I was thrilled when I got to read Lisa Sanchez's "Obsessed." Halley Davis is struggling with anxiety and fear due to an attempted rape. She and her friend went out for drinks to celebrate their 'soon-to-be-opened' bakery. A patron at the bar slipped her drugs and tried to rape her in an alley way. Nick Ackart is her reluctant savior. By a strange quirk of fate, Nick keeps reemerging in Halley's life- in the form of one of the contractors at the bakery. She thanks him for helping her and he is drawn in by her beauty and strength. But Nick has a bleak past that he uses to keep distance between him and Halley. The mystery of who is stalking Halley is pretty evident but does not detract from the relationship building that Nick and Halley go through. The reactions from Halley and Nick were well played by Sanchez and were believable. The relationship between Halley and Nick is realistic in that they are both gun-shy but are willing to try for each other.

Book Blurb for Obsessed

The victim of both a brutal attempted rape and now a serial stalking, Halley Davis is broken, and desperate to glue the shattered pieces of her life back together. Tormented by a psychopath and battling a heavy dose of anxiety, sex and dating are the last things on Halley’s anxiety-ridden mind. That is, until she meets the man who rescued her from the hands of a would-be rapist. With a body made for sin, a wicked, sexy tattoo and an aura that screams “badass,” her rescuer not only calms the storm of terror raging inside her mind, he ignites a passion within her she’s never known before.

Tired of using meaningless sex to drown out the horrors of his past, Nick Ackart has sworn off women. In fact, if women were classified as meat, his ass is Vegan. Despite his determination to remain unattached, Nick is unable to stay away from the emerald-eyed beauty he rescued from a sadistic pervert. Immersed in a tangled web of sexual desire and deep emotion he was certain was long dead, he vows to protect Halley from the monster hounding her, even though he stands to lose his heart in the process.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Violence. 

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2011 4.75