Passionate Overture was just a tantalizing sample of what is to come, we all know the story, the young ingenue and the scarred man who lives under the theater and the passionate love story that ensues between them. After reading and enjoying Jeffe Kennedy’s erotic retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Petals and Thorns I was intrigued by what sort of interpretation she would come up with from the classic Phantom of the Opera.
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.
The previous intern has mysteriously disappeared and Christine, Christy for short is hired to replace her. At first, nothing seems out of the ordinary then almost as if she is being wooed from afar Christy begins to hear a beautiful tenor singing but when she tries to determine the source of the music, she comes to an area that has been walled off. A mysterious rose appears and then later the masked man man himself, terrified yet intrigued both the reader and Christy are left the of quandary whether or not to trust this stranger. It goes without saying that I am waiting with bated breath for Master of the Opera Act 2: Ghost Aria.
AUTHOR: Jeffe Kennedy
RATING: 3 1/2 Stars
Disclaimer: ARC was kindly provided by the publisher for an honest review.