Audiobook Review: Wicked Conjuring (Claimed by Gargoyles, #1). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Wicked Conjuring by Sarah Piper

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My father sold me to a demon prince… but the monsters who rescued me are even deadlier.

For a witch without magic, marrying into a prominent coven was supposed be my greatest honor—and the only way to clear my father’s massive debt. But when my groom turns out to be a demon in disguise, I stab him at the altar and flee…

Straight into the arms of New York’s most notorious mobsters.

JJude, the charming but brutal psychopath. Augustine, the devilishly handsome conman. Rook, the cunning spy and hacker. And Draegan, the fearsome boss who rules his underworld empire with an iron fist.

People call them the men of shadow and stone—untouchable and unbreakable—but I know better.

They’re not men at all.

They’re gargoyles.

Ancient. Ruthless. Possessive. Way more seductive than I care to admit.

Now that I’m under their protection, they’ve vowed to take down my enemies.

But they’re taking something else in return.


Wicked Conjuring

The girl and the gargoyles!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💚🖤💙❤️
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙📘📔
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏🌍
Character development: 😠😚😁☺️
Narration: 🎙🎙🎙🎙🎙
Narration Type: Dual Narration

The heroine: Westlyn – she is a witch who doesn’t have any magic, so the most she can aspire to is in an arranged marriage that will take care of her father’s gambling debts. She is supposed to be marrying into a large and influential coven, and it is the last thing she wants to do. Especially when her father doesn’t even bother to come see her before the wedding.

The Hero: Jude, Augustine, Rook, Draegan (a.k.a. The men of shadow and stone) – They live a cursed immortal existence as gargoyles. The feds have been after them since a botched hit job, so they have been on a tight leash lately. Jude is the psycho, he is reckless and impulsive and loves to fight, though if something is worth the wait, he has infinite patience. Augustine is the conman and has a way with the ladies, his good looks help with that. Rook is a highly intelligent hacker and a renowned spymaster. Drae is the oldest of the guys, and the boss of the criminal underworld they all belong to.

The Story: The guys know if they don’t break the curse within the next two months, they will be trapped forever in their statue forms rather than just turning to stone when the sun is out. Jude has been watching/stalking a girl who always stares out her bedroom window at night. He wants her more than anything since the moment he first laid eyes on her in the city, especially when she pleasures herself while sitting at the window late at night.

I liked the premise of this book/series, and I am fond of the paranormal reverse harem and I absolutely love gargoyles. They are such a non-standard paranormal and how can you not like guys that are made of stone. The curse on the guys was a powerful combination of dark fae and demonic magic and the unmaking of that curse is said to be extremely dangerous.

The wedding is great. Though Jude isn’t there, the rest of the guys feel something the minute they lay eyes on Westlyn and vice versa. Then when she discovers the groom is really a demon, she stabs him and runs before she can be bound to him and to hell like her father and his father planned for her. She said she would rather die before completing the binding. That is when she comes across the gargoyles and things start to get a bit crazy from there.

This book was told in multiple points of view via dual narration, and was narrated by Vanessa Edwin, Shane East, Aaron Shedlock, and Aiden Snow. Love this cast of narrators. Some of my favorites. Vanessa Edwin has a very pleasant and youthful feminine voice which fits Westlyn well and she is great at portraying emotion through her voice. Shane East as Jude has a bit of a cockney accent in this one, and he has such a nice smokey voice. Aaron Shedlock has a very nice, masculine, matter of fact type of voice which lends itself well to any type of character and Aiden Snow has a deep, super sexy voice that I could listen to all day.


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