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Stolen Obsession

(Annalisse Series #1)

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"Debut author Bell delivers a great, slow-building romance, gently examining her characters' painful pasts." -- Kirkus Reviews

People die, but legends live on.

New York antiquities appraiser Annalisse Drury recently lost her best friend to murder. The killer’s identity may be linked to her friend’s expensive missing bracelet—a 500-year-old artifact that carries an ancient c
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Published March 20th 2018 by Ewephoric Publishing (first published January 12th 2018)
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Julie
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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sarah xoxo
S U M M A R Y

Slow burn romance, curses, Greece, deception and murder combine in this novel to create an intriguing blend of romance and suspense.

We are thrown into the story of Annalisse, an antiques appraiser still reeling from the mysterious death of her friend Sam. When she spots a connection to the murder at a gallery opening, she gets thrown into a world of danger and intrigue. Her life gets tangled with the Greek playboy, Alec Zavos and she has to decide who to trust as the stakes get incr
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Sherry Fundin
The fabulous cover hints at the story inside and I do like when that happens. Doesn’t it peak your curiosity?

Annaliise has lost one friend to the curse and she struggles to stop any more from being added to the tragedy. She’s determined to protect her friends, whether they believe in the curse or not.

I love any twist on murder in my mystery and suspense/thriller reading, and Marlene M Bell supplies that in Stolen Obsession.

Traveling through words are some of my favorite adventures. I go places I
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Sydney Young
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love you a great romantic mystery full of Greek and Persian intrigue? Look no further! Here is my review and a link to the currently ongoing giveaway: https://sydsavvy.blogspot.com/2018/03...

I absolutely love Greek lore, so I was very curious about STOLEN OBSESSION when I first saw it. Give me some Greek Isles and a great mystery about jewelry from antiquity, and I'm all in. Not to mention the handsome Greek romantic lead.

STOLEN OBSESSION does not disappoint. It starts off with a bang, dropping
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LAWonder10
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Annakisse, orphaned when she was a girl, holds tender memories of her Aunt and Uncle , sheep farmers, far away from her Manhattan residence.
While supporting her boss in an opening for the gallery, a necklace she feels is cursed, was unexpectedly on display. It must be removed!
The "opening" is halted when a mugging occurred. Then further disaster transpired!
While she originally sought the aid of the gallery owner's womanizing son, she reluctantly had to put herself in his care while the crimes
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Kayla Krantz
A cursed jewel and murders.

What more could a person ask for in a story?

As an appraiser, Annalisse has seen it all…or so she thinks. So when cursed jewels come into her possession, she doesn’t know what to do. After suspecting they were behind the death of her friend, Annalisse embarks on a quest with her friend/romantic interest in a plan that will either stop the curse or kill them.

There is plenty of suspense and even some romance in this story. I love the blend of genres as well as the autho
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Jypsy
Thank you Lola's Blog Tours and the author for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Stolen Obsession
By: Marlene M. Bell


REVIEW ☆☆☆☆
I have actually already read the second book, Spent Identity, prior to reading Stolen Obsession. I loved the second, and I was fairly certain I would like this book as well. I was correct! Poor Annalise begins with a tragic event, then another, and her luck just seems so bad. I was sad for her and all the negative
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Amy’s Booket List
Let’s start with what I really like about the book. The story is so good, with so much potential and intrigue. The characters travel the world, experience great loss, find great love, and survive epic danger. Not to mention, they solve a murder mystery involving a cursed object. You can definitely tell the story was well thought-out and developed by Marlene Bell.

What I didn’t like were minor character issues and the dialogue. I will save the character critique for the character section, so first
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Joan
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had trouble liking this novel. As I began reading it, I felt like I had missed an earlier novel as there were so many references to a previous murder. While a few details are revealed as the novel progresses, a prologue or first chapter detailing it would have helped.

I found Bell's writing style difficult to follow. Here is an example of the odd writing style. Annalisse stood in front of a mirror. “Alec stood behind her in the mirror's reflection.” (Loc 2168/5055) So, was he only standing behi
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Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, books-to-review
A curse, antiquities, and murder make this an intriguing read.  Throw in a handsome man, the Greek isles, and deception....well, it rounds out all the key elements of a good story.

This book led me across the globe and through a web of clues and misdirection while trying to decipher who was behind the murders and kidnappings.  Let's just say there is a twist near the end that I didn't expect but looking back should not have been surprised.  With everything that happens to Annalisse and Alec, I tr
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Rosario Barrera
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my! Thrills, chills, action, romance and history! And I love history! This was a real page turner. Just loved it. Things kept coming from everywhere, making no sense and then falling into place. A great whodunnit.
Amy
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Part murder mystery, part romance novel, Stolen Obsession was an easy read. Though it tended to lean a bit more towards the romance end than I’d anticipated, I still found it enjoyable. If you’re all about the romance, definitely check it out.

Annalisse is an antiques appraiser, reeling from the horrific murder of her best friend. When she spots a connection to the murder at her client Generosa’s gallery opening, she’s sure things are about to get worse. Not to mention, the gallery owner’s playb
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Renee
Oct 23, 2018 added it
Please let me start with what I really like about the book. The storyline was good, the characters were good too, even though there were too many, imo. The best part was the cursed jewelry. I liked Alec and there was a past of his that I felt was missing.

The parts where I am lost really are the beginning of the book. I felt like I was talked at. The first 1/3 was scattered and at times hard to follow. I really think some good cuts & edits would have made a big difference.
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Arlene Mullen
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been awhile since I have read a mystery book. It starts off with annalisse at an gallery opening. The action kicks off right away. She meets the handsome Alec, recognizes the necklace as a sister piece to the one from her friend and watched her boss die. Things don't slow down until the last few pages. During the few days they are shot at, held captive, terrorized, almost blown up and just generally terrorized.

Now Alec and Annalisse are very stressed to each other. Alec's mother has spen
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Samantha Turley
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Sometimes I get to a point where I feel bogged down in a certain genre and need a change. That is when a Mystery is always my go-to. I feel like they make me think and help get my mind off of things more than any other genre.
There is a great balance between the Romance and Mystery. I found myself guessing the whole way through, and being wrong quite a bit. On the other hand I was swept up in the Romance.
The plot was fast paced and flowed smoothly and the characters were those who I really liked
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C. Gonzales
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, mystery
This novel is the epitome of what a Mystery should be. It will keep you guessing the entire way through. Just when you think you have something figured out, you will be shocked and surprised.

Wow, this one really delivers in many areas. It really was a fast paced mystery. I was really hooked from the get-go and wanted so bad to know where things will end up.

I loved the addition of the romance, it really managed to add a different layer to the story.
Amy
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stolen Obsession is the first installment form Marlene M Bell’s series, Annalisse. It is, also, the author’s debut novel. The reader is introduced to Annalisse Drury, an antiquities appraiser from New York. She finds herself trying to identify the killer of her best fired through a missing five hundred year old bracelet that carries an evil curse. She finds a necklace matching the bracelet at a gallery opening in Manhattan. Despite advising to have the necklace destroyed, another murder occurs. ...more
Kristin
I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway.

To start, I have to admit it that it took me a while to get into this particular story. Before I applied for the giveaway, I always read the synopsis and make sure that I'm not applying for something that's in the middle of a series and will make no sense...

So I was a little surprised to find this book begins like it is a sequel. Next to no background is given on who, what, when, or why. You just plunge right in and get little vague snippets that somethi
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Lynn Poppe
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Stolen Obsession is a suspense-filled mystery. The reader follows along with our main character, Annalisse, who lands on the wrong side of cursed, historical, jewelry, while she tries to determine who is attacking those she loves. A Solid 3 1/2 Stars for me.


What I liked:
The concept \ mystery aspect of the novel really works for me. I avidly followed the mystery of who is after the necklace. Similarly to Annalisse and Alec, I couldn’t figure out who we could trust and who we couldn’t. Are the F
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Anita Lock
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The sudden death of Annalisse Drury’s boss, Harry, during the opening of an art exhibit of her favorite client, Generosa (Gen) Zavos, leaves her unnerved. Moments before his demise, Annalisse notices an Iranian horse necklace—one of two identical pieces; the other in Crete—in one of the display cases. Sam, her longtime friend, wore a bracelet with the exact design at the time of her grisly death six weeks earlier. Convinced that the jewelry is cursed, Annalisse, alongside Chase, another longtime ...more
Tangled in Text
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
My favorite genre is mystery/suspense, but recently I've been obsessed with historical fictions and this seemed to be the best of both worlds. I love the research and insight this story gave into cultures and artifacts. The creativity and detail was enticing.

In the beginning when it kept referencing a past event, I had to look up to see if I'd missed a previous book in the series (I didn't, this is the first). I was a little confused, but it slowly started bringing you up to speed understanding
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Tabatha The Librarian Pope
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Stolen Artifacts. Ancient Curse. Murder and Suspense...and Romance.
Annalisse Drury is a sheep-loving antiquities appraiser in New York. Her best friend is murdered and she believes that the five century old bracelet that she was wearing might be the source of an ancient curse.

When she discovers an identical bracelet at a gallery opening, it thrusts her into a world of danger and intrigue with the gallery owner’s Greek playboy son, Alec Zavos. As the two of them work together to save his parents
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D.K. Hundt
STOLEN OBSESSION – DNF @ 21%. The concept of the book I like a lot, which is why I chose to read and review it, however, the characters – their interactions with one another and dialogue, didn’t feel realistic to me and created a bit of a disconnect. Other readers may feel differently. I do look forward to reading future books by Marlene M. Bell.

Thank you, BookSirens and author Marlene M. Bell, for providing me with an eBook of STOLEN OBSESSION in exchange for an honest review.
Mick Dubois
Immediately when she sees the necklace that’s eerily similar to a bracelet that belonged to her murdered friend Sam, Annalisse is convinced that it’s not a modern copy but part of the antique Persian set. A collection that disappeared hundreds of years ago. The jewellery was destined to be worn solely by Iranian royalty and is supposedly cursed. She thinks that someone wants to get all the pieces back together and that everyone at the gallery is in danger. She has no evidence or clues to say or ...more
Grady
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
‘New York had hooked her with its claws, drawn her into its global mystique, ideal for an antiquities appraiser with her specialty.’

Texas author/photographer/artist Marlene M Bell is well known for her sheep landscapes that grace the covers of publications such as, Sheep!, The Shepherd, Ranch & Rural Living and Sheep Industry News. She also owns and operates Ewephoric, a mail order venture to emphasize her desire for realistic sheep stationery, non-fiction books and sheep-related gifts. STOLEN O
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Stephanie
This was a DNF from me. I was very excited to have the opportunity to review this book when I received it from BookSirens. Stolen Obsession has a great premise which was why I chose to review it. However there are some missing details and discrepancies that kept me from being all in on finishing this. EDIT: I need to say the writing is not bad nor is the idea of the story but it needs a good editor.

First, the main character Annalisse is an antiquities appraiser. At least that what I got from the
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Jennifer
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, romance, thriller
While I love watching revenge movies, filled with action & adventure, romantic suspense is not my usual genre to read. I'm so glad I took a chance on Marlene M. Bell's Stolen Obsession.

Annalisse is an antiquities appraiser. She's brilliant at her job, can spot fakes a mile away. But behind her professional and beautiful veneer, she lives in fear. Fear that her best friend's murderer will walk away free. Fear that anyone who gets close to her will die, just like her parents did. It's easy for An
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Liesbeth
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

The story is an interesting mix of steamy romance, actions and a lot of thrills. The action and the romance start from the beginning, when Annalisse spots the golden necklace with horses that bears a curse. Her best friend was murdered murdered for a similar design in bracelet form. The story takes off as a high-speed train and doesn't give you enough breathing time to relax. During the chase and being chased, I
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Janet S
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Antiquities appraiser Annalisse Drury leads a life where the pace never slows. The jolt of her roommate’s violent death and her questions about whether she had a role in letting it happen soon morph into a larger web of art-theft, ancient curses and possible espionage. And in the middle of all of this she’s coming to terms with falling in love. This is a real romantic thriller, and each chapter seems to bring a new disaster or revelation.

Bell has a talent for showing the reader how Annalisse ke
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Jennifer Pierson
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Stolen Obsession is Marlene M. Bell's debut novel, and right out of the gate, she displayed a talented writing style that I really loved. And since this is a romantic suspense book, the only thing I'll give away about the plot is a curse, antiques/artifacts, and murder. Intrigued yet?! Well I was, and it only gets better when you turn the pages, as the twists are definitely f-bomb dropping worthy. Then Ms. Bell adds in the sexy man, some descriptive genius transporting me across the world, ...more
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