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There’s the truth you know….

At age 16, Athena Hamilton traded her body for survival when a powerful Vegas hotelier and pimp lured her into his world. Ten years of turning tricks has taught her to trust no one and feel nothing. Yet a chance meeting with a childhood crush sparks hope for something more.

The truth you believe…

There’s no way Isaiah Martin could want her.
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Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published October 12th 2015 by After Six
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Michelle
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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In this non-conventional romance, Tara Sue Me (writing as Cat Waters) enthralls her readers in her latest novel which is aptly titled Obscured, as she takes them down a tale of where secrets, passions, hate and secrets are obscured and blurred. A tale where the truth is hard to perceive.Obscured is not your standard romance and takes more of the undertones of suspense and intrigue.As readers are invested into the story, Tara Sue Me bewitches
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Michelle
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Athena didn’t grow up wishing she’d become a hooker. But that were the cards she was dealt, the life she know lived. For ten years, she’s been controlled by one man. But everything begins to change when a boy from her old hometown shows up in Vegas. A glimmer of hope for escaping a life is given and taken away just as swiftly as she has to decide who to put her trust in. The man who was her first kiss and a pastor or the dangerous man connected to her worst nightmare that keeps telling her to ...more
Vasiliki
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
4.5 stars

*** ARC kindly provided by the author, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review ***

This is the story of Athena. I don't want to say a lot about the plot because I honestly don't want to spoil it for anyone. Let me just say that it was nothing I thought it will be!

The story is fantastic! I loved every page of it! The plot was surprising and direct. The book is written from Athena's POV and it's nicely done! This book was so captivating that I had to stay up to finish it! This
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Carissa
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
loved it!! I pegged the hero as a twofold character. Villain that ravishes the heroine. and /or the Knight in shining armour.

review to come closer to tour date.
Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
***** 4.5 Stars *****

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When Athena was a young vulnerable girl, she fell for a man that made her feel secure. That man manipulated her, and told her that he wanted to share her. Ten years later, she's stuck in a cycle. She's tried leaving, but who's going to help a prostitute in Las Vegas?

Obscured is an amazing story about survival. It's so much more that what is in the blurb. There's some mystery and suspense, and you don't know who to trust. Although this contains things for a mature audience,
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Paige
3 "Surviving" Stars

I'm addicted to Tara Sue Me. I know that when I pick up a book she's written, I'm going to be taken down a winding road that will keep me on the edge of my seat all the while flushing like a school girl. Obscured did those things but was a bit different from what I expected. While this might not have been my favorite by Tara, I was still very much invested and am kind of hoping for more from these characters.

Athena has led a hard life since she turned sixteen. Her mother
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Joëlle
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
*** ARC kindly provided by the author, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. ***

I enjoyed reading this story about Athena Hamilton. As a 16 year old, after losing her mother to cancer and her father abandoning her, she wants to start a new life in Las Vegas. Her dreams of becoming a showgirl don’t last long and soon she’s working as a prostitute for Mike. She’s a survivor but realises she needs to escape Mike soon. Two men want to help her but which one can she trust? First there is
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Annika
3.5-4 stars

Boy, this book will be hard to review without spoiling anything.

At the age of 16, Athena found herself abandoned and completely alone when her father left her to fend for herself after her mother's death. With nothing but a few hundred dollars in her pockets, she left for Las Vegas in the hopes of becoming a show girl, but ended up in the hands of charming mogul Mike Randolph instead. It didn't take her long to realize that Mike wasn't her savior, but her biggest nightmare.
Now, almost
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Angy Potter - Collector of Book Boyfriends
BOOK REVIEW: 3,5 STARS

Obscured was a big surprise for me. At first, I thought it was going to have lots of erotica, which is what Tara normally writes, but then I read one interview with her about why she changed her name for this book, so I knew I wasn’t going to get any erotica at all, but instead a suspense book, which is not my favorite genre.


So, I started reading. At first, I was kinda bored. There was so much happening but at the same time it didn't happen much. I wasn’t completely

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A. Cook
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tara-sue-me
When Athena Hamilton first arrived in Las Vegas she was a sixteen year old girl abandoned by a grief stricken father and in need of a way to support herself. She tries her hand at being a showgirl. What’s so hard about that, right? All she would have to do is dance a little and wear pretty outfits … right? What happens when Athena can’t make the cut and there’s a predator sitting in the wings waiting for his next victim. Athena takes the reader's heart with her as she tries to survive Vegas and ...more
Heather / Obsessed With Myshelf
o.m.g.

Obscured is twists and turns, suspense and secrets, lined in sex. This was nothing of what I expected but everything that I loved.

This story throws you directly into the underbelly of Vegas that no one wants to talk about – Athena is a prostitute. She’s fallen prey to a man who she believed she loved and trusted; a man who betrayed that trust by pimping her out and who keeps control by roughing her up. She’s been in this world for ten years and she’s not sure if she could get out even if
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The BookAddict Mom
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had the honor to read an early ARC of Tara Sue Me's upcoming book, Obscured written as Cat Waters, and I am excited to announce to all you Tara Sue Me fans...hold on to your seat because this book is unlike anything you have ever read of Tara's before!

Obscured is a suspense thriller that is pure brilliance and took me on the ride of my life!

At the age of 16, Athena moves to Las Vegas in hopes of landing a job as a dancer after her father abandons her because he is unable to cope with the death
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Sofia Lazaridou
Oct 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
In the end of this book I felt cheated. My mind was stuck in the word pastor and prostitute and I feel as if I didn't read the rest of the blurb. The story took a surprising turn, which didn't get a big rise out of me. The other twist in the end was something that I saw coming miles ago and I wasn't surprised when I read it. The ending is good. Though it leaves room for a second story or a novella. If this book is a stand alone then I am going to say that I am a little disappointed because the ...more
Up All Night Book Addict
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews, read-2015
Oh wow! I don't know where to start and what to say with this story. Between forced prostition and her old life clashing with her current dire life, Athena is ready to take her life back. Deception and lies is what her life has become. I love the twists and turns and the unknown throughout this book.

This book is written with such intrigue and uniqueness. I was skeptical at first after reading the blurb. I wasn't sure what to expect. Needless to say I was more than pleased with this story.
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Duck
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
**I received this book from After Six through NetGalley for an honest review.**

This turned out to be one of those serious wtf books. I didn’t read much of the blurb so I was in for a bit of a surprise at certain parts. Athena has been a “working girl” since the tender age of 16.

I liked Athena but man did she frustrate me at times. I hated how naïve she was but it was understandable with the amount of time she spent doing what she did. I hated her pimp Mike with a passion. Even though this is a
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Amanda Lee Disheveled Book Blog
I've never read a book from Tara Sue Me before I requested this book so long ago on Netgalley and had put it off because I just wasn't feeling it. I was in a book funk and for some reason I let this book sit. For only the reason that the whole idea of one of the hero's is a pastor. But I picked it up lastnight, and let me tell you, I was wrong I was so so so so SO wrong.

This story was exactly what I needed right now, all the twists and turns, I wasn't sure who to trust. I felt for Athena and I
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Cassandra Caress
Geez, this is one mindfuck!

Athena's story is heartbreaking right from the beginning. Things haven't gone well in her life and yet you feel that there's some fight in her left. It's one encounter with the past that has her set her feet in motion to change stuff. She shouldn't meet him again, and still they seem to cross paths time and time again.
But with all the bad experiences she made with men who can she really trust? Is everyone really who he says he is?

There are so many weird things
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Miranda Whore
Feb 02, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm a big fan of Tara Sue Me, so I've got pretty high expectations in what I want from her... I'm not saying this book isn't good, because just like her other titles it's very well written. My main issue is that the book is terribly predictable. I figured out the plot before I even got a quarter of the way into the story. It was still enjoyable. I just wish that I could have gotten more intrigue and suspense.

Three stars.
Carol***BeautyandtheBeastlyBooks
Even though I figured out a lot of the plot twists in this story, I really liked them!
All the twists and turns made me get into the story. At first it was a good stoey, but something was missing. Until the stoey takes a whole other direction, a direction that made it for me!
Erika
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ok. So I have had this book for quite a while. Not really sure why I put off reading it. There are so many little twists and turns, you don't know what to think. I went back and forth trying to decide who I thought was trust worthy. When the book starts and we meet Athena she has already been working as a prostitute. All she wants to is get out and be free. As she tells her story she runs into a child hood friend and has run ins with her pimps partner, we also meet one of her closest friends ...more
Dawn Yarrow
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is truly amazing. I have read other books by Tara Sue Me and i always keep an eye out for new books by her so when i saw this book i had to read it. It is a different style of writing to all her others, this one is not your average erotic book, it is darker with more suspense and a bit of romance thrown in too, it just shows what a truly brilliant writer she is. I could not put the book down. Brilliant plot, fantastic characters and a lot of twists and turns. Some books just stay with ...more
Alejandra Ceballos
Is terribly predictable!
Ilana
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Title: Obscured
Author: Tara Sue Me
Publisher/Year: Tara Sue Me 10/12/15
Length: 142 pages


Overview

here’s the truth you know….

At age 16, Athena Hamilton traded her body for survival when a powerful Vegas hotelier and pimp lured her into his world. Ten years of turning tricks has taught her to trust no one and feel nothing. Yet a chance meeting with a childhood crush sparks hope for something more.

The truth you believe…

There’s no way Isaiah Martin could want her. He’s a pastor. Too good. Too
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Kathleen R.
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Overall Stars: 4 STARS

Thriller
Pimping


One woman’s freedom just might come at the hands of the most unlikely of places


At age 16, Athena Hamilton traded her body for survival when a powerful Vegas hotelier and pimp lured her into his world. Ten years of turning tricks has taught her to trust no one and feel nothing. Yet a chance meeting with a childhood crush sparks hope for something more.
The truth you believe…
There’s no way Isaiah Martin could want her. He’s a pastor. Too good. Too pure. But when
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Under the Covers Book Blog
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it

Tara Sue Me is writing as Cat Waters in Obscured, and it’s really not like anything we’ve seen from her before. Athena Hamilton moved to Las Vegas at sixteen with big dreams that fell flat. For ten years, she’s worked as a high end prostitute, having been the victim of a ruthless pimp who’s trapped her in his world. She sees no way out until she has an unexpected run-in with an old friend, Isaiah Martin. He’s kind and understanding, offering to shelter her and aid her escape. Complication? He’

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Natalya | TheIslandReader
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Tara Sure Me switches things up a bit with her latest offering, Obscured, and writes this book as Cat Waters.

This storyline may be a little departure for fans who are used to Tara Sue Me’s Submissive series, however, Obscured still has the flair that we’ve come to know.

A short read at under 200 pages, Obscured, definitely keeps your attention. It dims some of the lights that constantly surrounds Las Vegas; we enter the world of sex trafficking.

Athena becomes a call girl at the ripe age of 16
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Jennifer
Tara Sue Me is writing as Cat Waters in Obscured, and it’s really not like anything we’ve seen from her before. Athena Hamilton moved to Las Vegas at sixteen with big dreams that fell flat. For ten years, she’s worked as a high end prostitute, having been the victim of a ruthless pimp who’s trapped her in his world. She sees no way out until she has an unexpected run-in with an old friend, Isaiah Martin. He’s kind and understanding, offering to shelter her and aid her escape. Complication? He’s ...more
Jodee
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have read the Submissive Series by Tara Sue Me and I love it, when I saw this book I knew it would be totally different and I was not disappointed. I have also read Altered Allies, the short story written under the pseudonym Cat Waters and thought it was a great short story.

Athena went from living in a small town to living in Las Vegas at the age of 16 ALL ALONE. When you get started it's been 10 years, she's survived but it has been anything but easy. She's been working for a very powerful
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The Smutbrarians
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: earc
Storyline: 5
Angst: 3
Tissue: 0
Value: 5
Panty Scorching: 4
Over All Rating: 4.5
Kindle eARC
Reviewed by Robin

Athena was abandoned at age 16 and lured into a world of prostitution as she is owned by Mike Randolph, owner of a hotel and more. She dreams of escaping this life but Mike keeps her on a short leash. Unexpectedly she runs into childhood friend Isaiah who has just moved to Vegas as a pastor at Mike’s hotel. She knows she’s not good enough for Isaiah now but seeing him again has her thinking and
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Kahea

Tara Sue Me’s name is synonymous with erotica with a darker edge and bdsm, and while Obscured falls under the ‘dark’ genre as it deals with human trafficking/prostitution it isn’t erotica. This story falls more under the suspense/thriller side of things with some romance thrown in but by the time I realized that I was dealing with a different beast I was hooked and didn’t mind the change of pace at all because I needed to know if I had guessed right about the various characters motives that we
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