The Obsession by Nora Roberts: Review

Posted March 31, 2016 in review Tags: ,

The Obsession by Nora Roberts: ReviewThe Obsession by Nora Roberts
Pages: 464

Genres: Contemporary Romance
Also by this author: Shelter in Place
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The riveting new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Liar.
Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous.
Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.
Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

The Obsession
Nora Roberts

what i think

So, Nora Roberts is one of the first authors I read when I started reading romance. Her and Jude Deveraux are the queens of the genre. But, its been years since I have read a Nora Roberts book. Then I snagged an ARC of The Obsession and I remembered why I enjoy her books.

The Obsession starts when our young heroine, Naomi, is only 11. She witnesses something terrible and the course of her life changes forever. You get glimpses into her life as she grows up, finally leading to ‘present day’ where she has bought a house to rehab. She doesn’t even meet our hero until about 20% into the book! They don’t sleep together until almost 50% into the book. Its one of the things I always loved about Nora’s stories. Its romance-not just sex, but honest, real, romance. Naomi is a dynamic character. You can totally see why she is the way she is after what happened to her, and you can understand her reticence to let people know who her father is. She is believable without being over the top dramatic and I really appreciate the maturity Nora brings to Naomi. Xander has a maturity as well. He is not the horny college guy looking to get laid all the time. While I love the New Adult genre, reading this book has made me realize how much I miss solid, well written contemporary romance. Nora always delivers.

However, the book is a bit verbose. There were times when so many words were used to describe something and I was left wondering why. Was that really necessary? It threw off the pacing for me and made parts of the book really drag. And I thought the ‘whodunnit’ aspect was really obvious. That might just be me though! Maybe I just had a really lucky guess!


  • POV: 3rd
  • Tears: No
  • Trope: Secret Identity
  • Triggers: Rape/Kidnapping
  • Cliffhanger: No
  • HEA: View Spoiler »

if you liked

Jill Shalvis, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Janet Evanovich, Julie Garwood…then you will probably like The Obsession!

where to get it

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Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. She began writing when a blizzard in February 1979 kept her in her hilltop home with a three and six year old for nearly a week of canceled kindergarten and dwindling chocolate supplies.

During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write a story for her own entertainment. From the first page, she knew it was what she was meant to do. Several manuscripts and rejections later, Irish Thoroughbred was published by Silhouette in 1981.

The Liar, published in April 2015 by Putnam, is her 214th book. She hit the NY Times Bestseller list in 1991. Every book since 1999 has made that list.

Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.”

In 1995, she began writing a police procedural series featuring Eve Dallas, a NY homicide cop, and set in the near future under the J.D. Robb pseudonym. Devoted in Death, out in September 2015, is the 41st entry in the series.

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