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review 2017-08-22 00:48
Lure of Obsession - Lisa Kessler

Lure of Obsession (Muse Chronicles #1) This is my first time reading Lisa Kessler, and it made me eager to read more of her work. Lure of Obsession is the first book in the Muse Chronicles and I consider it a great start to the series.

What the story is about
Lure of Obsession tells the story of Melanie Jacoby and Detective Nate Malone. Melanie a high school English teacher is the reborn muse of tragic poetry. She sees the tragic side of things, but the one tragedy she was not prepared for was finding her roommate and fellow Muse dead. She knows her friend was murdered, but she is unable to convince the detectives in charge of the investigation, as the evidence points to an accidental death.

Detective Nate Morgan is convinced that the death was accidental, but then he had visions, which led him to believe the death of Melanie’s friend was no accident. Now, not only does he have to solve a murder, he has to protect Mel who is the killer’s next target.

The Story
The story began on a sad but intense note. From that moment, the story pulled me in and I had a hard time putting it down. The theme of inspiration was well presented throughout the story. The idea of the rebirth of nine muses and the role they played in inspiring humanity to be their better selves made for a riveting read. However, there are persons who would rather see this inspiration snuffed out, and the Muses had to die.

I enjoyed the mystery/suspense thread, which I thought was thoroughly fleshed out. It had me turning the pages as I was eager to see the direction the story would follow. One thing I appreciate about romantic thrillers/suspense is the events unfold not only through the eyes of the protagonists but also that of the antagonists. This story delivered just that, which made me privy to his plans.

The title aptly describes Nate’s fascination with Mel. From the moment, he met her he felt a connection, which he could not explain and he wanted to protect her. The romance moved at an acceptable pace, given the circumstances surrounding the guardian/muse. In spite of his attraction for Mel, he did not trust his feelings, which I found to be a reasonable reaction given the issues from his past.

I was pleased with the ending. The threat, however, is still imminent, which I am sure will be explored in the upcoming books.

The Characters
Mel being the muse of tragic poetry is used to seeing the tragic side of things. She is what one would consider an eternal pessimist. Meeting Nate proved to be a blessing as he encouraged her to view things in a positive light. I admired her strength and fortitude. She is willing to take a chance on having a relationship with Nate in spite of the risk of having her heart shattered.

Nate avoids relationships at all costs. He does not feel he is capable of love, however, the more time he spent with Mel he discovered that his past did not determine his ability to love. Mel saw beyond his physical and emotional scars. Never once did she view him as a victim. What she saw when she looked at him was a survivor. I found it amusing that he being her Guardian was responsible for protecting her, but instead, she wanted to be the one who did the protecting.protecting.

I enjoyed watching their interaction, which was funny, passionate and sweet. I loved that they learned to trust each other, which was a pivotal moment for Nate.

Conclusion/Recommendation
Lure of Obsession is a well-written story with likeable characters. It was a fantastic read from start to finish and I cannot wait to find out what is in store for the other muses.


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text 2017-07-17 00:08
Book Review For: Take Me by Lucy Leroux
Take Me: A Singular Obsession Novella - Lucy Leroux

'Take Me' by Lucy Leroux is Book 2.5 in the " Singular Obsession" series. This is the story of Jason and Maggie. I did read the book out of order so it can easily be a standalone book.
Jason is an FBI agent but he seems to be stalking Maggie the "Coffee Girl". His buddy has been teasing him about finally making his move. When he tries to do so he ends up spill coffee on Maggie. Maggie is a rich innocent women who is protected by her brothers and a friends that is like a brother. So Maggie tires to keep her relationship on the down-low. Also it seems that their relationship moved fast where Jason doesn't really know who her family is, which plays a part in their story.
I enjoy Ms. Leroux books so much! Can't wait for the next story to come out!!
The Complete Series
Book 1: Making Her His Available now
Book 1.5: Confiscating Charlie Available now
Book 2: Calen's Captive Available now
Book 2.5: Take Me Available now
Book 3: Stolen Angel Available now
Book 4: The Roman's Woman Available now
Book 4.5: Save Me Coming Soon
Book 5: Trick's Trap Coming Soon

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review 2017-07-10 15:46
Garden of Fiends
Garden of Fiends: Tales of Addiction Horror - Johann Thorsson,Max Booth III,Glen Krisch,Jessica McHugh,Kealan Patrick Burke,Mark Matthews,Jack Ketchum

 * The reality of addiction is darker than any fiction. *

"Drinking and drugging provide the height of human experience.

It's the promise of heaven on earth,

but the hell that follows is a constant hunger, a cold emptiness."

 Before I read even one story in this 'reality horror' anthology - Mark Matthews had me crying so hard that I could barely see. He presents an addiction anthology with compassion, casting no aspersions on anyone. I wan't to meet Mark Matthews, and give him the tightest hug ever.

 

"Imagine yourself drowning and being told not to swim to the surface for air. Obsessions should be so mild."

 

 

I'll have the full review posted soon - I was going over my notes for this review, and I'm bawling again. 

 

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review 2017-07-02 00:43
Dark Obsession
Dark Obsession (Blackheath Moor #1) - Allison Chase

This book had a good storyline (Gothic toned with paranormal happenings - a combo I generally love!). I also liked the writing style, however too much melodrama between the characters ruined it for me. There were times I wasn't sure whether I should SMH or roll my eyes. *sigh*

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review 2017-06-29 15:30
Resurrecting the Shark by Susan Ewing
Resurrecting the Shark: A Scientific Obsession and the Mavericks Who Solved the Mystery of a 270-Million-Year-Old Fossil - Susan Ewing

TITLE:  Resurrecting the Shark: A Scientific Obsession and the Mavericks Who Solved the Mystery of a 270-Million-Year-Old Fossil

AUTHOR:  Susan Ewing

 

Helicoprion was an unusual looking Paleozoic shark-type creature, with a circular saw of teeth centered in its lower jaw—a feature unseen in the shark world before or since.  For about ten million years this creature swam the shallow seas around the supercontinent Pangaea as the apex predator of its time.  Susan Ewing describes the journey of discovery of this fascinating creature, from the first fossil finds to the revolutionary insights into the appearance and eating habits of  Helicoprion and how the tooth whorl functioned.

This book was interesting, however all the scientific findings and information relating to Helicoprion was overwhelmed with excessive biographical detail of everybody (and their acquaintances) that had even vague connections with with the Helicoprion fossils.  In addition, the narrative was somewhat disjointed with explanatory sections being inserted into the biography sections.  The first half of the book was slow, with the story of Helicoprion picking up in the second half.  This is where most of the science, fossil analysis and results are discussed, with the description of the scientists' mystery solving escapades positively enlivening.

The book includes many pretty colour illustrations, however these are all dumped at the end of the book with no reference to their relevant place in the text and no indication in the text that there is a useful diagram that fits in that spot.  I don't know if this is applicable to the e-book only or also to the hardcover edition.  References are supplied in the end notes in that horrible format so common these days.

In short:  too much biography, too little science.

 

NOTE:  The book states that there are four augmented reality models, viewable with the "Resurrecting the Shark" app, available on Google Play.  However, this app is apparently not compatible with any of the android tablets/phones that various family members possess, at least one of which is brand new.

 

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