In Stolen Obsession, book one of the Annalise Series, author Marlene M. Bell transports the reader between Manhattan and the Greek Island of Crete for a Romantic Suspense story that will keep the reader guessing and turning the pages.
Annalise Drury is an antiquities appraiser at Westinn Gallery in Manhattan. While attending the launch of client Generosa Zavos' SOHO gallery, Zavos Art, Annalise sees a beautiful gold horse necklace that matches a bracelet that Annalise's friend Samantha Freeman had worn until it went missing after she was found murdered. Annalise had researched the jewelry and found that they are a part of a 500-year-old artifact collection that carries an ancient curse, one that unleashes evil upon anyone who dares to wear the jewelry created for the Persian royal family.
Annalise tries to convince Generosa and her son Alec to destroy the artifact before the curse is unleashed on their family, but they dismiss her warning until a trip to their home on the Greek Island of Crete leads to tragedy, and suddenly Annalise and Alec find themselves fighting to save Generosa and their own lives from someone who wants the artifact.
Author Marlene M. Bell weaves a fast-paced and suspenseful tale written in the third person narrative that follows Annalise and Alec's dangerous adventure to save his family and uncover the truth behind the curse of the Persian artifacts, and bring justice to the tragedies that stem from the cursed artifact.
I loved how in the middle of their dangerous adventure, Annalise and Alec give into the romantic attraction that is sparked between them, and how their connection gives them a chance to build trust that allows them to work really well as a team seeking to uncover the hidden truths.
I loved reading this action-packed story. Annalise and Alec kept me intrigued as their investigative teamwork was put to the test. The reader will be easily drawn into this well written story with its richly descriptive plot that will keep them guessing as secrets, possible motives, and clues are uncovered, while unexpected twists and turns, and a surprising conclusion will leave the reader simply stunned.
Stolen Obsession has enough drama, tension, action, dark secrets, intrigue, a touch of romance, and unexpected twists and turns that will take the reader on one heck of a thrilling roller coaster ride.