A gargoyle in need of a mission

The curse is finally broken,

Yet, freedom never felt so empty.

No longer confined to his stone form, gargoyle shifter Mattias yearns for a purpose. Feeling increasingly lost, he plans to search for his destiny elsewhere. But, a chance encounter with a wary woman roots him to the spot–for now.

A werewolf in search of a cure.

Rachel heads into an underground club to pick up an elixir–and runs into Mattias. The attraction is strong, but her affliction has left her too damaged to pursue a relationship.

Mattias and Rachel guard their secrets to protect their hearts. But, the cost is high. Will they be able to break through the darkness?

Or are they doomed to carry the weight of their curses alone?

This is an adult, 18+ story with possible strong language, violence and sexual situations geared toward an adult audience.

Titles in the Underground Encounters series include:  Smolder – Fire – Ignite – Burn – Heat – Blaze – Combust – InflameTorch

INFLAME is part of the Bad Alpha Dads project and is a fiery, standalone, paranormal romance in the Underground Encounters series.

Step into Vamps and discover a thrilling new world of steamy paranormal romance featuring sexy shifters, thirsty vampires, passionate witches, and gorgeous gargoyles!

Title:  Torch
Series:  Underground Encounters #9
Author:  Lisa Carlisle
Published:  April 15, 2019
My Rating:  4.5 stars

I first visited Vamps with INFLAME in the BAD line and fell in love with this series with only one story read.  I had such a delightful time returning to the Vamps night club world once again.  I had hoped to be caught up with the earlier stories by now, but it’s been — a turbulent year is the kindest thing I can say about it and I’m so far behind in simple pleasure reading.  Time to get back on track with TORCH.

Finally free from the curse that kept him and his brothers imprisoned in stone most of the time, Mattias wants to enjoy his new found freedom.  He’s happy that his brothers have found their mates, but he isn’t ready to settle down in one place just yet.  His plan is to leave Vamps and do some exploring of his own except when she walked in the club something changed in him, caught him off guard (which isn’t easy to do) and had him postponing that trip to see just what Rachel is hiding.

Rachel’s life has been forever changed.  Now she seeks help from witches, has herself locked in the basement at certain times, and has absolutely no hope for her future.  And certainly cannot let this attraction she has for the man from Vamps go any further.  Yet, Mattias is quite charming and stubborn as a friendship, a few dates, and maybe more begins to work their magic on her own stubborn heart.  There is danger awaiting them, and now they have to reveal secrets in order to fight for their future.

I was easily caught up in the mysterious underground world of shifters and paranormals once again in TORCH.  Mattias and Rachel work so well together.  Each a bit reluctant, for their own reasons, but also with a curiosity that has to be satisfied as to what might be for them together.  We’ll meet up with some familiar faces, deal with a nasty piece of work, face danger, and discover that mates don’t always know instantly sometimes it takes a bit of time to get beneath the surface, to understand the person before that final piece falls into place.  I had such a good time with Mattias and Rachel.  I would not hesitate to recommend this story to any reader of Paranormal Romance or Shifter Romance, you’ll be captured and enjoy it.

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