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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

For the Love of Jazz by Elke Feuer (Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

In association with Goddess Fish Promotions, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to a host a virtual book tour event for For the Love of Jazz by Elke Feuer!



For the Love of Jazz by Elke Feuer
Publisher: Crimson Romance 
Publication Date: December 24, 2012
Format: eBook - 254 pages / Kindle - 435 KB / Nook - 966 KB
ISBN: 1440561419
ASIN: B00AKERYP0
Genre: Romantic Suspense


BUY THE BOOK: For the Love of Jazz


Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions.


Book Description:

Restoration architect Josie Fagan takes on a project with lawyer and senator’s son, Patrick Pullman. It’s the perfect match. She needs his endorsement to save her business and he wants to restore his ancestral Chicago home. Love wasn’t part of her plan. Neither was being asked to stay at his home, haunted by ghosts, or discovering she has a claim to his home – which she adores. When she finds out his family may be responsible for her aunt’s disappearance fifty years ago, it’s a race to unearth the truth before she loses not only her business and her heart, but her life.

Patrick can’t deny his attraction to Josie and is willing to take a chance on love since his broken engagement a year earlier. Things become complicated when he learns of their family connection and her claim to the home he loves. He doesn’t believe in ghosts, or that his family is involved in her aunt’s disappearance, so insists they work together. But, when he starts seeing his uncle’s ghost, and threats are made on her life, he’s forced to confront the possibility his family could be responsible.


Book Excerpt:


Inquisitive green eyes made her heart melted like ice cream in the sun. Why couldn’t he remain his arrogant, pain in the ass client self all the time? It made it difficult to keep him at a distance when he wasn’t.

The problem wasn’t just the client, it was the job. The connections she felt to the house and Patrick were strong. No matter how hard she tried to keep them both at a distance, they were quickly making their way under her skin, like a bad habit intent on finding its way into her life. “Thanks,” she whispered and lowered her eyes from his probing gaze.

The hand on her shoulder moved to her neck and the pulse beating there quickened as it moved to her cheek. His thumbs caressed the side of her face and her melting heart beat rapidly against her chest with each touch he made. She needed to step away from him and the exquisite touch of his skin against hers, but her body refused to cooperate.

“You can talk to me if you need to, Josie.”

Blood bubbled at the sound of her name so low and intimate on his lips. She swallowed hard. Words escaped her, the gentle caress of his hand silencing her words. She held her breath as he closed the already short distance between them so their bodies were inches away from touching. His head lowered toward hers and her breath stopped even as her mouth went dry.


My Book Review:

For the Love of Jazz is an intriguing story of mystery and romance with a paranormal twist. With the themes of jazz club music and a historical house restoration as the backdrop to this intricately woven romantic suspense story written in the third person narrative, author Elke Feuer's debut novel takes the reader on a riveting thrill ride that keeps the reader guessing and sitting on the edge of their seats.

With a Chicago setting, the reader is transported between the jazz club era and present day as Josie Fagan contracts to restore a historical home for lawyer and Senator's son, Patrick Pullman. Their connection goes beyond the restoration of Patrick's ancestral home, as they soon discover that their families have a shared past, and an intriguing mystery unfolds. While staying at the house during the restoration project, Josie discovers that the house was owned by Patrick's uncle William, who had an interracial marriage with Josie's aunt Lola, a jazz club singer who disappeared fifty years ago. As Josie and Patrick's attraction to each other builds, Josie wonders if the Pullmans had anything to do with her aunt's disappearance, and she's determined to find out the truth.

The storyline flows effortlessly and draws the reader in with its intricate woven mystery, suspense, romance and paranormal activities. With a strong cast of characters who engage the reader with their dialogue and interactions, you can't help but feel like you are drawn into the mystery and steamy romance as Josie and Patrick's story unfolds. I loved the historical-present day alternating timeline; the dramatic and dangerous mystery with exciting paranormal activity; and the development of Josie and Patrick's steamy romantic relationship. The historical aspect of the house restoration and the jazz club era was fascinating, I have always been interested in restoration projects and love jazz music. The story simply kept me engaged and wondering what would happen next as the many clues and twist and turns build up to an exciting conclusion. For the Love of Jazz is an entertaining romantic suspense novel with a paranormal twist, what more could a reader ask for?!

RATING: 4 STARS ****




About The Author



Elke Feuer lives in Grand Cayman with her husband and two kids. Reading, spending time with her family, traveling, and meeting people is her joy. Writing is her passion. She enjoys her job as a project manager, but her dream is to write full-time and stay home with her kids.

Jazz and salsa are her favorite music to write to. She sometimes wonders if she’s not Billie Holiday incarnate because of the strong connection she feels to her and jazz. It’s her favorite writing music along with salsa.

She stumbled into writing suspense, and to her surprise found she enjoyed it, along with writing about serial killers. Elke is fascinated by them, and what motivates them to kill. She writes time travel, historical, and contemporary novels to even out her dark side.


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Virtual Book Tour Contest Giveaway

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25 comments:

  1. Love the sound of the book. I've been reading nothing but fantasy and dystopian for awhile now and it's time I went back to books like this one. Love the cover too.

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    1. forgot my email add- blackcapballistics(at)gmail(dot)com

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    2. Thanks Ash!

      I love dystopian stories. It amazing me what ideas people come up with.

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    1. Thank you for the opportunity to host the virtual book tour event.

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  3. A review full of positives. I like that thank you.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  4. sounds like you really enjoyed it :) can't ask for anything better in a review

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

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  5. I'm absolutely tickled pink by this review! Thanks so much, Kathleen. Thanks too for deciding to host me on your blog. It's been an amazing experience.

    I'd love to answer any questions you or your readers have about me, what I write or anything else that takes their fancy.

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    1. Hi Elke! I loved your debut romantic suspense novel! Thank you for the opportunity to host your virtual book tour event! :)

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  6. It's wonderful to see you again, Mary and Andra! Thanks so much for sticking with me through my book tour and commenting at all the stops. Such lovely company!

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  7. What a great review, it made me even more curious about your story!

    lyra.lucky7 AT gmail DOT com

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    1. That's great, Lyra! It worked. LOL!

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  8. Do your characters resemble someone you know?

    moonsurfer123 at gmail dot com

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    1. Not in the book, but in my other stories, most definately.

      I dreamed about these characters and they very clear, and insistent, about who they were. In some ways it made them easier to write. LOL!

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  9. Great review, I want to read the book and have added it to my read list.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Aww, thanks! I hope you enjoy it! I'd love to hear if you do.

      Thanks for joining me for the course of the tour.

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  10. Great excerpt, it really had me right in the middle of the scene imagining it in my mind

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

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    1. Knowing that the words pulled you into the story is one of the best compliments a writer can hear. So sweet of you to say, Shannon!

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  11. Thank you everyone for visiting with Elke today on Jersey Girl Book Reviews! :)

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  12. I enjoyed it :)

    http://www.teenaintoronto.com/2013/03/book-for-love-of-jazz-2012-elke-feuer.html

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    1. Hi Teena! This was an enjoyable romantic suspense book, I enjoyed it too. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  13. Another nice review, Jersey Girl! News from Brunswick County, NC...It's COLD here tonight! It's supposed to get into the 20s. We thought Spring had Sprung...but it turns out not quite yet. Hope everything is well in Jersey.

    I love Jazz music and often have it on in the background in my office. I find it soothing and it helps me to focus. I can imagine that it would be good writing music.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Catherine! I think the groundhog is full of crap because it's cold here in NJ with occasional snow flurries ... ugh!

      Hope all is well in NC, y'all will have Spring weather and flowers before we will .. *sigh*

      Thank you for the kind comment about the review. I love the soothing tone of jazz music too!

      Thanks for stopping by and visiting, it's always nice to hear from you. :)

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  14. Great review! I haven't read too many books where it switches between the past and present day. I'm so looking forward to reading this book! sbereza22(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Shannon! Thank you for stopping by and posting your kind comment. I love when stories switches between timelines. I hope you get a chance to read the book! :)

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