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STOLEN OBSESSION
Annalisse Series, Book 1
by
Marlene M Bell
Genre: Spicy Romantic Mystery
Publisher: Ewephoric Publishing
Date of Publication: March 20, 2018
Number of Pages: 284

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PEOPLE DIE, BUT LEGENDS LIVE ON.
Manhattan antiquities appraiser Annalisse Drury dreams of a quiet life on the family farm among the sheep she loves, when her best friend is murdered. The police assume robbery is the motive because her friend’s expensive bracelet is missing. But the 500-year-old artifact is rumored to carry an ancient curse, one that unleashes evil upon any who dare wear the jewelry created for the Persian royal family—and Annalisse believes her friend is the latest victim.
Weeks later, Annalisse sees a necklace matching the stolen bracelet at a gallery opening. Convinced the necklace is part of the deadly collection, Annalisse begs the gallery’s owner to destroy the piece, but her pleas are ignored— despite the unnatural death that occurs during the opening. With two victims linked to the jewelry, Annalisse is certain she must act.
Desperate to keep the gallery owner safe, Annalisse reluctantly enlists the owner’s son to help—even though she’s afraid he’ll break her heart. Wealthy and devastatingly handsome, with a string of bereft women in his wake, Greek playboy Alec Zavos dismisses Annalisse’s concerns—until his parents are ripped from the Zavos family yacht during their ocean voyage near Crete.
Annalisse and Alec race across two oceans to save his mother, feared dead or kidnapped. As time lapses, the killer switches mode and closes in on the man who’s meant for Annalisse with the lifestyle she wants most.
But when it’s her turn as the hunted, will she choose to save Alec and his mother, or sacrifice everything to save herself?

Hold on for a heart-thumping adventure through exotic lands in this fast moving, romantic suspense mystery by Marlene M Bell.

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Stolen Obsession was a very enjoyable read! I loved the suspense in the story and the love story was perfect, not too much, not too little, but a very nice balance with the rest of the story. Stolen Obsession follows Annalise and Alec. Annalise works for an art gallery and is still dealing with the aftermath of her friend being murdered. On the night of one of their showings, a necklace appears on display that looks so similar to the one that her friend had. Anna instantly believes the necklace is cursed and from there Annalise must endure another murder of a college, breaks ins to her home, a a vacation that is meant to be a romantic getaway but soon turns into something far darker.

I just loved Alec in this story. At first glance he seems like a playboy, but after a few chapters it’s easy to fall for this heart throb. Alec is very swoon worthy!

Another note worthy character is Generosa, Alec’s mom. She is charming and adorable! I love the way she tries to play match maker with Alec and Anna.

The only thing I wasn’t sure I liked about this book was how often Annalise was the one in trouble, though don’t let that fool you, she was no damsel in distress and certainly rose to be quite the heroine on more than one occasion. Anna just seemed to be the center of all the drama all the time and I thought that maybe it was a bit too much.

Other than that, I thought it had a great plot with a great focus and drive. I never felt like the story fell flat at all. I was constantly entertained and curious to see where the story was going. I enjoyed the dialogue between the characters, especially between Alec and Anna. I also loved when the story switched locations to Greece, which was the last third of the story. From there the story really picks up the pace.

Stolen Obsession is filled with suspense, mystery and has a great love story. So grab a coffee, sit, back, and stay up late to enjoy this delightful read!

My Rating:

3.5/5

                           
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Marlene M Bell is an acclaimed artist and photographer as well as a writer. Her sheep landscapes grace the covers of publications such as, Sheep!, The Shepherd, Ranch & Rural Living and Sheep Industry News. Ewephoric, her mail order venture, began in 1985 out of a desire for realistic sheep stationery. A color catalog of non-fiction books and sheep-related gifts may be requested at www.marlenembell.com or www.texassheep.com.


Marlene and her husband, Gregg reside on a wooded ranch in East Texas with their 50 head of Horned Dorset sheep, a lovable Maremma guard dog named, Tia, and 3 spoiled cats who rule the household.

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2 Comments

  • Kristine Hall

    March 8, 2018

    So glad that our heroine isn’t a damsel in distress! Some people are drawn to drama and drama drawn to them — it can be exhausting! Sounds like Annalisse is one of those people. Thanks for the review!

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  • Sydney Young

    March 8, 2018

    Great Review!

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