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Stone Guardian

(Entwined Realms #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  3,888 ratings  ·  525 reviews
Gryphons flying past skyscrapers? Wizards battling it out in coffeehouses? Women riding motorcycles with large swords strapped to their backs? All normal sights since the Great Collision happened twenty-six years ago.

Well, not normal for everyone. Larissa Miller may have been born after the Great Collision, but as a history teacher who lives in the human-only city, she ha
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Published July 15th 2013 by Romantic Geek Publishing (first published June 26th 2013)
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Netanella Yes they are. Larissa has an overprotective dad and three older brothers, and Tarek, as a gargoyle, does not intend to mate until he find his mate.

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*Navessa, corrupting authors into writing porn since 2013*

I went into this book thinking straight PR. I was expecting constant sexual tension, a little bit of a plot line and some light world building because, for the most part, that’s what I expect from PR. Imagine my surprise when the book started off with the chaos and the carnage of WORLDS COLLIDING.

So there I was just innocently reading when BAM earthquake. And then WOAH Orcs. And then GASP, werewolves? And No it can’t be. That’
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Stone Guardian is book one in the Entwined Realms series by Danielle Monsch.

Stone Guardian Danielle Monsch:

Twenty-six years ago the world as we knew it stopped. When the earth began to rumble and shake, it somehow caused the realms to collide, later to be called the Great Collision. Suddenly beings only ever seen in fairy tales roamed the earth, zombies, dragons, werewolves, and the list goes on. Jack Miller, a cop, was at work, trying to get to the hospital where his wife was giving birth. But, he didn’t arri
4 April 2014: $0.00 FREE on Kindle - Okay if you didn't get it at $0.99 in February, you have NO excuse now! LOL!

12 February 2014: If you haven't gotten this already, I just saw that it's $0.99 on Kindle!!! GO BUY IT!!!

I requested this book because - Gargoyles, I mean c'mon! I love gargoyles. Granted, my love may have something to do with the cartoon that I loved to watch as a kid, but whatever. Still, Gargoyles, made me request this instantly.

I'm really glad I did. I expected smexy time
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Not Bad, But Not Great*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

Strangely this one reminded me a lot of Waking the Dragon by Juliette Cross , which was probably why I confused the two. The premisses is a bit alike, and the characters aren't all that different; the females human and the males another dominant species. However, there are two very different things about it: the heroine in Waking the Dragon tries to find danger, while the heroine in this one is who's been quite sheltered. The hero in WtD is
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites

4 1/2 Stars!

Danielle Monsch, were you reading my mind when you decided to write this?! You must have been because this book has everything I need to make me love a story! Badass characters, humor, shmexy men, shmexy women, intelligent main characters, sex (wink wink), and a world that I want more and more from.

The story starts with the human realm and magic realm colliding, and suddenly there are mythical creatures running amok in the streets! Orcs, werewolves (view spoiler)
Larissa Miller was born on the day the worlds collided, The Great Collision, blending the supernatural world with the human-only world.

Twenty six years later the oracle approaches a few factions of the supernatural community, telling them that Larissa will be a key person to the future including that of the Gargoyles. Not willing to blow off an oracle vision, Terak, the leader of the Gargoyle, starts to protectively watch Larissa.

Three months of watching Larissa has bestowed Terak with nothing
Always Reading
Stone Cold and Hot as Hell

What a thoroughly enjoyable read! Walking the razor's edge between Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance, STONE GUARDIAN has a love story that simmers and action scenes that will knock your block off. Full of colourful characters, interesting supernats and dangerous adversaries, as well as many tertiary characters that are just screaming for further exploration, I'm really excited to see where Monsch will take the Entwined Realms series.

Here in STONE GUARDIAN I had t
Well, there is it—Gargoyles are the new hottie’s of the paranormal universe and it is going to be really hard to top that!

Stone, big, Alpha, protective, and loyal.

Larissa is thrust head long into a world she was kept sheltered from since the walls came down and the magic realm and the human realm were crushed and forced to exist together.

This story could have gone horribly wrong. But it didn’t. This story did everything so totally right I couldn’t put it down. Takes a lot to get me to stay up

This book is so trope-y and cliche-filled that it's ridiculous. It's honestly just a standard fare YA Paranormal Romance, pretty much a carbon copy, trying to pass itself off as an Adult Urban Fantasy. You've got the instalove, love triangle, evil interloper girlfriend, damsel-in-distress-y virgin heroine, near-death experience, abandoning of one's people for TRUE ridiculous. The concept was interesting but it's so shallowly explored and it probably would've benefited in another
I am always on the look out for good new paranormal series and this book delivers.

Because the paranormal romance market has been so popular for a long while now, there are a great deal of books available to us to read. This means there are lot of good books, some bad books, some very bad books and that great books are hard to find but definitely there. Originality of plots, worlds, and characters tends to be a problem.

Not every element is original in this book but when combine with strong plot
Marta Cox
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stone Guardian is simply such fun to read although I confess I had previously bought a copy of it in Darkly Dreaming which is an anthology that seems to be unavailable now. Its a very enjoyable story filled with action and romance not to mention families who do seem to meddle! There's enough danger here to keep the reader turning the pages and I'm loving having a Gargoyle as a hero and the heroine was amazing. If you enjoy romance with more than a touch of magic then this book is a must read
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: buddy-read
Edit 12/23/14: I'm going through some of my previous reads and adjusting ratings I felt were too generous. This is one. I'm dropping this one down to 2.5 stars because while looking at my other three star reads, this one doesn't sit on a level playing field with how they made me feel. I won't be continuing this series.

Buddy read with Jenny, Tandie, Athena, Annette, and Catherine starting 3/15.

3 stars. Any spoilers will be clearly marked.

So I participated in this group read, right? Well, I thin
Jess the Romanceaholic
Fun fun fun -- lots of action (of both the fighting and the *ahem*ing variety), interesting world-building, and likable characters. I can't wait for more of this series!

I have a theory (it could be demons... Dancing demons, no, something isn't right there...) about some of the other characters that I'm DYING to discover the truth about.

Full review to follow shortly, but for now, 4.5/5 Stars will have to do.
I buddy read this with Cory and Ange, click the links to read their reviews.

My Review:
I wanted to read Stone Guardian purely because it was a paranormal romance with a gargoyle hero, come on how could I possibly resist that? I was expecting a story that would be heavy on the romance and hopefully have a little world building to go along with it but I wasn't expecting the fantastic world full of so many wonderful supernatural creatures that Danielle Monsch has created. The book starts with a bang
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, paranormal, r2r
Free copy provided by the author (through LoP) for an honest review.

I grew up watching Gargoyles, remember the cartoon?

"When going back to your childhood home, there is that one perfect moment. It's the moment where, as you grab the door knob and start turning, memories jumble across your mind like the spill of photographs from a box...

No, it wasn't like that at all. But it was like my childhood fascination grew up and got hotter ;)
(while looking for pictures for this review I found that the
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.7 stars!

How I loved this book! I don’t know what I was expecting when I started it, but it wasn’t what I got. Right from the start the author had me totally engaged in the new world she was building, and the characters she placed in them. I was laughing when they laughed, rolled my eyes in annoyance when they did, will even admit sheepishly finding myself yelling back at the characters a time or two based on the actions they took. I was just that engrossed in the story.

I really enjoyed the mai
Sadie Forsythe
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I generally quite enjoyed this. It had a good story, a little humour, some romance, and a couple kick-ass females (always a plus). I'm thinking Fallon, Aislynn, Laire, The Oracle. Unfortunately Larissa, the heroine, wasn't one of those awesome women. She was alright, not stupidly stubborn or so naive she practically begged to be victimised, but there didn't seem to be much to her. She was a bit of a shadow puppet until Terak came along and gave her some substance. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed he ...more
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

A unique story about the world as we know it opening up to a realm of different species. But on the very day the world changes, a girl is born. This girl soon becomes the most coveted woman for many races. But she has a guardian to protect her.

I didn't enjoy the beginning of this novel half as much as I enjoyed the second half. I understand that the heroine did not know much about the other species, but I found her lack of knowledge a hard pill to swallow. And the first time
Douglas Meeks
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well first you need to understand that the clan of gargoyles trust nobody. The fact remains that out of the blue one day The ORacle shows up and tells Terak and his clan that Larissa must be protected at all costs. Terak could care less but you don't just blow off The Oracle so he becomes her observer for three months and she becomes a bit of an obsession with him, until she is attacked and then hiding and watching is no longer an option.

This is a wonderful story filled with creatures of myth, r
Buddy read is ON!
March 15th with JennyJen & Shandra.

Okay, who's idea was this buddy read? I need someone to blame.
I'm reading this in honor of the burning of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris this week.

But zombies pulling knives in a, man!?!? That's just wrong.

Much later....
Thankfully I persevered through that bit of zombie heresy (comparable to vampires drinking cherry kool aid), and made it to the good parts.

The damn good parts! And I think I feel in love, a little, with this book and the characters. Paranormal romance series are hard to do right anymore, simply because they have been done so wel
Kathie (katmom)
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read several of Danielle Monsch's books, and loved them. When I saw this cover, I knew that I had to have it. There's just something about it that really grabbed me. I begged for an ARC and was thrilled to get it.

Stone Guardian pulled me in from the first page. It opens with on-the-edge-of-your-seat action, then barely gives you time to breathe as the story unfolded. It was great!

Terak is a gargoyle. He's the leader of the gargoyle clan. All alpha male...with wings, a tail and a profile to
Sandi Layne
Confession time.

I used to watch the Gargoyles animated series on TV with my older son, back when we lived in Arizona. I developed a huge character-crush on Goliath. I then went on to study how gargoyles were used in historical architecture and how fascinating the creations were during thunderstorms and the like. It was pretty cool!

When I saw a book cover with a hunky gargoyle guy on it, I was not, though, compelled to buy it. However, since the author was donating proceeds to charity for a limit
Anne Dirty Girls' Good Books
Twenty-six years ago The Great Collision happened, uniting our human world with the magical realm. Now zombies, vampires, orcs, trolls, and gargoyles aren't just creatures of myth. They're real and part of the world we know.

Larissa lives within a protected city and has no contact and very little knowledge of these creatures until the day she's attacked by zombies and saved by a gargoyle, Terak. Terak isn't the only one watching her, and the zombies aren't the only ones attacking.

What a great bo
Most Fun I've Had Reading All Year
Twenty-six years ago, her life began...and her world ended.

Larissa Miller grew up in the years following the Great Collision, the day the human realm and the realm of magic slammed into each other and merged. Sheltered by her single father and four elder brothers, all of them cops, she's lived a pretty idyllic life in the human-only city, the dangerous reality of orcs, necromancers, werewolves, and any of the sundry deadly creatures who now share her world a dis
Jul 01, 2013 added it
Shelves: pnr, arc
If you know me, you already know what a no rating review most probably means. Yep, you are right. This is one of those books that are perfect, but I still didn't enjoy it. My fault.

Let's start with the good, as it's only fair. World-building and side characters were absolutely great. Moreover, for once you actually have a prologue where you (literally) see the worlds collide. In most UF you are at times told about the accident that started all. It's often very important, but not that often shown
Athena Shardbearer

Buddy read with these ladies... Shandra, Annette, Jenny, Tandie, Catherine

Paranormal Creature Check list:












Dragon Slater-Check



etc, etc, etc,-Check

Recipe for Awesomeness?? Ehhh...not quite.

26 years ago, the world was changed FOREVER! The Magic Realm and Human Realm collided, *BAM* creating the new world that Larissa lives in
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a world! The world that Danielle Monsch created for her characters was really unique and kept me reading. The opening of STONE GUARDIAN gives you a background on the world and pulls at your heartstrings, the rest of the book pulls you in and makes you want to stay!

The characters are just as fabulous as the world. As the only girl in her family Larissa's father and brothers go out of their way to make sure she is always safe. She is finally out on her and although she lives in a human-only c
I’ve been wanting to read this for a while now as I love Gargoyles. Gargoyles and Dragons (shifters) are on the top of my list when it comes to PNR they intrigue, fascinate me in any way. This is the first book in a long time where I wish I could give the book for than 5 stars as for me it is at least a 10 star read.

I have to admit that I thought that Ms. Monsch couldn’t pull it off and I’m glad that I am wrong. The world created in the Entwined Realms is so in-depth that you can actually get l
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 unicorns - I loved it!!
**Received ebook for free from CrushStar Multimedia LLC via NetGalley for an honest review

Cover is absolutely beautiful and attracted me to this book. I think I want a Gargoyle of my own :) Also my dad always called my sisters and I his gargoyles (silly yes, but in my mind when I read the blurb)!

Okay the book, I can’t even put into words how much I loved it. This book even though it is the first in the series was attention grabbing from the get go.
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Born to the pothole ridden streets of Pittsburgh, PA, USA Today Bestselling author Danielle Monsch started writing in a time long ago, a time when there were not enough vampire stories to read and she had to write her own to fill the void. Yes, such a time of darkness did indeed exist.

Danielle writes stories full of fantastical goodness and plenty of action, but always with lots of romance (and a

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