Book Review: Stone Wings by Jenn Burke

Stone Wings

Author: Jenn Burke
Series: The Gargoyles of Arrington, book 1
Publisher: Independent (August 30, 2022)
Kindle edition, 200 pages
Romance, Paranormal romance, MM romance


His curse can only be lifted with true love, but can true love come from a fake date?

Being the personal assistant to a trio of cursed gargoyle brothers who sleep for a hundred years and wake up for twenty-five wasn’t a career proposed by Josh’s high school guidance counselor, but it’s a job that he’s eminently suited for. Not to mention a job his family has been doing for generations. The brothers are truly excellent bosses, but Josh is surprised when Drew offers to pretend to be his date for his high school reunion. And even more surprised by a supposedly fake kiss that feels as real as a kiss can get.

Drew and his brothers owe Josh and his family for watching over them each time they turn to stone for a hundred years, and for helping them reintegrate into the world when they wake up. The least he can do is pose as Josh’s boyfriend for a night. Even though true love can break his curse, he knows he won’t find it with Josh. Nothing that real can come from a lie. Or can it?

When the fake boyfriend situation stretches into two nights, and then more, Josh and Drew can’t fight the attraction blazing between them. There’s no harm in exploring it, right? No expectations. But when paranormal danger comes to Arrington, Josh and Drew are going to have to battle for every moment of peace…and maybe a real happily ever after too.

STONE WINGS is a 50,000 word male/male paranormal romance featuring a mechanic who happens to have wings and is a literal monster in bed, a personal assistant who’s always had a crush on him, stone skin or not, and a relationship that’s going to take a leap of faith to give the fairytale a happy ending. 


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Ahhhhhh I need Rian’s book nowwww! And I really REALLY hope Teague’s love interest is who I think it is. *squee*

*clears throat* Ahem. ANYHOO, this was my first book by Jenn Burke, but you’d better believe I immediately went to check out her backlist and am excited to see there’s lots there for me to glut myself on! 🙂

I LOVE the premise of this series. A family of five brothers is cursed to be gargoyles, encased in stone and sleeping for 100 years then awake for 25 and able to shift (with some difficulty) between their human forms and their living stone gargoyle selves. There are now only three brothers left (I won’t spoil what happened to the other two) and the end of their 25 years of wakefulness is closing in.

I have to say, I loved Josh from the first moment. As a fellow details and plans nerd, I think we could be very good friends, haha. I also adore a good fake dating moment, and while this one was at times a bit contrived it still drew me (heh heh, “Drew” me…) right in. I also really liked all three brothers immediately and am already so invested in reading both Rian and Teague’s books. (NOWWWWWW please, how long do I have to wait for Rian!?!?!)

It’s about a 50/50 split on whether I like paranormal romances, though PNR novels that fall more into the monster …er, banging… category and/or are queer tend to be more enjoyable for me. And this one is both! *squee* I also have a thing about gargoyles, I don’t know what it is, but I saw a whole paranormal romance SERIES about gargoyles and had to wipe away drool.

This is the first book in the Gargoyles of Arrington series and can be read as a stand-alone. The final chapter is from one of the other brothers’ POV and is a lead-in to the next book in the series, Stone Skin, which is scheduled to come out in January 2023! And Teague’s book (which I ALSO cannot wait for) Stone Heart is releasing in June 2023. 🙂

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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