My rating: 5 of 5 stars
LURE OF OBSESSION is book one in the Muse Chronicles and is a paranormal, contemporary romance. This is my second read from Lisa Kessler and I admit to being pleasantly surprised by this well written saga! The story is loosely based on Greek mythology which I found to be super intriguing and unique, especially since Ms. Kessler made it so easy to understand. Melanie (the Muse of Tragic Poetry) first meets police detective, Nate (her Guardian) under some pretty dire circumstances right at the very beginning and the action just builds from there. From start to finish, the plot is plagued with mystery while still being fast paced. It’s pretty obvious that Nate and Mel are completely drawn to each other in spite of all the twists, turns and obstacles thrown their way. But their romance is almost SWEET, enchanting maybe!! Overall, this was an interesting tale, a great beginning to a compelling series. I give it 4.5 stars! Told from multiple POVS with a happy for now ending.
The Prophecy – “Every generation the nine daughters of Zeus are reborn, and with their rebirth are also nine Guardians. They will be marked by the gods, and given gifts to protect his treasure. Their abilities will only be unlocked when they find their muse.”
Melanie Jacoby teaches English at Crystal City High School. She’s also the reborn Muse of Tragic Poetry, but she isn’t prepared for the tragedy of finding her roommate dead at the bottom of the stairs.
Nate Malone is the detective assigned to the case, but as the evidence points to an accidental fall, the visions begin. He sees a killer in a gold Kronos mask.
Mel is the next target.
The Order of the Titans are eager to bring about the return of the Golden Age of Man, and they’re prepared to kill the Muses to complete their mission. But Nate’s desire to protect Mel is almost as strong as his hunger for her.
And tragedy isn’t part of his plan.
Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.
When she’s not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, and has performed with San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego.