Book: Veiled Obsession
Series: His Agenda #1
Author: Dori Lavelle
Review by: Onnica
Basic story: Hayley is the envy of women everywhere. She lives in a beautiful mansion, with a successful, handsome man. What more could she possibly ask for? The night Jude Macknight helped her escape a situation that could have gotten her put away forever, she thought she’d finally met her knight in shining armour. He tells her he will handle everything and she should forget all about her past. The closer they become, the more she feels she loves him.
Things are perfect for a while and Jude can’t show her enough attention. Until she makes an innocent mistake. Then the real Jude Macknight shows his true colours. He’s controlling, prone to fits of rage and determined to isolate her so that she relies solely on him. Hayley’s love for him has died and she’s resolved to leave. But Jude isn’t used to being left and is clear that he won’t let her go. Ever…
Why you should read it: I know this is a romance blog, but don’t be fooled – this isn’t a romance. It isn’t dark romance – it’s a thriller and damn good one at that. Hayley is amazing. She doesn’t descend into one of those heroines with Stockholm syndrome, making excuses for Jude’s volatile behaviour. You live the action with her and root for her completely. She never gives up and I can’t wait to see how she evolves as a character going forward. Jude. What can I say about Jude? There is no danger of my falling for this ‘hero’. Dude is cray-cray. I can’t wait to see him get his comeuppance.
What you might hate: Ok – this is a survivor story. That means there is brutality, there is offensive language, there is rape and very, very uncomfortable scenes of violence. You’ve been warned. If this is not your bag, then for the love of God – don’t go there! This is not a hero with control issues. He is not Christian Grey, there are no redeeming qualities. This is why I said this is not a romance. What it is is a gripping read. I really want to see where things will lead and whether Hayley will remain the strong heroine I like so much.
Rating: 4/5. This is a new author for me and I like her style of writing. She doesn’t over-complicate, but weaves a story well. I cannot wait for the rest of the trilogy. Oh yeah, did I mention it was a trilogy?!
Veiled Obsession is out now.