Book Review: Erotica: Sweetest Obsession: Ann Mayburn

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Sweetest Obsession

This is a STANDALONE insta-obsession erotic romance set in the Cordova Empire series (no cheating-HEA-no cliffhanger)


In my family, there’s an old story going back generations about love at first sight. I used to think it was a fairytale, until I met my sweet Joy. The more I got to know her, the more I wanted her. But the world of the cartels is a dangerous place, so I watched her from afar, wishing things were different and I could claim her for my own. Despite my best efforts to keep her safe, evil found Joy. After she endured a savage beating at the hands of a rival cartel, I vowed to do everything in my power to make her mine and win her heart. I can only pray that when she finds out the truth about me, and the things I’ve done to bind her to me forever, that she’ll be able to love the monster I really am.


Without a doubt, Ramon Cordova is one of the biggest jerks I’ve ever met. He’s egotistical, bossy, and seems to know how to push all my buttons. Too bad he’s also sinfully handsome, utterly charming when he wants to be, and is the only man I feel safe with. After the attack, I’ve become afraid of the world outside of my home—afraid of crowds, afraid of loud noises, afraid of everything. When I’m in Ramon’s strong arms, those fears melt away. I know there’s a darkness inside of him that he tries to hide, and I’m afraid that when I finally find out the secrets he’s been keeping, he’ll destroy what’s left of my battered heart.

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Elsie’s Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ramon doesn’t want the ties to his family’s cartel to touch Joy’s life. So he stays away, hoping that distance keeps her safe. Fate steps in when a rival cartel delivers a severe beating to Joy the very thing he had hoped to shield her from. Now Ramon must claim her as his own to protect her.

Sweetest Obsession is erotic suspense, heavy on the erotic and with a healthy dose of dark to boot. It also has humorous elements, which are dispersed at just the right time, usually after an intense scene and there are plenty of those.

Joy is a mixture of sassy and vulnerable and it works. Ramon has dark secrets, but his love for Joy is unconditional. The ending of this book is perfection! No cliffhanger and a nice tie up of all the loose ends. Way to go Ann!

Sweetest Obsession is the second book in the Cordova Empire series, but this book can be read as a standalone. There are plenty more characters to explore in this bad family gone good and I look forward to seeing the series progress.

This book was gifted to me in exchange for an unbiased review!

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With over forty published books, Ann is Queen of the Castle to her husband and three sons in the mountains of West Virginia. In her past lives she’s been an Import Broker, a Communications Specialist, a US Navy Civilian Contractor, a Bartender/Waitress, and an actor at the Michigan Renaissance Festival. She also spent a summer touring with the Grateful Dead-though she will deny to her children that it ever happened.

From a young Ann has had a love affair with books would read everything she could get her hands on. As Ann grew older, and her hormones kicked in, she discovered bodice ripping Fabio-esque romance novels. They were great at first, but she soon grew tired of the endless stories with a big wonderful emotional buildup to really short and crappy sex. Never a big fan of purple prose, throbbing spears of fleshy pleasure and wet honey pots make her giggle, she sought out books that gave the sex scenes in the story just as muchd etail and plot as everything else-without using cringe worthy euphemisms. This led her to the wonderful world of Erotic Romance, and she’s never looked back.

Now Ann spends her days trying to tune out cartoons playing in the background to get into her ‘sexy space’ and has accepted that her Muse has a severe case of ADD.

Ann loves to talk with her fans, as long as they realize she’s weird, and that sarcasm doesn’t translate well via text.

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