ARC Locked in Stone by Tory Michaels

Locked in Stone (Hearts of Stone #1)Cover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Book #1 in the Hearts of Stone series, publish 2/23/15

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review

Book Synopsis:

Her enemy is her only hope…

Rose Johnson’s adoptive mother was murdered, and Rose is next. She may be the last gargoyle in the world—the last being who stands between this world and the evils of Otherworld. In order to keep her existence a continued secret, Rose needs to find the stone that holds her adoptive mother’s soul. Which means enlisting the help of her enemies the Sentinels…

Sentinel Cal Levesque never forgave himself for failing Rose’s family years ago. Seeing Rose alive is shock enough, until the stunningly beautiful gargoyle attacks him upon sight. As they strike an uneasy peace—and unexpected and escalating attraction—Cal knows he’ll have to tell Rose who really betrayed her family. And with Rose’s life in greater danger than ever, Cal has a chance to make up for the past…as long he doesn’t fall in love.

My Review:

I had never heard of this author before, but decided to request her title as I have been looking for new areas of the paranormal genre to explore.  I love my vamps and shifters, but think it is time to mix things up a bit and see what other creatures the genre has to offer.  This one sounded promising so I asked to try it.  I am so thankful that the publisher said yes because what a great new world and author I’ve discovered!

When I first find a new author that I enjoy I head over to check them out over at Goodreads; compare books, see what else they have written, etc.  I was delighted to find that of the books we have in common we tend to have similar tastes, always a good sign.  In my opinion the best writers are also avid readers and by the looks of it Ms. Michaels is definitely a reader.  I could feel the influence of some of the authors we have in common and am sure there are others that I haven’t gotten around to discovering.  All of this adds up to a great new world that Ms. Michaels has created that feels familiar and comfortable to lovers of paranormal, but is completely original and oh so complex.  This new series has plenty of secrets waiting to be brought to light and I look forward to seeing where the story takes us next.

I would call the book a paranormal romance, a clean romance though, which is nice from time to time.  We spent more time on the plot then in the sheets.  So someone who wants to read a romance without all the hard-core sex then I would suggest giving this world a try.  This also meant that the romance between the two leads had time to develop at a more natural pace, not the insta-love that so many complain about.  Lovers of urban fantasy might also want to check this book out because it also could easily fit into that genre as well, maybe even more than the romance world.

The characters were great,  the lead female was tough and not one to sit on the sidelines in a fight.  She also had a vulnerable side that was easy to appreciate and realistic for the events in the book.  She came with some flaws that needed to be overcome, past prejudices that she needed to get over and let go in order to move on.  The hero was fun, especially for this type of story.  He wasn’t the typical alpha male you often find in this genre.  He was much more realistic and down to earth, not always sure of the right thing to do, but still had the self-sacrificing quality that is typical for characters in a book like this.  We didn’t spend a lot of time with the supporting cast, but I think there is some juicy stories there waiting to be shared.  I want to know more about the other gargoyle and Mr. Ray, and there was all this talk about Lucifer even though he never made an appearance.

Lots of action, complex world, good plot and fun characters who could ask for more.  I look forward to reading the next book in this new series and plan to check out her other series that is already out.  I would recommend this book for fans of: Sherrilyn Kenyon, D.B. Reynolds, Chloe Neill, Elisabeth Naughton, Alexandra Ivy, Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs.

 My Rating: 4 Stars


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