An interesting paranormal romance. Not the typical vampire/werewolf store. This one is about Gargoyles. The writer set up a believable world where Gargoyles are the protectors of humans. The romance aspect of the book was good and the sex scenes hot.
A paranormal fantasy romance with the hard-boiled edge of a police thriller, combine to make CARVED IN STONE a most excellent read. From page one to the last nail-biting paragraph, Vickie Taylor manages to hook the reader into her world of gargoyles, reincarnation, second chances, and true love.
For Nathan Cross, looks are deceiving. He may look like a man, and a drop-dead gorgeous one at that with his black eyes and jet-black hair, but underneath the human exterior lies a gargoyle-a being created centuries ago to protect humankind from evil. Reincarnated a total of fourteen times, Nathan has had enough. He rebels at his orders, refusing to impregnate a human, and even leaves the congregation of the Council ruled by Teryn, the gargoyle's Wizenot.
Living under the guise of an art history professor at Chicago University, Nathan has nothing left to do with his days but enjoy art-the one and only thing that still brings his joy. That is until he runs into Rachel Vandermere at the Chicago Museum of Fine Arts. Suddenly, living a life of exile, alone as he's been for years, doesn't seem so appealing.
Rachel knows from the moment she sees Nathan at the museum's patrons gala that he's not what he seems to be. Too good-looking for his own good, knowledgeable beyond belief, and with shadows hidden behind his dark eyes, Rachel knows for a fact that seeing isn't always believing. Still convinced that winged creatures from Hell killed her parents several years ago, she knows that the vibes she's getting from Nathan will cause her to be a laughingstock. Unheeding to the voice of reason, Rachel sets out to prove once and for all that her imagination hadn't played tricks on her the night of her parents' deaths.
Fast-paced dialogue, haunting characters, and a paranormal world where gargoyles and things that go bump in the night are all too common, CARVED IN STONE is a wonderful book for romance lovers of all genres.
A book where gargoyle's, not were's or vamps or aliens, are the dark hero's in turmoil? Interesting!
Rachel and Nathan, our main couple, meet during a art gallery showing and are instantly attracted. Each has their own troubles though. Rachel is there as part of an interpol mission to take down an assasin.Policework has been her lifes work since as a small child she saw her family killed by what she thought were monsters...Nathan is an excomunicated gargoyle who has lived 14 lifetimes in different ages before he was reborn into this one. Now he has decided to end his existance for good since he has been shunned by the others of his dwindeling kind.
They meet again after Nathan stumbles into Rachel's hit man and does the work for her. But she has a feeling he's not all he appears...and Nathan's freinds will need both of them to come help the gargoyles if they are to survive. Together they uncover a secret about that long ago attack on Rachel's family...
A nice change of pace for a storyline. I still marvel at writers' imaginations. Where do they come up with this stuff? In any case, I enjoyed the book, though I think the tortured soul of the hero was dragged out too long before it was explained. You don't know why he hates what he is so vehemently until almost the very end.
This was an okay book. Not a keeper though. I only read it because it was the first in the series and wanted to read the second book in order. I have higher hopes for the second one "Flesh and Stone". I enjoyed the characters and it's hard to really explain why the book wasn't great for me. I guess it was maybe a little to serious for me. The characters were all so serious all the time. And I'm not particularly fond of psychic episodes where they develop fantasies with each other. Regular love scenes are good and affective; not big elaborate fantasies that you find out haven't really happened by the end of them because they were in their minds. I'm just partial to Sherrilyn Kenyon's style of writing paranormal romance and I'm spoiled for anything else.
Six year old Rachel Vandermere didnt believe in monstersuntil she saw one kill her parents. Now all grown up and an INTERPOL investigator, Rachel has quietly amassed an impressive collection of evidence to support the existence of preternatural creatures. But she dares not go public with her beliefs until she can produce a living, breathing abnormal being to show the worldwhich she is certain she can do if only she can convince the enigmatic Nathan Cross to help her.
Disavowed from the Chicago congregation of Gargoyles, Nathan has given up life as a guardian of mankind for a quieter, more human existence. But when Rachel shows up at his door spouting her crazy theories about monsters, he is thrust into the role of protector once again. For Rachels theories arent as crazy as some people might think, and her diligent pursuit of the truth might just get them both killed if the wrong people find out what she knows.
With an ancient evil force gathering on the horizon to destroy them, Rachel and Nathan must both come to terms with the secrets of their pasts before its too late for them to save their futuretogether.