identity since she had never met her betrothed to obtain information on the castle for Robert the Bruce. They must take over Latharn Castle before Comyn's men arrive to do the same. The strategic location of this castle was important to the Bruce and the future of Scotland. There were many surprises along their journey to their HEA and just when you think things have calmed, another stumble crosses their path. I love stories of witty, strong, fierce women and Gwendolyn fits that bill. Aiden immediately won my heart and proved over and over again that his word was his honor. My favorite line in the book was: "You canna kiss me like that and then stop." (Gwendolyn speaking) "I can and I did," he grunted. "At least we will both suffer this night." I was given an ARC for an honest review. I would rate this book 4.8 stars and recommend it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lori Quick

    Forbidden Vow by Diana Cosby is the first book I have read by the author. I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of her work. Definitely an epic worthy novel. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    A Klue

    This is book 3 of the Forbidden series by Diana Cosby featuring Aiden, one of the disbanded Knights of Templar who is still on a mission of serving his liege and Scotland no matter the price or consequences. He’ll see Robert the Bruce reunite all of Scotland even if it means giving his own life in the process. Gwendolyn becomes an unexpected casualty of this conflict when deceit becomes the only ploy to obtain reconnaissance information vital to Robert the Bruce’s mission. With back and forth from This is book 3 of the Forbidden series by Diana Cosby featuring Aiden, one of the disbanded Knights of Templar who is still on a mission of serving his liege and Scotland no matter the price or consequences. He’ll see Robert the Bruce reunite all of Scotland even if it means giving his own life in the process. Gwendolyn becomes an unexpected casualty of this conflict when deceit becomes the only ploy to obtain reconnaissance information vital to Robert the Bruce’s mission. With back and forth from being stand-offish to pulling each other close, these two destined to be together lovebirds are tested time and time again as enemies close in and as they struggle with their own internal conflict towards one another. Gwen certainly had the right to be furious over Aiden’s deception. In his defense, he felt he had no choice and had hoped to be in and out before anyone knew what was up. However, it was still disheartening to know he knew Gwen would be left grieving in one form or another. This author has proven once again she knows this era. Immersing readers with authentic details and a believable cast of characters, she tends to always keep me fully engaged until the very end. Here’s to hoping you’ll feel the same. Title: Forbidden Vow, Series: Forbidden (Book 3), Author: Diana Cosby, Pages: NL, stand-alone but part of a series, on opposing sides romance, deceit turns to love, some violence, strong feisty heroine, comes to his senses hero, no love triangle, no cheating, no OW/OM drama. My reviews: Book 1 - Forbidden Legacy https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Book 2 - Forbidden Knight https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Book 3 - Forbidden Vow (I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not given any payment or compensation for this review, nor is there any affiliation or relationship between this reviewer and the author/publisher/NetGalley.)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary Gramlich

    What will you sacrifice for a future filled with love? Lady Gwendolyn Murphy of Latham Castle has had to fight for every ounce of freedom she has gained since the death of her father and husband. From her father she inherited his estate and the ability to care for herself, her tenants, and all perils of living in worn torn Scotland. With this independence gained Gwendolyn does not wish to marry again, but she must as the writ of the union and her future husband have been decreed and are on their What will you sacrifice for a future filled with love? Lady Gwendolyn Murphy of Latham Castle has had to fight for every ounce of freedom she has gained since the death of her father and husband. From her father she inherited his estate and the ability to care for herself, her tenants, and all perils of living in worn torn Scotland. With this independence gained Gwendolyn does not wish to marry again, but she must as the writ of the union and her future husband have been decreed and are on their way. What Gwendolyn does not know is that her intended died in battle and another man, Sir Aiden MacConnell is going to use the decree to gain access to her castle and gain knowledge for his liege Robert the Bruce against their enemy. Aiden never means any harm to Gwendolyn so when he finds himself married to her that was never the plan, nor was having to face the truth but both are staring at him now. Aiden is a loyal and dedicated fighter for the way of life he loves in Scotland and when instructed he has always been a good soldier, but is what he is doing now more than should be expected? As if the marriage is not complication enough the English have come ashore and taken over Gwendolyn’s stronghold, and she with Aiden must escape and get away to safer territory all the while Gwendolyn never knows that Aiden is neither her intended husband nor that he is loyal to The Bruce and has sworn himself to a higher order with the Knights Templar. The Knights Templar has always served the greater good with chastity and dedication to restoring Scotland and its rightful King on the throne. Right now the only thought Aiden has are about Gwendolyn’s safety and the trip they take through the enemy territory has them taking more than one dangerous plunge into waters they know are unchartered. Gwendolyn is strong and a woman that speaks her mind and when she finds she has been deceived by Aiden her only thought is how many ways she could hurt him with her prized dagger. However, yet another union has been decided and Gwendolyn must once again marry Aiden but at least this time with his real identify. Regardless of her feelings toward him it is the only way to restore her home back to her and help to rebuild what she treasures. Aiden has promised a separate life if that is what she wants, but while hurt and distraught Gwendolyn is not sure that is what she desires and fears the deep feelings she has for Aiden may be real and not wishful thinking. With a plan in place to retake her castle and Aiden having been restored to his rightful title the two of them learn to ease the pain and chip away at the fortress they have built between them. Gwendolyn will ride with Aiden and his soldiers to force the English from her home and restore the long lost treasures to their rightful owner. As Aiden tells her of his childhood and the torment he has suffered at the hands of those less than kind, Gwendolyn and her anger seem to melt away and when she fears that he is lost to her forever the agony pushes her to even stronger feats of action to save her life and the love she does not want to lose. What readers dream about in a happily ever after romance, Diana Cosby writes with grace, style, and a true appreciation for the written word.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    In 1308 Scotland, a landless former Templar knight on a mission to find a covert way to access Latharn Castle encounters a dying man on his way to his betrothed, Lady Gwendolyn Murray of the same castle. He assumes the other man’s identity and soon finds himself wed to Lady Gwen. Within days, they find themselves on the run from the English—and their growing attraction. Each hides secrets they would protect with their lives. A delightful read! Muddy Rose Reviews

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    Great historical read. Lots of drama and intrigue, the chemistry is steamy and the story held my interest throughout. I loved it!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Brown

    Aiden MacConnell is on a mission for Robert the Bruce to infiltrate Latharn Castle to obtain information of troops and the castle so they can over take the castle for Scotland. Aiden and his friends comes across a fallen soldier, Bróccín MacRaith whom he remembers from his childhood. Bróccín reveals he’s been betrothed to Lady Gwendolyn Murphy of Latharn Castle, Bróccín dies. Aiden decides to take Bróccín’s place and impersonate him to gain access to the castle. Lady Gwendolyn Murphy’s fiancé ha Aiden MacConnell is on a mission for Robert the Bruce to infiltrate Latharn Castle to obtain information of troops and the castle so they can over take the castle for Scotland. Aiden and his friends comes across a fallen soldier, Bróccín MacRaith whom he remembers from his childhood. Bróccín reveals he’s been betrothed to Lady Gwendolyn Murphy of Latharn Castle, Bróccín dies. Aiden decides to take Bróccín’s place and impersonate him to gain access to the castle. Lady Gwendolyn Murphy’s fiancé has finally arrived at Latharn Castle and she’s already aware of his ruthless and cold reputation, but she doesn’t expect to be so drawn and attracted to the man she meets. Gwendolyn does not wish to marry again, but the King has decreed otherwise. Gwendolyn is as feisty as they come and she’ll defend her castle and people to the end, even from her soon to be husband. Do to other circumstances Kate and Aiden find the wedding end up taking place much too soon and Aiden find himself married to Kate. Aiden is a Knights Templar, he has vowed to deny desires of the flesh, but Gwendolyn’s intoxicating beauty, intellect, and fortitude lures him into wanting the forbidden woman who has become his wife. Things turn complicated when the English come ashore and take over her castle; she and Aiden have to escape to safer territory all the while she doesn’t know her new husband is helping the English. Aiden choses to move forward with a life built on a lie and he risks everything for the one woman who has captured his heart. A great story with a twist of for both Kate and Aiden, will the lies and betrayal tear them apart or make them stronger as they struggle with hands of fate to find the love they both so desperately want and need!!! This is my honest opinions after I voluntarily read a copy of this book that was provided to me with no requirements for a review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    KriisGaia

    Sir Aiden McConnell is a supporter of Robert the Bruce in his bid to unite Scotland. In Forbidden Vow, he happens upon an enemy earl who lays dying. Set in 1308, Scotland is in the middle of a war. Robert the Bruce wants to unite Scotland, Lord Comyn, with the support of the English, wants to rule it. Aiden McConnell’s Mission is to evaluate the weaknesses of Latharn Castle, discover how many knights defend it and determine a point of entry. The Bruce will need this information for his upcoming at Sir Aiden McConnell is a supporter of Robert the Bruce in his bid to unite Scotland. In Forbidden Vow, he happens upon an enemy earl who lays dying. Set in 1308, Scotland is in the middle of a war. Robert the Bruce wants to unite Scotland, Lord Comyn, with the support of the English, wants to rule it. Aiden McConnell’s Mission is to evaluate the weaknesses of Latharn Castle, discover how many knights defend it and determine a point of entry. The Bruce will need this information for his upcoming attack. Bróccín MacRaith, the Earl of Balfour, is on his way to Latharn Castle where he is to marry the lady who holds it. By decree of Lord Comyn, he is to take her to wife and protect the castle against Robert the Bruce. Thinking that Aiden is also a supporter of Lord Comyn, he tells all and gives the decree to Aiden. Now Aiden has the means of gaining access to the castle by posing as the Earl. Lady Gwendolyn Murphy has held Latharn Castle since her father’s death. He had promised that after her first marriage left her a widow, she would be able to choose her next husband herself but after the death of her father, Lord Comyn has other ideas. The castle needs to be held against the enemy, how better to do that than to install a strong warrior as her husband? Although she is not happy with the decree, she will comply as a loyal supporter. Steamy Romance Even though their entire relationship is built on one lie after another, there is an unmistakable spark between the two characters. The author does a spectacular job of juggling the lies, the attractions, and the difficulties of Aiden’s moral dilemma. I found the way the author dealt with the internal moral conflicts throughout the book to be fascinating. Understanding how the characters came to their conclusions on various matters seemed to make them more real. This book was thoroughly enjoyable and I will definitely be reading more from author Diana Cosby. Reviewed for LnkToMi iRead in response to a complimentary copy of the book provided by the publisher in hopes of an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Lots of sensual tension throughout this wonderful story. Lots of history interspersed with Templar lore. Intrigue and betrayal alongside romance make for a page turning delight.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marti

    Forbidden Vow by Diana Cosby Forbidden Vow by Diana Cosby is a medieval romance set in Scotland in the early 1300s. Lady Gwendolyn Murphy has been left (both her husband and her father died) and has been ordered to marry another, Bróccín. She has heard he is a great warrior but a cold man. Bróccín was killed on the way to meet her, something she does not know. Sir Aiden MacConnell pretends to be Bróccín and shows up at her castle as her soon to be husband. Aiden MacConnell fights for the other si Forbidden Vow by Diana Cosby Forbidden Vow by Diana Cosby is a medieval romance set in Scotland in the early 1300s. Lady Gwendolyn Murphy has been left (both her husband and her father died) and has been ordered to marry another, Bróccín. She has heard he is a great warrior but a cold man. Bróccín was killed on the way to meet her, something she does not know. Sir Aiden MacConnell pretends to be Bróccín and shows up at her castle as her soon to be husband. Aiden MacConnell fights for the other side and is one of the Templar Knights. He figures he can gather information and leave before she figures out he is the wrong man. Nothing goes as planned and soon he and Gwendolyn are on the run. The book was well written and seemed to follow the historical setting with its plot line. Gwendolyn was an interesting woman for her time, with her intelligence and fire. Her desire to help and care for the people in her village and castle showed her understanding of her role. I liked Aiden as he was so torn between his duty and Gwendolyn’s desire. Forbidden Vow by Diana Cosby was a good read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Dubuque

    Another great story I can’t believe the restraint that Aiden had throughout the story. And Gwendolyn as well...but all is well on their journey to find what was best, for both.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sissy's Romance Book Review

    Forbidden Vow by Diana Cosby is book Three in the Forbidden series. This is the story of Lady Gwendolyn Murphy and Sir Aiden MacConnell. I have read the previous books (and loved them!) but feel this can be a standalone book if you choose to do so. Aiden is pretending to be Bróccín MacRaith who is to marry Gwendolyn. But in reality he is a a member of the Knights Templar and her enemy. Aiden goal in pretending to be him is to get access to the Castle but when he meets Gwendolyn and learns that a Forbidden Vow by Diana Cosby is book Three in the Forbidden series. This is the story of Lady Gwendolyn Murphy and Sir Aiden MacConnell. I have read the previous books (and loved them!) but feel this can be a standalone book if you choose to do so. Aiden is pretending to be Bróccín MacRaith who is to marry Gwendolyn. But in reality he is a a member of the Knights Templar and her enemy. Aiden goal in pretending to be him is to get access to the Castle but when he meets Gwendolyn and learns that a marriage is to be almost imminently he is taken back. Gwendolyn is more than just beautiful she is a strong women who he is great attracted too. Never before has Aiden put personal pleasure or feeling before his work. Gwendolyn isn't a shy maiden but a strong women who knows how to move in this powerful castle that she protects along with its people. Gwendolyn was resigned to this marriage with MacRaith knowing that it was one of business...but never did she know such strong attractions as she does now with her intended. But what will happen with the truth is found out? Really enjoyed reading their story!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Publisher's Description: In battle-torn Scotland, a castle’s mistress awaits her groom, a warrior she has never met . . . Lady Gwendolyn Murphy’s fiancé has finally arrived at Latharn Castle, but she expects no joy in their introduction. Gwendolyn is well aware of Bróccín MacRaith’s cold reputation. Yet from first glance, she is drawn to the intimidating stranger. Impossible! How could she be dazzled by such a callous man? Little does she know, Bróccín is dead. The man Gwendolyn believes to b Publisher's Description: In battle-torn Scotland, a castle’s mistress awaits her groom, a warrior she has never met . . . Lady Gwendolyn Murphy’s fiancé has finally arrived at Latharn Castle, but she expects no joy in their introduction. Gwendolyn is well aware of Bróccín MacRaith’s cold reputation. Yet from first glance, she is drawn to the intimidating stranger. Impossible! How could she be dazzled by such a callous man? Little does she know, Bróccín is dead. The man Gwendolyn believes to be her intended is actually Sir Aiden MacConnell, a member of the Knights Templar and her enemy, masquerading as the earl to gain access to the castle. His soul is dedicated to God and war; he has no time for luxuries of the flesh. But Gwendolyn’s intoxicating beauty, intellect, and fortitude lures him to want the forbidden. With the wedding date quickly approaching and the future of Scotland at stake, Aiden gathers critical intelligence and steels himself for his departure, vowing to avoid an illicit liaison. But a twist of fate forces him to choose—move forward with a life built on a lie, or risk everything for the heart of one woman? My Thoughts: I love Diana Cosby books and have been reading them for a long time. That being said, this book felt like one I had already read from the start. Maybe I read and extended excerpt before reading it but it just felt like a repeat. The book is well written though like everything I've ever read by her. This Knights Templar novel from the Forbidden series is one that is unforgettable. Lady Gwendolyn Murphy is expecting her betrothed Bróccín MacRaith's , a man the king has decreed she is to marry. The man who arrived instead is Sir Aiden MacConnell, a member of the Knights Templar and her enemy. He is masquerading as the earl, who is actually dead to gain access to her castle. How will this end. Will Gwendolyn fall for this man? I gave this book 4 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization. As I said I felt like I had already read this book before. I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley to read and review. This in no way affected my opinion of this title which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

  19. 4 out of 5

    April

    #3 in Diana Cosby's intriguing "Forbidden" series, it can be read as a stand alone. Templar Knights, misunderstanding, duplicity, a twist of fate, secrets, mistaken identity, conflict, and a beautiful love story brings forth an extraordinary, remarkable and inspiring journey for Lady Gwendolyn Murphy and Sir Aiden MacConnell. Fast paced, well written with unpredictability, unique, charming and devoted characters. A storyline that will have your on the edge of your seat and turning pages. Once ag #3 in Diana Cosby's intriguing "Forbidden" series, it can be read as a stand alone. Templar Knights, misunderstanding, duplicity, a twist of fate, secrets, mistaken identity, conflict, and a beautiful love story brings forth an extraordinary, remarkable and inspiring journey for Lady Gwendolyn Murphy and Sir Aiden MacConnell. Fast paced, well written with unpredictability, unique, charming and devoted characters. A storyline that will have your on the edge of your seat and turning pages. Once again, Ms. Cosby has captured my heart and forever held my heart in Scotland's conflict with the English. I was amazed and thrilled with Gwendolyn and Aiden's journey to love, a bit of peace and this incredible but powerful love story. A most definite keeper. I absolutely adore this series and look forward to the next amazing adventure, Cailin's story is next. Strongly recommended for fans of conflict, romance, Scottish romance and Scottish Medieval history. An absolute delight!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Eileen Dandashi

    Author Cosby takes us into a world of turmoil, danger and passion. Lady Gwendolyn expects to be just a pawn in a man’s world, but surprisingly finds her betrothed doesn’t seem to live up to his reputation of being cold and ruthless. Before either can catch their breaths, they are married. Sir Aiden never meant for his ruse to go so far. He is, after all, a Knight Templar, a man who lives his life of honor. Lady Gwendolyn knows she must acquiesce to the marriage, but she doesn’t have to like it. Author Cosby takes us into a world of turmoil, danger and passion. Lady Gwendolyn expects to be just a pawn in a man’s world, but surprisingly finds her betrothed doesn’t seem to live up to his reputation of being cold and ruthless. Before either can catch their breaths, they are married. Sir Aiden never meant for his ruse to go so far. He is, after all, a Knight Templar, a man who lives his life of honor. Lady Gwendolyn knows she must acquiesce to the marriage, but she doesn’t have to like it. She’s a strong-willed, determined woman, very capable of fending for herself. Yet, this man simply attracts her and shows a side of himself she can’t reconcile with her previous understanding of the man she was to marry. Sir Aiden, impersonating Bróccín MacRaith, is good and stuck with the marriage. He figures he can at least keep her innocence intact, until he is lost in battle and ‘dies’. That’s his plan, at least. When Latharn Castle is overtaken by the English shortly after Sir Aiden gets married, she and Sir Aiden escape together. Both of them are in a perilous situation, at the same time, very drawn to each other. The situation gets more convoluted as the author very eloquently takes us into the wilds, hiding from the pursuing English. The couple fight the urge for intimacy, at least Sir Aiden does! Lady Gwendolyn thinks she’s married, but she isn’t because Sir Aiden falsely uses Bróccín MacRiath’s name and timely death to his advantage to gain entry to Latharn Castle and marries under a false name. Lady Gwendolyn wants him to bed her and can’t understand why he keeps avoiding it. This is eye-rolling stuff! Although lots of suspense, there is considerable humor to the situation. Sir Aiden is taking them to Robert Bruce who we found out in the previous book of the series, he, too, is a Knight Templar, as well as King of Scotland. However, he is Gwendolyn’s enemy. Yes, it is convoluted, but it makes such an exciting tale. You will like the surprises! I’ve really enjoyed this series. I like how Cosby takes the event of the escape of the Knights Templar from France’s history providing us how they must have felt and what had to be done for the treasures they kept safe. Take time to discover this author, an author who loves Scotland, and who provides just plain good entertainment.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Flowers Jolly

    Interesting story if you’re interested in the time period of Robert the Bruce, or Knights Templar. I’m not interested in either. The H and h are both great characters, but they just didn’t seem to pursue their interests in each other. Both felt the chemistry, but neither spoke of their feelings or attraction. There were a few passionate moments, but weren’t really compelling moments. The story is well written, just not for me. I received a free arc in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    E J

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story of a once Knight Templar, now fighting for King Robert the Bruce in Scotland, named Aiden. He is put in a rather dicey situation as he is given a task by his king, but in order to achieve the end goal, he must take on the identity of an enemy. Lady Gwendolyn is drawn into the plot, as she is the daughter of a deceased member of nobility awaiting the arrival of a future husband she’s never met, but to whom she has been “betrothed” against her wishes. Gwendolyn is a I thoroughly enjoyed this story of a once Knight Templar, now fighting for King Robert the Bruce in Scotland, named Aiden. He is put in a rather dicey situation as he is given a task by his king, but in order to achieve the end goal, he must take on the identity of an enemy. Lady Gwendolyn is drawn into the plot, as she is the daughter of a deceased member of nobility awaiting the arrival of a future husband she’s never met, but to whom she has been “betrothed” against her wishes. Gwendolyn is a smart young woman, who doesn’t want a husband in the way of her plans to run her estate and village. Gwendolyn believes Aiden is her betrothed, but Aiden is not exactly whom he appears. The real question becomes: is he really her enemy? There is intrigue and heat to this story along with a descriptive narrative that makes the tale a real page turner. I am now looking forward to the next book! I read this as an arc on Netgalley which affected my review in no way at all.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jan Goodard

    The Forbidden series from Diana Cosby is a must read for anyone who loves a book filled with Scottish history, angst, danger, great characters, and romance. The Knights Templar have always fascinated me, this series really stokes that curiosity, big time! Sit Aiden MacConnell, a Templar and one of The Bruce's warriors needs to masquerade as an enemy's man in order to infiltrate and gather information on a keep important to their cause. Lady Gwendolyn Murphy awaits her unwanted fiance unaware he The Forbidden series from Diana Cosby is a must read for anyone who loves a book filled with Scottish history, angst, danger, great characters, and romance. The Knights Templar have always fascinated me, this series really stokes that curiosity, big time! Sit Aiden MacConnell, a Templar and one of The Bruce's warriors needs to masquerade as an enemy's man in order to infiltrate and gather information on a keep important to their cause. Lady Gwendolyn Murphy awaits her unwanted fiance unaware he is dead and is being replaced by one of her enemy. She has never met him, only knowing he is a callous man. To her surprise, he is not the cold, unfeeling man she expected.. Then the English came! You must read this book to experience their adventures from enemies to friends to much more. This series just gets better and better with each book. Already starting the next one. I received this eBook from NetGalley for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Candy Briggs

    I really enjoyed this tale. I love to read anything about the Templars. It has been a year since they were disbanded and fled from King Phillip of France after he betrayed them. Aiden MacConnell was such a knight. He had been sent on a mission to get the layout of Latharn Castle. On his way there he met a childhood friend, He was supposed to marry Lady Gwendolyn Murphy and bring the castle to Lord Comyn control. I do enjoy reading the history of the Templars, Gwendolyn is taking care of the castl I really enjoyed this tale. I love to read anything about the Templars. It has been a year since they were disbanded and fled from King Phillip of France after he betrayed them. Aiden MacConnell was such a knight. He had been sent on a mission to get the layout of Latharn Castle. On his way there he met a childhood friend, He was supposed to marry Lady Gwendolyn Murphy and bring the castle to Lord Comyn control. I do enjoy reading the history of the Templars, Gwendolyn is taking care of the castle but her father died and she is sole caretaker for it. I loved the characters, there was so much depth to them. The story was complicated but the author did a marvelous job of winding the loose ends together. It moved smoothly and was even paced and very well written. I can't wait for her next book. I received this ARC from the author and Voluntarily reviewed it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kat Green

    I just finished the new book, Forbidden Vow, and I love it! Diana Cosby always seems to fill her novels with an extremely tangible array of emotions as well as paying strict attention to detail, which helps me visualize the story and characters more easily. I never dreamed I’d need to have my tissues handy for this one, but I certainly did. Brilliantly written story with well crafted characters and an intriguing, mesmerizing plot that keeps you turning page after page. Hopefully you have read bo I just finished the new book, Forbidden Vow, and I love it! Diana Cosby always seems to fill her novels with an extremely tangible array of emotions as well as paying strict attention to detail, which helps me visualize the story and characters more easily. I never dreamed I’d need to have my tissues handy for this one, but I certainly did. Brilliantly written story with well crafted characters and an intriguing, mesmerizing plot that keeps you turning page after page. Hopefully you have read books 1 and 2 in this series already, but if not, after reading this one you will most likely wish to go back and read the others as well. Fabulous series and easy to recommend this one!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    4.5 stars Intriguing story that I stayed up all night to read. It's going on my keeper shelf as I couldn't put it down. I LOVE strong H&Hs with loyalty as a number #1 characteristic and these two had them! Both looking to do their duty to king, country and clan. I did not feel there was any wasted material in this book and I enjoyed it all. If I could change one thing, it would be to have more touching between the two, and earlier. I feel this is very mild in sensuality/sexuality and there is only 4.5 stars Intriguing story that I stayed up all night to read. It's going on my keeper shelf as I couldn't put it down. I LOVE strong H&Hs with loyalty as a number #1 characteristic and these two had them! Both looking to do their duty to king, country and clan. I did not feel there was any wasted material in this book and I enjoyed it all. If I could change one thing, it would be to have more touching between the two, and earlier. I feel this is very mild in sensuality/sexuality and there is only one real love scene towards the end. There was so much action and adventure in this book that you might not miss it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Angel Hatfield

    Lady Gwendolyn Murphy’s fiancé has finally arrived at Latharn Castle, but she expects no joy in their introduction. Gwendolyn is well aware of Bróccín MacRaith’s cold reputation. Yet from first glance, she is drawn to the intimidating stranger. Impossible! How could she be dazzled by such a callous man? This was a pretty good book that I really enjoyed. I liked the story and both main characters. I look forward to reading more from this author. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

  28. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Whitworth

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 💋 This so far has been a great series and Forbidden Vow is a perfect accompaniment to it . Diana Cosby writes wonderfully and I love her characters, they all have such Fantastic ways to them and she seems to Match her Hero’s and Heroine’s perfectly . I look forward to more .

  29. 4 out of 5

    Terri Peer

    3.5 stars. This historical romance was filled with interesting characters with an enjoyable storyline. Although some of the sex scenes were a bit to detailed for my taste the story was well written and interesting to read. This is book three but I read it as a standalone. I may look for others in the series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Roussety

    another amazing adventure

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