- File Size: 1766 KB
- Print Length: 229 pages
- Publisher: NineStar Press (December 4, 2017)
- Publication Date: December 4, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077GKTBWQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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SPOILERS THROUGHOUT REVIEW
It was really, really hard for me to write a review for this book! If I reviewed it just as a story, I'd give it closer to four stars--the tension had me white-knuckled and on the edge of my seat. You really don't know which character is of sound mind, which character is lying, which character is hiding something. You know it can't end well, but you don't know how until the climax.
If you're looking for a romance, I'd say skip this, even though there are genuinely romantic parts. That's what makes the story so confusing. We start with Nick, who is working a dead-end server job to support his sick sister. We know he has a dark past, but for most of the book, we don't know exactly what he's been running from. When he meets Claude, a ridiculously wealthy suitor who calls him "Christian" (which, red flag much?), he sinks slowly into a relationship riddled with both luxury and abuse. No punches are pulled here--Claude is mentally and physically abusive towards Nick as well as a rapist--but poor Nick is in so deep that he doesn't know how to leave. As the extravagant vacations and shopping trips increase, so does our dread for this poor dude.
I devoured this book quickly because I thought it was a queer version of a classic "scorned lover" thriller. I was drawn to Nick's friend Eric, who seemed to just want to support Nick, and I thought we'd get a happy, victorious ending with Claude getting what was coming to him. Now, I'm not about to tell an author how to write a story. But as both a romance and thriller lover, I was sorely disappointed by the climax and ending of the book.
My biggest issue was turning chill, pot-smoking Eric into a Latino gang mastermind who befriended Nick for four years only to stab him in the back and blackmail him into running drugs. I mean, four years?! Pretending to care for Nick's little sister? It was so ridiculous that I immediately lost steam after this happened. All bets were off, and a dark thriller was turning into a farce. It took what could've been a fresh take on a classic genre and made it silly--and slightly racist.
For me, the only satisfying ending would've been Claude's death at Nick's hands. Whatever happened between point A and B would be fine, but that was the only ending I could get behind. The fact that Nick even entertained the idea of someday seeing Claude again--the man who raped, kidnapped, and abused him--made me sick to my stomach, especially since it seemed like it was supposed to be a happy ending.
I get what Theophilia St. Claire is going for, and I like it. She's doing something dark and taboo with a genre over-saturated in sweetness. She's also a very capable thriller writer who knows how to ratchet up the tension. I just didn't find this to be a satisfying read as a whole.
What an incredibly intriguing twisted book. I was never sure where exactly this story was going or if I was really even liking it. I am still confused on how I feel about both of the MC's. So...
See I feel like if I say too much I will give a lot of the twists this story has away. I think I am gonna have to keep it short.
Nick has a rough past that he is trying to get away from. He works at a bar serving drinks to keep himself on the straight and to help pay for his sister's treatments. His sister Amy is 16 and has leukemia. They have a really tight bond and Nick will do anything for her. He has only one friend named Eric who works at the bar with him. He is still having a crappy go at life and doesn't see things getting much better. That is until an attractive man in an expensive suit grabs onto his arm and calls him, Christian.
Claude may have money and all the finer things life can offer him, but his upbringing was no cake walk. His father has been molding him since a young age to take over his boating company and his father has never made it easy on him. He loves his company more than his son and shows it with every sneer and complaint he aims at Claude. For the past year Claude has been mourning the loss of his lover Christian who left him for another man. He can't believe his eyes and luck when he finds Christian working in a bar while he's there meeting someone for business. But it's Nick who he believes is his past lover and no matter how many times Nick tells him his name Claude just shakes it off. He refuses to see Nick when all he can see is Christian.
Even though Claude believes Nick is his past lover Nick continues to sleep and have a relationship with this man. And the relationship is obviously unhealthy and gets even more twisted and unhealthier as the book goes. Obsession is the perfect title for this book because both men show signs of it for one another. There is even some Stockholm Syndrome going on as well. I won't go into anymore of that because that right there might have given too much away.
This was a gritty and at moments a hard read. I just couldn't put it down no matter how messed up it got. It was nothing really shocking for my jaded butt, but I am sure some will be uncomfortable with some of the things that take place in this book.
Did I say I was going to keep it short? LOL
Happy reading dolls! xx
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