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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  142 ratings  ·  65 reviews
When Delia Forrest talks to statues, they talk back. She is, after all, the last of the Steward witches.

After an arsonist torches her ancestral home with her estranged father still inside, Delia is forced to sell the estate to pay his medical bills. Her childhood crush, Grant Wolverton, makes a handsome offer for Steward House, vowing to return it to its former glory. Deli
ebook, 273 pages
Published December 27th 2010 by Carina Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Kristin - *Nocturnal Bites*
Stone Kissed is Keri Steven's debut novel, featuring Delia Forrest, a stone conservator who can communicate with statues. I was immediately drawn to this book, primarily because of the unique story line. No vampires or shape shifters here.. Instead, Keri introduces us to a world filled with talking statues, witches, a psychotic succubus, and an ancient town that harbors special powers. Oh, and did I mention this story features a budding romance with hot, smexy love scenes?

This book is a fun read
Ronda  Tutt
Interestng Concept!

Not a bad read, the story line concept of a witch being able to talk and communicate with statues is great. Though I enjoyed this concept I felt a little lost at points because there weren’t enough explanations of what was actually happening in the scene to get a full idea of what the author was trying to get across.

For example, in a scene, a cousin to Delia was some type of evil witch that killed several people for their essence/life force power. However the author’s descript
I was surprised to find out this is a full-length novel since most galleys from Carina Press are less than 100 pages, but this story was so good I stayed up way too late to finish it.

Delia can speak to statues and they talk back to her! It's a strange power, I know, but it's so quirky and I love how the statues protect Delia, but still play around with her. They're like a dysfunctional family.

Grant Wolverton has a talent, too - for finding treasure in the unlikeliest of places. And Grant wants D
Mandi Schreiner
Delia has a very distant relationship with her father, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t devastated when her childhood home, Steward House burns in a fire. Her father is left in a coma as a result. Not having much money, and knowing she will have substantial medical bills in the near future for her father, she decides to sell Steward House to Grant Wolverton. She has had a crush on Grant since childhood, but he doesn’t remember her. Very wealthy, Grant who deals in antiques and art, offers to rest ...more
I really liked this book. It had great characters and a great storyline. Delia Forrest is the last of the Steward witches. She grew up being ashamed of her gifts (being able to speak to statues). Her father verbally abused her and always found a way to keep her away from home. Now an arsonist has set fire to her family home, Steward House, with her father in it. He is in critical care and she must come home to take care of him. Once she is home, Grant Wolverton makes her an offer she can't refus ...more
Audiobook. Two stars for the book and the narrator gets a lump of coal.

With the exception of a few poignant, very nicely executed scenes between Delia and her estranged father, the book's are-you-serious factor is off the charts. I can run with a fantasy as well as anyone, but I need a little more believability and cohesiveness than I found here. There are omniscient stone statues who can walk and talk and have sex. There's a good witch and a creepy, evil, zombie-like witch.

I guess I could hav
Jess the Romanceaholic
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This book was even better than I'd expected from reading the blurb. Delia not only speaks with statues, but can hear them speak in return. Because of this, we readers are treated to a wide array of quirky characters, most of which can only interact with Delia.

Estranged from her overbearing father, Delia returns when he is gravely injured in a fire at their family home, Steward House. While a successful restorer, Delia o
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
A refreshingly new kind of paranormal romance!

Stone Kissed has the perfect ingredients for a great story: an original plot, suspense, great humor, tons of romance and a little bit of magic. A great “lazy weekend” read that will leave you with a smile and satisfied!

Read my full review here:

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I couldn't put a tag on this book. Not exactly fantasy or paranormal, but not exactly realism too. I just didn't get the feeling that there was something abnormal with Delia, because talking to statues just felt so natural, I even had a feeling like I could just go find one and have a little chit-chat with her.

I had some hard time with keeping up with the romance between her and Grant, though. I just couldn't get into it properly, and I felt like there was a lot left out, and that there was a lo
The great thing about Carina Press is that it allows for newer authors to be published in e-format. Sometimes however, I wonder how some authors aren't published in paper format. Keri Stevens' Stone Kissed is one of those books that I really do believe deserves to be published in paperback format as well as e-book format.

While the synopsis makes this book sound like it's some thriller focused around someone hunting Grant & Delia, it's really not that type of book. The main thrust of the book
Keri Ford
Such a great read. Delia is a beta heroine. I don’t think I’ve ever given that term to a girl before, but if there was ever a beta heroine, it would be Delia. She’s completely adorable! She’s part of a long line of witches (skips generations) and has the ability to talk to statues. It’s a gift she enjoys, something that’s a part of her as well as her arms and legs are a part of her. She does hide her gift from people though, after being punished by her parents over the matter.

Grant was overbeari
It took me almost a month to finish this book. Not because it's such a long book, or so intricately written, but just because after reading every twenty pages I had to put Stone Kissed down again. This story annoyed me to no end.

Delia can talk to statues. In her work as restorer this can come in quite handy, but in the social plane not so much. When her father has a terrible accident she is forced to sell the house of her childhood. The buyer, the influential Grant Wolverton, makes her feel thin
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Stone Kissed, the debut novel by author Keri Stevens, is a masterful beginning to what I am sure is going to be a wonderful writing career. This story was richly developed with an original, unique plot that kept me reading late into the night. With a solid writing style and a fun premise this is definitely a novel that I would recommend to anyone who appreciates a beautiful statue or a simmering romance.

What really captured me when I started reading this n
I'm giving five stars to a debut author I think is going to be a star. The writing is tight, the storyline is fun, and the characters are likable. The book is being released by Carina Press but reads like it came from a print publisher, which is refreshing in itself.

Delia Forrest has a strange talent: she can speak to statues. She comes from a long line of women with varying powers, but it all boils down to Delia being a witch. So, to go along with her particularly unusual gift, Delia is a stone
An expert statue restorer who holds conversations with her often snarky charges? Yes. Fabulous. I loved that after a while in her sphere of influence, the statues gained a range of movement. I also really liked that others were able to interact with them as well. Toss in a nice little romance story for good measure, and you have a really good book with a lot of humor and a fair amount of insight.

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Well written/crafted. Clearly the author knows about art, history, architecture, romance, and hunky men. That the statues each have personalities as unique as their forms only added dimension to the piece.
Vanessa Kelly
Another great book from Carina Press! They're really putting out some very strong romantic suspense and paranormal books, and Stone Kissed can definitely be added to the list.
Kerrianne Coombes
A great read. I really enjoyed it! I wished that you could give half stars, because it would have been a 4.5 from me!
Aug 30, 2013 Marsha rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adults
"Stone Kissed" is a strange tale about a young woman named Delia who restores and talks to statues. It seems the statues are Delia's family and her only friends. Everyone in the strange little town Delia grew up in realizes she is a bit peculiar;but, she is harmless. After a fire at her family home, Delia is left with medical care and bills from her estranged father. She ends of selling the home in order to try to make ends meet. She convinces the rich bachelor, Grant to to hire her to restore t ...more
I actually would have given this less than a 4 but 3 1/2 was too less. This is more like a 3.80 for me.

I'll admit, the fact that the heroine can talk to stone statues, while unique, didn't really pique my interest originally. However, I'm glad I read this book.

I think the fantasy/paranormal aspect was rather refreshing in a world full of were/vampire paranormals that have become so boring to me.

There were several things I enjoyed about this story, one being the almost quiet way in which Delia
Delia comes from a long line of female witches, but this power they have doesn't go to each generation Delia's mom was normal so Delia has been trying to hide her power for as long as she can remember. Delia can talk to stone statues and they also talk back to her. When she was young she lived in a house that had been on her mothers side of the family for five generations, but when her mother died her father sent her away to school and they both decided on avoiding each other as much as possible ...more
Delia Forrest can hear statues speak as she restores them. They speak to her and they listen to her.

When her family home is ruined by a fire, blamed on her father, Grant Wolverton has the money to restore it and Delia is forced to sell him her home, much to the chagrin of her cousin Cecily, who had planned to sell it to developers. As her father lies in a coma, Delia agrees to help restore the home she loved and lost.

Cecily decides to go after Grant, so she can be the mistress of the estate she
Delia is forced to give up her apartment and business when her father is badly burned in a fire that does a lot of damage to the home that had been in the Steward family of witches for generations. With no homeowners or health insurance, how fortunate that Grant, her father's antiquities competitor, is anxious to purchase the house and business, giving her enough money to take care of her father. It tears Delia apart to have to give up the home she loved, but had been forced out of when her fath ...more
This is a really difficult read to review mainly because I’m struggling to put my opinion of it into words that actually make sense…

I didn’t ‘not like’ the book, in fact I quite enjoyed reading it, but there was something missing for me. I can’t say what it is though because I can’t put my finger on it.

I thought the story was unusual which gave it a unique twist. You don’t get many stories about witches who can talk to statues…

The plot was intriguing and kept me guessing throughout the whole sto
Jen (Red Hot Books)
What an odd story this was. It focused on Delia, a woman who can communicate with stone statues. She's been called back to her hometown, because the family manor has burned with her father inside. Her dad survived, but was badly injured and requires costly care. Grant Wolverton, a successful businessman and childhood crush, offers to buy the ancestral home. And though Delia doesn't want to let it go, she has to accept, in order to pay the medical bills. She stays on with the estate, though, to h ...more
My feelings were a bit mixed on this one. I liked the premise of the book, that she could communicate with statues. That has to be one of the more original and super cool “powers” that I have read about in a while. That power gave us a whole other cast of characters; the statues themselves. I rather enjoyed reading her conversations with them and hearing their perspective on things. To them, a human lifetime is the blink of an eye and by default our problems are inconsequential.

The romance aspe
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
I was blown away by Keri Stevens debut novel, Stone Kissed. The quality of the writing and of the story are on par with experienced, best-selling authors. Initially, I downloaded the eBook with some trepidation. The blurb sounded like the book had potential but that it could have gone in either direction (i.e. good or bad). My doubts were quickly put to rest as I was engulfed by Delia and Grant's amazing story.

Delia is a witch, but not your average kind (if there is even such a thing!). She has
Jan 31, 2011 Ally rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011, ebook
3 Stars

While scrolling through netgalley one day I came across this blurb and was extremely interested. It sounded similar to Gena Showalter's The Stone Prince which I really enjoyed a few years ago but different enough that I thought I'd give it a try.

When Delia Forrest talks to statues, they talk back. She is, after all, the last of the Steward witches.
After an arsonist torches her ancestral home with her estranged father still inside, Delia is forced to sell the estate to pay his medical bill
Kate L
This was a weird one for me to rate. I absolutely loved the main character's totally random ability to communicate with statues, but there were many, less wow-y aspects of the book to consider. I'll get what I didn't love over with in the beginning, then we'll end on a positive note:) The antagonist of the book wasn't all that great. I mean, she was some weirdo succubus chick who totally creeped me out, but she wasn't really all that much of a threat to the main character, and after all, isn't t ...more
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KERI STEVENS was raised in southern Missouri and has lived in Germany, Arizona, North Carolina and Kentucky. Along the way she acquired degrees in writing and German, a romance hero of her very own, three sons, two miraculous cats and a mutt who licks her when she speaks German.
Her husband gave Keri her first romance novel to read, which unleashed a passion. Several years and a couple thousand nov
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