Series:  The Reckless Rockwoods 
Genres: Historical Romance
Heat Level: 4| Heat Legend
Publisher: Maroli SP Imprints
Publication Year: 2005
ISBN: 978-0-9840277-2-9
Available Formats: Digital, Print

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A sexy, uptight earl with a haunting secret and a heroine determined to overcome the dark pain of her past.

“Complex characters…and love scenes [that] are by turns tender and steamy.”

— RT BOOKReviews

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Haunted by a dark secret, Sebastian Rockwood, Earl of Melton, values emotional control above all else. Unlike his younger siblings, he never yields to the famed Reckless Rockwoods trait of impulsiveness. But his prized self-control crumbles when he spontaneously outbids a debauched libertine to save Helen Rivenall. Never has the risk to his heart been so great as his treasured willpower slowly gives way to temptation, and he discovers nothing can protect him from the ultimate obsession—love.

Fleeing an abusive guardian, Helen Rivenall accepted what she thought was an offer of honest employment. Instead, she’s drugged and auctioned off in a notorious London brothel. Indebted to the arrogant, inflexible earl who bought her freedom, Helen agrees to take part in a sham betrothal. As their web of lies grows, sparks fly between the two until their passion erupts, and surrender is inevitable. But when Helen vanishes into the shadows of Jack the Ripper’s London at the hands of a madman, Sebastian fears she might be lost to him forever.

WARNING: Contains a sexy, uptight earl who’s about to fall hard and fast.

Complex characters and descriptive language enhance this sexy and satisfying read. Each character struggles to overcome a troubled past to find love, and the love scenes are by turns tender and steamy. A mystery subplot is introduced but is predictable. With the murderous Jack the Ripper on the loose, Sebastian soon finds that his rigid schedule is impossible to maintain when protecting [Helen’s] is his obsession.

— RT BOOKReviews


Praise for Obsession

“Monica Burns has a way with bringing damaged souls together, in spite of themselves, and others, with dishonorable plans, that would strive to separate them! She also proves, AGAIN, she DEFINITELY knows her way around STEAMY love scenes! (A fact that I always appreciate!)”

— Tracey, GoodReads Reviewer


“…a fresh spin on a damsel in distress and… a hero who not only does the rescuing, but needs to be rescued from some demons of his own.”

— Romance Reader at Heart


“…Sebastian was just the man for me.” 

— Joyfully Reviewed, 5 stars