The Obsession by Nora Roberts

Just thinking about this book is enough to raise the hairs on the back of my neck! Yikes – a shiver just ran up my spine. I still can’t get the images out of my head! Nora Roberts spine tingling romance The Obsession would have to be one of the most captivating books I have read in quite some time. Come to think of it, the last time I read something just as shocking, just as chilling was Nora’s other heart-renching story The Witness. Damn, I need to change genres to something light and fluffy, something that won’t leave me feeling too scared to visit the bathroom in the middle of the night. The Obsession is the kind of book you won’t want to start reading in the dead of the night, especially considering where the story begins.

Naomi is a young woman trying to escape her past. Never staying in one place for too long, She is constantly on the move, trying to live her life as best she can. But one impulsive moment changes all of that. When she spotted the rambling old house on the hill she finally felt a sense of peace. Overlooking the quiet inlet, the house was in need of plenty of TLC, but she felt than capable of transforming it into her new home. But trying to change old habits and keeping her distance from the locals was not going to be easy.

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Xander is a little rough around the edges, but don’t let that fool you. He is a gentle bear, unless someone tries to hurt him or those close to him. Xander has plenty of good friends, owns his own mechanic workshop which keeps him busy and plays with his band each Friday night at the local tavern. Life’s pretty good. Sure he gets a tad lonely,  he just hasn’t met the right woman yet. That all changes late one evening when he comes across a young woman stranded on the side of the road. Naomi is beautiful, smart and mysterious, the kind of woman who makes him think about life long commitments. But she’s hiding something, and he just might know what it is.

What started out as a kind friendship blossoms into something much more. Naomi didn’t plan on falling in love with the quiet little country town nor the old rundown house on the hill. She didn’t plan on making any friends, or getting a dog, and she sure didn’t plan on falling in love but as fate would have it, or maybe determination on Xander’s part, it happened. But when Naomi’s past starts to catch up with her, it’s not just her life she’s worried about. Starting over may not have been such a good idea after all.

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The Obsession is a thriller and romance all in one – if you don’t think the two can go hand in hand – think again! Remember the old saying “keeps your friends close, and your enemies closer?” That just may be the case for Naomi and Xander. If you are looking for something with a bit of twist then I recommend Nora Robert’s novel The Obsession, you will fall in love with these characters just as much as I did.

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Amazon Premise –

Naomi Carson is a survivor. As a child, her family was torn apart by a shocking crime. It could have destroyed her, but Naomi has grown up strong, with a passion for photography that has taken her all around the world.

Now, at last, she has decided to put down roots. The beautiful old house on Point Bluff needs work, but Naomi has new friends in town who are willing to help, including Xander Keaton – gorgeous, infuriating and determined to win her heart.

But as Naomi plans for the future, her past is catching up with her. Someone in town knows her terrifying secret – and won’t let her forget it. As her new home is rocked by violence, Naomi must discover her persecutor’s identity, before it’s too late.

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Angus and Robertson

Dymocks Bookstore

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