Title: Hard to Handle
Series: Gargoyles #5
Author: Christine Warren
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publish Date: February 7, 2017
From New York Times bestselling author Christine Warren comes the fifth book in her Gargoyles series about a take that is as old as time...and a love as strong as stone.
The only male among four sisters, Michael Drummond is no stranger to women's strength and formidable will. But when a fierce woan warrior from another realm bursts into his life, bringing with her a battle between good and evil, Michael is overcome by an explosive dose of desire that only this stunningly beautiful woman can inspire.
The first and only of her kind, Ash is a lone female gargoyle, a creature destined to protect mankind from Demons determined to unleash their darkest forces.
But her bone-deep instinct to do battle is turned off-kilter by her untamed attraction to the dangerously handsome human she can't stay away from. If they manage to keep the world safe, can they tune the passion crackling between them into a love that will withstand the test of time?
"Fiery, fierce, and fun."
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Review: 5 STARS!!
This is the first Gargoyles series book that the male is human and the gargoyle is a woman and I loved that!! Hard to Handle was unique and fun while also serious, intense and passionate.
Ash is the first of her kind and it is a definite surprise. Usually, the guardians are all male, but then Ash woke up and was shocked. I like the idea of having a woman guardian and I think it brought a different vibe to the book, especially since she is new and doesn't know what is happening. She is a strong fighter and she isn't your typical girl. She does want to find a mate and I felt so bad that she didn't think she was going to get one. I really like the struggle we saw within Ash and not being able to feel emotions the same way as humans, because it is different for males and females and sometimes when she didn't understand how Michael was feeling or someone else was feeling, I like that we got to see how it affected her.
"Ash felt something inside her recoil at the thought. Michael Drummond's life would not be cut short by the enemy. She would not allow it, no matter what powers they threw in his path. Ash would destroy them all."
Michael Drummond was a great hero and the ying to Ash's yang. At first, I felt bad for him, with him having 4 sisters and him the only boy, but then I realized that that really worked to his advantage. He was a gentleman, stubborn, strong, determined and harnesses powers even he doesn't know about. When Ash awoke, he was there, and I thought it was funny that it took hi quite a bit to accept the fact that magic and paranormal creatures were real. I kept thinking, "Come on Michael, just accept it, you can do it!!!" I did feel bad that he got thrust into a world that he didn't understand and was in danger, but at the same time, it was fate. I love the banter between him and his family. The Drummond family has a very tight bond and it brought a sense of peace to me. I loved how protective Michael was of Ash...definitely swoon worthy.
"Somehow, in the last few days full of chaos and fear and danger, this inhuman woman had become Michael Drummond's true north. Whenever he looked around, his compass pointed straight at her. She had become an object of strength and faith, a place he could trust to always protect him and the ones he loved."
The passion between these two characters was explosive. I swear, bickering and fighting was foreplay for them!! The bond that these two characters shared grew throughout the book and was strong. I loved meeting new characters and seeing past ones. This book had me on the edge of my seat, wondering what was going to happen next. I truly enjoyed this book and cannot wait for what Christine Warren comes out with next!
-Elizabeth from Crazii Bitches Book Blog
Available in the Gargoyles Series
Heart of Stone (Gargoyles #1):
Stone Cold Lover (Gargoyles #2):
Hard as a Rock (Gargoyles #3):
Rocked by Love (Gargoyles #4):
About the Author
Christine Warren is the author of the Novels of the Others, including New York Times Bestsellers Big Bad Wolf, Walk on the Wild Side, and One Bite with a Stranger. Born and raised in coastal New England, Christine Warren now lives as a transplant in the Pacific Northwest. When not writing (as if that ever happens), she enjoys horseback riding, playing with her pets, identifying dogs from photos of their underbellies, and most of all reading things someone else had to agonize over. She has been assimilated by Twitter (as @ChristineWarren) and Facebook, where you can follow her thoughts and witness her being ridiculous firsthand, and she always enjoys hearing from readers via email sent to Christine@ChristineWarren.net