Author: Cat Waters (AKA Tara Sue Me)
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ½
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There’s the truth you know….
At age 16, Athena Hamilton traded her body for survival when a powerful Vegas hotelier and pimp lured her into his world. Ten years of turning tricks has taught her to trust no one and feel nothing. Yet a chance meeting with a childhood crush sparks hope for something more.
The truth you believe…
There’s no way Isaiah Martin could want her. He’s a pastor. Too good. Too pure. But when she learns her days are numbered, she runs into the safety of his arms and trusts his promise of protection.
And the truth you never imagined…
The aftermath of a tragic accident and a bitter betrayal leaves her destitute and alone. The one man she shouldn’t trust offers her a chance to escape. But when good and evil collide, what do you do when the truth is Obscured?
**May Contain Spoilers**
This was my first time reading Tara Sue Me (or as she was writing this book under the name Cat Waters), although I had heard about her previously on different discussion boards. But there was something about the description of Obscured that caught my eye – the idea of prostitute and a priest, …but color me damned when there was a huge twist that I totally wasn’t expecting (well, obviously of course, because you shouldn’t see those twists coming, but you guys know what i mean right?).
I think for me while reading Obscured that one of the biggest things to hit home was that what was happening to Athena was a modern day type of slavery. Every year, the Navy makes me go through trafficking in persons in training and every year, i moan and groan about doing it, but reading Obscured made me think more about that training and how valuable it actually is. I have to wonder in general, how often we (as people in general) have turned a blind eye to young women who were potentially in situations like Athena’s in the book – i don’t think we can know for sure, but its potentially an interesting and yet depressing thought.
There is something about the authors voice that feels authentic, i can’t say if it is for sure, but there was just something…maybe its hard to explain, I don’t know. I think my biggest issue with the story in general was the initial belief that Isaiah (the priest) was going to be Athena’s savior and yet ended up being her Judas. I know that Priests are people with real vices, but I just had a hard time overcoming that plot twist…I wanted/expected so much more from Isaiah.
There was a bit of a cliff-hanger at the end of the book, so that is something for reader’s to be aware of, but it was more of a series to be continued type cliff-hanger rather than mid-plot line. I’m pretty sure that I will be picking up the next book when its released. Overall, I gave Obscured 3.5 stars but would recommend it for people who like romance with a dabble of suspense/mystery and don’t mind a touch of betrayal.