Series: Gargoyles, #6
Published by St. Martin's Press on October 31, 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance
Sexual Content: Graphic sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kristina
From New York Times bestselling author Christine Warren comes the sixth book in her red-hot romance series in which even the most beastly gargoyle is able to win the heart of a beautiful human woman.
Ivy Beckett has a special gift. She can hear voices, feel events, and receive messages from great distances. Which is also a curse. The moment her family is killed by the servants of the Darkness, she knows it. And the only way to fight these evil forces is to align her powers with a Guardian. A legendary warrior of stone who strikes fear in her heart―and fire in her soul…
Baen is a fierce and powerful gargoyle who has sworn to protect all humans from the Darkness. But when this mighty winged warrior swoops down to rescue Ivy from the jaws of death, he is drawn into a battle that is more dangerous―and more intimate―than he ever bargained for. The beautiful, gifted Ivy touches something deep within him, an all-consuming passion that puts both their lives at risk. Can he conquer the armies of evil itself . . . without losing the woman he loves?
HARD BREAKER is a fun, action-filled book that works shockingly well as a standalone story especially considering it is the last book in a series. The flashback introduction helps set up the world of Guardians/gargoyles and magic in just a few pages getting you up to speed on the who, why, and what of the overall series. Being the last of a series, there is a lot of tension and build up, fighting and huge reveals to keep even new to the series readers glued to the pages and surprisingly not to confused by what is going on.
The romance between Ivy and Baen had a lot of push and pull especially considering Ivy is such an stubborn, independent woman going up against a practically immortal gargoyle. I love a good rocky start to a relationship as it makes the couple's commitment in the end seem all the more deserved and theirs has quite a few rocky moments. I kept imagining Baen looking like the one of the gargoyles from the 90s Gargoyles cartoon and kept imagining Ivy making out with some grey stony looking guy. He's described as able to turn into a normal skin tone human but I couldn't get the grey gargoyle image out of my head! Weird flashbacks to the 90s aside, I enjoyed how Ivy's ability to hear voices and feel events was actually developed and worked with in the final battle. I kind of agreed with Ivy that it was a useless ability for their needs. Luckily we were both wrong in the end! Her skill is actually pretty useful for what was an epic end battle involving all of the characters from the previous books and some pretty scary demons.
HARD BREAKER was a great paranormal romance with a wonderfully created world and story full of suspense, danger, and passion. While the series has ended, I'm intrigued enough by some of the other couples featured in HARD BREAKER to go back and read some of the previous books.Series Titles:
1. Heart of Stone
2. Stone Cold Lover
3. Hard as a Rock
4. Rocked by Love
5. Hard to Handle
For more books with heroes or heroines new to being human (or pretending to be) try Oracle's Moon by Thea Harrison or Tiger Eye by Marjorie M Liu.