Monday, July 12, 2010

Dark Obsession

Title: Dark Obsession
Author: Sydney Somers
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
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ISBN: 978-1-60504-978-6
Genre: [M/F] Paranormal
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Rae McAvoy takes her job as team leader very seriously and isn’t interested in allowing anything to get in the way of destroying as many demons as possible, all while keeping her team members safe. What she doesn’t need is inference by her sexy-as-sin ex, Parker, but if doing one last job together will get him out of her life permanently, she’s willing to put up with the aggravation. Unfortunately for Rae, Parker isn’t her only problem. She and her team have been assigned the job of finding a rogue scientist who’s kidnapping children for genetic manipulation experiments…….and that man is her father.

Parker has never forgotten the love and passion he felt for Rae and knows that it was his own darkness that drove her away. He’s unwilling to give up on her and is determined to remind her of how good they were as a couple, every chance he gets. The more they’re thrown together, the higher their mutual desire spirals until it explodes into passion and need. When secrets from their pasts come to light, Rae and Parker either have to control the threat or take the risk of being consumed by a darkness that will destroy them.

Dark Obsession is the fourth release in Sydney Somers action-packed paranormal series Shadow Destroyers. While reading the previous three releases would be beneficial, you can certainly read this book as a standalone without difficulty.

Once again Ms. Somers has written a story that grabs the reader’s attention from the first page and keeps it until the very last word. The characters of Rae and Parker are well developed and interesting, each with enough past history and personal family baggage to sink any relationship. On the surface, they seemingly don’t have a chance of reconciliation. Yet their almost constant struggle with bitterness, hostility and distrust doesn’t stop the pull—the desire they feel for each other. These two people have gone through so much in their lives, separately and together, that you can’t help rooting for them to find a way back into each other’s arms. On their own, they’re lonely and a little heartbroken but together they’re intense, alive and sizzling with passion.

While I love the ongoing storyline, with its past hurts, death, betrayal and demon slaying, the people of the story and their intertwined relationships is where the author excelled. And I don’t just mean with the primary characters of Rae and Parker. She’s done an equally nice job of seamlessly interjecting characters from the previous releases, blending their lives, hurts and joys into the present story. One person I’d like to know more about is Linc and what part he actually plays in the ‘gatekeeper’ prophesy. I have a feeling that when he gets drawn more fully into the story that the action and danger is only going to get more violent and intense. I look forward to the next release.

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