When Katrina Haynes discovers a large man lying wounded in the snow, she fears he is at death’s door. But as Kat tends to his injuries, she quickly realizes that they’re the least of her worries. With an irresistible Scottish brogue and a strange ability to harden his chiseled body like a statue, the stranger awakens a desire she is unable to resist—and a fascination about the intriguing world he exists in.
As a proud Gargoyle, Ahnvil must safeguard the Nightwalker to whom he’s sworn fealty. But as this bewitching woman nurses him back to health, arousing an almost uncontrollable hunger within him, he is possessed with the fierce impulse to protect her as well. And he will have to shield her—for by coming to his rescue, Kat has placed herself in the middle of a supernatural war . . . and exposed herself to dark, powerful magic. As human and Gargoyle forge an unbreakable bond, Kat will discover that despite his intimidating strength and size, one thing Ahnvil does not possess is a heart of stone.
Worldbuilding: The world of the Nightwalkers is rich in paranormal elements – bodywalkers, djynns, gargoyles (a personal favorite 😀 ) -, and starting with this novel we can guess future appearances of even more kinds of creatures (demons, druids, etc). Lots to look forward to!
Characters: Katrina was the kind of tiny but in charge woman who had to live with the stigma of being “different”, which made her strong yet vulnerable. I loved that vibe about her, and how caring she was about everyone – even the huge stranger she meets while walking her dog. I loled at some of her lines, loved her humor.
Ahnvil was awesome. I have a personal soft spot for gargoyles, and he was exactly the kind of intense, alpha yummy male to win my heart, lol, complete with adorable love-related awkwardness of doom. I just wanted to cuddle the lights out of him some times, and felt compelled to throttle him others.
They had explosive chemistry and very hot one on one, and watching them together was totally fun.
Plot: The romantic arc was awesomely blended with action, lots of tension going on, and even better – the promise of conflict to come. I can’t wait to find out how this whole loony-god-VS.-nightwalkers situation will go.
Writing: Third person narrative, his and her POV. Ahnvil had a very clear accent, something that made him both and at times worked against the story, pulling me out of it via some word or me obsessing over how it would be pronounced.
Curb Appeal: Awesome cover + hooking blurb + wanna-buy author name = impulsive buy material.
All in all, this was yet another awesome read and I enjoyed the hell out of it. If you’re into well developed paranormal worlds, diversity, hot chemistry & fun characters with authentic voices, give this baby a try.
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