Stolen Obsession

Stolen Obsession

by Marlene M. Bell

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BN ID: 2940162004547
Publisher: Ewephoric Publishing
Publication date: 07/12/2018
Series: Annalisse Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 438 KB

About the Author

Marlene M. Bell is an acclaimed artist and photographer as well as a writer. Her sheep landscapes grace the covers of publications such as, Sheep!, The Shepherd, Ranch & Rural Living and Sheep Industry News. Ewephoric, her mail order venture, began in 1985 out of a desire for realistic sheep stationery. A color catalog of non-fiction books and sheep-related gifts may be requested at www.marlenembell.com or www.texassheep.com. Marlene and her husband, Gregg reside on a wooded ranch in East Texas with their 50 head of Horned Dorset sheep, a lovable Maremma guard dog named, Tia, and 3 spoiled cats who rule the household.

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Stolen Obsession 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
wifetoalineman02 More than 1 year ago
Always trust your instinct You can never get wrong when you trust your instinct. It will keep you away from any trouble. This book is such a fun to read. It will make your heart beat faster at the same time fall in-love with two of the specific characters. You will witness their love affair at the same time adventures of a lifetime but danger still follows them. Saving the love of his life and this guy will do everything. Prepare and the author will blow your mind. If you love antique jewelry, you will enjoy reading this book. The debut book of the author and already captured my heart and blow my mind and cannot wait for the second book of this series.
Cutiefulpink More than 1 year ago
Let’s start with what I really like about the book. The story is so good, with so much potential and intrigue. The characters travel the world, experience great loss, find great love, and survive epic danger. Not to mention, they solve a murder mystery involving a cursed object. You can definitely tell the story was well thought-out and developed by Marlene Bell. What I didn’t like were minor character issues and the dialogue. I will save the character critique for the character section, so first let’s tackle the dialogue. Sometimes, the dialogue didn’t make sense to me. I found myself rereading paragraphs sometimes pages later because I was lost in the action. I’m not sure if this is totally a dialogue issue, though. I also felt like there wasn’t enough description between the dialogue of each scene for me to truly understand or appreciate what is happening. Sometimes, it feels like the story moves forward but I haven’t caught up yet. Have you ever gone to the bathroom during a movie? When you get back, you ask your friends what you missed, they give a quick summary, and you think you understand. Then a few scenes later, you realized they didn’t fully describe what happened, missed some detail, and now you’re a little lost. Not really lost, but just a little behind and need to connect a few more dots to figure out everything that is happening. That’s what happens to a few scenes throughout this book. I just could have used a more information here and there. Also, I have to say this because it stood out to me. There is a lot of writing that I really loved. Marlene Bell has a definite storytelling voice; however, there is a line that I absolutely hated. So much so, that I am wondering if I am reading this wrong, and it has a different meaning than I interpreted. Here it is: “’Again. Like that. So. Good.’ Annalisse’s words had the sharp bite of a babe in the throes.” This line took me completely out of the story. Maybe it’s the word babe used to describe a grown woman. Maybe it’s something about the visual. I’m really not sure, but it could be entirely a personal preference thing. The Characters... Annalisse has a lot of great qualities, and is very passionate, I just didn’t connect with her all of the way. She seemed so smart, but acted like everyone should trust her about a cursed necklace and act accordingly. Maybe I just needed her to understand that the people around her don’t have her history with this necklace and may need to be convinced. I feel like she should have acknowledged how bizarre her requests must sound, but how important it is to follow her guidance. Alec is written as a very attractive playboy who is more than meets the eye. I liked him, I just wanted even more of his back story. With just a little more development, Alec could have been a truly great hero. Overall, you can tell how good the plot is and how much Marlene Bell has to say. She showed me a pretty picture, that I felt like I didn’t get to see all of. With just a little tweaking, she coud have something truly beautiful. www.amysbooketlist.blogspot.com
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Stolen Obsession is the first installment form Marlene M Bell’s series, Annalisse. It is, also, the author’s debut novel. The reader is introduced to Annalisse Drury, an antiquities appraiser from New York. She finds herself trying to identify the killer of her best fired through a missing five hundred year old bracelet that carries an evil curse. She finds a necklace matching the bracelet at a gallery opening in Manhattan. Despite advising to have the necklace destroyed, another murder occurs. She asks Alec Zavos for help when his parents go missing. The two go on an action packed adventure that involves danger, mystery and suspense. I enjoyed Stolen Obsession. It captured my attention to the point I did not want to put the book down until the end. It is not a long read but it is full of twists and turns that I did not expect or could not have predicted. I loved Annalisse and admired her courage, bravery and strength. I loved her even more when she meets the handsome Alec. Those two had great chemistry that made me want to root for a romance. I enjoyed other characters that I found to be fun and energetic. I give Stolen Obsession four and a half stars. I recommend it for those who love a good and entertaining romantic suspense. I can not wait to see what happens next to Annalisse Drury in book two of the Annalisse series. I most definitely believe this is a book not to be missed. I received this book from the author. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Silverwood More than 1 year ago
While I love watching revenge movies, filled with action & adventure, romantic suspense is not my usual genre to read. I'm so glad I took a chance on Marlene M. Bell's Stolen Obsession. Annalisse is an antiquities appraiser. She's brilliant at her job, can spot fakes a mile away. But behind her professional and beautiful veneer, she lives in fear. Fear that her best friend's murderer will walk away free. Fear that anyone who gets close to her will die, just like her parents did. It's easy for Annalisse to believe in curses when she's a living example. So when she spots a variation of the same cursed jewelry that brought about her best friend's death, she panics. The night the killer strikes again, also happens to be the night Alec, her older friend's gorgeous son, finally notices her. In a typical romance novel, this would be the part where the couple would fall in love, or into bed for the first time. Instead, the murderer strikes again, and Alec is determined to protect the woman he's secretly long admired. Alec quickly discovers Annalisse won't fall into his arms like most women. Soon they are swept into a flight for their lives, and the murderer is closing in. Whoever is after them believes the necklace belongs to them, and they'll kill to get it. The pace of the story moved along swiftly and drew me in from the first page. The suspense is well crafted and had me on the edge of my seat several times, wondering who was in on the conspiracy. The romance in this book was very solid. Occasionally, the back and forth banter reminded me of Old Hollywood films. Instead of feeling cheesy, it made Alec & Annalisse's interactions fun and sweet. I loved all the nods to history and the author's vivid description, which made for a lovely read. A sweeping romantic and often deadly adventure, Stolen Obsession is my new standard for excellent suspense fiction.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
The fabulous cover hints at the story inside and I do like when that happens. Doesn’t it peak your curiosity? Annaliise has lost one friend to the curse and she struggles to stop any more from being added to the tragedy. She’s determined to protect her friends, whether they believe in the curse or not. I love any twist on murder in my mystery and suspense/thriller reading, and Marlene M Bell supplies that in Stolen Obsession. Traveling through words are some of my favorite adventures. I go places I would never visit otherwise. So…are you ready for the journey? Annalise fights her attraction to Alex, but he is persistent and patient in his wooing of her, offering to help her on her mission to solve the mystery of the jewels. Annalise had suffered a great loss and protected her heart from more hurt. Of course, we know that can’t stand forever, seeing this is romantic suspense, but he will have to earn his way in. I can relate to him, because my Mr Wonderful was the same way. And we know how that ended. Their relationship developed in a realistic fashion, no instalove, but a familiar face appears in a new light for her. I won’t explain any more. You will need to read Stolen Obsession to find out more. I couldn’t help but crack up at the Art Lady. She carries Ms Smith, her trusty 38, because pepper spray doesn’t cut it for her and is only used for backup. Numerous times Marlene M Bell takes me to the brink of suspenseful tragedy, only to keep them safe and let me know there is more danger to come. I am very suspicious and she leads me to the edge of a cliff. I feel I’ll fall off, but she yanks me back from the precipice saying…not yet…but soon. I love that!!! I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Stolen Obsession by Marlene M Bell.