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Deadly Obsession

by Maggie Shayne

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An excellent conclusion to a fantastic series.

The Good: Forgive me if this review is nothing but a bunch of gushing about how great this book was for me. After 4 books I am honestly going to miss Rachel and Mason, not to mention Jeremy, Josh and Myrtle. These characters are forever embedded in my brain and I can only hope that Maggie Shayne will write another book in the Brown/deLuca series in the future. The plot was full of twisty-turny things that made my stomach leap to my throat. The character development was so spot on it was real (no insta-love crap!!!! wooohooo!) from the relationship between Mason and Rachel to the growing family the mismatched cast of characters became. It was fun. It was serious. It was, dare I say it again? Real.
The relationship between Rachel and Mason grew to an obvious cohabiting end point and even though they were so into each other I liked that this book didn't feel the need to have them jump into bed every other chapter. It would have been unnecessary at that point especially for someone, like myself, who sucked down the first 3 books in record time. I also really liked the way Shayne was able to bring Marie into the story in such a believable way. She's a complex secondary character that I really like and really feel sorry for. Poor Marie!

The Bad: There really isn't much in the name of Bad things I can complain about. It would have been nice to see Amy more but other than that my only real complaint is this is the LAST Brown/deLuca book. Sad Panda Face!

In a Nutshell: I've read some of Shayne's Paranormal romances and found them just OK. her Romantic Suspense books are miles beyond those. Read the Brown/deLuca books. Seriously. Read them now! ( )
  ChristinaT. | Dec 3, 2016 |
I have now read all of the books in this series - and loved them all! I hope there will be more! This author is great at building suspense - and the character development is wonderful. I can't wait to read other books written by Ms. Shayne. I am not sure why it took me so long to discover her books - but now that I have, I will be reading more of them! ( )
  peggy.s | Apr 2, 2016 |
The fourth book in the Brown and de Luca series, DEADLY OBSSESSION continues where the previous ones left off. It can be read by itself, but there are references to the previous ones. You may want to read those first.
In DEADLY OBSESSION, Rachel de Luca and Mason Brown are still trying to work out their relationship. Mason had said the magic words, “I love you” but Rachel had not responded. He hadn’t repeated them and, though she dwells on it a lot, she stubbornly won’t open that door until he makes the first move. Her fear of commitment is about to be changed.
The plot revolves around a psychotic nurse who cannot handle rejection. When her lover told her he was going back to his family, she set their house on fire, killing his wife and injuring their two young children. The husband was the main suspect. Mason was on the scene, rushed into the house, and carried the children out. He got a lot of publicity and the arsonist decided he was her soul mate.
To get to him, though, she’d have to get rid of his sons and Rachel and sets out on her mission. More arson is her primary weapon of choice.
Mason’s nephews, who live with him since their father’s death and their mother’s incarceration in a mental institution, play major roles in this book as does their mother.
The story moves quickly, though predictably, and, on the whole, is logical. Rachel still uses vulgar language though not as much by the end of the book. Hopefully it will completely disappear as she spends more time with the nephews and becomes more self-secure. ( )
  Judiex | Apr 26, 2015 |
Originally posted at The Bookaholic Cat

4 ½ Stars

Deadly Obsession is the fourth book in the Brown and de Luca series by Maggie Shayne.

In this installment Rachel is not only dealing with helping Mason with an investigation, she is also coming to terms with her feelings for Mason and his nephews.
Rachel has a come a long way since first book. Recovering her sight has been a blessing to which she’s slowly getting used to. One of the things I like about this series is seeing things for the first time through Rachel’s eyes because she makes me appreciate simple things I usually take for granted.

In Deadly Obsession, Rachel realizes she’s not only in love with Mason, but also with his nephews. They now belong to her too and she will do anything in her power to keep them safe.

Mason knows what he wants and that is Rachel. He knows he can’t rush her, so he patiently waits until she acknowledges and accepts what they have together; a romance that developed slowly throughout the books and had the perfect climax in this installment.

Not everything is easy for them; apart from the emotional issues they are dealing with, they are also dealing with two crazy women. One is Mason’s sister in law and the other one is a woman who has fixation on Mason and thinks he’s her soul mate.

I don’t want to give spoilers away and the blurb already explains perfectly well what Deadly Obsession is all about, so I won’t say more about what happens in this book. You will have to read it to know more.

Apart from Rachel and Mason there are others characters that deserve mention. Why? Because they made even more special this book/series; they are Rachel’s dog Myrtle and her fashion statements, Rachel’s assistant, Amy, and her capable hands, Mason’s nephews Josh and Jeremy and their unconditional love and Rachel’s sister and her family always there to support Rachel in all her endeavors.

I have enjoyed every single one of the Brown and de Luca books, for that reason I have mixed feelings about this series coming to an end. I’m happy it ends on a high note and with an excellent book like this one, in which Maggie Shayne ties up all the loose ends perfectly; but at the same time I feel I’m not yet ready to say goodbye to Rachel, Mason, Myrtle and the rest of the cast. Each book has been an adventure and Deadly Obsession was not an exception. Maggie Shayne knows how to perfectly balance suspense, mystery and romance and she does it in a way that keeps you glued to the pages wanting to know what is coming next.

If you like romantic suspense Deadly Obsession is a book you need to read. Although it could be read as a stand alone I recommend you reading the Brown and de Luca series in order, starting with first book, Sleep With the Lights On, and going on from there. You need to do that to get the full effect of the story arc of this wonderful series. Trust me, all the books in this series are great and worth reading.
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  BookaholicCat | Mar 4, 2015 |
In this fourth Brown and DeLuca novel, Rachel and Mason have advanced their relationship enough that they are sleeping together frequently but neither is ready to admit to any emotional commitment. But, after Mason runs into a burning home to save two children and is burned himself, Rachel acknowledges - to herself at least - that she loves him. The fire is arson and Mason begins investigating.

The arsonist has done this before, when a man breaks up with her she uses fire to attempt to regain her place in his life. To her thinking, if she takes away everyone else he loves, he will naturally turn to her. She sees news footage of Mason running into the house and decides that Mason is her true love. But there are a couple of obstacles in her way - Rachel and his nephews.

Add in that the arsonist is a nurse at the facility where the boys' mother has been committed and that Marie recognizes the evil in her eyes. But Marie, heavily medicated and psychotic as she is, can't communicate what she believes. However, the nurse makes it possible for her to escape which just adds more chaos to the situation.

There are fires, graduation parties, kidnappings, and a cute new bulldog puppy in this wonderful story. There is also love - finally spoken - for each other and for the family they are building together. This was a great story. ( )
  kmartin802 | Dec 30, 2014 |
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A cold-blooded killer with a burning obsession…

Rachel de Luca has a bad feeling about the new woman in Detective Mason Brown's life, the nurse taking care of him after he's injured in the line of duty. She'd like to think it's just jealousy, but intuition tells her it's something more, maybe something dangerous.

Mason knows Rachel's wary of commitment, and asking her to stay when he's in this condition would be the worst thing for their relationship. Then they receive chilling news that drives everything else from their minds.

Mason's psychotic sister-in-law has escaped from custody, putting her sons—the nephews he's raising—in the cross-hairs. When his house is burned to the ground, he and Rachel are relieved that there are no bodies in the smoldering rubble, but now his nephews are missing and the clock is ticking.

As Mason and Rachel try to find the boys, she senses a new and unexpected danger stalking them. Soon, everyone close to Mason is in deadly peril—Rachel more than anyone….
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Rachel de Luca has a bad feeling about the new woman in Detective Mason Brown's life, the nurse taking care of him after he's injured in the line of duty. She'd like to think it's just jealousy, but intuition tells her it's something more, maybe something dangerous. Mason knows Rachel's wary of commitment, and asking her to stay when he's in this condition would be the worst thing for their relationship. Then they receive chilling news that drives everything else from their minds. Mason's psychotic sister-in-law has escaped from custody, putting her sons... the nephews he's raising... in the crosshairs. When his house is burned to the ground, he and Rachel are relieved that there are no bodies in the smoldering rubble, but now his nephews are missing and the clock is ticking. As Mason and Rachel try to find the boys, she senses a new and unexpected danger stalking them. Soon, everyone close to Mason is in deadly peril... Rachel more than anyone.… (more)

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