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Released: October 12th 2015
Published by After Six
“This is a big step away from what we’re used to with Tara Sue Me, and I believe it proves that she has talent as a storyteller above and apart from BDSM erotic romance.”
~ Under the Covers
Tara Sue Me is writing as Cat Waters in Obscured, and it’s really not like anything we’ve seen from her before. Athena Hamilton moved to Las Vegas at sixteen with big dreams that fell flat. For ten years, she’s worked as a high end prostitute, having been the victim of a ruthless pimp who’s trapped her in his world. She sees no way out until she has an unexpected run-in with an old friend, Isaiah Martin. He’s kind and understanding, offering to shelter her and aid her escape. Complication? He’s a pastor and she knows she can never fit into his life, no matter how much she yearns for normalcy. The truth, however, remains obscured…people are never as they appear to be at first glance. Who can Athena trust to deliver her from a life that seems beyond saving?
Obscured is the perfect title for this novel that packs an insane amount of twists and turns into a quick read. I absolutely stayed up until 2am to finish, as it was impossible to put down. The genre is not clear cut, blending romance, suspense, and thriller elements. I found it pretty unpredictable on most counts. Oh, and if you’re looking for BDSM elements, you won’t find them here. This is a big step away from what we’re used to with Tara Sue Me, and I believe it proves that she has talent as a storyteller above and apart from BDSM erotic romance. You will be introduced to the very seedy and scary world of sex trafficking. Athena’s story is likely all too familiar to many girls. She is abused, used, and coerced, her life threatened almost daily if she doesn’t perform like the trained property she’s seen as. The entire book has an undertone of sex, even if we don’t see many acts performed on the pages. As I’ve mentioned, there IS a romance. It’s nothing like you’d expect, but as short as this book is (my only real complaint), it ends up being so beautifully emotional and well written that I was truly captivated. I can’t even give the details to avoid spoilers, but the hero is an absolute keeper, a larger than life protector that had me weak in the knees in a completely genuine, and unsappy way. It ends on a cliffhanger, for two characters, but not in terms of HEA for the hero and heroine. I am dying to get my hands on the next book.
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I’m well known to be a genre hopper, who has very few hard limits.My first real romance series was J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood and she still rocks my paranormal world, along with Karen Moning’s Fever series and Joey Hill’s Vampire Queen series.That being said, you’ll often see me reading erotic romance with a BDSM focus.I’m never afraid of dark and dubious reads a la Joey Hill, Tiffany Reisz and Cari Silverwood.When genre fatigue sets in, a witty historical romance never fails to satisfy me, and Lisa Kleypasand Sarah MacLeanare my auto-buys.My favorite series of all time is Diana Gabaldon’s Outlader saga, and I will fight for Jamie Fraser to the death ;). Much to my fellow romance readers’ surprise, I also cleanse my palate with popular contemporary reads.Romantic suspense.LGBT.Western.If the writing is on, I’ll dig in.
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