Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Old Monster, New Twist

Carved in Stone
by Vickie Taylor

Tired of vampires and witches? Here’s the first book in a great new series for those who are looking for something a little different in the paranormal romance category.


Les Gargouillen are guardians, protectors of the human race. Transformed over a thousand years ago by a rogue priest through a pagan ritual, they have the ability to change into predatory half-human beasts. While their bodies are mortal, their souls achieve a form of immortality through reincarnation of their own bloodline. They are born with the ability to perfectly recall each previous life they had lived.

Rachel Vandermere is a woman on a mission – to prove the existence of and destroy the monsters that murdered her parents when she was a child. Now an agent of Interpol, her official investigations have led her to suspect Nathan as an international assassin. Her personal suspicions are that he can lead her to the very community that she is looking for.

Nathan Cross is on his fourteenth lifetime and has decided that it will be his last. He is tortured by his responsibility for the death of one he loved in a past life. He has grown weary of the monster in him, of the loneliness of never belonging to the world he is bound to protect.

Nathan has vowed not to produce a son and therefore reincarnate, incurring the wrath of his people. Though he has been banished from their society, he is perfectly placed to deflect Rachel’s interest in his people and to protect them from her investigation. The sparks that fly between them threaten his commitment of celibacy and lead to some interesting developments in the plot.

I really liked the premise of this book. It was well written, engaging and definitely hot. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the next in the series.

Submitted by Michele

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