5 out of 5 stars
"You don't deserve a man that wants to break you."
It isn't all that difficult to see a pattern in my book preferences. I love paranormal of course, urban fantasy as well. I also love and everything "rock star". Therefore, when I saw this cover featuring a rock star with angel wings ink, it was a no brainer, win/win (even though this isn't paranormal). Books featuring rockers seem to be exploding right now. You have your choice of sweet rocker contemporary romance, rocker kink erotica and everything in between. And then there's Obsession.
I can't say that it's perfectly written. There are some editing issues and even a cliché here and there. The word "arse" alone is enough to drive me to drinking. That being said, at the end of the day, I don't care. Even attempting to write this review has brought back the emotional roller coaster this book took me on. I can't recall the last time I've cried so hard or been so enraptured by one single character. This book is as brilliant and bold as it is controversial. It isn't for everyone and in some instances, it could possibly anger some readers. While there is a strong BDSM element throughout, this isn't your typical wild night with a rocker in his playroom kind of book.
Gabriel is a dark, damaged man. He's also talented, highly intelligent and stunning. He keeps a low profile and with good reason given that he is "public enemy #1. That same man is also loving, attentive and for lack of a better term, needy. He needs security, he needs to know where he stands, he needs control. When he is taken by an innocent beauty at a local coffee shop, he sits, and he waits. Nothing will stop him from having her, just as he wants her. Noel is unaware of his presence, his longing, but not for long. A spilled cup of coffee will change both of their lives forever.
He's lost, broken and is laced with such intensity that you can't help but be pulled in. He's an addiction in his own right and she can't help but drown in him, even when she knows she's in over her head. Granted, their attraction was instant but at the same time, Noel had her reservations, her concerns and so for me, their relationship was believable, not as "fairytale" as many insta-love type of books. They have their silly moments, where they can laugh and genuinely just be together but their relationship is also turbulent, they have a lot of issues to workout between them.
Obsession is the first of the Darkness Falls series by Ivory Quinn. It touches on both sensitive social and religious issues as well as graphic sex scenes. This story is about control, both losing it, gaining it and in some ways, having it yanked away. It's beautiful, dark, inspiring and tragic.