Series: The Bestiary: Bundle 2
Author: Cassandra Pierce
Length: Short (57 pages)
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (November 14th, 2012)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts
Blurb: Banished from court when the King runs out of patience for his predilection for men, Jothan is forced to take up the title of Baron of Darkwood and charged with the task of making the lands profitable again. But when he arrives, all he finds is a crumbling castle, neglected servants, and a monstrous creature no one else ever seems to see …
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Review: This is a sweet tale of the power of love.
Jothan accepts that being entitled, as Baron of Darkwood is a means of removing him from court. When he arrives at the dilapidated castle, the first thing to cross his path is a living gargoyle.
He offers protection to a rag-tag of peasants, who become his servants. However, one appears only after sundown, the mysterious Delphas. No one other than Jothan sees either the gargoyle beast or the elusive Delphas.
He and Delphas become lovers, although the young man refuses to say where he goes by day.
Jothan discovers that Delphas was the squire, and nephew, of the last Baron, Lord Peredur. Delphas explains he is cursed by his aunt, a witch who killed his uncle, and who died herself at Peredur’s hand. Jothan is prepared to fight the curse, and kill whatever demon pursues Delphas. However, he is shocked to discover that Delphas and the gargoyle are one and the same.
Jothan will not give up his beautiful lover, saying that even when Delphas is in the guise of the monstrous gargoyle, he sees only love. Can he and Delphas find a way to break the curse?