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"Susan Vaughan writes an intensely romantic thriller.... This is an excellent tale of people at their best and worst learning to work together through adversity." - The Romance Studio

"Primal Obsession is a first-class thriller with the author successfully throwing suspicion on all characters. The twists in the plot were both unpredictable and believable and will keep the reader riveted from the very first page....a class apart. A definite MUST READ!" - WRDF Review

From the Author

Writing Primal Obsession was a labor of love. To research the book, I went on a canoe and camping trip not too different from the one Annie embarks on. We had setbacks and even had to be rescued by a park ranger, but not from a vengeful murderer, thank goodness. If you enjoy this book, I hope you'll contact me through my website.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc. (Crimson Rose) (January 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601543905
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601543905
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,924,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I wanted to write as soon as I learned to read. I dabbled with stories and poems for years, but didn't start writing seriously until many years later. My favorite books have always been mysteries and romances, so the mix in romantic suspense was a natural. I love writing romantic suspense because it throws the hero and heroine together under extraordinary circumstances and pits them against a clever villain.
My books have been both a Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer's Choice Nominee and a finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award. Reviewers have called my books fast-paced, thrilling, action-packed, sizzling, and highly emotional. I am a West Virginia native but I have lived for many years on the coast of Maine.
For more information about my books, to enter my contest, and for my musings and news, please visit me at http://www.susanvaughan.com and http://www.facebook.com/susan.vaughan.author.

Customer Reviews

Great secondary characters.
Monica
You will wonder what happens at the turn of every page.
AmyM
It's a romance, a mystery, a thriller!
JS

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Noone on April 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
Annie Wylde is committed to honoring her friend by scattering her ashes in Maine's wilderness waters during a canoe trip the two had planned the year prior. The trip gives Annie a much needed break from her obsession about reporting on the serial killer who murdered her friend.
In a fast-paced adventure, Annie, a resolute city-girl reporter, leaves her comfort zone to face her fears on a trip that turns out to be the journey of her lifetime. Susan Vaughan pulls out all the stops in a highly sensual thriller that keeps the reader on alert for the entire book as she moves her heroine and hero through the life-changing wilderness trip.
Vaughan uses all the senses to weave a tale that launches the reader into the very canoe carrying Maine Guide Sam Kincaid and his paddling partner, Annie Wylde. An adept interlacing of baseball metaphors gives the reader a greater insight into the character of Sam, an injured major league ball player struggling to prove his worthiness and eventually his love for Annie. With equal skill in developing her characters, Vaughan provides an eerie look into the troubled mind of the killer as the villain ratchets up the tension of the wilderness expedition, fraying the nerves of the stalwart heroes.
Vaughan weaves the threads of an edge-of-your-seat must-read thriller with the emotional angst and blossoming relationship of the heroes. The tapestry of this riveting novel artfully displays a beautiful Maine setting as a backdrop to a chilling mystery, leading to a heroic ending and a satisfying happily-ever-after.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Lamb on August 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
Susan Vaughan's books should come with a warning: Do not read unless you have a large allotment of free time and no one cares if you slack on your chores. Primal Obsession deprived me of WAY too much sleep. My eyelids were drooping and vision blurring, and still I read on. I especially liked the way she dealt with hero Sam's past hand injury, showing his insecurities without making him weak in any way. Annie's the perfect heroine: strong yet feminine and never too stupid to live. And the Hunter ... well, he's just plain creepy. Add up hunky hero, strong heroine and creepy villain, all heading for a desperate face-off, and you've got the perfect romantic suspense.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By misty easter on March 22, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
First off the baseball references got real old...esp after the 50th one.
Second it was just to far out there to even come close to being believable. They were worried about hurting a deer while being chased by a killer. The fear that some writers capture just wasn't there for me.
I really liked the idea of the story but it just fell through for me.
I have read other books by this author and have enjoyed them so I continue to read her work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Wilson on February 2, 2014
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I'm not sure why so few people are reading this book (at least there are only 5 reviews so far), but this book surpassed all expectations I had. It was a good mystery; I mean, does it get any better than being trapped in the wilderness on an island with no way to communicate to the outside world that a killer is stalking them? I don't think so.

And the chemistry between Annie and Sam was sizzling! The two of them pairing up to bring out the best in each other was just incredible, and the city girl turns out to be quite handy in the woods. I love that she wasn't some weak female who went into some sort of crying jag and instead used her wits and brain instead of panicking!

I highly recommend this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Nix on March 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
Investigative Reporter Annie Wylde is taking to the woods to keep a promise to a friend who is the victim of a serial murderer Annie has nicknamed "The Hunter." She's going to scatter some of her friend's ashes, then examine her notes to see if there's anything she can do to help identify the monster who has been killing young women.

Annie is a city girl, however, and she's not really looking forward to this trip. What she doesn't expect on her wilderness vacation is Sam Kincaid, a former major leaguer who is now helping tourists fulfill their dreams of trekking into the wild.

After an accident leaves him unable to play baseball, Sam hopes that working in the family business will keep him on the straight and narrow. When he meets Annie he's instantly attracted, unfortunately she's not interested. After they've spent some time together, though, Annie warms up to Sam. Then strange things begin to happen and Annie wonders if The Hunter has followed her on her trip. For his part, Sam is worried about keeping Annie, and the rest of the tour group, safe and proving he can do something right.

Primal Obsession is full of interesting characters. I loved Annie's spunk and her loyalty to her slain friend. It's obvious she doesn't want to be on the trip, but she makes the best of it. For his part Sam is delicious and I wondered how Annie resisted as long as she did.

Susan Vaughan expertly weaves the investigation into the story, going between the wilderness trip and the city as we watch the story unfold. I did figure out the identity of the killer fairly early, but it did not detract from my enjoyment of this story.

Readers who like romantic suspense will enjoy Primal Obsession.

Amelia
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