Also by this author: Dead Man's Hand, Queen of Hearts, House of the Rising Sun
Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town where Halloween is celebrated 365 days a year. The tourists think it's all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better. Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs and all.
Willa Iscove, fae jeweler, has her first stalker. Really, he’s just one of her lovesick customers. The ring she crafted to help him find new love has backfired, making Willa the object of his affections. In a bid to rid herself of her amorous client, Willa makes a wish in the Nocturne Falls fountain using the piece of opal in her pocket and in doing so, unknowingly conscripts as her guardian the sexy gargoyle on duty.
Former Army Ranger and gargoyle Nick Hardwin has some serious suspicions about the pretty fae who just invoked the ancient pact for protection. Her kind have been at odds with his kind for ages. Now she wants his help? He’s determined to figure out what she’s up to. Which won’t be a hardship considering how much fun she is to be around. And kiss.
But then her stalker turns out to be the tip of the iceberg and things go really wrong, really fast. When Nick and Willa are both kidnapped, Willa is forced to make a hard decision. The life of her family or the freedom of the man she’s fallen for?
The Gargoyle Gets His Girl is another book that takes place in one of my favorite fictional places, Nocturne Falls. Kristen Painter is definitely one of my favorite authors and my opinion of her writing grows with each of her books that I read. I think Nick the Gargoyle and Willa the Fae are my favorite main characters in this series.
All of the stories in this series have a level of predictability. At the same time, there is always also a surprise of some kind thrown in there to change things up. To some degree, the books in this series that I have read thus far follow a common sequence of events. One thing I like about that is that I know what to expect from this author. I like knowing what to expect. It makes me feel like I know I’m going to get a good read out of her book.
I’ve also noticed that in The Gargoyle Gets his Girl and the previous book, The Werewolf Meets His Match, the main characters actually want to fall in love. In many books, it either appears as though at least one, if not both, of the main characters is in denial that they have feelings for the other, or does everything within their power to hide it from their love interest. I think I like it better when they want to fall in love and are accepting of this idea as they are in these two books.
I’ve liked all of the main characters we have encountered in this series, maybe some more than others, and that continues in this book. They all have distinct personalities and with each book, we get a new set of supernaturals. I’ve not read many books about Gargoyles so this book is unique from much of what else I’ve read. Coincidentally enough, the only other Gargoyle book I have read was also by Kristen Painter, and was her book Queen of Hearts. Queen of Hearts is part of the Sin City Collectors Series written by her and the awesome Amanda Carlson (another of my favorites).
Painter’s female main characters tend to be strong willed, independent women who happen to find their male equals with whom to pair up. They bring their own strengths and weaknesses to each relationship and complement each other in ways that only occurs in books. Where one has a weakness, the other has a strength to make up for it. Essentially her couples are “perfect” for each other in that sense, and I’m ok with that.
As usual, this book was well written and easy to follow. Once I started reading, I didn’t want to put it down until I had finished it cover to cover. It was worth every minute and kept me wondering how things would go. I have continued to enjoy this series and I cannot wait to read the next book.
**I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion**
Also by Kristen Painter
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