Saturday, July 30, 2011


Title: Raincheck
Author: Sarah Madison
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-61581-927-0
Genre: {M/M} Fantasy Paranormal
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Rodney isn’t a typical gargoyle. He’s interested in humans and their culture and for 150 years, has watched them from the shadows learning all he can while staying hidden. That changes when David Marshall comes to Rodney’s rooftop one night, breaking his years of loneliness and turning his world upside down. Rodney feel things for David he never thought possible, while keeping his identity secret until the night he discovers his new friend needs to be protected against the dangers of the big city. When Rodney’s forced to step out of the shadows and into the light, will David be able to see past his winged exterior or will the sight of his monstrous form destroy any hope he has of love? 

Raincheck is the first release by Sarah Madison that I’ve had the pleasure of reading but it won’t be my last. She caught my attention immediately with the idea that Rodney is a gargoyle—it’s a race of shifter seldom seen in a paranormal romance and never as one of the main characters. It just doesn’t happen. I had to read this one to see what happened and I’m glad I did. 

Rodney’s a great character and the way he stands by watching the world around him is heart-wrenching but Ms. Madison did a great job expressing his loneliness and longing. Then to see him open up when David makes his first appearance on the roof is like watching the first beams of sunlight in a dark room, brightening Rodney’s world and his outlook. Of the two characters, his personality is much more developed but that doesn’t mean I didn’t like David; the story is just more focused on Rodney.  These two are as different as two men can be on the outside but where it counts they aren’t and it’s obvious they belong together. 

This unusual paranormal romance has some interesting conflicts and is well written, but most importantly it has plenty of heart. Yes, is might be a little shorter than I might have liked but it still has all the components needed for an enjoyable and entertaining read that I’ll be reading again in the future.

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