“So this is a sex game.”
“Oh no, More than that, Christine.” He stilled drawing intensity to him like a building storm system. “Will you try – just a taste – at least for tonight?”
It is obvious when reading Master of the Opera Act 3: Phantom Serenade that Jeffe Kennedy is a seasoned professional coyly leading the reader, along with Christine, down into the labyrinth beneath the Opera House that is the Ghost’s world. Until the third act the sensuality between Christine and the Ghost is just hinted at, with a glancing touch here and the odd suggestive thought there and even when the Ghost finally begins to court Christy in earnest the interludes between them remain tasteful without crossing over into the realm gratuitous acts which are closer to pornography than actual erotic literature.
After a harrowing night trapped in the tunnels beneath the Sante Fe Opera House, intern Christy Davis finds comfort in the arms of Roman Sanclaro, the opera’s wealthy and gorgeous benefactor. But even as Roman tries to impress her with his lavish lifestyle—and seduce her with his charms—Christy cannot stop obsessing over her other, clandestine lover.
Hidden in the labyrinths below, a mysterious masked man has become the master of her desires: a sensual but commanding partner who pushes Christy to the very brink of erotic pleasure…and beyond. No other man can compare. But somewhere, watching from the shadows, a fiercely jealous rival threatens to destroy the erotic secret they share.
Part murder mystery and part classic love story Phantom Serenade is captivating, intriguing the reader at every turn. After the conclusion of this installment I am left with the quandary of whether to watch Phantom of the Opera, the version starring Gerard Butler of course, possibly the only man I would let tie me up (said tongue in cheek, don’t tell my husband) or read everything I can find by Ms. Kennedy. Truth be told I will probably do both.
AUTHOR: Jeffe Kennedy
RATING: 3 1/2 Stars
Disclaimer: ARC was kindly provided by the publisher for an honest review.
- Master of the Opera Act 1: Passionate Overture (Master of the Opera) – Jeffe Kennedy (pennydreadfulbooks.me)