Feb 5, 2014

Book Review: Heart of Stone

Ella Harrow is trying to carve out a normal life for herself. Well, as normal as an art geek with psychic abilities can hope for. As museum docent and gift-shop manager, Ella is able to keep her distance from people—and her powers in check—while surrounding herself with the artifacts she loves. But how on earth is she supposed to act normal when a thousand-year-old statue on the museum's terrace suddenly comes to life?

Heart of Stone

Not your ordinary gargoyle, Kees has been asleep for eons, waiting for a portent of evil to wake him from his slumber. Kees isn't a vision; he's a bat-winged guardian created to protect the world from the seven demons of the Dark. Somehow, Ella triggered his reawakening. Maybe the demons have been unleashed? Maybe his heart is finally ready to be chiseled open? The fate of the world isn't carved in stone…yet...

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I enjoyed reading HEART OF STONE even though it is a plot line that has been done before.  After all, paranormal romances are popular and there are only so many races out there for the author to choose from.  At least having a romance between a gargoyle and a human isn't as common as say a vampire and a human.  So it isn't the story itself that sets this book apart from the rest of the pack.

It's the characters themselves.  Ms. Warren has a gift that causes her readers to truly care about them.  Ella is all too human with her screwed up past and her determination to do her best regardless of it and her fears.  Kees is determined that Guardians aren't allowed to feel emotion so what he feels for Ella confuses him.  Yet they manage to overcome obstacles to be able to work as a team.  And what a team.

Of course, the fact that the sex is hot doesn't hurt at all.  And there are some scenes that will have you fanning yourself despite the cold winter days or nights.  Ms. Warren hits just the right notes here also between description and letting our imaginations run wild.  And goodness knows just where your thoughts will take you.

I think that this is a great start to a series and I am looking forward to reading the next one which will feature Emma's friend Fil.  Fil is a lot more open then Emma and I look forward to seeing just how she deals with her gargoyle.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
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