Review: Obsessive by Isobel Irons

Posted March 14, 2014 by Lillian in Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book via the author, Isobel Irons. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Obsessive by Isobel IronsObsessive by Isobel Irons
Series: The Issues Series #2
Published by Vivid II Ink on March 1, 2014
Length: 184 pages
Reviewing eARC Rating:

Hometown Hero. Mr. Perfect. Valedictorian. Most Likely to Succeed (or Die Trying).

For 18-year-old Grant Blue, the summer after high school graduation is a lot like that movie where the astronauts get cut loose and drift off into space. Any normal teenage guy would be glad for a few weeks of vacation, for all those extra hours spent with his gorgeous—but unpredictable—girlfriend, even for the chance to participate in a coveted internship that will make him a shoo-in for top of his class when he gets to college in the fall.

But Grant can’t seem to stop counting the reasons why he can’t do what ‘normal’ guys his age are doing. Why he shouldn’t want the things he wants. Why he doesn’t deserve to be called ‘perfect.’ On top of his parents’ expectations, Grant is getting tired of carrying a lifelong secret, one he’s betting that future employers, work colleagues and fellow students won’t understand. Let alone the girl he’s falling for, who thinks he’s "too good" for her. She couldn’t be more wrong.

Because the perfect student, the perfect son, the guy ‘most likely to succeed’…is about to crash and burn.

What did you do to my Grant Blue?!?!

Obsessive by Isobel Irons is book two of her Issues series and picks up not to long after Promiscuous left off. Unlike the last story which is told entirely from Tash’s POV, this one is told by her Mr. Perfect, Grant Blue.

I’m not perfect. I’m a walking malfunction. And more than anything, I’m scared. All the time. I’m scared to let Tash find out just how perfect I’m not, because then something bad will happen. -Grant

I knew from reading book one of this series there was more to Grant than Tash realized and even towards the end when he admitted to having OCD (obsessive compulsion disorder) I still wasn’t sure just how bad it would be. Let’s just say that in this book, Grant struggles and struggles until he just can’t anymore. My heart literally broke over and over again every time he tried to break his compulsions and rituals.

And it wasn’t just that my heart broke because he fought it so hard, it was because he punished himself.

I’m not even sure if I’ll ever be able to live away from home, or go to school, or hold down a job, or get married. Or anything normal people are supposed to grow up and do. Because I’m never going to be able to stop thinking about all the bad things that might happen if I try.

He truly believed that if he didn’t do something then it would cause harm to those he loved. Ugh! Just writing that makes my heart break again!!

I loved the character growth in this book for Grant. We see at the beginning a boy who’s only wish is to be normal and he grows to a man who can accept his disorder for what it is. Beautifully written and very realistic. I empathized with Grant so much. As I read I felt like I was living in his shoes for just a brief moment and how hard it was for him to always be “Mr. Perfect”, not just for Tash but his parents, his sisters, and everyone around him.

I loved the relationship dynamics in this book as well. Tash’s insecurities are still present, but we get a chance to see Grant’s as well. Their relationship grows in this book and I just can’t get enough of either of them (Please tell me there’s going to be more from these two!) I also loved Gen, Grant’s baby sister. She has such a hero-worship going on with her big brother that it’s adorable!

Hats off to Miss Irons for once again hooking me into a plot! I read this book in one sitting, unable to tear myself away for any reason. Watching Grant as he literally hits rock bottom was an emotional roller coaster for me. If you enjoy realistic, coming-of-age stories then please do yourself a favor and pick up this book/series. You will not be disappointed! Looking forward to Margot’s story!

About Isobel Irons

As you might have already guessed, Isobel Irons is a pen name.

In real life, I am (among many things) an indie film director and TV producer with a deep–some might even say obsessive–appreciation for onscreen storytelling and a lifelong book habit that I just can’t seem to kick.

In film, there’s nothing I like better than a JJ Abrams “show, not tell” character reveal, or a Joss Whedon banter session. Or an Erik Kripke-level “bromance.” And of course, I’m a die-hard fan of the will they / won’t they trope, where the fans start shipping two characters agonizingly long before they share their first kiss. Or in Hart Hanson’s case, like three frigging years before. (That’s right, Hart. I’m talking to you, you incorrigible tease.)

In my novels, I use my visual storytelling skills to show the reader an entire menagerie of hidden worlds. When it comes to imagination, there is no production value and no budget. But if there was, I would spend it all and then some. To me, my characters are real people, who just happen to live in my mind. Before I write, I scout locations to set the scene, I hold exhaustive casting sessions to find the perfect quirks that will ignite the maximum amount of conflict. Then, I throw in some tricky, but believable situations that allow my characters to expose themselves–sometimes in a figurative, emotional sense, other times quite literally. Rawr.

Finally, I sit back and let the story unfold. If it sucks, I cut it. I tell my characters–sternly, but calmly–to reset and do it again, but this time give me MORE. Show me MORE. Make me laugh or cry or want to hit something MORE. And then, when I realize I’ve read through the entire thing in one sitting and–Holy shit, is it really that late, and Oh my God I am SO hungry! Have I even eaten today? That’s when I know it’s ready to be unleashed into the world.

Vivid characters. Vibrant settings. Relatable problems. Together, these elements combine to form the Ultimate Literary Crack. Or, as I like to call it, “Promoting Literacy through Shameless Addiction.”


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