Medusa’s Gargoyle
Sally Max
Paranormal romance
Breathless Press
ISBN: 978-1-77101-188-4
November 2013

This story begins with Drucilla talking to herself as she walks into a little town near her campsite. She gets startled by a woman selling bread and inadvertently turns her to stone. Yes, our girl Drucilla is a medusa. She and her sisters are descended from the witch Medusa so they all have snake hair and can turn people to stone. Fun! Drucilla is actually a shifter, she can change from her human form to her medusa form. She accidentally turns the woman and her husband to stone and runs back to her camp to find someone stealing her things! She’s having a bad day. She turns her thief to stone and figures his statue should scare people off…our erstwhile thief is Az, a gargoyle on a search for a job. Apparently Az used to be one of the soldiers protecting Medusa’s castle centuries before. They didn’t do a good job or something so she cursed them to become gargoyles, stone during the day and alive by night. Drucilla doesn’t know who or what he is so when he comes back from being a stone she’s desperate for him to help her. You see, she’s been living in a nice little cottage all by herself. Her sisters had given her ten years to control her shift, her time is almost up and she has to get to their castle. With her shift under control.

Drucilla has never had conversations with anyone who wasn’t her sister, and she certainly never had any up close and personal time with any men! Az is thrilled she’s a medusa and wants to work for her, she says no, come with me to my sister’s castle and he agrees, not just for the job either. The best part of her turning him to stone is when she is the one turning him to stone it doesn’t hurt, as opposed to when he does it without her assistance. You know, the two of them do actually work a little on her shifting, they also have a town full of people with pitchforks and torches after whoever turned the couple to stone. Oh, just because Az turns to stone every day doesn’t mean he is never injured. The good part about getting a job at a castle is getting armor and weapons, which he does not have on this little quest of his.

I really wasn’t sure if I would like this story when I bought it, and I didn’t think there could be much romance between a medusa and a gargoyle but I wanted to read something new. I am so happy I did! Wow! Ms. Max had me on the edge of my seat the whole story! Not only were there angry townsfolk, there were two really annoying (and kinda evil) medusa sisters. The smexy time was actually good, not just wham bam thank you ma’am. Both of them were very into each other and truly cared what happened to their partner. I haven’t actually said this in any other review, but I really loved the cover! Sigh, ok, I also loved the path Drucilla took and how she handles everything. Ms. Max gave us a wonderful heroine who was able to turn some of the not so great things into good. I also loved how Ms. Max was able to finish the story. I had a huge smile on my face!

Overall rating: 5hearts
Sensuality rating: Mildly Sensual
Reviewer: Teresa T.