Deal Me In: Fragile Magic by Sharon Ashwood
Selina is in the grocery store when a young gargoyle who has escaped the pet store next door crashes into a cereal display. When a clerk tries to jab at it with a broom, Selina takes matters into her own hands and buys the gargoyle for herself with the plan to find a new owner later. Gary, the gargoyle, has a hurt wing so Selina is off to find the vet. Dr. Jake is a cute, intelligent werewolf who fixes Gary's wing and flirts like crazy with Selina. Selina is half-fey but does not trust her magic as it has been known to go sideways. I loved this story--I want a gargoyle!! Gary stole every scene he was in. Selena and Jake were a great couple and I would enjoy reading a full-length novel about them (and Gary!) but was pleased with this short story. I should have read and reviewed this for January 25, but better late than never. It would have been a true shame to put off reading this entry any longer.