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Stone Cold Seduction (Set in Stone #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  169 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
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 o ...more
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Published September 5th 2011 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (first published September 3rd 2011)
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Brooke Moss
Jul 19, 2011 Brooke Moss rated it it was amazing
Excellent read. I am extremely picky with my fantasy/UF books that I read, as I am not typically a fan. But this book had enough sass, wit, and realism to suck me in. The main character, Elle, is as believable as my own BFF, with her sardonic humor and lack of confidence, and the hero character? Jax? Oy, a very tasty treat. This is a highly recommended read for anyone who enjoys urban fantasy, OR for someone looking to dabble. If you are considering trying out an urban fantasy for the first time ...more
Mrs. Badass
Aug 05, 2011 Mrs. Badass rated it really liked it
Grade: B+ 4 Stars, Thank you to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for allowing me to read this novel.

Stone Cold Seduction by Jess Macallan follows the story of our un-likely heroine Elleodora {Elle} on her journey to find her fate.

By Day, Elle owns and runs a scent shop called Emmaline's and finally feels she has gotten away from her Evil father and his henchmen.

By Night, Elle moonlights as Robin Hood--stealing from her Father and selling the merchandise in order to pay the medical bills of he
4.5 stars

Wow! This turned out to be one of the most entertaining books I've read all summer! I admit, I'm not a big UF fan; I picked this up with the illusion that it was a stand alone PNR. It turned out I was wrong, but I haven't regretted it a single moment:)

UF seems to be dominated by kick-ass, bitchy heroines, who don't trust anyone and refuse all kinds of help offered to them. This fact doesn't make them too endearing to me I'm afraid. In this book however, I met at last a heroine, who bur
Dahlia (yadkny)
Oct 31, 2011 Dahlia (yadkny) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal & UF Lovers
Shelves: favorites
What’s a girl to do when some want you dead and some want you alive, but you’re not even sure who you are anymore? Well one thing’s for certain, knowledge is definitely power.

Elleodora (Elle) Fredrick’s might seem like a small-time soap shop keeper in a big city, but that’s just barely touching the surface to who she really is. By night, she is a thief determined to steal from the man who made her young life hell for two weeks every year. Her independence was hard-won and so she takes from him
Nov 06, 2011 Sharon rated it really liked it

Jess has crated a new and captivating world full of Shadow/Light Elves, Oracles, Phoenixes :swooning: and Gargoyles :swooning yet, again. This is the first book in the Set In Stone trilogy. I am a big fan of trilogies because you get a complex story with closure in sight. The second and third books come out March and April 2012 so there isn’t a long wait and considering the cliff hanger on this one I am glad.

The story is fast paced at breakneck speed, but
Oct 06, 2011 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fae, magic, elves
I really can’t believe that I just read a book and it made me find a GARGOYLE sexy! But, it happens! “Stone Cold Seduction” by Jess Macallan is the first book in the Set in Stone series and it’s a powerful start!

This book is about Elle a young woman who is happy running her little shop and hating her father. Her dislike is so deep that she’s stealing artifacts from him so she can give the money to people who have suffer because of her father’s actions. One day she learns that nothing is as she b
Oct 24, 2011 Erica rated it it was amazing
You could say that I couldn't choose between this book to read or another one at the time and I can honestly say that I am glad I chose this one first. As I had received this book through Goodreads First Reads, I wasn't sure what to expect. I thought "Gargoyle? Phoenix? I haven't read anything like this" and I was right. I was hooked from the first line, quickly devouring the world that Jess Macallan has created. With a overly sexy and tempting gargoyle, a gorgeous Phoenix, and a best-friend who ...more
Aug 03, 2011 Danielle rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This review was originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

Wow. Wow, is the only word I can think of after finishing this book. It was just so good and I couldn't put it down. I just kept turning the page completely absorbed in the story.

Elleodora Fredricks or "Elle" has recently learned that she is part of a supernatural world consisting of Shadow Elves, Light Elves, Oracles, Phoenixes, and Gargoyles. With her future unknown she sets off on a journey to find her fate with her oracle best f
Aug 15, 2011 Sareh rated it it was amazing

So I guess this is one of those things I've seen on other blogs where the post title is usually something like In My Mailbox. But I'm just gonna call it a review as I would do with normal books. I have signed up with a website called Netgallery where you can request to read and review books before they are out. And because I'm suppose to get the review for the books out before they're actually published, I'm going to post my reviews for these requested books first before I get to my regular book
Aug 15, 2011 Kara-karina rated it really liked it

Egalley thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC

Stone Cold Seduction is fairly light, amusing urban fantasy. Elle has this wry sense of humour which captivated me straight away.

"I jerked at the unexpected male voice, sloshing coffee on my hand and the table. “Damn! MacLean, what are you doing here? And why do you always sneak up on me when I’m holding hot coffee?”
MacLean didn’t answer. I noticed his copper eyes were streaked with flame.
“Guys, can we tone it down? Please? Can we have one conv
Sep 01, 2011 WildAboutBones rated it it was amazing
A Shadow Elf King, gargoyles, oracles, phoenix, light elves, fae, demigods, halflings, an evil father and not one but two romances are featured in this paranormal fantasy romance that grabs you from the first page.

It is a very humorous yet intense story told first person from Elle's point of view. One day she's just an ordinary 27 yr old woman trying to get back at her father for all the years of abuse and his murdering of innocents. The next day her life is turned upside down when she learns he
Jan 25, 2013 Julia rated it liked it
STONE COLD SEDUCTION establishes the start of a new series, and it is a mixed bag to begin with. Elle seems to move backwards throughout the book, starting out as a leather-clad cat-burglar robbing her father to help his victims, and ending up as a victim herself. While there is obvious potential for her to grow into her birthright, Elle's resistance and anger is her own worst enemy in book one. Even her love life is hard to get excited about, as the two handsome, charming, and wonderful men in ...more
Nessie Smith
Mar 13, 2015 Nessie Smith rated it it was ok
Fair warning I stopped at page 109 so my review is from the beginning to page 109. First thing first the writing kinda sucks, the author isn't diverse with her adjectives always using "I love...." or "sexy" in one chapter it was "I love the rain and the lush greenery that results. I love the people" and after that its how she loves her shop. Elle had an abusive childhood at the hands of Luke. But instead of taking self defense or some kind of martial arts she instead takes yoga. That stroke me o ...more
Qwill / The Qwillery
Sep 15, 2011 Qwill / The Qwillery rated it really liked it
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, Lig
Sep 20, 2011 Larissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Previously Published on my blog: Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life

*NO Spoilers

Ok, so thanks to Jess Macallan, Gargoyles are HOT! LOL

But let me rewind a bit. More often than not I find myself fairly entertained by a novel and a couple really weird plot points away of giving up, when the author turns it all around and makes me thoroughly enjoy a book.

This is exactly what happened with Stone Cold Seduction for me. Elle is a pretty interesting heroine, but the discrepancies in her attitudes and pers
Sep 20, 2011 Angie rated it it was amazing
Synposis: "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 h
Dark Faerie Tales
Jul 05, 2013 Dark Faerie Tales rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: Elle is just a mere mortal or so she thought. In one day all that changes. Now she is confronted with gargoyles, elves of both light and shadow, phoenixes, oracles and more. Now she has to find her fate and save many from her father’s evil doings. On top of that she has to choose between her first love and the man she now loves.

Opening Sentence: The worst day of my life began with a double mocha, extra whipped cream.

The Review:

This was a wo
Apr 24, 2013 Kadbury rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people looking for something new in PNR and UF
This book started off really well. The characters are different and I love the fact that it's not your average run-off-the-mill urban fantasy with vampires.It has phoenixes and gargoyle's . The introduction and build up of the story was brilliant. The start really reeled me in and got me very excited.

Then the insta-relationship(?) between Jax and Elledora came up. This relationship made me very uneasy. There was no build up except for the fact that she thought he was hot. I'm sure lots of relati
Sharon Tyler
Aug 09, 2011 Sharon Tyler rated it really liked it
Stone Cold Seduction by Jess Macallen begins the Set in Stone series; it is due to be released on September 6 2011. This urban fantasy offers readers a new world and set of characters that are well built and entertaining. The combination of independent, but previously abused, heroine with three hot guys on a quest to figure out what the world has in store for them in the future leads to a fun and interesting story that left me wanting more.There is humor, complicated love story, some hot scenes ...more
Oct 15, 2011 Jules rated it really liked it
Stone Cold Seduction is a fun start to a great new series ~ Set in Stone. Jess Macallan has created a lovely cast of characters and an interesting setting for their adventures. She has pretty much smashed the "rules" of what readers have come to expect with the "normal" paranormal novels.

Well, I have to say that I was completely taken with the heroine Elle. She's funny, snarky and compassionate. She's also very much her own woman. Where her upbringing should have crushed her, it only made her i
Marquetta (LoveToReadForFun)
Stone Cold Seduction is the first book in the Set in Stone series. This book caught my eye because the characters are preternatural creatures that I have not read about before.

Elle is your average business owner who sometimes steals from her father. Their relationship is tenuous at best and she doesn't feel any remorse about what she is doing. Elle is your regular Robin Hood; she sells the items that she steals from her father and uses that money to help out his victims. During one of her escapa
Cocktails and Books
Sep 15, 2011 Cocktails and Books rated it really liked it
Elle Fredricks has just been caught wearing a horrible Catwoman suit while stealing from the most evil man she knows...her father. The fact that she's been caught by her oh so hot employee, Jax, makes this all the more embarassing. But Elle soon finds out that being caught stealing is the very least of her problems.

Seems Elle never knew her father with the king of the Shadow Elves. Sure, he's still an evil bastard, but now she finds out he's evil with special powers. If that wasn't enough, she f
Rachel Firasek
Nov 05, 2011 Rachel Firasek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You ever read a book and afterwords think, "Whoa? What did I just read?"

Well, that's exactly what happened with me when I read Stone Cold Seduction. I'll admit that I normally like a stronger heroine, but there is something steadfast hidden beneath the loveable Elle. I can't explain it, but she's "real" in a way that some heroines don't come across. We all have fears that we can't explain and Elle has some definite issues, but that's okay, that's what makes her awesome.

Then there are the two m
Stacey Conrad
Sep 27, 2011 Stacey Conrad rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley

Full Review: Elle is happy running her organic soap shop by day and stealing priceless artifacts from her father at night. She’s got a hot male employee who catches her in the act of stealing, but rather than turn her in, he helps her get away! Turns out Jax is not human, but neither is Elle, she just didn’t know it yet. Dad is an evil master manipulator who deserves to be punished.

I am not one to start new series anymore; I hate waiting for the next one and prefer to read them all in one fell
Heather Book Savvy Babe
*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
Jul 16, 2012 Tania rated it liked it
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Elle is the daughter of a particularly nasty man who happens to be the King of the Shadow Elves. She has suffered through an abusive childhood and has had major portions of her memory stripped away. Stuff happens, she gets together with a gargoyle, finds out she has powers and that her father has been withholding her fate from her. Yeah, fates get written down on bits of paper in this world. Oh, and perhaps most importantly – she was engaged to a phoenix when she was young. For three quarters of ...more
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 fri ...more
Kathy Martin
Aug 26, 2011 Kathy Martin rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this first book in a new urban fantasy/paranormal romance series even though the female lead was atypical for the genre. Elle is not a kick-butt and take names kind of woman. She hates the sight of blood and violence makes her faint. She owns her own shop where she makes soaps and lotions. She is very sensitive to the way things smell. She also had an unfortunate childhood. She is the child of divorced parents and her two weeks each year with her father was the opportunity for o ...more
Aug 14, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
STONE COLD SEDUCTION is a great romance. After reading a few campy, prosaic paranormals, it was refreshing to read Elle's story. I wasn't a fan of the rather abrupt ending, but I should be used to that by now, as it seems to be the trend, especially in ebooks, where it's hard to tell how much of a story is left. Aside from that, the romance was well done, the love triangle aspect was not utterly overdone (I could understand the attraction she had for both men) and the fantasy angle was intriguin ...more
Sep 29, 2011 dblue rated it really liked it
I had heard good things about this book before I won a copy here on Goodreads. I typically read UF/PNR and I love to try something new. I have to admit that I enjoyed it more than I thought I would as I have gotten a little jaded with all of the urban fantasy / PNR out there. I loved the inclusion of Gargoyles and Phoenix's. ( I adore gargoyles and this one is way better than the ones I use as bookends) I liked that it is not another vampire/ werewolf book. The use of Fates was interesting and I ...more
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