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The Moonstone and Miss Jones (Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator) Paperback – September 25, 2012
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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
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But my favorite characters are the ever cocksure Phaeton Black and the beautiful America Jones. They make such a delicious, loving and sexy couple! Their brains and their banter make for wonderful dialogue......or foreplay!
The Moonstone and Miss Jones is a continuation of The Seduction of Phaeton Black, though you don't have to read book one to appreciate Moonstone. But this book does end on a cliff hanger. Personally, I think series books ought to wait until at least book three for a cliff hanger (especially at this price). To do otherwise is a bit cocky, or Phaeton-like. But I am not going to let this particular opinion of mine keep me from reading book 3 soon!
Am not sure about the end of this one, but have already ordered the 3rd in the series - and received it just yesterday. Will see how it goes.
Perhaps I'll need to re-read this one first :-)!!!
"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. I was hooked by the steampunk, humor, suspense, mystery, and character development. Phaeton is still a horny cad but it's "mostly" focused toward America. America is still a strong, sassy gal, but she is a bit more cautious in this book. They have an interesting relationship, those two. Very sexual, and spicy but the inability of Phaeton to completely and sincerely commit to America is a source of frustration....not just for America but me, as well. He may or may not get over it in this book.
We get to meet some pretty interesting characters in this novel; some with mechanical attributes and others that are just plain, not quite human. Phaeton and America now require constant protectors, two of whom are male, and two are female. I really enjoyed the discussions between America and two of the female guardians when they were discussing their male counterparts one evening before dinner.
There is a serious cliffhanger ending too, so be prepared to gasp!
Review Copy Courtesy Of: The Author, Jillian Stone, in exchange for an honest review!
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