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
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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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.
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.
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
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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