I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Miss Education of Dr. Exeter by Jillian Stone
Series: Paranormal Investigator #3
Published by Kensington Brava on 25 June 2013
This novel is a blend of steampunk and paranormal romance. I loved the cover and thought the blurb sounded intriguing. Unfortunately I very quickly realised that the romance in this novel tended towards the erotica which is not really my cup of tea. I wish the blurb made this clearer and acknowledged that the novel was more about Dr Exeter and his ward Mia rather than the absent Phaeton and his heavily pregnant beloved America.
Mia is a were-panther who is experiencing more involuntary shifts. The men decide it must be due to her sexual frustration and someone needs to give her some good loving. Exeter knows Mia is in love with him but so far has managed to restrain himself. He tries to approach the matter in a clinical fashion but the cat inside Mia is a decidedly saucy minx. I didn’t really enjoy the romance between the two as it didn’t really develop beyond lots of lusty erotic moments, some of which felt contrived. Also, in the back of my head I kept remembering that Exeter had been legally responsible for Mia from when she was a child – there are some boundaries that shouldn’t really be crossed. What was missing though was much in the way of background for Exeter and Mia.
I did however really enjoy the world that had been created. I haven’t read the first two books so it was a little daunting being thrust into such a complex environment. I was able to get the gist of some of what had been happening but I feel as if I missed out on a large chunk of it. Parallel worlds can be lots of fun if done right and I think this one worked from what I grasped of the rules involved and the general execution. The story moved along at a steady pace although the romance did slow it down in parts. There were some loose threads left at the end surrounding the big baddie but everything else was fairly neatly tied up.
There were parts of this that I really enjoyed and others that left me a little cold. I think you really need to start with book one and see if it is a style that would suit you before jumping into number three.