Welcome to the final stop on Elke Feuer's Virtual Book Review Tour for her book, For The Love of Jazz. Please make sure to leave a comment or question below to let Elke know you stopped by. Elke will be awarding a commenter at each stop a $5 Amazon Gift Card, and a $10 Barnes & Noble Gift Card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.
For the Love of Jazz
by Elke Feuer
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Release Date: December 24, 2013
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 254 Pages
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.
Had she really seen a … ghost? She looked at her wine glass. No, she’d only had one glass, but since when did drinking produce ghosts? Never! Blood pulsed wildly against her temple in fear at what she’d seen — hadn’t seen. The clock on the other side of the room struck one o’clock, startling her. Had an hour really passed?
“Time is the least of your problems, Josie.” Pushing the recliner back to its upright position she looked around frantically to make sure it was really gone. The dimly lit room suddenly closed in on her, casting dark shadows in corners that weren’t there earlier. She shot out of the chair and headed to the light switches and turned them all on. Light filled the room with the exception of the odd missing bulb, and revealed there was nothing there but dust bunnies. She breathed a deep sigh of relief.
Now what? She could knock on Patrick’s door and tell him what she had seen, but what good would that do? The last thing she wanted was her new client to think he’d hired a crazy person. Besides, what would she say? Hey, I just saw a ghost can I sleep in your room? Yeah, that would go over well.
She blew out the candle and picked up the glass of wine from the table, liquid courage to sleep. She made sure the lights in the stairwell were turned on before the ones in the living room were turned off.
She closed her room door and pulled the chain across the newly installed deadbolt lock. Reason told her the lock couldn’t keep the ghost from coming into her room, but it gave her some comfort anyway. What the heck had she gotten herself into?
Liking jazz and a good mystery, I picked up Elke Feuer's For the Love of Jazz hoping I'd get lucky and get a good romance too. I ended up getting a lot more. Part interracial romance, part historical, part paranormal and part mystery, Ms. Feuer gives us a well paced mystery with several interesting twists. With a likable hero and heroine, good dialogue and a house with a couple of ghosts, I found myself turning the pages to discover what was going to happen next.
A restoration architect by trade, Josie Fagan desperately needs to establish herself in order to get her business off the ground. When the perfect project comes along, Josie jumps at the chance even though she soon finds herself dealing with a home owner determined to watch over every step taken during the restoration of his family's ancestral home. Being attracted to her client was never a part of her plan, neither was discovering the connection between their families.
Patrick Pullman is determined to restore his family's Chicago home. Hiring Josie Fagan seems like a natural choice, she needs his endorsement as much as he needs her architectural skills. Insisting on living in the house together while he oversees her work seems like a good idea, especially once the attraction between them begins to grow. At least until he discovers his family might have played a part in her aunt's disappearance and the ghosts of the past refuse to let go.
As Josie and Patrick restore his house, their mutual attraction begins to grow, at least until Josie discovers a tie between their families. Lola, a jazz singing aunt Josie never knew, was married to William, Patrick's uncle. An interracial romance in the 1950's, their love was not only taboo, it wasn't approved by William's family. When Josie and Patrick learn of Lola's disappearance, and all of the people who may have been involved, they get drawn into a mystery. With plenty of secondary characters providing motives, clues and additional dialogue, Josie and Patrick find they have their work cut out for them.
Will Josie and Patrick discover what really happened to Lola and put both her and William's ghosts to rest? What will happen to their blossoming love if Patrick's family was involved? You'll have to read For the Love of Jazz to find out. I enjoyed this and look forward to reading more of Ms. Feuer's work.
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Elke 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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