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The Obsidian Collection Paperback – June 23, 2014
"This is an eclectic mix of romance stories you'll want to read again and again!" ~ Kelly from Kelly Smith Reviews
About the Author
Rebel Adams is writer and lover of good prose, better cigars, well-aged whiskey and fine women - and not always in that order.
#1 Bestseller in Witches and Wizards Romance and award-winner, Scarlett Dawn is the author of the Forever Evermore new adult fantasy series, which include King Hall and King Cave. She lives in the Midwest, adores her music loud, and her fries covered in melted cheese.
Bev Elle is the author of sweet and spicy, contemporary romance. She's a lover of books-those already written, and those she harbors in her very active imagination. Amazon bestseller,
Nicole Flockton is an Australian living in Texas. Nicole writes sexy contemporary romances which seduce you one kiss at a time. When she's not busy writing, she's attempting to keep up with two active children and a busy husband.
Lara Henley is originally from Oklahoma, but has lived in several places. She began writing in 2009 when she had a dream about a little girl traveling with her grandmother.
NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author, Missy Johnson lives in a small town in Central Victoria, Australia, with her husband and her confused pets - a dog who think she's a cat, a cat who thinks he's a dog...you get the picture.
Angel Lawson lives with her family in Atlanta and has a lifelong obsession with creating fiction from reality, either with paint or words. On a typical day you can find her writing, reading, plotting her escape from the zombie apocalypse and trying to get the glitter out from under her nails.
t. h. snyder lives in Central PA where she works full-time for a local business/technical school. To date she has published: The Touch Series (NA Romance), Pierced Love (YA Romance), Cursed Love, Cursed #1 (Erotic Romance), and My Dirty Little Valentine.
Emily Walker loves creating worlds and stumbling around in them. Currently a resident of the mountains and loving the view, she writes mostly paranormal fiction and horror.
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Top Customer Reviews
Just one look at the battered form of Whitney Geddings awakens a
fierce protective instinct in Detective Jackson Ogden…but at what
Obsidian Heart by Nicole Flockton
Will Erika’s holiday fling with Brandt bring him out of the shadows, or is his heart destined for darkness?
Obsidian Sky by Lara Henley
When military man, Brandon Michaels, comes home to a town he no
longer recognizes, his salvation may rest in Arabella Knight, a woman
who has secrets that no one knows.
Obsidian Desire by t.h. snyder
Can one chivalrous act change Tyler Jones, a coldhearted man, or will desire burn through his soul and change him forever?
As I sit here trying to find the words to write this review, I am completely aware that writing fiction is a skill. I should imagine that when you have to fit an entire story into novella size, that the skill is magnified disproportionately.
The stories I picked to review don’t just deal with fluff and hope that you, as the reader, buy into it. Some difficult topics are covered – domestic abuse, PTSD, betrayal and loss.
And yet despite this, the stories all have well developed, engaging and strong characters.
In some ways, the real beauty with a novella is that the author dives right in. That is true for each of these books. For me, the 4 tales on which this review is based, were the best out of the 9. That’s not to say that the others weren’t decent, just that the writing style of these suited me better. But that, in my view, is the beauty of a collection like this.
If i had to choose, I would say that Obsidian Heart was my favourite, with characters I would happily read about in a full length novel. The score reflects the collection overall.
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
“Get the story, and get out. Easy enough, and yet I kept f***ing it up.”
OBSIDIAN LIQUOR is a super fun and super sexy novella with just enough edgy darkness. I mean, who hasn’t had a rough day, gone to the bar for a drink to relax, had one ten too many, and woken up in bed with a hot, alpha, Russian mob boss with a penchant for violence. Okay, maybe not the last part. A girl can dream!
I kind of struggled with the press/ reporter aspect of the story, perhaps I was just in the mood for some more of the juicy sex scenes. Overall, I great time reading the story, especially the searing chemistry between Beth and Daniil. The humorous moments in the story kept me smiling and balanced out the violence and darkness perfectly. Though the novella has a complete and satisfying ending, I would love to se more of this couple (hint, hint!). I’ll definitely be reading the other stories in the collection.
“He was trouble, but he was the delicious darkness you slipped into freely.”
*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Obsidian Escape by Rebel Adams is a story about Whitney Geddings and Detective Jackson Ogden. Whitney was badly abused by her husband and Jackson is the detective assigned to her case. Jackson is a widow and has put everything he has into his job after losing his wife to cancer. Something about Whitney has awakened a part of Jackson that he thought would lie dormant the remainder of his life. Jackson knew it was wrong to want Whitney for many reasons. Two being that she was married and that he wasn’t supposed to get involved with a victim from a case. Will that be enough to keep Jackson from denying the connection he feels towards her?
“The mere thought of wrapping his arms around Whitney Geddings and her resting her head into the crook of his neck had done something to him. Something that no other victim has ever done to him before.”
Obsidian Liquor by Scarlett Dawn was one of my favorites of them all. Elizabeth Forter is a reporter and will anything she has to in order to get the story, including taking an assignment that is beneath her pay grade in hopes of getting an inside scoop for a bigger story. Daniil Kozar is the head of the Russian mafia and will protect his family with any means necessary, including keeping the reporters at bay. In an effort to keep Elizabeth away from his family, Daniil has drinks with her and things get hot and heavy. Will these two be able to resist one another after such a wild and crazy one night stand or will this unlikely couple walk away without a second glance?
“Slowly, I turned my head to face Daniil. He was staring at me. Like a shark. A death angel with shark eyes. He wanted to take me down under in the most sinful, carnal way. Somewhere, Dad was screaming a prayer, because I was drowning. More than willing.”
Obsidian Faith by Bev Elle is an incredibly beautiful story! It pulled at every heartstring I had and I absolutely loved it! Trevor Kyle and Shanice Bailey form a strong bond as children when they were both wards of the state and ended up at the same children’s home. Trevor knew he was getting too old to be adopted but had high hopes for Shanice. Luck would have it that these two were both adopted and were able to grow up together because their adopted parents were close friends and lived nearby. More tragedy strikes Trevor that landed him in the custody of a sorry excuse of a man and later cost Trevor his freedom. Shanice fell in love with Trevor over the years. Will her faith and love be enough to endure the challenges laid before them?
“You put your complete trust and confidence in me the first day we met, but I’ve held myself away from you, because everyone else in my life has left me. I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea that you would never forsake me until last week.”
Obsidian Heart by Nicole Flockton is a hot and steamy tale of Erika and Brandt. Brandt owns his own resort and has been burned badly in the past causing him to give up hope on love. Erika paid for a vacation at a resort in hopes to rekindle the flame she has with her boyfriend to find herself all alone right before the trip was planned. Erika decides to go alone and enjoy the vacation she paid for. From the moment Erika and Brandt first laid eyes on one another, the attraction was hot. Both figured a little vacation fun would not be the worst idea. Will the short steamy vacation be enough to quench their desires or will it leave them wanting more?
“Her heart skipped a beat and warmth pooled between her legs. The man should come with a warning. He’d only winked at her; how the hell would she react if he kissed her? She wouldn’t mind if he did.”
Obsidian Sky by Lara Henley was another great story and I loved it. Brandon Michaels is coming home after being at war in Afghanistan. When he returns, his small town has grown quite a bit. Arabella Knight left a life behind that she could never return to. When she was young, she met a blue eyed boy that she still dreamed about in her adult life. Brandon’s friends take him out for a welcome home night out when he lays eyes on Arabella. There is something about her that is familiar and he just can’t shake the feeling. Brandon has changed some but Arabella would recognize those blue eyes anywhere. Will their dark pasts haunt them or will these two have a chance at real happiness together?
“The eyes that pierced my soul the day I saw him in that store; they burned in my head almost every waking moment. I’d dream of them looking at me. There hasn’t been another boy would could compare to him.”
Obsidian Ice by Missy Johnson is the sweetest and hottest book! I loved Cam and Eric! Cam disappointed his family by not following in the family legacy by becoming a lawyer. Instead, he went into the medical field to follow his own dreams. However, he did make them happy by being in a ten year relationship with Lucinda, daughter of his parents’ best friends. The only thing was that Cam was living a lie. How could he come out of the closet and tell his family that he was gay? He had never acted on his feelings but Eric Langdon changed all of that! Eric was a surgeon that Cam was interning for. Will Eric give Cam the strength he needs to come clean with his family?
“Holy…wow. I was speechless. Kissing Eric was so different to every other kiss I’d experienced. It was so raw and powerful, so full of emotion and vulnerability.”
Obsidian Jewel by Angel Lawson is a story about Maya Clarke and Malcolm Kent. They both lived in a seedy world being professional thieves. They had been on opposite teams on different jobs and at one point, had been lovers. The last time they were together, Malcolm burned Maya big time. Now they were working together for a big job for the FBI. The same heat is between them but Maya isn’t trying to fall for Malcolm’s games again. Will the adrenaline and passion of working together cause the spark to rekindle or will Maya get her pack back for Malcolm burning her before?
“’You know how much it turns me on when you’re angry.’ ‘You’re ridiculous.’ He gives her a handsome, lazy grin. ‘A man’s gotta try.’”
Obsidian Desire by t..h. Snyder is a great story about two lost souls. Tyler put up a solid wall around his heart when his wife suddenly walked out of his life without any explanation as to why. His coworkers decided that Tyler needed a night out to loosen up and try to have some fun at the local bar. Saige was having a bad day and that all changed walking into the local bar and leaving with a hot and sexy stranger. A simple one night stand, right? I would say yes except three years down the road, Saige is devastated after finding her fiancé in bed with her best friend and runs right into her sexy stranger. What will become of these two strangers now that they have been reunited under bad circumstances? Will Tyler keep his wall up or take a chance on Saige?
“It’s been three years since I spent a night with her. Three long years, where all I could do was compare my life without my beautiful stranger. Now, she’s here again, standing mere inches from my body and I’m frozen.”
Obsidian Beauty by Emily Walker was another favorite. Abigail Rivers spend ten years in jail protecting the man that said he would wait for her. Benton moved on with his life and left Abigail to fend for herself. Heartbroken and shattered, Abigail forms an unlikely bond with a local law enforcer by the name of Scott to help her with her plan of revenge. Scott and Abigail together are hilarious. She cannot seem to hold her tongue in front of him and he seems to enjoy riling her up. Will Abigail get her revenge and move past her heartbreak?
“’I am for three reasons only. One, I don’t know the area well. Two, I might need protection if things get hairy. And three, you look good in that uniform.’ Why did she say that? Now he was smiling like the Cheshire Cat.”
Some stories were better than others but I truly enjoyed reading them all. There are lots of hot and steamy moment, lots of teary eyed moments, and lots of laughter. I highly recommend this collection for anyone looking for a set of great books! 1-click it today!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked each of these stories, some more than others. Obsidian Faith: An awesome story.Read more
I wanted to read this book strictly for T.H. Snyder's story and she did not disappoint!Read more
Battered Whitney Geddings and Detective Jackson Ogden...at what price? well i paid to skip the second 1/2, or more of this one. i'm a realist.Read more