Stone Kissed

Keri Stevens
Stone Kissed
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Carina Press
Release Date
December 2010
Paranormal Romance

When Delia Forrest talks to statues, they talk back. She is, after all, the last of the Steward witches.

After an arsonist torches her ancestral home with her estranged father still inside, Delia is forced to sell the estate to pay his medical bills. Her childhood crush, Grant Wolverton, makes a handsome offer for Steward House, vowing to return it to its former glory. Delia agrees, as long as he'll allow her to oversee the restoration.

Working so closely with Grant, Delia finds it difficult to hide her unique talent-especially when their growing passion fuels her abilities.

But someone else lusts after both her man and the raw power contained in the Steward land. Soon, Delia finds herself fighting not just for Grant's love, but for both their lives.

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Dec 06, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
145 people found the following review helpful
With a debut novel that had me plastered to my kindle, Keri Stevens is definitely a new author to watch!

Stone Kissed is the first novel by Keri Stevens, and I was amazed that it was. It's got a great plot, steamy love scenes, and an interesting story that will having you laughing, gasping in surprise, and clapping for the happily ever after at the end.

Delia Forrest talks to statues. Stone statues to be specific. She always has, much to her estranged father's dismay. When her ancestral home is burned down, and her father hurt in the fire, she doesn't have the money necessary to fix her home or pay for her father's medical bills.

Enter Grant Wolverton—rich, hunky, sex-god, who's been Delia's crush since she was a mere child. And also happens to be her father's rival. He wants her home, and he offers to pay her for it. She doesn't want to give up the legacy but feels she doesn't have a choice, so she sells on the condition that she work to put the house back to its former glory before she moves on.

Grant and Delia working together proves to be difficult as they can't fight their attraction to each other, but Delia is afraid to get close to anyone lest they find out her secret of talking to statues. However, close is what the two become, and with the arsonist still on the loose and more residents in Delia's hometown disappearing, someone finding out her secret may not be the only thing Delia's got to worry about.

This one was a hit! It's got suspense, a unique paranormal plot, romance, and even humor. Grant was a wonderful hero in this story. Strong but flawed and ready to fight for the woman he loves even if he doesn't understand the love fully. Delia is headstrong even when faced with losing everything and fights to protect herself from what she can only see as ending in hurt. But they come together so nicely, and they just fit—as if it was always meant to be that way.

The overall story is nicely paced and fully developed, there aren't any hanging plots or open story lines. The villainess was a great character as well, and I actually looked forward to seeing what her deviously warped mind would come up with next.

My only complaint about the story would be that I wanted to know the history of Delia's ancestors a bit more. I felt like only the surface was touched, and I wanted to know more about how that history related to her distant cousin Cecily and her powers. However, I loved that the most important secondary characters in the book, the statues, really had a voice—not just literally but figuratively. You could actually get a sense of their personalities through the way they interacted with Delia and their running commentary about her actions with Grant. It was often quite amusing. I felt that they really made the book the unique story that it was.

So this delightful story was quite a surprise for me. I really got into the book right from the very beginning, and that interest stayed through the entire book. I really look forward to reading more from this great new author.
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