Expected Release Date: March 27, 2012
Publisher: Kensington
Imprint: Brava
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Amazon
Part of a Series: Yes, Paranormal Investigation #1
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Hot

Official Blurb:

Phaeton Black is Scotland Yard’s secret weapon against things that go bump in the night. His gifts as a paranormal investigator are as legendary as his skills as a lover. But when he’s asked to hunt down a fanged femme fatale who drains her victims of blood, he walks right into the arms of the most dangerous woman he’s ever known…Miss America Jones is not the vampiric killer he’s been staking out – but she may be just what Phaeton needs to crack the case. As the daughter of a Cajun witch, she possesses uncanny powers. A fearless fighter, she can handle anything from Egyptian mummies to Jack the Ripper. But when an ancient evil is unleashed, she could be Phaeton’s only salvation…or ultimate sacrifice.

What Worked For Me:

  • I liked the bawdy humor that was common throughout the story. While Phaeton was undeniably juvenile, many of the other characters were delightfully dirty minded as well, which I loved.
  • I also really enjoyed the twists about Phaeton’s character and his history.
  • I liked the lightheartedness of the story. Everything in Phaeton’s life was a Grand Adventure, and he never took anything too seriously, which added a nice touch of playboy appeal to his character.
  • The love scenes were quite plentiful, and undeniably hot, even if the emotional connection was a bit lacking for the better part of the book.
  • I really enjoyed the Grand Gesture in the end.

What Didn’t Work For Me:

  • hated the fact that the first time Phaeton and America had sex was about as unromantic, and unsexy as it gets. Add to that the fact that it was in I think Chapter two, and about 30 seconds after they first met, and I wasn’t sure I’d make it much further in the book.
  • The pacing and many of the transitions were often quite awkward.
  • Phaeton didn’t come across so much as a jaded rake as he did a misogynist pig who despite changing his behavior never really felt “reformed”. This left me a bit unsatisfied with the state of the Happily Ever After.
  • To be honest, I didn’t really like America all that much either.  She was quite a slave to her hormones, and while I think this was supposed to translate to her being strong and in charge, it instead made her seem very weak to me.

I was so, so disappointed by this one.  The blur and cover both snagged my attention, and I couldn’t resist picking it up when Amazon recommended it to me.  Unfortunately, it just wasn’t for me.

I’m not sure if it was a matter of my not being in the mood for a very lusty heroine, or the feeling that the blurb was a bit misleading*, but I never really warmed up to America at all, and as most readers know, if you don’t like one of the protagonists, there’s little hope of really loving the book.

Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t all bad. Despite my occasional distaste for both Phaeton and America, I can’t deny that the love scenes were plentiful and erotic.  I also greatly enjoyed the Grand Gesture in the end, as well as the twisted sense of bawdy humor that pervaded the story.

In the end, though, those things weren’t enough to save this one for me.  I’m not giving up on the author, because I enjoyed the writing and basic plot, I just couldn’t get behind the characters as much as they probably deserved.

Sadly, 2/5.


*To be fair, the blurb is more accurate than the blurb I posted above from the product page. I had not seen that blurb before I read the book.