Honey Wine by Brieanna Robertson
Publisher: Purple Sword Publications
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (93 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid
When Autumn finds a sexy, winged statue amongst her deceased uncle’s belongings, she thinks he’ll make a great decoration for her bedroom, as well as her solitary life. What she doesn’t expect is to wake up in the middle of the night and find her statue replaced by a living, breathing, gorgeous man made up of the four elements.
Gabriel’s been a statue for 500 years. He’s lost, confused, and wreaking havoc on the human realm.
In an effort to get Gabriel home, Autumn experiences adventure she’d never even dreamed about. But will they be able to survive the greatest adventure of all- falling in love?
Among the things August inherits from her uncle is a statue. Little does she know the stone figure has the ability to destroy the world.
August takes over her uncle's castle and begins to clean, tidy and clear out the junk to prepare the building for use as a bed and breakfast. A statue hidden in a corner of her uncle's study catches her fancy and she decides to keep this for herself and moves it to her bedroom where she cleans it. This is when the fun begins as the statue comes to life in the middle of the night and climbs into bed with August.
Gabriel, the statue come to life, is an Elemental who turned to stone because when he became separated from all of his kind. August's care and feelings for Gabriel bring him back to life but now his true nature upsets the elements of Earth. He must return to his true home and to keep himself alive until he can find his people, August must go with him.
This is a book with humor and love, in an unusual setting. There are many problems facing Gabriel and August but I honestly couldn't see how they could sort out the main barrier to their love. They physically couldn't stay together but also couldn't physically be apart without disastrous consequences. I loved August's sense of humor and her "must be a way" attitude. Sweetly confused Gabriel would have melted any woman's heart. Big and athletic he could change his body to reflect each of the four elements, plus he had wings! Talk about sweep a girl off her feet, how about fly to another dimension? Oh yes, did I mention the dragon? Well you'll have to read the book to find out about him.
This is definitely a romance set in mystical times but with subtle modern influences. I fell in love with Gabriel myself, pity he's a fictional character. A perfectly lovely read.