Gargoyle by Scarlett Dawn

GargoyleTitle:  Gargoyle
Series:  Woodland Creek
Author:  Scarlett Dawn
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Published:  November 15, 2015
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  Owned, Kindle Edition
Cover Description:

A shifter made of stone. And wings.
A human bent on free love. And drunk.
Any joke could be made with those two lines.

But the town of Woodland Creek, it’s no laughing matter. Hostile and magical residents guard their secrets. It’s too easy to be found out.

When Isaac Stone first meets Kennedy Kirk, he’s tempted to shove her off the clock tower. After all, she is gripping his private parts to lean over and see his town. One little push is all it would take…

Isaac never anticipated he’d be the one to fall.

Read on for my thoughts on Gargoyle.  No true spoilers, promise.

It had been a crazy night for Kennedy Kirk, one that found her quite drunk and on the very top of the clock tower surrounded by stone gargoyles and one beautiful, seemingly tranquil town.  That’s the thing about illusions, they are never, ever truly what they seem.  Leaning over the edge of the clock tower, Kennedy gripped the gargoyle statue rather fiercely for balance.  If only she could have heard the gargoyle’s thoughts as she gripped a very private part of this seemingly inanimate stone gargoyle.  As she danced along the edge, tripping over other gargoyle statues in a drunken dance that only she heard the music for – it seems that justice has come down on the gargoyle’s side as she slowly tumbled over the side of the clock tower.  But she never hit bottom, mere inches from certain death she was held up by… magic and the determination of one old, dying wizard.  She had a mission now – and the life as she once knew it will be shattered into pieces.

Kennedy’s eyes were now opened to the reality of the small town of Woodland Creek.  And she certainly didn’t want to be in this part of town tonight.  But a job is the paycheck she lives on and this package must be delivered tonight.  Entering the building she looked for the receptionist but she was nowhere to be found – what she did find were shifters, lots and lots of shifters as her skin shivered and the bile rose in her stomach.  She hated shifters.

Then a wave of… something rolled over the town, time and time again.  No one would be the same the next morning.

Gargoyle is one of the novellas in the Woodland Creek collection – thirty stories by thirty paranormal romance authors – all released at the same time for one huge reading experience for any lover of Paranormal Romance.  All are somewhat stand alone stories, all centered around a small town, Woodland Creek, Indiana.  It seems that mention of other residents of this spooky town are in some of the other stories at times, I found no real reading order to the stories so I started with the story on the top of every list that I could find — and the one that made the most sense to me, since events in Gargoyle seemed to affect the entire town and the supernatural citizens on this particular night.

Kennedy Kirk and Isaac Stone (perfect pun by the way) are on the surface one of the most unusual romantic couples I’ve ever read about.  And I do a lot of reading.  Isaac is a bit of a smartass, a royal pain in the butt and has plans behind that facade of his that absolutely no one sees coming.  Gargoyles dislike humans with a passion, one that his family is quite good at conveying to Kennedy.  So to see these two as an eventual couple was a long shot for me.

I have to admit that shifters of the non-furry kind are not my usual preferred type of shifter to read about.  Give me a big cat, a bear even a wolf and I’m good, ecstatic in fact – but stone statues, snakes or crocs… not so much.  So I’ll be honest here and say that based on the cover blurbs for the stories in this collection – there are some that will be at the very bottom of the reading list – for me, maybe not you (every reader has their preferences ya know?).

Having admitted that – I did find Gargoyle quite entertaining and an enjoyable read.  If there were some confusing moments, I simply put it down to my being unfamiliar with that type of shifter’s history and continued on with the main story.  Isaac is going to be a hero that you will dislike long before the redeeming moments are revealed and Kennedy had moments as well where I simply wanted to shake her… but the story called for those moments.

I would recommend this novella.  If you love gargoyles then this is one story you will want to add to your collection.  And if you haven’t read about gargoyle shifters before, this is an interesting introduction to them.

Available for the Kindle