Title: The Obsession
Author: Nora Roberts
Genre: Romance/Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Summary (from Goodreads)
Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous.
Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.
Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.
One to the things that continually draws me to Nora Roberts’ books is that her romance stories read more like suspense novels with a very detailed tale. I’ve also come to find that I’m forever scarred from listening to audiobooks by other authors, because in my opinion, Nora Roberts has some of the best narrators.
Unfortunately, this one fell a bit short for me compared to her other works. For starters, Xander read as a weak character to me (in the sense of his story and point) and I also wasn’t always a fan of his interactions with Naomi. Normally with a Nora Roberts romantic suspense novel this is a very dramatic ending and it will take me almost the whole story to figure out the bad guy. I figured it out quite easily with this book and the ending was somewhat anti-climatic in my opinion.
Now, there were also quite a few good aspects to this book. Naomi for example is a character you can relate to and love. Not to mention her family is awesome! Her brother and uncles truly help to define her and I wouldn’t have minded seeing more of them in the story. In keeping with Naomi, I really enjoyed her being a photographer (and how it played into the overall story), the remodeling of the big house (which introduced some other characters that I enjoyed) and the dog. Naturally, I LOVED the dog! The premise for the story was also interesting and makes you wonder if you can really ever escape your past. So while this doesn’t rank up there as one of my favorites from Nora, it was still an enjoyable read.