Fatal Obsession, Ultimate Deception, & Defiant Temptation by Lynn Stookes

Have you seen this series yet from Lynn Stookes?  

Oh My Goodness!

It's SO good!!

I have read Fatal Obsession and Ultimate Deception, books 1 & 2, in the series yet and I'M SO HOOKED!!  You have to get these books and read them all!  You'll get sucked in and it won't take you any time at all to read them.  I have literally devoured them in a few days.  

My reviews for both books 1 and 2 are below - but first here's some info' on book 3, Defiant Temptation.  It's the newest release and is NOW AVAILABLE!

Title: Defiant Temptation

Series: Harden #3

Author: Lynn Stookes

Genre: Adult, Suspense Romance

Published: March 24, 2017

Harper Andrews hasn't had it easy; abandoned by her mother, dated a scheming boyfriend, and fought for her father’s life against cancer. But she's always prevailed, until now when her world seems to be falling apart.

Tristan Page never loses control; not at the death and reemergence of his sister’s cheating husband, the attack on her life, or even when his company seems to be failing. He's always in command of his actions until one woman threatens to make his world spiral.

Tristan plays on Harper’s last nerve.

Harper tries Tristan’s patience and self-control.

Forced together, in a search for her mother, they battle their attraction for one another. Harper wants him. Tristan wants what he can't have.

Can they defy temptation or will their explosive chemistry set them on a path for self-destruction?

Defiant Temptation Excerpt © Lynn Stookes 2017

 “What ya’ doing man?” Blake questions.

“Working on a case,” I fib. I am working on a case, but he doesn’t need to know it involves waiting outside Harper’s campus while she finishes her classes.

“You sure about that?”

“Yeah,” I pause. What does he know? “Why? What’s up?”

“Oh, you know, nothing,” he chuckles. “Mrs. Nelson stopped by the station today.”

“Yeah? Everything okay with her?”

“She’s perfectly fine,” his voice cracks with a laugh.

Sawyer’s voice booms over the line, “Is that Tristan?”

“Yes.” I hear shuffling in the background.

“You asking about Mrs. Nelson?”

“I’m trying to if you would shut your mouth,” Blake retorts.

“Put it on speaker,” Sawyer demands.

“Such a demanding little shit,” Blake mumbles.

“But you love me anyway.”

“If you didn’t make Dani happy, I’d probably find a dark hole for you.”

I chuckle at the banter between two of my best friends. We’ve always had an easy friendship, even though our lives couldn’t be more different. Blake has a large loving family; I just have Kylie, and now Dani; Sawyer has an alcoholic father he doesn’t see much. Such different upbringings, but we’ve always been close. Even after years away, it was easy to pick up where we left off.

“Hey, Tristan,” Sawyer says into the phone.

“What the hell do you want?” I counter, dreading what they have to say. If it has to do with Mrs. Nelson, it’s nothing good.

“Like I was saying, we had a visit from Mrs. Nelson today,” Blake explains.

“Yeah, so?”

Sawyer chuckles, “She had a story to tell us.” Another laugh bursts from him. “She wanted us to talk to you.”


“About your discretion.” Blake joins in the laughter.

“Discretion?” Confusion runs through me. I have no clue what the old bird is talking about.

“She saw you and Harper pull out of Harry’s place early this morning,” Blake explains.

“Too early for anything pure,” Sawyer snorts. “And your devious ways will get Ms. Innocent Harper into trouble. You better make an honest woman of her.”

That damn old woman. What the hell is she doing? Watching my every move? I remain quiet, hoping they’ll move on, but knowing better.

“Is it true?” Blake asks, trying to contain his amusement.


“Are your devious ways corrupting the innocent Harper?” Sawyer questions.

“No!” I shout, frustration rushing through my veins.

“Banks wasn’t happy when he heard the news from Mrs. Nelson,” Blake comments.

“Apparently, it wasn’t the first time she caught you in a compromising position with Harper,” Sawyer adds.

“Something about you leaving her apartment after an afternoon nookie session.”

They’re ganging up on me. I’m never going to hear the end of this unless I shut them down.

“For the last fucking time, there’s nothing happening with Harper. I got suckered into giving her a ride this morning by Harry,” I say, and to make sure my point is made, I add, “Why would I waste my time with a girl like her? She probably doesn’t even know what to do with a dick. Have you looked at her? She has virgin written all over her face.” The words make my stomach curl, but I need them to drop it. “Besides, she’s not even that cute. I like my woman with curves. Harper is a walking stick. It’d be like fucking a board.”

The small gasp behind me has me instantly regretting my words.

“Gotta go,” I say into the phone and put it in my pocket without waiting for a response. Slowly, I turn.

Harper stands before me, a flaming beauty, seething with anger. Her gorgeous red hair is in a tight ponytail, her eyes brimming with unshed tears. Fuck.

“Harper,” I whisper, reaching for her.

She takes a step back, holding her books close to her chest.

“I…uh…” I stutter, trying to think of an excuse. “I never meant for you to hear that.”

I definitely said the wrong thing because a notebook barrels towards my head. I quickly duck, avoiding it, but not quick enough to dodge a textbook hitting me in the eye.


I reach up, grabbing my eye as the book hits the ground, breaking the seam, pages flying away. She threw books at me. Hard. I look at Harper with my good eye. Her hand is on her chest, shock on her face.

“Are you happy now, Harper?”

“I didn’t…” she begins.

“Didn’t plan on throwing a book at my fucking face?” I growl. “Didn’t plan on acting like a child?”

I take a menacing step towards her, and she quickly retreats, a hand keeping distance between us.

“What, Harper? Don’t tell me you’re scared because you heard something you didn’t want to hear. The truth.”

If I’m going to be a dick, might as well go all in, right?

Harper hisses. “Screw you, Tristan Page! You’re nothing but a chauvinistic dick. I don’t know why I ever wanted you!” She pokes my chest, emphasizing each word. “You’ve made it abundantly clear that you are…you are…”

“Come on, little girl,” I egg on. “Spit it out. What am I?”

Her amber eyes meet mine, dancing like they’re on fire. Fuck if her pissed off isn’t hotter than shit. I seriously screwed up. Her breathing is heavy and ragged, pushing her small but perfect breasts towards me, barely brushing my chest.

“You are,” she pauses, “Nothing. You’re absolutely nothing, Tristan Page.”

She tries to walk away, but I pull her arm, forcing her between me and the truck.

“Nothing?” I question, her words hitting too close to home. “Really?”

Her breath hitches, arousal dancing in her eyes. Before I can stop myself, my mouth is on hers, brutally taking what I want. I nip at her lips, begging her to let me in. I move my hand from her hip, tracing her skin until I brush the swell of her breast. She gasps, allowing me the entrance I crave. I sweep in, devouring her sweet taste, knowing I could easily get addicted.

Harper whimpers when I push her against the hood. My body is so rigid that I literally ache. My erection rubs against her stomach, and I lift her, wanting our bodies to match up. Her leg wraps around my waist. I rock into her, but distant whistles and cat calls filter through my lust induced haze.

Harper must hear them, too, because she pulls back, breaking the best fucking kiss of my life. Avoiding her eyes, I look around at an audience. People even have their fucking phones out, taking pictures and videos.


Lynn Stookes was born and raised in the amazing state of Texas, where she currently resides with her husband of five years. They have one rambunctious four year old son and three furry children, who create the chaos she couldn’t live without.

One day, Lynn took her passion (maybe obsession is more apt) for romance books and mystery shows and wrote her first romantic suspense novel, Fatal Obsession, Book 1 in the Harden Series.

When Lynn isn’t writing or working her day job, you can find her reading on her Kindle, spending time with her family and friends, or playing on Facebook. She loves running, coffee, and country music in no particular order.

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ok!  did you grab your copy of Defiant Temptation yet?!  I'm currently reading it and IT IS SO GOOD!

Anyway, here is my review for book 1, Fatal Obsession, and book 2, Ultimate Deception.  Check these out, grab your copies of all three books and let me know what you think!

Fatal Obsession

{Book #1}
by Lynn Stookes

Kylie Delaney had the perfect life until one night changed everything. Now she’s moving back to her hometown to escape the pain and start over, but someone won’t let her forget the past.

Detective Blake Winters moved back to his hometown to escape the violence of the city, but when bodies start showing up murdered, he questions his decision. That is until the girl he wanted as a teenager moves in across the street. Then all bets are off.

Now, Kylie must face the past with Blake, the one man who broke her young heart. Can they explore a new relationship and both stay alive as they search for the person behind the murders?

My Review & Rating

Oh y'all are in for it with this book!  The prologue hooked me... It's so creepy seeing inside his head!  It gave me goosebumps and I had to finish the story that same night.  I stayed up because I couldn't NOT know.  I was too hooked on the story to put it down.  

I am not usually drawn to action filled suspense stories... I don't love them usually for one reason or another, but this story I loved.

I felt for Kylie from the beginning.  Her emotions were so raw and painful.  I loved the little glimpses that are in the beginning of the story to the person she can be.  The person she's trying to get back to, or really just get to.  She develops so much in this story.  She has to, but she could just give up.  She doesn't but she shows there's a choice to make.  There's always a choice.  She struggles the entire time with this choice, but she keeps going, keeps working.  She keeps struggling until she gets there.  

Blake... I mean we all love the hero, but Blake wasn't my favorite until the backstory came into focus from his end better.  Once that story was told, I totally got where he was coming from and absolutely understood.  There's background between them and I loved that part of the story.  Blake is great.  I loved having his POV in this story.  He's so smart and yet so dumb... you know what I mean.  He's SO smart and skilled at his job and at being a great guy, but so dumb when it comes to girls and personal relationships.  

This story is legit a movie in your head while you read it.  The writing is so well done and so clear I was able to see everything exactly and so clearly while I was reading.

I think what moved this book from a like to a love was that just when I thought I had it figured out it turned and I was wrong.  I really loved these characters and absolutely enjoyed their story.

It's so good!


Ultimate Deception

{Book #2}
by Lynn Stookes

In a matter of months, Dani Delaney's world drastically changed. Now, she faces the toughest challenge of her life and is determined to handle it on her own. 

Detective Sawyer Woods will do anything to be with Dani, the woman he's dreamed about since he first laid eyes on her, but she'll have nothing to do with him, no matter how much charm he uses. 

It isn't until Dani receives threatening messages and criminal activities happen around town that she's forced to accept the help of the one man who can bring her to her knees. Can Sawyer protect the one woman who doesn't want him and convince her to give him a shot? Or can one lie destroy it all?

My Review & Rating

This book was better than the first one... I KNOW RIGHT?!  How is that possible... I know that's what you are asking, but it really is.  

The prologue again is so good... it got me this time again.  It made me HAVE to know what happened.  

Now, Dani was not what I thought she was based on knowing her through Fatal Obsession (Book #1).  I knew she was strong, which was confirmed in chapter one of her story.  What I didn't know was why she is so stubborn and so independent; once it was explained when she told her backstory EVERYTHING made sense.  Then Lynn Stookes KILLED ME!  She threw this whole story to another level!!  

Sawyer is such a crazy combo of a man.  He is so easy going most of the time and then Dani comes into play and he can't control his need to control the situation.  It's crazy and I loved it!  It obviously throws so much conflict into the situations with Dani being so independent and whatnot, but I loved it the whole time!  

By chapter 3 I was dying... I was dying for Sawyer and for Dani at the same time for different and yet the same reasons.  You'll have to read this one to know exactly what I mean by this, but you'll know as soon as you read it.  Throughout so much of this story I ached for Sawyer.  He is so amazing and so sweet.  
"Anything for you, Dani." ... "Anything for you."  -- Sawyer says this SO many times to her
I am so mad at Dani for a lot of things, but I get it... I just don't like it.  I see her trying and getting stopped by one thing or another, but I still don't like it.  I'm not going to lie... when it bites her in the butt (as karma always does) I felt vindicated but was still shattered but it.  When Dani is talking to Kylie about everything it gutted me when she talks about not deserving anyone feeling sorry for her... she hated herself so much it just killed me.  

Just when I thought I couldn't be into this story more, there's a HUGE development from Dani in the backstory and HOLY COW!  Then you know everyone adjusts a little, takes it all in, and then just like that I got hit again!  Another crazy twist!

I just couldn't handle the awesome in this book.  It was so great.  

By far one of the best I've read in a long time - possibly ever.  I loved it.


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