Thursday, July 14, 2016

4 Wine Glass #Review of Knights of Stone: Lachlan by Lisa Carlisle

Series: Highland Gargoyles #2
Author: Lisa Carlisle
Format: Kindle, 218 Pages
Published: January 19, 2016 (Amazon Digital Services LLC)
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Author
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

As the new alpha of his gargoyle clan, Lachlan takes on a leadership role at the historic peace talks between the wolf shifters and tree witches. Cooperation is crucial to their survival. The magical veil over the Isle of Stone is weakening. But unity is hard to achieve when tensions are running high. So is Lachlan's concentration when a sexy wolf shifter rushes to the talks. Her wild beauty is mesmerizing.

Raina has her hands full with pack problems, from pack mates succumbing to blood lust to animosity toward her species. The source of her problems is clear-the gargoyles. If they hadn't lured the humans to the island with their unconventional rock concerts, she wouldn't have to deal with the fallout. She wants nothing to do with them, especially their alpha. His not-so-surreptitious glances are hard to miss. Nope. Not the kind of attention she needs. She’s heard rumors of the rebellious, attention-seeking rockers--and of their endless string of females.

But when humans come to investigate the wolf attacks, Lachlan and Raina must work together to coerce them off the island. And time spent together sparks a forbidden attraction. If unexpected love were their only problem, they'd be able to deal with it. It's not. Time is running out, for them and their island.

Linda's Thoughts:
She tore her eyes from his abs and gave in to the temptation to look further down. Over his kilt her eyes wandered and stopped, speculating on the promising bulge beneath the blue tartan.
"Hope you like what you see..."

Another hot guitarist from the Knights of Stone finds his unlikely match in a wolf shifter in Lisa Carlisle's KNIGHTS OF STONE: LACHLAN! The series is set on the Isle of Stone where gargoyles, tree witches, and wolf shifters have divided the Isle after a great battle twenty-five years ago. The gargoyle brothers were born and raised on the Isle. A few years ago, their clan fled back to where they originated in the Highlands. As the oldest of the brothers, Lachlan is the new alpha of his siblings. This is the story of sexy, kilted gargoyle Lachlan and feisty wolf-shifter Raina.

This is the second novella in the author's Highland Gargoyles series. I liked it even more than the first one. That said, I do believe that this series would be best enjoyed in order. The first book introduced the slate of characters and set up the politics on the island. Both are entertaining quick reads.

Lachlan is the bass guitarist for the brothers'  rock band. Raina is one of two dual betas for her wolf pack. She is also the much-loved daughter of the alpha. Lachlan and Raina meet as the gargoyles, wolf-shifters and tree witches undertake peace talks. The shifters and the witches blame the brothers for attracting humans to the Isle with their electric rock band performances. The peace talks take an urgent turn when armed humans besiege the Isle. The Isle's previous protection must be put back in place sooner rather than later. But... Lachlan, as a new alpha, does not know how.

Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from this read:

Stop him, stop this, she commanded herself. Reason floated away; she wanted him. If he walked away now, she might disintegrate into a pile of frustration as fragile as the leaves crumbling under foot.
His lips touched hers, shooting electric shock waves rippling to her toes. Then he claimed her with a torrid kiss. Passion welled up from her core, overpowering all thought except her desires.

She pushed his massive chest, which was as effective as if she pushed granite. "What are you made of, bloody stone?"
He chuckled, eyes full of mirth. "Sometimes."

"I should tell you something about what happens after I play."
"What's that?"
He pulled her back into his arms. "I get excited..."

I found KNIGHTS OF STONE: LACHLAN to be a yummy, sexy, action-packed, well-paced and thoroughly enjoyable installment in this series. The author's original take on gargoyles is quite refreshing and I liked both primary characters. I also enjoyed catching up with Mason and Kayla, the gargoyle/tree witch pairing from the first book. I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys unique paranormal urban fantasy romances.

Suggested Reading Order: 
Knights of Stone: Mason (Book #1)
Knights of Stone: Lachlan (Book #2)
Knights of Stone: Bryce (Book #3)

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