Oops! There goes the sizzling hot outfit I wore into this scene but cannot find…but it feels delicious. That is probably a sin right? Welcome to the many worlds of Celeste Newsome the main character in this historical, multicultural novel.

I enjoyed the flow and rhythm of Ms. Brown's writing style. The setting, language and energy was so appropriate for the time period of the late1930's to early 1940's. Ms. Brown tied together the historical time period, story elements and possessed the feel of an old-fashioned gangster/showgirl black and white movie.

I connected to the characters especially Celeste Newsome and Tookie Whitfield personas. Tookie and I share several characteristics: stature, determination and take no prisoners attitude.

Celeste and I share that flirty girl personality darkened by the constant murmuring noise from the drums of a domination, moralistic parenting and societal morals.

The precocious nature of Jezebel intrigued me and I found myself wrapped up in the storyline, rising action, characters complexities and the bruiser/naughty girl antics. Celeste was blessed with beauty, courage and boldness. The apparent interracial energy was apparent and although 70 plus years’ time and space difference shares that common thread of racial disparity.

Trudy and Celeste are true companions and I related to their banter and protectiveness.

Shane and Celeste are quite a team to applaud throughout the narrative. Their no harm no foul attitude kept the story bouncing and pouncing around the ring/stage of heartaches on a variety of rounds. This odd couple possess a hypnotic vibe and I loved the tick for tack of their chemistry.

Shane and Celeste are sexier than I could have imaged from reading the synopsis.

I highly recommend this historical, multi-cultural read. Jezebel holds many surprises that will take the reader by storm as it did me.

Book Blurb for Jezebel

Celeste Newsome is a good time girl with plenty of personal demons. The beautiful dancer holds them at bay with late night benders, plenty of hooch and the company of the opposite sex.

Determined to never let anyone change her bad girl ways, and risk discovery of her Achilles heel, Celeste is turned inside out when Shane Brennan walks into her life. The handsome prizefighter slowly chips away at the hard-hearted Hannah’s defenses and becomes the only man capable of taming her wild heart.

WARNING: Although this is a sweet romance, the chemistry between a notorious dancer and a handsome prize fighter will make your toes curl. Expect plenty of drama and secrets before this couple can find their happily ever after.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2014 4.00