Give in to the Feeling
She calls it being true to herself. He calls it betrayal
When she arrived to America, Susie thought she found everything she never dared to dream of in China. But only when she meets Blood, she realises the freedom to dress as she wants, make up her face, drink and smoke and dance is just a little, unimportant part of the true freedom she yearns for
Even in sparkling Jazz Age Chicago, spirits can trick you into believing they’re men
When Susie comes to Jazz Age America, she knows her life will change. Back in China, spirits mingle in the mists of the rice fields and trick humans into believing they’re men so to steal their soul, and the expectations of a daughter are unimportant and ignore. Here in Chicago, Simon gives her the carefree life of the New American Woman, the freedom to dress daringly and do things once only reserved for men–drinking, smoking and dancing with strangers. It’s an exciting life and she considers the loyalty Simon demands of her a small price to pay.
Until she meets Blood.
Blood lets Susie speak her mind and listen to her heart. He commits himself to her and asks nothing in return. Through his eyes, Susie begins to see her loyalty to Simon as the bars around her “freedom”. But she knows Simon will never let her go.
Here in Chicago spirits can mingle in the smoke and jazz of speakeasies and trick humans into believing they’re men. They can still steal their soul. And if Susie doesn’t see the spirit behind the mask of the men fighting for her, she might lose much more than her freedom.
Give in to the Feeling
MEET THE CHARACTERS
When Susie came to Chicago, she never expected to find luxury, a jazzy night life, and a freedom women never dreamed of at home in China. All Simon asks in return is her loyalty. Not a big price.
But when Susie meets Blood in Simon’s speakeasy, she sees a new image of herself reflected in him, in the interest and respect he shows to her. She starts to realise then that the price Simon’s asking might cost her more than just her freedom.
(featuring: Anna May Wong)
America has been good to Simon. He’s got money, power over people and the freedom to do whatever he wants with them. True, there is a dark price to pay, but Simon is a businessman. He knows the value of what he owns and he balances the risks for every enterprise.
He doesn’t like unpredictability. He doesn’t like Blood.
(featuring: Chen Kun)
When Blood walks into Simon’s speakeasy fallowing a call for help rippling through the world beyond the veil, he has no reason to think this time will be any different from all others. He has answered many a call for help in the past.
How did he move from wanting to help Susie to wanting to see her happy? He doesn’t know. But he won’t go back.
(featuring: Michael Jackson)
Michael sees the darkness lurking in the speakeasy as clearly as Blood does. But Blood only cares about Susie, so someone has to keep their eyes peeled and be prepared to anything.
(featuring: Rick Mora)
A Story About
Susie’s hands tightened their hold on Blood’s. What kind of woman was she? She owed everything to Simon. What would have become of her if he hadn’t taken her on? He had given her everything. He had been her protector and her lover and her mentor. The least she could do was be loyal, as he had asked her.
She opened her eyes and met Blood’s.
He was a completely new world. She had never even imagined she might want something different from what Simon offered her. Something of her choosing.
Well, that depended of course. On whether Susie was aware of it and whether she was willing to give it. She was probably right about Simon, he would never hurt her for fear she might refuse him. Because that was the one big risk for him, and Simon knew it.
Michael leaned on the table. He expected to smell rotten tissue, but it had gone beyond that. What he smelled was a waft of mildew.
But she wanted to do it. She had spoken the truth to Michael. She did want to do it, even when her skin longed for Blood's embrace, for his warmth, for the safety of his arms. Even if a deep part of her desperately wanted to dream up a place where they could be together. She closed her eyes to push back the stinging.
If she only had one chance to do something for Blood, let this be it.
There was no way out for her. But she could offer one to Blood.
What Readers Think
As Sarah had described it as romance, I was worried Give in to the Feeling might not fit into the rest of the blog, so I asked her for an ARC, which she kindly provided.
I received it around 10 pm. My intention was to flick through it to make sure it was appropriate to my blog, then head to bed – which I estimated I’d do some 10 minutes later. Instead, I was sucked into the world of Susie and the 20s Chicago.
What started out as a love triangle between Susie, a Chinese dancer at a speakeasy; Simon, the owner of the joint; and a haunting stranger called Blood, soon took a sinister, paranormal turn. And I kept turning the pages, not turning in until after midnight…
I tend to skip paranormal romance, but Give In To The Feeling was a spellbinding exception. The presence of spirits and demons instead of other, overused species gives the story an ethereal, horror-tinged tone. Combined with the fun and seductive “Roaring Twenties” setting, this unique fantasy engages the senses and cues the jazz band in your head.
Give Into the Feeling is an unusual mix of romance, supernatural, and the Roaring Twenties. I loved how different this book was from what I’ve read of late. Set in a speakeasy (a fabulous setting if ever there was one), featuring both American Indian and Chinese characters, as well as a supernatural element, it makes for a really interesting, and different read.