My review is cross-posted from Joyfully Reviewed: http://www.joyfullyreviewed.com/new-reviews/house-of-stone-by-vaughn-r-demont
In the City, humans never know that Fae, gods, goblins, and more live among them. Richard Stone, a Fae viscount, has a somewhat thriving county (aka: a slum) and inspires the fantasies of many in his acting career (in other words, he’s a porn star). He also is the keeper of the Azure Blade, one of the five magical swords in the City. He’s not too thrilled about his arranged marriage, but his knight of a bride seems nice enough. Things go wrong on his wedding day, though, when the Azure Blade loses its magic and the shame threatens Richard’s noble standing. He has a little over a week to solve his not-so-little problem, and Richard’ll need all the help he can get. Good thing his manservant, Simaron, is there to see to Richard’s every need.
Action, adventure, magic, and some hot male/male action all combine in House of Stone. Yet, though it had all the necessary ingredients to make one hell of an exciting book, House of Stone fell far short of what I’d hoped. The pacing was slow and Vaughn R. Demont constantly pauses to explain things, rather than weave the necessary information into the tale. Though he does grow up a bit over the course of the story Richard, isn’t particularly likeable and his voice becomes a bit tiresome at times. Since the book is written in the first person, that’s a bit of an issue. I also didn’t get to know Simaron, the love of Richard’s life, as well as I’d have liked. The character I was intrigued by was Jen, Richard’s wife, who sadly plays a minor role in House of Stone. I honestly wanted to like House of Stone, but the story dragged and it felt like Mr. Demont was trying to throw too much in without a plan.