Afraid to let Steward House go completely, she offers to take over the remodel. Grant agrees — and neither can quite let go of the attraction that is building between them. But the question of who set the fire is still unsolved and there is another woman in town who has her eyes set on Steward House and Grant. Stone Kissed is an odd little book. I say that because it is different — and I really wanted to like it. But I had some problems.
It starts off rough and the first third of the book I had a really hard time with. The sentences and changes from scene to scene were jerky and not smooth. About halfway through things start to settle down and I became more immersed in the story. It is a dark book. Delia has an awful relationship with her father who is now comatose so she has guilt in that area. She had to give up her home which she feels a great connection to, and she has to figure out these intense feelings for Grant.
I had a hard time buying into the romance. Delia herself has had a crush on Grant for years, so her side makes more sense. But for most of the book, Grant thinks Delia is delusional for her claim to talk to statues and he thinks she is a thief for taking his statues from him.
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Yet he still falls in love? I buy into the fact he lusted after her and likes her in his bed, but not love. I liked the statue aspect and how they interacted with Delia. I also think the villain in this story is well done — nothing is held back in terms of the evil emanating from her. But the overall tone of the book is so dark and depressing. I never quite understood Delia and Grant. Dec 10, Kelsey rated it really liked it Shelves: I really liked this book. It had great characters and a great storyline. Delia Forrest is the last of the Steward witches.
She grew up being ashamed of her gifts being able to speak to statues. Her father verbally abused her and always found a way to keep her away from home. Now an arsonist has set fire to her family home, Steward House, with her father in it. He is in critical care and she must come home to take care of him. Once she is home, Grant Wolverton makes her an offer she can't refus I really liked this book. Once she is home, Grant Wolverton makes her an offer she can't refuse. He wants to buy the house and restore it but he will pay her to oversee the entire operation.
With the piling medical bills for her father, she has no choice. Grant has his own unique abilities; he is able to find that one special and rare item which suits him well since him and his business partner, Lars, are art and antiques dealers. Grant himself has an abusive past and spent most his life protecting his sister, Randi. One of the main reasons for buying Steward House was to build a safe place for him and his sister. Right away we feel the attraction Grant and Delia have for each other. It sizzles right off the pages and I was always waiting for that "moment" and when it finally happened I was cheering them on!
Enter the nemesis, Cecily Johnson, who is Delia's distant cousin. She is a succubus and wants everything Delia has. This women has some serious mental issues and makes for an interesting foe. She has tried many times to get the Steward house but Delia's father was immune to her "charm". Delia notices something odd about her also and has the feeling that she shouldn't let this women touch her at all. Now that Delia is home it seems that the statues are becoming more alive. They even start to walk!
Now on top of trying to hid from everyone that they talk to her even though the whole town knows and don't care , she now has to go chasing down the statues that decide they want to explore the town at night! This book had romance, intrigue and humor. I hope there is another book because I think there was something going on between Lars and Randi and I would definitely read that story! Dec 29, Diana rated it it was ok Shelves: Two stars for the book and the narrator gets a lump of coal.
With the exception of a few poignant, very nicely executed scenes between Delia and her estranged father, the book's are-you-serious factor is off the charts. I can run with a fantasy as well as anyone, but I need a little more believability and cohesiveness than I found here.
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There are omniscient stone statues who can walk and talk and have sex. There's a good witch and a creepy, evil, zombie-like witch. I guess I could hav Audiobook. I guess I could have gone with those things IF the narrator hadn't sounded like Miss Margaret reading to pre-schoolers if the romance weren't an 80s style throwback. And here's where the book ultimately failed for me. Grant is an unwelcome blast from the past: Grant decides he'll marry Delia even though he believes that she is a thief and a lunatic.
Because she's adorable, the sex is hot, and she needs a big alpha man to take care of her feisty, ditzy self. This Big Mis dragged on far too long, right up to the end with a predictable magical fix Stevens has no small degree of talent. She writes evocative, sexy love scenes. POV passages from Delia who is not the ditz everyone believes she is are strong and the very best of the book.
What brought it down for me is the choppy editing, mishmash factor, and the unheroic hero. The narrator's delivery is bizarre. Odd pauses, as if she just turned the page and was surprised to find more words there. The pre-school teacher tone which, by the way, SO does not work when reading sex scenes. And did I mention emo overacting? Mar 15, Jess the Romanceaholic rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a Quickie Review.
For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic This book was even better than I'd expected from reading the blurb. Delia not only speaks with statues, but can hear them speak in return. Because of this, we readers are treated to a wide array of quirky characters, most of which can only interact with Delia.
Estranged from her overbearing father, Delia returns when he is gravely injured in a fire at their family home, Steward House. While a successful restorer, Delia o This is a Quickie Review. While a successful restorer, Delia only eeks out a comfortable living, and is thus unable to financially support her father in his recover. Enter Grand Wolverton, her father's biggest business rival, with his grand plans to purchase and restore Steward House to its former glory. Overall, this was a delightfully fun paranormal romance, perfect as a light summer read.
The statues were so entertaining, and Delia and Grant's relationship was paced beautifully. A refreshingly new kind of paranormal romance! Stone Kissed has the perfect ingredients for a great story: Read my full review here: Dec 28, Celine rated it it was ok Shelves: It took me almost a month to finish this book. Not because it's such a long book, or so intricately written, but just because after reading every twenty pages I had to put Stone Kissed down again.
This story annoyed me to no end. Delia can talk to statues. In her work as restorer this can come in quite handy, but in the social plane not so much. When her father has a terrible accident she is forced to sell the house of her childhood. The buyer, the influential Grant Wolverton, makes her feel thin It took me almost a month to finish this book.
The buyer, the influential Grant Wolverton, makes her feel things she has never felt before. Will she be able to convince him she doesn't want to sell the house? And what if he finds out about her darkest secret? The book starts pretty well. Delia's abilities are interesting, and something I've never read about. Her conversations with the statues are hilarious at times. Stone Kissed had a strong start, making me hopeful I would agree with all the raving reviews. Soon I discovered I am quite of a different opinion.
I have huge issues with the main part of the story, namely the romance between Grant and Delia. About every stage they go through I thoroughly detest. We begin with the instant-lust. Ms Stevens tries to hide the instant-lust behind the fact that Delia and Grant have already met in the past, when Delia was still a little girl.
For me she shouldn't have bothered with this detail.
Do you still find your teen fantasies attractive twenty years later? I don't think so. You will smile at them, reminiscing, shaking your head at your youthful innocence. But you won't get wobbly knees or start to feel indecent places tingling. At least not when you have grown up a tiny bit. I know the instant lust is something used in countless romance stories, and there is a minority of people that get annoyed by this.
Therefore, I gave this book another chance. More often than not, this kind of book gets a lot better after the hero and heroine actually start dating. It was then I found out that this couple is extremely stubborn. Before I am going to continue my rant about the relationship aspect of the book, I have something to say about the heroine of this story, Delia. Delia is a special girl. I completely get that. However, I don't get why Delia feels the need to actually act like a crazy person. She goes around slapping people, yelling at them for no apparent reason, talks to herself or mumbles to statues in public places, overall she acts like a completely mentally unstable woman.
She still thinks she is normal, and blames the people around her for her not having friends. If she would take only one minute to take a good look at herself, she might be able to come to the conclusion that all fault lies by herself. Every kindness extended to her she turns away, and quite rudely at that. Because of this her moments of self-pity were excruciating to read. It's not her ability to hear statues talking. It's her own attitude. I just couldn't feel sorry for Delia. I didn't feel anything for her throughout story but mild aversion.
Then we land at my biggest annoyance of all, which to my greatest luck, occurs for about fifty percent of this book. That is correct dear reader, during fifty percent of this book, there is absolutely no progress made in their relationship whatsoever. Let me tell you what they do during this time. Have a childish conflict that could be solved easily by talking Step 2: Insert Delia sulking, screaming and hitting Step 3: Insert Grant being the big bad alpha male Step 4: Don't talk about the problem Step 5: Have angry sex Step 6: I don't even want to count the times they have angry sex.
After which Delia runs off again, wallowing in self-pity because Grant doesn't love her. But she does love him! Oh my, it hurts so baaaad. Urgent note to Delia: Don't have sex with him. Just don't have sex. Seriously, I just don't get it. Why, in the world and the heavens above, would you still have sex with a guy that one, thinks you're a thief.
Two, thinks you're a liar. And three, thinks you're quite crazy in the head. And still be able to love him. But while you're busy loving him, you can't have a single good thought about him. Same counts for Grant though. How can you love someone you think is a thief, liar and crazy bitch?
And even think about having children with this kind of person? You should never ever think about doing this to a child. How can you be a good father, but condemn your offspring to a crazy mother? Wind back to the crazy and liar part for a second. At first, he gets laughed at. Now, let's examine how Delia manages her big reveal. She refrains from telling Grant, even though he has seen her in deep conversation with multiple busts. When he asks her about it, she makes an ugly face and runs away. After a number of these confrontations, she finally confides that yes, she talks to the garden gnome.
And they talk back. Now, Grant laughs at her. Delia makes an ugly face and runs away. Wait, but that wasn't how it's supposed to go! Where is her proof, where is her big trick? Now Delia continues to hate Grant for not believing her, but having angry sex in the meanwhile. How, how, HOW is Grant supposed to believe her when she gives absolutely no proof of her ability whatsoever?
She could have asked him to bring her a statue, and she would tell him where it came from. She could tell all its secrets and fun things she wasn't supposed to know. Then Grant could be all amazed and in wonder. Maybe, maybe they could even have happy sex for once. There is no big trick, there is no talking, they fight and continue to hate each other while loving. It's quite the miracle I'm still giving Stone Kissed two stars really.
It is quite awful. I wouldn't have finished it if this wasn't an ARC I had for review. I'm giving this one star for Ms Stevens coming up with a creative supernatural power, a half star for her writing, and another half for her taking the effort to write a book. That makes for two very, very teeny tiny stars.
But well, there they are. Nov 15, Wenj rated it really liked it Shelves: Review provided by Black Lagoon Reviews: Stone Kissed , the debut novel by author Keri Stevens, is a masterful beginning to what I am sure is going to be a wonderful writing career. This story was richly developed with an original, unique plot that kept me reading late into the night. With a solid writing style and a fun premise this is definitely a novel that I would recommend to anyone who appreciates a beautiful statue or a simmering romance.
What really captured me when I started reading this novel was the wonderful fluidity of the writing. The voices that Stevens gave the characters was realistic and organic helping to develop the characters and to bring her whimsical world to life. The mystery that she creates surrounding the Steward House and it's fabled history as being the home of the Steward witches is somehow quaint and intriguing at the same time.
As is the energy that seems to radiate from beneath its stone foundation. But, for me the most endearing quality that Stevens conveyed was the way she brought creatures and beings of stone to life. Starting off inanimate and offering up advice, these statues were endearing and their voices had a somewhat timeless quality, but quickly they evolved into ambulatory sentient beings. This was both incredible and yet believable in the context of the novel. It seemed only natural that they should evolve in this manner no matter how absurd it should sound.
The atmosphere created were also wonderfully done with the statues fitting in wonderfully with the settings involved. For instance, the hospital that had a sense of hope and grief was perfectly matched with the statue of St. His tone was one of comfort and friendship. Bert, the stone hare, was childlike and sweet adding a homey quality to the already warm and inviting Steward House.
And who can forget the plurant? While this statue tends to remain immobile until there is great need, she brings with her a sense of quite protection and respectfulness standing vigil next to the gates of Delia's family mausoleum. This adds a since of quiet to the cemetery that looms despite the rest of the statuary that comes to life under her watch.
Through this parallel nature the atmospheres became tangible and reflected in the inhabitants of the locale, thus creating a setting that simple descriptions alone could not accomplish. The characters were wonderfully developed as well and had me rooting for them from the start. I instantly liked Delia, a somewhat reserved and shy woman who is fiercely loyal and charming. The fact that she talks to statues is endearing, despite the fact that they actually do talk back. The stone figures are more her family then the flesh and blood world around her until she meets Grant Wolverton, a man she has been infatuated with since her youth.
Grant himself is charming as well, yet he is a complete opposite to Delia. He is aggressive, determined and a scrapper in the truest since of the word acquiring his wealth and power through hard work and determination. Yet, like Delia he's got a bit of a power in his blood as well. He is able to sense treasures, valuable relics in the most improbable of places. When Steward House and Delia holds the same allure for him, he does everything in his power to acquire them both.
Thus, the romance between Delia and Grant is nicely organic, with the natural ups and downs that come with any relationship. This was an appealing aspect to them for me. I hate it when things are all sunshine and roses. Delia's self worth issues play a large part in this and Grant has his work cut out from him in assuaging these fears. It makes the relationship simmer between them and I was completely engrossed in the drama and suspense these tense moments added to their story.
In fact, the overall evolution of the characters both stone and flesh was wonderfully accomplished. The statures become more human and self aware while the human characters become, well, more human. Their personalities become more vibrant as does their emotions. Everything about this is completely organic and continues the fluidity that is evident within the writing style. The contradictions in the magic surrounding the characters also becomes more evident.
For example, the power generated by Delia is a life force that builds unlike her cousin Ceciley, a succubus, who burns through life force and is constantly in need of devouring more. Stone Kissed is definitely a wonderful first novel filled with whimsy and magic. The story and characters are tautly written and enchanting and I will definitely be keeping my eye on this author! Nov 29, Chibineko rated it really liked it Shelves: The great thing about Carina Press is that it allows for newer authors to be published in e-format.
Sometimes however, I wonder how some authors aren't published in paper format. Keri Stevens' Stone Kissed is one of those books that I really do believe deserves to be published in paperback format as well as e-book format. The main thrust of the book The great thing about Carina Press is that it allows for newer authors to be published in e-format. Not that you can entirely blame her, though. She should also be congratulated for coming up with what is quite possibly one of the most original magics that I've seen given to a lead heroine. Kudos for not giving Delia one of the typical heroine magics.
It makes it that much easier to see Delia as something unique rather than yet another cookie cutter romance heroine. The only part of the book that seemed to lose a little focus for me personally was when it came to the ultra tragic Cecily. I honestly recommend this to fans of Kenyon or some of the other paranormal romance books out on the market. This one's a keeper. ARC provided by NetGalley Mar 25, Vasya rated it liked it. I couldn't put a tag on this book.
Not exactly fantasy or paranormal, but not exactly realism too. I just didn't get the feeling that there was something abnormal with Delia, because talking to statues just felt so natural, I even had a feeling like I could just go find one and have a little chit-chat with her. I had some hard time with keeping up with the romance between her and Grant, though.
I just couldn't get into it properly, and I felt like there was a lot left out, and that there was a lo I couldn't put a tag on this book. I just couldn't get into it properly, and I felt like there was a lot left out, and that there was a lot that was unnecessary, and I especially couldn't get into it because Delia's reasoning from the first time she met Grant was a bit unreasonable.
I mean, she met him as a little girl, and she keeps saying how much she was attracted to him, but when she recounts that meeting, I don't see anything but two persons talking. It just wasn't much to start a life-long obsession, especially what there was no indication of it in the actual meeting other that Delia's word and there aren't feelings attached to it, just words. On the other hand, Grant was totally steamy.
I wouldn't want to miss a chance to roll with him between the sheets, because he's that hot. I just don't think Delia is the right girl for him. And by his fantasies described to us in the book, I really don't see Delia's appeal, because she felt a little prudish in his eyes. This is a book for the romance readers who aren't afraid of a little confusion, who love to dig deeper. I don't know if I was just too lazy, but I either didn't do that, or me and the book just didn't "click" enough for it to be a perfect match. Oct 25, Jen rated it it was amazing Shelves: I'm giving five stars to a debut author I think is going to be a star.
The writing is tight, the storyline is fun, and the characters are likable. The book is being released by Carina Press but reads like it came from a print publisher, which is refreshing in itself. Delia Forrest has a strange talent: She comes from a long line of women with varying powers, but it all boils down to Delia being a witch. So, to go along with her particularly unusual gift, Delia is a stone I'm giving five stars to a debut author I think is going to be a star.
So, to go along with her particularly unusual gift, Delia is a stone conservator and runs a small business. But when her father is injured in a fire at the house she grew up in, Delia returns home to take care of him and Steward House. When Grant Wolverton shows up in town again, Delia is conflicted.
She's been in love with him as long as she can remember, but he doesn't seem to know she's alive. He swoops in with an offer she can't refuse for Steward House, and Delia accepts. Their relationship becomes even more complicated when he enlists Delia in the restoration of Steward House.
I won't give away the fun of the plot, but a third party claiming ties to Delia enters the picture and causes trouble for both Delia and Grant. This character is at times both sympathetic and enraging. I can't wait to read more of Keri Stevens' works. This is definitely an author to watch. Feb 23, Keri Ford rated it it was amazing Shelves: Such a great read. Delia is a beta heroine. She does hide her gift from people though, after being punished by her parents over the matter.
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Grant was overbeari Such a great read. Grant was overbearingly awesome. Fav parts of the story: The chemistry between these two like to have melted my Kindle! There was so much sexual tension woven into the story. The statues Delia talked to were a charming lot. They became characters I began to care about and I wanted to know more about what they were doing, the shenanigans they were getting into. The mystery tied through out was enough to keep you on the edge of your seat, but not so much all you thought about was the mystery. It really gave me a chance to enjoy the characters and how their interactions continued to affect other parts of the story.
Feb 21, Geneva Vand rated it it was amazing. An expert statue restorer who holds conversations with her often snarky charges? I loved that after a while in her sphere of influence, the statues gained a range of movement. I also really liked that others were able to interact with them as well. Toss in a nice little romance story for good measure, and you have a really good book with a lot of humor and a fair amount of insight. Nov 22, Lyndi W. The epilogue was truly awful, so I'm left with a sour taste in my mouth about the whole book even though it wasn't that bad.
You know what I mean? I'd have probably given this another star without the ridiculous epilogue. Jan 09, Cheryl rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really enjoyed this book. Had a different take on powers for witches. I really liked the talking statues and that while reading it I could hear the different voices for each statue.
I have recommended to my book club. Great Job on your first published book. Feb 17, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Clearly the author knows about art, history, architecture, romance, and hunky men. That the statues each have personalities as unique as their forms only added dimension to the piece. Dec 11, Vanessa Kelly rated it it was amazing. Another great book from Carina Press! They're really putting out some very strong romantic suspense and paranormal books, and Stone Kissed can definitely be added to the list.
Dec 30, Kerrianne Coombes rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed it! I wished that you could give half stars, because it would have been a 4. Loved it to pieces. The concept was new to me but I thought the laughs, sexy vibes, and stone characters made for a good story. I'm looking forward to getting more by this author. The thing though that I got confused by was the sex scenes. I was not sure they were using protection or not, so by the end I expected her to be pregnant. Dec 27, Carissa rated it really liked it. You are but silk and bone dust. Steward House was here long before you, and she'll be here long after you are resting inside with your mother.
None of them did. But tact and diplomacy had no hold in hearts of stone. They spoke their truths with neither apology nor restraint. Steward House does not belong to you. You belong to Steward House. First off, she's a witchwhich migh "Delia. First off, she's a witchwhich might be cool if it weren't for the fact that her one and only superpower is being able to talk to statues. Everyone in her hometown thinks she's delusional. Her mom is dead, and her dad can't stand the sight of her. For years now, Delia has been eking out a quiet existence as on of the finest stone conservators in D.
The job doesn't leave much room for a social life, but Delia's used to being alone. Sometimes, she finds herself longing for the quiet strength of the Steward Househer childhood homebut as far as she's concerned, nothing could ever make her go back to Stewardsville. The word blarney has come to mean "clever, flattering, or coaxing talk". Irish politician John O'Connor Power defined it this way: It is flattery sweetened by humour and flavoured by wit. Those who mix with Irish folk have many examples of it in their everyday experience.
A number of stories attempt to explain the origin of the stone and surrounding legend. She told McCarthy to kiss the first stone he found in the morning on his way to court, and he did so, with the result that he pleaded his case with great eloquence and won.
Thus the Blarney Stone is said to impart "the ability to deceive without offending". MacCarthy then incorporated it into the parapet of the castle. The proprietors of Blarney Castle list several other explanations of the origins of the stone on their website. The ritual of kissing the Blarney Stone, according to the castle's proprietors, has been performed by "millions of people", including "world statesmen, literary giants [and] legends of the silver screen ".
To touch the stone with one's lips, the participant must ascend to the castle's peak, then lean over backwards on the parapet's edge. This is traditionally achieved with the help of an assistant. Although the parapet is now fitted with wrought-iron guide rails and protective crossbars, the ritual can still trigger attacks of acrophobia , an extreme or irrational fear of heights. Before the safeguards were installed, the kiss was performed with real risk to life and limb, as participants were grasped by the ankles and dangled bodily from the height.
Holmes' investigation reveals this as a murder as the man's boots having been surreptitiously greased before the attempt. William Henry Hurlbert wrote in that the legend of the stone seemed to be less than a hundred years old at that time, suggesting the tradition began late in the 18th century. It is claimed that the synonymy of "blarney" with "empty flattery" or "beguiling talk" derives from one of two sources. Cormac travelled to see the queen, but was certain he would not persuade her to change her mind as he wasn't an effective speaker.
He met an old woman on the way who told him that anyone who kissed a particular stone in Blarney Castle would be given the gift of eloquent speech. Cormac went on to persuade the queen that he should not be deprived of his land. Francis Sylvester Mahony . Echoing the supposed power of the stone, an Irish bard of the early 19th century, Francis Sylvester Mahony , added a number of humorous lines to Richard Alfred Millikin's " The Groves of Blarney " right. According to tradition at Texas Tech University , a stone fragment on display since outside the old Electrical Engineering Building is a missing piece of the Blarney Stone.
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