Stone Cold Seduction (Set In Stone, Book One)

Stone Cold Seduction (Set In Stone, Book One)

by Jess Macallan




When a regular night of Robin Hood-ery results in the manifestation of some, um, unusual paranormal abilities, perfume-maker Elleodora Fredricks realizes the normal world she lives in isn't quite... normal. And neither is she, thanks to her father, king of the shadow elves. Not only is he evil incarnate and the reason Elle moonlights as a burglar someone has to take care of all his victims he s stolen her memories. And only reading her fate can fix that. Good thing she s got a trio of hotties willing to help her find said fate, but only if she gives them something in return. Saving her oracle BFF's fiance, falling in love with the gargoyle, and making up for breaking the phoenix s heart ought to be a piece of cake for the princess of the shadow elves. If only the king didn't want his daughter dead...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937044251
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Series: Set in Stone Series , #1
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Jess lives in the Inland Northwest with her husband and three children. After pursing a degree in finance and economics, she realized she was better suited to weaving words than crunching numbers. She has a bad habit of trying too many new things at once and has amassed an odd resume of talents including yoga teacher, knitter, writing mentor, gardener, mixed martial arts junkie, and author of a variety of genres. In her spare time, she raises crazy chicken breeds and reads anything she can get her hands on.

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Stone Cold Seduction: (A Set in Stone Book, #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ABookwormsHaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Stone Cold Seduction we see life through the eyes of Elleodora Fredricks, aka Elle, she is the owner of a shop that sells all sorts of lotions, soaps and other handmade items she has mixed herself by day, but moonlights as a Robin Hood type figure. She steals from the rich and gives to the less fortunate. The rich she takes from would actually just be one man in particular, her father. He is a cruel man who never gave Elle any love or affection. All her memories of him leave her sad and often in tears. She loved her mother dearly, but she died recently and it has left a hole in Elle she has yet to fill. She tries to fill that void with the love she has for her shop and is content enough with her life at the moment. That is until, she discovers that she is not quite human and her father is the king of the shadow elves which makes her not only half shadow elf, but royalty as well.Jess has given us many paranormal creatures that we are familiar with, but has put a new spin on them. For instance, one of Elle¿s love interests (and my personal favorite) Jax, is a gargoyle. He gives off the appearance of a human, but can easily turn to stone and sport some sweet wings. I have seen gargoyles in books before, but never as one of the main characters or with all the abilities that Jax encompasses. The other side to this love triangle is a phoenix named, Mac. I will concede the fact that being a phoenix does sound pretty cool and has some nifty perks that come with the package, but I am a little biased towards Jax. I am not sure why I formed my attachment with him first, but I did. It is not because we get to see him first; I just prefer his personality over Mac¿s. While we are on this subject I will say I am not usually a fan love triangles. For the most part it feels as if they are thrown in to a second or even third book, just to cause tension with protagonists and stir up the story. While I do wish Mac would leave Elle to Jax, I do understand the reasoning behind this triangle and it is a part of both Elle¿s past and future. The battle for Elle¿s heart does add a lot of tension to the story and keeps both Elle and myself on our toes. She is thrown into this new world with many unanswered questions and her heart is just as confused as her head when it comes to her love life. I am just going to keep fingers crossed that it turns out the way I hope and Jax ends up with Elle. The only person who knows that though is Jess and I am sure her lips are sealed on the matter, but I will hold out hope for the gargoyle!While the romance does play a major role in this story, we are also following along with Elle on her journey to self-discovery. She has grown up her whole life thinking she was a human and had her world turned upside down when she finds out her true nature. She is royalty in a world she knows nothing about and is struggling to remember. She and her friends suspect her father has tampered with her memory of growing up with him and as a result she is relearning things and people from her past that she should already know. Her father is the definition of cruel and Elle has spent most of her time trying to avoid him, only to discover he is essential in disclosing the secrets of her past and where life is leading her next.The ending of Stone Cold Seduction is a cliffhanger which will have you desperate for the next book! It is not too far away since it is slated to release in November, but I know I wish I could get my hands on it now! Overall though, I enjoyed this story and getting to know Elle and the world she has found herself in. I am also eager to see where her fate will lead her and which man it will lead her to. *Coughs* Jax! So if you haven¿t already, go check out Stone Cold Seduction to see what Elle¿s story is all about and find out which you prefer, a gargoyle or a phoenix.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
STONE COLD SEDUCTION had me hooked from the very beginning. The first chapter had me invested in Elle’s story and the mysterious Jax. Elle handles the incredible revelation that she and those around her are not at all what she thought with amazing grace and an ability at adjust and accept. This isn’t to say it’s all easy for her. As you would expect, the changes are a lot to take and hard for Elle but she fights through it all until she is able to step up and accepts the challenges of her fate. The story of her travails is fast paced but thorough. Her sense of right and wrong and her choice of good people around her provide the solid base she needs as she redefines her entire being. Not only must Elle learn and accept her paranormal fate but there is another, besides the hot, sexy Jax, to whom she is fated to be a mate. The age old love triangle adds to Elle’s already confusing life. There was more than enough to this story to keep me hooked from beginning to end. The book stood alone very well but left me with a strong need to read the next one, STONE COLD REVENGE. Macallan’s writing style is refreshing. The book is set in the first person with Elle telling the story the “voice” is perfect for a young woman. Macallan has created a new world with creatures we’ve all heard of before but defined in slightly different ways making them fresh and interesting. Received from the publisher by MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE for an honest review. Rating: 4.5 Heat Rating: Mild: Mild detailed scenes of intimacy, mild violence or profanity. Reviewed By: ReadWarrior
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was excited to read this book based upon its premise and the book reviews but I don’t think we read the same book. The world building and idea was good but the characters were flat and the interactions were repetitive. I had to go back and reread the first few chapters because I kept feeling like I was missing a major scene that would have tied things together. It was as if there was a prequel and this book should have been labeled 1.5. Sorry, but I would have to give this a two star.
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JodyFL More than 1 year ago
Elleodora Fredricks has always known her Dad was evil and in fact that is what lead her start stealing precious artifacts from him in the first place. Elle has always felt the need to correct the wrongs he has done by selling his stolen property and giving the money to the victims of his evil temper. Then while narrowly escaping from her latest heist, Elle finds out she is being to show powers such as shadowing because her father is the King of the Shadow Elves. With the help of her best guy friend, Teryl who is an Oracle, and her new love Jax a gargoyle she must solve the mystery of her fate and parentage. "I have know idea who I am. In the last week, I found out I'm a shadow elf, daughter of a demigod, granddaughter to a god, a ward thief, and I can manipulate minds and flame. I saw a dead woman, was hunted and kidnapped, and then beaten and stabbed by a psychopath. All while traveling, around the world. I got my fate, which was a glorified riddle that provided more questions than answers and now I'm expected to choose between the man I loved ten years ago and the man I love now, while you two fight." Stone Cold Seduction is an action filled story with a unique blend of new creatures that I would have never imagined could be sexy. Ms. Macallan makes gargoyles a big sexy bodygaurds that anyone would want to have around. Jax is a strong protector who claims to be Elle's mate but what of Maclean, a phoenix who burns hot and is Elle's ex fiance. Elle's sadistic father Jedren has manipulated her mind and stolen her memories so she cannot remember whole people or situations from her past. I loved the fantasy world that Ms. Macallan builds. This is an awesome start to a series with non-stop mystery and action. There are hot romantic passion between Elle and Jax. Yet, Elle is beginning to get warm memories back of her love of MacLean. The end of the book will leave you wanting more. I will eagerly anticipating the sequel.
Qwillery More than 1 year ago
First off, kudos to Entangled Publishing for being upfront about Stone Cold Seduction's genre: "Paranormal w/ strong Romantic Elements." That is an apt description. This first book in the Set in Stone series has no HEA, but does have romance. With an HEA I might have thought of it as an Urban Fantasy Romance, but there is no HEA... yet. I really liked Stone Cold Seduction. Jess Macallan has created a really interesting mythology for her series that includes Gargoyles, Phoenixes, Shadow Elves, Light Elves and more. There are no vampires or werewolves. The fact that a mythical creature in the book called them myths made me smile. There are moments of levity in Stone Cold Seduction. There is romance and, yes, sex. There is action and some violence. Elle is the central character of Stone Cold Seduction. All of sudden her world is turned upside down when she finds out who her awful Dad really is and who she is and may become. The world is not what it seems. Elle's a very likable character. She has an offbeat and lovely sense of humor. Her reluctance about some things is explained throughout the course of the story. We know as much as she does. We find out about her horrific past right along with her as her memories slowly start to return and her paranormal abilities manifest. Bad things have happened to her. The folks who have caused those bad things are still around. There is one scene in the story that really made me cringe for Elle. Elle is surrounded by a trio of terrific males - Teryl, Jax and MacLean. Teryl is Elle's BFF. Jax works for Elle. MacLean is... well you'll have to read the story. The interaction between Elle and the "trio of hotties" and among the trio is very well done. There are several very amusing "manversations" as Elle calls them between the guys. "...a manversation is a conversation men have where only grunts, growls, and manly looks are exchanged." I like all the guys. They each have well-drawn and distinct personalities. This is the foundation book for the series so don't expect much to be resolved. Elle's powers have not completely manifested, her fate is not clear, and she's going to have to deal not only with romantic entanglements but her dear old Dad in the upcoming books. Jess Macallan did a terrific job balancing humor, violence, action, and romance in Stone Cold Seduction. It's an engaging read and I can't wait to see what happens next. I give Stone Cold Seduction 4 Qwills.
booksavvybabe More than 1 year ago
*4.5 of 5 stars!* Stone Cold Seduction is the first book in an amazingly creative new paranormal romance series. In Stone Cold Seduction, Jess Macallan creates an entirely new paranormal world, one full of dark and light fae, oracles, gargoyles, even phoenix's. The paranormal/supernatural elements to this book and world are fresh, new, and I love it! The creativity of this world is astounding. The shadow (dark) fae have supernatural abilities, and can wrap themselves in shadows, the gargoyles are actually man-like and in their stone forms, they are still beautiful. Each paranormal being receives a fate when they are young, and that fate helps guide their life's path. In Stone Cold Seduction Elle, the shadow fae princess, finds out about her heritage and searches for her missing fate. Along the way she falls in love with Jax (her gargoyle protector), uncovers hidden memories, and winds up in the middle of a complicated love triangle. There is so much to love about this book. Elle is a wonderful heroine, she had a terrible childhood complete with a bad father and torture, but she still manages to rise above her upbringing to be a beautiful, caring woman. She owns a scent-shop where she creates her own scents for soaps and lotions and runs her own store. She tries to help the people her father hurt by stealing from him and giving back to the victims. When her shadow fae powers begin to manifest, she handles the situation pretty well, considering her situation. The love triangle debacle adds an even more intriguing element to the story, and I really don't know which man I prefer. On that note, the romance in this novel is sweet and I really love it. With the title being Stone Cold Seduction, I had thought that the book would be more sex-heavy than it was, but I was very pleased to find that the romance and the sex in the book is a bit more moderate. I really don't want to give spoilers away, so I will end with this: when I finished reading, I wanted more. Stone Cold Seduction is definitely only book one, just an introductory story to what promises to be a very exciting series. Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy fans, you will really enjoy this book. It is one that I highly recommend.