Master of the Opera Act 2: Ghost Aria
Author: Jeffe Kennedy
Release Date: 16 January 2014
In the second seductive installment of Jeffe Kennedy's thrilling "Master of the Opera," a young woman falls deeper under the spell of the man who haunts her dreams, fuels her desire, and demands her surrender...With each passing day of her internship at the Sante Fe Opera House, Christine Davis discovers something new, something exciting-and something frightening. Hidden in the twisting labyrinths beneath the theater is a mysterious man in a mask who, Christy's convinced, is as real as the rose he left on her desk-and as passionate as the kiss that burns on her lips. He tells her to call him "Master," and Christy can't deny him. But when her predecessor-a missing intern-is found dead, Christy wonders if she's playing with fire...
If her phantom lover is actually a killer, how can she continue to submit to his dark, erotic games? And if he is innocent, how can she resist-or refuse-when he demands nothing less than her body and soul?
Christy's past is still a bit of a puzzle for the reader, but she remains a likable heroine. She's definitely confused about her emotions regarding the 'Phantom', or Master as he asks her to call him. And who wouldn't be?? He could potentially be a murderer, but Christy can't ignore the draw she feels towards him. Her relationship with Roman progresses somewhat, although I still don't particularly like him. Maybe I'm just playing favourite, because I'm always on the Phantom's side.
There are so many potential suspects for the murderer at this point in the story. Frankly, it could be almost anyone. Charlie and Carla, who both work at the opera house, definitely seem to know more than they're letting on. Roman is way too smooth and something about him screams 'charismatic serial killer', so I'm putting my money on him. I don't want it to be Master (I figure that's how I'll refer to him from now on), he definitely seems to have a painful past that has led to him hiding in the shadows, and I love a tortured hero.
There is an undercurrent of eroticism through the book, that heightens when we're around Master. It's easy to see why Christy is so enticed by him. There's a palpable allure that jumps off the pages, and I would be happily led straight down into the labyrinth underneath the opera house if it meant I was with Master!
This is another great installment in the series from Jeffe Kennedy. The Master is an erotic enigma that I can't wait to learn more about as the series progresses. The mystery behind the identity of the murderer is very intriguing and at this point I'm still rather clueless about who it will be. I can't wait for more!
*I received a review copy from the publisher, via NetGalley, for my honest review. Thank you!