Obsession, defined as the domination of one’s thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image or desire….
Chantel Rosenberg’s passion for music and life had never shone brighter than the time she spent in Bordeaux France. It’s a time when feelings arose and desires ran deep, a time that fundamentally changed her life.
A man living in seclusion, Phillipe Tibideau is haunted and plagued by memories he cannot disregard. Choosing to live a quiet life in his Chateau surrounded by the vineyards of France, he’s left his passion for art behind.
However, the time has arrived to tell his side of a tale. A tale that has depicted him as a ‘beautiful monster’ and he’s finally allowing someone close.
Close enough to ask questions. Questions he’s not sure he wants to answer. Questions about her.
For up and coming journalist Gemma Harris, the pursuit of truth is what drives her and when a job of a lifetime presents itself there is nothing in the world that will stop her from taking it. Even if it does mean leaving her home for several months to stay at Chateau Tibideau, with him.
This is a story of what happens when three passionate lovers collide and the desire for truth, art and music merge.
Chateau Tibideau is a place full of unanswered questions, dark sinful desire and a beauty so hauntingly sad it will have you wondering how you will ever leave the same….
What must it be like to be craved that way? To return that feeling with such ferocity?
Wow. I have no idea how to begin when reviewing this book. It is intensely erotic, the most sensual book I think I have ever read!
“Your body is begging for me to fuck it, Gemma, and I think your mind is too.”
I can’t help myself from responding. “I think you’re already doing that.”
“What?” he quietly demands.
“Fucking with my mind.”
It is shrouded in mystery and impossible to put down. Right up to the very end, there are questions left unanswered.
All he needs is her. The only problem is that he has no clue which woman he’s referring to at that precise moment.
This is so cleverly written and so beautifully thought out. It is a true work of art. It is classy, mature and complete genius. It is unlike anything I have ever read before. It is a book about a need for another person that runs so deep that it is impossible to explain it to anybody else. An obsession that is all consuming and impossible to ignore. A craving that can only be felt and believed by those involved.
“I would have done anything, anything, to touch her,” he admits as his eyes leave mine.
The spell is broken as his gaze drifts to the painting on the wall.
With complete reverence, he tells me, “So I did.”
It is about the judgement of everybody else and the fact that not everything is as it seems. How the world can take something pure and beautiful and turn it into something ugly and depraved.
“Sorry for what?”
“I’m sorry that I didn’t trust you. I’m sorry I doubted your intentions.”
“I think you’re sorry you got caught. Oh, and, Gemma? You should always doubt my intentions.”
And I can’t review this book without writing about the sex. Oh my goodness me!! This book is full of the most erotic sex scenes you will ever read. There is a lot of angry sex. A lot of rough, punishing, hateful sex and some seriously questionable sexual acts. Two words; Paint. Brush. It is all extremely well written and will have you reading open mouthed and wide eyed, begging for more.
“You’re so fucking wet that you drenched my fingers through your panties. Do you know how fucking sexy that is? Do you know how hard that makes me?”
This is a story about three people. There is no F/M/F, but each character is most definitely as much a part of this story as the others. It is harrowing and desperate.
I cried, my heart raced, I spent a large part of the book in utter confusion but I was sucked in deep. For me, this took a little while to get going, but once it did, I couldn’t stop reading.
I’d heard about people falling in love, and I’d heard about lust. What I had never heard of was this all-consuming need to be inside another human being.
I felt this desperate compulsion to become one with him.
This was desire. This was to crave. This was what it felt like to want.
And now for the reason it only has four stars!!! There is no happy ending!
I don’t know whether or not there will be a sequel. But I hope there is as I felt as though Phillipe, Gemma and Chantel’s story was so unfinished. I need to know that Phillipe goes on to live a happy life. So, whilst I thought the rest of the story broke my heart, the end obliterated it. I reached the last page and was desperately pressing the buttons on my Kindle, thinking it must have malfunctioned. Surely that can’t be the end!!!?!But it was! 😦 So, for that reason alone, I can’t give this a full five stars, although I devoured every word.
I think this is the hardest book I have ever had to review, because it’s so unique and so mysterious. So to give anything away would be to do the book an injustice. You need to read it with, no preconceptions, to experience it in it’s entirety. It’s beautiful and ugly at the same time, but completely addictive.
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