Jul 8, 2013

Book Review: Obsession - Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Obsession
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: May 31st 2013
Publisher: Entangled Covet
Source: ecopy from publisher
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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?
"Every villain is a hero in his own mind." Not quite, Tom Hiddleston. Not quite.

Serena Cross was used to the quiet life, the only occasional disturbance being her outgoing best friend, so when Mel cried wolf on the man she was dating, Serena didn't think much of it... until she witnessed Mel's murder in the hands of an otherworldly creature, thrusting her into a dangerous game between the government and two alien racesinto the arms of Hunter.

If you've read the Lux series, then you know that Arum are evil and ruthless killers—but think again. Apparently, this book has been making people jump from Team Luxen to Team Arum, and I'm glad to hop into the bandwagon! That doesn't mean that come Origin, I'll be wishing death upon Katy, Daemon, and the others, just that I'll have more sympathy for every Arum that I'll come across in the remaining books of the series. Consider me enlightened, knowledgeable (as far I as I know) of the real deal with the Luxen and Arum

Now on to the characters. Assuming you've read at least Obsidian, then you've witnessed the sizzling hot fury chemistry between the two MCs in the YA series; well, that's also how it was for Serena and Hunter. Even their first real conversation went very much the same direction: south.
"I didn't kiss you," he scoffed.

For some reason, I thought I should be insulted by the way he said that. "All right, when you put your mouth on mine? Is that clear enough for you?"

Hunter's grin tipped higher. "You have a feisty little attitude, don't you?"

"You're about to get a feisty little foot up your ass," I spat back.

Since I've already made the comparison, let me continue. Serena was like the adult version of Katy. She was bold and daring and sometimes downright stupid, but she never let Hunter and his domineering attitude dictate her actions (well, except in the bedroom ;D). Hunter and Daemon, on the other hand, had less similarities. Hunter was straightforward and there was no doubting or questioning him; he did as he said. He was no good guy, but when faced with Serena... well, you can imagine how that went.

Obsession is an extraordinary Adult spin-off novel to the Lux series, but read that: it's an Adult novel. So, young readers, while I don't really believe in censorship, you better be prepared for explicit sex scenes. Admittedly, said sex scenes came quite early on in Serena and Hunter's relationship, but who said only teens can have raging hormones? Besides, I enjoyed watching that lust turn into love while they tried to survive all the dangerous action. The ending was well and all, and I'm half-wishing and half-not-wishing for a sequel because I seriously don't want more characters to worry about in this fictional universe.

MY FAVORITE PART was Serena and Hunter's second visit to Luc's. Talk about a small world...


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