Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Deadly Obsession by April Hunt

Get ready for an adrenaline rush as a CSI agent and her childhood crush track a killer in this "romantic suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat" (Lori Foster, New York Times bestselling author).

After a lifetime spent in and out of hospitals, Zoey Wright is tired of playing it safe. She's ready to take charge of her own life and get out of her comfort zone, starting with a new job as a CSI agent. But when her childhood crush Knox Steele gets pulled onto her case, Zoey needs to put her feelings for him aside or more women will die at the hands of the serial killer preying on her hometown.

Former Army Ranger Knox Steele is back in Washington to help his brothers open an elite private security firm. He never expected to stumble onto a crime scene, or see his best friend's little sister working it. Zoey is all grown up now, and the attraction between them is electric, despite his best efforts to resist it. But all that changes for Knox when he realizes the victims have one thing in common... and Zoey might be next.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Romance
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Knox is back home for the first time in a few years and not many people are "excited" about it. While his family is coming to terms with the fact that Knox was able to stay away so long, Knox is contemplating whether or not he's going to stay or take a job 3000 miles away. But despite being back home, his best friend's sister, Zoey, is not an easy woman to forget.

Zoey has lived her life in and out of hospitals due to a heart condition. Now that she's finally an adult and on the mend, she has taken a job that she has always wanted. She is right in the thick of things when a serial killer decides to take up residence in her city.

Zoey has to contend with overprotective family and friends, her own insecurities, and a feeling that something just isn't quite right. When Knox comes waltzing back in her life, she can't help but want to be a little careless – reckless even – with her body and heart. She never really got over Knox and even though she is warned off by several people, she can't help her feelings or the chemistry that zings between her and Knox.

You have several storylines in this book. A lot is happening and while I enjoyed it all, I thought that Knox's story was somewhat lacking. He stayed away, but you never truly know why, other than he was not in a good space. Then you have his relationship with his brothers and his best friend, Cade. Zoey is trying to figure out who she is as an adult. We catch glimpses of her finding herself, but then she's flung back into the meek woman who needs protecting. Finally, you throw in the dynamic of his brothers’ new business venture and it's just a lot going on.

This was a great story, if somewhat predictable. You can guess the killer fairly easily, but it doesn't detract from the story at all. I can't wait for the next book, as it seems incredibly interesting already given the dynamic between the two characters for the next one, seen in book one.

April blames her incurable chocolate addiction on growing up in rural Pennsylvania, way too close to America’s chocolate capital, Hershey. She now lives in Virginia with her college sweetheart husband, two young children, and a cat who thinks she’s a human-dog hybrid. On those rare occasions she’s not donning the cape of her children’s personal chauffer, April’s either planning, plotting, or writing about her next alpha hero and the woman he never knew he needed, but now can’t live without.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Deadly Obsession (Steele Ops #1) by April Hunt to read and review.

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