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The Miss Education of Dr. Exeter (Phaeton Black Romance) Paperback – June 25, 2013
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Stone (The Moonstone and Miss Jones, 2012) enriches the mix of clever fun and excitement with a large dollop of erotica in the latest foray into her steampunk world. While the conjoined worlds of 1889 and the present are unraveling, Phaeton Black and the Moonstone are missing, and America Jones is about to give birth to Phaeton’s child. Dr. Exeter and Mia, the orphan he raised, join forces with Phaeton’s scientific friends to find Jones and the stone, both of which are held by a wizard nicknamed Prospero. First, however, Dr. Exeter must help Mia control her power to change into a panther when she’s sexually aroused. Later, after deploying mechanical surveillance insects, they learn that Jones and the stone are somewhere in Prospero’s lair in the sewers of Paris. To get there, they must fight off spectral fiends only to find more dangers awaiting them in subterranean Paris, where America goes into labor. But as they rush to rescue Phaeton, they wonder if Prospero is really the villain they believe he is. --Pat Henshaw
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I was really enjoying the ongoing story of the paranormal problems of London in two different universes. The plot continues in book three. The hunt for Phaeton Black is on, with all the usual characters - America, Dr. Exeter, Mia, Edvard and the Nightshades. The addition of Prospero as the Outremer wizard who is holding Phaeton captive adds another perplexing entity to the cast of characters. Is he really as bad as he touted to be? Well, he did capture Phaeton.... But what is he really after?
Yes, the plot continues, but the relationship of Dr. Exeter and Mia gets in the way. In this book, there is such a thing as too much sex. These two highly intelligent characters devolved into nothing more than a lustful couple of kids. Where America and Phaeton are sexy and witty, Exeter and Mia are merely hot to trot. Ms. Stone could have used their intelligence to endear the characters to me. The suggestion being that intelligent conversation of these characters could have a) added to the actual plot of the book and b) made the sex scenes a lot more interesting.
So, a disappointing book for me, as I enjoyed the first two books in the series so much. Who needs new lead characters? Bring back Phaeton and America!
This latest installment of Paranormal Investigator does not disappoint. While searching for Phaeton Black with a very pregnant America Jones, Dr. Exeter and Mia's story unfolds with Paris, France as the back drop. Exeter and Mia have some real challenges to face with their relationship. But admist the dangers in the search for Phaeton, these two have sweet and highly sexually charged moments. To steal a line from the Sound of Music, "How do you solve a problem like Mia," in this case? This books answers that question beautifully.
Though the story tends to focus on Exeter and Mia, the rest of cast does not get lost along the way. Once again, Jillian Stone does a wonderful job of world building and creating vivid characters. It was easy to get sucked into the story and be rewarded with a high energy, erotically thrilling ride.
The writing is excellent and the attention to detail makes the story come alive without overpowering the plot.
There were some elements of the book that echoed scenes from other novels I've read. For example, the mechanical insects reminded me of the ladybugs in Gail Carriger's novels. There were other aspects that reminded me of Cassandra Clare's The Infernal Devices trilogy. The part where Mia and Exeter attend a rather interesting party reminds me of another book I read not too long ago, The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters (volume 1).
If you are offended by erotica, then this book is not for you. I don't read erotica just for the sake of reading erotica, but if it's thrown in there and actually adds something to the plot, I don't mind. In this case, I have to say it added an interesting twist to the plot. Overall, I thought it was a fun read. I have not read the other books in the series, and I must confess to being somewhat lost at times due to the many references to the characters' previous adventures. However, I don't think this should keep anyone from reading this book if given the opportunity.