Published by After Six on October 12th 2015
Genres: Abuse, Romance, Suspense
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Source: NetGalley, Rock Star PR
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. He’s a pastor. Too good. Too pure. But when she learns her days are numbered, she runs into the safety of his arms and trusts his promise of protection.
And the truth you never imagined...
The aftermath of a tragic accident and a bitter betrayal leaves her destitute and alone. The one man she shouldn’t trust offers her a chance to escape. But when good and evil collide, what do you do when the truth is Obscured?
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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 connected with the story or the characters, so I blamed the book hangover I had at the moment, and I put the book on hold. A few days later I resumed reading, but it was more of the same. I was sure I wasn’t enjoying the book. But, when I hit 60% awesome things started happening and I was finally hooked! I ended up loving how this book concluded and despite this genre isn’t completely my thing, I’d totally read the next book, because there HAS to be a second book. Not that Obscured ended in a cliffhanger, but I assure you, there has to be a second book.
“I’ve never gotten flowers before.”
I can’t stop looking at them.
“The white means ‘take a chance on happiness,’ and the blue means ‘watchfulness.’”
So, this book is about Athena, a prostitute who is abused and over-abused by her pimp, Mike. Athena has been a hooker for 10 years and she doesn’t know anything else in her life. She didn’t finish high school, she only had one friend and she was afraid the moment she makes a mistake, Mike might kill her. But when she encountered with her old friend from her childhood, Isaiah, she started wondering… What if her life were normal… What if she would have stayed in her hometown instead of going to Vegas… What if she ended up married with Isaiah… What if… What if… What if… To find out how her messed up life changes, read Obscured.
When I open my eyes, I am once more the woman I was before running into Isaiah. I am Athena and I am a prostitute. This is my life, and a coincidental meeting in a hotel lobby hasn’t changed that.
Like I said before, there was a twist of events that got my complete attention to this book. When I thought there was no hope for Athena, she found a guardian angel in the least expected character, which I totally loved. I was as surprised as Athena, and I ended up loving what happened.
“Do you want to live?”
His question knocks the wind out of me. “Yes.”
“Then I need you to do the hardest thing you’ve ever done. I need you to trust me.”
I like how Tara managed to write the abusive subject in this book. It was so implicit all over the pages, but the descriptions were never disgusting at all. If it would have been the case, I wouldn’t have ended this book, because seriously, the way Mike trated Athena was horrible. UGH!
Overall, I give 3,5 stars to this book because it was very nicely written, the characters were well developed and the twist of events on the second half were amazing.