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Stone Heart by Sui Lynn is a homoerotic contemporary story.
Justin Anderson can't believe he's found a home for his future art gallery in a gothic old church in his home town. His twin sister Tracy doesn't see the beauty in the empty church, but she is willing to help him in any way she can. Justin works diligently to update the building with help from Tracy and her son Alex. Justin is terrified when his stalker, David, sneaks into the building. When Justin's reaction is less than cordial David assaults Justin, leaving him unconscious. Tracy calls for the police when she hears the struggle, but with no evidence from his old town there is little they can do. Justin finds peace and security with the many statues of gargoyles. They have become more than companions to him, he has even named them. Justin begins to wonder when strange things happen and gets the surprise of his life when he learns that the gargoyles are alive. Cullen, a gargoyle, has been watching over Justin and is furious when he awakens to find Justin badly injured. Cullen and Justin's love blossoms quickly and Cullen is determined to keep him safe. Justin calls his best friend Lucas in as a security specialist for his help to safeguard his building. Tracy finally tells Justin the Alex is Lucas's son complicating matters as they are about to open Stone Heart Gallery. Will Cullen find a way to protect Justin? Is Justin's dream about to become a reality or will David get his revenge first?
This story is fascinating that entwines the paranormal and a contemporary plot into a fast paced story. The wonder and beauty of the gothic architecture was brought to life through Justin's eyes as he saw the potential in the old church. It was great how Justin acknowledged each of the gargoyle statues when most people just passed them by. His acceptance of them as friends allowed them to take life after centuries of remaining in their stone form. I loved how they immediately became his protectors, with Cullen's love giving Justin the security he has needed for so long. David's obsessive desire for Justin easily crossed over to violence reminding the reader the need to keep your perspective and know that you don't always get what you want. The love between Justin and Cullen was beautiful and inspiring. This is one book that I will never forget.
Reviewed by: Teresa