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Monday, August 31, 2020

Stolen Obsession by Marlene M. Bell (Book Review)

Stolen Obsession by Marlene M. Bell
Book 1: Annalise Series
Publisher: Ewephoric Publishing
Publication Date: January 12, 2018 
Format: PB - 294 pages
               Kindle - 637 KB 
               Nook - 438 KB
               Audible Audio Book: 9 Hours 38 Minutes
ISBN: 978-0999539408
ASIN (eBook): B0794B81QG
ASIN (Audio Book): B07KGHKWBX
BNID: 2940162004547
Genre: Mystery / Romantic Suspense

Buy The Book:

Buy The Series: Annalise Series
Book 1: Stolen Obsession
Book 2: Spent Identity

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher via Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours, in exchange for my honest review.

Book Description:

People die, but legends live on.

New York antiquities appraiser Annalisse Drury recently lost her best friend to murder. The killer’s identity may be linked to her friend’s expensive missing bracelet—a 500-year-old artifact that carries an ancient curse, one that unleashes evil upon any who dare wear the jewelry created for the Persian royal family.

Weeks later, Annalisse sees a matching necklace at a Manhattan gallery opening. She begs the owner to destroy the cursed piece, but her pleas fall on deaf ears—despite the unnatural death that occurs during the opening. With two victims linked to the jewelry, Annalisse is certain she must act.

Desperate, Annalisse enlists the gallery owner’s son to help—even though she’s afraid he’ll break her heart. Wealthy and devastatingly handsome, with a string of bereft women in his wake, Greek playboy Alec Zavos dismisses Annalisse’s concerns—until his parents are ripped from the Zavos family yacht during their ocean voyage near Crete.

Annalisse and Alec race across two oceans to save his mother, feared dead or kidnapped. When the killer changes tactics and goes after Alec behind Annalisse’s back, can her plan to rescue Alec’s mother save them all?

Hold on for a heart-thumping, thrilling adventure through exotic lands in this fast-moving romantic suspense mystery by Marlene M. Bell.

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My Book Review:

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.


About The Author

Marlene M. Bell is an award-winning writer and acclaimed artist as well as a photographer. Her sheep landscapes grace the covers of Sheep!, The Shepherd, Ranch & Rural Living, and Sheep Industry News, to name a few.

Her catalog venture, Ewephoric, began in 1985 out of her desire to locate personalized sheep stationery. She rarely found sheep products through catalogs and set out to design them herself. Order Ewephoric gifts online or request a catalog at

Marlene and her husband, Gregg, reside in beautiful East Texas on a wooded ranch with their dreadfully spoiled horned Dorset sheep, a large Maremma guard dog named Tia, along with Hollywood, Leo, and Squeaks, the cats that believe they rule the household—and do.

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