Bittersweet Obsessions [NOOK Book]


When it comes to love, they believe in one perfect mate,

?but putting the centuries-old belief to the test?

could bring them everything they desire.

In a culture where it’s believed each person has only one life-mate, what happens when yours is beyond your reach? ...
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Bittersweet Obsessions

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When it comes to love, they believe in one perfect mate,

?but putting the centuries-old belief to the test?

could bring them everything they desire.

In a culture where it’s believed each person has only one life-mate, what happens when yours is beyond your reach? Teriza feels the mating call to a man married to a Human. Unwilling to be the cause of infidelity, Teriza distances herself from her mate after an intense pheromone-charged encounter that leaves her in precarious health. She requires treatment and is sent to a clinic in Switzerland, where sexual surrogates are employed to heal such conditions.
After Paul Craddock’s life-mate died, he turned to surrogacy to ease the pain of loneliness. His reaction to Teriza surprises him by being more than a casual attraction. He’s intrigued to discover she feels the same. They experiment with the Human way of courtship, but the ultimate bond that Crainesians experience eludes them.
Teriza fears Paul cannot be content with her since he’s experienced heartglow during his previous marriage. Paul worries that the existence of Teriza’s life mate makes him the consolation prize, good enough, but not her first choice.
Though they are falling in love, they’re in uncharted territory without the engulfing pheromone storm of life-mates to guide them. Will they learn to trust their feelings and listen to their hearts before it’s too late?

To My Reader: What if you were taught that there was only one life mate in the universe for you, and then you learned that person was lost to you? Would you have the courage to put aside the hurt and your ingrained beliefs to stubbornly search for happiness? Such is the situation Teriza and Paul find themselves in. I hope you’ll enjoy their rocky journey to happiness as much as I enjoyed telling their story.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012821744
  • Publisher: Red Sage Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 441 KB

Meet the Author

Annie Rayburn is no stranger to the oddities of the writing life. Perhaps it was the hot Texas sun, or the long, lazy days of summer that fueled her vivid imagination. Whatever the muse, she grew up with scenes playing in her head and imaginary playmates taking over the show while she patted out mud cookies dotted with Chinaberries.
The stories she crafts today are decidedly more adult than the ones that involved Ken and Barbie. The scenes still play in her head, the characters argue with her right to craft their very existence, but she’s learned to harness their energies, showing them the way through the sensual haze to a love that will endure.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2011

    Bittersweet Obsessions is a hot, emotional read!

    I loved it! I was hooked from the first emotionally charged scene until the end. Annie Rayburn has created a unique and fascinating culture and paranormal race with her Crainesians. I love the way she showed the intense chemistry that is part of her characters' biological makeup and I loved watching the characters move beyond that and achieve an even more intense emotional connection. The ending is especially moving and a fantastic payoff for both the characters and the reader. A must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2011

    Riveting read and hot, hot, hot!

    Ms. Rayburn's tag line is "Sizzling romance that tugs at your heart." but Bittersweet Obsessions does more than sizzle. It's not your average jump-between-the-sheets read. This has a great story that makes you root for the characters and boy, are there plenty of hunky men to salivate over. Very enjoyable. Definitely worth the read!

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  • Posted January 20, 2014

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    Reviewed by Crystal
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    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

    Bittersweet Obsessions is a story that puts a whole new story on finding your one true mate but you can never have them.

    Teriza is a strong woman and she has been given her grandmother’s house and decides that she needs to redo the ground work around the house. She goes to the best landscaper. All and behold she runs into her life-mate and he’s married. What’s a girl to do. She is a woman with good values so she tries to do the best thing and stay away.

    Teriza has a wonderful family. They aren’t perfect but whose family is? They send her away to a clinic to get help. There she runs into Paul. Paul has shut himself down for years because he’s wife died. For Crainesians you only have one life-mate.

    This was a really touching story. I couldn’t imagine finding my one true love and can’t have them. The author does a wonderful job bringing all the feelings into her words. You can feel the heart break, loneliness, and everything else that you would feel. I tried to put myself in her shoes and become her.

    I was just sitting back chearing Paul and Teriza on. Saying please just give it a try and maybe you could really find another mate. They both had to get over the past and all the hurt they had been through.

    I could feel the connection from the first time that they saw each other. I was also wondering how the author came up with the name Teriza? But all in all this was a wonderful story and very heart felt. The author did a wonderful job with everything.

    I will just warn you that the sex gets pretty hot. But hey it’s a romance so we all expect it. Enjoy reading.

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