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Limerence (The Obsession Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This. Isn't. Twilight. And that's a really, really good thing.
At first glance, Riley's novel is an "erotically charged" novel that just happens to have vampires; but even saying "erotically charged" feels wrong (and sort of dirty...but in the good way.) That changes once the first dead body appears on the page (and don't worry; you don't have to wait too long.) What follows is a sensual fable of lust, desire, sex, love and how they all come together. And that sometimes, they don't go hand-in-hand.
Riley breathes refreshing life into Mia Lawrence, a likeably flawed protagonist, likeable mostly because of her acknowledgement and self-awareness of her many flaws; although she's engaged and happily in love, she finds herself mysteriously drawn to Mr. Breckt. Breckt is the dark, dashing stranger that forms the backbone of gothic romance novels like this, but there's a problem: Breckt (like the novel) is more dangerous than Mia could ever imagine...and more dangerous than this reader imagined too.
By moving the narrative voice between Mia and Breckt (and occasionally some other characters too), Riley creates a compelling cast and a dark, twisted narrative. We're forced to care for Mia because of what we know (and what she doesn't), but we WANT to care for her; Mia's struggles embody the battle between ego, superego and id that vampires play in modern fiction. And Breckt...well, I'm glad that I didn't like him; Riley's vampire is less Edward Cullen and more akin to the psychological torture and uncomfortable sexuality that most people forget about when they think of Wuthering Heights. And it really works for this book.Read more ›
The arrival of a mysterious Mr Breckt to the Island ruins Mia and Oliver's chances for a happy future. Even though Mia knows she loves Oliver, she can't help falling for the charming and irresistible Mr Breckt. But the appearance of this stranger is followed by a few people disappearing, and Mia's fiancé Oliver is among them.
LIMERENCE is written in the present-tense first person POVs, mainly Mia's and Mr Breckt's. I really enjoyed reading about Mia who is so passionate and vulnerable, yet strong at the same time. I admired her love for Oliver who is my second favorite character in this book.
Claire Riley's prose is descriptive but not overwritten, which is very important. I could easily visualize everything I was reading about. Here is a short piece where Mr Breckt is being introduced into the story, which I like a lot:
"As if on cue, a man steps out of the shadows of a side doorway. A doorway that up until that moment I hadn't even noticed. He's young and handsome. With a chiselled firm jaw, and perfect shaped mouth. His hair is dark and thick, styled and yet unruly, as if unwilling to be tamed. He's of medium height and build, but in the suit and tie that he's wearing he commands everyone's attention."
It's a great read aimed at 17+ readers. I really look forward to reading LIMERENCE II: Mia! I want to find out what happens next.
We watch as our heroine Mia, who is desperately in love with her fiancé Oliver, fight the compulsion and attraction to one of the most beautiful and seductive men she has ever met. But Robert Breckt is not what he appears to be. His desires, his needs, his body and his soul want Mia and no one else. This is not a story of one's man burning love for the female of his dreams, but one man's obsession with the only woman he cannot have or control.
Throughout the storyline we are pulled in as Mia's relationship with her fiancé falters when the building compulsion to find Mr. Breckt interferes in their daily lives and, we watch as Oliver sets into motion a series of events in which everyone will suffer in the end.
LIMERENCE is a well-written, engaging, obsessively dark and fascinating storyline of obsession, love and revenge. Limerence is the story of Mia's transformation from a loving human female to a predator without any remorse.
"I'm a vampire."
"I'm not going to be the good girl any longer."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a wonderful story! There were plenty of twists and turns that kept me on my toes. The story flows well and the characters are completely wonderful. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Kindle Customer
From the beginning to the end, I was enraptured by each chapter. Scared shi#less at times, cursing out loud a lot, heart broken once, where I almost threw the book across the room... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mama Mac
I don't know what I was expecting when I started to read this book. It took me a while to get into this, I thought it was a bit slow at time. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kate Stoke-on-Trent
Mia loves her fiancé with her whole heart, but she is drawn to Mr Breckt (her fiancé's boss) She is constantly thinking about him. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jade!
A vampire book with brains! I loved this book and cant wait to sink my teeth into the second one.Published 16 months ago by Kindle Customer
Limerence by Claire C Riley is a love story with a dark twist, it was everything I expect from Claire’s writing. I am huge Claire C Riley, and Limerence did not disappoint. Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 2014 by Jessica S.
I've just finished and maybe I should wait and write a review since my emotions are all over the place but I can't, I need to get it all out of me now! Read morePublished on 27 May 2014 by Maribel Z.
I bought this book as I'd read Odium by the same author. I often find if I like the way a book is written I'll enjoy other books by the author. This did not disappoint. Read morePublished on 20 April 2014 by Dorothy Cannon
This started really, really, well - had me gripped as the tension and intrigue between Mia and Robert built up...and I couldn't put it down! Read morePublished on 17 April 2014 by Boxie
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