Review: Master of the Opera Act I & II by Jeffe Kennedy

Act I Passionate OvertureAbout the Books:

Title: Passionate Overture (Master of the Opera, Act I)
Author: Jeffe Kennedy
Publisher: Kensington
Release Date: January 2, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC received from Publisher via NetGalley

Book Summary:

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.

At first, Christy thinks she’s hearing things. But when a tall masked man steps out of the shadows–and into her arms–she knows he’s not a phantom of her imagination. He is the master of her desire. . .

Title: Master of the Opera, Act II: Ghost Aria
Author: Jeffe Kennedy
Publisher: Kensington
Release Date: January 16, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC received from Publisher via NetGalley

Book Summary:

In the second seductive installment of Jeffe Kennedy’s thrilling “Master of the Opera,” a young woman falls deeper under the spell of the man who haunts her dreams, fuels her desire, and demands her surrender…With each passing day of her internship at the Sante Fe Opera House, Christine Davis discovers something new, something exciting-and something frightening. Hidden in the twisting labyrinths beneath the theater is a mysterious man in a mask who, Christy’s convinced, is as real as the rose he left on her desk-and as passionate as the kiss that burns on her lips. He tells her to call him “Master,” and Christy can’t deny him. But when her predecessor-a missing intern-is found dead, Christy wonders if she’s playing with fire…

If her phantom lover is actually a killer, how can she continue to submit to his dark, erotic games? And if he is innocent, how can she resist-or refuse-when he demands nothing less than her body and soul?

Act II Ghost AriaMy Thoughts:

Jeffe Kennedy has a new e-serial romance coming out in January titled Master of the Opera with six acts (installments). Today, you see reviews for the first two acts: Act I: Passionate Overture and Act II: Ghost Aria.

Passionate Overture is just the beginning and seems to set the tone for the rest of the series. I have not read Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, nor have I watched the musical by Andrew Lloyd Weber, so I won’t be able to tell you much about whether Master of the Opera is similar, but so far I am intrigued and a little creeped out (in a good way).

Christine Davis is an apprentice at the Sante Fe Opera House. She is stuck doing a lot of inventory work in the lower levels of the Opera house when she meets the “Opera Ghost” for the first time. She is quite freaked out about it as anyone would be since her predecessor went missing. However, Christine has an intense dream about the Ghost, and he has only shown kindness to her. She isn’t sure what to think of that. After being introduced to Christine, the Ghost, and Ramon, one of the the Opera House owners, you start to feel that love triangle that I anticipate will happen.

Jeffe’s description of the Opera House provides you with the image of beauty and the lovely sound of music. Jeffe also describes the lower levels in the Opera House in a way that makes the hair on your neck stand up along with Christine’s at times. There is especially one part that would cause me to have a panic attack if I were the Christine. I love it when books can make me really experience those emotions. Passionate Overture sets up the Master of the Opera series nicely and definitely ends in a way that makes you want to pick up the next Act rather quickly to find out what happens next.

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Ghost Aria picks up where Passionate Overture leaves off and we get to see how the Opera House and Christine are handling the shocking discovery. We learn a little more about Christine and her daily life, thoughts and feelings. There is also something about Roman that just makes me question his motives. I can’t put my finger on it, but am interested to see how that plays out.

The highlight to me in Ghost Aria, was getting to really meet the Master, Ghost, Phantom, or whatever you want to call him a little more. He asks Christine to call him Master, so I’ll refer to him as that until I learn otherwise. I don’t want to give too much away, but the meeting between Master and Christine gets your heart pumping and leaves you desperately wanting more. There are so many questions I want to ask Jeffe Kennedy about events in the book, just as Christine would, but I will be patient and wait for the rest of the series to unfold. Master is definitely intriguing, frightening and exciting all at the same time, which is just how Christine feels, so well done, Jeffe!

Reviewed by: Amy R.

Four stars

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2 Responses to Review: Master of the Opera Act I & II by Jeffe Kennedy

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Amy, it does sound a little creepy – in a fascinating way.

  2. marilynbrant says:

    Amy,
    Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” is one of my favorite musicals, so I’m pretty intrigued by this serial! I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying it so far and will be curious about your reaction to any future installments :).
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