Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Book Review: Master of the Opera Act 3: Phantom Serenade by Jeffe Kennedy



Master of the Opera Act 3: Phantom Serenade 
Author: Jeffe Kennedy
Publisher: eKensington
Release Date: 6 February 2014

In the third enticing installment of Jeffe Kennedy's enthralling "Master of the Opera," a woman finds herself torn between two powerful lovers-and one reckless passion that leaves her aching for more...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 labrynths 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.

Haunted by doubts, deception, and danger, Christy must choose between the warnings in her mind, the feelings in her heart...and the wild, forbidden yearnings that set her body on fire.

Review

Ermagahd. I love this series so much. In my previous reviews I've mentioned how much of a fan I am of the Phantom of the Opera, and this is a brilliant Phantom-inspired story.

Again, the latest installment picks up where act 2 left off. Christy is still apprehensive when it comes to her feelings about Master, but she finally gives in to those feelings in this book. And it was awesome. She hands control over to Master like it's the most natural thing in the world. Her submission is total, and he introduces her to the perfect mix of pleasure and pain. The scene in the Master's abode was intense and darkly delicious. There has been brilliant lead up to this scene, and when those floodgates of desire opened, it did not disappoint. The Master is the perfect torured alpha-male, and I am so desperate to know all of the secrets that he hints at.

Christy is still a mystery in some ways. She still has a past that she refers to but has yet to be unveiled entirely, so definitely leaves you wondering. She can be a very strong character, even when she submits to the Master- in fact, especially then. But when she's around Roman she becomes a lot meeker and passive, it makes me want to give her a good shake. That dude is not good for her, and it's blatantly obvious to the reader. He's smothering her, and is way too controlling and intense, in a bad way.

On a quick side note, Hally is an awesome character. She's Christy's truest friend in the story, and everyone needs a friend like her. She's very relaxed and open-minded, and the only person who Christy can turn to for honest advice.

The ending left me totally agog, I have to admit. I sat dumbstruck, mouth gaping, for a good minute. I couldn't believe what happened and it had my brain whirring with the possibilities. Now, I don't want to spoil anything but trust me, it's a great way to make you desperate for the next installment!

Jeffe Kennedy hits it out of the park with this latest addition to the series, which is the third in a six-part serial series. It has every ingredient for awesomeness. The mystery keeps you on tenterhooks through the whole story, and adds a very real element of danger. The sexual chemistry between Christy and the Master is completely off the charts. If anyone happens to know of any opera houses that have sexy, mysterious guys living in it, please let me know!

*I received a review copy from the publisher, via NetGalley, for my honest review. Thank you!

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