by Nora Roberts
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous. Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton. Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.
It is no secret that I am a Nora Roberts fan. The Obsession her newest romantic suspense standalone encompasses all the things that make her a New York Times bestselling author. A strong suspenseful story nestled around a swoon-worthy romance with characters you will want to call friends. Brilliant from begin to end The Obsession was addictive.
Five Caffeinated reasons to read The Obsession
- The Obsession was riveting from the very first pages as eleven-year-old Naomi Bowes follows her father into the woods and discovers a young woman trapped in a root cellar. Naomi unwittingly saves the young woman and reveals to the world one of the most notorious serial killers of our era. The story follows Naomi and her family as they grow up under the shadow of their now famous father. The first part of the book focuses on life growing up in the shadow of their father and Roberts really allows us to get to know Naomi, her brother Mason and her Uncles. I loved the depth Roberts put into the story and the characters making the story very surreal.
- Roberts gave us such a strong, talent and resilient heroine. Naomi is flawed and fears being discovered. This has caused her to wander, and until now she has never called a place home or had a serious relationship. While taking photos in Sunrise Cove, she stumbles across a rundown house overlooking the bay and surprises herself when she buys it. She does not expect to stay, and I loved watching her befriend townsfolk and unknowingly begin to grow roots.
- The romance is slow building and incredibly hot despite being closed-door. Our hero Xander Keaton is sure to curl your toes. Xander is a sweetie, and not the outwardly romantic type. Which just makes it even sexier when he does something swoon-worthy. He does not have a clue how romantic he can be, and I found it refreshing. The man is yummy to look at and can fix your car too. I loved the chemistry and “tug and pull” of their relationship. Naomi is skittish, and Xander determined to create a wonderful, genuine romance that felt like the forever kind.
- Since the first part of the book dealt with Naomi’s dad, I was not sure how the suspense angle was going to play out, but we soon have a threat in Sunrise Cove. Roberts skillfully created a tension-filled suspense, and I loved that moment when the past threaded with the present. The plot felt very plausible; I enjoyed the way secondary characters, Naomi, and her past tied into this suspenseful murder-mystery.
- I feel in love with the characters in The Obsession, and despite what happened I would love to visit Sunrise Cove and these characters again. Roberts made them all very real to me, even the secondary characters. I became emotionally connected and found myself laughing aloud, swooning, biting my nails and holding my breath. Well-paced with an ending that left me in my happy place, The Obsession is a book I will recommend to all.
The Obsession will no doubt make my favorites list in 2016. Fans of romantic suspense and well-developed characters will find this tale rewarding. Psst..and for all you pet lovers..there is a thread that will make you grin from ear to ear!