Publisher’s Synopsis: (It’s a long one! Feel free to scroll down to my review)
I wanted him from the moment I laid eyes on him and from that point on, the question wasn’t if I’d have him but when…
Thirty-five-year-old Matias de la Vega is good at one thing and one thing only. Though he doesn’t officially carry the title of killer when it comes to his role in an underground vigilante group, he’s got no problem getting his hands dirty if it means getting justice for those who can’t get it on their own.
Such is the case when single dad Sam Wittier is confronted by a stalker bent on murder. While neutralizing the threat is all in a day’s work for Matias, what comes after is anything but. Although Matias isn’t particularly surprised by his attraction to the older Sam, his inability to walk away from the still-grieving widower is a complication.
An unexpected and dangerous complication…
Nothing about the mysterious Matias makes sense to me. The emotionally distant soldier says what he means and takes what he wants. And for whatever reason, what he wants is me. That should have me running for the hills. It should, but it doesn’t…
For fifty-something Sam Wittier, life is as good as it’s been since he lost the man of his dreams more than two decades earlier. After handing the reins of his successful business over to his older son, Sam is happy to settle into the quiet, simple life of being a full-time single dad to his newly adopted little boy.
Unfortunately, life didn’t get the message. After nearly losing everything to a deranged stalker, Sam finds himself face to face with a man who is anything but quiet and simple. There’s no reason he should want the unpredictable, take-no-prisoners Matias in his life or his bed, but just like life, his body isn’t getting the message.
One night with Sam is all I need to get him out of my head for good. One night will be enough to end my obsession with him. It has to be…
While Sam and Matias share a white-hot chemistry that neither has ever known before, that’s about all they have in common. But as one passionate encounter leads to another and the line between obsession and need begins to blur, will Matias and Sam find that maybe they aren’t so different after all? And what will that mean for the ghosts of the past that have haunted each man for so long?
The ghosts that are willing to be buried as well as the ones that aren’t…
Point of view:
1st Person. Alternating perspectives by chapter.
Please read/listen to Protecting Elliot first. (see note below)
I’m a Sloane Kennedy fan, but this might be my absolute favorite of hers. It was the perfect mix of laughter, angst, love, and suspense. At the time of reading this, we’re in Coronavirus Quarantine, and I really needed this story not to be “too much”. I almost put this further down on my TBL because I wasn’t sure I was emotionally up to it – but this absolutely worked for me. I love May/December, brooding grumpies (I’m looking at you, Matias), single parents (oh, so sweet Sam), and romantic suspense.
As with so many of Kennedy’s books, she made me laugh, cry, want to hurl my tablet at a wall, roll my eyes at these obtuse men, and fall in love with them falling in love.
Notes: It is highly suggested by the author (and me!) that you read/listen to Protecting Elliot before reading Obsessed. Not only do Sam & Matias meet there, but parts of that book run concurrent to this one and it ads a depth to the story. If you’re new to Sloane Kennedy, the Protectors series, or the fact that it intertwines with several other series – check out her handy chart and reading order here. My personal preference is chronological/timing.
Trigger Warnings (possible spoilers):
Stalker. Death of a spouse.
My Favorite Quotes
Matias’s feelings and emotions were locked behind a vault that was guarded by a fire-breathing dragon that had broken the key into a multitude of pieces before swallowing it. -Obsessed by @sloane_kennedy #MMRomance #RomanticSuspenseTweet
I don’t give a fuck if you want to be the batshit crazy, black-sheep cousin who lives in a hut in Timbuktu and wears a tin foil hat on his head, but you’re still family. -Obsessed by @sloane_kennedy #MMRomance #RomanticSuspenseTweet