Friday, August 12, 2011

Interview with a Gargoyle

Title: Interview with a Gargoyle
Author: Jennifer Colgan
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-60928-533-3
Genre: {M/F} Paranormal
Rating: Golden Blush Award
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph 

Melodie McConnell has gotten used to the quiet solitude that accompanies her while she works her night shift magic at the bakery. One night, a disturbance draws her attention away from work and into the dark alleyway behind the bakery, where she witnesses something that will change her life forever…  

Blake DeWitt has been chasing the Witch’s Cabochon for ten long years. A curse has been passed down through the male side of his family for centuries and now, Blake is resigned to spending the daylight hours incased in stone. His only chance to free himself from becoming a beastly gargoyle upon every sunrise is to become a hunter, willing to do anything in his quest to destroy the gem that houses the power of the curse. 

Blake can sense the Cabochon’s presence but when the trail leads him into the life of a human woman, he is certain something has gone terribly wrong. No human should possess the raw power of the gem, but is it only the unnatural energy that is attracting Drake? It’s only a matter of time before dangerous demons start being drawn to Melodie, leaving Blake with the ultimate choice, one he never thought he’d have to make.  

Interview with a Gargoyle is a fantastically engaging story from start to finish. Melodie is a great character, full of spirit and humility. The hidden world that she is thrust into is gradually exposed and the reader travels the same journey into the underworld along with her. The conflict between Blake’s good natured soul and his desperate actions gives his character great depth. There is also a strong supporting cast of characters and the way this story ends makes me hope there could be more in store for some of them in the future. 

The chemistry between Drake and Melodie teases and the eroticism, while subtle, is intense, meaningful and ultimately satisfying. What I liked most about the story was the intermingling of normalcy with the paranormal. Very human issues between friends, family and lovers mix together with demonic power struggles and prejudices to create a world that I really enjoyed getting my teeth into. The way in which the author allows simultaneous storylines to run parallel to each other just long enough for the reader to come to the same conclusions about what is happening as the characters do is extremely effective, with everything crashing together wonderfully at the end.

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