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REVIEW: The Object of My Obssession by Cara North

Dear Ms. North:

The Object Of My Obsession by Cara NorthA reader recommended this book to me. She said that she had picked it up during the All Romance eBook holiday giveaway for free and that it reminded her, a bit, of The Satin Sash. Specifically it was a menage a trois with a strong emotional component. I purchased the book on her recommendation.

Once you get past the set up, I agree with   Kaetrin that there is a strong and compelling romance between three people. Sonja Love is a sex advice columnist for Cali Chronicle and somehow she scores an interview on a press junket with Hollywood movie star Jacob Brandon, the same Jacob Brandon that stars in her fantasies.

The night before the interview, Sonja runs out of batteries for her vibrator. On the way back from the store, wet from the rain, Sonja finds herself alone in the elevator with Jacob and stuck. After revealing her batteries and a light flirtation, she offers Jacob a blowjob. Her fantasy. Initially, when Jacob finds out that Sonja is press, he is angered but after Sonja reassures him that she would never, ever tell, he finds his way to her hotel room where they proceed to fulfill a few more of Sonja’s fantasies. Jacob leaves with Sonja’s card.

Sonja doubts she’ll hear from Jacob again but two weeks later, he is IMing her. (I could have down without Jacob employing smiley and frowny face emoticons). Jacob is looking for a place to hang out for a few weeks and Sonja lives in a nice remote location. Jacob and Sonja explore each other fantasies and we learn more about the two of them.   Sonja is a free spirit and Jacob is an interested explorer.    I liked how, through the sexual encounters, we get to know the characters.

Sonja tells herself that this is only temporary and that she is not going to fall in love with him. There is no point, no matter how generous Jacob is, no matter how sweet he is.    They have a weird dynamic.   They have had sex with each other, everywhere in the house, multiple times,   and at the end of the day, go to their separate bedrooms.

One day, Jacob comes to the house with Henry.   Henry is a soap actor and Jacob’s best friend.   Jacob has brought him to fulfill one of Sonja’s fantasies and some of his own.    Henry is unsure.   Sonja is unsure but Jacob leads them both through it.

His kiss is different. Slow, inquiring. I somehow think he is making his decision as we kiss as to whether or not he will go through with this. As he re-positions and opens his mouth to share his tongue with me, I know he has been roped into our sordid affair.

The three of them form a unit, for however short a time they will be together.   Jacob and Henry have had some latent feelings for each other, yet I never felt that Sonja was a replacement or even a conduit but being with her helped them get over their initial reluctance and perhaps fear of ruining their lifelong friendship.

There’s an  effervescence  about their encounters.   Sometimes the sex is passionate and sometimes it is playful.   Jacob is sure of everything.   He’s the leader. He knows what he wants.   Sonja and Henry are less sure.    While the three have conflict from time to time, it does seem idyllic.   The ending is very bittersweet and I wondered if it was a copout.   I was not completely sure if Sonja had embraced the two of the men loving each other, excluding her from time to time.   I wasn’t certain that the menage would have lasted into that ephemeral “forever” but I still enjoyed the story feeling that it explored the emotional, as well as sexual aspects, of a menage.   .   B-

Best regards,

Jane

This book can be purchased at all romance ebooks, fictionwise or other etailers.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

8 Comments

  1. Sayuri
    Feb 12, 2010 @ 18:09:49

    I have read quite a few of Cara Norths books (They have the best titles, ‘Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off’) and always enjoyed them.

    I have been pretty unhappy with most of the menage books I have read recently, in that I didn’t really believe the dynamics between the protagonists.

    Maybe I’ll have better luck with this one.

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  2. Jane
    Feb 12, 2010 @ 18:13:38

    @Sayuri Did you read the Satin Sash? I should have put in the review that this book is first person present tense and I know that can be an issue for some readers.

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  3. Sayuri
    Feb 12, 2010 @ 18:16:51

    @Jane

    I don’t have a problem with first person any tense. :) I actually enjoy a little change in perspective now and then.

    I haven’t read the Satin Sash but I am also putting that on the list. There goes my ‘I’m not buying anything’ resolution!

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  4. Jane
    Feb 12, 2010 @ 18:19:03

    @Sayuri Neither book is perfect but I thought that both The Satin Sash and this one really made an effort at exploring the emotional dynamic, the issues of jealousy and what the threesome means. But again, neither deals with them sufficiently in my opinion.

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  5. Cara North
    Dec 30, 2010 @ 12:54:50

    Hello all, I just found this thread. I am thankful for your comments. I always learn more when people share what they think in a good, needs improvement, and general thoughts sort of way. No book is perfect and each author, in my opinion, should always be searching to improve and connect with readers. I wrote this as a trial into a genre I have not written before, m/m. I have to say I got a lot of hate mail for the ending, readers were really angry at me for (spoiler alert) killing off one of the guys. THough I don;t compare my writing to Nick Sparks, I do wonder if his readers get mad because he kills a main character in almost every book.
    The Lance Armstron commercials came out too late for me to realize that guys don’t use emoticons in IM.
    Thank you all for your time and for reading my book. I hope you will continue to give me another look in the future.

    Cara

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  6. rebecca
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 23:34:52

    Cara North, if you’re reading this and you are the author of Seeing Double, please make it into paperback. I HATE, ABSOLUTELY HATE ereaders and ebooks and whatever else it’s called.
    Rebecca

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  7. Cara North
    Sep 01, 2011 @ 00:45:01

  8. Leslie Stockton
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 20:41:39

    Ms. Cara North has written by far the best “true erotic romance novel!” I cried so hard when i first read her book. When asked what my favorite erotic romance is and hands down i choose Ms. North…just bought the paperback to The Art of Ethan…thank u for writing :)

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