ARC Review: The Seduction of Phaeton Black

The Philanderer succumbs to the Seductress

Title:The Seduction of Phaeton Black
Author: Jillian Stone
Series: Paranormal Investigator #1
Publisher: Brava
Release Date: March 27, 2012

 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.

“Do not fall in love with me, Miss Jones. And please do not come knocking at all hours of the day and night requesting my services.” She snorted. “You are safe with me, for I do not believe in such affection. Men take love for granted; they do not prize it.” He released her hands. “You claim to be a woman with no heart?” “A girl gives away the secrets of her heart, and a man is off down the lane for a toss up the neighbors skirt.”

What a fantastic beginning to an exciting and sexy new trilogy in Historical paranormal romance. Jillian Stone has taken two unlikely characters to be paired up in this magical gritty paranormal investigation series but it works. the Seduction of Phaeton Black? Well it plays out slowly, smoothly and captures your heart one delicious scene at a time and won’t let it go. With Mr. Black‘s sexual prowess and Miss Jones‘ sexual appeal these two are a charming desirable match.

“You wouldn’t happen to haves few girls free to model, would you? Like they do in Paris? ” The eider saleswoman snatched the expensive French drawers out of his hands and shooed her twittering staffers into the back room. “How Disappointing.”

Phaeton Black is a paranormal investigator with Scotland yard. He’s your typical philandering, womanizing, well built twenty-five year old, known for being as satisfying in bed as he pleasurable to gaze upon. you wouldn’t expect anything less from a good looking insatiable lover of twenty-five years. As being known as an insatiable satisfying lover, Phaeton Black’s reputation proceeds him, and he more than proves those assumptions to be true in The Seduction of Phaeton Black. He rents a place under the same development as a Brothel or in more modern terms a whore house. Not only does he feel quite at home in these living arrangement he’s a regular consumer of these services offered so conveniently at his doorstep. With his reluctance to fall in love, witty sense of humor, heroic qualities, pursuit of all things feminine, he’s a charming hero in PNR I’ve grown to love.

“Though I am not entirely safe to play with, at the moment I am far from dangerous. In fact, it may take the two of you to flog me into a state of excitement.”

The lovely Miss America Jones is delightful young woman. She’s fearless, feisty, determined and the object of Mr. Black’s affections. When America Jones meets Mr. Black in an alley while running for shelter from pirates, she surprises him by holding him at knife point and demanding he act as if she were some troll up he was having his way with on the street corner as a disguise to protect her from the thieving pirates chasing her. Unbeknownst to her; he takes her request literally and with great devotion to the conquest satisfies her needs in the street without a worry upon who may stumble upon them. She’s embarrassed, angry, objectified and surprisingly satisfied after her sexual encounter with Mr. Black’s that’s where their chase begins.

“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.”

When America Jones discovers her ships acquired from her late father have been stolen from pirates, she doesn’t sick back and take it lying down. Left homeless Mr. Black against his better judgement takes mercy on her and invites her to share his flat in her own room as his housekeeper after she denies his request for a concubine. She becomes an over zealous housekeeper, preparing mouthwatering meals, cleaning vigorously his bachelor pad, bathing him and even satisfying his insatiable appetite for all things Miss Jones. She wants them back and she’s not taking no for an answer. With the assistance of Mr. Black and few other of his colleagues and friends the mission of capturing these pirates and gaining possession once again over these ships becomes a priority and a difficult task to manage if they plan to come out of this alive. Mr. Black proves himself to be a hero while capturing Miss Jone’s heart somewhere along the way.

“And you will not travel to Portsmouth accompanied by Dexter Moore. That man’s a—-” “A roué and a seducer?” She lowered her eyelids and shot him a smoldering glaze. “Nothing like you Mr. Black.”"He does his best to hide it. Which would you rather have my dear? A man who is honest and forthright about his proclivities or a profligate underhanded cheat?”

Also another task as hand is solving the Jack Ripper case. A paranormal being is believed to be conducting gruesome murders with what Mr. Black believes to be an accomplice aiding to the Jack Ripper suspect so easily eluding police. Though he doesn’t get the respect he deserves as his theories on the crime are quickly shut down and deemed invaluable by Scotland Yard officials. Though, that doesn’t stop Mr. Black because he’s stubborn and believes in his heart he can solve the crime, and his assumptions are easily validated along this journey.

“Any moment now, a number of pirates are going to round this corner. They wish to do me harm. I want you to convince them you are near to contemplating your satisfaction with a street doxy.” He grinned. He couldn’t help it. “Allow me to do my best.” “Hook a leg around me.” “Oh my!” She cried. “What is that?” Phaeton paused. “My cock, Miss. What were you expecting?”

Mr. Black readily risks his life in the line of duty, as he so eagerly takes on the task of gaining control over Miss Jone’s ships from pirates that will stop anything, to remain in control over their stolen goods. Dr. Exeter, Pin Jing, and Edvar are amongst the friends that are lending their expertise, paranormal abilities, and friendship to help solve the case of a Jack Ripper while simultaneously working to Miss Jones to obtain control over her ships. Somehow along the way Miss Jones and Mr. Black have stepped over the threshold of fun, flirty, physical sexual encounters to a much deeper emotional sexual appetite. They both are apprehensive about falling in love with the other. Phaeton with his fear of falling in love and putting those in danger, and Miss Jones fears she may be falling in love with a man incapable of returning the love. I absolutely love how Jillian Stone slowly brought these two unlikely lovers together in beautifully written love story intertwined with crime, pirates, death, passion, lust, heroism, as well as characters I LOVE.

“Have you ever been in love, Mr. Black?” “A very long time ago. I try not to think of it.”

The Goddess Quadesh plays a mysterious role in this book, and the only thing I found confusing was how she was referred to as Goddess, Succubus, vampire. That was the only negative I had about this book is that I found myself feeling a bit lost when Quadesh was referred to as various different paranormal entities. The Historical Victorian era, I found enchanting, and and captivating from the very first page. If you enjoy a great PNR with a hero that lives and advantageous sex life with a voracious taste, a feisty and willing heroine and a historical Victorian element to it, then I suggest you read The Seduction of Phaeton Black immediately. I’m excited to hear discover that Jillian Stone will be writing two more books in this trilogy; and I’m more than eager to announce that the next book due out in October 2012 The Moonstone and Miss Jones will pick up with these thrilling and highly intoxicating characters once again.

Phaeton snaked an arm around her waist and settled her beside him. They were only seconds out of the station before a new wave of uncomfortable, disturbing, sentiments hit nearly overwhelmed him. Truth be told, he was more than taken by her. Soon the little minx would capture him body and soul. From the very start she had wormed her way into his life and now he could hardly believe himself. He was soft on Miss Jones. What a horrifying development this was.

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♥Arc provided for review by Kensington for Brava♥

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15 Responses to ARC Review: The Seduction of Phaeton Black

  1. this has been on my radar 4 quite a while

    smokin review

  2. Jamie says:

    I knew you’d like this as much as me :) Love that vulnerable manwhore, lol! Well done, Miss Vain!!

  3. Great review! I can hardly wait until tomorrow!

  4. I love every single one of these quotes. Great review <3

  5. Ooo, I love Victorian London–this one sounds like fun! Thanks for the awesome review, Miss Vain. I love the new buttons that tell you what to expect from the book, too. :) The sexy-hot-explicit buttons made me laugh, hah.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

    • MissVain says:

      Hello Wendy!!
      Thank you!
      Lol, soooo happy my buttons could give you a good laugh!! HA!! I aim to please!;) I know you love the Victorian theme, so if you can handle the sexiness, you’ll enjoy this one!!;) hehe

  6. Alexa says:

    I have to agree with you on this one. I did like the setting and I loved Phaeton and America! I felt Phaeton was perfect and the only thing I didn’t like about him was the fact that when he was around the doctor in the beginning of the novel he used language that was too proper for his station.

    I loved that America could be taken but she also remained a strong character. Many times we see women falter as soon as a man enters the picture but this time she stayed strong.

    I admit the beginning was a little hard to get through and a bit confusing but if anyone sticks with this one they will see the gem that it really is by the end. I can’t wait to read about their next adventure together .

    Thanks for the great review!

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Alexa!!
      Thank you!! I’m glad we all three loved it, I’m a bit confused as to what you meant by too “proper” for his station??

      There were times I was a bit confused with the language myself, and the plot, and probably what kept the book at a 4 star read rather than a 5 star read! However, I enjoyed it emensely!;) Especially all the sexiness in the plot! The next book will probably be even better, you’re right!;)

      • Alexa says:

        Oh I mean that Phaeton used language that was really elegant when talking with the doctor. It seemed to be past his station meaning that the elegant language just didn’t seem like Phaeton to me. For a lot of the novel he is a little more of a simple man that has a fascination with the paranormal world but when he is around the doctor he is pulling out language that a PhD candidate would use.

        I hope that explains what I meant.

  7. I’ve been highly curious about this book but have heard a few mixed reviews. After reading yours, it’s definitely going on my wishlist! :)

    Thanks for the great review!

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