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An Unexpected Obsession Paperback – December 9, 2010
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An avid reader, animal lover, devourer of guacamole and storyteller, Heidi Hall is the author of An Unexpected Obsession, A Dose of Reality and the upcoming Assassins Anonymous series. She attended Arizona State University and makes her home in the Valley of the Sun with her husband and two pampered pets.
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This book is all around puzzling. It HAS all the elements for a GREAT book. He's a big actor, she's a "normal" person college professor but a book author who's VERY successful and has her own millions in the bank. So she's rich on her own which is always a plus in Hollywood type of books. She's beautiful, smart, nice and feisty enough to defend herself up against his groupie fans and costars. But... it's just eh. It just falls flat on potential.
Ava's trusty best friend even spells out the potential in Ava and her relationship with Cameron in those terms (she's gorgeous, rich and classy...HELLO! She fits in with his life and he's crazy about her). But it just doesn't show any of that.
I personally love it when the H/H met and move life along. I hate all the torrid, do I fall for you/do I resist you BS in most romance novels. But this book is ironic. With the shameless plug (Ms. Hall commented on when is sex in novels too much thread) and THIS book is 90% sex. Maybe it was a plug or maybe it wasn't but I was interested and I agreed with her comment so I wanted to see if her book lived up to what she said. There is a hunger in passion between the H and H but ZERO love. It's all lust. Sex has lead to many long and loving relationships but Ava and Cameron aren't one of those couples.
The relationship between Ava and Cameron is pretty much how I'd imagine porn stars operate. They meet, get names and get to... for lack of a better word screwing on repeat having no deep conversations or get to know you's. I get the idea of them meeting and having this crazy, intense obsession chemistry and passion but they NEVER talk. They don't have any conversations of substance. The only times they even have short conversations are during the sex. Which is kind of normal but weird since outside of sex they don't speak very much.
That made the beginning weird and I hoped it would progress from that but it didn't. Less talk, more screwing. Then of course as with most books where the hero is a celebrity his agent/manager/PR person has a problem with the heroine and does all he or she (in this case he) can to break them up and succeeds. The breakup was a bit lame and unnecessary for a 3 month separation.
Ava can handle Cameron's life so this book could have been SOOOO much better. There is just no real love story here. They just fall in "love" because the sex is so off the wall and passionate(at least that's completely how it comes off).
We get it Ms. Hall, they are great in bed. Duly noted after they went 4 rounds after knowing each other for about 10 hours. But there was SO much potential here! Ava's rich and beautiful and smart. She has it in spades up against all his costars who are rich but dumb and immature.
But outside there's no connection. Ava and Cameron are HEAD OVER HEELS in LUST with each other. Lust as if they could seriously be "the greatest lust story every told" not love, but lust. But I wish I had felt the love.
1 star for having them rectify their issues decently and moving the pacing along (they didn't dance around their feelings). They didn't dance around anything but having meaningful conversations. They jump into bed right off. LITERALLY right off but there's little substance here.
As far as "hot" sex scenes this is not the book for you if you think I'm just not liking the sex. The sex (and it was sex not "making love") isn't hot because they talk and that's more realistic and there's not nasty dialogue so it's just the tab to slot type of scenes with a mini convo in it.
The ending was so rushed. At that point, Ms. Hall just tossed in everything imaginable she could think of. A almost hit and run, a pregnancy and not telling the guy, Ava being slutty and being in love with Cameron while trying to "feel" something for another guy, just everything.
2 stars for the potential that was here. 1 + 2 = 3 stars total.
If I could give this book a grade I give it a C. Just average. It qualified as a romance novel and just passed the "passing" marks. It didn't scratch the surface to earn it a B and it didn't go above and beyond in making Ava and Cameron and their story really great so it definitely didn't earn an A.
On a grammar note: the tense in this book is just weird. It's 1st person with Ava narrating then it switches to Cameron in 3rd person. It made for confusing with no page break or point of view indicators. In my opinion the whole thing would have been better in 3rd person instead of the switching back and forth.
Overall, just average C work. Could have been an A but like a child in school with SO much potential but simple does just what needs to be done to get by and pass, Ms. Hall just didn't push herself to go the extra mile with this potential she had in this book.
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