Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Knights of Stone: Bryce by Lisa Carlisle

Discretion advised: This book may be unsuitable for anyone under the age of 18, due to mature themes, language and sexual content.
Title: Knights of Stone: Bryce
Author: Lisa Carlisle
Series: Highland Gargoyles
Publication Date: May 2016
Publisher: Self Published
Age Group: 18+
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 141
Format: eBook
Source: OP ARC
Find the Book: Amazon | Goodreads

What happens when love arrives at the most unfortunate of times?

Gargoyle shifter, and the last of her clan, Mairi, is running for her life, desperate to keep hidden. When she spots two winged creatures flying high above her in the Highlands of Scotland, she momentarily panics, thinking they’re the same beasts who murdered her family along with her entire clan. Realizing they’re gargoyles like her, she takes flight and discreetly follows them to an island.

Bryce, beta of his clan and drummer for the Knights of Stone, senses something is amiss on the Isle of Stone. At first, he believes he’s merely discomfited by the rumors of atrocities occurring in the Highlands. However, he discovers an intruder on the magically-concealed island home. Once he ascertains that the flame-haired beauty is the sole survivor of a traumatizing attack, he returns to the Highlands to warn his former clan.

Somewhere between cautioning the clan and realizing the necessity of destroying the beasts that threaten them all, Mairi and Bryce discover an attraction that quickly evolves into a consuming passion. A problem even greater than the murderous fiends becomes apparent – the love they share may not survive the battle.

   I was a bit leery of this one at first. Something about it being gargoyles... and a TV show I used to watch as a kid, I was having a hard time picturing gargoyles as sexy. To some degree, I'm still not sure how I feel about gargoyle shifters, but, hey, to each their own!

   I did actually enjoy the story. It was short and there was a lot that happened. I think it was actually too short... it felt rushed and like there was a lot of the story that was left out. I certainly felt cheated during the sex scenes. I'm much more into the sexual tension than the sex itself, and there was precious little tension.

  The relationships between the characters were great and I felt emotionally attached to the MCs, at least. They were well-written characters, though I would have enjoyed getting to know them a bit better than I did.

  The writing style was light and fun and it flowed well from scene to scene. Overall, I enjoyed reading this and will go back and read the first two books in the series.

*I received this ARC as part of my participation in the blog tour hosted by Obsessive Pimpette Promotions in return for my honest review*


About the Author:

 USA Today bestselling author Lisa Carlisle loves stories with dark, brooding heroes and independent
heroines. She’s honored to be a multi-published author writing in different genres since she’s wanted to be a writer since the sixth grade. For much of her professional career, she’s written non-fiction — but she’s discovered writing romance is the most fun. Her romances have been named Top Picks at Night Owl Reviews and All Romance Ebooks.

When she was younger, she worked in a variety of jobs, moving to various countries. She was deployed to Okinawa, Japan, while in the military; backpacked alone through Europe; and lived in Paris before returning to the U.S. She owned a bookstore for a few years, as she loves to read. She’s now married to a fantastic man, and they have two kids, two kittens, and too many fish.
 Connect with Lisa:
You can also find her at the Red Hot Authors Cafe and Sweet and Sexy Divas.

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