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The Seduction of Phaeton Black

The Seduction of Phaeton Black

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by Jillian Stone

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In the gaslit streets of Victorian London, phantoms rule the night, demons dance till dawn, and one supernatural detective dares to be seduced by the greatest power of all. . .

He's The Man With The Magic Touch

A master of deduction, seduction and other midnight maneuvers, Phaeton Black is Scotland Yard's secret weapon against things that go bump in the


In the gaslit streets of Victorian London, phantoms rule the night, demons dance till dawn, and one supernatural detective dares to be seduced by the greatest power of all. . .

He's The Man With The Magic Touch

A master of deduction, seduction and other midnight maneuvers, Phaeton Black is Scotland Yard's secret weapon against things that go bump in the night. His prodigious gifts as a paranormal investigator are as legendary as his skills as a lover, his weakness for wicked women as notorious as his affection for absinthe. But when he's asked to hunt down a fanged femme fatale who drains her victims of blood, he walks right into the arms of the most dangerous woman he's ever known. . .

She's The Devilish Miss Jones

Pressing a knife to his throat—and demanding he make love to her—Miss America Jones uses Phaeton as a willing shield against the gang of pirates chasing her. As deadly as she is, with a derringer tucked in her garter, Miss Jones is not the vampiric killer he's been staking out—but she may be just what Phaeton needs to crack the case. As the daughter of a Cajun witch, she possesses uncanny powers. As a fearless fighter, she can handle anything from Egyptian mummies to Jack the Ripper. But when an ancient evil is unleashed on the world, she could be his only salvation. . .or ultimate sacrifice.

"[A] dark Victorian concoction. . .sexy as hell!" —Ray Garton, author of Live Girls

"A sexy, supernatural romp!" —Zoë Archer

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Publishers Weekly
Erotic romance? Paranormal thriller? Sherlock Holmes pastiche? Steampunk adventure? Stone (An Affair with Mr. Kennedy) wants it all, and the results, while mildly entertaining, don’t convince. Phaeton Black, occasional detective for Scotland Yard and lodger in 1889 London’s most notorious brothel, is chasing a supernatural killer in between amorous bouts. He is startled and intrigued by the brazen advances of America Jones, self-described “high yellow Cajun Louisiana,” fleeing the pirates who stole her father’s ships. Since she’s also a witch, she has more than sex to trade for Phaeton’s assistance in recovering the ships—though the sex is included, of course. The pair pursue their ill-assorted goals through a colorful assortment of locations and a remarkable number of explosions. A description of Jack the Ripper as “naughty and dangerous” captures the book’s main weakness: lightness of tone shading into juvenile flippancy. Agent: Richard Curtis, Richard Curtis Associates. (Apr.)

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Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator Series , #1
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5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

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The Seduction of Phaeton Black 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
CaliforniaNookLover More than 1 year ago
A guilty pleasure. Not a rape in sight, but plenty of hot and MUTUAL role playing. This author puts the steam in steampunk! 
ElisaB More than 1 year ago
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!!!
HenriJJ More than 1 year ago
A fun, sexy steampunk novel you never read before, but glad you did, with everything you could imagine and can't! When on-again/off-again Scotlandyard agent, Phaeton Black teamed up with exotic witch's daughter, America Jones trying to solve murder mystery of which the suspect thought to be vampire turned into Egyptian goddess/succubus, things just got heated up to the next level of 'smoking hawt' investigation.
2PointySticks More than 1 year ago
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.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'The Seduction of Phaeton Black' is an interesting supernatural mystery novel intertwined with a steamy paranormal romance. The main plot deals with Phaeton Black, a Scotland Yard detective who happens to have some paranormal abilities. He helps out with cases surrounding the occult and unexplained occurrences. In this case, he must figure out what bloodsucking fiend is torturing the good people of London before things get too out of hand. Along the way he meets America Jones and begins torrid love affair. Before long, Phaeton feels himself falling for Miss Jones - despite his hardest attempts against such a thing. What has this woman done to the notorious libertine Phaeton Black? This novel is a fast-paced paranormal romance with a great plot. The setting is a perfect fit for the narrative - Victorian era London seems to be a plausible place for ghosts and succubi to be roaming about brothels and the dirty streets. The romance portion of the book was a bit of a shock to me because I normally don't read that genre, but it was quite steamy and made the tension between Phaeton and America palpable throughout the novel. The writing is very well done and the characters are believably flawed and exciting to read about. Fans of paranormal romance will devour this book and eagerly await the next installment in the series. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
kopsahl More than 1 year ago
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)
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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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S_Garth More than 1 year ago
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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Great read can't wait to read the next book. 
dreamer2229 More than 1 year ago
Oh my… Phaeton is a naughty combination of Sherlock Holmes and James Bond. He drinks absinthe, seduces women, and investigates paranormal problems for Scotland Yard. Then he meets Miss America Jones, daughter of a Cajun witch with powers of her own. They must work together or perish. This is definitely the adult only version of this kind of story. The naughty bits are very graphic. The story however is delightful; just keep this one on the top shelf away from young ones hands. For all the adults who love paranormal mysteries, James Bond stories, Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Who, or the Mortal Instruments Series these are definitely the books for you… especially if you want something a little hot and spicy. Such a good read. I give it 5 out of 5 clouds and a chili pepper rating of 9… sizzling hot. This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.
JOATMON More than 1 year ago
As a avid reader this book caught my eye and I had added it to my wishlist. I finally broke down and purchased it and have to admit my disappointment. It had so much potential that was lost with the authors choice of graphic sex what seemed to be every other page. It seemed forced and often interrupted the story lines. By the end of the book I was skimming pages to skip the latest exploit to get to the actual story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first sorta uninteresting but as I persevered the story became more intriging. May get the next one.
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