Series: Gargoyles #5
Published by Macmillan on February 7th 2017
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal Romance, Romantic
Sexual Content: Explicit sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Kim
A SEDUCTION STRONGER THAN STONE
The only male among four sisters, Michael Drummond is no stranger to women’s strength and formidable will. His Dublin pub, the Skin & Bones, is his refuge, a reassuringly masculine retreat. Until a fierce woman warrior from another realm bursts into his life, bringing with her a battle between good and evil...and an explosive dose of desire.
The first and only of her kind, Ash is a lone female gargoyle, a creature destined to protect mankind from Demons determined to unleash their darkest forces. But her arrival on Earth is more confusing than she expected: her bone-deep instinct to do battle is matched only by her untamed attraction to stubborn, stalwart Drum. If they manage to keep the world safe, can they turn the passion crackling between them into a love that will withstand the test of time, in Hard to Handle, the next Gargoyle paranormal romance by New York Times bestselling author Christine Warren.
I don’t think I’ve read too many stories featuring gargoyles, and I loved that Ash, the heroine in HARD TO HANDLE is the first female gargoyle to ever exist. She’s been summoned because evil is brewing, and she’s ready to fight with claws, wings and a giant two headed axe. She rocked, but it was her romantic interest that really sold the book for me.
Although he isn’t a giant winged stone creature, Drum isn’t as helpless as an everyday human. His family has various gifts, and his centers on finding lost things. He’s always passed it off as a parlour trick, because he knows that if it’s known about or can be used to find missing people, he won’t allow himself not to use it. It made for a particularly interesting character, who wants to help people, and knows once he starts, his conscience won’t let him stop. It’s very rare in paranormal romance to find male characters who show weakness, especially fear. Drum’s protectiveness of his family is the only thing that convinces him to help Ash when she needs to find her Warden, the human who summoned her.
There are fun bits of humour throughout, which keep the tone light even though the characters are facing the end of the world.
“I always thought it was kinda there in the name. Hell. Mouth. Seems pretty self-explanatory. Didn’t you guys get Buffy the Vampire Slayer over here?”
“Please, God and Saint Peter, don’t tell me we’re going to have to deal with the vampires.”
Dag looked disdainful [...] “Do not be ridiculous. Such creatures do not exist.”
“Well, that’s something, I suppose.”
The writing is much better than other paranormal romances I’ve read before, with the characters examining their feelings with eloquence and interesting metaphors that make reading a breeze even between the action scenes. Although there was a bit of a drag when the book inevitably caught up readers to the four previous books’ heroes and heroines, I quickly forgave it and hopped back into the action. HARD TO HANDLE does feel like a middle of the series book, but there was enough fun and action to make it worth reading whether you’re into the series already or not.Series Titles:
- Heart of Stone
- Stone Cold Lover
- Hard as a Rock
- Rocked by Love
- Harlequin Junkie - 2.5/5