The Stone Prince (Imperia Series #1)

The Stone Prince (Imperia Series #1)

by Gena Showalter

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Overview

Katie James is unlucky in love—so unlucky she's been reduced to kissing the marble statue in her own garden. But her luck changes when the statue warms to life in her arms—and turns out to be a hunk straight out of any woman's fantasy! Well, almost…Jorlan en Sarr hails from a distant planet and like all the other men Katie's known, he comes with a lot of baggage.

Entombed in his stony skin for centuries, Jorlan has been waiting for a maiden fair to break the spell. Yet this statuesque beauty with the will of an Amazon and kisses like flame is a far cry from the obedient damsels of Imperia. And though Jorlan is tempted to abandon all for the sake of Katie, unless he can convince her to give him her heart in two weeks' time, he'll be turned back to stone. And she'll be lost to him forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373770076
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 08/25/2004
Series: Imperia Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.63(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over fifty books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, and the White Rabbit Chronicles. She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heartwarming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family and menagerie of dogs. Visit her at GenaShowalter.com.

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The Stone Prince


By Gena Showalter

Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.

Copyright © 2004 Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-373-77007-3


Chapter One

KATIE JAMES COASTED HER fingertips across the muscled chest before her. Warmth tingled through her arm, a drugging warmth more intoxicating than expensive champagne and moonlight kisses. Her lips parted on a wispy catch of breath as images of silk sheets, entwined bodies and slow, delicious caresses filled her mind.

How could this man affect her so powerfully, almost magically? How could he affect her at all when he'd never spoken a word to her? His face was beauty personified, yes, but that wasn't enough to entrance her like this, to leave her weak and shaky every time she glanced at him.

There had to be something more to him, something elemental. Something beyond physical beauty that lured her every feminine desire. At the moment, though, she could not think past his physique, and slowly, so slowly her gaze moved over him. He was granite-hard, his abdomen ridged with sinew, his shoulders wide and firm. All of this gave his tall, sculpted frame a dangerous aura - dangerous and utterly sensual. He belonged in the woods with raw, naked branches surrounding him. Yet he stood outside among a brilliant crimson and yellow drapery of azaleas, somehow the absolute essence of masculinity.

"Mmm," she sighed, her eyelids fluttering closed. Her hand dropped to her side. "If only you were real...."

But he wasn't. He was formed entirely of smooth, gray stone - a beautiful statue, nothing more. This was one of the ironies of fate, she supposed, that the first man to ever truly captivate her belonged in a museum and not in her bed.

Why was she surprised by her infatuation with a beautiful, silent, unreal man, anyway? Having grown up with five older brothers, she knew just how annoying real men could be. They burped and scratched in public, cracked derogatory jokes, and somehow managed to charm the pants off women before losing interest and moving on to other conquests.

Her stone warrior could not offend her. He couldn't choose someone else if he thought her unattractive or too tall, because he was permanently mounted to the colored marble base that stood in her garden gallery. A marble base she now stood upon.

Another sigh slipped past Katie's lips, and she fought a deep, primitive urge to touch him again, to hold him, to discover some sort of comfort or acceptance she'd never gained with the procession of men she dated.

This is wrong. I should walk away.

But she didn't.

The cool Dallas breeze ruffled the tight constraints of her ponytail but did little to cool her ardor, and with each passing second the stone warrior's stare unraveled the very fabric of her reservations. Finally, Katie gave in to her craving. She dragged her fingers across his jawbone, loving the slightly bearded texture that reminded her of a man just before his morning shave. She traced the curved outline of his ears and imagined what he would feel like had he been the flesh and blood man she so desired.

Fiery heat rippled across her nerve endings.

Of their own accord, her fingertips wandered lower, caressing his neck. His shoulders. His chest. She even circled his small, puckered nipples. A soft moan of pleasure wafted to her ears, the timbre low, raspy and masculine.

Katie jerked back in surprise. After a moment she relaxed, even experienced a twinge of disappointment when she realized her imagination was simply running wild. Again. Hadn't she sometimes felt his breath upon her face when she drew close? Hearing him moan was no more fantastical than that.

Gravel crunched as a car meandered along her driveway.

Katie jerked around and watched wide-eyed as a black sedan halted just in front of her dilapidated, Victorian-style mansion. Tendrils of mortification raced up her spine, heating her cheeks. She'd been so lost in her scrutiny of the stone warrior, she'd forgotten about prying eyes and midday sunlight.

Just what had this intruder seen?

She scrambled from the dais. The moment her feet hit the soft grass, she counted to ten, using the time to calm her racing heart. She should have resisted the statue's allure; instead she'd acted like a teenage girl kissing her favorite rock star's poster. Well, no more, she thought, determination stiffening her spine. There will be no more touching the statue. In fact, there will be no more looking at him, and absolutely, positively no more thinking about him.

She watched a handsome, familiar male emerge from the sedan. Never one to back down from conflict, she maneuvered around the bushes and flower beds of her "pleasure garden" - so dubbed by the previous owner because the entire enclosure was littered with naked sculptures similar to the warrior she wasn't going to think about ever again - and marched to the driveway.

"Damn it, Gray. What are you doing here?"

Her visitor grinned, not the least put out by her brusque tone. Above them, the sun breathed peacefully, its powerful rays illuminating his tall frame and wide shoulders with an orange gold halo. "You owe me a quarter for cussing, little sister."

Frowning, Katie dug into her pocket, snatched out a quarter and tossed it to him. "I only cursed because you surprised the shi -" Thankfully, she stopped herself in time. "You startled me, okay. For God's sake, call before coming over."

"I called. You didn't answer. You were supposed to be home."

"So you started to worry," she said. For some reason, all of her brothers still thought of her as a delicate flower in need of twenty-four-hour, seven-days-a-week protection. So what that she was now six feet tall and in top physical condition. So what that she'd attended numerous self-defense classes.

Gray shrugged, sheepish. "Yeah. I started to worry."

"Did you consider I might have just stepped out?" She flashed him an exasperated but loving grin. "Don't answer that. Just tell me what you need."

"I wanted to see your newest acquisition. From out here it looks like a dump, by the way," he added good-naturedly, motioning to the house with his chin. "Why aren't you painting or laying tile or doing something to fix the place up? That's your job, isn't it?"

At that moment, Katie's tense muscles relaxed. Gray hadn't seen her with the stone warrior. Otherwise he would have been cracking jokes at her expense instead of inquiring about her activities. "I worked on the upstairs bathroom all morning and needed some fresh air."

(Continues...)



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Stone Prince (Imperia Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay Help me out here guys! I have just began reading The Stone Prince and so far Jorlan comes across as a horny Male chauvinist pig and Katie comes across as a weak female who always gives in to his orders! Tell me its gonna get better because at Chapter 3...I aint feelin' it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gena Showalter scores big with this delightful battle of the sexes. Only this one's between a warrior from another planet and a stubbornly independent Earth Girl. Don't miss The Stone Prince!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I got an advanced copy and I wasn't sure how I'd feel about a hero from another planet, but it totally worked! Instead of futuristic, he came across as a sexy, Pict warrior. I mean, the hero, Jorlan, is hot, hot, hot. And the heroine is sassy and fun and I love that she speaks her mind and isn't afraid of strong language. The attraction between these two is hot enough to burn your fingers. Here's the set up. Jorlan is turned to stone and sent to earth, and Katie sets him free with a kiss. He has two weeks to make her fall in love with him or he'll be turned back to stone. I won't tell you the rest, but I loved every page of this book!
woosang on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A standard romance, it follows a tride and true formula. A lonely girl, kisses a handsome statue and it turns into a flesh and Blood man. He demands that they couple and that she fall in love with him so he can get on his way. Of course there is a time limit and the ending is predictable. BUT having said that, it is well written and I did read it right through in a few hours.
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Katie knows that no normal person would fall for a statue but somehow that is what has happened to her. What she doesn't realize is that the object of her infatuation is really a cursed Stone Prince named Jorlan awaiting a fair maiden's kiss for his release.This book was entertaining although I found it a bit over the top in places. Katie's father and brothers and the hero all really push the limits of chauvinism. Although I know that this was done deliberately, I still found it annoying. Overall I feel the book was okay and would suggest it to people who also enjoy the sci-fi romances of Rowena Cherry.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Katie James has just bought a new house to start renovating but it wasn’t the house that enticed her to buy, it was the garden and more specifically a particular statue in the garden. Katie can’t help feel that she is being watched by it, maybe even seduced but that’s ridiculous it is only a stone statue, not a flesh and blood man. However. Katie’s instincts may not be as fanciful as she thinks as the statue transforms in to a man, Jorlan en Sarr, Jorlan must get Katie to fall in love with him otherwise he faces an eternity entombed in stone, but it can’t be too hard right, all he has to do is seduce her… What I love about The Stone Prince is that it is a combination of different genres and elements; it has a sexy alpha male alien, although this book isn’t particularly a sci-fi and it is sprinkled with a little magic as well all set in the modern day (circa 2004!). With all these components Gena Showalter has created a sexy, but light hearted and funny read, which I really enjoyed even though I may not rush to reread it. What kept me smiling through out this book was Jorlan; he was complete out of his element, stuck on a different planet in a different time, this lead to some funny moments through out the book, especially with his alpha male he-man attitude. “From now on, if you don’t understand something, ask me about it.” Now he gave her a you-silly-little-girl frown. “Taking time to ask questions can give the enemy an opportunity to attack.” “My answering machine is not your enemy!” “Not anymore,” he answered smugly. But it wasn’t just the funny moments I enjoyed, the sexual chemistry between Katie and Jorlan was great, they smouldered and simmered their way through the pages, we also had the added extra of a secondary romance, something that I always enjoy, I could have baked a cake in the heat they gave off. However, the story itself wasn’t anything original and the path the characters took was predictable, it didn’t stop me from enjoying the book, but it did prevent me from giving it a higher rating. This was a fun read, Gena Showalter is one of my favourite authors and although this may not be one of her best books, it is still worth giving it a try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had me fanning myself
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Loved this cute story
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A great book
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-zoey
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>:D
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Uh...i havent read this book yet but it looks really really good! I think you shoukd read it too!!! Like how shenwould likebthe stone prince
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Fartburp More than 1 year ago
A simple read This book has a very straight forward plot. If you are a seasoned reader, the ending would be easy to predict. It starts off with a man (obviously, it is always a man), who reeks of sensuality and arrogance. While it is not a trait the heroine appreciates, Gena skilfully manages to keep the heroine’s fiery spirit intact while she succumbs to the hero’s charms. I find some parts in the book repetitive. She wants him, she wants him not. She gives in to temptation, she pushes away. If I am the hero, I would find her indecision very trying. On the whole, a fine book to pass by the time, and to be reminded by how simple love can actually be.
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1ckirk More than 1 year ago
i expected more from gena the book was ok filled with love but a little cheesy
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