RELEASE DAY REVIEW by Lorna: ​Deadly Obsession (Brown and de Luca#4) by Maggie Shayne (@maggieshayne , @Molliekatie112)

81b7qJw1a1L._SL1500_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 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…

The only way I can start this, is by saying that I absolutely love this series! This is the fifth installment, counting the novella, and I can honestly tell you that all of them were page turners, with pretty much non-stop action, romance, and at times down right homey charm.

Rachel de Luca and Mason Brown are back for more mystery, and their romance continues. This time around, the story centers around a series of arson murders. Mason inadvertently gets involved when he comes upon one of the fires, and saves some lives. So now he is the hero detective, that got burned while saving lives. Rachel’s just mad that he put his life into jeopardy, but of course she is proud of him as well. While he’s in the hospital, his two nephews come to stay at Rachel’s house. This normally would have had Rachel going crazy, but she slowly comes to realize that she loves the boys as much as she loves Mason. Not that she will tell Mason, or anything! When the arsonist’s sights get set on Mason, the story ramps up significantly.

Rachel is a fascinating character. As a formerly blind, self help author, she has the market cornered on snark. Always a good thing, in my estimation! She’s always been very self reliant and has never really let anyone into her life. After meeting Mason, and getting involved in his cases, everything in her life changes. She suddenly has someone to lean on, and to love. Her life is no longer her own, especially after taking in the blind bulldog, Myrtle. Myrtle is, to me, one of the best characters in this series, and always figures prominently in the story. Myrt gets a big surprise this time around, and I loved it. Which brings me to Mason. He is of course, the total package. Handsome, heroic, intelligent, caring, he has all the attributes that Rachel never knew she wanted in a man. The two when they work together, become a formidable crime solving team. The two together in their romance, are just dynamite!

This story ended up being full of murders, fires and even explosions. The reader is in on the who done it part of the story, but while that might ruin some mysteries, it totally worked in this book. In addition, another villain from a previous book is back for more fun and games-this time for a much better reason.

When I finished this book, I literally said “What a good book”, out loud. And it was. I would recommend it to any adult mystery reader.

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The review copy of Deadly Obsession was provided by the publisher Harlequin MIRA via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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