Starting with a spoiler-free review of Stone Kissed by Keri Stevens. Here's the blurb via Amazon:
I'm not a big romance fan, mostly because I'm a skeptic when it comes to happily ever afters. I don't know why. That's just how I'm wired. So needless to say, I don't read romance a lot. Well, didn't, I guess, because Keri's helped the conversion a little bit (and RAGT definitely helped too).
I categorize Stone Kissed as paranormal romance. Delia's a witch. Her crazy cousin Cecily, also a witch. I looooove that Delia's ability is to talk to statues. It's her "thing" and everybody knows she talks to statues, but they don't know that the statues talk back. It's a unique trait, and one that helps Delia in her business cleaning and maintaining the Stewardville's statues. And honestly, the statues are some of my favorite characters in the entire story. They're vibrant with rich histories of their own.
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Keri's built a rich history into her book. We learn a lot from Grant's interactions with Delia, from Delia's interactions in town, and from the statues Delia spends so much time with. We get a little bit of town history from the statues, some of whom have been around a lot longer than most of the people, and most of it from Delia and Grant's time at Steward House.
We also get an intriguing love triangle of sorts: Grant, Delia, and crazy cousin Cecily (who's just so damn evil you want to hate her, but she's so good at it that you can't help liking her just a little). The scenes with Cecily are some of the best in the book, and the way she smolders for Grant is pretty seductive. I tried really hard not to like Cecily. I did, but I failed. She's freaking great, and the perfect opposition to demure, fragile Delia, who's really a lot stronger than she thinks.
Also, Grant's pretty awesome in his own way. Fiercely determined, loyal as a puppy dog, and a looker. Also smart. He's whatever the four version of a trifecta is.
The only thing that really threw me with this book is that there are a lot of unexpected jumps. I guess on Nook *which is how I read it* the section divisions aren't as clear. Sometimes I was in Delia's POV, sometimes Grant's, sometimes Cecily's. So just be aware of that.
If you love a little paranormal with your romance, pick this book up. It's available for Kindle and Nook.