Top Off Tuesday: Is all of him stone?

Posted 4 November, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review, Top Off Tuesday | 11 Comments

Come on, y’all, and play with us on Top Off Tuesday! Hosted by On a Book Bender, Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog, and Smitten with Reading, Top Off Tuesday features some of the best topless covers out there (and some pretty darned hilarious ones, too).

How is it a man of stone has scruff? Not that I’m complaining because I do love a positively scruffy man (and if he has a bun, I’m in! I mean, have you checked out the Tumblr Fuckyeahmenwithbuns? It will convert you.)

Top Off Tuesday: Is all of him stone?Heart of Stone by Christine Warren
Series: Gargoyles #1
Published by Macmillan on Dec. 31, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 320

Ella Harrow is trying to carve out a normal life for herself. Well, as normal as an art geek with psychic abilities can hope for. As museum docent and gift-shop manager, Ella is able to keep her distance from people—and her powers in check—while surrounding herself with the artifacts she loves. But how on earth is she supposed to act normal when a thousand-year-old statue on the museum’s terrace suddenly comes to life?

Not your ordinary gargoyle, Kees has been asleep for eons, waiting for a portent of evil to wake him from his slumber. Kees isn’t a vision; he’s a bat-winged guardian created to protect the world from the seven demons of the Dark. Somehow, Ella triggered his reawakening. Maybe the demons have been unleashed? Maybe his heart is finally ready to be chiseled open? The fate of the world isn’t carved in stone… yet.

I kind of wish we could just read about the hottie gargoyle. Why? Well, the heroine in this story is just too woe-is-me and doesn’t stand up for herself. She get attacked at the beginning of the story and does she use the magic she has to protect herself or, at the very least, knee her attacker in the balls and go to the police? No. After being strangled and kissed (?) by her attacker, she cuffs him in the ear and slinks off into a deserted terrace to whine to a gargoyle statue. Then, when she gets attacked *again*, the gargoyle has to wake up and save her sorry arse. *shakes head in dismay* I’m just not the biggest fan of wet-noodle heroines.

The gargoyle dude, though? I’ll take him. And his other gargoyle pals, too. (Maybe I’ll share…)

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11 Responses to “Top Off Tuesday: Is all of him stone?”

  1. Yes to the gargoyle, no to the heroine. I like my heroines to have a little badass in them:) I don’t need them to be amazing fighters because heaven knows I’d hurt myself more than anyone else if I tried to fight, but I like them to have a little backbone at least.

    That cover is lovely though 🙂

    Glad to have you back Mary!!!
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  2. It’s so frustrating to me when a heroine doesn’t use her powers to fight someone! I get really annoyed with a wet noodle MC (love that term!) as well. A man bun, really Mary? Haha! Not sure if you’re gonna be able to sell me. I’ll check out your link though. Hmm…
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