May 16, 2013

Book Review: Gargoyle by Lorraine Beaumont

Gargoyle by Lorraine Beaumont

Published: 8/31/2012

Briar Cliff Township - New England's best kept secret...turns out is has a few secrets of its own.

For much of the year Briar Cliff is exactly the same as any other small town snugly nestled into the forests of the New England coast. But once a year when the winds change... old stirrings arise from long kept secrets, forgotten misdeeds and a thirst for vengeance.
And so the Gathering begins...Something Wicked this way comes...

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This book started out really slow for me.  I am a big fan of anything Gothic or Paranormal, so I was very ready to dive right into this book.  Unfortunately, I was disappointed with how disconnected I felt towards the main characters right off of the bat.  This book tries to be a New Age, or even straight up Adult Gothic/Paranormal, but the dialogue and actions of the characters (Evie, Moriah, Barnaby, etc.) scream Young Adult (except for the sex scenes).  The dialogue sounds like middle school/high school kids trying to sound cool.  In fact, I think that's mostly the problem I had with the dialogue - it was just TRYING too hard instead of naturally flowing.

For example, in one of the first scenes of the book (small spoiler - but it's not a major part of the story) Evie is messing around with a boy that she has the hots for.  He reveals what a douchebag he is and she changes her mind about having sex with him.  Here is an excerpt of that scene:
“Come on; take your clothes off so we can get to this.” 
“Get to this?” Evie squeaked, stalling.
“Yeah, you know… doin’ the nasty,” he said, swinging his hips back and forth as he walked back to her. He reached her and leaned down to kiss her neck.
She leaned her head back, not sure, if she was trying to give him better access or get away.
He nuzzled her ear, whispering… “Come on, just let me poke you, baby.”
Her entire body tensed. Eww, did he just say poke me? What the hell? Gross.
 “What?” she asked, hoping against hope she had heard him wrong.
“You know, what you been begging for… me- to- poke- you.” He was completely serious, his voice growing husky.
“Poke me,” she mouthed quietly, cringing all over; she was beyond grossed out.
He laughed and grabbed onto both cheeks of her ass and pulled her against him, making her move back and forth. “Don’t worry. I’ll show you how it’s done.”  
Another thing I couldn't really go with was how Evie reacted upon meeting her first ever gargoyle.  First of all, she had no clue that gargoyles were anything more than stone statues, so when one turns into a real, live. man in front of her I would have expected a few more hysterics.  She did freak out a little, but then before you know it they are kissing.  And to top it all off, they are alone together in the middle of the night in an abandoned mansion.  Yeah, I'm having a hard time believing that.  Then, when she runs in to Adrienne (the gargoyle) a second time at a party, instead of being scared or maybe asking him a question or two, she jumps right back in to kissing him.  I'm all for suspending belief and "going" with the story, but his just wasn't working for me.
“Hey,” She replied nervously.  
“I have been looking for you.”
“You were looking for me?” She squealed out excitedly in a pitch too high, feeling totally lame.
“Wh-why?” she asked expectantly.
“Because, I, um… wanted to finish what um, we... started.” He wet his lips, leaning closer, lifting his hand to the back of her neck. His hand was shaking. It had been so long since he felt the emotions he was feeling now. He felt awkward, not quite himself.
Evie followed his lead and wet her own lips, leaning forward, so happy she had just taken a drink, chasing any other funk from her mouth with the alcohol. She felt his hand on the back of her neck, the simple act making her warm and tingly all over. Evie stood on her tiptoes, trying to get closer, keeping her eyes open slightly; afraid he would disappear if she shut them, like he did before. Her body hummed from his nearness as she breathed in his scent; it was so familiar, taking her from the here and now, whisking her away to another place and time.   
Adriane couldn’t believe she was there in front of him, his pulse raced, his body reacted. He felt like he had been waiting a lifetime for this… He lowered his mouth onto hers, tasting her sweetness. He lashed out his tongue, delving deeper as her body melded into his own. He ran his hands into her long hair, wrapping it in his hand, holding on.
Plus, I would like to believe that a centuries old gargoyle would have a little bit better game than to be stuttering "um" when he's trying to make a play for a girl.  ;)

Overall, I would say that if you have a fascination with gargoyles, or if Gothic/Paranormal is your thing to read, you might want to check this one out.   The story had a lot of potential, but I ended up not liking it near as much as I wanted to.

Author Bio:
I am the author of the Ravenhurst Series -a time-travel paranormal romance, written with an ensemble cast of characters -Forgotten Time, Shadows of Yesterday, Time to Remember are all available now and the fourth installment Dreams of Tomorrow will be coming this year 2013.
I also write YA/contemporary urban fantasy with a kick-The Gathering Series about Gargoyles. Elyograg, Gargoyle and The Gathering Series Vol. 1 are now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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