Hard to Handle: A Beauty and Beast Novel (Gargoyles Series)
By Christine Warren
St Martin's Press
Christine Warren’s new book, Hard to Handle, the fourth in her Gargoyle series, is the story of Ash the gargoyle and her Warden Drum, whose pairing brings the count to four gargoyles released from their stony prisons, and four Wardens, who are mated to them. It will take seven of them to vanquish the seven Demons whose rise will destroy humanity.
It’s a girl! Not generally words you hear when describing a gargoyle, but female she is and the only one of her kind. In her gargoyle form, Ash is all claws and fangs and giant wings. She meets Michael “Drum” Drummond, a pub owner in Dublin, who is dragged into the conflict to protect his psychic sister. When Drum meets Ash in her gargoyle form, he is fascinated by her power and stony beauty. He’s even fascinated by the fangs, and raptor-like feet! She, in turn, feels their strong connection. Could he be the human Warden destined to battle the Darkness alongside the other Wardens and Guardians?
There are steamy love scenes, of course, and familiar characters from the other books reunited to train and strategize for the approaching Apocalypse. The vivid battles and camaraderie of the group adds an extra layer to the series, and even injects a little fun.
Having a female gargoyle is a neat twist to the story, and adds an extra oomph to Hard to Handle. Warren moves the story along briskly and dramatically, with memorable heroes and heroines. She ratchets up the suspense and ominous feeling of impending doom, making the reader feel that the outcome of the battle for humanity is truly in the hands of the gods.
Joanne Hamilton-Selway, ReaderToReader.com
Hard to Handle: A Beauty and Beast Novel
By: Christine Warren
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