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    Paranormal Romance

    Hard Breaker by Christine Warren Gargoyles #6 In the finale of this series two gargoyles make their appearance with one getting short shrift…at least in my opinion…Ghrem makes an appearance late in the story along with his Warden instead of getting a whole book for the two of them. I was happy to find out how the series ended but have to say that the ending left me underwhelmed. The main players are gargoyle Baen who comes to Ivy’s assistance as she is assisting a Warden to safety. Other Warden-Guardian couples make appearances, fights with demons inhabiting humans occur frequently, mythology is shared, angsting and denial by Ivy is prevalent, wooing-of sorts- is done by Baen, and alpha behavior on the part of Baen and other Guardians is exhibited. There is a myth that tells of Maidens with power/magic awakening Guardians/gargoyles when they are most needed and normal calling to awaken and defend does not suffice and it says that the Warden and Guardian will mate, live a mortal life, enjoy love and happiness and then die as other guardians are called to take their places and act should they be needed at some point in the future. The assumption is that if all seven Guardians in this series survive, they manage to defeat the Darkness and imprison the seven demons then they and their Wardens will walk off into the sunset to enjoy a happily ever after. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 3 Stars
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    I Loved It.

    Ivy has a strange magical gift, she hears things. Unfortunately by the time she hears them it's too late to stop them happening. So as far as she is concerned it's a useless gift. Never more so than when she hears her uncle and cousin being killed in England when she is in the USA. That doesn't stop her from going and trying to complete their work. Baen is a gargoyle guardian who has been woken from hundreds of years sleep to find a battle going on. That's exactly what he's built for. When he finds out the sorry state of affairs the Guild and the Wardens have to deal with, he knows it's time to summon his brothers. This is the climax to a series. Unfortunately I haven't read the other books, but I still loved this one. The author's mad sense of humour makes what could be ordinary paranormal into such a fun read. There is danger, magic, sex and laughs galore. Our heroine thought she knew what she was getting into. She didn't know the half of it. Our hero is a typical Alpha male who needs to learn about modern females. I loved every page.
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    Loved it

    Hard Breaker by Christine Warren is book Six in the "Gargoyles" series. This is the story of Ivy and Baen. I have read the previous book but do feel this can easily be a standalone book. Baen is a gargoyle who is assigned to protect the humans from the Darkness. When been comes in to save Ivy he is immediately drawn to her and very protective of her. Ivy has special powers that have lead to some harsh things. Baen is a strong Alpha male type with Ivy who is very independent...she had to be really. I enjoyed seeing these two come together along with the exciting story line. Not an easy book to put down for sure!
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    Hard to say goodbye

    Having enjoyed this authors 'Others ' series and I was extremely happy to dive into these books about gargoyles. The idea of seven Guardians created to defeat seven Demons and keep the ultimate darkness locked up seemed like a really interesting idea. What really helped to elevate it though was the thought that these stone Guardians could be called to life by human Wardens using magic. As so often happened in the past men were considered superior and traditionally women were not trained to use magic but alas shortsighted humans underestimated just what the Guardians needed . Now it's a whole different scenario as six of the most powerful and evil beings are loose and they've slaughtered virtually all the known Wardens but somehow good has managed to bring previously unknown women ( and one man!) into contact with the sleeping Guardians and as the stakes get raised there's only one chance left to save the world. I really enjoyed the first couple of books but started to feel that the stories were getting a little similar. Now that all changed with the arrival of a female Guardian in the last book so I was very excited to read this follow up. Ivy is our heroine and she's one very determined lady! Oh she knows her odd abilities don't really help much but with the recent deaths of family members she is set on rescuing as many surviving Wardens as she can. Trouble is not all are exactly willing and when Ivy and her charge are attacked a very large and stony Baen comes to life! Baen doesn't really listen to Ivy and it's fair to say the independent woman and the protective gargoyle but heads . Still they share an attraction that is clearly destined but how does Baen convince Ivy? I did enjoy this but alas for some reason the romance didn't set me on fire. I liked the couple but I didn't really feel much passion. What was fun was seeing previous characters reappear and at times they added much needed levity which is always a plus. Yes Baen is the sixth Guardian to awaken but this book also gives us the seventh Guardian too which means the series has ended. If I think about it that's probably for the best as keeping it fresh and appealing is difficult to do when the basic premise is always the same. So I applaud the author for calling time and look forward to what else her imagination might dream up next. This voluntary review is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
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