Saturday, August 6, 2016

Review - Lure of Obsession by Lisa Kessler

Lure of Obsession
by Lisa Kessler
Series:  The Muse Chronicles, #1
Genre: Fantasy/Mythology
Release Date: August 1, 2016

The Prophecy - “Every generation the nine daughters of Zeus are reborn, and with their rebirth are also nine Guardians. They will be marked by the gods, and given gifts to protect his treasure. Their abilities will only be unlocked when they find their muse.”

Melanie Jacoby teaches English at Crystal City High School. She’s also the reborn Muse of Tragic Poetry, but she isn’t prepared for the tragedy of finding her roommate dead at the bottom of the stairs.

Nate Malone is the detective assigned to the case, but as the evidence points to an accidental fall, the visions begin. He sees a killer in a gold Kronos mask.

Mel is the next target.

The Order of the Titans are eager to bring about the return of the Golden Age of Man, and they’re prepared to kill the Muses to complete their mission. But Nate’s desire to protect Mel is almost as strong as his hunger for her.

And tragedy isn’t part of his plan.

What a way to start a new series! It’s no secret I’m a big Lisa Kessler fan, and this book has everything I have come to love about her writing – great characters, lots of emotions, great writing, and a story that pulls you in and makes you want to be a part of it. And I just love the premise of the series – focusing on the Muses and the mythology behind them.

Nate doesn’t do relationships, but when he meets Mel all of his protective instincts kick in. When he begins having visions about the murder of Mel’s roommate, and then learns from Mel about the Muses and his status as her Guardian, he’s committed to keep her safe – but a relationship still isn’t something he thinks he’s capable of.
“This doesn’t have to be a relationship, okay? Just let me be your muse”

He bent to taster her again and smiled. “And I’ll be your Guardian.”

And for now, that was enough.
Although Mel is usually a glass half empty type of person, a part of her being the Muse of Tragic Poetry, with Nate she’s able to feel safe…and I loved watching her push her negative thoughts aside when it comes to him. She’s aware of Nate’s aversions to relationships but is willing to put herself out there to see what might happen. She sees his past scars as a testament to his being a survivor, and I love how she begins to help him heal. I did find her a bit reckless though – I loved her wanting to help Nate when he didn’t have backup, but it was a bit frustrating to find her putting herself in danger...she was very stubborn!

The supporting characters in the book helped set the stage for the overall series arc – something Lisa Kessler has a gift for doing. We are introduced to the other Muses and also the main players in the Order of the Titans. As the first book in a new series enough information was given about the lore and history without bogging the story down – something else that Lisa Kessler excels at.

The writing was solid and even though the romance moved a bit quickly in my opinion it fit the lore of Muses and Guardians so it didn’t come across as insta-love (which I’m not a fan of!). As I already mentioned, the plot for not only this book and the series was laid out perfectly to keep the story moving and ending with a happy ever after but leaving enough open to have me waiting for the next installment in this series.

A must read for any romance lover, but I think this would definitely appeal to any lover of mythology and suspense.

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

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