Heart of Stone, Christine Warren
Summary from NetGalley.com
“A young woman caught between a rock and a hard place—between gargoyles and demons…
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.”
The world is not what we might think, there’s always something hiding in the shadows – have you ever had that sense of Déjà vu? My goodness happens all the time, I find myself in that situation where I feel as if I’ve been there, done that, and I spend my time trying to figure it out – but what if that sense of Déjà vu was about a person and you just had this creepy feeling about them and just could not place it. Seems that the world may hide secrets we as race of humans cannot even begin to fathom, that maybe those secret worlds play out right under our noses. As an avid reader I am always wondering in the back of my mind how true Vampire, Archangel, Mythology, and other paranormal stories are? Are they playing out right under our noses in some secret world? Hmmm makes you think does it not?
Ella Harrow is what she would consider a plain Jane – a woman of no real interest, just trying to live her life as it were hiding in society. Yet she has a secret – something hidden deep in her DNA – magic she is bound and determined to keep vaulted inside until one fateful night when she somehow awakens Kees, a gargoyle who lives on the patio at the art museum she works at…what? Wait a minute! She thinks to herself, how in the world did this happen? Well simple, magic. From the moment she awakens Kees she is thrust into a battle between good and evil, magic and demons that she desperately is trying to figure out where she fits in. At the same time this man/gargoyle that has placed himself in her life has reawakened something within her, something she did not feel she deserved. She’s not only harboring her Magic deep within, but she is also harboring a secret from the past that she feels she ought to be punished for.
An intriguing read for sure, from the moment I opened this book I knew I was in the whirlwind of a read – a romance unlike the many I’ve read before. Then again I have read a lot of variations of the story, Man is monster, meets plain Jane woman who is not at all what she envisions herself to be, man and woman are thrust into a situation of high intensity that forces them together and low and behold man/beast and woman fall in love. It’s a twist on the Beauty and the Beast story told in similar variation fashion. Sometimes the author nails it as is done with the JR Ward Black Dagger Brotherhood series, or it’s done somewhat ok like in the PC Cast Goddess books, or it’s done mediocre in indie books. I would place Heart of Stone somewhere between JR Ward and PC Cast – the author developed the story well, the characters were developed to the point needed in the story with more emphasis placed on our heroin Ella as it should have been. The story itself was a bit predictable and done time and time again, like most of these books the story itself culminates to an all-out “boss fight” if you will in the last two chapters of the book – you spend the entire book wondering where the story is going and BAM there it is right in front of you…and then the last part of the book is the man committing himself to the woman somehow giving up everything he’s known or vice versa the woman giving everything up for the man she falls for…as unrealistic as that is, it is a novel and not real life.
Three out of Five Stars for Heart of Stone something I’ll recommend for someone looking for a light read.**I was presented a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**