Series: Gargoyles #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by St Martin's Press on 31 December 2013
Reading Challenges: 2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
Ella Harrow is a museum gift shop manager with psychic abilities. She is attacked twice in one evening and somehow awakens a really old (but hot) gargoyle called Kees who decides she needs protecting. They become a demon/crime fighting duo. I really wanted to like this book but the negatives just kept piling up.
Ella confounded me with the stupid decisions she made at the very beginning of the book. She has these incredibly strong powers but for some reason I can’t discern, decided not to use them against the creepy guy who was presumably out to rape her. She instead stares at the decidedly dishy gargoyle to the point that another person is able to sneak up on her. When the gargoyle decides to protect this “little human”, she unleashes her uber attack on the good guy because he startled her. She decides it would be easier not to report her almost rape to the police which was a fairly big foreshadowing cue. Ella oscillates between scared little bunny and ‘I am woman, hear me roar’. She masters her magic in an insanely quick time considering she doesn’t have a proper mentor.
Kees (rhymes with peace) is a stone gargoyle that comes to life in order to fight evil. He prides himself on being emotionless but within seconds of meeting Ella decides he has a profound connection with her. Kees supposedly was aware of what was happening around him while he ‘slept’ so he has heard of things called ‘cars’ yet he failed to notice the collapse of the order which protected him. He unfortunately explains the supernatural world in really long chunks of information that disrupted the flow.
I didn’t quite buy the romance between the two as I didn’t really feel the chemistry between them outside of the fairly over-the-top and explicit sex scene. This scene by the way sounded really painful rather than smexy as he acted like a ‘battering ram..bumping up against her heart’ and his breath ‘billowed in and out like steam from a mighty engine’. The plot is fairly stock standard as evil needs to be taught a lesson by none other than our vastly outnumbered duo. I’m afraid I couldn’t get invested in the story enough to finish it.