|BITTERSWEET OBSESSIONS |
by Annie Rayburn
|Genre: ||Erotic Romance |
|Publisher: ||Red Sage |
|Format ||ISBN ||Price |
|PDF ||9781603106481 ||3.99 |
|Kindle ||9781603106511 ||3.99 |
|HTML ||9781603106504 ||3.99 |
|EPUB ||9781603106498 ||3.99 |
|E-Book ||9781603106528 ||3.99 |
|Author Page: Annie Rayburn |
A faraway world called Crainesia, now lost, sent its people to Earth decades ago. They look and act like humans, can mate and reproduce with humans, and work, interact with humans, but they have some differences. They mate for life, and once they find a lifemate, they must be with that person or their pheromones will cause them to die. They can also read each other’s thoughts.
When Teriza meets Deacon, both realize they are lifemates. However, Deacon is already married to a human named Sallie, who will fight to keep her man, lifemate lore or no.
Teriza is sent by her family to a Swiss clinic for what we can call, for lack of a better term, re-programming. That treatment includes surrogate sex with sexy Crainesian men who are hired to help out with problems like Teriza’s. She has lots of sex with her ‘treatment’ partner, but is drawn to his friend and fellow surrogate Paul, as he is to her.
But the lifemate call is irresistible, and even after death, a Crainesian cannot usually find any sexual satisfaction or love with anyone else. But strange things happen in the name of love, and maybe, just maybe, there could be more than one lifemate for them.
I liked Bittersweet Obsessions a lot. It is fresh and different, and a charming love story. The sexual tension is non-stop, with only brief respites for all the characters. It’s hard to predict who will end up with whom, and how that might happen, so it keeps you turning pages till the very end.
Paranormal, Romance, - novel
TBR Reviewer: Luta Wolf
As humans we have control over our basic instincts, while the animals around us go into heat during spring we remain somewhat free from that driving desire but what if we didn’t. What if we weren’t human but something different and mating was about something other than love, a drive that is all about pheromones and doesn’t go away. Could you fight it?
I found the plot to this story hugely fascinating. In a way it isn’t new, you can read any shifter book and it talks about “mates” but the authors approach was unique and kept me entirely captivated. A little too captivated as I got so sucked into the emotional impact of the characters that it was hard to let go of the melancholy once the story was over.
All the characters are well written and three dimensional. Even the so called “bad guys” were anything but and pulled you into their own individual stories. I love Teriza, there is something queenly about her. Despite all that she goes through, all the pain and confusion, she still carries herself with grace. All together what I really loved about this book was that it was thought provoking, it called to the honor inside me and asked me “What would I do had I been in this situation?”
The sex scenes are hot as well, though be warned there is a lot of sex with “other” people, meaning others outside of the relationships that they end up in but no actual cheating. My only complaint is that I wish the author had put as much effort into bringing us out of the emotional turmoil that she worked so hard to put us in, however, this is a really good book that I feel compelled to recommend.
Review: Bittersweet Obsessions by Annie Rayburn
Bittersweet Obsessions by Annie Rayburn
Release Date: June 1, 2011
Publisher: Red Sage Presents
When it comes to love, they believe in one perfect mate, but putting the centuries-old belief to the test could bring them everything they desire.
In a culture where it’s believed each person has only one life-mate, what happens when yours is beyond your reach? Teriza feels the mating call to a man married to a Human. Unwilling to be the cause of infidelity, Teriza distances herself from her mate after an intense pheromone-charged encounter that leaves her in precarious health. She requires treatment and is sent to a clinic in Switzerland, where sexual surrogates are employed to heal such conditions. After Paul Craddock’s life-mate died, he turned to surrogacy to ease the pain of loneliness. His reaction to Teriza surprises him by being more than a casual attraction. He’s intrigued to discover she feels the same. They experiment with the Human way of courtship, but the ultimate bond that Crainesians experience eludes them. Teriza fears Paul cannot be content with her since he’s experienced heartglow during his previous marriage. Paul worries that the existence of Teriza’s life mate makes him the consolation prize, good enough, but not her first choice. Though they are falling in love, they’re in uncharted territory without the engulfing pheromone storm of life-mates to guide them. Will they learn to trust their feelings and listen to their hearts before it’s too late?
Review: Bittersweet Obsessions is a story that puts a whole new story on finding your one true mate but you can never have them.
Teriza is a strong woman and she has been given her grandmother’s house and decides that she needs to redo the ground work around the house. She goes to the best landscaper. All and behold she runs into her life-mate and he’s married. What’s a girl to do. She is a woman with good values so she tries to do the best thing and stay away.
Teriza has a wonderful family. They aren’t perfect but whose family is? They send her away to a clinic to get help. There she runs into Paul. Paul has shut himself down for years because he’s wife died. For Crainesians you only have one life-mate.
This was a really touching story. I couldn’t imagine finding my one true love and can’t have them. The author does a wonderful job bringing all the feelings into her words. You can feel the heart break, loneliness, and everything else that you would feel. I tried to put myself in her shoes and become her.
I was just sitting back chearing Paul and Teriza on. Saying please just give it a try and maybe you could really find another mate. They both had to get over the past and all the hurt they had been through.
I could feel the connection from the first time that they saw each other. I was also wondering how the author came up with the name Teriza? But all in all this was a wonderful story and very heart felt. The author did a wonderful job with everything.
I will just warn you that the sex gets pretty hot. But hey it’s a romance so we all expect it. Enjoy reading.