Book Title: Stolen Obsession by Marlene M. Bell
Category: Adult Fiction; 284 pages
Genre: Romantic Mystery / Thriller
Publisher: Ewephoric Publishing
Release date: March 20, 2018
Tour dates: Sept 10 to 28, 2018
Content Rating: R (Small bit of language and one detailed sex scene)
Antiquities appraiser Annalisse Drury dreams of a quiet life on the family's sheep farm, far away from Manhattan's brownstones, when her closest confidant falls victim to a mugging gone wrong. This had to be a hit--There are echoes from the past--and detectives have no leads. Then at a gallery opening, she sees an artifact on display, an interlocking necklace of horse heads matching her friend's stolen bracelet. Annalisse fears for the curator who owns the piece.
Convinced the jewelry collection is evil and must be destroyed, Annalisse enlists the gallery owner's womanizing son. Alec Zavos has his mother's ear but dismisses Annalisse's concerns--until a second victim at the opening brings them together in a fight against treachery, a race through exotic lands, and an unimaginable future. If Annalisse can survive...
Stolen Obsession is a romantic thriller that has non-stop action, plenty of romance and cursed jewellery that causes a lot of trouble. Annalisse Drury is an antiquities appraiser who has lost her best friend to murder. At an art event she notices an necklace that is of the same design as the bracelet her friend owned just before she died.
Soon after this discovery, Annalisse warns the gallery owner Generosa Zavos who is also a good friend of hers, to rid herself of the necklace because it is cursed. Enter Alec Zavos, the playboy son of Generosa, who immediately takes a liking to Annalisse and they quickly get thrown together as they try to avoid getting killed by those looking for the necklace.
I was excited by the prospect of learning more about historic jewellery art, but this novel was more of a romance fraught with danger and intrigue to spike up the attraction. Character development is somewhat lacking as one horrific thing after another happens to this couple within a short period of time, that I had to suspend disbelief when they flirted with each other throughout it all and lusted after one another after having experienced death of loved ones. I just couldn't relate to the characters and their actions.
So if you're looking for a thriller with plenty of dangerous situations and romance, this will do nicely. If you're used to deeper characterization and a more realistic plotline, it may not be what you're looking for. Stolen Obsession is the first book in the Annalisse series.
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Marlene and her husband, Gregg reside on a wooded ranch in East Texas with their 50 head of spoiled Horned Dorset sheep, a lovable Maremma guard dog named, Tia, and 3 attention-loving cats who rule the household.
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