Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Moonstone and Miss Jones (Phaeton Black # 2) by Jillian Stone

Mooning For The Moonstone
Barely escaping the clutches of a succulent succubus, Phaeton Black 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.

Release Date: September 25, 2012
Publisher:  Brava
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Mystery, Steampunk

Pages: 320
Purchase at: Amazon or Barnes & Noble

Review:  The Moonstone and Miss Jones takes place a few months after The Seduction of Phaeton Black.  America and Phaeton are travelling on her ship through foreign ports of call until one night when Phaeton disappears.  Miss Jones has a big secret she's been keeping from Phaeton and is disgusted when he turns up missing.  Soon, she receives a message from Phaeton to meet him at their old flat in London.  We learn that Phaeton had not left America, and is actually more than in love and obsessed with the beautiful and talented Miss Jones.  He just happened to be "shanghaied in Shanghai."  Someone wants Phaeton back in London and quickly.

The Moonstone, a sacred stone that was left to Phaeton in the previous book by a dead Egyptian goddess, has gone missing.  Certain people need Phaeton to find the stone, since he's the only person in the world that can control its power.  Here begins the mystery part of this novel.  The reader soon learns that reality is not what it seems as the hunt for the Moonstone begins in earnest.

A glassy-eyed Exeter appeared to be enthralled by the very thought of the odd globe.  "Long ago, your gift was known by another name.  I twas hidden deep inside a Greek pithos and guarded by all the evils in the world.  When Pandora broke the jar, its powers were released, but for one at the bottom of the vessel."  

Phaeton was quite charming in this book.  He's intelligent, brave and completely smitten with American Jones.  He learns her secret soon enough, and comes to terms with it quickly.  The relationship between Phaeton and America develops quickly in this book.  From strangers in The Seduction of Phaeton Black, to soul mates in The Moonstone and Miss Jones.  There are several steamy scenes between these two characters that cannot seem to keep their hands off one another, and America has no shame!    The affection between these two is genuine in addition to the physical scenes, and they have become a couple to root for.

He gathered her wrists together and helped them down with one hand.  "You can't escape from me now," he whispered.  With his free hand, he gently stroked  and rubbed until the lady begged him to stop.  "Turn over." She faced her lover and he gently brought her forward, inch by inch.  Slowly.  Until she moaned in frustration.  He then ordered her to do his bidding...."Make me."

Dr. Exeter, Ping and Gaspar are present in this book, yet not to the extent as in the first.  New characters that I very much enjoyed were introduced.  Valentine, Jersey, Cutter and Ruby are assigned as Phaeton's and American's body guards to protect them from those searching for the Moonstone.  There is sexual tension between these new characters, and it's nice to see America have girlfriends as opposed to Phaeton and his male friends being her only social interaction.  I am interested to see where the relationship between Phaeton and Gaspar leads in the next book.  There are hints dropped about these two but I haven't quite figured it out yet.

The action is nonstop and I love the steampunk worlds Jillian Stone has created for her characters.  The settings are described in detail which makes the book come alive.  This book ends on a cliff hanger that had me reeling.  I can't wait to see what Ms. Stone has in store for Phaeton and America in the next installment of this series.


Alexa said...

The cliffhanger of this book was nuts!!! I can't believe that that actually happened and I hope that it can be fixed in the third book because he needs to be there!

I enjoyed this book since we got to meet a whole new cast of characters but at times the plot was pushed to the size for all the new character developments and I felt the overall mystery suffered a bit.

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