The Obsession: A Dark Roommates to Lovers Romance by Christie Gordon

Christie Gordon dives head first into Tristan's world, edging us from the very first paragraph in her edited re-release of The Obsession

From the blurb:

A lonely man suffering from addiction meets his savior. But can the charming male psychology student truly love and save him?

Tristan Tolken feels invisible most of the time, which is fine by him. After suffering years of abuse by a mother who won’t accept his attraction to men, he’s fallen into sexual addiction. His only relief is to lose himself in his artwork and yearn for Collin from afar. There’s no way Collin could ever notice him, right?

Collin Stanley has the self-confidence and smarts to be starting his master’s degree in psychology early, but he has a problem. After only a few months, he’s been kicked out of his apartment and can only find a room in the dorm. When he strolls into his new room, he’s shocked to find Tristan there. He’s had his eye on Tristan. Tristan’s unusual habits are fascinating, but Tristan’s completely shut down. Will Tristan let him in?

Collin figures out Tristan’s obsession right away and knows that he’s the one who can fix him. But fixing Tristan leaves Collin with emotions he didn’t count on and his own fear of falling in love surfaces. As Tristan heals with Collin’s help, Collin hides a deep secret. This secret threatens their relationship and could throw Tristan back into a lonely life of addiction. As the secret is revealed, how can Collin redeem himself and not destroy Tristan in the process?

The Obsession is a standalone M/M romance novel. It is a dark, hurt/comfort, roommate romance with an HFN and no cliffhangers. It features an insecure young artist struggling to live his life, longing for love, and a confident young man with his own issues who wants to help. This book is a rerelease of a book with the same name and has been extensively edited.

For warnings, see the Look Inside.

Heather's Review:

Darker than the other stories I've read from Christie Gordon, and also much steamier, The Obsession was an emotional roller coaster and a twisted tale of opposites attract and hurt/comfort.

Well written and addictive, if you favor darker stories you'll enjoy dipping into this psychological pool of raw emotions and brilliantly flawed men.

I had to take a break and read something fluffy because this isn't my usual jam, but I picked it back up because I knew I needed to know what the outcomes were... and I wasn't disappointed, although I do stress that this book ends in a Happy For Now situation...

Rating: 4.5 Stars

The Obsession is available in paperback, hardcover and e-book formats and can be read as part of your Kindle Unlimited subscription