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Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn – Review by Susan Ratchford

Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1)Ritual Obsession by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1)
By R.L. Dunn
Review By: Susan Ratchford
5 Stars

A thrilling mystery that will keep you turning pages! After a rookie is killed on duty, Roberta “Bobbi” Wallace gets assigned to the 10th precinct. With her good looks and after being a teen debutante, in high society, Bobbi is used to people not taking her seriously. When her new hard-ass partner Rose starts calling her Little Miss Debs, Bobbi thirsts to prove herself through her work.
When Max Buckley sets eyes on the new rookie he is drawn to her immediately. Bobbi feels it too although she isn’t looking for a workplace romantic relationship, even though she can’t deny the connection they have. All personal feelings must be put on hold however when a serial killer dubbed The Bathtub Killer, is loose and on a gruesome killing spree. To make matters worse the escorts he is mutilating are all brunettes with hazel eyes, just like her. Can Bobbi go undercover and catch this prolific killer or will she be his next victim?
I am on the edge of my seat, I need the next book ASAP! I loved it! This book was such a page-turner that makes you need to know more! Very well written and relatable characters ( I love Bobbi) and scenes packed with so much suspense and thrills! I really enjoyed the fact that R.L. Dunn created a crime thriller that had two female partners of the NYPD. It was a refreshing take that you don’t see very often. Her use of language and detail really makes this story so immersive and her clues and twists were woven in so perfectly! Such a great read! Highly recommend it!

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Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn – Review by Julie Johnson

Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1)Ritual Obsession by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Max loves his job as a detective for his local precinct but he’s still mourning over the loss of his relationship with Carole. They were running for the altar when everything changed and he found himself alone.

Roberta (a.k.a. Bobbi) is a socialite turned cop. No one wants to take her seriously because of her amazingly great looks and money. She just wants to be accepted and make something of her life while staying out of the papers.

When Bobbi is hired on as the new partner for Rosie (another cop in the department), every man is vying for a chance at her. She only has eyes for one person but really don’t want to mix business with pleasure after the outcome on her last assignment for another precinct.

A series of murders start happening in the city and this murderer’s M.O. is pretty gruesome. He only desires brunettes with hazel eyes and most of them are call girls. It’s when his m.o. starts changing that things really start to heat up for the detectives on the case. How many more women have to die before they can catch this creep?

This is my first R.L. Dunn book but will not be my last!! From the get go, this one had my attention. Just when I thought I had it figured out, things would change and I’d change my mind. I’m still trying to untangle all the clues and details!! This is gripping, chilling, and will stick with you for awhile. I’m glad the next book in this series is released in a couple of weeks. I’ll have to reserve some time for it because it’s that good of a series so far!

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Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn – Review by Tausha Treadway

Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1)Ritual Obsession by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn. I LOVED this book. Its become one of my favorite books I’ve read this year. Its the story of Roberta “Bobbie” Wallace who has just become a detective with the NYPD all based on a dare. Her new partner Max Buckley has been with the NYPD for years and has seen a lot. When he first sees Bobbie he’s smitten but knows he has to keep it all business even though he flirts with her. New York is also now under attack from a serial killer that likes dark haired ladies which Bobbie is. Bobbie and Max are both put on a task force to stop this killer before it gets worse. Fighting together to stop this serial killer and fighting the attraction to one another things are getting dangerous. Will they be able to stop the killer before more murders are committed? Read this fast paced, turn the pages late in the night crime thriller! You won’t be disappointed. I can’t wait to read the next one!

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Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn – Review by Brandy Vaughn

Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1)Ritual Obsession by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

New York City is under siege, by a diabolical serial killer designated as The Bathtub Murderer, which I thought was unique. This mystery-romantic suspense gives the reader plenty of action, romance, voodoo rituals, graphic depictions of both consensual and nonconsensual sex, and murder.

This story has excellent strong female lead characters. You empathize for them when they go through heartbreak and traumatizing experiences. The storyline is sometimes emotionally intense, as it touches on the subject of murder, sexual assault and the aftermath of surviving sexual assault. Please be advised that many readers may find the story disturbing and/or triggering. The author does include a trigger warning at the beginning of the book, which is appreciated.

This is an excellent start to the series and reminds me of the In Death series by J.D. Robb without the setting in the future! I look forward to reading more in the Blood Obsession series!
Reviewed by @bilberrysweet
Brandy Vaughn, August 2022
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Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn – Review by Tracy Manserson

Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1)Ritual Obsession by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a well written and intense book that blurs the line between Thriller/Police Procedural and Romantic Suspense. The characters are great and the details that the author describes had me imagining I was there. The plot had me sitting by the edge of mt seat.
Bobbi Wallace is a woman that straddles the world of high society and the NYPD. She is a detective who primarily work to solve a long string of brutal sexual murders caused by one man who hunts to release the soul of his voodoo queen she is also fighting and old lover with an obsession.
Can she find the killer before he kills again? Can she overcome the obsession of the old lover? Will Bobbi be caught in the middle or will she be able to walk away unscathed?

Tracy
@tracym

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Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn – Review by Kerry Baker

Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1)Ritual Obsession by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Having read other books by this author I was excited to pick up the next one from her, and the first in a new series. Although not my favourite book by her this story is exciting g, fast paced and filled with so much drama it will keep you on your toes. The author has packed so much into this story, there really is never a dull moment.
I enjoyed the overall premise of the book. I could easily see what the author was trying to achieve and I think she managed to write a strong book. This is a good start to a new series and I am looking forward to the next book.

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Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn – Review by Bobbi Wagner

Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1)Ritual Obsession by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed reading this paranormal story. This is one of my favorites by this author yet. I enjoyed how the author used their writing skills to bring the story to life. Her attention to details made the story realistic. This is a well written story that packs a lot of action, romance and so much more in a short amount of time. Bobbi has been walking the line between two worlds but now she is faced with walking the line with life and death. Bobbi and Max are determined to solve the puzzle of this serial killer who is killing. What happens next you don’t want to miss it. They are great together and had me coming back for more. The twists and turns had me turning pages fast just to see what happens next. There is great growth and support between the two. I enjoyed watching them grow and their chemistry is great. This is a fast paced story that is hard to put down. I highly recommend this book and this author.

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Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn – Review by Allison Davis

Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1)Ritual Obsession by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There was a lot of things I loved about this book. Bobbi and rose were 2 strong female charters in this story, which I loved. I feel in love with max from the beginning, his love and care for Max! The story had a ton suspense, action, and romance. I did have a few issues. The different point of views seemed to be alot for this book, and I felt the villains point of view was unnecessary to plot.
There also seems to be alot of “fluff”, I had a hard time staying focused and kept having to start pages over because I would zone out. It just didn’t hold my intention well.

The book did leave off with a large cliff hanger so I will definitely be reading the next book in the series. I hope that some of the issues I had don’t continue.

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Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn – Review by Rayne East

Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1)Ritual Obsession by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Suspenseful, intriguing page-turner
This is my first from this author and I really enjoyed the storyline. The delivery was a bit full on as there were many parts to the story. The main characters were well developed and the story very detailed. There’s romance, angst, mystery, drama, lots of action and suspenseful moments. Looking forward to the next instalment.

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Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn – Review by Charlisa Wahtomy-Alba

Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1)Ritual Obsession by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This author has another hit on her hands! I have read her Secure series and enjoyed them very much. This one was no different. Bobbi finds herself, along with her partner Rose, hunting a serial killer. This killer has a type and unfortunately Bobbi fits it perfectly. Bobbi is simultaneously trying to gain the respect of her partner, fight her attraction to detective Buckley and catch the perpetrator before he strikes again. Will she be able to prove to Rose that she belongs in the detectives squad? Will they catch the killer or will Bobbi be his next victim?

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Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn – Review by Kay Stritesky

Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1)Ritual Obsession by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I cannot say enough good things about this author or this book in particular!

I have not read this author before now and now I am hooked! I cannot get enough! I also cannot wait for the next book in this series.

The intensity of this book just jumps off the pages! The emotions of each character is so vividly felt and the story line has a hook from start to finish! There are villains, crime and mystery… just what every good story needs!

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Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn – Review by April McCoy

Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1)Ritual Obsession by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ritual Obsession by R.L Dunn is the first in the series and so very well thought out! I really enjoyed this book and all that the author spun into the tale! Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, and Romance all rolled into one where tensions are high while a city is in crisis. I could not put this book down! It was perfect to curl up with and get lost in! Well thought out, and well executed, where I was on the edge of my seat more than once!

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Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn – Review by Amanda Glaspie

Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1)Ritual Obsession by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This might be one of my new favorite authors. Crime novels are some of my favorite genres and this book was in my top 3 of favorite crime books. The character development and growth was amazing. You could feel everything Rose, Bobbi, and Max felt. They were so well written. The storyline was simply put … intense. You instantly hate Andrew as he seeks out Bobbi, he is the first villain. The bathtub murderer is then revealed and you encounter villain number two. The author successfully blended both antagonists storylines the complete our protagonists. The ending was equally great and frustrating. I will be counting down the days until the next book is released.

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Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn – Review by stephanie nicole

Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1)Ritual Obsession by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book really grabbed my attention right away, the cover was full of vibrant colors, the synopsis was intriguing and of course I was super excited for a female detective as the main character. This story was packed full of action, great character development, vivid details and so much more that I physically couldn’t put it down. While I have read a couple of books by this author this one is definitely my favorite and I can’t wait to see what our author comes up with next.

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Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn – Review by Felicia Bates

Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1)Ritual Obsession by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was drawn to this novel originally because I looked forward to a book with a female detective as a main character. So many novels have your typical, tortured male detective and I was looking forward to a different approach to your average crime
thriller. I really enjoyed the book as early as the first few pages. The author uses a lot of clever metaphors and the style of writing seemed unique to me. Maybe just because I read so many of the same authors, it was a treat to read something from someone new to me. The author has a way of painting a vivid picture- this makes the trigger warning at the bottom of the synopsis all that more important. While there is some graphic subject matter, the author really does navigate the topics in a well written, entertaining matter that reads as smoothly as watching a crime movie on the big screen. The book quite literally left me wanting more and I look forward to book number two.

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Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn – Review by Jenni Bishop

Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1)Ritual Obsession by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have read many books by this author and have really enjoyed each and every one. Ritual Obsession is a romantic suspense tale. This great story is enthralling and engaging and it certainly had me engrossed. The danger, suspense and mystery, lies and deceit are raw and innocent lives are being taken because of one evil monster. I spent a lot of time with my heart in my throat and my jaw clenching whilst reading this book. It is a thrilling and enticing read that is nonstop action from the start to finish. R.L. did a masterful job of weaving it all together to come out with a story that will have your heart pounding and your emotions on high alert.

Can Max prevent his partner from becoming the next victim of the Bathtub Murderer?

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn – Review by Paula R Sayers

Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1)Ritual Obsession by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bobbi is a debutante who is beginning her career as a police detective. She has to prove that she is tough and can handle what is thrown her way. There is a serial killer on the loose and he has a type…Bobbi’s type.

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Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn – Review by Aranza Cardoza

Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1)Ritual Obsession by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ritual Obsession by RL Dunn.

5stars out of 5stars

This book is about Bobbi, her new job as a NYPD agent and her coworkers at NYPD. In this book these NYPD agents are trying to catch a serial killer while going through multiple life changing events. Bobbi and Rose are an excellent example of strong relatable female characters and make you feel for them when they go through heartbreak and traumatizing experiences. I really enjoyed the steady progress of the story and the fact that there are multiple storylines. It definitely hits all the marks but it could be very heavy sometimes as it touches the subject of murder, sexual assault and the aftermath of surviving sexual assault. The characters are funny, relatable and intriguing. I gotta admit that the character Max stole my heart and his relationship with Bobbi had me going through all the feelings. On the other hand some characters will make your blood boil (no spoilers so I’ll let you decide who they are by yourself). This book is definitely a great start to the series. I can’t wait to read more from RL Dunn.

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Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn – Review by Jess Dimmock

Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1)Ritual Obsession by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I went into this one not really knowing what to expect as I’m not usually one to pick up a “cop drama” type novel. Boy, do I need to rethink that. Dunn writes amazing, well-rounded characters, and fleshes them out as they “come into view”. By this I mean as they become more important to the story and the main characters, which I love! I’ve always despised having an entire cast named and described to me, then having to come back some hundred pages later when some of them become pertinent.
Our main characters are Two female detectives, Rose and Bobbi. This follows them through both their personal and professional time while working the case of the Bathtub killer. Both women experience some major growth as characters and we really get to see that. There are some graphic scenes, and the cliffhanger at the end definitely had me screaming at my kindle app! Well played Dunn, well played.

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Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn – Review by Mercedes Jones

Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1)Ritual Obsession by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rose is a no-nonsense, do it by the book, and a good cop. She is partnered up with “Bobbi,” a society girl who is making waves for her stellar aim with her gun. Rose is not happy about any of this, but with a serial killer on the loose, she will have to put her feelings about this partnership on the burner. The “Bathtub Murderer” is taking out brunette haired, hazel eyed girls and guess who on the squad fits that bill? Bobbi.
Join Rose and Bobbi in this murder thriller. They deal with lose, love, friendship, and some tragedies. Will they catch this psycho or will the psycho catch them?
A must read and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series!

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Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn – Review by Darian Donaldson

Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1)Ritual Obsession by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked this book! Romance mixed in with suspense is a favorite of mine! This story follows a group of cops while they hunt for a killer. I really like how immersed you get into this story because you get to experience what is happening around each person, even the killer. I love when you are able to get a full view of the story like this! There is a sequel so of course I am left wondering what happens next! I am ready to dive into the second book and figure it out, it will be here in August! Can’t wait!

Review by @darianamee21

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Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn – Review by Angela Renee Diaz

Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1)Ritual Obsession by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After tragically losing her fiancé in an accident due to his profession. Bobbi is defensive of how her fiancé got killed and partner not having his back. So he questions her about what she would do and that’s why she’s pursues a career as a detective. She ends up falling for another cop and has to go undercover to find the man responsible for a lot of women’s death that she has a big resemblance too.

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Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn – Review by Ashley Lape

Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1)Ritual Obsession by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG!! This book had me hook, and line, and totally obsessed with finishing it!! Roberta “Bobbi” Wallace was a debutant from a very wealthy upbringing. When her husband dies Bobbie is dared into making something of her life, other than a social light. When Bobbie announced she was joining NYPD no one close to her took her seriously, not even her parents. After a few years on the job, Bobbie is transferred to the 10th precinct and paired with the hardest detective there. The first case that Bobbie is assigned is a serial killer case. High-end escorts are ending up in bathtubs dead with no trace of evidence. The issue is they all have the same look to them. The even bigger issue is the escorts all look very similar to Bobbie.
While navigating the new position of detective, still getting over the death of her husband, the serial killer case, Bobbie’s childhood boyfriend thinks that he is entitled to her. While Bobbie is not looking to make her life more complicated or put her job on the line, she ends up getting close to Max, another detective in her unit.
While there are a lot of different things going on in this book, everything ties together. The author will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, there are some heavy emotional twists that could be a trigger. I can not wait to read the next book in the series to see what happens to the serial killer, Bobbie and if Max can keep his promise to Bobbies parents!

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Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn – Review by Lorrene Huisman

Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1)Ritual Obsession by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holy Moly! This Book was epic! I could not let this one be put down, for the plot as well as the characters that the book contained! The writing was genius and full of cleverness! The book was indeed a thrill ride, and left me wanting more as I turned the pages. Excellent plot and development! Sensational!

I love a good crime book, but this one really blew me away. The romance added nicely to the story as well, and I felt this book did a good job of the in depth look of what goes on on the side of the police when dealing with serial killers or any of the sort. Loved Max and Bobbi. Both different, but each had a different affect on me with their personalities. In all honesty, loved them both for which they were! The character development was strong, and the serial for what he was, was unlike any other person I have read in other books. He was well developed and was a critical character that added to the story and made the plot what it was. The book was full of twists and turns, and this is a book that left me with a spine tinging sensation. Amazing read and gifted author for sure to create this book! Truly loved it!

This book is by far a must read. If you love crime and a well built up character development and shocks and twists as you read, then for sure this book is for you! Highly recommend this book and author!

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Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn – Review by Kerry Carr

Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1)Ritual Obsession by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this gripping crime story. This story is a chilling, twisted read. The author does an amazing job with the characters and the storyline. It really gives an insight into what life is like in the police force. Even those this is a crime story about a serial killer there is also a romance blossoming between Bobbi and Max. They are work colleagues and even though Bobbi doesn’t want to mix business with pleasure the connection between them is undeniable.

Bobbi has joined a new team of detectives but she’s not going to be welcome with open arms. Her new partner doesn’t want her so she makes her life hell from the beginning making Bobbi feel unwanted. There is a member of her team that makes her feel welcome though and that’s Max.
The connection between Bobbi and Max is undeniable.
When there is a serial killer called The Bathtub Murder on the loose. Bobbi and Max’s department are on the hunt.
When it turns out that Bobbi fits the type of victim the killer likes, she wants to work undercover to help capture this killer. Max doesn’t like this idea and doesn’t want Bobbi in harms way.
With everything in place for Bobbi to go undercover will Max be able to keep her self from The Bathtub Murderer and stop him from attacking again, or will the murderer attack again and take the woman that Max is giving his heart too? Will Bobbi’s partner Rose ever be able to accept her and see her as an equal partner instead of a spoilt rich kid.

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Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn – Review by Shelly Kittell

Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1)Ritual Obsession by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Powerful! Intense! Suspenseful! This book will have you on the edge of your seat. This author has written one of the most extraordinary books I’ve read this year. Rose, Brian, Max, Bobbie, McCauley, Marco, Bobbi’s parents, Andrew and a cast of supporting characters make for a some very good drama that you’ll never find on those TV shows. (bum, bum, bum…). I found myself holding my breath as the story built to find the ritual serial killer. The plot is built around Bobbie joining the force and having to live down her Debutante rep; Rose being know as a “witch”; etc. We get to see romances build; families get used to new careers and new romances; old dreams will die. Plot twists will abound and I love the fact that they don’t make a mess out of the plot; they flow just like they are naturally built there. I love all the subplots. This books grabs you and won’t let go. You will want more (I do….). The characters are well-developed and you feel like part of the story. Protagonists abound and those antagonists are going to get what’s coming. I loved this book and the author is now on my favorites list. I highly recommend this. There is steaminess and some triggers in this.

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Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn – Review by Angela Hayes

Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1)Ritual Obsession by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

3 Stars

 

Where do I start with this book? First of all, I love a great romantic suspense/thriller, and having read (and loved) most of Ms. Dunn’s previous works, I really was incredibly excited to read this book- especially after I got to lay eyes on the cover and read the blurb. I really thought that this would be Ms. Dunn’s best book yet. So, to say I had high expectations is a bit of an understatement.
Ritual Obsession is the first book in the Blood Obsession series by R.L Dunn. It is an action-packed romantic suspense- with mystery, murder, crime & investigation, police procedure, danger, intrigue, violence, murder, potential triggers (abuse, sexual assault, violence, emotional harassment, intimidation, manipulation) sinister plots, dramatic developments, chemistry, spice, ANGST….. and much more.
As I was reading this, I felt like I was reading an earlier piece writing project of Ms. Dunns as I didn’t think it ‘felt’ as well-woven or polished as the other books of hers that I have read. I really struggled in my reading of this story- and is the first time that I haven’t been completely absorbed by one of her stories. I started and stopped so many times, and was easily distracted while reading. I had to ‘work’ to stay focused and immersed in the storyline. I wanted to give up so many times, but kept going, hoping that it would finally ‘click’ for me. But it didn’t. And I was left disappointed, because there was real potential here for a stellar read.
The synopsis held the promise of everything I could hope to have in a book- but I hate to say that unfortunately this one had tooooooo much going on in it which only served to distract from the overall storyline. I will try and explain this.. I felt like there was a LOT of added information, almost like the story was being ‘padded out’. An ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ scenario. The plot went off on various tangents, quite often. There was a LOT of time/storyline spent describing dinner dates, adding/dumping information, manufacturing drama, and describing other characters ‘lives’- so much so- most of it wasn’t really pertinent to the story and didn’t help to propel the story forward in any way. I felt really frustrated by this and it really detracted from the story and my overall enjoyment of it.
There was so much ‘thrown’ at this story that the end result felt overly complicated by unnecessary ‘dramatics’ and all the info dumps. As an example, the story shows our ‘main character’ Bobbie and her family/social dynamics, her new placement as detective in a new precinct, her work partners prickly reception that backflips into friendship, her other work colleague/dynamics, station politics/procedures, Bobbie’s chemistry and subsequent romance with Max (a colleague), her obsessed/possessive ex, her friendship with her housemate and their dynamics, the murders, the investigation/trying to track down the killer, her colleague Rose’s relationship/s love triangle of sorts with Andrew and Marco, the voodoo aspect, the killers perspective, lots of backstory and flashbacks, and so much dialogue, details, and other descriptions. I’m not sure what relevance was to be had to the overall story by going into Rose’s relationship/love life in such detail- with her swearing that one was the love of her life- then doing a complete 180 with the whole situation? I didn’t think any of that was relevant to the story??? It just seemed to be ‘added/manufactured drama’? I think most of that thread could have been left out and it would have made the story better, as it really just took the focus off the obsession/serial killer/investigation, which was supposed to be the ‘main’ part of the story.
Then we get the story from multiple POVs, which I normally love as it gives a broader perspective to the storyline- but in this instance, we get so many that I think it detracted from, as well as bogged down, the main story. The dialogue also felt off at times, somewhat stilted or ‘manufactured’. And I felt that the intimate/sex scenes were also not up to Ms. Dunn’s usual level. I could go on, but I hope you get my point. I really wanted to love this book so much, and I feel bad that I can’t give it a higher rating.
I am intrigued by what might happen in the next instalment, so I will be diving into that when it lands, and will keep you posted on my thoughts there. Hopefully my issues here will be sorted out or make more sense in the next book.
Happy Reading!

Thank You, R.L Dunn!

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

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Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn

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Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn
Genre – Romantic Suspense
Page Count – 450
Cover Designer – Krista Venero
GOODREADS – Coming Soon

Bobbi has walked the line between two worlds for a while now. Now those two worlds are life and death.

New York City, 1995

As a teen, Roberta “Bobbi” Wallace made her debut in high society. Now she’s making her debut as detective only a few years after a dare led her to join the NYPD.

Max Buckley, a product of Brooklyn and a fifteen-year veteran of the NYPD, is forever changed when Bobbi is assigned to replace a cocky rookie killed in the line of duty.

New York City is under siege, possessed by a truly diabolical serial killer dubbed The Bathtub Murderer. Assigned to a task force to identify and stop the killer—and against Max’s best advice—Bobbi goes undercover to catch the man killing women who look like her.

As the squad attempts to solve the puzzle of the serial killer’s bloody obsession with hazel-eyed brunettes, Max and Bobbi try to balance their jobs with their undeniable connection. Now that Bobbi has stolen his heart, can Max prevent her from becoming the Bathtub Murderer’s next victim?

The Blood Obsession Series follows the detectives of the NYPD’s 10th Precinct on their quest to bring a cold-blooded serial killer to justice. Along the way there is action, romance, violence, descriptions of voodoo rituals, and graphic depictions of both consensual and nonconsensual sex and murder. Please be advised that many readers will find the story chilling, disturbing and triggering.

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R.L. (Robin) Dunn resides with her family in a beautiful and artistic community on Long Island, New York. After a twenty-five-year career in Emergency Medical Services as a provider, instructor, and regional faculty, illness changed her life path. 

Having always had a love of writing, Robin returned to creating stories. A member of the Long Island Romance Writers since 2018. Her leadership training in the first responder community has served her well in her previous role as Secretary for LIRW and her current role as President. 

The Amazon Bestselling Chase Security Series, Secure Desire, Secure Again, Secure Heart, Secure Her, Secure Decision and Secure Return followed after she assured her doctors there was no expiration date stamped on the bottom of her foot. A thriller, The Cure, debuted as an August 2021 release. Secure Beginning, the seventh in The Chase Security Series debuted in February 2022. The novella, Secure Runway debuted soon after.  And an audio version of Secure Desire is also on the way. After a severe bout with Covid, she has reworked a novel written in her college days to become the Blood Obsession Series: Ritual Obsession and Reckless Obsession for July and August 2022. Book 1 in the Chase Medical Series is on track for fall of 2022.

As far as the future goes, Robin continues to live a life worth living using her professional background, medical contacts, law enforcement contacts and military contacts to write many more romantic suspense novels.

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Genre – Romantic Suspense

Bobbi has walked the line between two worlds for a while now. Now those two worlds are life and death.

New York City, 1995

As a teen, Roberta “Bobbi” Wallace made her debut in high society. Now she’s making her debut as detective only a few years after a dare led her to join the NYPD.

Max Buckley, a product of Brooklyn and a fifteen-year veteran of the NYPD, is forever changed when Bobbi is assigned to replace a cocky rookie killed in the line of duty.

New York City is under siege, possessed by a truly diabolical serial killer dubbed The Bathtub Murderer. Assigned to a task force to identify and stop the killer—and against Max’s best advice—Bobbi goes undercover to catch the man killing women who look like her.

As the squad attempts to solve the puzzle of the serial killer’s bloody obsession with hazel-eyed brunettes, Max and Bobbi try to balance their jobs with their undeniable connection. Now that Bobbi has stolen his heart, can Max prevent her from becoming the Bathtub Murderer’s next victim?

The Blood Obsession Series follows the detectives of the NYPD’s 10th Precinct on their quest to bring a cold-blooded serial killer to justice. Along the way there is action, romance, violence, descriptions of voodoo rituals, and graphic depictions of both consensual and nonconsensual sex and murder. Please be advised that many readers will find the story chilling, disturbing and triggering.

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