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The Seduction of Phaeton Black

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Fabulous characters--kicking off what promises to be a terrific series!

Oh, this is a good one! If you like truly intense and fascinating characters and an intense level of sensuality (plus a delicious frisson of steampunk), it's a find! Jillian Stone has a terrific voice, and the dialogue between the characters is fabulous and genuinely sm...
Oh, this is a good one! If you like truly intense and fascinating characters and an intense level of sensuality (plus a delicious frisson of steampunk), it's a find! Jillian Stone has a terrific voice, and the dialogue between the characters is fabulous and genuinely smart.

Phaeton Black is a kind of paranormal, supremely libidinous Sherlock Holmes, and I just loved watching him at work (and play). The book is set in Victorian London, all moody and foggy and atmospheric, and full of sinister but tantalizing nightlife. Phaeton's a perfect match for the city: sordid and elegant by turns, full of complicated energy, hungry for pleasure, and fascinated by all the scary, supernatural things that are constantly after his blood. He's matched with a fiery, mixed-race, gun-wielding heroine named America Jones, and she's as intense and sensuous in her own way as Phaeton is in his. Their love story is very, very hot (the sex scenes are not for the prudish!), but it also has a great deal of tenderness as two very hard-shelled people form a deep attachment that surprises them both. Even as the plot thunders along, the emotional thread between them is quite moving.

I love the paranormal elements of the book: Stone steers clear of the cliche vampires and werewolves, and gives us a more ethereal, dreamlike sense of a mystical other-world that sends tendrils into this one. The descriptions of the various apparitions Phaeton encounters are gorgeous, even poetic, and they have an emotional delicacy that's too often missing from paranormals.

Can't wait to read the next in the series!!!

posted by ElisaB on May 30, 2012

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

There is a beast or vampire stalking the streets and Scotland Ya

There is a beast or vampire stalking the streets and Scotland Yard is desperate to close the case. Having already fired Phaeton Black after he embarrassed them over the Jack the Ripper debacle, they now are crawling on the hands and knees begging for his help. Phaeton,...
There is a beast or vampire stalking the streets and Scotland Yard is desperate to close the case. Having already fired Phaeton Black after he embarrassed them over the Jack the Ripper debacle, they now are crawling on the hands and knees begging for his help. Phaeton, currently living in a brothel, really wants nothing to do with Scotland Yard but wanting to prove a point (that there are supernatural entities out there) he agrees to aid them. Phaeton’s character is crude and sleazy and at times borderlines on repulsive. I am guessing he is written this way to make the reader be disgusted but as the story continues you find that he can be a very decent guy (when he wants to). Some readers will love this about him and others (me included) just found it to be a bit much.

During Phaeton’s investigation he ends up taking on a sexy partner (in more ways than one). America Jones is looking for the pirates that have stolen her deceased father’s ships. She is having a tough time finding someone to help her, until she meets Phaeton. The two complement each other. America is no ordinary woman and obviously Phaeton is a rake. America in a way provides the comic relief much needed in this book and her sassiness is a fun addition. Even though Phaeton loves his rakish ways, he finds that America might just be the woman for him.

The two stories weave in and out and at times can be very confusing. Phaeton needs to find the seductress that is leaving bodies everywhere and all America wants to find is her ships. There are many interesting characters that are introduced and we also come to find out that America can also see the supernatural side of Victorian London. The Seduction of Phaeton Black is definitely an adult romance but bordering on erotica at certain points throughout the story. The crude language at times made me not want to continue reading but underneath there was a decent plot line happening.

(ARC was provided by publisher for an honest review)

posted by kopsahl on April 15, 2012

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  • Posted June 19, 2013

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    Seduction? Hardly. When the "hero", Phaeton Black, m

    Seduction? Hardly. When the "hero", Phaeton Black, meets the heroine, he rapes her. I didn't read any farther. I had previously read and greatly enjoyed a novella by this author, but I won't be going back to her after this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    Set in the period just after Jack the Ripper,

    This short novel was of some historical interest, as it was set in London just after the serial murders by 'Jack the Ripper'. It has a fairly substantial amount of eroticism, not really too much for what it is, but I found the addition of paranormal or phantasmagorical creatures detracted from the book, overall.

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  • Posted August 10, 2013

    I do not have the words for how I feel about this story.  It fel

    I do not have the words for how I feel about this story.  It felt like the fantasy elements of the story only existed so that the author could get to the next sex scene.

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