Bittersweet Obsession, a full-length sexy romance, is based on Mary Shelley's classic, Frankenstein. Angel Van Ostrand has returned from the Peninsular War wounded and dispirited from the horrors of battle only to discover that his father, Dr. Van Ostrand, a once renowned scientist, is engaged in a series of macabre experiments financed by a wealthy baron who seeks immortality. With the melting of winter's frost, Angel is determined to leave his family home, Greystock Manor, forever. But when his father's latest purported triumph over nature comes in the form of an ethereal beauty named Jane, Angel is drawn to her. And now he finds himself in a new battle-- one that involves his heart.
After being stabbed and left for dead in an icy pond, Jane has woken in a strange house under the care of an odd physician and with no recollection of her past. As she recuperates and deals with the slow and painful return of dark memories, she finds that she is losing herself to the doctor's son, Angel. But with each passing day layers of secrets from both the past and present are peeled away and soon Jane discovers that nothing is as it seems.
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4.5 Stars - Where do I begin? I have so many bookmarked pages and highlighted quotes or sections throughout this book. I can't exactly put them all in my review because then I'd be giving away the whole story. I'm sure you all wouldn't like that very much. But, UGH! I want to talk about it all! This book was not what I was expecting at all. I absolutely love Angel. He was surprisingly so easy to fall in love with. When I first started the book he was very rude towards his father, so I was thinking "Ok, so this guy is going to be an ass." Maybe at times yes but he was so loving and caring. Angel Van Ostrand was a solider who was injured in the war and has returned home with his father in the Greystock Manor. He struggles with thoughts of suicide as his experience in the war haunts him. Angel is not quite happy to have returned home as he is not a supporter of his father's obsession with his experiments with immortality. He still cares deeply for his father and finds himself helping him in yet another experiment when they stumble upon what his father views as the perfect specimen. Then the unthinkable happens. "A dead man, we've found a dead man who somebody hated enough to kill and drop in an ice pond and who weighs no more than a ten-year old. I only pray that it is not a ten-year-old." When Angel sees Jane for the first time he is taken by her beauty. As much as Angel tries to fight his feelings for Jane he cannot deny the instant attraction and feelings that she evokes in him. "She was tiny, delicate, and by far the most beautiful girl he'd ever laid eyes on." I love how Jane seems to be innocent but she is in fact a little vixen. She does not try to deny to desire she feels for Angel. Although they started off on a rough patch, each of them struggling with their own demons and Jane struggling to remember her past, they give in to there feelings. But what happens when your past comes back to haunt you? This was very well written. It has a mixture of pain, heartache, betrayal, deceit, passion, desire and love. The main characters were all very captivating. It surely kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what happens next. A great read that I have already recommended to a friend.
When I received an ARC of this book, to be honest, I wasn't sure how I would like it! I thought the plot based on the description was going to be a little to different for me. However, after reading it, I actually enjoyed it! I thought the plot was well thought out and that it flowed very nicely. I thought Tess Oliver hit this paranormal romance book right on the money.