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For the Love of Jazz (Crimson Romance) [Kindle Edition]

Elke Feuer
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Book Description

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 also 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.

Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors



Editorial Reviews

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"Grabbed my attention from the first page! Loved the characters and the tension. A great first book!"
-Kellie Kamryn author of Rebound

"Intense and unexpected - a modern day story with a ghostly twist that brings Chicago's jazz Age back to life."
-Leigh Michaels, author of The Birthday Scandal

"A strong, independant woman...a smart, successful, and sexy leading man...mix in an unknown, tragic shared past, brimming with Jazz, suspense, and chemistry...FOR THE LOVE OF JAZZ delivers!"
-Trish F Leger, author of The Amber Druid Series

From the Author

The characters for this book spoke to me while I was having a bubble bath and listening to jazz. This was long before I had kids. A few days later I dreamed about the jazz club. The story changed several times before I finished the first draft, and I struggled with who'd be the main characters, the ghosts or the hero/heroine. I even had to change the killer because they didn't agree with me. It took me about two years to finish the book once everyone was happy and I have to say it was a fantastic (and pull my hair out) experience.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. The characters are delightful, if not a bit bossy. Luckily you won't see that part of them.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1419 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1440561419
  • Publisher: Crimson Romance (December 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AKERYP0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,271 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating January 4, 2013
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Just finished reading "For the Love of Jazz" on my Kindle. Loved It! It kept me captivated from the first page. Great story and fun to read. Elke Feuer O'Donnell is an up and coming Author to watch for. Can't wait for the next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice story February 14, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jazzy Ghosts and Hot Lovers December 16, 2013
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Solving a murder is difficult enough, but when ghosts and threatening messages mysteriously appear, the task is daunting. Throw in a torrid romance and the family of your lover as prime suspects, and you end up with a nearly impossible situation.

Ms. Feuer weaves those elements into a gripping who-dun-it. An adult orphan---Josie Fagan---with no known family, receives an assignment to remodel a splendid old Chicago home. Not only does she discover she has a strange emotion for the house, she also has a connection through an unknown aunt to the building.

Even more haunting is the strange emotion she has for her employer---Patrick Pullman. This is not just some male-female attraction. It's that, but it's more. It's like the electric shock you get from a metal doorknob after walking over a carpet and building up static electricity. Only there's no walking here. It just happens every time they touch one another---deliberately or accidentally.

And then there's the jazz club. When Josie enters the place she experiences a kind of deja vu. She has seen photos of her unknown Aunt Lola by now and has a strong intuition this was a place Lola sang. Before the evening is over, she finds herself onstage, singing songs Lola sang.

The challenge to complete her assignment, to discover her Aunt's killer, and to avoid romantic entanglements gives this romantic adventure of Josie Fagan many an exciting twist ere the tale is done.

This is a book everyone will enjoy because of the excellent writing and splendid sleuthing woven into the story. Recommendation: Purchase two---one to enjoy and one to give as a gift.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lousy proofreading July 4, 2013
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While I enjoyed the story, the number of inaccurate words was very distracting. Much more effort should have been placed on proofreading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read July 4, 2013
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Fun read, real page turner. I would fire the editor,as there are so many glaring grammatical errors. Get by that and its fun
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story, Loved It June 11, 2013
By Gloria
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I loved the story and could not put it down. It's the perfect blend of romance, suspense, and mystery. I would have given 5 stars if not for the numerous grammatical errors that the editor missed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing supernatural romance March 27, 2013
By kirstyv
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given this as a review copy but this has no influence on my opinion.
I found this book much more intriguing than a common romance story. Elke Feuer uses the background of William and Lola's love to introduce Patrick and Josie, forging a connection between the couples which appears to be strengthened by the supernatural bond.
In 'For the Love of Jazz' Elke Feuer really is the master of absorbing her reader into a beautifully formed plot and them amazing us with the unforeseen!
The relationship between Patrick and Josie is filled with sexual tension, but the author leaves the reader anticipating any romance as the two continue to banter and speak in coded innuendo. Patrick and Josie use Lola and William's relationship as a reason for them not to be together, and I enjoyed the times in which both characters were possessed by the spirits of their dead relative
Aside from these two Elke Feuer builds an array of peripheral characters who are all integral to the plot and who she describes animatedly. I was particularly fond of Joe, in the jazz club, but also very wary of Patrick's parents and Gary the lawyer!
The story follows Patrick and Josie's investigation and Elke Feuer is clever, but subtle, in the way in which she involves the supernatural in the story and I certainly never had the ending worked out!
I would definitely recommend this book, for fans of romance, supernatural and anyone who just wants a little fun!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A delicate mix of romance and suspense
I generally don't like mysteries, especially in my romance books, but the author did a nice job of keeping you guessing while bringing you along the romantic journey of the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rockylan
1.0 out of 5 stars SKIP IT
VERY poorly written, lots of repetition, story is silly, lots of errors in spelling and grammar - book needed a strong editorial hand. Skip this one and save your money.
Published 15 months ago by Iris
5.0 out of 5 stars book review
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and only figured it out near the end. It was a good mystery with some historical elements as well as a bit of the paranormal. Read more
Published 18 months ago by smilingsam
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Summer Read
I enjoyed the book it kept you engaged will reading. It was a quick and easy summer read. I would recommend.
Published 19 months ago by Andrea Lukaszewicz
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow ride down the Mississippi
The characters in the book are a bit too shallow for me to remain interested in them as they plow through their relationship. An okay read if you hadn't anything else to read.
Published 20 months ago by Davlyn Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery and romance...who could ask for more..........
Great short mystery novel, fun reading, Goes well with a glass of wine and a cool summer night. Will be checking out more of Elke Feur books.
Published 20 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read!
Outside of a few grammatical errors, I really enjoyed the story of William & Lola and Patrick & Josie. It had just the right amount of romance and mystery. Read more
Published 20 months ago by kmichelle
5.0 out of 5 stars love never stops
Great story and characters, the story proves love never dies. Descriptions of New Orleans made me feel as if I was there.
Published 20 months ago by Billie Brookshire
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
the book was more of a romance than a jazz era story. i was looking for more historical insight and a more complex plot.
Published 20 months ago by jessica m perna
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs work
The story was only o.k., the characters were fairly well developed but overall the story wasn't believable. Read more
Published 20 months ago by jazzfan48
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More About the Author

Elke was born and raised on Grand Cayman and lives there with her husband and two kids who keep her on her toes. She's a fiercely loyal friend who loves to meet peo­ple and has a sarcastic/quirky sense of humor not everyone gets.

She stumbled into writing romantic suspense because of her fascination with serial killers, but also writes other genres because characters keep telling her their stories and she's a sucker for a crazy story.

When not writing, she's helping other writers in the Cayman Islands through her company CayWriters.

Visit her website at http://elkefeuer.com to find out more about her and her upcoming Deadly Series set in Cayman.

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