Tempted by the Gargoyle (Stone Sentries 1)

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A Night Owl Reviews TOP PICK!

Meet your perfect match this Saturday night–or your perfect match for the night.

The eclipse of the red Supermoon sends crowds into Boston for an evening hyped up for a night of passion, one not to be missed. Police officer Larissa Riley wants nothing to do with the media-driven event, but her friend convinces her they need a night out to move on from the bombings. They visit a new gothic-themed club where Larissa is disturbed by the attractive stranger eying her.

Roman, a gargoyle shifter and commander of the Stone Sentries, patrols from the rooftop of a club on the night of the eclipse. The Supermoon bodes danger and he puts all his sentries on watch. When a blast of dark magic soars past him, he searches for its origin and fixes on a brunette. Something about her is different, demanding all senses be on high alert. Is she dangerous? Or is she in danger?

Larissa invites Roman back to her hotel, unaware he is surveilling her. The night takes a dark turn as secrets are uncovered and danger moves in. Her beloved city is under attack. Larissa must decide who to trust before all is lost, including the fate of her closest friend.

Excerpt:

While surveying the city from above, a dark-haired woman on the roof caught Roman’s attention. She stood ramrod-straight and she fidgeted with her glass. Something about her discomfort triggered his gargoyle instincts, making him observe her more closely.

When he scanned her from head to toe, he didn’t gain any insight other than how attractive she was. Her hair was rich and lush, flowing in loose waves over her shoulders. It had a burgundy tone from the various lighting fixtures around the deck. Her wide eyes searched her surroundings. What was she looking for? His gaze traveled down her body, studying how well it was encased in a form-fitting black dress. He lingered on her killer curves, fueling his imagination with sordid fantasies of what it would be like to touch them.

He snapped his eyes away. He was supposed to be gauging what had set off his senses.

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Seconds later, his gaze returned to her, despite his admonition to himself. Her expression turned troubled. A strong reaction rose within him, one he couldn’t read. He rubbed the back of his neck. Something about her put all his senses on edge; he had to keep an eye on her, although he had no indication why.

She spoke to a blonde woman next to her, and he turned his head to focus on their conversation. With all the chatter in the room, he couldn’t catch it, despite his acute sense of hearing.

What troubled the brunette? An instinct to protect her kicked in. The pull toward her was compelling, a sensual onslaught that overpowered him.

Remember why you’re here.

He stepped back, both mentally and physically separating himself from the woman, and shielded himself behind the bar. That compulsion was one he’d never experienced, and not knowing what it meant bothered him all the more. All the uncertainty about tonight had him on edge.

Turning away, he gulped in the cool night air. It invigorated him for only a moment. What hit him next almost knocked him off his feet—a sudden whoosh of energy. It blasted past him with immense force and power, indicative of dark magic.

A gut feeling made him turn to locate the brunette, and he scrutinized her. He sensed something unusual about her than the other humans on the roof. Was she the source of that dark magic? He opened a mental link to communicate with Arto.

There’s a woman on the roof I’m going to keep an eye on.

Is she in danger? Or is she dangerous? Arto asked.

Good question. That’s what I plan on finding out.

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Reviews:on Boundless Book Reviews:

“Paranormal Romance IS my favorite genre. Having said that, I absolutely loved this book!”

on Love Bites and Silk Ties:

“This my first gargoyle romance book and I really enjoyed it. For a shorter novel it held a depth that I wasn’t expecting.
…If you’re a fan of steamy romance, action that will keep you wondering what will happen next, and the paranormal, then this book is definitely for you.”

on Night Owl Reviews:

“I can’t say how much I loved Larissa and Roman. The smoldering chemistry between the two is almost story enough. The complex battle of good and evil that is at the heart of the tale is fascinating as are the struggles of the characters.”
~ A Night Owl Reviews Top Pick!

on Nerd Girl Official:

“Tempted by the Gargoyle was an interesting mix of PNR and a tough cop heroine…
I definitely recommend this book if you like a tough heroine and a fresh take on PNR”
~Five Stars from Nerd Girl Official

on Redz World Reviews:

“Kept me turning the pages and wanting more. I want more from this series in the future. Bring on the sexy gargoyles and those who love them.”


Reader Reviews

“If you haven’t read Ms. Carlisle’s books, what the heck are you waiting for. Her Gargoyles are hot! Before you know it, you’ll be lost in a world beyond your imagination. Full of wicked fun and tempting Alpha’s.”

“This is my favorite Gargoyle story from the author yet.”

“Wowzer I’m in love with this author, she had me hooked from the beginning  and there was no way I was putting it down.”

“So thrilling, action packed, and romantic. I can’t wait for more. I hope we get more from these two!! Plus, hey, it’s Boston, cops, and gargoyles…..”

“Omg! Omg! Let me start by saying that! This book is exactly what I have been waiting for!… These two characters had such great chemistry, that I can completely see a future for them in series form, and I for one cannot wait for that to happen!”

“Not only is this one of the most romantic and genuine books I’ve read this year, it was literally painful to have to put down. I laughed, I smiled, I screamed, I even caught myself saying “This is the best book I have ever read.” Not once but twice.”

“…a good hot steamy mysterious read.”

“If anybody could convince me that things like gargoyles, which logically,I know do not exist,it would be Lisa Carlisle. This story was crafted really well,it starts up and builds and builds till suddenly you are so into the story that you start to believe that this is real.”

“What an awesome, captivating PNR romantic suspense must read with smoking hot gargoyle shifters & a unique storyline that will keep readers engaged and pages turning!”

“This is my favorite Gargoyle story from the author yet. I really got hooked into it right away.”

“LOVED IT! What a great story line. I love it when an author creates a strong woman meeting and loving a strong man…”

“Lisa Carlisle has outdone herself this time. Who would have thought that a Gargoyle could be hot and sexy but this one is extremely hot and Smexy!!! Yes you read that right!”

“I loved Larissa and Roman’s story.
Good storyline as always, murder, suspense, action, and let’s not forget smexy characters.
Ms. Carlisle series just keep getting better and better.”

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