Back to catching up on reviews – next up, paranormal romance
THE GRYPHON AND HIS THIEF
Some Treasures are Priceless…
A long time ago, a Gryphon shifter’s duty was to guard and protect the people of the tribes, but Darrien Andros failed to keep his human wife safe from harm. Cursed for the crime, he must guard everything in the Museum of Cursed Antiquities forever, never to truly live and never to die. Centuries have passed, but when he encounters a thief, who uncannily resembles his dead wife, he is convinced he has a second chance.
Calli Angelis is hired to steal Hecate’s Stone from the Museum, believing she would be returning it to its rightful owner. She never really trusted the person who hired her and now Darrien makes her doubt her motives, too. He also has her questioning the possibility of reincarnation when the attraction between them ignites into something she can no longer ignore.
As the two work together to unravel the mysteries behind the stone, it becomes apparent an old and dangerous enemy from Darrien’s past is determined to have history repeat itself.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Gryphon and his Thief starts out appearing to be quite a straightforward story, then unwinds delightfully into something more nuanced and surprising.
Calli Angelis is hired by a professor to recover the ominously named Hecate’s Stone, allegedly stolen from an archaeological dig. The fact that it is now inside the Museum of Cursed Antiquities does little to dissuade Calli from the job – she needs the money, after all, and this is the sort of job she’s used to doing.
Apparently minus a security system, the creepy museum has more surprises in store for Calli than she could have predicted, in particular one huge gryphon statue that doesn’t remain a statue for long after she lifts the stone.
Cursed long ago, in ancient Greece before Griffon-shifters were hunted to near extinction, Darrien Andros has a terrible shock when he confronts the thief that his duty as protector of the museum demands he kill, as she is the re-incarnation of his long-dead wife.
Just when you think you’re getting to grips with this book, the author reveals yet another surprise that keeps you turning the pages. There is heartbreak and joy, action and history, a spunky heroine and a gorgeous hero (or two).
Certainly worth the read, this was more unusual in its characters than many of its type, and I really enjoyed the way that story layers peeled back to give more and more depth to the tale. For me, the only real issue I had was the author’s attempt at a British character. I am British, and the dialogue made me choke, particularly the attempt at swearing.
Ms Nutt, the word you are looking for is ‘bollocks’, as in balls, or male genitalia, not ‘bullocks’, as in male calf.
Other than that, an enjoyable read, and recommended for those who like something a little different in their paranormal romance.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review – all opinions are my own.