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Heart of Stone (Gargoyles #1)

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  970 ratings  ·  228 reviews
From bestselling author Christine Warren comes a thrilling new series about a young woman caught between a rock and a hard place—between gargoyles and demons…

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—a
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Published December 31st 2013 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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This is the story of Ella, a damsel in distress. For the purposes of this review, let’s refer to her as “Helpless”. This is also the story of Patrick Stanley, the man that wants to rape her. Let’s call him “Creeper”, shall we? We can’t leave out Ella’s boss either, her name is “Useless”. And then we have Kees, the recently revived Gargoyle who will be playing white knight to Ella’s DiD. I’m gonna call him “Tail Sex” because that’s what I was hoping for when I started this book (shaddup, don’t yo
Carol [Goodreads addict]
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I absolutely loved this book! Heart Of Stone is book one in the Gargoyles series by Christine Warren. I have not read many Gargoyle books but right away I had to throw away any preconceived ideas of what a Gargoyle was like. And if there really were guardian Gargoyles like the one in this book, I would surely want one for myself.

Ella Harrow is a 27 year old woman who works as a museum docent and also in the gift shop. She is not a people person, always keeps herself distanced from others as mu
28 July 2014: $2.99 on Kindle - I obviously wouldn't recommend this, but if you're curious it is on sale...

DNF at 14%

Let me just get this off my chest: Ella. I hate you. You suck.

*points up* That, right there, will be the theme behind all of my thoughts.

It started off great. I actually kind of liked Ella. She made me laugh in the beginning, and I was getting ready to settle in and wait for the gargoyle to show up - yes, I've got a thing for gargoyles lately. But the gargoyle isn't who sho
Buddy read with Ange & Cory

I was really looking forward to reading Heart of Stone, I haven't come across many paranormal romances where gargoyles are the main supernatural character but I've enjoyed the ones I have read so I had high hopes for this one. Unfortunately there were so many inconsistencies and things that bugged me about the story that I struggled just to finish it and I'm not sure it's a series I will be continuing with. It's hard to explain what I didn't like about the story wi

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OK picture Ella Harrow a beautiful feisty twenty seven year old Assistant Curator. After being attacked by an arrogant prick outside of her museum one night she mysteriously awakes this.

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A thousand year old gargoyle named Kees. He is a Guardian, a protector of good against evil. Now picture that turns in to this.

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Yep you guessed it...pure sex on a stick.

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This story was AMAZING. I could not wait to find out what happens next. Such an impressive original story that makes
Sexy Gargoyles who new. I don't think I have read a story about sexy Gargoyles before. If they are all like Kees I want more,lol. This was a really fun, sexy, with a little mystery story.
Ella is a little bit of an introvert she doesn't like people, parties or crowds. Occasionally her job as a curator at the local museum puts her in a position to raise funds. One night after one of these events Ella finds a man that she knows in the shadows. He approaches her and doesn't seem to know the meaning
Claire Robinson
4 - "Little Human." Stars.

So it turns out I am a bit of a freaky perv, who knew that Gargoyles could be so damn sexy! I want me a Guardian, and if Kees Livingston is anything to go buy, I CANNOT wait too meet his brothers!

You say gargoyle, I used to immediately think –

After reading Heart of Stone, I now think –


This book has everything, a hot sexy guy/gargoyle. A sassy, sharp and witty heroine. Action adventure, escapism and enjoyment.

”I am a Guardian. I was created centuries ago to p
Ann  Lorz
When I found out that Warren was going to write about gargoyles I can't tell you how happy I was. I will admit to my slight love of Goliath from the cartoon show Gargoyles. Of course I was also a tiny bit worried that when I read Heart of Stone I would be busy comparing it to her other books and finding it lacking. But I'm happy to say that it never happened. I almost, remember I said almost, liked it better then her Other series. I loved both Ella & Kees. Their relationship is such a loving ...more
Ella's got powers she's trying to keep under wraps, but a run-in with a creep named Stephen outside of the museum where she works accidentally awakens a gargoyle, Kees, who is sent to protect humans from the darkness.
Ella knows nothing of the Guardians who protect humans from the Order of Nocturnal Darkness (the nocturnis) who are trying to unite the Seven who will bring darkness upon the earth.
Kees needs to connect with the Guild of Wardens to find out what is going on and how an untrained mag
Amanda P
I had such high hopes for Heart of Stone by Christine Warren, too bad I was seriously let down. I’m not even sure why I had such high hopes for this book, I don’t think I’ve read anything else by Christine Warren so it’s not like I have any real basis on whether or not I like her books. I guess the blurb had me excited for a gargoyle book. I was thinking this book would be a lot of action as good battled evil. You know epic battles and all that. What I got was not so much the case, oh there was ...more
Douglas Meeks
This is my first book by Christine Warren and I am impressed. The story was exceptional and the romance was done well, not too much of the 'MINE!" type alpha character.

The story of a gargoyle coming to life is nothing new but this is a totally new direction of them being Guardians and only coming to life at certain times.

The romance was not rushed and Kees and Ella made a great couple for this very slow building romance.

What really made this such a riveting story is that you felt like they had a
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3/5; 3 stars B

Many thanks to NetGalley and St. Martins Press for the opportunity to read and review this book.

I haven't read a Christine Warren book before but I have several in my TBR and reading this one piqued my interest in this author. I'll definitely go to check out the Otherworld books I have.

Heart of Stone is a paranormal romance featuring a gargoyle Guardian, Kees, and art historian, Ella. Kees and Ella become aware that all is not right in the world of the Guardians and that evil force
I had to force myself to finish this book because I made a NYE resolution not to dnf any books this year... And right out of the gate I started this book which I just didn't enjoy at all.
Tiffany Michele (BookAndCoffeeAddict)
Heart of Stone is the first book in Christine Warren’s Gargoyle series which follows the pairing up of gargoyle Guardians and unusual young women as they battle demons and their dark forces.

Ella is unusual in that she has a scary amount of magic bottled up inside her (she is not psychic at all really, unless you use a very loose definition of the word, so I found the book’s description a bit misleading here). She doesn’t like to be around people since she’s scared she might accidental hurt them
My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!
***Received the ebook from St. Martin’s Press for an honest review

The cover is very, well… yummy and great eye candy :) Love it!!

I have a fondness for gargoyles because of my dad. He used to call me and my sisters his gargoyles, and I loved Disney’s show Gargoyles too!! This is the 2nd book I’ve read with Gargoyles in it, and I think I like them as much as my shifter and vamp books.

This book started a little slow for me, but this happens whe
Christine Warren’s Heart of Stone gives a whole new meaning to the term “rock hard.” Seriously, gargoyles do not present that hotter than blazes oozing sex appeal that many other Supernaturals have. When was the last time you looked at a gargoyle atop a building and said, “I want a piece of that!” ???? That is about to change, meet Kees Livingstone (yep), a Guardian who only can be called from his stone persona when evil is threatening to overtake the world, unleashing the demons of Hell on an u ...more
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
This book is a great start to a new series by Christine Warren.

The first 5 or six books in her "The Others series was amazing, but she lost me with all the back tracking & renumbering of book in order in series. Like the 4th book came out after the 6th?? Anyway, since I really liked her first books in that series, I thought I would try this fresh start book...

I give it a 3.5 stars... The story was great & the plot was pretty original and interesting.

Ella is accosted by 2 different men
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)

Ella Harrow never expected that the fate of the earth could rest on her shoulders, not when she is struggling to lead a normal life herself. But when Ella some how wakes a Guardian from his slumber her fight for a normal life ends as she is thrown into a world with magic, gargoyles and demons. But after centuries of slumber could Kees have been woken up too late, the demons forces have already nearly destroyed all those who oppose them and it seems there is only him and his little human Ella to
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
Wowsers! Just to start I have been interested in Gargoyles since I was a teenager. I used to love watching the cartoon Gargoyles and I even had a few small ones that I decorated my bedroom with. Now as an adult I am still fascinated with them and I am so very happy that there is going to be a book series about them.

Heart of Stone by Christine Warren is just wonderful. The first in the Gargoyle series, this is a story that draws you in until the very last page. The adventure and romance between
2.5 stars. The best thing about this novel, was the hot guy on the cover.

There simply wasn't anything original about this novel, except that the hero was a gargoyle instead of, say, a vampire or a demon. I can't really fault her writing, I just didn't *connect* with the characters.

Once again, an immortal defender of humanity finds his mate with a tragic past and a secret gift (for summoning) They're fated to save the world, against all odds, and I'm sure they will succeed, but I won't be cheerin
Jenifer Kleine
Really enjoyed this book. It was a nice change on the whole Vampire craze, I think that's what drew me to this book in the first place. In the very beginning I wasn't sure I was going to like the main character because when she was attacked she seemed like a weak introvert who was going to get on my nerves. Then as the book went on when Kee's was awoken she was a snarky ass with a bunch of one liners that really cracked me up. The story was hot, Kee's and Ella had a lot of chemistry between them ...more
harlequin {Stephanie}

would have been a great ten page ad for what karmicly happens to perverts. gargoyle wakes smashes penis and returns to stone. story concluded.

doesn't even go anywhere near this territory. chick doesn't save herself and the boss showing up, and kinda saving her, was pointless. this is going to be a long drawn out tale about a girl and her stalker-rapist, who is a supernatural evil rapist-hunk-rich-guy. I'm not joking, this is the villain, around to do evil for evils sake. yep.

to make
Review from Backchatting Books

Ella Harrow is a museum gift shop manager with psychic abilities. She is attacked twice in one evening and somehow awakens a really old (but hot) gargoyle called Kees who decides she needs protecting. They become a demon/crime fighting duo. I really wanted to like this book but the negatives just kept piling up.

Ella confounded me with the stupid decisions she made at the very beginning of the book. She has these incredibly strong powers but for some reason I can't
Monica Cullip
Heart of Stone
Christine Warren
This story was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review.
I have seen books by this author before and I have passed them up. What a dummy I am. I will not make that mistake again. I will definately be reading more of her work.
Ella Harrow is a shy young lady working at the Vancouver Museum. This is a job that she does enjoy. Her favorite exhibit is a large Gargoyle statue that is over one thousand years old. Now Ella seems to be in possession of some magic that un
Warren's Heart of Stone starts off on an odd note, I thought, but once it gets some traction going, it's quite an enjoyable read.

I found the start of this book a little unpolished as it struggles to quickly communicate a rather intriguing world much like ours but with two competing secret societies - one pro-demon and one not - and with a collection of Guardians who spend most of their time as grotesques/gargoyles. There were some awkward notes as all of this is being established. Our heroine ha
Snarktastic Sonja
This one was also recommended to me (do we see a trend here?) in the GGG recommends challenge. I enjoyed it - but I didn't love it. But, as they say, it is what it is. And what it is is a romance tied up in a paranormal adventure. But, at least there are no sparkly vampires. Instead there is an immense gargoyle . . . improvement? I dunno - but at least it is different.

I don't really greatly enjoy paranormal romances (PNR). There is too much sex and does he or doesn't hes and not enough actual m
Originally Reviewed For: Tea and Book

Just gonna say it.. WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!! Great book!

Seriously, I should just leave now.. but you know me, brevity is not my strong suit!

Christine Warren writes a wonderfully unique story in Heart of Stone and has me totally reconsidering my feelings for Gargoyles. Actually this is not my first foray into falling for Gargoyles but it's pretty spectacular. And the truly good news.. this is only book one in the series.. I am assuming there will be at least six mo
Robin Priddy
Jan 14, 2014 Robin Priddy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Robin by: nightowl romance
This is the first installment in Ms. Warren's new series Gargoyles. What a wonderful start it was. Ms. Warren has done it again. She has managed to bring another world to life. I did not want to stop reading this book. If you liked Ms. Warren's Others series you will also like her new one. Even though it is nothing like the Others, Ms. Warren still manages to draw you into a wonderful new world. I can't wait for the next one to be released. According to her website it is Stone Cold Lover and wil ...more
Heidi Gonzalez
I really enjoyed the supernatural aspect of this book. It was much more than just a romance novel which I appreciate, there was actually a supernatural mystery thriller type feeling to this book. The copy I received was an uncorrected proof and it had many grammatical and spelling issues which I hope were corrected in the final version.

Someone is killing Wardens and members of the Guild of Light. They are who protect the world from evil rising and taking over but there has been new movement and
ARC generously provided via NetGalley by the publisher.

4.5 Hard as stone stars

To say i got more then I was expecting out of this book would be an understatement. In fact I went into reading it thinking I would just get through it and not really looking forward to it at all. What I did not expect was to not be able to put this book down and being completely sucked into a world that is really quite unbelievable accepting it all hook, line, and sinker. This is the first book by Christine Warren tha
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“So I'm not allowed to take responsibility for the whole world, but you are, huh?
Kees felt the corners of his mouth twitch and his heart squeeze and then melt. ...
I am bigger, he growled.
And she laughed.”
“She stretched beneath him, bare and aching, held captive by an entirely new form of magic, one she'd thought existed only in books and movies.” 1 likes
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