Author: Randi Cooley Wilson
Release Date: June 30, 2016
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Serena has a bright future etched in stone.
Tristan has a dark past that haunts him.
Together, they have a love that can never be.
Sheltered, and unable to escape her bloodline, Serena St. Michael has spent the last two years training at the Royal Protector Academy. Struggling with a dark past, Tristan Gallagher’s current assignment is to protect a lifetime of secrets. One chance encounter will change everything. Serena must decide if she will follow her heart, forsaking all she’s ever known and risking a future worse than non-existence. Tristan will break every rule to save Serena, even if he can’t keep her. In their world of darkness, one love will ignite an ancient war. When pasts collide with the present, and secrets are revealed, will love be enough? Or will one lie destroy it all?
When you’ve hidden behind a mask for so long, would you reveal yourself for love? Vernal, the first novel in The Royal Protector Academy series is a dangerously exciting and darkly romantic tale that will take your breath away.
For some reason I went into this book thinking it was YA, but once I started reading, I realized that it was SO NOT YA! I dare say it had a very Paranormal Romance feel, in that it was all about the romance, and the fantasy aspect was secondary.
Serena is a gargoyle princess. The next in line to rule. She attends the Royal Protectorate Academy, where gargoyles are trained to fight. It is thought that she will be safest amongst a school full of gargoyles in training.
Rain is special to Serena, it calms her, soothes her, rejuvenates her, and Vernal opens with Serena naked, dancing in the rain, and this is how Tristan first meets her. The chemistry is undeniable right from the start!
Tristan has committed a serious crime, and in order to be given leniency, he agrees to go undercover as extra protection for Serena. Tristan has many secrets. Many secrets. Secrets that could ultimately lead to a war, if he can't control his feelings for Serena.
As you read Vernal, nugget after nugget is revealed, and you are drawn further and further in the world and the story. The book was quite unputdownable.
I definitely recommended this book.