This is a STANDALONE dark(ish) erotic romance with insta-obsession between two damaged soulmates(no cheating-HEA-no cliffhanger)
Hannah All my life, I've only wanted one thing: someone to love me and someone who will let me love them in return. This seems like a simple request, but I was born to parents who wished I had died of childhood leukemia, instead of my younger sister, and who have ignored me no matter how much I've tried to please them. I'm starved for affection, addicted to the feeling when someone cares about me, which has led to a love life filled with either boys I've scared off, or men all too eager to take advantage of me. I thought I would never find a man who could feed my craving for constant attention--and then I met Leo. He fills the void inside of me, haunts my dreams, and does things to me in bed that are so good, they're probably illegal. I can only pray I don't scare him off once he figures out just how needy I really am.
Leo There are very few people in this world I've ever been able to form an emotional attachment to, but the moment I saw Hannah, I knew she was mine. We were bound together by fate, our paths crossing first as children, then as adults, each time marking me. She doesn't know it but I've been watching her for a year now, studying her, stacking the deck so when I do make my move, there's no way she'll ever escape me. But my world is a harsh, cruel place, and the cartel I work for demands absolute loyalty and trust...a loyalty Hannah has yet to earn in the dangerous eyes of my employers. There is only one way to ensure Hannah's absolute devotion, and I hope that she doesn't hate me forever when she finds out that not only have I brainwashed her into loving me, but that I don't feel an ounce of guilt about doing it. She's mine, only mine, and I'm keeping her forever.
Warning: This story features a rough and demanding Dom who's completely devoted to bringing his baby girl pleasure through such unconventional means as spanking, mild BDSM, D/S, roleplaying, and various other forms of wicked kinkery.
Woah! It felt like this book reached out and grabbed me by the throat! Obsession is the story of two damaged characters and their obsessive love for each other. It's set in the cruel world of a crime cartel and it is a bit darker than most of Ann Mayburn's other books. The actions of the hero, Leo, are brutal at times as he carries out his job as enforcer for the cartel, but the heroine, Hannah, brings out a softer side of him. The way he goes about winning the woman of his dreams is a little twisted, but there were good intentions behind his unusual actions. The end result is a strangely beautiful and compelling love story.
Having said all of that though, this book won't be for everyone. Hannah and Leo enjoy one of the more taboo styles of D/s relationships, but one that I personally enjoy reading about - Daddy Dom and baby girl play. There is no age play at all, just a nurturing, caring Dom who wants his princess to be happy and have everything she desires and deserves. The sex scenes are fabulously steamy and very well written - but I wouldn't expect anything less from this author.
I'm really hoping that this book is the start of a new series as I love the book's cast of supporting characters. The Cordova cartel are a fascinating family of criminals that commit often despicable crimes - but only against those that they feel deserve it, they don't hurt innocents. I can't wait to meet the women who will capture the hearts of the Cordova brothers - they will have to be tough to win the approval of the formidable matriarch of the cartel. Obsession is another sure fire winner from Ms Mayburn that receives five big stars.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.