Master of the Opera, Act 1: Passionate Overture

Master of the Opera, Act 1: Passionate Overture

by Jeffe Kennedy

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In the first tantalizing installment of Jeffe Kennedy's ravishing serial novel Master of the Opera, an innocent young woman is initiated into a sensual world of music, mystery, passion--and one man's private obsession. . .

Fresh out of college, Christine Davis is thrilled to begin a summer internship at the prestigious Sante Fe Opera House. But on her first day, she discovers that her dream job has a dark side. Beneath the theater, a sprawling maze of passageways are rumored to be haunted. Ghostly music echoes through the halls at night. And Christy's predecessor has mysteriously disappeared. Luckily, Christy finds a friend and admirer in Roman Sanclaro, the theater's wealthy and handsome patron. He convinces her there's nothing to fear--until she hears the phantom's voice for herself. Echoing in the labrynths. Singing of a lost love. Whispering her name: Christine.

At first, Christy thinks she's hearing things. But when a tall masked man steps out of the shadows--and into her arms--she knows he's not a phantom of her imagination. He is the master of her desire. . .

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ISBN-13: 9781601831569
Publisher: eKensington
Publication date: 01/02/2014
Series: Master of the Opera , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 48
File size: 466 KB

About the Author

Jeffe Kennedy is an award winning author. Her most recent works the fantasty series Twelve Kingdoms, the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns, the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera. Readers can visit her website at: or every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog.

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Master of the Opera, Act 1: Passionate Overture 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story but weak and could have been developed better. I did finish the series because it was easy to read but I felt like the characters weren't completely believable and some of the situations were either weak, not well thought out, or not to be taken seriously. I felt at times that the characters were not in sync with this plot but could have been in different books. I'm also not happy with the fact that each book was the length of a novella at $0.99 each and I ended up paying $6.00 for a book I was only mildly satisfied with.
AMR0406 More than 1 year ago
Passionate Overture is just the beginning and seems to set the tone for the rest of the series. I have not read Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, nor have I watched the musical by Andrew Lloyd Weber, so I won’t be able to tell you much about whether Master of the Opera is similar, but so far I am intrigued and a little creeped out (in a good way). Christine Davis is an apprentice at the Sante Fe Opera House. She is stuck doing a lot of inventory work in the lower levels of the Opera house when she meets the “Opera Ghost” for the first time. She is quite freaked out about it as anyone would be since her predecessor went missing. However, Christine has an intense dream about the Ghost, and he has only shown kindness to her. She isn’t sure what to think of that. After being introduced to Christine, the Ghost, and Ramon, one of the the Opera House owners, you start to feel that love triangle that I anticipate will happen. Jeffe’s description of the Opera House provides you with the image of beauty and the lovely sound of music. Jeffe also describes the lower levels in the Opera House in a way that makes the hair on your neck stand up along with Christine’s at times. There is especially one part that would cause me to have a panic attack if I were the Christine. I love it when books can make me really experience those emotions. Passionate Overture sets up the Master of the Opera series nicely and definitely ends in a way that makes you want to pick up the next Act rather quickly to find out what happens next.
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
Master of the Opera Act 1: Passionate Overture by Jeffe Kennedy is the first in a set of six serialized fantasy BDSM novels that take a modern and erotic twist to the Phantom of the Opera tale we all know in some way or another. I'm wavering between a 3-star and 4-star rating as there wasn't any erotic scenes contained in this first book, and let's be honest, that's what i'm reading this for. However, I do declare this a page turner - I MUST find out who the heck the Master is and who was responsible for Tara's disappearance. I'm going to rate 4-stars as I see this being a 4 or 5 star series by the time I'm finished. So, I like spoilers. I like to know what I'm getting into and I'm not great with surprises. When I don't know what to expect I tend to get edgy and over think things. This goes mostly for books and movies. Once I realized that this story's "world" was one where strange things happen, and, from what I have inferred so far, the Phantom of the Opera doesn't exist, I was able to better immerse myself in the story. If it was me, knowing about the Phantom musical and working in an opera house with a supposed phantom, you'd get massive eye-rolls at the ridiculousness. But Christy, having no idea of Gerard Butler's fabulousness as the Phantom, is only aware that all opera houses have their share of "ghosts" and remains aloof, until he leaves her a rose... The tale is set in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the author has done a magnificent job of bringing the beauty of the town and the scenery to life with her words. My sister used to live in Santa Fe and I had the pleasure of visiting there a few times when I was younger and it truly is the Land of Enchantment.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story. Jms
NaughtyBookSnitch More than 1 year ago
I read Master of the Opera, Act 2: Ghost Aria first so I already knew what was going to happen. However there is so much other stuff that will eventually be relevant in the later Acts so it really is important to read them in order. Shame on me.  Christy, I like her. I think its funny and completely believable that she chastising herself about being a "dumb chick in the slasher movies" when she went into creepy dark spots. We've all had those thoughts when we're taking out the trash late at night or we're walking home in the dark. So I thought it was refreshing to hear her be a normal human being. I'm also intrigued by something Christy said to herself about her counselors and her mind. Hmm... whats up there.  Roman, I've got mixed feelings about him and I don't completely trust him. Maybe its because I read the 2nd Act first, but even in the 2nd Act he did nothing that would make me suspect him. Or maybe because Charlie gave Christy a warning about Roman's man-whoring. I just don't know. I think everyone is a suspect at this point.  Whats got me jumping up and down in my chair and trying to read as fast as I can is the emblem with a set of links dangling from it, like a collar and chain, crossed by a whip that Christy found in the bowels of the opera house.  Great character development and I suspect everyone! I'm hooked to this fascinating retelling of Phantom of the Opera.  "One very creeptastic and scary meeting doesn't change anything. I amend that. This makes two creeptastic and scary meetings."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So, the first installment of the Master of the Opera Serial series didn't disappointment. I am a fan of Jeffe Kennedy since I read [book:Five Golden Rings|18613897]. I thought her attention to detail and easy, yet detailed way of writing BDSM was something to be admired. How she took a very independent and strong minded female, that could own her sexuality in the bedroom, was very telling on the smart, clever writer that she is. This first installment didn't lack any details. The easy flow and voice of Kennedy made getting to know these characters and the world-building very easy. Kennedy wrote each character unique and yet keeping to the original style of Phantom of the Opera. Christine as a character has always been questionable to me. She was docile, yet strong, yet kind of pathetic all at the same time. She was very much the same in this re-telling, which worked for me, even if I didn't totally know how to feel about Christy at the point in the serial. I mean she had moments where she was very, well, dumb. Which didn't shock me. She was supposed to be innocent, yet trying to assert her independence. Christy is a bit -- unflushed out for me. I hope this changes. I mean one moment she is cowering to Carla and seeming about ready to cry, not standing up for herself. Then The Master shows up and she's all of a sudden a fighter? Against the possibly murderer? That might be the only real beef I have with her character. Ramon--a bit to perfect for me in this installment. Although, his original version (Raul) was the 'pretty perfect one' in the love triangle of the original. I think this is half a modern retelling of Phantom and kind of also a murder/mystery, because I don't think 'The Master' did it to be honest. I could be deluding myself because I have always had a soft spot for The Phantom and him being a victim of his circumstances. I think this was a great book one, a great introduction to the serial, and I know it is going to be better from her. The tension building was brilliant and I'm biting my nails waiting for Christine to get over herself and test the waters with 'The Master.' *I received a copy of this book from Kensington Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*