Deceived by the Gargoyles by Lillian Lark

Deceived by the Gargoyles
Author: Lillian Lark
Published: January 31, 2022
Publisher: Independently Published
Readership: Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance, ‘Weird/Monster’ Romance
Rating: ★★★★.5

I received a copy of the Deceived by the Gargoyles from the author for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

A curvy librarian looking to start a family, a clan of gargoyles, and the deception that starts it all.

My family has always found me lacking. From the way I dress, how I look, to the type of magic I have. My family name is full of pomp and prestige, and I want nothing to do with it.
I’m a witch that knows how to set a goal and I have one in mind.

I want a real family.

Dating is a travesty. All the suitors I meet are looking for a connection to the family name I left behind. I need help.
Enter the matchmaker. It seems too good to be true that I can give her the list of traits I want in a partner and have my deepest desire answered, but I’m out of options.

Love comes along in the most unexpected ways.

From the very first moment I meet Elliot Bramblewick, I have hope. But he’s tricky.
I’m not expecting him to be hiding two other mates. Mates who are as alarmed and intrigued by my presence as I am by theirs.
He thinks I’m a perfect fit for them, but can I open my heart and discard my list long enough to see if this is the family I’m looking for?

None of my lists and plans prepared me for being courted by three gargoyles.

Deceived by the Gargoyles is a standalone monster romance in the same world as Stalked by the Kraken with multiple love interests who are in relationships with each other. There will be no choosing among the love interests.

Content Warning: This book includes breeding, knots, and size difference

Last year I was introduced to Lillian Lark and promptly binge-read every book she had currently released, and now I eagerly await each new book. Deceived by the Gargoyles is set in Lark’s Monstrous Matches universe, and so there are characters from previous books who make appearances (and that made me really happy) but it does stand on its own and can be read separately – but you’ll probably go back and read the others anyway!
Grace is a witch with a quiet kind of magic and doesn’t like to play the magical/political games of her family. She wants a partner and a family and she seeks out help from the local magic matchmaker, through which she meets Elliot, a gargoyle who loves his human glamour. Except it’s not to just Elliot – he has two mates and believes that Grace is the person missing to make them all a family. Cue the monster polyamorous paranormal romance you’ve probably been looking for!
I had so much fun with this – Grace, Elliot, Alasdair and Broderick are all great characters with their own histories that make them compelling on their own and fantastic together. They’re all looking for a family (even if they don’t know it yet) and each bring something unique to the mix. I did like that while Elliot goes behind everyone’s back (with the best intentions) he gets called out for it and has to face up to his actions.
This book has heart, and paranormal beings we don’t often see, and I can’t wait to see what Lillian Lark has in store for us next!
Thank you to the author for the review copy!

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