Deadly Obsession

Deadly Obsession

by April Hunt

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Get ready for an adrenaline rush as a CSI agent and her childhood crush track a killer in this "romantic suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat" (Lori Foster, New York Times bestselling author).
After a lifetime spent in and out of hospitals, Zoey Wright is tired of playing it safe. She's ready to take charge of her own life and get out of her comfort zone, starting with a new job as a CSI agent. But when her childhood crush Knox Steele gets pulled onto her case, Zoey needs to put her feelings for him aside or more women will die at the hands of the serial killer preying on her hometown.

Former Army Ranger Knox Steele is back in Washington to help his brothers open an elite private security firm. He never expected to stumble onto a crime scene, or see his best friend's little sister working it. Zoey is all grown up now, and the attraction between them is electric, despite his best efforts to resist it. But all that changes for Knox when he realizes the victims have one thing in common . . . and Zoey might be next.
"Deadly Obsession is a page turner full of sizzling passion, gritty action, and thrilling danger!" --Rebecca Zanetti, New York Times bestselling author
"Once again, April Hunt nails it! Expect masterful storytelling interwoven with sizzling tension and high-stakes suspense."-- Cristin Harber, New York Times bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538763353
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Series: Steele Ops , #1
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 29,549
File size: 579 KB

About the Author

April blames her incurable chocolate addiction on growing up in rural Pennsylvania, way too close to America's chocolate capital, Hershey. She now lives in Virginia with her college sweetheart husband, two young children, and a cat who thinks she's a human-dog hybrid. On those rare occasions she's not donning the cape of her children's personal chauffer, April's either planning, plotting, or writing about her next alpha hero and the woman he never knew he needed, but now can't live without.

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Customer Reviews

Deadly Obsession 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Boohimdanno More than 1 year ago
4 1\2 stars I feel like I shouldn't love this book but I do!! I couldn't put it down from the second I started reading the book. The characters were fun, sassy, family and the theme to live your life to the fullest knowing life could throw you a curb ball changing everything. April Hunt as the ability to create Alpha characters who are charming, funny, love the women in their lives. The women as snarky, feisty, strong and know who they are before the men come into their lives. April Hunt is able to write steamy sexy scenes that ca either keep readers fanning themselves. While the sex scenes are graphic she is also creating a connection between the two characters that will push the story forward. Readers can skip the sex and still feel the connection between the characters. The mystery is interesting and most readers will see it coming but if they do not there are enough men and woman the readers will be able to pick apart to figure out who is the killer. At times the story is over the top but readers who love April Hunt will love this new series she has created. If you are new to April Hunt once again I think you will love this new series as well. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an advance copy of April Hunt Deadly Obsession
Taylornichole221 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Sometimes Romantic Suspense is a letdown for me but in Deadly Obsession we are given a super creepy bad guy, a down to earth heroine, a grumpy good guy, and the complex family that surrounds them. I definitely look forward to reading more in this series and by this author.
DebDiem 7 months ago
Deadly Obsession is my first book by April Hunt, it won't be my last. Ms. Hunt has provided readers with a well-written, smooth read. Kudos to Ms. Hunt for a stellar cast of characters. Zoey has had multiple heart surgeries and hopes she won't need more. Knox, Zoey's long-time crush rolls back in town to help his brothers with their new business. Knox and Zoey's story is packed with drama, humor, sizzle, action and suspense. I loved every page of this book and look forward to reading many more from April Hunt in the future. Deadly Obsession is book 1 of the Steele Ops Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I read a print copy of this book that I won from Reading Cafe. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Kindle_Loving_Mom 11 months ago
Zoey Wright has a congenital heart defect, and it has affected her entire life. From multiple surgeries, and missing important school and group activities, to not being able to participate in sports and PE at school, she always felt like a bit of an outsider. She and her brother Cade were adopted by a single mom when Zoey was about 4 years old. Their mom never thought twice about having a sick kid, and they managed fine, with the help of an anonymous angel paying all the medical bills. Now, Zoey has transitioned to a civilian crime scene investigator, after years of only working in the lab, processing the evidence. D.C. has a serial killer, and they've just found his twelfth victim, which is Zoey's first crime scene. Who should show up but her lifelong crush she hasn't seen in 2 years, her brother's best friend, Knox. Knox Steele has been away from home for the last 2 years, repairing boats down in North Carolina, while his entire family and everyone else he cares about is back in D.C. He made some mistakes during his last Army tour of duty, and his brothers don't deserve to have someone around who will now always second guess all his own decisions. They're taking his brainchild, a private security firm called Steele Ops, and making it a reality, without him, and he's here to help them get things running, and then leave again for a job in California. Everyone is mad at him for how long he's been gone, and that he's not planning to stay now that he's back. He didn't expect so much of that fire to come from his angel, little Zoey though. She's now healthy and stepping out of the lab, and throwing sass his way he doesn't know how to deal with. But he's afraid she just might be able to convince him to stay after all. Knox and Zoey had mega feels, and hot chemistry, from the start. They are lifelong friends, and she's always had a thing for him. I LOVE a best friend's little sister story, it's my favorite trope, so mix it with my fave sub-genre, romantic suspense, and I am fully here for it! I loved their interactions and how comfortable they were with each other from the start, even when the feelings started rearranging things. Both the Steele and Wright families were awesome. I love both of their single moms and how they banded together for each other over the years. They're all so close, like one big family, and I thought that was awesome. Grace, as Zoey's best friend, Knox's cousin, and Cade's childhood sweetheart, had an interesting POV with which to view everything, and give Zoey advice. They had a fantastic connection, and I loved their banter. Cade has always been protective of his baby sister, and can be overbearing, so thinking about Knox and her getting together didn't make him happy, but his heart was always in the right place. There were many paragraphs here and there throughout the story from the killer's POV, which was so interesting, and made you realize how truly sick and twisted he was. It kept the suspense high, and me on the edge of my seat. It also let the reader know things that were still a mystery to the characters, which was fun. I had 2 suspects in my mind towards the middle of the book, for who I thought the killer might be. Later I had whittled it down to one, and I ended up being correct. The second original suspect I had, ended up being someone wholly unexpected, and I feel like that part of the story was left slightly unfinished. This was an exciting story, with plenty of steam and an awesome couple!
Nursebookie More than 1 year ago
A new series by April Hunt (Steele Ops #1). Zoey Wright has spent most of her life in and out of hospitals having multiple heart surgeries for her rare heart condition. Zoey is ready to make a change and live her life to the fullest, she changes her job from working in the lab to being an actual CSI agent in the field handling some of the most gruesome murder cases in DC. Knox Steele an old friend comes back to DC after a few years to work with Zoey's brother, Cade in opening up an elite private security firm, stumbles into Zoey in a crime scene. Zoey and Knox's attraction is undeniable and this time, the new Zoey will not hold back her feelings. With the serial killer on the loose carving hearts to women's chest, the investigation brings the team together as clues hint to possibility of Zoey being a likely target. This is my first April Hunt book and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I enjoyed that the book involved some medical storyline - stemming from Hunt's medical background, her amazing characters, and wonderful story pacing. These made it for an unputdownable read. The Romantic Suspense genre is also new to me but I love a Romance read and gravitate to suspenseful reads, that when these two mashed together, it sure made for a winning combination and a fantastic reading experience for me. I cannot wait for the next installation of this amazing series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting, and very nice story line
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belllla More than 1 year ago
Amazing read!!! I loved it. This is a great start of a new series. A story of ex-military hot brothers and one of them falls in love in his best friend baby sister. A Sister who is not so little and innocent anymore. Zoey has serious heart condition since she was a little girl and after the last operation, she is decided to really start living her life with a big name. That is why she is on the team for finding a serial killer. Her brother and his best friend are not so thrilled with it especially when strange things start to happen. I loved this action-packed love story. It is really great written, intense and with such great characters. I loved both of them Zoey and Knox are easy to fall in love. The story develops beautifully, we see the struggle from Zoey and Knox although both different natures. The story is funny, intense, action-packed and full of family love. Loved it! I hope that the next one will be also amazing. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
RobinLovesReading More than 1 year ago
Zoey Wright has taken charge of her life. Born with a serious heart defect, and having gone through several major surgeries, she has just begun a new job as a CSI agent. In her current case, she is more than a bit nonplussed when someone she had a serious crush on when she was younger is pulled into it. Zoey must fight her feelings for Knox Steele and focus on the fact that a serial killer seems determined to kill as many women as possible. Knox is in town because he and his brothers are intent on opening an elite private security firm. When he happens upon a crime scene, he is rather disturbed to see that his best friend's little sister is working the case. Well, she is not so little any longer, and Knox must fight his growing attraction to her. As much as this fight is intense, a bigger fight soon presents itself when it seems that Zoey herself might actually become a victim. So, Knox and Zoey end up together - in more ways than one. While the romance is developing and the search for the killer ensues, readers are introduced to the other members of the Steele and Wright families. This no doubt sets the reader up for future books in this new series by April Hunt. I am thrilled that I got to read it and am eager to continue with this series. If you enjoy intrigue, romance and family, then you will be glad to read this book. I found it to be quite intense and pretty much read this book in one sitting. Many thanks to Forever and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
From beginning to end Deadly Obsession had me on the edge of my seat, each page was packed with captivating suspense and steamy action! I really enjoyed this one, it had bits of everything I love in a story, romance to curl the toes, suspense to keep me engaged, and of course surprises to keep me on my toes too. Ms. Hunt packed a lot of things into this one that left me excited about what is to come in future installments. While you have the main story about Zoey and Knox, you also get glimpses of his brothers, and get a general feeling for what to expect from them.... and I can't wait to meet them! If you are a fan of romantic suspense then I highly recommend you get your hands on this one, it's well crafted story line is certain to thrill and brings lots of swoons! I requested an advanced copy of this book from the publisher, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
april hunt kicks off a new suspense series with deadly obsession. the steele ops team is comprised of four brothers and this story begins with knox's return after a two-year absence. it's not a quiet, calm arrival. everyone is kind of mad at him, even though he has his reasons for staying away. i'm not saying they're good reasons, but also i just don't understand the kind of family dynamics at play here because mine are not like these and the level of butthurt is intense for what is happening, but nevermind, because there is an actual serial killer on the loose. and even worse this killer appears to be targeting zoey wright, and on top of that instead of her safe job in the crime lab she's out in the streets doing crime scene investigative work. just because she's decided to put herself in harm's way doesn't mean that knox will let anything happen to her. and his protectiveness can be explained by the fact that she's his best friend's younger sister. and also she has a congenital heart defect that has resulted in many a health scare and five open heart surgeries. so like him wanting her to stay alive makes sense. many people have worked hard for her to be alive. but she's not wrong in wanting to enjoy and live her life too. she can't be wrapped in bubble wrap her whole life. she needs to feel and experience things. and knox has always been the one person she wants to do everything with. their chemistry is hot, and the suspense is kicking. this was a fun, fast-paced read. **deadly obsession will publish on april 30, 2019. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/grand central publishing (forever) in exchange for my honest review.
Shirleylinn More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I have read by this author but, it definitely won't be the last. It was a fast-paced, suspenseful read with loveable characters. From the beginning until the end I could not put this book down. I can't wait to read the next book in this series.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
This is a great start to a new series that promises to be fantastic. In this book, a family of brothers are starting a high level security/ops agency, however, one of the brothers, Knox, doesn't want to anything. Zoey, a talented crime scene scientist and heart patient, has been smitten with Knox for years, but Knox hasn't been interested. While the city is dealing with a serial killer, Zoey is pushing herself hard at work despite having cardiac symptoms - that she seems to resemble the killer's target victim only adds to the tension. In the midst of this, she takes a chance with Knox, but the lines quickly become blurred. There's a lot going on in this novel as the author sets the stage for the series. While it sounds a bit confusing, the author presents it in an engaging way that makes sense and is entertaining. I loved the characters, from the somewhat damaged Knox to the lovely Zoey with serious health problems. It's not possible to read this book and not fall a bit in love with them. Fans of the genre will love this book. I'm already looking forward to future books in the series. The author is on my must read authors' list.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This book is the start of a brand new series and what a great way to kick it off! There is a little of everything going on in this book. There's family drama, suspense, action, and of course romance. While it may appear like the typical best friend's little sister trope the story it's wrapped up in makes it so much more. We get to know all the amazing characters that make in Steel Ops and I for one am looking forward to all the great stories to come. Anyone who loves a great romantic suspense doesn't want to miss Knox and Zoey's story. I definitely recommend it.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars-- DEADLY OBSESSION is the first instalment in April Hunt’s contemporary, adult STEELE OP romantic suspense focusing on the Steele family. This is CSI investigator Zoey Wright, and former Army Ranger Knox Steele’s story line. Told from several third person perspectives including Zoey and Knox DEADLY OBSESSION follows the best friends’ little sister/ forbidden relationship between CSI investigator Zoey Wright, and former Army Ranger Knox Steele. Two years earlier Knox returned State side when a military mission went all to h*ll but in that two years Knox refused to go home believing himself unworthy. With his brothers’ insistence, Knox comes back to Washington DC to help set up their new security business, a business Knox wants no part of now or in the future. Rekindling his friendship police officer Cade Wright brings our hero face to face with the woman who has starred in all of his fantasies and dreams but a woman off limits by way of friendship and love. When a serial killer ups his MO, and the victims resemble our story line heroine Knox makes it his mission to protect the woman with whom he is falling in love. What ensues is the friends to lovers relationship between Knox and Zoey, and the potential fall-out when Zoey is targeted by a twisted mind. Zoey Wright has struggled most of her life with cardiac issues. Several surgeries and an over-protective brother meant Zoey found herself surrounded by protectors including the man with whom she will fall in love. Knox Steele hadn’t planned at sticking around but threats against the woman that called to his heart meant Knox wasn’t willing to risk the people he loved. The relationship between Zoey and Knox is forbidden by a friendship, a promise and threats against Knox’s life. Zoey and Knox have lusted after one another from afar but Zoey’s brother Cade is unwilling to let go of the alpha attitude when it comes to protecting his little sister. Knox knows his time in DC comes with a deadline but he is willing to go after and protect the woman he loves. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and intense without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. We are introduced to Zoey’s brother, police officer Cade Wright, as well as Knox’s brothers: retired Navy man Liam , retired Marine Ryder and US soldier Roman, as well as their cousin FBI agent Grace Steele; Zoey’s doctor Phillip Samuel; Lieutenant Mason, and ADA Francine Smoke. Cade and Grace’s story line is next in LETHAL REDEMPTION. The world building followed several paths including the building relationship between Zoey and Knox; the fractured family dynamics between the Steele brothers, as well as the hunt for a killer whose ultimate target and infatuation is our story line heroine. DEADLY OBSESSION is a story of family, friendship, betrayal and obsession. The premise is entertaining and intriguing; the characters are broken but strong, energetic and colorful; the romance is captivating and passionate. DEADLY OBSESSION is a suspenseful and thrilling story to a new series by April Hunt.
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a sweet little romance, this one is not for you, but if you are looking for a story that captures your attention from the first page, look no further. Zoey Wright has spent most of her life in hospitals due to a serious heart condition. Now that she is healthy and back in control, she is thriving, and taking chances. Her new job as a CSI agent is one she is very good at. Knox Steele, a former Army Ranger, is back in DC for a short time. He’s been away from his family for over 2 years. They feel he abandoned them, he feels he is not good for them. Detective Cade Wright, is Zoey’s brother and Knox’s best friend. When they meet up at a crime scene, Knox comes face to face with Zoey , the girl he’s always watched from afar and one he will never have. As the friendship develops into more, so does the danger of a serial killer. It’s a story with a complex plot filled with a whodunit, bad guys, hunky good guys , strong and romance. But it’s more than that. It’s a story about family and friendship. Can’t wait to see what else the author has in store for us in this series. I was entrusted a copy of this book by Netgalley and the Hachette Book Group. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Zoey Wright has a heart condition which has put her on the sidelines for most of her life, after yet another operation she is determined to live life to the full and exchanges her job as a CSI agent in the lab for one in the field. Her first job is the latest victim of the serial killer the town is dubbing the Beltway Cupid Killer. Watching from the shadows is old family friend Knox Steele, a former ranger and Zoey's older brother Cade's best friend. Knox has always had a soft spot for Zoey but when he tries to lay down the law and she rips him a new one he starts to see her not as his friend's kid sister but as a smart, feisty and beautiful woman. Knox doesn't plan on sticking around long, his tour overseas ended badly and he bears the weight of the world on his shoulders. This was a mildly suspenseful, easy to read, predictable romance. I'm afraid despite April Hunt's attempts to create multiple suspects I called the identity of the killer on page 124 (of 341). There were some good moments, like when Zoey called Knox a "watered-down man-baby" but I wouldn't put this in the same class as, say, Scarlett Cole or Laura Griffin. Also, in romancelandia why does no-one ever have a normal name like John (i'd accept Jon) or Pete, is it a prerequisite for special forces that they have a name like Roman or Knox? If you don't enjoy grisly scenes in your suspense, want more romance and less thriller, with tons of alpha males from the different services all with their own secret pain then this is for you. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago