Deadly Obsession [NOOK Book]


The chilling words of a killer: This is just the beginning…

Ten years ago, Lilly Carmichael left town without an explanation, breaking Braden Donnelly's heart. The death of her aunt has brought Lilly home—and face-to-face with memories she thought were long buried. Still getting over a traumatic incident from her work as an NSA agent, Lilly initially dismisses the face at her window as a figment of stress-induced paranoia.

Now the sheriff of ...

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The chilling words of a killer: This is just the beginning…

Ten years ago, Lilly Carmichael left town without an explanation, breaking Braden Donnelly's heart. The death of her aunt has brought Lilly home—and face-to-face with memories she thought were long buried. Still getting over a traumatic incident from her work as an NSA agent, Lilly initially dismisses the face at her window as a figment of stress-induced paranoia.

Now the sheriff of Hudson Bay, Braden has spent the past year hunting a sadistic murderer. His investigation is turned upside down when new evidence indicates that Lilly is the killer's next target. Determined to protect the woman he's never stopped loving, Braden must race against the clock to trap a dangerous psychopath—before it's too late…

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426892042
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2011
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 219
  • Sales rank: 56,029
  • File size: 787 KB

Meet the Author

Katie Reus has been reading romance for as long as she can remember, but she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After graduating summa cum laude with a degree in psychology and working too many jobs she hated, she finally figured things out. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense. Currently she lives in the South with her own real life hero and their son.

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He rubbed his gloved hand over his crotch as that familiar urgency hummed through him. It happened whenever he thought of her. Lately, it seemed that was much too often. Crouching behind a cluster of bushes, he breathed out a sigh of relief when he saw the woman's kitchen light finally turn off. The icy wind whipping up over the ocean bit through his coat with no mercy, but tonight was the night he'd been waiting for.

The old lady's boyfriend didn't come over on Thursdays and this might be his only chance. After so many years of waiting, everything was finally falling into place. Stupid woman rarely ever set her house alarm and he knew tonight would be no different.

He propped his bat against the side of the house and slid the key into the back door. The sound of the door opening and closing wasn't audible above the crashing of the waves nearby.

Overhead, he could hear water running. No doubt the old woman was getting ready for bed. Smiling, he took off his jacket and draped it across the kitchen table. Taking his time, he crossed the tile floor and walked up the stairs. The carpet runner muted his movements.

Soon, he'd see horror etched on her wrinkly face. Right before he struck her, she'd scream. Maybe beg for her life. If he let her live that long.

No. He inwardly cursed himself. This had to be clean. Look like an accident. Killing this bitch was the only way to ensure he got what he wanted. That she would return to Hudson Bay. And he wanted her guard down when she got here. At least at first. Then the game playing would begin.

The floor creaked underneath him as he reached the top stair. As he did, the old woman's door opened and light flooded the hallway. Moving quickly, he ducked into the closest guestroom.

His heart pounded wildly against his ribcage as her footsteps moved closer, but his hands were steady. This was it. Gripping the bat tighter in his hands, he readied himself. If he fucked this up, he might not get another chance.

When her shadow passed by the door, he stepped out. "Hello, Debra. So nice to see you again." Even to himself he sounded feral. Inhuman.

She swiveled toward him. Her emerald green eyes—so similar to Lilly's—widened with recognition and fear. He drank in her terror. She opened her mouth to scream but he wouldn't give her the chance.

Without pause, he swung his bat.


The cracking of her skull reverberated off the walls of the quiet beach cottage. A second, louder thud shook him straight to his bones as her head hit the railing. Her old, frail body tumbled until it sprawled at the bottom of the stairs. Surprisingly, the blood was minimal. A small, cherry-red rivulet snaked around her head. His gut tightened as the fresh air turned it into a dark crimson. The familiar rush of power nearly overwhelmed him.

The fear of getting caught told him to leave, but he couldn't help himself. Need burned low in his belly. His erection pressed painfully against the zipper of his pants. All the windows were drawn and he was upstairs. No one could see him.

He quickly unzipped his pants, but kept his leather gloves on as he fisted himself. Staring at Debra's lifeless eyes, he stroked himself.

Lilly's face swam before him. The feel of the smooth leather was pleasurable, but he was counting down the minutes until he buried himself in Lilly. He'd been waiting too long to get her beneath him and the time was finally right.

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  • Posted October 29, 2011

    Exciting and Suspenseful yet Thoroughly Frustrating!

    Please see full review at: readersedyn(dot)blogspot(dot)com

    So the book excerpt? That is the first chapter people! Can anyone say Holy! Crap! On! A! Cracker! I was blown away by the intensity of the story right off the first page, like WOAH! So here's the million dollar question. Ready? Are you sure? Okay then. How is it that a book can have me so completely twisted in both a good way and a bad way? Get ready cause I fear I will end up sounding crazy and contradicting myself all over the place! Ultimately I was so enthralled and frustrated at the same time!

    So Lilly and Braden used to date many moons ago. Apparently they were very much in love and just about as nauseating as a "perfect couple" can get. But Lilly bolts straight out of college and Braden is left reeling from being left alone so suddenly and unexpectedly. It is now ten years later and Lilly has come back to town to deal with arrangement necessary following her Aunt's death. Simultaneously, Braden is dealing with a string of murders that seem to have only one correlation: him. Not good considering he's the Sheriff of the town and all. Beyond the stench of death that is following Braden is the undeniable attraction between him and Lilly. Desire may have cooled over the last ten years, but has no problem boiling oven in any time flat once the two connect again.

    Lilly has been pretty active in her time away from her hometown. Working undercover for a government agency, having a background in criminology, even suffering from PTSD after enduring a horrific event. Not surprising that Lilly becomes somewhat of an asset to Braden during the multiple homicide investigations.

    I do have a few issues with the story though. First, Lilly's credentials seem a bit over the top. I could buy into a lot of it, but not to the extent that she is knowledgeable in. Also, I do not know what all of the abbreviations stand for. ? Second, she's a moron for not trusting Braden and bringing her issues to him in the first place. I'm talking the reason she left town people. Well, come to think of it, she doesn't exactly tell him everything when she gets home either. Not like I can give you the details. But dang, remaining tight-lipped over something the love of your life could have helped you with? Just seems like a bit of an overreaction to pick up and leave. Also, when the killer is revealed: a) He gets off a bit to easily for all of the horrors that he inflicted and b) Braden doesn't seem to react to the.errrr.conclusion of the murders normally. Like it doesn't really affect him. Seems odd.

    Basically I wanted to hit my head against the wall. I enjoyed the story so much, but the questions I had were nagging at me the whole time. I understand that a lot of events had to play out the way that they did for the story to work. And I did not foresee the identity of the murderer until the reveal which is a huge plus for me. But again, more questions such as his "survival", which I can't discuss without ruining the story for everyone. Those of you that are sticklers for certain types of detail will likely grumble about a few things as I did through the read. However *whispers* "Here comes the contradiction" - I was still enthralled with this story and very much enjoyed it. *head desk* I know. I sound like a crazy now.

    I will try to make it easy - I'll plant my booty on the fence......

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

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    PERFECT romantic suspense!

    My Review:
    This book had everything that I love in a good romantic suspense... a really evil bad guy, a great couple with lots of sexual tension, well-plotted suspense with a few twists and surprises, and a wonderful HEA.

    Lilly & Braden were high school sweethearts, but she broke off their romance suddenly and unexpectedly 10 years ago. Braden never understood why and has never had the chance to see her and find out why it happened. It's obvious from the very beginning that there was more to their breakup than Lilly ever admitted to and 10 years later both these two still have really strong feelings for each other.

    There's a lot going on here. A year ago, Lilly was undercover and her team was captured, tortured, and most of them murdered in Africa. She is still dealing with the PTSD from that so when she sees someone stalking her, she thinks that it's just an effect of PTSD hallucinations. It turns out that there's a serial killer on the loose killing women in Braden's life and the killer definitely has Lilly in his sites.

    As sheriff, Braden has no choice, but to move in and spend all his time with Lilly so that he can protect her. It's a well-used story arc, but that's because it's so effective. I love know all those unresolved issues are going to come to a head when two people are forced to spend time together 24/7.

    They may have been kids the last time that they saw each other, but that chemical spark is still there for both Braden & Lilly. Even more importantly, their friendship is still an easy natural thing once they get past their hurt feelings and awkwardness. These are two people that just "fit" together. I really liked the fact that Lilly has had such a traumatic last year. I think that it gave her character a vulnerability that was believable so that she could lean on Braden maybe a bit more than she would have normally. That closeness was needed to help make the sparks fly between these two.

    The suspense was really good. I had an idea of who the bad guy might be just from an inference made early in the book, but he is so incredibly evil and makes for a great suspense line with lots of twists.

    Overall, I just really enjoyed reading this book. It captured my attention and wouldn't let me go until I finished the book (which just happened to be WAY later than my normal bedtime.) An absolutely fabulous read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013


    Full length novel, very intense storyline with surprise twist. Katie does it again!

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

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    A great romantic suspense novel!

    I really enjoyed this romantic suspense. It was a quick, easy and engaging read.

    Lilly Carmichael returns to Hudson Bay after ten years for her aunt's funeral, suffering from PTSD she thinks that she is imagining things when she sees a masked man outside her window. Little does she know that it is a serial killer that has been stalking her for years. Turning to the only man she knows can protect her, ex-boyfriend and Sherriff Braden Donnelly, they must find out who the killer is before he strikes again. But when past feelings ignite for her high school love Lilly must face her past demons as well as the present ones. Can Lilly and Braden stop the killer in time or will he finally get what he has been after for over a decade, Lilly; and will their second chance at a relationship be able to survive the answers they find?

    Gritty and realistic, the quick moving plot of Deadly Obsession follows the couple uncovering clues and connections to each murder. A few hints were dropped early on concerning the villain so his identity wasn't too much of a surprise for me but Katie Reuss created a very creepy and life-like character with flashes into his mindset every now and then that were intense and chilling. Her writing style set up the anticipation into the workings of him and what he will do next wonderfully, adding a few twists and surprises that will keep you turning the pages for more.

    Lily and Braden made a great couple with lots of history. Their romance was dark and sexy (and Braden was plain delicious) with plenty of tension that built up to an exciting climax. Their coming together again was uncertain and they were each untrusting at first, not willing to have their hearts broken again which made it believable to read, it wasn't easy. The murder and suspense was the main plot of the story but the romance added a nice under current and a beautiful ending. I would definitely be interested in reading more from this new-to-me author.

    Great Quote:
    "Are you looking for me to stroke your ego?"
    "No, but I've got something else you can stroke if you're interested."
    I lmao on that one!

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