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PHANTOM IN TIME [Kindle Edition]

Eugenia Riley
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From #1 Kindle Bestselling Time Travel Romance Author Eugenia Riley!


Murdered in his prime in 1896, the sexy, mysterious ghost of renowned tenor Jacques LeFevre haunts the spooky old St. Charles Opera House in New Orleans. Jacques’s lusty spirit still searches for the woman of his dreams, the diva with whom he can share life and the opera. When lovely Bella De La Rosa joins the modern-day theater troupe as a chorus girl, the phantom knows he has found his mate, and soon Jacques’s ghost lures beautiful Bella back in time to meet him as a real man . . .

Bella De La Rosa is destined to become a world-class singer, but devastating stage fright has consigned her to the chorus line. Then the phantom’s haunting voice calls to her . . . and she is seduced back in time to meet the real Jacques! Even as Bella reels at her apparent journey through time, the amorous rogue shamelessly pursues her—and, it seems, everything else in a skirt! Though equally intrigued by him, Bella is dismayed to find Jacques on a self-destructive path, inciting numerous jealousies among the theater troupe. In order to reform Jacques and save him from certain death, Bella must overcome all her fears and give herself to him in passion and in song . . . or he will forever become her phantom in time.

PHANTOM IN TIME is must a read for Eugenia Riley fans, a fun, sexy, and intriguing treatment of the “Phantom of the Opera” theme. PHANTOM IN TIME is a full-length time-travel romance of approximately 105,000 words.



"Five Stars!" --Heartland Critiques

"Powerful, passionate, a must purchase! Readers will laugh, cry, and rejoice in Jacques and Bella's discovery that love transcends time." --Romantic Times Magazine, 4 1/2 Stars

"PHANTOM IN TIME has something to tantalize everyone, from ghosts, red herrings, murder, and intrigue, to a charming rogue." --Gothic Journal

"A sultry and passionate twist to the PHANTOM OF THE OPERA." --The Old Book Barn Gazette

"PHANTOM IN TIME is a wonderful time travel that is sure to delight fans of this genre, and even those who are not! A terrific story that really moves quickly!" --The Literary Times

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Bogged down with Gay Nineties descriptions, tired characterizations and wearisome dialogue, Riley's latest time-travel romance (after Timeswept Bride) revolves around stage-shy Bella De La Rosa, a modern-day opera singer who spirals back to 1896. There she confronts the living version of tenor Jacques LeFevre, whose ghost has been haunting the opera house since his murder. Bella accepts her unexpected trip to the 19th century without a peep of protest, figuring she's there to find LeFevre's murderer and will eventually be returned to her own time. What she doesn't know is that her destiny lies in the past, singing as a diva with LeFevre. But she can be successful only if she overcomes her fear of the theater and saves the man she loves. Flaws abound in this tale, but the coup de grace comes with an ending so implausible as to border on the ridiculous.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Bella De La Rosa is meant to sing opera on the stage but she has a huge problem, Bella suffers from stage fright. In an effort to overcome her fear, Bella auditions for the chorus at the St. Charles Opera House in New Orleans which is said to be haunted by the phantom ghost of Jacques LeFevre, a womanizing rogue who was supposedly murdered almost 100 years ago. Jacques' ghost appears to Bella several times and she is intrigued by the handsome man. During a performance the kaleidoscope swirls it's light and Bella becomes dizzy, and then finds herself 100 years in the past! Bella, dressed in a Valkyrie costume, lands on the same stage where Jacques is singing a song from Carmen, but it is 1896. Jacques LeFerve is immediately appreciative of Bella's beauty, and he is in awe of her exquisite soprano voice. Jacques is set on claiming Bella as his own and she cannot resist his charm for long. But at a crucial time, Bella gets caught in the kaleidoscope lights and is sent to the present. Every time she distances herself emotionally from Jacques, she returns to 1996. Her ailing grandmother tells Bella that she must face her love for Jacques and the opera; Jacques tells Bella that she is meant to be his and to sing, that is her destiny. Bella worries that Jacques loves her voice more than he loves her, and she also worries that she could be the cause of his death. A little more research while in the present confirms that Jacques was in love with the mysterious Bella, who disappeared after he was murdered. Bella is not sure if she can save Jacques, or even return to him in the past, but she tries. While on stage again, the kaleidoscope lights swirl and she feels dizzy. Bella is on her way back and just as she lands on the stage, she sees someone throwing a knife at Jacques. This time, Bella is the phantom in time, but she is not a ghost. Can Bella save Jacques? Can Bella fulfill her destiny to love Jacques and sing on stage? And who is the real Phantom In Time? Bella goes from present to past several times with a lot more happening in the story. I became a little frustrated as every song that is performed in the present or past is mentioned by title and I found that to be a bit tedious. Aside from that, I found it a great time-travel.Phantom In Time is a wonderful time travel that is sure to delight fans of this genre, and even those who are not! A terrific story that really moves quickly! Transcends time, too! This time travel romance is sure to entertain! Good story, great characters and a unique way to travel in time! Eugenia Riley is a writing talent for all times!Gloria Miller -- Copyright © 1994-97 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved -- From Literary Times

Product Details

  • File Size: 3152 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007F2HRKW
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars typical, but good December 2, 2003
By Carolyn
I read this book a few years ago when I was in college; as a voice major I may have found it more interesting than someone who is not an opera enthusiast. The story is a bit see-through and the love scenes are very typical, but it's a great story to cozy up with on a rainy day when you have nothing to do. Sure it's unrealistic, but what romance novel isn't?
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars As a romance, okay; as time travel, a bit iffy February 27, 2013
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As a romance, the seasoned, womanizing hero is pretty typical, as is the virginal heroine. For her to be chaste at her age in 21st C America is a greater accomplishment. Her stage fright as an opera singer is one reason I chose to read this novel (my daughter at 16 refused to perform in spite of her talent for opera). The ghost, the carousel chandelier, the time travel kept me turning pages. New Orleans opera in the days of horse and carriage - beautiful, atmospheric! - but the detailed descriptions had me skipping paragraphs. Other readers might be more interested in the wallpaper, curtains and furniture.

My biggest objection to the novel wasn't that it's too long (it is!) or too full of the cliches of the romance genre (it is), but that the time travel aspects, in the end, really didn't make sense. The surprise at the end had me shaking my head. No way.

As romances go, it's a fun read. As paranormals or time travel novels go, it's still fun, but the lack of plausibility left me groaning.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Phantom of the French Quarter May 21, 2005
Wow! I just finished this book this morning, and what a good one

it was. It was my 4th Eugenia Riley book, and she has yet to

disappoint me.

I was amazed by all the time travel in the book. Bella goes to

1896, not once, not twice, not three, but FOUR times, and believe

it or not, it makes perfect sense with the plot each & every time.

The first time she was propelled back to 1996, I was shocked, but

once I saw where Ms. Riley was going with her plot, I totally understood.

Bella is a woman unsure of singing capabilities, preferring to

not be in the limelight, to be a part of the chorus. If she has

to do a trio or a duet, it is too close to a solo for her & she

panics. She loves her grandmother in 1996, but is torn between

being able to sing a solo for her, and her attraction to Jacques

in 1896.

Jacques is a tenor of the highest order. He is just as well known for his womanizing ways, infamous for it, in fact. When

Bella enters his life (maybe I should say 'each time she reappears in his life), he is certain that she is the one who

will fulfill his destiny, to both be his bride and to sing

solos with him around the world.

In 1996, Bella is aware, due to her research, that Jacques is

murdered in 1896. Each time she comes back to 1996, she finds

out more information in order to try to stave off his impending


The book got a little hairy for awhile, when it looked like

Jacques was going to follow her into 1996.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best but not the worst. August 27, 2014
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I'm a fan of time-travel books but this one was just OK. I was first interested in this book because Phantom of the Opera is one of my all time favorite books but this one doesn't even compare so I won't even try to make the correlation between the two.

Even though this story is actually pretty interesting I wasn't able to really relate to either of the characters. I didn't find either one of the main characters likeable and found the story to be a bit confusing at times. There were instances where I had to go back and re-read paragraphs because something seemed a bit out of place.

I really wanted to like this book but found the whole thing kind of flat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting March 16, 2013
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Engaging. Liked the time travel and the period change descriptions. The love scenes were well written. I have purchased more from the same author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New Orleans at its best November 21, 2014
By Rose
Format:Kindle Edition
Genre: Romance/ Time Travel
Author: Eugenia Riley
Book: Phantom In Time
My Star Rating: 4 out of 5
Will I read I read it again? Yes
I was given this book to read and give an honest review. This review is my honest opinion and I have fully read this book.
Can Bella reform Jacques from being a womanizer? Can she save his life? In this book I was hook from the get go. I love the town of New Orleans and have been there numerous times. But this book makes me what to go back and visit this lovely town again.
I found this book so refreshing because when Bella went back in time, a woman helped her out. Not the hero. And I loved this because it is a change and it played out great. I really enjoyed all the characters in this book as well.
I did not figure out who the “killer” was either and I don’t mind. It was fun trying to figure out who it was going to be. My favorite is the little twist in the end. LOVED it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Is One Of Those Books That Make Your Breath Hitch September 12, 2014
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I normally don't read time travel books but I'm so glad I read this one. When I read reviews I always wish I knew more about the person reviewing. I'm 47 and married 24 years. I was sucked in from the description because New Orleans is such a romantic setting. Speaking of romantic...... Jacques LeFevre. Totally swoon worthy. This is a fun book to read and let go of reality for awhile. If you're a reader who scans reviews to find out the smut level in a book, I'm one of those "the more smut the better" readers, this book has enough. Not as down and dirty as some but you won't be disappointed. This is a great love story. Read it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Time
I love time travel books, but this was almost a dimensional travel. Anyhow, it was an enjoyable read. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys this genre.
Published 4 days ago by Gina Bodle
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the romance and the mystery
I've read several of 's Riley' s books and really loved "Waltz in Time". I honestly didn't think another book would be as good. Boy, was I surprised. I enjoyed this book so much! Read more
Published 25 days ago by Laurie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i love it. true love knows no bounds, graet read
Published 3 months ago by Nona Betts
5.0 out of 5 stars Phantom in Time
I LOVED the Phantom in Time! Can Bella overcome her stage fright to fulfill her dying grandmother's wish? Will Jacques find the woman of his destiny? Read more
Published 3 months ago by avidreader4fun
5.0 out of 5 stars It was excellent I could not put it down I loved the story.
Wonderful beautiful could not put it down. I love love stories excellent. Need more of this kind of stories more more
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best book ever but the book was just a regular ...
It was enjoyable reading. Not the best book ever but the book was just a regular book. Not exciting but ok.
Published 5 months ago by CAMILLE MILAZZO
1.0 out of 5 stars Meh
I felt the storyline was too slow for me.
Published 5 months ago by Dianna Todd
3.0 out of 5 stars It had so much potential.
It was a fun read if a bit trite.k found the characters shallow, and stereotypical. The lead male reminded me of the candle stick in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lilith Nightshade
4.0 out of 5 stars Riley is a wonderful writer who paints the scenery in detail that you...
Ms. Riley is a wonderful writer who paints the scenery in detail that you can easily put yourself on the scene. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
I loved this book. The detail she gives to the time era as well as the characters ...out standing. I enjoyed this book it will be one I read multiple times.
Published 6 months ago by Tanya Burnette
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More About the Author

Eugenia Riley is the award-winning, bestselling author of dozens of historical, contemporary and time-travel romances. She has written for publishers including Avon, Bantam, Warner, Harlequin, and Dorchester. She recently launched her own e-book imprint, Eugenia Riley Classics.

Eugenia is most renowned for her nine time-travel romances. She is a #1 Bestselling Author in Time Travel Romance at Amazon and Kindle, with titles including: TEMPEST IN TIME; BUSHWHACKED BRIDE; BUSHWHACKED GROOM; TIMESWEPT BABY; and TWO HEARTS IN TIME. Eugenia is also a #1 Bestselling Author in Victorian and Paranormal Ghost Romance at Kindle for her paranormal romance THE PHANTOM OF THE BATHTUB.

Also available in Kindle from Eugenia are: A TRYST IN TIME; TIMESWEPT BRIDE; WALTZ IN TIME; WANTED ACROSS TIME; PHANTOM IN TIME; EMBERS OF TIME; MISSISSIPPI MADNESS; A CHRISTMAS IN TIME; CHRISTMAS WITH AN ANGEL; and LOVERS AND OTHER LUNATICS. Eugenia's WALTZ IN TIME won her the 1998 HOLT Medallion for Best Book with a Southern Theme. She has received thousands of fan letters on her romance novels, from locations all over the world.

Eugenia lives in Texas with her husband; they have two grown daughters and two grandchildren. Readers are invited to visit Eugenia's website - - and to follow Eugenia Riley Classics on Facebook:

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