Thursday, 27 December 2012

Review - For The Love of Jazz by Elke Feuer

Morning! Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. Did you all get lots of books? I did, but that's a subject for another blog post!
In the meantime, let's catch up with what's been happening on the review front.
Today it's the turn of the debut 'romantic suspense with more than a touch of the paranormal about it' novel, For The Love of Jazz by the Cayman Islands' own Elke Feuer
(I was lucky enough to spend 2 weeks in Cayman visiting a friend who emigrated there many years ago - not much difference between its crystal clear waters and Glasgow's River Clyde...not!)

So what's this book all about then?
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 also 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.

Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors

And what did I think of it?

Unusual paranormal romance, no vampires!
I had my concerns about the novel initially, as I am not a fan of jazz. However, although For the Love of Jazz has the theme of jazz music running through it, it doesn’t dominate. Rather the jazz club and how it links the past and the present and the lives of the protagonist with her relatives is key.  From the start the novel has almost a ghost story quality. The house restoration as a theme works well and is not something I had come across before. Apart from the seriously good-looking, sexy male lead, Patrick and the unmistakeable chemistry between the protagonist, Josie and him, the dark tale which weaves its way around Josie and her aunt, who mysteriously disappeared 50 years ago makes the novel worth a read. A twist in the tale at the end, as well as the way Patrick’s family is connected to Josie’s and how Josie tries to get to the bottom of it all, whilst trying to disentangle herself (sometimes) from her attraction to Patrick, ensure there’s plenty of action. Trying to figure out who could have been the person to make Josie’s aunt disappear all those years ago is the crux of the whole story, but a little bit of obstacle-strewn romance along the way never hurt anyone!
NB: the version I read was an unedited proof. It is assumed that any errors have since been corrected.
You can buy For The Love of Jazz via Amazon for Kindle (UK)
I'll be back on Sunday with a few bits n pieces for you - undecided as yet, what I am going to unveil to you next! Have a great weekend.  Sooz

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed it :)