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Stolen Obsession

(Annalisse Series #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  74 reviews
"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
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Published June 30th 2018 by Ewephoric Publishing (first published January 12th 2018)
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sarah xoxo
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2019, arcs

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
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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
Sydney Young
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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:

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
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
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a whirlwind of a book. Global involvement with duo agencies. Great mystery, with a great romance to go with it. I can't wait for book 2 to come out! Found it on Goodreads Gals of the Southwest Book Club.
Lynn Poppe
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
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
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
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
Tabatha The Librarian Pope
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Arlene Mullen
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Samantha Turley
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
C. Gonzales
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Amy’s Booket List
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Anita Lock
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘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.
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 31, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Janet S
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jennifer Pierson
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
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Although I read a lot of mysteries and crime novels, this was not my usual read. As long as you are able to suspend disbelief and allow yourself to flow with the action, this dangerous adventure is a five star read.
The first paragraph of this book sets the tone for where Analisse's head and heart are and leads to her relationship with Gerenosa. Although this paragraph is in such contrast to the party in which the story begins, it sets a firm foundation for what follows.
Other than our three
Jimmy Jefferson
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An adventure that spans the world, life, and love

Marlene Bell has written a great story of love, mystery, and adventure. Annalisse is the lovely antique appraiser who is struck hard by the death of her close friend. She believes a cursed necklace caused the death and must now fight to insure that nobody else is killed in such a horrible fashion. She meets and enlisted Alec to help her and soon finds his family in danger half way around the world. As we jet set across the globe with the star
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some books just start out well; such is the case with Stolen Obsession (Annalisse Series Book 1) by Marlene M. Bell. Annalisse the lead protagonist, works as an antiquities appraiser in New York, and strange things are happening. After the murder of her friend, she must cope with her own version of PTSD, but becomes embroiled in a riveting mystery. Jewelry that might be cursed is causing a lot of trouble for the lead character, but she is helped by her good looking Greek crush, Alec. This is ...more
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great thriller!

What a thriller! So this book takes you on a journey with Annalisse who finds a cursed necklace at a gallery opening she is sure caused the death of her friend. This necklace brings nothing but pain, destruction and death to anyone it meets and suddenly Annalisse finds herself on the run. I really liked Annalisse and her strength and courage shown throughout the book. She was a gutsy female lead and I liked her with Alec a lot. I also liked Alec as well! The chemistry between them
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. This book is incredible. I really enjoy the authors writing style, the author pulls you into the book from the very beginning and makes it so you don't want to put the book down. It kept me on the edge of my seat reading ...more
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Marlene M. Bell is an acclaimed artist and photographer as well as a writer. Her previous book, a memoir entitled Among the Sheep, offers a look into her life history, along with a selection of written works on the subject of care and breeding of sheep. She and her husband, Gregg, have raised breeding stock of nationally renowned, purebred Horned Dorset sheep for over thirty-five years. Marlene is ...more

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