Stone Cold Seduction
by Jess MacallanPublisher: Entangled Publishing Publish Date: September 6, 2011 Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy Series:Set in Stone #1 Source: Ebook ARC provided for review My Rating (4.5 of 5 stars): Summary from Goodreads: When a regular night of Robin Hood-ery results in the manifestation of some, um, unusual paranormal abilities, perfume-maker Elleodora Fredricks realizes the normal world she lives in isn’t quite… normal. And neither is she, thanks to her father, king of the shadow elves. Not only is he evil incarnate and the reason Elle moonlights as a burglar—someone has to take care of all his victims—he’s stolen her memories.And only reading her fate can fix that.Good thing she’s got a trio of hotties willing to help her find said fate, but only if she gives them something in return. Saving her oracle BFF’s fiance, falling in love with the gargoyle, and making up for breaking the phoenix’s heart ought to be a piece of cake for the princess of the shadow elves.If only the king didn’t want his daughter dead…
Stone Cold Seduction is the first book in an amazingly creative new paranormal romance series. In Stone Cold Seduction, Jess Macallan creates an entirely new paranormal world, one full of dark and light fae, oracles, gargoyles, even phoenix’s. The paranormal/supernatural elements to this book and world are fresh, new, and I love it! The creativity of this world is astounding. The shadow (dark) fae have supernatural abilities, and can wrap themselves in shadows, the gargoyles are actually man-like and in their stone forms, they are still beautiful. Each paranormal being receives a fate when they are young, and that fate helps guide their life’s path. In Stone Cold Seduction Elle, the shadow fae princess, finds out about her heritage and searches for her missing fate. Along the way she falls in love with Jax (her gargoyle protector), uncovers hidden memories, and winds up in the middle of a complicated love triangle.
There is so much to love about this book. Elle is a wonderful heroine, she had a terrible childhood complete with a bad father and torture, but she still manages to rise above her upbringing to be a beautiful, caring woman. She owns a scent-shop where she creates her own scents for soaps and lotions and runs her own store. She tries to help the people her father hurt by stealing from him and giving back to the victims. When her shadow fae powers begin to manifest, she handles the situation pretty well, considering her situation. The love triangle debacle adds an even more intriguing element to the story, and I really don’t know which man I prefer. On that note, the romance in this novel is sweet and I really love it. With the title being Stone Cold Seduction, I had thought that the book would be more sex-heavy than it was, but I was very pleased to find that the romance and the sex in the book is a bit more moderate.
I really don’t want to give spoilers away, so I will end with this: when I finished reading, I wanted more. Stone Cold Seduction is definitely only book one, just an introductory story to what promises to be a very exciting series. Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy fans, you will really enjoy this book. It is one that I highly recommend.