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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

ARC Review: The Seduction of Phaeton Black by Jillian Stone

cover courtesy of author's website
The Seduction of Phaeton Black (Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator)
Publish Date: March 27, 2012
Publisher: Brava
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

(may differ from final copy)
“Oh, please no, madam, he is a beast.” The harlot wailed.

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.


Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I am not into steampunk but I love that cover!

Great review! I think it was very fair and made me think about picking up the book!