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    On the edge of my seat!!!

    The story is about Athena, a Vegas prostitute. She got into the life at 16 and 10 years later she regrets that decision every day. When she runs into someone from her pre Vegas life, she starts to think about what her life could be like without Mike, her pimp. Harris, Mike's second in command, is always watching. His offers to help her or to run away with her, always make her think Mike's testing her loyalty. When she starts to develop feelings for Harris her world gets turned upside down. Mike is NOT a nice man! Things aren't always as they seem and don't EVER judge a book by its cover. Great story with lots of unexpected things happening. The characters were fantastic! I really felt her anxiety and helplessness, especially after the storage building scene. The story progression was on point. There was a lot of story to be told for the amount of pages. Awesome writing! This is my first book by this author and I can't wait for the next. Received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.
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    Four-Star Review

    When Athena Hamilton first arrived in Las Vegas she was a sixteen year old girl abandoned by a grief stricken father and in need of a way to support herself. She tries her hand at being a showgirl. What’s so hard about that, right? All she would have to do is dance a little and wear pretty outfits … right? What happens when Athena can’t make the cut and there’s a predator sitting in the wings waiting for his next victim. Athena takes the reader's heart with her as she tries to survive Vegas and break free from her abusive pimp. The story delves into the underworld of Vegas’ sex trafficking trade. Obscured gives the basic anatomy of how ‘certain’ young women are preyed on, how they’re drawn in and finally used by pimps/predators. The emotion the story stirs lingers, but the heroine is able to retain this naivety … this sort of youthful innocence that has stayed with her even after 10 years in the game. Personally, I wanted to reach through the pages and shake her a bit for being so silly, trusting or selectively blind. The book is considered a romance but it is a very unconventional one. For those looking for a full ‘minute by minute’ bedroom romp, then you will be disappointed here. Then again, I am happy that the author excluded some of these elements because of the subject matter of human trafficking and prostitution. There isn't the goofy eyed hero or any recognizable hero that the reader can pick out from the beginning. With its characters, Obscured deals in shades of gray with the exception of Mike (Mike ‘the pimp’ clearly has on a pair of gasoline underwear headed straight to hiffle). For example, the pastor who could have been a clear path to freedom. Isaiah Martin (the pastor and childhood friend) would have made an unusual romantic hero but a feasible one considering the life the heroine is leading. With Isaiah, his gray areas begin to show almost immediately and his innocence is just a mask to cover the devil within. His character sets off mini alarms because at times he’s just too good to be true. Then there is Harris (the ‘sheep’ hiding in wolf’s clothing), the henchman … the hero that as a reader I didn't really see coming. Like Isaiah, Harris’ character had many gray areas but it was hard to dislike his character (even as a supposed bad guy). Thankfully, Harris fits the role of a traditional romantic figure (you know the bad guy turning good to save the girl). So, picturing him taking the road to salvation and freedom with Athena isn't hard. The most gripping portion of this story is the evolution of Athena’s character after her captivity.The simplest of things that most take for granted are all new experiences for her. Overall rating for Obscured is 4.0. Happy Reading everyone ARC graciously provided by author, RockStarLit PR and Netgalley in exchange for honest review.
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    Average

    Story is quite good but still has writing issues. There are sometimes no spaces where it should be or there is a ;. If the mistakes are fixed it's better to read.
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    Obscured

    Full of twist and turns. Few suprises along the way. Cryed at one point. Hope there is a second book.
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