Stone Cold Seduction Paperback – Apr 24 2012
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About the Author
Jess lives in the Inland Northwest with her husband and three children. After pursing a degree in finance and economics, she realized she was better suited to weaving words than crunching numbers. She has a bad habit of trying too many new things at once and has amassed an odd resume of talents including yoga teacher, knitter, writing mentor, gardener, mixed martial arts junkie, and author of a variety of genres. In her spare time, she raises crazy chicken breeds and reads anything she can get h
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Then the insta-relationship(?) between Jax and Elledora came up. This relationship made me very uneasy. There was no build up except for the fact that she thought he was hot. I'm sure lots of relationships start off like that but the fact that she trusted him and started thinking of the L word didn't go down well with me. I just didn't get the relationship .
Fortunately the Jax-Elledora relationship is just a part of this novel. The best part about this novel are the various twists and turns and Elle's friendship with Teryl. I also enjoyed the flashbacks .There is a love triangle but it's not a full fledged one yet. I think it will definitely be a major plot point in the second book but I'm actually looking forward to it. I for one want Elle to get with MacLean. (Team MacLean FTW!) The Jax-Elle relationship just doesn't seem real and felt a little botched up to me.MacLean and Elle have a history and I can't wait to find out more about it.
The story is always affected by how good the villain is and this book has an EVIL villain.You actually feel scared of him. Elle's father is a formidable opponent for her and that is what helps to keep this story interesting.
Towards the end the pace slips up a little bit and I got disconnected with the story but that doesn't mean that I've lost interest in the characters.I'm still interested in getting my hands on the sequel!
Overall, this book is full of adventure and is unpredictable but it has it faults. I expected much more from it.
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.
"I have know idea who I am. In the last week, I found out I'm a shadow elf, daughter of a demigod, granddaughter to a god, a ward thief, and I can manipulate minds and flame. I saw a dead woman, was hunted and kidnapped, and then beaten and stabbed by a psychopath. All while traveling, around the world. I got my fate, which was a glorified riddle that provided more questions than answers and now I'm expected to choose between the man I loved ten years ago and the man I love now, while you two fight." Stone Cold Seduction is an action filled story with a unique blend of new creatures that I would have never imagined could be sexy. Ms. Macallan makes gargoyles a big sexy bodygaurds that anyone would want to have around. Jax is a strong protector who claims to be Elle's mate but what of Maclean, a phoenix who burns hot and is Elle's ex fiance. Elle's sadistic father Jedren has manipulated her mind and stolen her memories so she cannot remember whole people or situations from her past.
I loved the fantasy world that Ms. Macallan builds. This is an awesome start to a series with non-stop mystery and action. There are hot romantic passion between Elle and Jax. Yet, Elle is beginning to get warm memories back of her love of MacLean. The end of the book will leave you wanting more. I will eagerly anticipating the sequel.
Well, that's exactly what happened with me when I read Stone Cold Seduction. I'll admit that I normally like a stronger heroine, but there is something steadfast hidden beneath the loveable Elle. I can't explain it, but she's "real" in a way that some heroines don't come across. We all have fears that we can't explain and Elle has some definite issues, but that's okay, that's what makes her awesome.
Then there are the two men in her life that make the story oh so yummy. I'm telling you, Jax is so smokin' hot, I was screaming at the book when I reached the end. You have to read it to know why. I love it when an author grabs me so deeply in the characters life that I find myself wanting to reach inside the book and give the heroine a purple-nurple. It means that they've done their job. I'm as angsty as the conflict and I love it.
There's a very sweet and sad backstory layered into this Uf that is original and almost old world feeling, but it makes me root for the other guy in a big way--even though I love the sexy gargoyle. Ugh! I hate when an author does that--you know, makes you love both the heroes and you can't decide which is the best. Grrr... It means that I'll love Elle for who she chooses and hate her too.
This truly is a fab book with action, pain, love, hot sex, and everything else you want in a fab UF! I can't wait for the sequel. Ms. Macallan, could you hurry it up please? I'm dying over here!
I'd absolutely recommend this book if you love authors such as Jeaniene FrostHalfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 1), Laurell K HamiltonGuilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter), and even the newer Allison PangA Brush of Darkness.
Elleodora (Elle) Fredrick's might seem like a small-time soap shop keeper in a big city, but that's just barely touching the surface to who she really is. By night, she is a thief determined to steal from the man who made her young life hell for two weeks every year. Her independence was hard-won and so she takes from him and gives back to the families who were made to suffer while in her his employ.
On what was to be a night like any other while burglarizing her father's property turns into a night of unimagined discovery where mythical creatures are no longer myth. Elle's sadistic father is revealed as the shadow elf king making her the royal heir to the shadow elf throne. Unfortunately, no one told her any of this until now when latent abilities start to manifest. Turns out, she's an anomaly to everyone and only receiving her official fate reading can provide answers.
A dangerous journey to Scotland is in order to find a fate-reading oracle that has first hand knowledge of Elle's fate, but before this "Dorothy" can leave for "Oz", she'll be taking a few people with her. A quirky oracle of a best friend, a sexy gargoyle bodyguard, and a fever-inducing phoenix. Since nothing ever comes quite so easy for Elle, she'll also have to avoid being caught by hunters out to collect her dead or alive thanks to her father and do battle with her father's nightmarish goons. And if that wasn't enough, suppressed memories from her formative years are starting to pop up revealing enlightening truths, but even scarier revelations. Who is Elleodora Fredrick's and what is her fate? Once found, her fate will change everything.
I am in love with Ms. Macallan's writing! She completely had me seduced by the first page of this entertaining, action-packed story. Her writing is fluid and easily imagined where complexities of world-building could have become confusing.
Elle's voice is strong and comes across with such clarity. Her flashbacks were brilliantly timed and placed in the story as to not overwhelm, but leave the reader craving more. Elle's a unique and memorable heroine with her cat-burglary and strong aversion to violence. The start to her journey is a bumpy one, but her growth thus far is tremendous and I quite like how she doesn't give in too easily to anything and above all continues to fight for her independence. Fate or no fate, she lays many burdens heavily on her own shoulders and remains determined to avenge those who have been wronged by her father. Ms. Macallan has created a very admirable and likable heroine indeed!
"When you are ready," he interrupted, "I would like you to call me `love.' Until then, Jax is fine."
That's right ladies, get ready to fall in love with a gargoyle! Jaxon West is protective, possessive, strong, perceptive, not to mention insanely gorgeous, and almost indestructible. When it comes to Elle, Jax always seems to know what to say and what she needs sometimes even before she does. He never pressures her more than she is willing to give him and will wait for as long as it takes her to accept this new part of her life. In other words, Jax is perfect. Well now, we shouldn't get too far ahead of ourselves because there is another candidate in the race to win Elle's heart with a slight advantage over the competition. Beware of the phoenix! I have a feeling he may steal some of the show in the next book.
A phenomenal first installment to the Set in Stone series! Even in the aftermath of having read the final page to the story, I am still in awe over all that happened in what seemed to be a blink of an eye. I am spellbound and anxiously wait until the next chapter of Elleodora's journey begins. The next showdown is bound to be even more heart-stopping and adrenaline-inducing than the first and I find myself already addicted. Ms. Macallan is officially on my author's-to-watch-for list and I am excited to share such incredible talent with others who are readers of the paranormal romance and urban fantasy genres.
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