"Black Obsidian" by Victoria Quinn
"The black ring on my right hand felt heavy with commitment. It was the only piece of jewelry I wore other than my watch, and it took some getting used to. To everyone else, it was just a ring. It had no meaning and no voice."
― Victoria Quinn, Black Obsidian
Black Obsidian is the first book in the erotic Obsidian series written by Victoria Quinn. This steamy erotic novel follows Cal and Rome as they start to develop a committed relationship. The two main characters navigate their complicated lives as they try to open themselves to one another.
To my surprise, the plot is pretty fast-paced. The meeting between Cal and Rome quickly advances to their first date, and so on. There is action, romance, character development.
The writing style is nothing special. Everything is simple and straightforward. With a linear plotline, I never found myself confused about what was going on. I read this book in multiple sittings, and I could pick up on what was happening right away.
The characters are mediocre. I did not find myself sympathizing with them, and I did not care how their narratives played out. My least favorite part of the book is the character's backstories. I feel like they are forced and not natural.
My favorite part of the book is toward the end. Multiple events happen at once, and I enjoyed reading how the characters reacted to them. I do appreciate the relationship between Cal and Rome. They are both different, but their dynamic works. The banter between the two is amusing to read, as well.
To wrap it up, this book is like Fifty Shades of Gray by E. L. James. There is romance, action, and steamy sex scenes, but if you are looking for more, then I would skip this one. There was nothing terrible, but this book was meh. I will not be following the rest of the series. For its lackluster characters and simple plot, I rate this book 2 out of 5 stars.
*This book contains extream adult content*