Deadly Obsession

Deadly Obsession

by Elle James

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In New York Times bestselling author Elle James's latest, one woman finds she's unsafe in her own home—and in her heart…

Real estate whiz Jillian Taylor thinks heroes and haunted houses are bogus. But when a series of strange events leaves her in danger, Stealth Ops Specialist Chance McCall is quick to the scene. Jillian can't resist the chemistry brewing between her and the sexy agent. But as she and Chance deconstruct her nightmares, someone becomes more desperate to keep those secrets from surfacing.

Chance knows there's more going on at the derelict Victorian manor than just ghosts—just as he knows there's something about the blonde beauty he can't resist. If only he could help decipher the meaning of Jillian's tortured dreams…and keep her safe in his arms forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373279883
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 05/10/2016
Edition description: Original
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Raised an Air Force brat, Elle James got her work ethic from her dad, creativity from mom and inspiration from her sister. As a member of the reserves, she's traveled, managed a career, and raised three children. She and her husband even raised ostriches and emus. Ask her what it's like to go toe-to-toe with a 350-pound bird! Former manager of computer programmers, Elle is happy to write full time in NW Arkansas.

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Deadly Obsession 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
chrismom More than 1 year ago
Deadly Obsession By Elle James A little girl walks home from school thrilled by the gift her teacher had given her for all of her help. She trips and hits her head and begins to lose consciousness. All of a sudden a blanket is wrapped around her and there is darkness as she is carried. Julie Thompson had been missing for thirty days when she appears back home with no memory of where she was during that time. Fear that Julie will be abducted again and no longer feeling safe, the family moves away. Flash forward to today. Jillian Taylor is a realtor who moved to Cape Churn after visiting there two years ago. She is also the wedding planner for her friend Molly who is marrying Casanova Velez, and she just bought her first house, a fixer upper. To say that she is busy is an understatement. Chance McCall has arrived in Cape Churn for a little R & R and to be the best man for his friend Nova Velez. Both men are ex-military and work for Stealth Operations Specialists. Chance also has PTSD which cases him to jump at loud noises and have nightmares. He is working on coping with his PTSD and hopes hanging out at his friend’s wedding will help with the symptoms. To keep himself busy, he offers to help Molly’s friend Jillian move into her new house. Jillian doesn’t like him at their first meeting yet Chance helps her anyway. Chance returns every day to help Jillian. As Jillian’s is being renovated, strange things begin to happen, vandalism, strange noises, and the feeling that someone is watching her. Daryl Sims is one of the workers helping with the renovations. He has the mental capacity of a five year old and lived with his mother. Daryl also liked to take care of strays much to his mother’s disapproval. Many people want Jillian to give up her new home. She refuses and the strange happenings continue. As the renovations are finished, Jillian moves in but Chance goes with her to keep her safe. Jillian soon begins to have dreams she can’t explain. They begin to investigate what happened to Julia Thompson for thirty days. As they probe deeper, they realize that there is something between them yet are reluctant to delve further. When Mrs. Sims shows up at the house looking for Daryl, Jillian follows her outside to look for him. As they walk through the fog, Jillian soon realizes who she is. Mrs. Sims tries to stop Jillian from exposing her son and the fact that he was the one who had “kidnapped” all those years ago. I have to say, I really enjoyed this story. It was full of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing throughout. The relationship between Chance and Jillian had a rocky start but soon developed into a love neither saw coming and the chance for a fresh start for both of them. On several occasions I thought I had figured out who was causing Jillian’s problems but Ms James stumped me at every turn. I was surprised by the ending, didn’t see that resolution coming. I so enjoyed this story and I look forward to reading other books in this series. I highly recommend this book.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
Good suspense! I did guess who the bad guy was and why early. I liked the characters too. This is the 5th book in the Devil's Shroud but the first I have read. It did a good job of telling the story that I did not feel left out. I do wish it showed a seen with Julie's father at the end. I also don't like all the sex scenes, but that is my taste. Jillian Taylor sells homes. She is single. She just bought a old house in the woods by it's self that she is hoping to move into soon. She is also planning the wedding of a friend. Stealth Ops Specialist Chance McCall has come for his friends wedding. He has PSTD. He rescues Jillian from her basement and then around her when other accidents happens. He decides to protect her while he is in town. Why does someone want to harm Jillian. Is the reason in her old house? I was given this ebook to read for free by NetGalley and Harlequin. In return I agreed to give a honest review of Deadly Obsession.
Pure_Jonel More than 1 year ago
What an intricately suspenseful novel. James’ scene development highlights the suspense of this tale while also allowing readers to picture it fully. The mystery that unfolds was interesting and the plot twists kept it from all unravelling too quickly. I enjoyed the solid relationship that James built between the main characters. Not only were the characters themselves great to get to know, but the intricate manners in which they come together were fantastic. That said, it also wasn’t an easy, whirlwind romance. I appreciated the fact that they also had to work through issues and circumstances. Actually, all of the characters in this novel were quite well developed. I liked the fact that everyone was an individual and stood out as one without overshadowing the main characters. As a whole, this was a fun, suspense riddled tale that was a joy to read. I’d definitely recommend it to others. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
Haunted mystery, life threatening incidents, while the best man and maid of honor find themselves falling hard, and fast, despite the odds against them. I liked the setting of the story, the aery, murky, mysterious house, a place people believed was haunted. The mystery behind the dangerous attempts towards Jillian's life bring tension, and fear. The odd disappearance of the young girl long time ago seems somehow being connected to the current events. The town seems charming, the folks there protective of each other, and in two camps, when it comes to the house Jillian is making to be her home. The suspense does feel a little predictable, it didn't take me long to figure the whole mystery out, but it was still entertaining to read. The attraction between Jillian and Chance is instant, yet believable. I liked them together, they are compatible, good together, they not only make a great investigative team, they have a tune in-between them, that is enjoyable, likable, and compelling. I like it when the conflict between the couple isn't something they are self creating, but more of an outside element, or set of circumstances. I think this is one of those stories, that could have greatly benefited from an epilogue, a little more rounded ending to bring fuller closure to the tale. Mystical history of a house, puzzling, perilous events, adventurous, attractive couple, trying to solve the enigma, and keep each other at the arm's length, because the relationship is the last thing either of them are looking for right now - great entertainment! ~ Four Spoons
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
Great romance, good suspense. Deadly Obsession is another great book by Elle James. Her books never disappoint me. This one had a lot of tension, both romantic and whodunit. Jillian and Chance were great together. Although I thought I figured out some parts early I still couldn’t put it down. Turns out I wasn’t right on all counts! I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 STARS! In Book 5 of the Devil's Shroud series, we head back to Cape Churn, Oregon to get Realtor Jillian's story. This book grabs your attention from the start and keeps you guessing to see who is up to no good throughout. There are a couple of mysteries playing out, along with some sexy attraction that makes it a quick read, and makes you want more! Chance McCall, fellow Stealth Ops Specialist, arrives in town to visit and help out if needed before his buddy Nova's wedding to Molly. He's staying at Molly's B & B along with her friend and wedding planner Jillian Taylor. Chance meets Jillian just as some strange happenings start at the old house she bought and is remodeling. She tells him the locals say it's haunted, but his gut tells him there's more going on than that. As the "accidents" start piling up and endangering Jillian's life, Chance doesn't plan to leave her side. The attraction between them is impossible to ignore ... but can he overcome his past in order to move forward with a future?