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Fatal Obsession

(Harden #1)

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Kylie Delaney had the perfect life until one night changed everything. Now she’s moving back to her hometown to escape the pain and start over, but someone won’t let her forget the past.

Detective Blake Winters moved back to his hometown to escape the violence of the city, but when bodies start showing up murdered, he questions his decision. That is until the girl he wanted
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 1st 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
This was a very enjoyable and well written debut novel. This was one of them books where I kept saying just one more chapter until I had it all read.

My heart broke for Kylie. Her worse nightmare has come true and now she loses her home. Feeling devastated she moves back to get home town to live with her brother. It's here she meets her first love Blake Winters. Can he protect her?

This is a really great romantic suspense. Every time I thought I knew what way the story was going to go it took a
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Spunky N Sassy
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
SNS Rating: 5.0

~~~~~~~~~~Sharlene's ★★★★★ Review~~~~~~~~~~

A copy of this title was received in exchange for an honest review.

It's been a long time since I could 5 star a book that wasn't erotica. Fatal Obession is the first installment of the Harden series and I cannot wait to read the following ones. There is mystery, suspense, passion, love, sex, secrets, surprises. You name, you got it. The emotions from reading this book were just as varied. I laughed, cried, felt scared. You name it.

Kaylie
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Shasta Mosley /Cherry0Blossom
You know when you start a book and you think you know how it is going to turn out and then that thought gets thrown completely out the door. Well that is what Fatal Obsessions did for me. This book grabbed me from the begging and left me still wanting more. You get suspense, intrigue and the love story that you crave.

Kylie Delaney thought she finally had everything she wanted in life. She had met and married the man of her dreams and she just found out she was pregnant. But one fateful night tak
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Courtney
Engaging and Suspenseful Debut Novel

Fatal Obsession is the debut novel of author Lynn Stookes. Surprisingly, I really enjoyed reading this book because romantic suspense is not my go-to genre. In many of the romantic suspense books I have read, the characters and romance are lacking, while the story is very predictable. This book contains strong primary and secondary characters, steamy romance, and the story kept me guessing until the last few chapters.

I can’t say too much about the plot because
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JL Roberts
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to JL by: United Indie BB Review Team
**I received this book for an honest review**

Murder Mystery With A Love Twist.

On what was supposed to be the happiest night of her life, Kylie Delaney loses it all. In what seems to be a random mugging, Kylie loses her husband Jeff and their unborn child that she didn't even get to tell him about.

Nine months later and she is losing her house and moving back to her home town to live with her brother and to be closer to her sister-in-law Dani. She also reconnects with an old crush who also happen
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Leanne
Sep 30, 2015 rated it liked it
First things first, don't let my review put you off!!
I did actually find the majority of the story line page turningly good. There's drama, passion, anticipation the odd of bit comedy....all the things you like to see in a good romance mystery thriller type.
Characterisation is spot on. We get to see all their little traits and everyone is an individual in their own rights. Often times one character or another kind of gets left in the background, but not in this book.
The first few chapters and t
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Lisa Lopez
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was totally hooked... Intense and shocking!! Loved it, can't wait for the next one!
Reflections of a Book Geek
4 Stars

This is the first book by Lynn Stookes I have ventured in to, I liked the look of the third book in the series so I thought I would start from the beginning and I’m glad I did. I have to admit though I struggled in the beginning to get into this story but after the first 15-16% I was totally hooked.

Kylie has just lost her husband and suffered an awful trauma herself, not only that but she loses her house shortly after and doesn’t think things can get too much worse. She moves back to her
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Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves
Things I liked -
The suspense was quite good and tight, and it’s the book’s biggest USP. For till more than half the book, we get no clues and the chase from lead to lead was gripping.

The H is as drool worthy as they come. He is hot, he is sensitive, he is caring, and he’s been head over heels for the h since she was 15!

The whole cast of friends and family was completely likable and relatable.


*Okay some spoilers now*

Things I dint like/get
The h was sad and lonely and grieving, but could still b
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Jessica
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book started out alright but ended in a mess. The heroine was alright but she didn't really have much character/depth beyond her relationships with the men of the book which isn't really the kind of heroine I want to read. The hero was better on that front but I tend to agree with her brother that he took advantage of her situation. Maybe not intentionally but he made a move on her way too soon...her husband had only been dead a few months she may be mostly done grieving but it's kinda jank ...more
Cassandra Lawson
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kylie moves home after her perfect world is shattered, only to come face to face with Blake—the man who she had a huge crush on in her youth. She feels like she made a complete fool out of herself with him and has avoided him for years because of that. I liked Kylie’s character. She’s dealing with a lot, but working hard to move forward with her life. I also loved how she was able to grow and see how her sadness impacted those around her.

Blake is a confirmed bachelor, much to his mother’s dismay
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Senriquez08
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Loved it 5+ starts!!

I am not great at writing reviews so there is no way I could give this book justice with my gibberish :)

This book had me second guessing everyone's motives and in the end I was not disappointed. Cannot wait for the next one in this series...hooked!!

Bianca Facundo
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
At the end of each chapter I couldn't "stop", I had to read the next one and the next one and the next one. I love a book I can't put down and this book is exactly that.
Meghan Rossi
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I picked it up and could not put it down! You want to know what is going to happen and Lynn Stookes does a wonderful job at keeping you guessing! It's romantic, sexy, and thrilling! Great book!
Andrea
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
OMG so good! It has everything; suspense, intrigue, and romance. Great debut Lynn. I can't wait for the next book! Seriously people READ THIS!!
Ria -  Reading Is Our Satisfaction
A great way to start a series....

FATAL OBSESSION is the first in the Harden Series by Lynn Stookes and it was a great way to start. This is also Ms Stookes' debut novel and what a terrific combination for a debutante, Romance and Mystery.

This is the story of Kylie Delaney and Blake Winters. It's not your typical "mushy" romance story, it has mystery and suspense thrown in there too. It is just enought to keep you on your toes throughout. Kylie's heart has been shattered, her worse nightmare has
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A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
This book was fantastic it grabbed my attention right away. I have never read a storyline like this before, I honestly can't wait till finish the series. Lynn Stookes, did an amazing job with the the character's. I could not put this book down I read it in two days. This is the first book I have read from this author, I look forward to reading so many more.

The love that Jeff and Kylie had was short lived, I was sad to see it end so soon. The friendship between Kylie and Dani was special, always
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Mari
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a who done it, love story mystery.

Kylie, tristan, sawyer, and blake. Friends since b they were kids.
Blake and kylie liked each other as teens, but blake never followed thru because tristan is his best friend. One day kylie kissed blake, he was shocked and said we shouldn't do this. Kylie ran home, she thought that blake didn't like her. Is to its the opposite. When blake went to explain the police were at kylie's house. Then tristan showed up. Thats when they get the news that their fa
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Robin B
3-3.5 stars

Where to begin?

First, this had a ton of potential. The prologue and first chapter or two were great. They sucked me in and made me want to keep reading. Unfortunately, it sort of fizzled quite a bit after that. But then the last chapter or two and the epilogue were great.

I think, for me, the problem is that Kylie and Blake don't team up faster. I know, in a way, that wouldn't have worked so well. But at the same time, from a plot standpoint, the investigation of the murders BEFORE t
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Gretchen Anderson
If you like suspense, romance, drama and danger……then this is definitely the book for you!!! Amazing and wonderfully suspenseful, hopefully romantic and just a fantastic book! Totally a five bar book!!!

Kylie has a wonderful life. Husband - check, House - check, College degree - check….and now, Baby - check. She is happy and now that she is finally pregnant she is over the moon. She and her husband are heading out to celebrate their anniversary with dinner and dessert at home. She’s telling him s
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ByoBook Club
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: diane
Edge of your seat romance…

I read this book so fast I’m sure my e-reader is still smoldering! Kylie and Blake’s story is the first in the Harden series by this debut author. Kylie and Blake were neighbours growing up in the small town of Harden, Texas. At fifteen, Kylie’s delight quickly turned to sadness when her first kiss with Blake brought about a misunderstanding that drove a wedge between them. This, followed by other tragic events, led to a decade-long separation. It took another tragedy t
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United Indie Book Blog
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**I received this book for an honest review**

Murder Mystery With A Love Twist.

On what was supposed to be the happiest night of her life, Kylie Delaney loses it all. In what seems to be a random mugging, Kylie loses her husband Jeff and their unborn child that she didn't even get to tell him about.

Nine months later and she is losing her house and moving back to her hometown to live with her brother and to be closer to her sister-in-law Dani. She also reconnects with an old crush who also happens
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Letty  (Cover to Cover Book Blog Reviewer)
STARS: 5
POV: Dual
SERIES: YES
CH: NO

Have to admit I wasn’t sure I would like this book. I don’t know what I expected, but it wasn’t what I got. I was surprised and thoroughly enjoyed reading about Blake and Kylie.

This is the first book in the Harden series and as a debut novel, it really packs a punch. Suspenseful and intriguing, it will keep you on your toes as you try to figure out what is going on.

Kylie Delaney thought her life was perfect. She had a wonderful husband and was ready to start a
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Amy Shelton
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kylie is one tough woman! She suffered the tragic loss of her mom to cancer, her dad was killed in a tragic auto accident, and then she was thrown into the foster care system that failed her incredibly. She finally has a life she can be proud of and happy with, a husband, a job she enjoys, and is two months pregnant! What could go wrong?
Fast forward a couple of months and she has the strength of Dani, Tristan, Blake, Sawyer, and Blake’s entire family to fight the newest demon in her life. She h
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Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
I received this book from Enticing Journey in return for a fair and honest review.

Romantic Suspense is rapidly becoming a favourite genre of mine, with the fantastic debut releases of authors like Sheila Kell and now Lynn Stookes. It is hard to believe that this is, in fact, a debut novel considering the depth and detail of the story.

I won't go into the details of the story simply because that is what the synopsis is for. Also, I don't want to inadvertently give away any part of the story. The o
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Heidi Sturgess
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2015
I received an ARC from United Indie Book Blog in exchange for an honest review.

Yet another debut author  that totally blew me out of the water !

Lynn Stookes has a writing style that has you saying "just one more chapter".

Fatal Obsession is a romantic tale filled with suspense and twisted tales of deceit. Kylie and Jeff are married and are expecting their first child but their happily  ever after is stolen from them  when they're mugged.
Kylie is left shattered and broken. I'm in snotfest mode a
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Sassy Southern
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow 5 stars romantic suspense book. I couldn't put it down! I wanted, no needed to hurry up and figure out what was going on and who was behind it all. The twist and turns in this book kept throwing me for loops. I love a good mystery and not really knowing who is behind what but when it all comes together you are like duh!! Lol I love that and I didn't have a clue for most of the book which hardly ever happens with me so hats off to Mrs Stookes for an amazing job of writing this book. I can't w ...more
Tina Morgan
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow 5 stars romantic suspense book. I couldn't put it down! I wanted, no needed to hurry up and figure out what was going on and who was behind it all. The twist and turns in this book kept throwing me for loops. I love a good mystery and not really knowing who is behind what but when it all comes together you are like duh!! Lol I love that and I didn't have a clue for most of the book which hardly ever happens with me so hats off to Mrs Stookes for an amazing job of writing this book. I can't w ...more
Vanessa Sims
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, mf-reviews
Kylie has lost her husband and unborn child. She is torn apart and moves back to her hometown to be closer to her family. What she doesn’t expect is to find the first man who kissed her and break her heart to be living right next door to her.

Blake has been in love with Kylie ever since he was sixteen. They share one stolen kiss, but nothing more. When she comes home and there is a killer after her, Blake will do anything to protect Kylie.

Fatal Obsession is jammed packet with loyalty, deception a
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Lynn Stookes was born and raised in the amazing state of Texas, where she currently resides with her husband of five years. They have one rambunctious two year old son and three furry children, who create the chaos she couldn’t live without

One day, Lynn took her passion (maybe obsession is more apt) for romance books and mystery shows and wrote her first romantic suspense novel, Fatal Obsession, B
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