Title: Gargoyle: Three Enchanting Romance Novellas
Author: Beth Barany, Kay Keppler, Patricia Simpson
Publisher: SB Group
Publication Date: July 11, 2013
Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.
Book Description Courtesy of Amazon:
The mysterious lives of gargoyles.
They don’t just hang out on buildings.
They right wrongs. They wreak havoc.
And they change the lives of unsuspecting people who never see them coming.
Craig knows that Bea is in trouble. But Craig can’t do anything about it–because he’s a garden gargoyle and Bea can’t hear his warnings. When unexpected visitors arrive to help, Craig finds the power he had all along. Now the neighborhood will never be the same.
When a thunderstorm transports software expert Rose Waldman to thirteenth century France, she meets hunky stonemason Julien, who is secretly creating a gargoyle in defiance of his master mason. Can independent gadget loving Rose trust her life and heart to Julien, and can she really never go home again?
And the freak just trying to get along…
Sentenced to burn at the stake for sorcery, Merofled volunteers to help jaded warrior Alaric kill a gargoyle that threatens her village. But Merofled soon discovers the gargoyle is not a monster at all. It’s a misfit just like her. Can she persuade Alaric to spare the gargoyle-and herself?
Although I am a huge paranormal fan, this was my first foray into gargoyles. I have discovered it was not the place to start. I have no doubt that there are some good gargoyle stories out there, but these particular three lacked depth and eloquence. However, this may be an unfair judgment. I have not read any other works by these authors, and due to the short nature of novellas, there is not much room to flesh out a story as much as one would potentially like. There was some imagination evident in the storylines, with each story having its own unique perspective.
Craig, being the sentient, yet immobile object that he is, tries unsuccessfully to communicate and protect his owner, Bea. Out of nowhere come these “gods” that awaken the powers of mobility and flight that aid him in his objective. There were a lot of minimally explained characters and happenings in this short story, and it was slightly difficult to follow at times. Some of these were just downright unbelievable, even given the fact that it’s a paranormal novella.
The second story, again- too little explanation and too much conflict compressed into too little story. The gargoyle wasn’t the paranormal element in this story; it was merely the object of connection between Rose and Julien. I liked Julien’s character a lot more than Rose. He seemed to have more depth, honesty, and morality than she did and I was able to feel some connection to him as a character. Rose seemed slightly self-indulgent, and it was obvious she was a modern-day woman (not meant as a compliment). I wish the time travel element had been explained a little better, not just “BAM!- you’re in the 13th century,” and then “BAM!- you’re back, and you brought him with you.”
I didn’t even finish the third story. I got about half-way in, and it never got interesting, so I gave up. This one also takes place in the middle ages, and Merofled is saved from being burned as a witch, merely because she agrees to help rescue a farmer’s son from a gargoyle. Seems to me, just agreeing to help in that situation would make her accusers even surer of her witchery. She and the priest assigned to carry out her sentencing then follow the farmer to locate the son. I didn’t get any farther than that, because the farmer’s prejudice was irritating, and I couldn’t become very sympathetic to any of their issues.
HEAT Rating: Mild
Reviewed By: Daysie W.
Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More