I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Deadly Obsession by Maggie Shayne
Series: Brown and de Luca #4
Published by Harlequin MIRA on November 25, 2014
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense
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A cold-blooded killer with a burning obsession…
Rachel de Luca has a bad feeling about the new woman in Detective Mason Brown's life, the nurse taking care of him after he's injured in the line of duty. She'd like to think it's just jealousy, but intuition tells her it's something more, maybe something dangerous.
Mason knows Rachel's wary of commitment, and asking her to stay when he's in this condition would be the worst thing for their relationship. Then they receive chilling news that drives everything else from their minds.
Mason's psychotic sister-in-law has escaped from custody, putting her sons — the nephews he's raising — in the crosshairs. When his house is burned to the ground, he and Rachel are relieved that there are no bodies in the smoldering rubble, but now his nephews are missing and the clock is ticking.
As Mason and Rachel try to find the boys, she senses a new and unexpected danger stalking them. Soon, everyone close to Mason is in deadly peril — Rachel more than anyone….
It’s no secret that I love this series. This story does everything to keep my love in place!!
First of all, I find fatal attraction-ish stories appealing on so many levels, especially when they’re done well. Mason Brown hires the nurse from hell to help with his needed home care following his hero life saving rescue of two children from a burning fire. Rachel’s paranormal instincts (she calls it NFP for “not “&)#% psychic) go into overdrive the first time she meets her but Mason’s a little slow to properly react.
Things get even dicier when Marie Brown, Mason’s institutionalized sister-in-law, starts going off the rails. As guardian of his two nephews, Mason’s concerned that she’ll somehow connect with them.
I could not put this book down and fortunately, being on a 5-hour road trip, I didn’t have to! My heart was in my throat for so much of the story because everyone was at risk. Shayne doesn’t always protect her main characters (i.e., Mason’s injuries at the start of the story) so you can’t count on that to ease the suspense. The nurse was truly whacko but in a pretty delicious way if you are drawn to this type storyline. I was actually sad to reach my destination as I had about an hour more of reading to go:)
When you’re ready to start this book, make sure you’ve got plenty of time to read it in one sitting or you’ll regret it. There’s not too much mystery as we know the bad guys but there’s plenty of suspense to make up for that and it’s a nail biter. I loved everything about the story, including Rachel and Mason’s continuing-to-develop relationship and Myrtle the blind bulldog’s scene stealing. Even she has her own, private intrigue to add to the mix. This series is definitely an auto read for me.
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