Obsession: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Release date May 31, 2013

He’s arrogant, domineering, and... To. Die. For.

Hunter is a ruthless killer. And the Department of Defense has him firmly in their grasp, which usually doesn’t chafe too badly because he gets to kill bad guys. Most of the time he enjoys his job. That is, until he’s saddled with something he’s never had to do before: protect a human from his mortal enemy.

Serena Cross didn’t believe her best friend when she claimed to have seen the son of a powerful senator turn into something... unnatural. Who would? But then she witnesses her friend’s murder at the hands of what can only be an alien, thrusting her into a world that will kill to protect their secret.

Hunter stirs Serena’s temper and her lust despite their differences. Soon he’s doing the unthinkable—breaking the rules he’s lived by, going against the government to keep Serena safe. But are the aliens and the government the biggest threats to Serena’s life…or is it Hunter?

"My job is not to babysit humans."
"It is now."

Obsession takes everything you thought you know about the Arum and Luxen from The Lux series and flips it all around. This book is from an Arum's point of view and it changes your perspective on the whole Luxen/Arum war . It is fascinating to come at the story from the opposite side. And you have to wrap your head around the fact that there is good and bad in all races. And good in bad in the individuals of those races. 

Serena's best friend Mel was in the wrong place at the wrong time and unfortunately sees a Luxen go into lightbulb mode. This turns into an unfortunate series of events leaving Serena exposed to danger about what she might know about the Luxen, aliens, etc. In an uncharacteristic move, the DOD orders protection for her. Not really for her own good, but just because they want to control the situation. So they assign Hunter to protect her and find out info from her. He is not really into her protection for the right reasons either, but he is going to do his job. 

There wasn't a patient bone in my body and the only reason I was ever around a woman was to state a primal hunger. I didn't watch over them. I didn't protect them. It wasn't in my nature. I wasn't the good guy here. There was a good chance I'd kill Miss Cross.

Hunter is a total alpha male. He is an arrogant, unfiltered, uncaring alien. It is much easier for him to be his dark asshole self than it is to show any human-like tendencies or feelings. He has always seen himself for what he is, a dark force...a killer...someone who does not need attachments. He has no use for luxen or humans.  The things that come out of his mouth just cracked me up. Serena totally knocks him for a loop and before he knows it, he is acting uncharacteristically.

"Are you done acting like a psychotic, cracked-out muppet baby?"
"Or do you need a couple more moments to return to sanity? I have all day. And you actually feel kind of good under me, so take your time."

Never in my life had I been more frustrated. Go figure it wouldn't be with a human but a freaking alien. At least I now know that the males species were asses no matter what planet they hailed from. 

Serena has been put through hell and her life is in shambles and in danger. But she is strong, determined, smart, sassy, and eventually accepting of the situation. I loved her attitude and feistiness. She is not afraid to tell Hunter off or call him names even though he has the ability to end her if he wanted to. She is thrust into a crazy world that she never knew existed, but she holds her own. 

Hunter and Serena are like oil and water. They fight, they challenge, they push, and they also flirt. They are a human and an Arum and are worlds apart, but find themselves strongly attracted to each other. Together they have electric chemistry, witty rapport, and strong reactions. Their banter made me laught out loud! Their sexy scenes are so intense that they could literally be the death of her. And she is also in danger from multiple factions wanting her silenced. So it is suspenseful, tense, and edgy. And when it all comes crashing down, Hunter has to decide what side he is going to be on.

"You're more than a weapon, Hunter. So much more."
"With you? I am more, but not with anyone else. " 

Can their passion be controlled or will it become too dangerous for a mere human? 
Will Hunter continue to protect her or will he do what any Arum would?

I really enjoyed this spin off the Lux series. Hunter reminded me of a cross between Daemon from that series and a true alpha male commando. Their fiery relationship and the suspense kept me engaged. I liked seeing how the Arum see the world. They are not all bad just as the Luxen are not all good. I always enjoy Jennifer Armentrout's writing style and character development. I loved getting both Serena and Hunter's Points of Views, especially Hunter's as he would have these internal dialogues with himself trying to stay a bad ass when he was clearly starting to soften. Jennifer did what I thought might be impossible and she made me love an Arum. There was sarcastic humor and romantic suspense. This holds up against the Lux series, but it is sexier. I hope she adds more books to this series. Hunter has a couple of brothers that I would love to read more about and there are definitely more stories left to tell. 

Thanks to Jennifer L. Armentrout, Entangled Publishing, and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

Jennifer L. Armentrout Website/Facebook/Twitter
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russel Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to read this one! Loved the Lux series, and seeing the world from the Arum point of view is sure to be interesting. :)


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