Obsession (Master Series Book 15)


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Don't get me wrong--everyone needs trials and tribulations to make a story interesting and meaningful--but while some people might like reading about awful things happening, I sure as heck don't. Ruthless brutality, graphic mutilation, not so much. Death, never unless it's the villain, then it's usually okay. The setting was great! I dream about traveling and touring the western corner of the US, so that was fantastic, beautifully described.

I've never been to a coast, so my mental image was only from movies, but I still think it was beautiful--and Dodd was good at illustrating the deadly potential within the beauty of the landscape. The main character is Taylor Summers, later known as Summer But then her life went to heck, she cheats death several times, gets smarter--or at least ballsier. I have to say, I was disappointed with how she turned out at the end. We watch her buck up and grow resilient as she consistently achieves her only goal--survive--but it's not a good, respectable strength she finds.

It's a ruthless strength that disguises her mental breakdown and resultant imbalance. By the end, I don't feel like I'm looking at a woman who became better, stronger, more self-aware and more self-respectful. I was looking at a woman who did what she had to to survive, and in doing so became paranoid, mistrustful, self-serving, and rather obsessed with unhealthy things. Such as crazy, murderous villains.

Understandable from a starkly realistic, PTSD standpoint, but not endearing in a romance heroine. Her being an artist was just plain convenient, which rather disgusted me. She could draw the crimes and criminals she witnessed, always handy.

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The signed sketches she had with her identified her when she would have wished to remain anonymous. Everyone else had supportive roles.

I did not like Kennedy, which is crappy, because aren't we supposed to fall in love with the hero? I just thought he was weird and a little creepy. And I couldn't get a handle on his personality. All of the above, apparently. Jimmy was a fascinating villain, but his motivations seemed to oscillate, which was confusing. And then there was the whole RPG-come-to-life thing, which was fascinating, I loved it I feel like there was untapped potential for that angle. There were some loose ends that I don't appreciate. Some people like a good cliff-hanger, but I loathe them.

Good for driving sales, but not good for my mental state. Some logic didn't compute, either, but hey, it's fiction. I can go along with it. What the heck happened in that two years between the climax and the epilogue though she says it's a chapter? Did she get her reputation back? How did the world react when these events came to light, not to mention the fact that she isn't dead or a major criminal? What happened to Tabitha and Miles? Does Summer still hallucinate about her father? Is her PTSD still at full throttle? Can she please say something to acknowledge that she still finds Kennedy handsome despite his scarred, beaten face?

There had better be follow-up in the next one. Speaking of more loose ends and the next book, I hope to heck that all that Kateri and the Coast Guard drama was set-up for Kateri and Luis's story in the next book. Otherwise it was completely useless and time-consuming. I think it'll be called Illusion Falls, saw it on her website, but I don't know the plot. It was just weird all around. Not at all what I expected from Christina Dodd. Actually, it reminds me of Nora Roberts' last standalone in April. That one was very unlike her Nora too. Where Obsession Falls was more thriller than romance, The Liar was more woman's fiction than romance.

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Same thing there, it was more about the female main character's complex development than anything else, skimpy on the romance. What is going on, people? But overall, I did like it, and I would recommend it to my friends. So it was weird, but definitely worth checking out, because it is a well-written book for all that. I love Christina Dodd's books. I was on the edge of my seat and ignored my husband for two evenings reading the suspenseful story.

It was the ending that I have issue with. I don't like ending with a cliffhanger. I would have rather waited until the next book was out and read them back to back. By the time the next book comes out I'll have to reread the ending of this one.

In addition, I finished the book with so many unanswered questions that it's bugging me two days later! How did Summer fall in love with her guy when she didn't really know him that well, and their interactions weren't stellar except for that ONE. And how on Earth would she feel so hypnotized by the creep in the story. I was left with a feeling of sadness for how Summer's guy turned out as far as his recovery after the finale, and then there's the aforementioned cliffhanger that I have to wait FOREVER to have resolved!!!

It sure better be anyway! I hope the next book in the series answers all my lingering questions. Taylor Summer - successful interior designer and would be artist was in the wrong place at the right time - she saves the life a young boy kidnapped by distracting the kidnappers and leading them after her, putting her own life in danger. She discovers that someone has blamed her for being part of the kidnapping ring when she breaks into a home trying to find basic survival equipment and goes into hiding during the winter in the Mountains of Idaho.

Kennedy McManus is the uncle of the kidnapped boy and becomes obsessed with trying to find Taylor - unlike the information released to the press, Kennedy knows that Taylor saved his nephew's life. Taylor manages to get to Virtue Falls, WA in her attempt to evade the murderer and becomes part of the community. She reaches out to Kennedy to tell him the truth of what happened. On a romance scale, this is low. Taylor is a survivor and does not trust many people. Well written and tense - the story moves rapidly and has a lot of twists and turns.

I have been reading Ms. Dodd's books for a long time - this one is definitely a keeper. Could not put it down. Sadly, the highest rating available is five stars - deserves more. See all reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published 1 month ago. Published 2 months ago. Published 3 months ago. Published 10 months ago. Published 11 months ago. Published 1 year ago.

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