“For the Love of Jazz” Book Review Tour and Giveaway


Today I have a treat for you all with a review of a new romantic suspense novel (with ghosts!) and a giveaway.  Elke Feuer, the author of For the Love of Jazz, 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.  Be sure to check out the blurb, excerpt, and my review below.  To visit the other tour stops and see more reviews as they are posted, visit this link.  The more places you comment, the greater your chance of winning!

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For the Love of Jazz

by Elke Feuer

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For the love of Jazz book coverBLURB: 

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.

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EXCERPT:

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?

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MY REVIEW:

The first thing that intrigued me about this book was the idea of a woman being forced to stay in a house she is restoring only to find out she’ll be sharing it with ghosts and an owner with a troubling family past.  Sometimes you have to wait awhile to get to the paranormal parts, but these ghosts were definitely an active part of the story and didn’t take long to make an appearance.  Not to worry, there is no chain rattling or wailing.  You discover early on a woman was killed fifty years before and wants Josie to find out what happened.  That woman is going to push Josie deeper and deeper into a past that many of the people still alive feel should be left alone.  This is in addition to a male ghost haunting the house that had some sort of relationship with the dead female.  Then there is Patrick, the handsome home owner, who doesn’t make things any easier as he has his own stake in the matter.  If she wants to keep him from hampering her investigation, she’s eventually going to have to convince him this is one murder mystery that has to be solved.

I had some difficulty feeling the chemistry between Josie and Patrick for more than half of the book.  A lot of this is because the two were so heavily influenced by the ghosts (who had been in love while they were alive and pushed those feelings on the main characters) that it was difficult to separate the “live” couple from the “dead” one.  Eventually when Josie and Patrick got out and away from the haunted places in the story I could finally see how they naturally acted together.  They definitely sizzled.  I finally felt it then and really began to root for the two to be together.  Considering everything at stake, they had a lot working against them.  I was thankful the author didn’t rush to get to the first sex scene and it came much later in the story when the timing felt more appropriate.  There might have been an instant attraction between Josie and Patrick, but the love part came slowly as personalities clashed and more than one misunderstanding occurred.  Both characters were stubborn and prideful.  Most of the time this strengthened their personalities, but there was a time or two where it did seem a bit much.

There were two main running plots aside from the romance.  First you had the restoration of the house.  Now, this is a home that needs A LOT of work–all while two characters fighting an attraction to each other live in it.  I absolutely loved the detail and description the author used to show the developments of the house as the story progressed.  Maybe I’ve watched HGTV a few too many times, but remodeling is fun to see and the story didn’t skimp on this (though the reader isn’t too inundated with it either).  The other plot was figuring out what happened with the ghosts since they obviously feel the need to haunt Josie.  You know from the prologue that someone killed the female, but the question is who.  There are multiple candidates and no easy answers.  I didn’t figure it out until maybe a chapter or so before the reveal.  It’s definitely not an easy guess with so many people who had a motive to kill the woman.  Expect lots of twists and turns to keep you flipping the pages.

Overall, I really enjoyed “For the Love of Jazz”.  It had been a while since I’d read a good ghost romance and this one worked well.  If you like a good romantic suspense with a touch of the paranormal, I’d definitely recommend it.  This might be Elke Feuer’s first novel, but I suspect she has many more good ones to come.  I’m giving this one four whips!

 

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*Note- I was given an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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Elke Feuer author photoAUTHOR BIO:

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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For the Love of Jazz tall bannerAUTHOR LINKS:

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Purchase Links:

Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon Canada | iBooks | eBooks.com

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~ by Suzie on March 14, 2013.

31 Responses to ““For the Love of Jazz” Book Review Tour and Giveaway”

  1. Thank you for hosting today.

  2. Excellent review! You do a wonderful job making me want to read the story without giving too much away! Now I’m really “jazzed” for this book! (Sorry…bad puns…)

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  3. I find your posts fascinating and was anxiously awaiting your review.I’m always surprised how each person reading my book identifies with different aspects of the story. It’s a wonderful feeling when people get and enjoy it.

    Thanks for the amazing review, Suzie, and for hosting my on your site!

    WHOO HOO! Just had to throw that in their. LOL!

    • Thanks, Elke. I try to have variety of subjects on my blog so both readers and writers will want to visit. A review of “fire” is coming up soon. I sometimes write reviews on basic elements (and give them a rating) just for fun since I tend to be more serious with books.

      I really did like how you handled the ghosts, especially Lola with the way she left “impressions” of her feelings for Josie to sense (as well as the flashbacks). That was different than the way many other books handle it. You’ve definitely got talent 🙂

      • You’ve done a great job! Attracting readers and writers is a challenge. I’ve tried to do the same on my own blog. You’re so sweet for saying that. Comments like that make it all worth while. 🙂

  4. What kind of research did you do for this novel? A restoration architect sounds like a really interesting career

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

    • I did more research on the buildings of Chicago (look and feel) than I did her profession. I have friends in the industry who I questioned and I was fortunate to be part of a few myself, so I lucked out.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  5. It sounds like a fascinating read, thank you for the honest review!

    lyra.lucky7 at gmail dot com

  6. Great excerpt and review!

    lennascloud(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. Ghost romance sounds nice, did you plan to work in the paranormal elements from the start or did it come to you when you were writing?

    freetofall00 at gmail dot com

    • The ghosts were there from the start, and demanded a larger role than I planned, but I enjoyed them so much I decided to meet their demands. LOL!

  8. I love old buildings, did you had to research a lot on architecture?

    galaschick78 AT gmail DOT com

    • Me too! Especially the ones in Chicago. I was fortunate enough to find a photo of the house I envisioned and the photographer happened to have photos of inside the house and other buildings around Chicago. That was most of my research. I’ve done renovations before, so that helped.

  9. Love the paranormal theme. Thank you for the honest review.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

  10. Thanks for the chance to win!

    hense1kk AT cmich DOT edu

  11. Does your family supports you in your writing career?

    moonsurfer123(at)gmail(dot)com

    • Yes! My husband takes care of the kids so I get time to write on the weekends and my parents are very proud that I’m following my dreams. I’m very blessed!

  12. Sounds good to me!

    emiliana25(at)web(dot)de

  13. Ah, I love a good ghost story. Love ’em. I can’t wait to read this one!

    justforswag(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

  14. A fabulous review thank you. I do love the fact that the ghosts are quite evident & active.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  15. Very nice review

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

  16. I have a question for Elke. Are you working on another book right now that we can look forward to and will you write your next book in the same genre as For the Love of Jazz? sbereza22(at)gmail(dot)com

  17. I enjoyed it 🙂

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