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5.0 out of 5 stars Major League romantic writing, 2 Feb. 2002
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The good news is that Ivy Pennington life seems to be on the up and up. She has a budding career as a Medical Doctor on an emergency Unit, a loving and close knit family and has just moved into a new apartment. The bad news is she has a surly new neighbour that she finds dangerously attractive and seems to have become the personal obsession of a serial rapist that strikes once a month and leaves his devastated victims broken and scarred for life.
I have found Ms Andersen's books a bit hit and miss up until now, with the most entertaining and seriously sexy, "Exposure" and the most disappointing utterly irritating "Head over Heels", but "Obsessed" has at last put her up in the 'Major League' with writers that know their stuff such as Karen Roberts, Linda Howard ('Mr Perfect') and Karen Robards ('Paradise County'). Here she sacrifices some of her perky humor in favor of drama and tension and it has absolutely paid off. This is a 'real' novel not just a sassy titbit. It examines 'obsession' in all it's guises: Ivy's obsession with her career and saving people, our hero, D'Ambruzzui's obsession with control and trust and a somewhat curious (and sadly underdeveloped) obsession of one family member for another. All of this built around a pyscopathic obsession that threatens them all. We learn fairly early on the identity of the serial rapist, but the tension is ever present as to who and how he will attack his next victim. Andersen doesn't shy away from deliveving her trademark explicit don't-hold-the-blushes sex scenes but manages to also examine dark and sinister themes at the same time.
Rape is a serious subject and although this is far from a 'case study' Andersen with a few exceptions, strikes a good balance between keeping the book entertaining without titilating and respectful without being morose - she has at last written a sizzling high calibar romantic thriller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars obsessively good, 21 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Obsessed (Mass Market Paperback)
Read via library. Note written 1993 and re released. Good thriller with romance. I liked vincent & empathise with his betrayal & lack of trust & how they coloured his outlook on romance & relationships. Also his job affected his outlook. Made for gritty story. I quite liked ivy at the end as had found her tiresome, demanding & intolerant from the beginning. She mellowed a bit. I enjoyed this story which was fast paced and held my attention. It was disturbing at times but c'est la vie. Recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read in 24hrs....actually less!, 13 Jun. 2011
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This book was excellent. Had a bit of everything. Couldn't put it down and get on with housework etc!! Felt this book had substance to the story.
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