The Moonstone and Miss Jones

Jillian Stone
The Moonstone and Miss Jones
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Publisher
Kensington Brava
Release Date
October 2012
ISBN
9780758268983
Series
Book 2 of Phaeton Black: Paranormal Investigators
Genre
Erotic Romance, Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance, Steampunk Romance

SUMMARY

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.

Book Review by Lisa Jo
Oct 08, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
69 people found the following review helpful
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. It gives the story a great amount of humor and a charming lightness that certainly make the ride that much more enjoyable.

For new readers that haven't experienced the first journey into this series, my advice would be to read this series in order. I would say it's not necessary, but recommended. The events of the last novel have a close connection with this novel, but the details are gently rehashed in THE MOONSTONE AND MISS JONES and the investigation itself is a separate case. So there is really no chance you would be completely lost but having read the first one will give you greater insight into the characters and their personalities.

My overall appreciation of this series does have one drawback. I would be completely over the moon in love with this series IF I knew what to make of Phaeton Black and his attachment to America Jones. Theirs is such a weird relationship, you just never know what to think. Phaeton has all these beautiful words and phrases concerning his feelings for her, but he rarely voices them to America. The horrible thing about Phaeton is his actions usually speak louder than his words. Unfortunately, his actions never reveal complete devotion to America and that always brings my enjoyment of these novels down. America remains dutifully by his side because she loves him fiercely, but she never knows exactly how Phaeton feels.

Granted, as a couple, Phaeton and America aren't the next Romeo and Juliet. If I were to review this book based on the protagonists as separate characters, they would be fantastic. Phaeton is a great leading man with a wolfish charm and seductive wit while Miss Jones is the inquisitive companion with a fiery spirit and a heart of gold. Together, they do have their fair share of utterly sweet moments, so I can't dismiss their relationship altogether. Phaeton and America are still exploring their scorching chemistry. Fans that delighted in the carnal mischief of the first novel will not be let down by THE MOONSTONE AND MISS JONES. You will still be able to appreciate the passion they share. One so strong, it seems as if at any moment it will consume them both.

Overall, THE MOONSTONE AND MISS JONES is a great story. I can't say enough about the fabulous and exotic world Jillian Stone has created and how it sucks you into its heavenly spell. If you enjoy a thrilling steampunk or a fast paced paranormal, you will enjoy this crazy adventure.
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