Obsession by Paige Bennett

OBESESSION
Obsession by Paige Bennett
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (21 pages)
Heat level: Sweet
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

It is New Orleans, 1850, and Blanche Paradis, a free woman of color has carved out a good life, including a job she enjoys, and a man she loves, gambler Bart Donovan. One small blemish mars her happiness, the obsessive interest of a mysterious aristocrat, Lucien St.Clair.

In a moment of weakness, Blanche falls into Lucien’s bed, sealing her fate and that of her lover. For Lucien is much more than he seems, and his lust for the beautiful Blanche knows no bounds.

It was not love…it was lust…fueled by too much champagne.

Obsession is a fitting title that expresses obsession from two characters in the book. One is a vampire tale of passion. The second is a tale of a lovers revenge. Lucien St. Clair, a mysterious blue eyed, blond mane of thick hair, lacked feelings of stimulation and sensation for over 300 years, that is until songstress Blanche Paradis becomes the object of his desire. Blanche refuses Lucien’s advances being that she is committed to her involvement with Bart Donovan. One night this commitment is tested. Bart is away on business and isn’t able to attend Blanche’s performance, but her admirer Lucien is there and feeling confident that tonight will be the night that Blanche will choose him.

While on stage in song Blanche finds herself caught in Lucien’s avid gaze and feels her heated desires rise. Something about Lucien’s persistence and obvious desire flatters and arouse Blanche’s curiosity. The events that night leave Blanche satisfied but full of guilt and shame. When Bart returns she begs for his forgiveness after she confesses to him her discretion. As with all love triangles they can get complicated and when dealing with a vampire someone is likely to get bit. Lucien isn’t one to give up and makes Blanche “like him” in hopes that she will come to him willingly. This obsession that Lucien has for his Cherie (Blanche) fuels and starts the obsession for Blanche to seek solace in the vengeance she has for Lucien.

I am not sure if the author is playing a cruel joke, but I found myself cheering for Lucien to win Blanche’s heart over. I felt the passion and the attraction and was pushing Blanche on to do the same. I feel in love with Lucien’s distinctive qualities and his swag. The passion between the two was so real and so much more than what she shared with Bart. What really made me enjoy this novella is the 1850 setting in New Orleans, the strong attraction and desire that Lucien has for Blanche but he wasn’t over barring in his confidence to where he was conceded and a turn off. I enjoyed the thrill of Blanche being torn between Bart and Lucien. Her fighting the passion and lust that was obviously there. I think the author did a great job in incorporating a few French lines which really added to the context.

I would highly recommend reading Obsession by Paige Bennett. It’s a short magnifque read of one man’s desire and passion for a woman who is already spoken for.

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