Margrit Knight works as a lawyer for people who cannot
afford one. By night, she jogs in Central Park, trying to
infuse mystery and danger into her bland life. Her on-again
off-again boyfriend, Tony, is a detective on the New York
City police force. She lives with her two best friends in a
tiny apartment. Life couldn’t be more normal…until she
nearly runs into a suspected murderer.
Unbeknownst to Margrit, Alban Korund has shadowed and
protected Margrit from harm during her evening jogs for
years. It’s against his peoples rules to reveal himself to
her, but loneliness and a false murder claim has him turning
to the only human he feels can help him—Margrit. Man by
night, stone by day, Alban’s one of the last of the Old
Races, a gargoyle.
murdering women in Central Park and has been for hundreds of
years. The latest ones, though, have begun to take on a
noticeable resemblance to Margrit. And all of them have a
connection to Alban. To save Alban and herself, Margrit’s
forced to pit herself against a dragon mobster and über rich
vampire businessman. Add a sleek, mysterious vigilante with
a soft spot for street kids, a nasty djinn bodyguard, and a
single selkie mom in need of help, and Margrit has her hands
there’s a little wiggle room for a tall, blonde, sexy
Heart of Stone is heavy on plot, light on romance,
which, given it’s Harlequin’s Luna line, is meant to be.
That doesn’t mean the romance reader should pass it by. This
story reminded me of the long defunct TV series, Beauty
and the Beast. On the series, Katherine was the plucky
lawyer who represented the oppressed and Vincent was the
half man, half lion who lived in the sewers below New York
City. There was always this thick romantic tension between
the pair and after every show, you’d be left screaming at
the blank screen, “Kiss her already!” This has the same
angsty, sexually-frustrated tension to it. There are plenty
of unexpected twists to the story and just when you get to
its end (and think quite smugly that you have it all figured
out), C.E. Murphy throws in a few unexpected punches.
Heart of Stone’s plot will capture your
imagination but Alban will capture your heart. Hurry out and
grab yourself a copy.