The Vulnerable Human (Mystics of Mistvale Book 2) by Stella Rainbow

What if the person your hired as a bodyguard for turns out to be your mate? Angel read The Vulnerable Human.

From the blurb:

A protective gargoyle who works as a bodyguard. A human chef in need of protection. A stalker that brings them together.


When my instincts reacted after overhearing a panicked phone call, all I could do was follow the human home and watch over him. Discovering he had a cute little daughter and someone was stalking him, I couldn't stop myself from offering my bodyguard services to him.

It didn't take me long to realize Trick was my mate, and once I did, nothing could stop me from making sure he and his daughter stayed safe, not bullets, poison, or anything else his stalker could throw at me.


When my sister got sick, I broke up with my boyfriend, left my job in New York and moved to Mistvale to take care of her and her newborn baby. Six months later, I lost my sister and became a father.

Lena and I were finally settling into life in Mistvale when someone started leaving notes at my door. When my babysitter called me in a panic, I knew I needed to do something. I'd do anything to keep my daughter safe, even hire a bodyguard. It didn't hurt that Vo was as hot as he was sweet.

The Vulnerable Human is a 55k MM romance featuring a gargoyle with strong protective instincts, a human with supreme cooking skills and an adorable daughter, a stalker who needs to be taught a lesson, and all the family vibes you expect from a Mistvale Town book.

Mystics of Mistvale is the third series set in the fictional town of Mistvale, and while each book in this series can be read as a standalone, characters from other books do pop in.

The chronological order for all the Mistvale books is available on the author's website.

Angel's Review:

I thought this was a good, sweet read. Trick and Vo slowly got to know each other throughout their time together and took things slow. I really liked seeing the demi representation in this book, that was really neat. I enjoyed how supportive Trick was and how even when he didn't fully know what Vo's sexuality entailed; he did his research so he could know Vo better. 

Lena's character was so cute. I loved how she attached herself right to Vo, instantly. It was adorable reading about this big gargoyle and then read a scene where he's cuddling Lena. I loved how the whole Mistvale clan for together to protect one of their own. I love seeing past characters in newer stories, so I was really happy to see them make an appearance. 

I feel as though Trick's stalker component was too drawn out. By the time something did happen it fell a bit flat. I think the author wanted to create suspense and make you guess, but it just didn't hit the mark with that component.

The story itself, though, was cute. I wished we got more scenes of Truck being a chef. Cause there were only a few scenes where he was cooking. 

Overall, The Vulnerable Human is an enjoyable book to read if you want to dive into the craziness of the Mistvale clan. I'm very much curious about Alden's character, so I'm going to be keeping my eye out for his story. 

Rating: 4 Stars

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