Knights of Stone: Gavin (Highland Gargoyles, Book 7)

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Author: Lisa Carlisle

Series: Highland Gargoyles

Genre: PNR

Publisher: Indie

Pages: 161

Gavin, the last single member of his and his brothers’ band, fully intends to stay that way: single, wild, and free. That is until he meets Fiona, the woman that he can’t seem to get off of his mind. She’s a human, though. Surely she, of all creatures, can’t be his mate. Fiona is a reporter that has been drawn to the world of supernaturals since the death of her friend when they were children. When a stranger comes snooping around asking about Gavin and his brothers, Fiona is weary. Although there are rumors of things that happen at some of their concerts, she has no reason to truly believe that Gavin is anything other than human. She has, after all, seem him up close and personal. Gavin can never let the truth about he and his brothers out in to the world, or it would put them all at risk. To what lengths will they all go, in the end, to find out the truths that they seek and protect what they love? 

As with the previous books in this series, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters were well written, as always, and as fleshed out as possible for a book that is under 200 pages. They were all interesting and were pretty easy to either root for or dislike. As this is the seventh and last book in the series, the world building is complete, however the author did a wonderful job of rounding it out in this installment. I will admit that Gavin’s story was not my favorite of the brothers’ stories in this series, but it was still a great story and a strong way to finish it out. It was fun to return to this world again. Though this is the final book in the series, it can be read as a standalone like the others (although, I would recommend reading them- they’re all a good time!). I’m sad to have to leave the unique gargoyle shifters behind, but I’m sure I’ll return to their Isle from time to time to visit! 

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Enticed by the Gargoyle (Stone Sentries Boston, Book 2)

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Author: Lisa Carlisle

Series: Stone Sentries

Genre: PNR

Publisher: Indie

Pages: 180

 

Larissa, a Boston police officer, had an unfortunate encounter with some demons while on patrol. Now, she is left with more questions than answers and a friend who is in an incubus-induced coma. During the attack, Larissa was able to fight off the demons and managed to somehow shoot energy at them with her eyes. Her gargoyle lover, Roman, believes that these “gifts” come from her being a witch. Larissa, however, knows nothing about this and wants answers. To make matters worse, she is now having a vision of another supernatural threat. Is this her imagination, or a vision of things to come?

This is the second book in the Stone Sentries Boston series, and it was as fantastic as the first. Roman and Larissa are a great pairing. As always, the character development is fantastic. I have really enjoyed some of the other elements that have been brought in to this series, as it has added nicely to the world building without feeling like we are just being given a supernatural soup (you know what I’m talking about!). These are quick, fun reads, so if you are in the mood for some PNR, I recommend giving them a try. There are definitely still some questions, so I am looking forward to seeing what happens in the next installment of Roman and Larissa’s story! Enjoy!!

Combust (Underground Encounters, Book 7)

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Author: Lisa Carlisle

Series: Underground Encounters

Genre: PNR

Publisher: Indie

Pages: 124

 

During the fire at Vamps, Nike was bitten by a vampire. In a fit of bloodlust, she did something that she is unable to forgive herself for. The love of her life, Michel, travelled to Europe in search of a cure for her to no avail. Growing weary of walking between two worlds, she must make a decision that will change the rest of her life. Meanwhile, her best friend Maya is preparing for the rest of her life, as well. She is planning her wedding, and desperately wants Nike to be her maid of honor. Nike, however, is cutting herself off from everyone (Maya included) after her act of bloodlust, and won’t return her calls. At the same time, Maya has decided to find out more about where she comes from and asks her adoptive parents for more information about her birth parents. She is shocked by what she finds when she goes seeking more information.

I was absolutely left with questions after Nike and Maya’s first books, and I am so happy to have this follow up to get some answers!! This new installment, in my opinion, has more twists than previous books and I loved it! Nike and Maya were two of my favorites in this series, so another book with them was right up my alley. Their characters were able to become more complex through this book, and I feel like Carlisle did a wonderful job of giving them even more depth. Where most of the books in this series can be read as standalones, I highly recommend that you read Smolder and Fire first so that you get the background on Nike and Maya. Go, read, enjoy!!!

Stone Cursed: A Zodiac Sifters Paranormal Romance: Taurus

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Author: Lisa Carlisle

Series: Highland Gargoyles

Genre: PNR

Publisher: Indie

Pages: 137

 

You guys!!! The Gargoyles are back!!!

Alec has not been very happy since he had to leave with his clan from the Isle of Stone to relocate to the Scottish Highlands. Settling in a run-down castle, he missed the sound and smell of the ocean and the feel of flying over it. While off sentry duty one night, he notices a strange green light in the distance, and decides to check it out. He finds that last things that he expects, or wants, to find: witches- the enemy of the gargoyles. These particular witches have left their coven in search of ley lines in order to increase their power. Alec is discovered by Kai, the male leading this offshoot of the coven, and he uses dark magic to entrap Alec in stone. He has no idea how he will get a message to his brothers to warn them of the danger, and to get help, until Veda (the most gorgeous witch he’s ever seen) comes to his rescue. Now they both must run, or face the wrath of Kai…

Yay, more Gargoyles!!! This was a great novella within the Highland Gargoyle series and can be read without reading the rest of the series if you’d like (you really should read the others, though!). Carlisle’s wonderful world building continues on in to the Scottish Highlands and allows the reader to perfectly picture the world that she has envisioned. The character development is up to the standard that we have some to expect from Carlisle. This was just a quick, fun read, that is a wonderful addition to this series.

Heat (Underground Encounters, Book 5)

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Author: Lisa Carlisle

Series: Underground Encounters

Genre: PNR

Publisher: Indie

Pages: 115

 

Tracy tends bar at Vamps to pay her way through school. She has had her share of problems- an abusive ex, family problems, etc- and she finds comfort in sharing her turmoil with the status of the gargoyle that hangs out at the bar. She doesn’t know why, maybe she’s losing it, but there’s no harm done. One night, as she’s closing down the bar for the night, aforementioned ex shows up, drunk and looking to either hook up or fight. Just as Tracy is figuring out the best way to defend herself, her statue and confidante comes to life before her eyes and takes care of the problem for her. He believes that they are fated to be together, and he has twenty-four hours to prove it to her or he will turn to stone again. Will he be able to convince her, or will he remain under his curse?

Thanks to this lovely author, I have really come to love gargoyle shifters, and Danton is no exception. He’s hot, strong, and sweet- what more could you ask for? This story is written along the lines of the other Underground Encounters stories, which is excellent! The characters were well developed, as always. The world building just continued to grow from the previous books. The story was well rounded enough, even for a short novella, that it would be no problem to grab it and enjoy without having read the previous books (although you should, if you like PNR!). If you’re looking for a quick, fun, PNR, pick this one up!

Burn (Underground Encounters, Book 4)

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Author: Lisa Carlisle

Series: Underground Encounters

Genre: PNR

Publisher: Indie

Pages: 254

 

Layla is on the run from a Master Vampire. She has fled from London, and arrived in Boston to become Angelica, the singer in an 80’s cover band. Devon is the shapeshifting bounty hunter who is after her. He hates vamps, so there is no issue with him hunting her down…until he meets her. With more vampires on their trail, will this end well for them?

This is the fourth installment in Carlisle’s Underground Encounters series, but each one can be read as a standalone. This, as all her work thus far has been, was an incredible enjoyable read! The characters were well fleshed out, and fun to hang out with. The plot line was a very interesting and fun one. What I think that I love most of all about this author’s work, though, is her world building. It is always very rich and well imagined. I can almost always picture, with great detail, the environment that she is describing. If you are a PNR fan, this is a series (and author!) that you shouldn’t miss!

Immortal Resistance: Division 3 (The Berkano Vampire Collection)

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Author: Lisa Carlisle

Series: The Berkano Vampire Collection

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Indie

Pages: 248

 

Nalia has held a grudge against that Makara Coven since they turned her away as a child. In order to secure their assistance in helping save her village from the vampires, she swallows her pride and agrees to return to them for help. After an attack, however, she winds up stranded. As she is alone, and attempting to find her way, a starving vampire finds her and offers to help her. That help won’t come free, though. Nalia must make a tough decision. The wrong choice could prove devastating, and not only to Nalia herself…

 

Witches and Vampires from Lisa Carlisle…do I need to day more? Ok, fine, I will! The newest work is a standalone in the Berkano Vampire Collection (No worries, they can be read in any order!). This is the first of this collection that I have read, but I definitely want to read more! Carlisle’s world building was phenomenal, as always. It was so easy to get lost in this world, and just want to stay there. The character development was also as great as her other works. Each of the characters was fully fleshed out, and it was easy to see where and why they belonged in the story. I love everything that I read from Carlisle, but this is easily one of my favorites. I hope that you guys enjoy it as much as I did!