Review: Black Obsidian by Victoria Quinn
Publication Date: March 7th, 2017
Rating: 3 stars
I was standing at the bar and waiting for a friend when it happened.
When my life changed forever.
The woman I’d wanted my entire life walked inside. Beautiful. Perfect. Flawless.
I knew I had to have her.
And by the end of the night, I will.
My next submissive.
**Intended For Mature Audiences**
I'm still unsure how I feel about this book, now that I'm finished. It started off really good, and it had such potential. But something happened between the beginning and the end. I'm not sure if the author wanted to make the book longer, or what, but I had a hard time staying focused. It was so drug out, and very repetitive. But I kept going because I wanted to learn more about Calloway and Rome. There was so many hints that made me thing these characters had something important to share, but again, I was left hanging. Yes, there are a few times they each opened up, but to me it wasn't enough.
Calloway is shown as this Dom who loves being a Dom. He relishes in it, but I never actually saw that. Sure he's controlling in the bedroom, but he did not live up to my expectations of a true Dom. Honestly, his inner monologue got to the point in every single chapter, that I already knew what he was thinking. He mainly wanted Rome to be his sub, yet he never once asked her. He never even told her about his lifestyle of Dom/sub. It bothers me the most about this because he claims he's a man of his word, but he was hiding who he truly is just because he wants Rome. He literally was suppressing his Dom side to be with her. I don't know about anyone else, but to me? That's not the way to go about getting someone to be their sub.
Then we have Rome. Maybe I would've connected with her more if I got her POV more. This book is mainly in Calloway's POV, which is fine, but I honestly couldn't make myself like Rome. She comes off as standoffish, and a bit irritating. I get the author wanted to make her look strong, because she didn't want to depend on anyone, but it backfired. Even with all the little things I got to see about her past didn't change my mind about her. She would do certain things that really got on my nerves, and it made her seem like a brat. For someone that's supposed to be so grateful for all she has, Rome really showed me she was a very unlikable character. She constantly put herself in situations that could've turned into a really bad situation, and yet, made Calloway out to the bed bad guy because he just wanted her safe. In what world does that make sense?
The chemistry between these two has me on the fence. Yes, they connected, but honestly, it was ONLY when things were sexual. And trust me, every other scene was something sexual. I don't mind reading a lot of steamy scenes, but I felt no other connection to these two outside of the bedroom. It was as if that's all they wanted from each other. Especially Calloway. That's all he thought about. I wanted to see more romance or something else besides them getting hot and heavy all the time.
Like I said in the beginning, this book had a lot of potential. In the beginning, I thought I had stumbled onto a really good book series. But sadly, I doubt I'll finish this series. I just don't think I can continue reading a knock off of Fifty Shades. It was sort of shocking at how similar it was to Fifty. I hate that I didn't enjoy reading this one. It started off great, but quickly sizzled out for me.