Beauty's Stone Beast 2: Tarrah's Dream by Shiloh Darke
Publisher: Gypsy Shadow Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (49 pgs)
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Mistletoe
For centuries, Bastian, the second brother cursed to live as a Gargoyle, has wished for an end to his imprisonment, but no rescue has come. He has resigned himself to his fate. He even tells himself he doesn’t mind it, because, during the light of day for the past several years, he has discovered freedom in his dreams. In them, he has come to know, and love, a woman he believes, is too good to be real.
Tarrah has been invited by her best friend, Rachel, to move to France for as long as she likes. Between working a job she hates for a boss she despises, and the fact she has always wanted to be in France, the decision is an easy one for her to make. Why? Because she just knows the man of her dreams is there. He’s just too good to be a figment of her imagination. Isn’t he?
Neither realizes what fate has in store for them. Neither knows the test they must pass in order to be together. Will love prevail and give them the happy ending they desperately need and deserve? Or will the test prove to be too much for their fragile love?
Tarrah has always felt drawn to France. From childhood she has found and loved everything to do with France. So when she is all grown up and her childhood friend Rachel invites her to come and live with her in France for a time, Tarrah excitedly agrees. Working at a law firm for a sleazy hands-on-in-every-way lawyer Tarrah has nothing holding her back. After saying goodbye to her mother she boards a plane towards her destiny. Since her teen years her recurring dream of a castle and a man in hiding have grown more and more intense. Tarrah knows in her gut that they had to do with France and when her chance comes she could not and would not throw it away. Every time she goes to sleep she dreams of him hoping and wishing in her waking hours that he was real and not just her made up fantasy.
Bastian is one of a family of brothers who have been cursed to exist as stone gargoyles by day. He has found a way into Tarrah’s dreams in his daytime imprisonment. He has no idea that she is real and not just a dream of his, until Rachel brings Tarrah to France and has her staying in his tower. When he sees her in the flesh Bastian must get Tarrah to accept him as he is plus she must also pass a test to release him from his curse.
Can Tarrah love Bastian as he is once she finally sees what he is? Will she know when her test comes and can she pass this test to free Bastian?
Shiloh Darke writes a great story that entices the reader into her world and keeps them enthralled until the end of the story. I loved the depth of the love that Tarrah and Bastian feet for each other even before they met in person. The trust that Bastian puts in Tarrah is a wonderful thing and she does not disappoint. Tarrah loves with her whole heart and no matter what, she loves Bastian in any form and is set on proving it to him.
This story was a great and quick read. I cannot wait to see which brother the next installment will be about. Definitely a not to be missed book, I will be on the look out for more from this author.