Aug 12, 2015

Review--The Gargoyle Gets His Girl by Kristen Painter

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 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, fur, 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 they’re 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?

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review.

Returning to Nocturne Falls is liking going home again, lol, the home I wish I could have! In Nocturne Falls it's Halloween all year round, and pretty much all the werewolves, vampires, goblins, witches, and gargoyles you see are real! I want one for myself too while I'm at it! The Gargoyle Gets His Girl is the latest addition to the series, and this is a series that needs not be read in order, but I still recommend reading all the books because they are awesome!

I've had an obsession with gargoyles for some time, probably stemming from childhood while I watched that 90s cartoon, Gargoyles! I mean it was so awesome! What I loved about Nick, besides being a gargoyle, was that he can take on the human form too (though I want to say there was an episode that did that with the gargoyles, but otherwise, they're in their gargoyle form). His most recent job is to play guard over the fountain as there's been some trouble in Nocturne Falls lately, mainly the events of the first two books. 

In comes Willa who's fae and makes a wish. She recently acquired herself a stalker when a ring she made for a troll went horribly wrong. Instead of finding love, the troll believes Willa is the one meant for him. And Willa's harmless little wish accidentally binds Nick to her as her protector. A long time ago, the fae--mainly Willa's type--imprisoned gargoyles and basically made them their slaves. Nick has conflicting feelings over Willa. He realizes that Willa didn't intentionally bind him to her, but he plays the doubt game a lot and goes back and forth with his reasoning, when really Willa had no clue as to what she did.

I think what made Nick even more appealing was his time as an Army Ranger with Sheriff Merrow. Nick is the hardcore, tough guy type and yet, he longs for more. He wants family and someone to love. He's just had a hard time finding that. I sympathized with that on some level. I like how he and Willa start a relationship in the most basic of ways, dating. Though, being a sort of standalone Paranormal Romance, it's expected to see things progress. The first two books in the series have already prepared us for that. And yet, I still felt like their relationship developed over time. It felt well built and when it was later mentioned that only a week or so had gone by, I was like really?! Felt longer! LOL!

I was surprised to see the stalker problem resolved within the first half of the novel. Though a far more larger problem comes back to bite Willa in the you know where! It definitely makes me look at my family drama a lot differently! Willa's family problems are far more deeper than the usual.

The story is well paced and we continue to see other familiar faces of Nocturne Falls. Though Sheriff Merrow was really the only one we had contact with, the others are mentioned and light gets shined onto some other characters that I hope to see in future books, such as Hugh's vampire brothers! 

If I haven't recommend Nocturne Falls enough, then be prepared because I'm tell you guys again! Read this series! It's so fun and entertaining! Each book has been filled with suspense and detailed action, and of course a titillating romance! What's not to love?! And since this series just started, you'll be caught up in not time to start from the beginning! *winks* For while you can read the series in any order, there will be minor spoilers from previous books, such as knowing of the characters' HEA outcome, because it's always HEA, that's not a spoiler at all! 

The Gargoyle Gets His Girl was a delightful and perfect read! I will now be sitting on pins and needles waiting to hear who's up next in the Nocturne Falls series! The anticipation will likely drive me crazy!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars


  1. Okay, I need to read this one!! Halloween all year round, plus gargoyles? Love it!

  2. Would you recommend this series to a Sookie Stackhouse series lover? It seems like so much fun!

  3. I keep debating if I want to start this series or not. Still not sure but Nick sounds like a paranormal that I will love.


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