Michael Drummond is a pub owner with four ... count them
four ... sisters. He's trying to mind his own business but
keeps getting dragged into something or other by them. But
when he finds himself in a battle of good vs evil with the
sexiest being he has ever met, he is totally thrown for a
loop. She's really HARD TO HANDLE but that may be because
she is a gargoyle.
Ash is a guardian awaken from her sleep by what she assumes
is a warden. Well, that is how it's done but there are a
few differences this time. One ... she's the only female
gargoyle/guardian that she has ever heard of and two ...
the warden's are usually female. Not the tempting little
human who keeps getting into her mind. Ash can only guess
that things are very wrong in the world and that she,
Michael, his sisters as well as the other guardians are in
for a desperate fight for humanity.
Let me start with HARD TO HANDLE is simply ... wow! I have
read all the other gargoyle books by author Christine
Warren but this one has a very interesting twist. Ash ...
the gargoyle ... is a female. The first of her kind and
this makes for some very interesting, downright intriguing
situations. I have to admit I am crazy about anything Irish
and Michael is definitely Irish. The descriptions of the
town, the quaintness of the pub and the world around them
is the perfect foil when the evil comes hunting. It gives
you a good sense of what these beings are fighting for and
can't help but root for them. The romance between Michael
and Ash is slow, but that is to be expected when both of
them have a lot to deal with ... you know.... gargoyle/girl
and facing evil that wants to destroy everything you hold
dear, so it is perfectly understandable. I am a sucker for
camaraderie and this book has it in buckets full; you have
Michael, Ash, his family and then the addition of the
others guardians/wardens from the past books coming
together to fight the good fight. If you are looking for
twists in an already great series, a
solid romance with
just the right steam and a strong good vs. evil read then
HARD TO HANDLE is the book you are looking for.
There is nothing more powerful than a gargoyle—except for
the one woman on Earth who can tame him.
Ash knows two things for certain: one, she has been summoned
to the human plane to guard it against the forces of the
Darkness; and two, since no other female Guardian has ever
existed, something must be very, very wrong. She has little
time to save humanity but an infinitely distracting human
man keeps tempting her in ways she never imagined...
Michael Drummond just wants to keep his head down and his
pub open, but when he's dragged into an epic
end-of-the-world type battle between good and evil, he can't
help but be a little off his game. The only plus side to the
situation: his newly-found Guardian is the sexiest, most
alluring woman he's ever laid eyes on, and she seems to want
Michael almost as badly as he wants her. But with the earth
is basically a ticking time bomb and all hope seems lost,
can love really save the day?