Obsessed (A Starstruck Novella)

Obsessed (A Starstruck Novella)

by Beth Ciotta

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Welcome to STARSTRUCK, a showplace for talent, a playground for love. A new contemporary continuity series by Beth Ciotta, Cynthia Valero, and Elle J Rossi. Three authors. One world. The series heats up with Ciotta's sexy novella--Obsessed.

A Fallen Star...
A hot-mess of controversy and scandal, Dakota Breeze--tarnished pop star of fading fame and fortune--accepts a friend's offer, taking refuge in a small Midwestern town in order to rehearse her comeback concert in secret. Starstruck is the perfect venue however rehearsals are marred by Dakota's reluctance to resurrect her former bad-girl persona and complicated by an anonymous death threat.

A Haunted Bodyguard...
Enlisted by a mutual friend, Wyatt MacDermott--a seasoned protection specialist--agrees to act as Dakota's temporary bodyguard. Forced to set aside a personal grudge in order to fulfill his duties, Mac's stunned by his fierce and instant attraction to the reckless celebrity he's long associated with his greatest regret.

Obsessed with conflicting needs and united passion, Dakota and Wyatt spin out of control, indulging in a whirlwind affair and tempting an avenger's wrath.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151609296
Publisher: BC Ink
Publication date: 03/28/2015
Series: Starstruck , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 117
Sales rank: 998,922
File size: 488 KB

About the Author

Storytelling comes naturally to award-winning author Beth Ciotta. Dubbed "fun and sexy" by Publisher's Weekly, Beth specializes in writing heartfelt adventures and is published in contemporary, historical, steampunk, and paranormal romantic fiction. Beth lives in NJ with her husband, two zany dogs, and a crazy cat. A veteran professional performer, Beth now pours her artistic passion into her writing. To learn more about her colorful life, visit her website at www.bethciotta.com

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Obsessed (A Starstruck Novella) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
alw27 More than 1 year ago
From the beginning, I had a picture painted of the kind of person Dakota was, a rich and spoiled princess. Only I was so very wrong. Dakota turned out to be a selfless and kind hearted woman, who even in the limelight thinks of others. Dakota ends up falling in love with her bodyguard, Wyatt, who is the silent but observant type. I really enjoyed how their story unfolded. Ciotta never let's me down on a good read. I just wish the story was longer as I wanted to read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this novella and the emotional wallop it packed in such a compact form. The characters make you root for a happy ending, and you won't be let down.
gaele More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars – rounded  Like all the titles I have read by Ciotta, her writing grabs you instantly with characters that you need to know, and situations that are  familiar in emotion, if vastly different in actuality.  In this story, we meet Dakota: perfectly imperfect with drive and determination to get up, dust herself off and move forward.  Working on her comeback, the pressure is enormous and she feels every bit of it: her own concerns about moving and making a good show, the people who are relying on her success to feed their families, and the sudden  appearance of some threatening letters that could mean personal danger.  Wyatt is a bodyguard, brought into Dakota’s camp by his friend.  Expecting a diva: spoilt, churlish, childish and callous, he is completely  floored when Dakota is open, honest and completely aware of what she needs to do to make this attempt at a comeback work.  Wyatt is  that silent type, rarely giving away interest with his expressions, but Dakota intrigues him in ways he never expected.  What I have come to appreciate about Ciotta’s writing is the development of her characters. Dakota starts out as someone you want to  know – you cheer for her determination and heart. Wyatt comes in with the overwhelming aura of protective alpha, but he’s somewhat  removed until the force that is Dakota starts to soften his edges and give him reason to hope for something more. As he starts to soften,  he shows a deep and layered person who becomes just as important to readers as he is to Dakota.  The use of dual points of view show a gradual softening of Wyatt, and a deeper concern from them both about their attraction and how life-changing it can be. These are two characters that would easily fit into your circle of friends, and you’d want them there.   Suspense elements from the letters slowly unfold and show the true bond between Wyatt and Dakota, and as the plot unfolds there are  plenty of options to wonder just where it will go.  At just under 120 pages, Obsessed shows that a novella can pack a punch with story and plot, and have readers wanting more after the last page is turned.  I received an eBook copy of the title from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions  are my own responsibility. 
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Short and sweet story of two unlikely people falling in love. I'm not a fan of insta-love, so I really would have liked this story to be longer so that Dakota and Wyatt could have had more time for their feelings to develop.  The mystery surrounding the threat that brings Wyatt to Dakota is wrapped up pretty quickly and without much suspense. There are some tender moments as well as one night of hot sex between them. Overall an enjoyable read. ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
deeeee More than 1 year ago
"Dakota Breeze" is a has-been pop star who needs to make a comeback. She left the music scene when tragedy hit one of her concerts and Dakota was forced to take a break. Along with this break, Dakota's life basically fell apart. The comeback is suppose to be on the QT, but someone is aware of what's going on. Dakota begins getting threatening messages and her "sponsor" doesn't think Dakota is safe, so Rusty calls on good friend Wyatt to come in and be Dakota's personal body guard. Wyatt or Mac has some serious issues with Dakota and with good reason, but he can't tell Rusty "no". As soon as Mac and Dakota meet the sparks begin to fly. There are too many issues between them to let them explore the chemistry building between them. I love Beth's books and look forward to reading the rest of the Starstruck series.
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
3. 5 Stars Regret. Guilt. Redemption. Dakota Breeze is a has-been pop star with a scandal-filled past, poised on the edge of a comeback but a death threat letter raises concerns and a mutual friend recruits Wyatt MacDermott to protect her. Wyatt has been in the protection business for a while and protecting Dakota would be a piece of cake except for one thing: the instant and intense attraction he has for her. His perception of her as a spoiled diva is also colored by the fact that his sister was hurt while attending one of her concerts. However, as Wyatt spends time with Dakota, he realizes that her public persona is a far cry from who she really is. She really cares and has been on a path to redeeming herself after the disastrous concert years ago. Dakota is caught between her own dreams and the expectations of others and has to figure out how to meet those expectations while staying true to herself. She’s also very attracted to Wyatt and shares a passionate interlude with him which turns t to be so much more than sex. She has fallen for Wyatt. And as it turns out, so has he. OBSESSED is a quick and sweet story of redemption and finding love in the most unlikely place. Dakota is an interesting character, trying to take back her life after being controlled by those around her for most of it. Wyatt is the silent and stoic type and together they make a great couple. The suspense part of the story was easily resolved and a bit of a letdown for me because it seems it only acted as a reason for Dakota and Wyatt to be brought together. I was not overly fond of the insta-love between them and really would have loved more of their story. Overall, OBSESSED was an enjoyable read and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. *I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
CaseyHagen More than 1 year ago
I'm floored by this story! I'm fascinated with Dakota. She's perfect in her imperfection. She's strong, self aware, and driven with an enormous heart. She's made bad decisions, fallen over and over, but she always gets back up. She's the kind of flawed character the reader wants to be just like. I adore her! And Wyatt...good Lord he is scorching hot! I don't know what it is about a strong, silent guy, but wow! He's so capable and privately emotional. The best stories involve strong alpha's that fall hard and fast for unique women who challenge them at every turn. Obsessed is all that and more! My only complaint is I wish it didn't have to end. I wanted more...I just couldn't get enough of them. As a matter of fact. I'm going to go ahead and reread it. That's no small declaration! I've never reread a book in my life!
My_Peace More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this novella!   Beth writes a heroine who is not at all what I expected, and I really liked Dakota.  There is much more to her than meets the eye, and it was really neat to find out more and more about her as the story progressed.  There is also a lot more to Wyatt than you first think, and I liked the slow reveal of his character and secrets.  Wyatt doesn't want to like Dakota, but he does.  Although he guards his emotions and only reveals what he wants to reveal.  As Wyatt aims to keep Dakota safe, suddenly neither of them are sure their hearts will be safe.  I enjoyed the connection between them, and that it was something neither of them anticipated, nor were they sure if it would lead to anything. Beth writes Obsessed from both Dakota and Wyatt's POV smoothly and I really like it when authors do this.  I love seeing parts of them the other doesn't know about yet, and it makes me feel like I know them even better.  I liked who both of these characters were and the concept of finding love when you least expect it. Beth also managed to surprise me with the suspenseful part of Obsessed...the who and the why, and the conclusion was not only heart warming, it also showed the true strength of the main characters, in particular Dakota.   Well paced with smooth writing and an interesting plot, I'd recommend Obsessed to any romance reader looking to get lost between the pages for a few hours!
Stew32s More than 1 year ago
Dakota, is the has-been pop star trying to make a comeback, receiving threatening letters. Wyatt is the tough guy bodyguard brought in to protect her, who doesn’t divulge his painful connection to her. Their attraction ignites immediately, complicating everything and motivating them at the same time. Even though this is a short story, I felt like the depth of the characters could definitely fill a full sized novel! Beth quickly develops the characters so fully it was easy to feel empathy for their emotional struggles and enjoy their passionate rendezvous. Oh, and the culprit sending the threatening letters wasn’t who I expected it to be! This is a fast, fun read!!