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The Moonstone and Miss Jones (Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator) [Kindle Edition]

Jillian Stone
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Book Description

A master of paranormal deduction--and paramour seduction--Phaeton Black has a knack for bumping into things that go bump in the night, from ghoulies and ghosties to long-leggedy beauties. . .

Mooning For The Moonstone

Barely escaping the clutches of a succulent succubus, Phaeton Balck returns to London only to get sucked into another unearthly scheme. Professor Lovecraft has been tinkering with the secrets of life and death, replacing body parts with the latest mechanical marvels. To succeed, he needs to tap the power of the fabled Moonstone--and he needs Phaeton's help. Of course, Phaeton would prefer to investigate the more interesting body parts of Miss America Jones. Perhaps, bringing his lady friend along for the ride won't be to too much trouble. . .

Shanghaied In Shanghai

The bewilderingly beautiful and bountifully gifted daughter of a Cajun witch, Miss Jones is always up for an adventure, especially with Mr. Black as her traveling companion. But when Phaeton is mysteriously shanghaied in Shanghai, America thinks he's run out on her. Stranded in the Orient--and steaming mad--she's prepared to look under every stone for the missing detective. The case has put them both in the most compromising positions, but this time, Miss Jones is on top and Mr. Black is at the bottom. . .of a truly infernal plot.

Praise for The Seduction of Phaeton Black

"A sexy, supernatural romp!"--Zoë Archer

"[A] dark Victorian concoction. . .sexy as hell!"--Ray Garton, author of Live Girls

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The sequel to The Seduction of Phaeton Black (2012) finds paranormal investigator Phaeton shanghaied and his lover, America Jones, pregnant. Alarmed at his absence, America follows Phaeton from China to London only to learn that the moonstone, a fabulous energy source, is missing. Phaeton is rumored to be the only person who can tap into the stone’s energy and make it usable. Finding the stone and retrieving it, however, create enough adventure, even for this thrill-seeking, steampunk couple. Not only is late-1890s London beset by fantastical, tentacle-wielding creatures and succubus sisters but the London of the future is slowly disintegrating. The moonstone’s power could heal both versions of the city. But malevolent supernatural forces also want the moonstone to take over the world, so Phaeton and America must work in both historical and current London to make sure the right side wins. Adventure fans, whether steampunk readers or not, will enjoy this imaginative, fast-paced romp, which includes Stone’s sage comments on how society and life have morphed over the past century. --Pat Henshaw

Product Details

  • File Size: 1068 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; Original edition (September 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007XIC0TQ
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
'The Moonstone and Miss Jones' is the second book in the interesting supernatural mystery series that is intertwined with a steamy paranormal romance. The main plot deals with Phaeton Black, a Scotland Yard detective who happens to have some paranormal abilities. He helps out with cases surrounding the occult and unexplained occurrences. By his side is America Jones, the fiery woman who has decided to help with his cases. Phaeton and America rush to London in order to help Doctor Exeter save the city from the evil Professor Lovecraft.

This novel is a fast-paced paranormal romance with a great plot. The setting is a perfect fit for the narrative - Victorian era London seems to be a plausible place for ghosts, evil professors, and general paranormal activity. The romance portion of the book was a bit of a shock to me because I normally don't read that genre, but it was definitely steamy and continued to make the tension between Phaeton and America palpable throughout the novel. The writing is incredibly well done and the characters are believably flawed and exciting to read about. The added mystery and steampunk aspects of the series only heighten the adventure and make it all the more exquisite. Fans of paranormal romance will devour this book and eagerly await the third installment in the series.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2nd Installment in the Phaeton Black Series! December 19, 2012
This is book 2 in the Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator series. You may read my review of Book 1 here: "The Seduction of Phaeton Black"

"The Moonstone and Miss Jones" doesn't begin where "The Seduction of Phaeton Black" left off. There is a short time span where we learn that Phaeton and America have been separated and Phaeton kidnapped. While hunting Phaeton down, America lands back in London and is attacked while one her way back to their room under the brothel. Phaeton mysteriously appears back in London about the same time, as well. They reunite amid strange goings-on. There is an alternate London, mechanical moonstone stealing spiders, succubi, and treachery abounds. Phaeton Black is a catalyst in a plan that requires his energy and that of the moonstone; the moonstone given to him by an ancient Egyptian Goddess. Now that the moonstone has been stolen from Dr. Exeter, it is up to Phaeton, America, and their new band of protectors to retrieve it and keep it out of the hands of evil.

America also has a secret that takes about half of the book to reveal---ooooh! Mysterious, indeed!!

I don't want to reveal too much so I'll move on to my review of the book as a whole. This book, like all of the other books that I've read by author Jillian Stone, absolutely rocks. I enjoyed every single bit of it. Again, as with Book 1, we have a couple different plot lines that snake their way across the pages of the novel. Each plot line is clearly developed and, due to the nature of each, are completely intertwined.

The entire novel is strong and the plot flows along really well. This novel is fast paced but not so fast that you are left unsatisfied. The characters are solid and I really enjoy their interactions; all of them...not just Phaeton and America.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed but not loved!!! November 11, 2012
By Janiera
*I got this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Reasons I liked the book:

This book has some amazing world building in it! The locations and scenes were brilliantly brought to life and I could picture everything. I loved the steam-punk fashion and atmosphere. Even though steam-punk is a growing trend in the book world I still felt like Ms. Stone added something original to her world. She really worked hard to make every scene come alive.
I enjoyed America Jone's character. She was strong willed and thought things through. I thought that was really great and enjoyed this strong female character a lot.
I usually don't like reading old fashion language but the language used in the story added to the content of it and I could still enjoy what was going on. It also seemed the author had created her own words and terms and that seemed pretty cool too.
The sex was hot without being awkward and added a nice piece of sexiness to the book.

Reasons I didn't like the book:

I usually like strong bad boys but to me Phaeton was kind of a jerk. I don't want to put spoilers in there but there were something he did and attitudes he had that made me think "I would not want him to be my man." I know the characters were supposed to be in love but I felt like she loved him a lot more than he loved her.
The story line seemed to get lost to me in some side stories. The action in the book was awesome but the action for me, overwhelmed the the original story line.
I didn't buy that America wouldn't have any shame at all being an unwed mother in the Victorian period. I liked her character but this felt like a big stretch I couldn't over look.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Steampunk Adventure! October 8, 2012
Picking up where she left off, Jillian Stone continues the heart pounding adventure of Phaeton Black and America Jones in book two of the Paranormal Investigator series. THE MOONSTONE AND MISS JONES takes readers on a crazy and thrilling journey into the darker side of Victorian London that you won't want to miss.

For Miss America Jones, traveling with the deliciously charming Phaeton Black on the sea week after week has been a dream come true. Yet when her lover is shanghaied in Shanghai, she can feel nothing less than anger at being abandoned. Now she's traveled all the way to London to track down the elusive detective determined to give him her worst. Except when she arrives, she discovers Phaeton is in danger again.

Since he is the owner of a mysterious moonstone, previously bestowed on him by an Egyptian goddess, only he has the ability to unleash its power. With plenty of enemies trying to hunt down the moonstone, Phaeton and America must once again face the mysterious and unknown to find a solution that will keep them safe. As if that was not enough, America is hiding a secret that will certainly change Phaeton's life forever.

It is always a joy to travel through the fantastically fun and quirky world created in the Paranormal Investigator series. Jillian Stone has a rich prose that creates another place of fabulous wonder. Every character and plot point build such an entertaining story that comes alive on the page. Ms Stone doesn't overuse flowery and pointed descriptions, rather she tells her story with direct dialogue. The quick retorts help amp up the pace of the novel and keeps things moving quickly. Not only that, but the dialogue is intelligent and extremely witty.
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This story reminds me of scooby doo. I must say that Phaeton uses unusual means in order to accomplish the end game. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Reese
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Fun!
Lots of action and paranormal adventures! Very fun. Though at times, the action was a bit jerky, I relished the non-stop, swashbuckling commotion, steampunk devices and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by rann
5.0 out of 5 stars good good good
Totally entertaining with surprising twists and turn and sly humor. I will look forward to the next installment of this series
Published 22 months ago by Margaret Dufala
5.0 out of 5 stars Indiana Jones, HOT Indiana Jones!!
This novel is like "Indiana Jones", "The Mommy" and "H G Wells" all rolled into one. If you like those steampunk era, you'll love this historical suspense romance of the 19th... Read more
Published 23 months ago by dotland101
4.0 out of 5 stars About that ending...
Plot here in 2nd of series seems a little more muddled but is still quite entertaining and funny. Also still VERY steamy! Read more
Published 23 months ago by Christopher
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fast paced
Absolutely love where this is going. You learn much more of what our heroes are up against and the end is heartbreaking. Can't wait for the next book.
Published on January 26, 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Phaeton you're better the second time around
Well I must say I cried in the end as it wasn't the ending I wanted, but a cliffhanger instead! I loved when Phaeton and America were reunited:
"And while we were separated,... Read more
Published on January 24, 2013 by andrewsheath
5.0 out of 5 stars Paranormal and Romance
This was a good read. I loved the characters. I didn't like the way it ended. I am waiting for more of this series. I will probably read it again. Sexy and funny in parts.
Published on January 20, 2013 by Mia
4.0 out of 5 stars Seriously a HOT Read
An alternate London that is unraveling and taking present-day London down with it, a trio of succubus sisters who won't take no for an answer, and a mysterious egg that everyone... Read more
Published on December 12, 2012 by What the Cat Read
4.0 out of 5 stars Steampunk Romance And More
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a blog tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 4. Read more
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A multi-published, national award winning author, Jillian Stone started out as an advertising creative. And her career did seem to suit her as she won many national ad awards including the Clio and the New York Art Director's Club Gold. What more could she ask for? Create her own worlds? Become goddess of her own universe? Yes! So, she began to write fiction. Her Victorian Romantic Suspense novel AN AFFAIR WITH MR. KENNEDY (The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard) won the Romance Writers of America 2010 Golden Heart and sold to Pocket Books. Her steamin' sexy, supernatural Steampunk novel, THE SEDUCTION OF PHAETON BLACK, won the 2010 Romance Through The Ages Erotica category and sold to Kensington Brava. Jillian lives in California and is currently working on more adventures for both series.

Coming Soon: More adventures with dashing Scotland Yard detectives as well as a spicy mystery series starring Phaeton Black and new contemporary erotica series. Hot, hot, hot!

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