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Natchez Trace Ranger and historian Emma Winters hoped never to see Sam Ryker again after she broke off her engagement to him. But when shots are fired at her at a historical landmark just off the Natchez Trace, she's forced to work alongside Sam as the Natchez Trace law enforcement district ranger in the ensuing investigation. To complicate matters, Emma has acquired a del Natchez Trace Ranger and historian Emma Winters hoped never to see Sam Ryker again after she broke off her engagement to him. But when shots are fired at her at a historical landmark just off the Natchez Trace, she's forced to work alongside Sam as the Natchez Trace law enforcement district ranger in the ensuing investigation. To complicate matters, Emma has acquired a delusional secret admirer who is determined to have her as his own. Sam is merely an obstruction, one which must be removed. Sam knows that he has failed Emma in the past and he doesn't intend to let her down again. Especially since her life is on the line. As the threads of the investigation cross and tangle with their own personal history, Sam and Emma have a chance to discover the truth, not only about the victim but about what went wrong in their relationship.


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Natchez Trace Ranger and historian Emma Winters hoped never to see Sam Ryker again after she broke off her engagement to him. But when shots are fired at her at a historical landmark just off the Natchez Trace, she's forced to work alongside Sam as the Natchez Trace law enforcement district ranger in the ensuing investigation. To complicate matters, Emma has acquired a del Natchez Trace Ranger and historian Emma Winters hoped never to see Sam Ryker again after she broke off her engagement to him. But when shots are fired at her at a historical landmark just off the Natchez Trace, she's forced to work alongside Sam as the Natchez Trace law enforcement district ranger in the ensuing investigation. To complicate matters, Emma has acquired a delusional secret admirer who is determined to have her as his own. Sam is merely an obstruction, one which must be removed. Sam knows that he has failed Emma in the past and he doesn't intend to let her down again. Especially since her life is on the line. As the threads of the investigation cross and tangle with their own personal history, Sam and Emma have a chance to discover the truth, not only about the victim but about what went wrong in their relationship.

30 review for Obsession

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    What a difference ten years makes after the disappearance of her twin brother Ryan. But maybe not! Emma Winters still does not know what happened to Ryan. And to make things more complicated, she has to team with ex-fiancé, Sam Ryker when someone shoots at her. Ms. Bradley does an excellent job of keeping you on your toes with the intriguing premise and just hinting at who the culprit might be. Is Emma’s stalker a killer too? Sam tries to keep her protected as their feelings shoot to the surface What a difference ten years makes after the disappearance of her twin brother Ryan. But maybe not! Emma Winters still does not know what happened to Ryan. And to make things more complicated, she has to team with ex-fiancé, Sam Ryker when someone shoots at her. Ms. Bradley does an excellent job of keeping you on your toes with the intriguing premise and just hinting at who the culprit might be. Is Emma’s stalker a killer too? Sam tries to keep her protected as their feelings shoot to the surface again and they dig into their pasts. It was hard to put this book down, a real brain workout. And the romance was just right. The theme of forgiveness and mending family estrangements shine through. The setting of the Natchez Trace and the Mount Laurel Visitors Center is described wonderfully to catch you interest. The author writes a spectacularly creepy villain and you’ll be scratching your head to figure out who he is. This second book of the Natchez Trace Park Rangers is dramatic. I cannot wait for book three. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    I loved this twisty novel that is tucked inside a National Park with links to yesterday and tendrils in today. A well-written, well-plotted novel filled with characters I enjoyed, the right level of romance, and a page-turning mystery. Thoroughly enjoyed.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nora St Laurent

    I like how the author kicks starts this novel with action that gets the heart pumping and the pages turning as she introduces main characters Emma Winters and Sam Ryker. The author expertly sets up the storyline with numerous possible suspects keeping the reader guessing who dun it til the very end. I enjoyed the sweet little kitty Emma finds at the visitors’ center. Where did it come from? She wonders. I thought the cat sweet and was glad it had a calming effect on Emma. This book is filled wit I like how the author kicks starts this novel with action that gets the heart pumping and the pages turning as she introduces main characters Emma Winters and Sam Ryker. The author expertly sets up the storyline with numerous possible suspects keeping the reader guessing who dun it til the very end. I enjoyed the sweet little kitty Emma finds at the visitors’ center. Where did it come from? She wonders. I thought the cat sweet and was glad it had a calming effect on Emma. This book is filled with twists, turns, faith, love, mystery, and a stalker it’s a fun adventure. One thing about this author’s romantic suspense books is how she allows the reader into the head of the killer. She does not go too far that it gets creepy and you have to stop reading but just enough to create a nail-biting suspenseful page turner you cannot put down. Here is a peek at the killer, “Adrenaline pumped through his body as he jogged through the woods, dodging low-handing limbs. His truck was half a mile away, parked at an abandoned old barn…He heard sirens and looked over his shoulder to make sure no one chased him. He was good, but then a thin limb slapped him and anger spewed out of him….”He hated Sam Ryker. The ranger had forced him to kill.” Themes of forgiveness, second chances and dysfunctional family dynamics come into play in a natural not preachy way. This book would work well for your next book club pick. There is so much to discuss. Disclosure of Material Connection: I have received a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” Nora St. Laurent TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! The Book Club Network blog www.bookfun.org

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    Obsession is another great suspenseful read in the Natchez Trace Park Ranger series, set in Natchez, Mississippi. I was pulled into the story in the beginning scene and entertained to the end. Emma Winters is a ranger at a historical visitors center right off the Trace where she is working a archeological project involving slave cabins and graves. She returned to the site one night having forgotten a file and surprised someone running a backhoe when no one should be there using it. Warning shots Obsession is another great suspenseful read in the Natchez Trace Park Ranger series, set in Natchez, Mississippi. I was pulled into the story in the beginning scene and entertained to the end. Emma Winters is a ranger at a historical visitors center right off the Trace where she is working a archeological project involving slave cabins and graves. She returned to the site one night having forgotten a file and surprised someone running a backhoe when no one should be there using it. Warning shots were fired at her. Someone was digging a grave size hole near the cabins and graves. Newly returned Law enforcement district ranger Sam Ryker is called in to investigate along with the County Sheriff Nate Rawlings and his department. Ten years ago, Emma and Sam were engaged before tragedy broke them up. Her twin brother Ryan disappeared the same night he was accused of killing a girl he dated. Sam, Emma, and Nate work to unravel the present day mystery and see if/how it might tie in with the old mystery. On top of all that's going on, someone begins stalking Emma. Sam is working to keep her safe but things ramp up as they get shot at again. It is a complicated mystery involving small town politics and old friends. I enjoyed trying to figure out what was going on and who I thought might be the stalker and who was the shooter--were they the same? Who was digging at the site? Sam and Emma are both carrying around emotional baggage, not only from their history but family issues as well. The story deals with the importance of forgiveness and moving forward. There is a faith thread woven through the story showing how it can change people for the good. This is an action packed mystery with suspense, danger, a psychological element, and love. I enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone who love romantic suspense with a spiritual touch. I received a complimentary ARC from Revell Publishing and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    I definitely looked forward to book 2 in the Natchez Trace series, and once again Patricia Bradley didn't disappoint. Set in south Mississippi in Natchez Trace Park, this book focuses on park rangers Emma Winters and Sam Ryker. Emma is focused on restoring the old slave cemetery in the park and giving honor to those who had been buried there, but things come to a screeching halt when Emma is shot at while in the park and a large hole is revealed dug out next to the cemetery which may connect to I definitely looked forward to book 2 in the Natchez Trace series, and once again Patricia Bradley didn't disappoint. Set in south Mississippi in Natchez Trace Park, this book focuses on park rangers Emma Winters and Sam Ryker. Emma is focused on restoring the old slave cemetery in the park and giving honor to those who had been buried there, but things come to a screeching halt when Emma is shot at while in the park and a large hole is revealed dug out next to the cemetery which may connect to Emma's twin brother who has been missing for ten years. The reconnection between Emma and Sam as they worked together to discover the villains who are behind an unsolved murder, Emma's missing brother, and the strange occurrences happening to Emma was so well developed. Bradley also did an excellent job of threading through themes of self-forgiveness as well as forgiveness of others. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep my interest and enough red herrings that the perpetrator could have been one of several people. The lost kitten was a sweet addition along with the role that gerbera daisies played, and the ending was a heartwarming conclusion. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Robin Reynolds

    *received from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed* OBSESSION takes us back to the Natchez Trace Park, where Emma is an interpretive park ranger. Near a visitor’s center is an old slave cemetery, and Emma is about to begin a project using a ground penetrating radar machine to locate the individual graves and determine how many slaves were actually buried there, and hopefully give them recognition and provide closure to their descendants. One night she goes back to the visitor’s center after ho *received from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed* OBSESSION takes us back to the Natchez Trace Park, where Emma is an interpretive park ranger. Near a visitor’s center is an old slave cemetery, and Emma is about to begin a project using a ground penetrating radar machine to locate the individual graves and determine how many slaves were actually buried there, and hopefully give them recognition and provide closure to their descendants. One night she goes back to the visitor’s center after hours, having forgotten a file, and is nearly shot by a stranger who then flees. Enter Sam, her ex-fiance who has recently returned to the area and is a law enforcement district ranger. Not to mention her newly self-appointed bodyguard. Along with the mystery of who took shots at Emma, a break comes up in an older case – Emma’s brother disappeared ten years ago, on the same night that a young woman was killed, and during the investigation at that time the then sheriff concluded that he had killed the woman and then gone into hiding. Emma has been trying to find her brother with no luck, and she’s always partly blamed Sam for not taking care of him. When a mysterious note is left on her doorstep with her favorite flowers, it becomes obvious she has a stalker. Sam and Emma don’t know if the three incidents – the shooting, her brother’s disappearance, and the stalking – are related, but it’s clear that she is in danger. I loved the first book in this series, STANDOFF, and this second book was just as good. As with the first book, the writing flows, with plenty of action and suspense. Ms. Bradley’s characterization is wonderful, and I loved both Emma and Sam, although I sometimes agreed with Sam that Emma needed to let him protect her and not be so quick to rush in on her own. She’s tough and feisty and independent, and Sam quickly realizes his feelings for her haven’t changed since they’ve been apart, even though he still isn’t quite sure why she called off their engagement ten years ago. While I enjoyed watching Emma and Sam get to know each other again and begin to repair their relationship, other relationships were brought forward, and the theme of forgiveness ran through the book. Sam’s parents, after being apart for years, are suddenly getting back together, and he struggles with his feelings, unable to comprehend why his mother would take back a man who who abused her and Sam when he was young. And frankly, I sided with Sam on that. I did guess who the stalker was, though I wasn’t 100% positive until his identity was revealed to us. There were a lot of twists and turns, and I will be eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mimi

    I got started on Obsession eagerly anticipating some good suspense. What I completely forgot though was how GOOD Patricia keeps me in suspense for the entire story! When I got to the chapter where we are introduced to the "bad guy's" thoughts, I had that groaning moment where I remembered in Standoff that the author is fantastic at messing with my mind on who the actual bad guy is! Happily I once again admit that I love these quick-glimpse chapters of the bad guy's thoughts and emotions. Hello, c I got started on Obsession eagerly anticipating some good suspense. What I completely forgot though was how GOOD Patricia keeps me in suspense for the entire story! When I got to the chapter where we are introduced to the "bad guy's" thoughts, I had that groaning moment where I remembered in Standoff that the author is fantastic at messing with my mind on who the actual bad guy is! Happily I once again admit that I love these quick-glimpse chapters of the bad guy's thoughts and emotions. Hello, creepy! Let me just say, for the record, that I KNEW who the bad guy was like 4-5 times throughout the story. True, it was always a different person, but one of them was going to be right. Definitely something the author is exceptional at doing. I'm not going to specify which chapter it was but I literally had a "Whuuuuut?!" moment when I read it. I said it out loud! lol I never thought about the fact that there are sites in National Parks where archeologists might want to learn more about and do a dig. This part of the storyline fascinated me. Also, the fact that someone didn't want it happening added to the mystery. As for the characters, for everyone involved there was a lot of hurt from the past for each of them. I don't feel like any of them came away unscathed from their childhood. So much so, I'm glad I didn't go to school with any of them. lol Emma is a strong character and I enjoyed how much she loved her job. You could tell she had a passion for it. Sam is perfect for the law enforcement as a district ranger. Him coming back to Natchez Trace is clearly difficult not only for him, but for Emma as well. There's a history there and it's palpable. There were quite a few characters that were easy to dislike in this story. lol That's always a good thing when you're reading suspense. The characters that might surprise you that I didn't care for are Sam's sister and Emma's mom. They both got on my last nerve. That being said, I liked the redemptive thread to this story. Reminders of how important forgiveness is... forgiving others and ourselves. Also, accepting the forgiveness of Christ. I appreciated that Emma and Sam both had to work through those pieces, which in turn speak to the readers! Bring on some more of this series because I'm ready for it! lol *I received this book for review from the publisher. This is my personal opinion.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Tero

    Another great suspense by Patricia Bradley! I had fun analyzing who the antagonist was through the clues dropped. It is mildly disturbing to read about criminals who are normal in “real life” yet manic in their passions. Yet, I will admit, that fact adds to the suspense. The story had heartache and hope, but I would not suggest it for people who are not into suspense reading. The spiritual message came through more toward the end, with tones of forgiveness and restoration. Even then, it was prima Another great suspense by Patricia Bradley! I had fun analyzing who the antagonist was through the clues dropped. It is mildly disturbing to read about criminals who are normal in “real life” yet manic in their passions. Yet, I will admit, that fact adds to the suspense. The story had heartache and hope, but I would not suggest it for people who are not into suspense reading. The spiritual message came through more toward the end, with tones of forgiveness and restoration. Even then, it was primarily one or two scenes with Scripture. I’m not faulting that message, I just think it could have been a bit stronger if threaded through the entire book instead of just a few scenes. The romance and infatuation was threaded through the entire story. While there was a “big misunderstanding” toward the end, I appreciated that it wasn’t a big fallout but it was more or less quickly dealt with. This is a series I hope to continue to the end! *I received this book from the publisher and happily provided my honest review*

  9. 5 out of 5

    MJSH

    This is book 2 in the series but can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone. The story line follows Emma, an interpretive ranger, and Sam, a law enforcement ranger, who have a shadowed past together. Their work in different parts of the National Park Service is really fascinating. The plot is fast-paced with twists and turns that will have you guessing at the identity of the villain. The villain also has a voice in the story, which adds an extra dimension to the story. Emma has issues with commitm This is book 2 in the series but can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone. The story line follows Emma, an interpretive ranger, and Sam, a law enforcement ranger, who have a shadowed past together. Their work in different parts of the National Park Service is really fascinating. The plot is fast-paced with twists and turns that will have you guessing at the identity of the villain. The villain also has a voice in the story, which adds an extra dimension to the story. Emma has issues with commitment but did love Sam before a murder and disappearance of her twin brother tore them apart. Sam has issues with anger and forgiveness but still loves Emma. As new evidence crops up regarding Emma's brother and the ten-year-old unsolved murder case, Emma is also targeted by a stalker. The past and the present converge in an adrenaline-filled chase as Sam does his best to protect Emma and figure out what happened ten years ago. If you enjoy high-intensity suspense with a bit of romance, you will enjoy this book. I received the book from Revell/Baker Publishing Group via NetGalley and Interview & Reviews and was under no obligation to post a positive comment. All opinions are solely my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    3.5 stars "Life is short. Enjoy each day." What a strange message; especially after Natchez Trace Ranger Emma Winters had survived a harrowing life and death experience the prior evening. There was no signature on the card that accompanied an early morning gerbera daisy delivery to Emma's front door. Why had someone fired shots at her on public property and why did the flowers now seem like a creepy message, or even worse; a warning. On the other hand, why did having Samuel Ryker back in her life 3.5 stars "Life is short. Enjoy each day." What a strange message; especially after Natchez Trace Ranger Emma Winters had survived a harrowing life and death experience the prior evening. There was no signature on the card that accompanied an early morning gerbera daisy delivery to Emma's front door. Why had someone fired shots at her on public property and why did the flowers now seem like a creepy message, or even worse; a warning. On the other hand, why did having Samuel Ryker back in her life feel much, much better than it should? Being a former almost-husband wasn't an advantage when it came to handling Emma Winters. Beautiful but feisty, and fiercely independent, Samuel Ryker knew to keep his distance. But when Emma literally hurled herself into his arms . . .. what was a man to do? Anyone would be shaken up after running for their life, but Samuel had a gut feeling that Emma's safety going forward was going to be more complicated than a few forensic tests could prove. Someone didn't want her restoring historic grave sites at the Trace, and that same someone (or could there be more than one?) must be stalking her every move. In either scenario, someone has a deadly obsession with Emma Winters. In terms of "who done it?", this story scores a big win. Its multiple dead ends and false leads will find readers scratching their heads, only to be delighted over the fact that Emma and Samuel manage to strike a friendly rhythm . . . . . before it all comes crashing down again . Admittedly, Emma is "better at breaking off a relationship", so it's going to be up to Samuel to clean out some of his own emotional cobwebs . . . Emma's life may very well depend on it. I received a copy of this book from Baker Publishing Group through Interviews and Reviews. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    "Obsession" is a Christian romantic suspense. This is the second book in a series, but it works as a standalone novel. Emma accidentally uncovered new evidence in an old case where her missing twin brother was accused of murder. She and Sam worked together to discover the true murderer since it may be connected to the person who kept shooting at them and leaving Emma creepy messages. Since we know more than the main characters, the reader has a better chance of guessing whodunit before Emma and "Obsession" is a Christian romantic suspense. This is the second book in a series, but it works as a standalone novel. Emma accidentally uncovered new evidence in an old case where her missing twin brother was accused of murder. She and Sam worked together to discover the true murderer since it may be connected to the person who kept shooting at them and leaving Emma creepy messages. Since we know more than the main characters, the reader has a better chance of guessing whodunit before Emma and Sam, but I must admit that I wasn't absolutely certain until nearly the end. The suspense came from the physical danger as well as uncertainty about their childhood friends, who were suspects. The main characters were complex, likable, and reacted in realistic ways to events. They asked good questions as they investigated. Emma was generally sensible and resourceful, even though she didn't like needing help. Emma tended to cut and run whenever there was tension in a relationship, but she did still care for Sam, so they needed to work through this and some past issues. Both Emma and Sam needed to forgive people in their lives. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this novel to suspense and mystery fans. I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Obsession, the second installment in Patricia Bradley’s Natchez Trace Park Rangers series is a romantic suspense tale that will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page. In Obsession, Natchez Trace Ranger and historian Emma Winters’ project to survey the slave cemetery and document the accurate number of graves turns into a shocking discovery. As the danger quickly mounts, she finds herself working with her former fiancé, district law enforcement ranger Sam Ryker, to find Obsession, the second installment in Patricia Bradley’s Natchez Trace Park Rangers series is a romantic suspense tale that will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page. In Obsession, Natchez Trace Ranger and historian Emma Winters’ project to survey the slave cemetery and document the accurate number of graves turns into a shocking discovery. As the danger quickly mounts, she finds herself working with her former fiancé, district law enforcement ranger Sam Ryker, to find the culprit before more innocent lives are lost. The romance in the novel is appropriately and realistically portrayed as the former engaged couple, Emma and Sam, struggle with their unresolved feelings after not seeing each other in ten years. There are many supporting characters in the storyline, which was sometimes a bit confusing, but allowed for several possible suspects to evolve throughout the novel. Obsession is highly recommended for fans of romantic suspense, and readers who enjoy books by authors such as Lynette Eason, Dani Pettrey, Irene Hannon, Lynn H. Blackburn, and Rachel Dylan. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Bridgewater

    Obsession by Patricia Bradley is a fast-paced hunt through a buried hole in the ground. As the characters chase to find who is trying to ruin the hunt for a variety of slave graves in a national park, a killer is trying to hide something. Someone is obsessed with Emma. I enjoy novels that actually show how the serial killer is thinking as he stands by and plots different elements. It just makes the hunter a little more creepy. Maybe even allow the readers to feel a little empathic toward the hun Obsession by Patricia Bradley is a fast-paced hunt through a buried hole in the ground. As the characters chase to find who is trying to ruin the hunt for a variety of slave graves in a national park, a killer is trying to hide something. Someone is obsessed with Emma. I enjoy novels that actually show how the serial killer is thinking as he stands by and plots different elements. It just makes the hunter a little more creepy. Maybe even allow the readers to feel a little empathic toward the hunter. In this novel, it does exactly that. At times, I shook my head at his errors, but it was nice to see how he justified what he was doing. Bradley does a wonderful job at keeping the suspense moving with a little bit of romance. With each novel, I believe Bradley keeps getting better. She is a top-notch romantic suspense author. Right alongside Lynette Eason, who I adore too. Overall, Obsession by Patricia Bradley is a great novel for fans of romantic suspense. I received a complimentary copy of Obsession by Patricia Bradley from Revell Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    Wowzers! I have a case of reader whiplash after racing through this nail-biting romantic suspense. So many complicated layers, both in plot and character, that writhe and twist into a heart-thundering tale of murder and mayhem with a scary stalker vibe. Cue the creepy music, grab some comfort chocolate and a teddy bear to hug because the stalker's POV is sinister. And there's a reunion romance that starts out all snip and snark courtesy of Emma. That girl has some serious issues with her past and Wowzers! I have a case of reader whiplash after racing through this nail-biting romantic suspense. So many complicated layers, both in plot and character, that writhe and twist into a heart-thundering tale of murder and mayhem with a scary stalker vibe. Cue the creepy music, grab some comfort chocolate and a teddy bear to hug because the stalker's POV is sinister. And there's a reunion romance that starts out all snip and snark courtesy of Emma. That girl has some serious issues with her past and her fear default is anger. She can be defensive and prickly but, deep down she's as attracted to Sam as he is to her. And though he's been hurt by her rejection in the past, his unfaltering steadfastness keeps them both grounded as they try to outsmart an evil-minded villain. These two have a lot to sort out before they can even glimpse a happily ever after in their future. Bradley provides some likely suspects and enough red herrings to keep an armchair sleuth on the edge of her seat right to the very end. And, mercy, what a heart-stopping conclusion! Another incredible addition to Patricia Bradley's Natchez Trace Park Rangers series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    Natchez Trace Ranger and historian Emma Winters broke her engagement to Sam Ryker many years ago. Afterwards, he left town and life went on for Emma. Now after 10 years, Sam is back and Emma will have to work with him, as he is now a Natchez Trace Law Enforcement District Ranger. To add more complications to her life, Emma now has a stalker. She also has a mystery to solve nearby her office. When you put it all together, Obsession by Patricia Bradley is one page-turner of a book. I couldn't put O Natchez Trace Ranger and historian Emma Winters broke her engagement to Sam Ryker many years ago. Afterwards, he left town and life went on for Emma. Now after 10 years, Sam is back and Emma will have to work with him, as he is now a Natchez Trace Law Enforcement District Ranger. To add more complications to her life, Emma now has a stalker. She also has a mystery to solve nearby her office. When you put it all together, Obsession by Patricia Bradley is one page-turner of a book. I couldn't put Obsession down. There were a lot of twists and turns in the plot. I did suspect the killer but Bradley didn't let me be sure of my hunch until the very end. In between there was a lot of action and some romance. I also found it interesting that both Emma and Sam struggled with some family issues on their own and together. Woven throughout this mix was a threat of spirituality that rang true with the characters for me. All in all, I thought this book had a great plot and I liked the characters. This is the second book in the Natchez Trace Park Rangers series. While you wouldn't have to read the first book to enjoy this one, it would be helpful as some of the characters from the first book are also in this book. At the back of Obsession, the reader also gets the first chapter of the third book in the series to whet their appetite. I can not wait! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions within this review are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarita

    I enjoyed this second story a lot more than the first. Both had the same level of suspense and fast paced action, but this one didn't feel so rushed at the end than how I found the first book ended. The suspense started early on and with quite a bang and never really fell flat. The balance between the action and following the evidence was well done and I was totally invested in trying to figure out who the stalker was (anyone of three main suspects) and seeing how the cold case will end. With Emm I enjoyed this second story a lot more than the first. Both had the same level of suspense and fast paced action, but this one didn't feel so rushed at the end than how I found the first book ended. The suspense started early on and with quite a bang and never really fell flat. The balance between the action and following the evidence was well done and I was totally invested in trying to figure out who the stalker was (anyone of three main suspects) and seeing how the cold case will end. With Emma I hoped for a different ending. The author kept me on my toes with three main suspects and even though I had strong gut feels towards one (or two), I was confused a lot with things happening at specific times. I was frustrated with Emma a few times, especially with an action towards the end. Seriously. I adored Sam and sort of felt like he deserved better, but the two of them was also great together. There were a few things which I did not feel 100% closure with by the end which is why I'm not giving 5 stars. Things which were hinted off during the story but I don't feel that I really got a clear conclusion towards the end. Highly recommended to fans of Romantic Suspense. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions expressed are my own.*

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    OBSESSION is the second book in this series, but it stands alone. I enjoyed the unique plot and the romance was top notch. i didn't want to put this book down. I did guess who-dun-it, but there were some twists I never saw coming. The faith message was strong and i was glad Sam got his issues resolved. This is a book not to be missed. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own. OBSESSION is the second book in this series, but it stands alone. I enjoyed the unique plot and the romance was top notch. i didn't want to put this book down. I did guess who-dun-it, but there were some twists I never saw coming. The faith message was strong and i was glad Sam got his issues resolved. This is a book not to be missed. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kailey

    This book was so good! I couldn’t get enough of it! I read most of it in one sitting! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and storyline. It kept me guessing the whole time! I would highly recommend it! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    This was another really good book by Patricia Bradley. Loved the characters, especially Emma. She has a strength about her while not being "perfect." She was quick to point out areas where Sam needed to change but slow to realize her own shortcomings. But that's true to our real lives, we can see other's faults and not recognize we are doing similar things. I also appreciated the line of forgiveness that the author dealt with. The story itself was excellent. I love how the author gives us a peek This was another really good book by Patricia Bradley. Loved the characters, especially Emma. She has a strength about her while not being "perfect." She was quick to point out areas where Sam needed to change but slow to realize her own shortcomings. But that's true to our real lives, we can see other's faults and not recognize we are doing similar things. I also appreciated the line of forgiveness that the author dealt with. The story itself was excellent. I love how the author gives us a peek into the thoughts of antagonist, it both gives clues and misdirection. I enjoyed trying to figure out who the stalker was. This is a book 2 of the series but acts as a stand alone. If you've read Patricia Bradley you won't be disappointed. If you're new to Bradley's writing this an excellent choice to get a taste of her style. If you're a fan of Blackstock, Sleeman, or Brandilyn Collins you should enjoy Patricia Bradley. Disclaimer: I did receive a copy of the book from the publisher but was under no obligation to provide a review. All opinions are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kay Defreese

    Obsession is the second in the Natchez Trace Park Rangers series. This book captured my interest from the beginning. The heroine Emma Winters has a stalker but I don't think she ever realized the danger she was in. She was formerly involved with Sam Ryker but broke off with him ten years earlier when her twin brother went missing. She holds on to the hope that her brother is still alive. Around 75 percent into the book I thought I knew who was the stalker but I was wrong. There are some twists i Obsession is the second in the Natchez Trace Park Rangers series. This book captured my interest from the beginning. The heroine Emma Winters has a stalker but I don't think she ever realized the danger she was in. She was formerly involved with Sam Ryker but broke off with him ten years earlier when her twin brother went missing. She holds on to the hope that her brother is still alive. Around 75 percent into the book I thought I knew who was the stalker but I was wrong. There are some twists in turns in this book that keeps it interesting and suspenseful. I only got three hours of sleep one night because I wanted to finish this book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Johnson

    I’m the biggest fan of romantic suspense, so I’m always willing to dive in to a new title. Obsession, sadly was a big miss for me. I had major issues with the heroine of this story and could not find a way to see her as relatable or root for her. She was rude, immature, and I found it impossible to believe that she had three grown men vying for her attention. I think the author was trying to show her as independent, however she came across as arrogant, blunt, and completely self centered. I felt I’m the biggest fan of romantic suspense, so I’m always willing to dive in to a new title. Obsession, sadly was a big miss for me. I had major issues with the heroine of this story and could not find a way to see her as relatable or root for her. She was rude, immature, and I found it impossible to believe that she had three grown men vying for her attention. I think the author was trying to show her as independent, however she came across as arrogant, blunt, and completely self centered. I felt as if the plot drug out for way too long without any real progress and I didn’t really understand why the majority of the book centered around a park ranger digging in a pit that had just had a disturbance. The villain was completely obvious from the very first encounter which left no twist or surprise for the rest of this story centered around digging and sifting dirt. The romance angle was completely not believable based on the characters interaction for most of the book. I did enjoy the chapters written from the villain’s point of view and there were times I was even rooting for him to succeed. This book definitely wasn’t my taste as far as suspense reads goes.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Erin Laramore

    4.5 stars for this romantic suspense novel from Patricia Bradley! This is the second in the Natchez Trace Park Rangers series, but could easily be read as a stand-alone. While Brooke (the lead from book 1) makes a few minor appearances in this book, you don't need any history to keep up with what is happening in this one. This book follows Emma, Brooke's friend. Emma is a park ranger as well, though not on the law enforcement side of things. She is attempting a project at Mount Locust (one of th 4.5 stars for this romantic suspense novel from Patricia Bradley! This is the second in the Natchez Trace Park Rangers series, but could easily be read as a stand-alone. While Brooke (the lead from book 1) makes a few minor appearances in this book, you don't need any history to keep up with what is happening in this one. This book follows Emma, Brooke's friend. Emma is a park ranger as well, though not on the law enforcement side of things. She is attempting a project at Mount Locust (one of the park locations she works at), to seek out the history of those buried in the slave cemetery. She's coming up against some pushback, though she doesn't know from whom. At the same time, she also finds she has a stalker, and she can't imagine why. It's also about this same time that Sam Rykker re-enters her life, the man she was engaged to 10 years ago whom she pushed away after her brother's disappearance. In addition to following Emma and Sam's relationship, this book also re-opens the cold case of her brother's disappearance, after they find there was a lot more to it than initially met the eye and that it tied into current events with Emma's stalker. While I figured out early on who the stalker was, the author was very good about misdirection and making me second guess my initial thoughts. There were several on my suspect list and while my original guess was correct, I enjoyed the uncertainty of it. This book had intense action and suspense, a sweet romance that was believable due to their history, and a good mystery that had some great depth. The faith thread was subtle, but present and there was a resounding theme of forgiveness throughout. I enjoyed the characters and their growth as well. The scenes from the viewpoint of the stalker felt a bit redundant because he was so obsessed with Emma (hence the book title), but that would stand to reason. I enjoyed the story-line overall and the book had a good resolution. I look forward to additional books in this series and by this author! Special thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance e-copy of this book. I was under no obligation to provide a review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vickie

    A fast-paced and intriguing mystery involving a Natchez Trace ranger who is also an historian and her former fiancé who is a law enforcement ranger. Emma doesn’t like it when Sam is assigned to investigate the case after someone shoots at her in the park early one morning. But since Sam is tasked to keep her safe, Emma just has to suck it up and go along with his constant presence. Unfortunately, there is someone else who has Emma in his sights, someone who is totally obsessed with her. Sam can’ A fast-paced and intriguing mystery involving a Natchez Trace ranger who is also an historian and her former fiancé who is a law enforcement ranger. Emma doesn’t like it when Sam is assigned to investigate the case after someone shoots at her in the park early one morning. But since Sam is tasked to keep her safe, Emma just has to suck it up and go along with his constant presence. Unfortunately, there is someone else who has Emma in his sights, someone who is totally obsessed with her. Sam can’t keep her safe unless he can figure out what his really happening and the twists and turns in this book are rampant. I enjoyed meeting Emma and Sam and how they interacted with each other. It was apparent from the beginning that Sam was still smitten with Emma, but Emma wanted nothing to do with him. There are several layers of mystery here, including the disappearance of Emma’s twin brother Ryan and the death of Ryan’s girlfriend Mary Jo. The historical part of the story deals with a cemetery for slaves and that in itself was interesting. I loved how the deeper Emma dug into the cemetery, the more that was revealed from past mysteries and the more intrigue about the present. The story was complex but not hard to follow since the clues to the killer were clearly laid out. I did not guess the perpetrator because there were a lot of red herrings, but I did understand all of the clues once the identity was revealed. My kind of mystery! This book gave me just the right amount of chills and thrills and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. Although the book is part of a series, it can definitely be read as a standalone and it is a good, clean read! Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the #RevellReadsBloggerProgram via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

  24. 4 out of 5

    Em

    Obsession is the second book in Patricia Bradley's Natchez Trace Park Rangers series, which began with the wild ride that is Standoff, and focuses on interpretive ranger Emma Winters. Having broken off her engagement to Sam Ryker years ago, she now has to figure out how to navigate the waters of working with him since his return to Natchez. Further complicating the situation is the fact that someone has been taking shots at Emma, and she has acquired a secret admirer who is not happy about Sam's Obsession is the second book in Patricia Bradley's Natchez Trace Park Rangers series, which began with the wild ride that is Standoff, and focuses on interpretive ranger Emma Winters. Having broken off her engagement to Sam Ryker years ago, she now has to figure out how to navigate the waters of working with him since his return to Natchez. Further complicating the situation is the fact that someone has been taking shots at Emma, and she has acquired a secret admirer who is not happy about Sam's proximity to her. Being thrown together by necessity means that Emma and Sam are going to have to have some difficult discussions and face some challenging facts about the events that led to her breaking their engagement. If Standoff was a wild ride, Obsession is the frantic but meticulously executed excavation of truth from the grave of the past while uncovering the dangers of the present. Pick it up on a snowy day like today, when the electric company says you should conserve power, because you're not going to do another thing until you reach the end! Thank you to the author and the publisher for allowing me a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions expressed here are my own and are completely genuine.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    Obsession by Patricia Bradley is the second book in her Natchez Trace Park Rangers series. Emma Winters is Brooke’s best friend, who stared in the first book in the series, Standoff. Emma works as a Natchez Trace Ranger, but not in law enforcement. She’s a historian who wants to map an historical landmark. When her project brings her under gunfire, she must accept the help of her ex-fiance, Sam Ryker. Sam doesn’t want to get close to the woman who broke his heart, but he can’t help how much he de Obsession by Patricia Bradley is the second book in her Natchez Trace Park Rangers series. Emma Winters is Brooke’s best friend, who stared in the first book in the series, Standoff. Emma works as a Natchez Trace Ranger, but not in law enforcement. She’s a historian who wants to map an historical landmark. When her project brings her under gunfire, she must accept the help of her ex-fiance, Sam Ryker. Sam doesn’t want to get close to the woman who broke his heart, but he can’t help how much he desires to protect her. Especially when it becomes obvious she has a stalker. Emma and Sam are great characters. It’s easy to like them and their personal struggles are real without being intrusive to the story. The author also does a fantastic job of making the stalker a real threat without revealing his identity. And the pace at which the characters figured things out was perfect. If you enjoy romantic suspense, definitely pick up a copy of Obsession. You don’t need to read book one first either, though I highly recommend it. --- I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carissa

    first reviewed here: https://belovedgraceful-carissasbooks... Title: Obsession Author: Patricia Bradley Ch: 75 Pg: 384 Series: Natchez Trace Park Rangers book 2 Genre: Christian Suspense with a hint of romance Rating: 4 stars Publisher: Revell Obsession by Patricia Bradley is the second book in the Natchez Trace Park Rangers series. And while I didn’t love it as much as the first book in the series i did enjoy it. Though I could have done without the chapters from the point of view of the stalker. Tr first reviewed here: https://belovedgraceful-carissasbooks... Title: Obsession Author: Patricia Bradley Ch: 75 Pg: 384 Series: Natchez Trace Park Rangers book 2 Genre: Christian Suspense with a hint of romance Rating: 4 stars Publisher: Revell Obsession by Patricia Bradley is the second book in the Natchez Trace Park Rangers series. And while I didn’t love it as much as the first book in the series i did enjoy it. Though I could have done without the chapters from the point of view of the stalker. Trigger warning for stalkers. Emma was a pretty awesome heroine and Sam’s not a bad hero himself. Not to mention this suspense novel includes one of my favorite tropes second chances. But the romance didn’t overpower the suspense. But I do think this was a little too suspenseful this time. I would have finish it in one day if the suspense had become tense and stressful but it was still good. The only con I had was that it was easier to figure out who the stalker was. But I think that was because i read a lot of suspense and mysteries but those who are new to genre won’t have that problem. I do look forward to the next book in the series. I received a complimentary copy Obsession from the publishers. I was not required to provide a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Past and present crimes merge into Obsession... Obsession was the right title for this book! That is for sure! It was so delightfully chilling and stalkerish creepy! What I really enjoyed about this book was the the variety of suspects. Often I can pick out the villain fairly early on but this time around there were several suspects, each of them acting equally, well, suspicious, so I had to put some extra guesswork into it. Patricia Bradley certainly delivered a few surprises and twists along th Past and present crimes merge into Obsession... Obsession was the right title for this book! That is for sure! It was so delightfully chilling and stalkerish creepy! What I really enjoyed about this book was the the variety of suspects. Often I can pick out the villain fairly early on but this time around there were several suspects, each of them acting equally, well, suspicious, so I had to put some extra guesswork into it. Patricia Bradley certainly delivered a few surprises and twists along the way! If I were to pick a single word, other than Obsession, of course, that would best describe this book 'forgiveness' would win hands down. Patricia Bradley runs her characters through the wringer and takes them on a journey of forgiveness, of each other, of those who have hurt them deeply, and of themselves. Yes, sometimes the hardest person to forgive is not just the person we should have been able to trust the most, but it can also be yourself. I enjoyed this second book in the Natchez Trace Park Rangers series, so fun to have the archaeology angle in this one, and I am definitely looking forward to reading more of said series... (I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    3.5 STARS This is the first book by this author I have read. Suspense laced with a hefty dose of creep is always good and Obsession certainly provides that. Whether or not I am missing something because this is the second book in the series, I do not know but I did feel a little lost about Emma’s brother being gone. I enjoyed the relationship between Emma and Sam. They try to fight their old attraction but their chemistry is electric on the page. Regretfully, I figured out who the villain was very 3.5 STARS This is the first book by this author I have read. Suspense laced with a hefty dose of creep is always good and Obsession certainly provides that. Whether or not I am missing something because this is the second book in the series, I do not know but I did feel a little lost about Emma’s brother being gone. I enjoyed the relationship between Emma and Sam. They try to fight their old attraction but their chemistry is electric on the page. Regretfully, I figured out who the villain was very early on. I am not sure why but I think showing their POV is what gave it away. I was quite disappointed by that and feel like in this instance, if that particular view point had been left out, I would not have guessed so soon and enjoyed the story even more. Bradley came highly recommended so I would say if you are a fan of hers, or even just the genre in Christian fiction, you will likely enjoy it. The faith theme is well done and there is plenty of action, intrigue, and romance! *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions expressed are my own.*

  29. 4 out of 5

    Connie Saunders

    'It was so hard to believe that she could be the object of some man's obsession.' Whew! This book kept me invested until the very end and even though I thought I knew the villain, I was never absolutely sure. In fact, I was wrong several times! This is labeled as romantic suspense, so you can count on some clean romantic chemistry but Obsession is first and foremost a mystery/suspense novel. There is also a strong faith thread that runs throughout the story, with forgiveness as the key element. I 'It was so hard to believe that she could be the object of some man's obsession.' Whew! This book kept me invested until the very end and even though I thought I knew the villain, I was never absolutely sure. In fact, I was wrong several times! This is labeled as romantic suspense, so you can count on some clean romantic chemistry but Obsession is first and foremost a mystery/suspense novel. There is also a strong faith thread that runs throughout the story, with forgiveness as the key element. If you're looking for a story with well-developed characters and an absorbing plot that keeps you turning the pages, you will want to read Obsession by Patricia Bradley. It's the second book in the Natchez Trace Park Rangers series and I certainly look forward to the next installment! I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. There was no obligation to write a favorable review. These are my own thoughts. You can find my full review here: https://connie-oldersmarter.blogspot....

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lifeofliterature

    Having enjoyed the first book in this series, I was excited to read Obsession. This book has suspense and plenty of the “creep factor” that makes villains so devious. I thought the author did a great job of providing plenty of suspects during the story that had me questioning who the true villain was until the very end. The plot flowed quickly as the action never stopped. I like relationships that pick up years after an initial friendship as this creates a more realistic romance, and I thought E Having enjoyed the first book in this series, I was excited to read Obsession. This book has suspense and plenty of the “creep factor” that makes villains so devious. I thought the author did a great job of providing plenty of suspects during the story that had me questioning who the true villain was until the very end. The plot flowed quickly as the action never stopped. I like relationships that pick up years after an initial friendship as this creates a more realistic romance, and I thought Emma and Sam had good chemistry. I thought the spiritual content took a backseat compared to the action and suspense, but I did appreciate the themes of forgiveness tucked in the end. I enjoyed this novel and look forward to the next by Patricia Bradley. I recommend this book to those who like contemporary suspense. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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