The Seduction of Phaeton Black by Jillian Stone is a delightful romp through historical London with a dashing rogue of a hero, a bright and beautifulThe Seduction of Phaeton Black by Jillian Stone is a delightful romp through historical London with a dashing rogue of a hero, a bright and beautiful heroine and a motley crew of secondary characters all in pursuit of a lusty Egyptian goddess who leaves a trail of bodies in her wake.
I wasn't quite sure how to classify this novel: paranormal romance or urban fantasy. In my opinion, a paranormal romance is largely based around the romance between the hero and the heroine and their tale is usually summed up on one book. An urban fantasy is largely based on the story surrounding the hero and heroine and their romance usually takes a backseat and more often than not, there is a series of books where the reader watches the romance between the two evolve. I could be wrong but that's how I normally distinguish between the two. With that said, The Seduction of Phaeton Black could easily fall in to both categories.
When we meet Mr. Black, he's taken up residence in a brothel of all places having recently been dismissed from Scotland Yards for his declarations that the Ripper murders were of a supernatural nature. Phaeton is a clairvoyant of sorts and while hot on the tail of a phantom, he runs into the delectable Miss America Jones who promptly holds a knife to his throat and demands he ravish her. A Cassanova of the worst kind, Phaeton is all too eager to oblige Miss Jones who it turns out is actually running away from pirates. Once Phaeton is assured of Miss Jones' safety from the pirates, he releases her only to narrowly miss being decked by the outraged Miss Jones for taking his liberties with her a bit too far. Miss Jones fails to hit her mark and instead knocks herself unconscious and is taken back to Phaeton's flat so that he can get to know more about the mysterious miss.
I adored Phaeton Black! There was no telling what would come out of his mouth!
"I'm too angry for chit chat. In fact, I cannot bare to listen to the sound of your voice." America pressed her lips together, hoping to hide the amusement. He growled, or was it a grunt? "I have never roomed with a woman. I am sure I will dislike it immensely." he said. "It seems to me you live with a houseful." she said. "Clever, Miss Jones, but incorrect. I do not room with the ladies. I fuck them."
That's just one of many of the quotes by Mr. Phaeton Black that had me either laughing or quirking a brow. Another favorite of mine:
"I mean to taste you tonight, Miss Jones. I wish to savor all of your spice, your tang, your sugar."
AAAHHH!!! Could he BE any sexier?!? I normally can not stand the usage of "sugar" used in any form of love talk but Mr. Black knows just how to use it! Phaeton Black, paranormal investigator, is indeed an intriguing character that this reader could not seem to get enough of.
America Jones was a breath of fresh air to me! A femme fatale who knew how to use her wits and her womanly charms to get what she wanted. Known as a 'high yellow Cajun' back in her home of Louisiana, America also has 'the gift' passed on to her by her Cajun mother. I really enjoyed reading about a woman of color in this time setting as most historical romances are sorely lacking in this area. I also liked that the issue of discrimination that America faced due to her "coppery complexion" was addressed. Bravo on both counts to the author! American Jones was no simpering maid in the bedroom. No. Her curiosity and lack of inhibitions led to some veeery hot and steamy scenes between her and the ever eager, Mr. Black.
On a final note, I love names that are different yet have an issue with names that are so different that I can't pronounce them thus taking away from my reading enjoyment. Not only were the characters in this book all so different in appearance and stories but the names - I loved em! America, Phaeton, Layla, Ping, Jin, Qadesh! So original yet I loved the way they rolled off my tongue.
I can't wait to get more of Phaeton Black and America Jones in the second installment of this series, 'The Moonstone and Miss Jones'!
In "Of A Darker Nature" author Michelle Clay wastes no time in jumping right into the action. While working at a funeWow! What a way to start a book!
In "Of A Darker Nature" author Michelle Clay wastes no time in jumping right into the action. While working at a funeral home, Emily Cross is ambushed by vampires. Not wanting to believe these creatures exist but unable to deny it after a very dead John Doe reanimates to save her life, Emily is pulled into a war between the undead and a very powerful and very pissed off witch who wants to use her powers for their own gain.
Marcus is THE enforcer for the Mistress of the City. After rescuing Emily from those who once served alongside him, he finds himself inexplicably drawn to the auburn-haired beauty. The story heats up once Marcus is assigned to keep Emily from the witch's clutches.
Emily was portrayed in such a real to life manner that I couldn't help but connect with her. And Marcus? To die for! Totally alpha! I love the dark and silent yet deadly types and Marcus fits the bill. I really liked the care that he did show towards Evan, the human relative of the Mistress of the City.
Michelle Clay writes in such a way that you feel as though you are a part of the story taking place. Her way of bringing her characters and her scenes to life through her usage of dialogue is amazing. I really enjoyed this story and hope to read more by this very talented author. ...more
**spoiler alert** Jerricho Barrons has ruined me for all men - real and fantasy. *le sigh I don't know what it is about him but he just gets under my**spoiler alert** Jerricho Barrons has ruined me for all men - real and fantasy. *le sigh I don't know what it is about him but he just gets under my skin - I love him!!!
It's been awhile since I've read anything close to a romance - be it in the form of urban fantasy or my standard historical - but I decided to give horror a break and dive back into my urban fantasy/paranormal romance novels with "Lothaire" by Kresley Cole. After that I decided to catch up on the "Lords" series since Paris' book in due out next. For some reason, I decided to go back to the 4th book in the Fever series and skim the pages that mentioned Barrons and then I just HAD to finish Shadowfever. See, I'm a bit spoiled when it comes to certain aspects of story-telling and when you kill off my heartthrob - that's a big no no. So when I had started reading ShadowFever last year and it was revealed that the beast was Barrons...I was sick. I did not want to continue reading. Silly me.
The final installment was decent. Every page that contained Barrons was 5-star worthy and I skimmed most of the pages that contained Dani...she just annoys me. Although I liked some of the twists that occurred, I was disappointed to discover that V'Lane was Cruce. The death-by-sex fae had grown on me since book #1 and although I wouldn't have chosen him over Barrons, he was a close second. Okay, not that close but second nonetheless. To be honest it was just a lot going on in this final book - ALOT - and was just about as confusing as this review. I still don't know who did what and why or huh but Barrons is my ultimate dream man and so this book deserves nothing less than a 4-star rating. ...more
**spoiler alert** I couldn't give this book more than three-stars and that in itself is a disappointment to me. I loved the beginning of the book - pr**spoiler alert** I couldn't give this book more than three-stars and that in itself is a disappointment to me. I loved the beginning of the book - primarily Mac's time with Barrons - but after their confrontation in the abbey, it seemed to go downhill from their.
I suppose my biggest gripe is as the series closes - it seems that more questions are coming up and I still don't have answers to some of the first questions posed: Who and what is Barrons? Who betrayed Alina? Who is dreamy-eyed guy? Etc, etc, blah, blah, blah. I like a good mystery but give me something as we go along instead of adding more plots or storylines. Just a major pet peeve of mine. One of the main reasons I lost interest in the True Blood series. By season three, there were too many plots and players to keep up with. Yet I digress...
I only hope the final installment in this series is able to wrap everything up in a way that warrants a five-star rating....more
**spoiler alert** What a way to end a book!!! Wow!!! I am sooo grateful that I waited until at least 5 books in this series came out because if I had**spoiler alert** What a way to end a book!!! Wow!!! I am sooo grateful that I waited until at least 5 books in this series came out because if I had had to wait for Dreamfever after reading this book - I would have done so sitting next to Karen Marie Moning as she wrote it!
My only gripe - and it's not with the book itself - is that I wish people were more considerate when it came to posting their status updates or reviews because you have no idea how bad it sucks when someone ruins - unintentionally, I'm sure - the plot or ending of a book or movie by sharing a spoiler with you. I know how easy it is to get caught up in a story and want to share its going ons with others but use a little discretion. An "OMG! NOOOO!" would have sufficed as opposed to the "OMG! THE UNSEELIE PRINCES RAPE MAC!" that hit me in the face as I was looking at my updates. And I was merely on Book Two at this point. I actually stopped reading a series because a friend of mine ruined it for me by sharing a spoiler. The same feeling of amazement or awe or shock that you got reading or watching it - don't take that away from someone else. Just something to consider.
On to the story -
Mac is definitely coming more and more into her own. She's a very likeable heroine to me and I say this because another great series that's a fav of mine ("Night Huntress" series) - I merely tolerate the heroine for the hero's sake. I just wish she would wake up and see the clues that are staring her dead in her face when it comes to finding out the identity of Jericho Barrons. I am 99.9% positive I know who and/or what he is - and if I'm wrong, may he come and spank me. Spank me gooood.
Jerricho. Jerricho. Jerricho. It's official, folks. I am undeniably, irrevocably, irreversibly, head over heels in love with this...guy. As I pondered why that might be so - I came to the conclusion that Jerricho Barrons is a lot like that guy that many of us have encountered - whether we choose to admit it or not. The "mistake" you regret yet at one time he consumed your ever-waking moment. You know the one I'm talking about. Family and friends tell you he's no good for you, you'll only end up getting hurt. But there's something so darkly fascinating about him. He might even pull your hair or knock you around a bit but he makes up for it with sweet notes and gifts. You know he's so wrong for you but at times it feels so right. And even though he claims to be with you, you feel as though you spend most of your time in the "relationship" trying to get him to notice you. See you. Oh don't get all PC on me! It happens and if most of us were honest with self and others, we'd admit we've either had a "Barrons" in our lives or know someone that did. Of course those guys were jerks and that's why we've moved on but Jerricho Barrons is all of that plus all the utterly romantic and endearing qualities we all hope to find in our "dark knights". If I didn't already know who he was - I'd swear he was a death by sex Fae operating through the pages of the book because every time I read about him I'm squirming in my seat.
V'Lane is becoming more endearing to me with the way he tries to woo Mac with trips to the beach and to the spa for a day of pampering and all that jazz. Sweet. But I prefer my men dark.
All in all another AMAZING book in an AMAZING series!
Another amazing read by Karen Marie Moning. I love this series! My friend and I are reading it together and we can't get enough! I actually downloadedAnother amazing read by Karen Marie Moning. I love this series! My friend and I are reading it together and we can't get enough! I actually downloaded the Kindle app on my pc at work so I could get my fix during breaks. *lol
Mac is definitely maturing as the series progresses. I love Barrons and can't wait to find out "what" or "who" he is - although I have a pretty good guess. V'Lane has definitely grown on me more in this book but I still wouldn't trade Barrons for a night with the death-by-sex fae.
I haven't been reading too many of the other reviews or status updates on the rest of the books in the series because people and their SPOILERS are about to make me have a coniption fit! *stamping foot and pouting
**spoiler alert** Ashes To Ashes was by far my favorite book in the series so far! So many fantastic quotes and reveals that left me absolutely stunne**spoiler alert** Ashes To Ashes was by far my favorite book in the series so far! So many fantastic quotes and reveals that left me absolutely stunned! I still can't figure out what it is about this series that appeals to me so much. The word that comes to mind is REAL. The characters have a certain realness to them that I have found lacking in other urban fantasies/paranormal romances.
Normally I would have issues with a heroine like Carrie who at one point seems to be a doormat for Nathan, waiting around for him to commit to her. But her feelings are so well explained that I can't help but empathize with her. There's also the issue of the love triangle between Carrie and Cyrus and Nathan. I found myself rooting for Cyrus who went from being a villain of the worst kind to my favorite sort of hero. Such a complex relationship that I totally "got" based on the blood ties and the history she shared with both of these men.
Speaking of complex relationships, Bella and Max's relationship is taken to a whole new level in this book and I can't wait to see how things pan out for all characters involved in Book 4, All Souls Night.
Excellent read by this author! Highly recommend the series!...more