3.5 stars out of 5
"I love you so much, Suzu, the mere thought of you with someone else crucified me. I couldn't cope with that. You're mine. My Suzu. Don't ever forget that."
Bat. Shit. Crazy. Obsession, perfectly titled by the way, is the first of Sophia Grey's Talisman series. What seems to be the perfect marriage between race car driver superstar Gabe and TV personality Suki is anything but. The Bridgewaters have an extremely dysfunctional marriage to say the least. The virgin bride at the tender age of 18 thought she had it all, the perfect marriage, the perfect life.
Josh Delaney makes his living by proving married women, or women in general it seems, cannot be trusted and will easily stray. He had no idea what or whom the next client would bring into his life or how it would turn it completely upside down.
This book was really quite disturbing. The level in which Gabe stooped to attain total and complete control over his wife was demented at best. It takes a special brand of evil to not only do the things he did but to also be able to justify it in ones own mind. Suzi has only one true friend and she just so happens to be the wife of Gabe's number one rival in the world of race car, this of course only fuels him further. There are lots of twists and turns plus surprising revelations in this book that made good for quite the page turner.
If I had one complaint, it would be the paranormal element. Good looks and charm for days aside, what also makes Josh so good at his job is his psychic ability to read the emotions and thoughts of these women that he pursues. Also, he has a reoccurring dream that he can't make sense of and a pull towards an old home that he can't explain either. Those things coupled with a bizarre scene between he and a character named Dante and the mysterious talisman around his wrist struck intrigued the paranormal lover in me. That being said, even as I got to the end of the book, I still had more questions than answers. Not to say all should have been revealed, this is to be a series after all, but I would have liked a little more insight so this mystery man. All that aside, am I looking forward to book 2? Damn straight.