There’s the truth you know….
At age 16, Athena Hamilton traded her body for survival when a powerful Vegas hotelier and pimp lured her into his world. Ten years of turning tricks has taught her to trust no one and feel nothing. Yet a chance meeting with a childhood crush sparks hope for something more.
The truth you believe…
There’s no way Isaiah Martin could want her. He’s a pastor. Too good. Too pure. But when she learns her days are numbered, she runs into the safety of his arms and trusts his promise of protection.
And the truth you never imagined...
The aftermath of a tragic accident and a bitter betrayal leaves her destitute and alone. The one man she shouldn’t trust offers her a chance to escape. But when good and evil collide, what do you do when the truth is Obscured?
Tara Sue Me’s name is synonymous with erotica with a darker edge and bdsm, and while Obscured falls under the ‘dark’ genre as it deals with human trafficking/prostitution it isn’t erotica. This story falls more under the suspense/thriller side of things with some romance thrown in but by the time I realized that I was dealing with a different beast I was hooked and didn’t mind the change of pace at all because I needed to know if I had guessed right about the various characters motives that we meet in the story.
This was one of those books where I was more interested in the overall story and how things would play out than the actual main character, Athena. I empathized with her and her situation, especially after finding out how she was lured into being a prostitute and the repercussions that she’d have to face if she didn’t tow the line, but some of the choices she made drove me bat shit crazy and had me muttering “Don’t do it. Don’t do it...you did it.” then doing the heavy sigh thing and watching as the fall out happened. As for the other players in this story. One is absolutely shady, no question about it, but the other two? I gotta say that the author did a great job at making it difficult to get a true read on them and what their game was. I will say that at least my instincts about them were correct, in a general sense, but the specifics did end up surprising me.
It seems a bit redundant to say that I enjoyed the writing since I’ve already said I got hooked on the story, but I am. The twists and turns were done well, the writing was clean and though it does fall under 200 pages I didn’t feel as if the plot or characters were cheated out of anything, including what ends up happening to them in the end, though there is one surprise that I am hoping may get a novella or something similar so we can see just how THAT came to be.
The Bottom Line: This was a quick, well written book that kept me turning the pages until the very end.
~ ARC provided by Rock Star PR in exchange for an honest review ~
Tara Sue Me wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. It would be twenty years before she picked up her pen to write the second.
After completing several clean romances, she decided to try her hand at something spicier and started The Submissive. What began as a writing exercise quickly took on a life of its own. An avid reader of all types of fiction, she soon discovered she enjoyed writing a variety as well.
Tara lives in the Southeastern United States with her family, two dogs, and a cat.