Friday, December 17, 2010

Written in Stone

Title: Written in Stone
Author: Rie McGaha
Publisher: Sliver Publishing
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ISBN: 978-1-920468-53-8
Genre: {M/F} Historical, Vampires
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph

Gavin Stone is one of the most eligible bachelors around. Not only is he wealthy and handsome, but he’s also a well-read man of dignity. Gaining the attention of the opposite sex has always been effortless for Gavin, up until now. For the first time in his life, Gavin is rejected when he asks a beautiful widow to dance.

An accident has left Angela Elliott broken, physically and mentally. Now she is a shell of her former self. Of course she is attracted to Gavin, but Angela doesn’t understand why Gavin would want her. What man would want to be shackled to her when she was just going through the motions of living?

Gavin and Angela are brought together by a humorous circumstance, which aids them in getting to know each other better. As they spend more time together, Gavin knows that Angela is the woman he wants by his side forever. First, he intends to make her fall in love with him before telling Angela that he is a vampire. Angela is also dealing with a demon of her own, surrounding her accident. A wedge comes between the couple because of secrets and nearly destroys their chances of happiness together.

Angela keeps up her facade by attending social gatherings and making idle chit chat mostly to keep those around her happy. However, when she is alone, Angela is consumed by the depression over the loss of her family and her paralysis. There are moments when her guilt and sorrow drip from the pages like raindrops from a cloudy sky. But, deep inside Angela, a fighter lives and I was so thankful that she hadn’t completely given up. Every night Angela exercises her body in hopes of building up her physical strength. I felt her determination and found myself praying for a miracle.

If Gavin lived in the current time, he would definitely be a superhero. He uses his vampire abilities to help the innocent. The more I learned about him, the more I fell in love with him. It was hard to be angry with Gavin, even when it seemed as if he might be cheating on Angela. If there is such a thing as a perfect gentleman, then Gavin is it.

Rie McGaha takes a romantic approach in explaining the existence of vampires, instead of making it sound like a curse, and I thought it was very clever. Also, readers get a bonus story about Gavin’s family that will leave them begging for more.

Written in Stone is a fantastic dual love story that has made me a fan of Rie McGaha. If the passionate love doesn’t grab you, then the memorable characters, drama, and surprises will.


Rie McGaha said...

Thank you so much for the fabulous review of Written In Stone. I never could decide who I was in love with the most, Gavin or Muredach!


AP Miller said...

I'm posting your book on my Facebook page!!!