Reader reviews for Dark Obsession: A Novel of Blackheath Moor

This marriage of convenience book is beautifully written. Like the critics say, it's like reading "Rebecca". Spectors, anger, secrets, and tons more. Not to mention the steamy description of the leading male. "...his cape eddied in an ilky wave behind him. He seemed...otherworldly, a phantom born of Hyde Park's mists, here to sample human pleasures before returning to vapor at dawn." I LOVED IT!!
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"Dark Obsession" by Allison Chase has a very gothic feel to it. There is plenty of passion and a few fairly frank love scenes for a gothic novel. The story is set in 1830s England and most of the plot takes place on the heaths of Cornwall. There is a scandalous, yet innocent woman who marries a scandalous, maybe innocent man. He is tormented by ghosts and guilt and will need all of her passionate belief in him to overcome the mysteries surrounding the death of his brother. There's a nasty housekeeper, a possibly murderous peer, and a pair of spooky ghosts. If you enjoy gothic novels and wished they had a bit more spice, this one should be right up your alley.Chase's next gothic novel will be released in Nov08, "Dark Temptation".
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A pleasant read.It seems strange to call this book pleasant, what with the ghosts and all, but that was my lasting impression. Chase did an excellent job of creating a book with a haunting atmosphere. Her vivid descriptions and great secondary characters fleshed out the world inhabited by the hero and heroine. I especially enjoyed the housekeeper, Mrs. Dorn and her obsession with keeping the manor house in perfect condition.The main characters didn't particularly impress me. Grayson annoyed me. He was inconsistent and his torment seemed mostly self-inflicted. Sure he was haunted, but his ghosts really just wanted everyone to be happy. I hated his attitude towards Nora when he was acting in the mistaken belief that she was no longer a virgin. While I did not enjoy reading the wedding night seduction, Chase must be commended for staying away from the purple prose. Her sex scenes, along with all other scenes, were very well written.Our heroine, Nora, was just a little too good to be true. She was able to win over Grayson, bond immediately with his traumatized nephew and adapted to her new life seemlessly.Her interest in art added a welcome ingredient to the story. I love to learn, and always enjoy a novel that contains additional information. In fact, I enjoyed Nora's lectures on art appreciation enough that I elevated my rating of this book a grade.While this is not a book I am planning to read again, I will definitely seek out more of Allison Chase's work in the future.
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