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MastMaster of the Opera I - Jeffe Kennedyer of the Opera I (Passionate Overture) by Jeffe Kennedy
* I received this ARC free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

In the first tantalizing installment of Jeffe Kennedy’s ravishing serial novel Master of the Opera, an innocent young woman is initiated into a sensual world of music, mystery, passion–and one man’s private obsession. . .

Fresh out of college, Christine Davis is thrilled to begin a summer internship at the prestigious Sante Fe Opera House. But on her first day, she discovers that her dream job has a dark side. Beneath the theater, a sprawling maze of passageways are rumored to be haunted. Ghostly music echoes through the halls at night. And Christy’s predecessor has mysteriously disappeared. Luckily, Christy finds a friend and admirer in Roman Sanclaro, the theater’s wealthy and handsome patron. He convinces her there’s nothing to fear–until she hears the phantom’s voice for herself. Echoing in the labrynths. Singing of a lost love. Whispering her name: Christine.
Passionate Overture is the first installment in this new serial by Jeffe Kennedy. Christine’s dad got her an internship at the Santa Fe Opera House where strange things are going on. She wants to prove that she can be on her own and take care of herself, despite what her father thinks. She is concerned about what happened to her predecessor but she is determined not to let the rumors stop her.

She has reconnected with her childhood friend Roman, who finally sees her as the woman she has become. Things seem to be going well for her at the opera house, until a couple of bizarre incidents spook her. Weird noises, strange dreams and disappearing interns are among some of the issues that she is dealing with.

This story is a modern take on the beloved classic Phantom of the Opera with an erotic twist. The first book has very little erotic elements but it doesn’t disappoint. The author does a wonderful job of setting up the story and scenery around the Santa Fe Opera House without over doing it. The reader has no trouble imagining themselves right in the middle of the book. You are instantly drawn into the ongoing serial wanting to see where the writer will take you next.

The main characters are engaging and evoke emotions in the reader. I like Christy’s character but hope she grows as the stories continues. She wants to prove herself to her family but she comes across meek when she deals with Carla. I am on the fence regarding Roman. I honestly think he’s kind of sleazy and hope that he proves me wrong as we move forward with the storyline. The mysterious “phantom” definitely intrigues me and I want to see more of him.

Overall I enjoyed the first installment and can’t wait to read the second one in this series. I give Passionate Overture 4 Flaming Hearts.  4 Hearts


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