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Heart of Stone

(Gargoyles #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  2,613 ratings  ·  359 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
Paperback, 297 pages
Published December 31st 2013 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Sherri Morris Not really.
It is a romance series for adults, not teens.
Yes there is good and evil battles, but the Gargoyles aren't the term I would use to describe …more
Not really.
It is a romance series for adults, not teens.
Yes there is good and evil battles, but the Gargoyles aren't the term I would use to describe them...they are more ancient Guardians of the world and the women that have awoken them.

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Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
4 Gargoyles are HOT Stars!!!

Somehow, watching while the monstrous, terrifying creature in front of you aimed a put-upon expression in your direction and then proceeded to transform himself into a vision out of Studs Monthly could really knock the wind out of a girl.

What a fabulous start to a series, and one about Gargoyles at that! So once again I was looking for a fresh new series to start and I read the blurb for this book, had a look at the terrible reviews and thought, "Yep
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
Dec 08, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 withou
Claire Robinson
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shit-hot-series, smp
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 t
Marta Cox
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of this author and have all the available books in her Others series which features werewolves, vampires ,fae and even demons so was extremely interested in this, the first of her new series that features gargoyles. This book introduces the reader to Ella a young independent woman who works in her local museum but Ella is no ordinary young woman as she has serious abilities that she tries to keep hidden. Believing herself psychic in some way she has learned that distancing hersel ...more
Suzanne (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
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
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
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
Ms. Nikki
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
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
Douglas Meeks
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Ann Lorz
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranomal
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, sw ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it
This is okay. I like the idea of gargoyles, which tissue not what these characters like being called, but whatever. I like the writing. What I wish it had was more characters, not something I usually ask for. The main characters were great, but there wasn't much more. I wanted more story, more world building. Again another series that may or may not be ccontinued base on whether the second book is available.
Carolyn F.
Mar 10, 2016 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: library-book
Gargoyle books for some reason float my boat but this book, not so much. The gargoyle seemed very stilted, yes I know he's from 1100s but it still was so stilted that it was hard to read. I wasn't really invested with the female lead either. So, at about page 40 I gave up. Maybe some day I'll give it another try.
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great start to a new series,can't wait for the next in what appears to be a very promising series from Christine Warren.
Lover of Romance
Ella is not normal like everyone surrounding her. Ella possesses psychic ability, but one she keeps under wraps. Ever since her parents died in a fatal accident that she believes is her fault in her failure to keep a tight leash on her powers, she does everything possible to hide them, even from herself. One evening while working at a museum, she is attacked, and a gargoyle statue comes to life saving her. Kees is a guardian in the shape of a gargoyle, keeping demons away. His duty is to protect ...more
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
I won a copy of this book through first reads giveaways...
I really loved the idea for this story... a gargoyle paranormal romance is definitely not something I've tackled before. Even though I like the overall foundation/idea for this story with Kees being one of seven guardians that protects humanity from evil and our heroine having this hidden talent for magic that somehow connects her with these guardians... the story just felt under-developed to me and the time line was way too fast.
Like o
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
~ 2.5 Heart of Stone Stars ~

Heart of Stone is book one in the Gargoyles series by Christine Warren.

I was at the bookstore browsing and the blurb caught my attention, so I picked this book up on a whim. I’ve read The Others series by Christine Warren before and enjoyed the books. Unfortunately, Heart of Stone just didn’t do it for me.

The whole book was slow and dragged along. The characters where not memorable nor did they impress me. I was also hoping for some great action/battle scenes, since
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
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
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
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.
Notorious Book Tease
This book has some very good world building. And the idea of gargoyle guardians who come to life to combat evil is very unique. Overall I enjoyed this book, but the heroine was a little much for my taste. She is kinda screechy and so resistant to any attempts of the hero to help her or feelings toward the hero. She eventually came around, but it was hard to get into their relationship at that point. I did appreciate the fact that she finds him equally attractive in his gargoyle state as she does ...more
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
2.5 stars

Oh hello, handsome man with scruffy face! Nice to see you. Yes, the cover totally drew me in. Then I read the blurb and it was appealing so I requested the book. And then it sat collecting dust on my Kindle, waiting for me to dust it off and read it. When COYER rolled around, I decided to dust it and read it.

I like gargoyles, I even have some in my living room so I am a sucker for books with gargoyles. Add in some romance and mystery and this should have been a sure win. Should have be
♡ 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 in a mat
Apr 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
*Book source ~ NetGalley

Ella Harrow has a terrible secret she’s kept since she was twelve. But forget the past. She has another secret in the present that she doesn’t realize is putting her in very real danger. Until one night when she’s attacked at the museum where she works and she wakes a Guardian named Kees. She freaks out, not so much from the attack, but from the fact that the gargoyle statue has come to life and defended her. Has she lost her mind? Is she hallucinating? Has she been knock
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Born and raised in coastal New England, Christine Warren lived in the South and the Mid-Atlantic before hopping to the other side of the country to take up the life of a transplant in the Pacific Northwest. She completely bypassed those states in the middle due to her landlocking phobia. Hmm, need to research a scientific term for that...

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