Stone Cold Lover: A Beauty and Beast Novel

Stone Cold Lover: A Beauty and Beast Novel

by Christine Warren
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Stone Cold Lover 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Stone Cold Lover by Christine Warren is the 2nd book in her Gargoyles series. I did not read the first book in the series, and this was not a problem, as this read so well as a standalone. We get to meet the leading characters from the first book, which was cool, and also making me want to read this first book, especially after discovering how much I enjoyed Christine Warren’s writing. Stone Cold Lover is a paranormal suspense, but such a fun and humorous read, as well as very exciting, and very sexy. Fil (Felicity) is our heroine, and she was such a fun one at that. When helping Ella (our first book heroine), Fil goes to the museum in Montreal to look for a Gargoyle statue. She sneaks in after hours, and becomes mesmerized by the statue. While she is there, someone else comes in looking for the same statue and attacks her. All of a sudden there is glow, and the huge stuatue comes to life. After a battle, the now live Guardian (Gargoyle) saves Fil. Spar, is a Guardian, to protect humans against the seven powerful demons, who are locked away. The Guardians are asleep as the statue for hundreds of years, until their assigned Warden wakes them up, if they are needed. As a Gargoyle, he is 7 feet tall, with wings; but he transforms into his human self, and when Fil gets a look at him, she is speechless. Of course, Fil is never speechless, and shows that to Spar as he follows her home, after he rescues her. She is now his responsibility to protect, as he tries to discover why he was awakened. Fil confuses him, but makes us laugh at her constant cursing or nick names she calls him. Pretty funny. Fil now finds herself in the world of evil, demons, magic and constant threats against her life. Spar will not leave her side, and it doesn’t take long for the lust to build between them. Besides this sexy romance between an awesome couple, and the fun snarky comments from Fil; this is an exciting storyline that was also so much fun. Wynn is a secondary character that is introduced in this book, and she is a witch, that will help them break a curse on Fil. I loved Wynn, as she too was fun. I understand that she may be the heroine in the next book. Which I will have to read. Stone Cold Lover was a surprising read, as I had not expected to enjoy as much as I did. It had a bit of everything; excitement, danger, suspense, great couple, great secondary characters, and an exciting ride to the finish. All this and a very sexy couple who steamed my kindle. I now have found a new author in Christine Warren to add to my list. I wholly recommend that you read this series.
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
I absolutely couldn't WAIT to read this book (yet, as usual, I dilly-dallied on writing the review). This is the second book in Christine Warren's gargoyle series and it was even better than the first.  Fil's fascination with the gargoyle statue she found at her old friend Ella's request (in the first book) seems bizarre, even for her as an art restorer...and that's before the statue comes to life, introducing her to a whole new world of really wierd things. Add onto that, moments after the statue wakes up, someone bombs the local and she and Mr. Gargoyle barely escape with their lives. Spar doesn't quite know what to make of the independent little human woman who wakes him up. All he knows is she isn't one of the Wardens. The story moves quickly on without letting up. There are new characters introduced (heroine for book 3, I assume, in the form of the witch Fel calls in to help) and old (Ella and her gargoyle from book 1). The threat posed by The Darkness and the major demons is growing at a rapid pace. I found some of this story to be sad and poignant when Fel loses a friend, and gripping as Spar races to rescue Fel from the big bad. I loved the world building and how Ms. Warren carefully layers in the growing threat without overwhelming you. It's a careful balancing act and one Ms. Warren excels at. Finally, given this is a romance it has to be mentioned, there is the romance between Spar and Fel. Yum. I want a gargoyle of my very own, thanks to Spar. I loved how Spar kept trying to protect/control Fel because that's what he's more or less known to do his entire existence, and how Fel didn't let him wrap her in cotton and keep her from all danger. And let's not forget the sex. Wowser.  Fantabulous book. It's part of series, but you don't really have to have read the first to get the gist of this one (though it's awesome in its own right). Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
3.5 - "You are mine, Felicity." ... "My human, my woman." Stars. Stone Cold Lover is the second book in Christine Warrens Gargoyles Series. I loved book one, and although this one was really enjoyable too, it didn’t 100% hit the mark with me this time. I loved Spar Mr. Tall, Gray, and Invincible, like his brother Kees (Book 1, Heart of Stone) although forged from stone he had a heart of gold. He wasn’t afraid to fight for Fil, and he definitely wasn’t afraid to show his feelings for her. ”If you give yourself to me, I will not be able to let you go.” Ella from book one was a very independent and spunky kind of girl, and I really liked that about her, she was prepared to fight for and alongside Kees, but she also wasn’t afraid to show her feelings for him. This is where Felicity ‘Fil’ Shaltis, fell a little short for me in this book. Her constant, ‘I want him, I don’t want him, I do want him but I don’t want him to know I want him’ really started to get on my nerves as the book progressed, the poor gargoyle didn’t really know whether he was coming or going a lot of the time. ”I will not leave it alone. You behave irrationally. Last night you lay in my arms and held me close to you as you slept, but now you act as if I have committed some great evil against you. If I have done something that upsets you, I deserve the chance to make it right. Since I can think of nothing of the sort, I require you to explain it to me so that I can apologize for my actions.” Sigh… I love this guy/gargoyle, and the way he spoke so properly, it was like Mr. Darcy, but with horns and a tail! This book continues on from where Heart of Stone left off, the Guardians are still trying to ascertain as to whether the Nocturnis have managed to unleash one of the seven demons of the Dark. Now that two Guardians have been awakened, it seems likely that evil lurks and is waiting for its moment to strike. There are lots of thrills and spills in this book, and it kept the pace and overall development throughout nicely. One by one, women of power appeared, and one by one each Guardian found his destined mate. The addition of Wynn the Witch really added to this story, and I am pleased too see that she will get her own book (as well as her Guardian) in the next release in this series Hard as a Rock I cannot wait for its release March 2015. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As good as the first one in the series.  Can't wait for the next
asgoodrich More than 1 year ago
5 stars = I freaking LOVED this book Yes! I have found another author who can write a good paranormal romance with a gargoyle as the hero. Actually, Ms. Warren has written a great gargoyle romance, so I am beside myself with glee. To top it off, she gives readers a LOT of action as Felicity and Spar work together to fight the Darkness and even more action as their attraction to one another is undeniable. And she does it in a full-length novel.  Felicity is a trip. Her inner musings kept me chuckling regularly; even when the situation was intense and frightening, she never failed to make me laugh. She has one of those “larger-than-life” personalities and she needs it to deal with Spar. When Spar wakes up from his gargoyle sleep, Felicity’s assumption that she has lost her mind is just one of the many sources of amusement she provides … that is, after they manage to not die in the explosion. Fortunately for Spar, Felicity has a bit of magic so she is able to accept his existence faster than the average human would. When they realize that she was marked for one of the seven, Spar vows to protect her and ultimately she accepts his protection. Their close quarters ramp up the pull they have for one another and this makes for some rather enjoyable reading when nature takes over; it definitely gives new meaning to the phrase “hard as a rock.” Stone Cold Lover is the second book in the Gargoyles series and it can easily be read as a stand-alone without feeling lost in the story, at least I never felt lost. That said, I plan to go back and read book one, Heart of Stone, as I would love the backstory on Kees and Ella’s meeting. Ms. Warren has created an interesting world of gargoyles and magic with a great cast of characters. So if you’re a gargoyle fan and you’re looking for an action-packed paranormal romance, give Stone Cold Lover a try. This may be my first Christine Warren book, but it won’t be my last as I look forward to reading more of this series. .  I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.  Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome writing kept me glued to the finish. Waiting for more!
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
The second book is enjoyable, though it missed some of the great liners that book one had. It was still cute and enjoyable, but I didn't find myself highlighting a lot for a Quote Tastic post on my blog or a favorite quote section of this review. I liked Spar, but he really was a bit too thick headed and didn't realize that he had to spell out a few things for the uneducated Felicity (in the ways of the Guardians) about what it truly meant to claim a mate. If he had, I think it would have saved him so much stress over whether she loved him and she would have stopped dreading the day he would have to leave her. Overall, the conflict was good, but not as good as in book one. The plot and love story were entertaining, but as as entertaining as book one. But it was good enough for me to pick up book three and see how Wynn does with her own guardian.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good book, best of the three
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
I have to say that as far as paranormal romance goes I’m surprised there’s not more gargoyle books out there! This series has been awesome so far, and the gargoyle, I think, makes the perfect paranormal romance hero. Felicity, or Fil, has been called in to investigate a statue by a friend that was hoped to be one of the guardians. Upon seeing the statue for the first time, she feels strangely drawn to it. She can’t stop thinking about it, so she returns one night to have a closer look. This decision ends up completely changing her life, as she is thrust into the world of magic that she didn’t know was possible. She also finds a deep connection to her gargoyle guardian and a happiness she didn’t know was possible in his arms. But, can Spar save Fil from the demon on the loose while at the same time attempting to fulfill his oath to protect humanity from evil? The absolute best part of this book is Fil. She is HILARIOUS. She’s so snarky, I just love female characters with gumption that aren’t afraid to voice their opinions or show their awkward qualities. Spar is definitely the stoic man in this team, while Fil is the comic relief. I found their dialogue fun and interesting, and the chemistry between them also intriguing. I mean, Spar’s a gargoyle. He “claims” Fil as his and that is incredibly hot! This author really has endeared herself to me because she manages to write books that are not only suspenseful and interesting, but fun to read too. Not to mention, sexy! The world building is also excellent in this book, as she manages to seamlessly intertwine the real world with the gargoyle/demon world of good and evil. I love it when PNR plots are grounded in realism, I think it just makes them that much more fun to read and get into. She did such a great job of that here. Overall, I LOVED this book. Sexy, fun, great dialogue and characters with a plot that is both steamy and interesting. Great addition to the series and I just can’t wait to read more! 5 stars! Reviewed by Sara Squared for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy Provided for review*
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closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!! ***Received the ebook from St. Martin’s Press for an honest review The cover is nice, but not as hot as the last one :)  Something about a shirtless chest that just heats a cover right up :) Gargoyles will always have a fondness in my heart because of my dad and his nicknames and for watching Gargoyles (Disney version) with him growing up :) This is the 2nd book in the series and packed with action though Felicity (Fil) drove me nuts with her hot and cold act….poor Spar didn’t know if he was coming or going with it.  Conversation is the key to all…lol  Christine Warren does a fantastic job bring the story to life with her words.  I felt all the pain poor Fil was put through in her adventure.  Ella and Kees come back to help too which is always good for me when characters continue to be a part of the series :)  We also meet a new character Wynn who I am already quite fond of and I’m looking forward to her story. Christine Warren is a fabulous author, and I always love reading her work and collecting her books.  This is definitely a series I’m adding to my library of paperbacks :)  Even though each book is standalone, I recommend reading in order because the whole is worth more than just the sum of the parts. I recommend these fabulous gargoyles to anyone who loves a good vs evil story with some HARDcore men….well men sort of ;) and especially if you love Christine Warren already, you do not want to pass up this series :)
SongBirdJB More than 1 year ago
Fantastic. Can't wait for book 3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading Stone Heart, I just HAD to read the next book in the series. Now, I'm focused on the next book in the series. The premis includes mystery, fantasy and last but not least, love interest. Some books with this type of story force one to suspend all common sense but I found I could almost believe this story. Bottom line: I just plain enjoyed reading this book.
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