Title: Stone Cold Seduction
Author: Jess Macallan
Release Date: September 5th, 2011
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
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…
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: In Stone Cold Seduction we see life through the eyes of Elleodora Fredricks, aka Elle, she is the owner of a shop that sells all sorts of lotions, soaps and other handmade items she has mixed herself by day, but moonlights as a Robin Hood type figure. She steals from the rich and gives to the less fortunate. The rich she takes from would actually just be one man in particular, her father. He is a cruel man who never gave Elle any love or affection. All her memories of him leave her sad and often in tears. She loved her mother dearly, but she died recently and it has left a hole in Elle she has yet to fill. She tries to fill that void with the love she has for her shop and is content enough with her life at the moment. That is until, she discovers that she is not quite human and her father is the king of the shadow elves which makes her not only half shadow elf, but royalty as well.
Jess has given us many paranormal creatures that we are familiar with, but has put a new spin on them. For instance, one of Elle’s love interests (and my personal favorite) Jax, is a gargoyle. He gives off the appearance of a human, but can easily turn to stone and sport some sweet wings. I have seen gargoyles in books before, but never as one of the main characters or with all the abilities that Jax encompasses. The other side to this love triangle is a phoenix named, Mac. I will concede the fact that being a phoenix does sound pretty cool and has some nifty perks that come with the package, but I am a little biased towards Jax. I am not sure why I formed my attachment with him first, but I did. It is not because we get to see him first; I just prefer his personality over Mac’s. While we are on this subject I will say I am not usually a fan love triangles. For the most part it feels as if they are thrown in to a second or even third book, just to cause tension with protagonists and stir up the story. While I do wish Mac would leave Elle to Jax, I do understand the reasoning behind this triangle and it is a part of both Elle’s past and future. The battle for Elle’s heart does add a lot of tension to the story and keeps both Elle and myself on our toes. She is thrown into this new world with many unanswered questions and her heart is just as confused as her head when it comes to her love life. I am just going to keep fingers crossed that it turns out the way I hope and Jax ends up with Elle. The only person who knows that though is Jess and I am sure her lips are sealed on the matter, but I will hold out hope for the gargoyle!
While the romance does play a major role in this story, we are also following along with Elle on her journey to self-discovery. She has grown up her whole life thinking she was a human and had her world turned upside down when she finds out her true nature. She is royalty in a world she knows nothing about and is struggling to remember. She and her friends suspect her father has tampered with her memory of growing up with him and as a result she is relearning things and people from her past that she should already know. Her father is the definition of cruel and Elle has spent most of her time trying to avoid him, only to discover he is essential in disclosing the secrets of her past and where life is leading her next.
The ending of Stone Cold Seduction is a cliffhanger which will have you desperate for the next book! It is not too far away since it is slated to release in November, but I know I wish I could get my hands on it now! Overall though, I enjoyed this story and getting to know Elle and the world she has found herself in. I am also eager to see where her fate will lead her and which man it will lead her to. *Coughs* Jax! So if you haven’t already, go check out Stone Cold Seduction to see what Elle’s story is all about and find out which you prefer, a gargoyle or a phoenix.
FTC: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. (Thank you!)