Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout [REVIEW]

TITLE: Obsession
AUTHOR: Jennifer L. Armentrout
PUBLISHER: Entangled Publishing
PUB DATE: May 31 2013
Summary from Goodreads:

This is a stand alone novel that is an adult spin-off of the Lux Series You do not need to read a Lux book to read Obsession and vice versa.

"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?"

Rating:

“Well, the good guys really weren't typical. They really weren't the good guys at all, but if I discovered anything, there was no such thing as white and black. There was a lot of gray in the middle.”

When Jennifer L. Armentrout said that Obsession would change the way we’d look at the Luxen and the Arum, she wasn’t kidding!

Meeting Hunter, an Arum, had definitely changed the way I look at these alien life forms inhabiting earth. Yes, Hunter admits he’s a killer but the kind of affection he has developed for Serena gives the impression that he’s more than just a bad guy. I’m sounding like one of those na├»ve women who long to change the bad boy image of the men in their lives, but as much as it sounds so pathetic, Hunter is [fictional] proof.

It also made me realize that not all the Luxen are like Daemon and his group. There are those that are just as lethal and wicked as any Arum. And there are Arum that can be as good-natured as Daemon and his group, who want nothing more than to live as normal a life as possible.

It was a little hard for me to appreciate Serena and Hunter’s relationship. They sound so much like Daemon and Katy when they first started out that it doesn’t have the same spark of amusement that I once felt towards Daemon and Katy. Although I got to admit, Serena and Hunter had quite an intense bond… Ahem! If you catch my drift! Let’s just say this is definitely not g-rated. But at least it didn’t border over ridiculous, there is so much passion and warmth within.

It feels like these two races are just being pitted at each other. By whom, I have yet to figure out. I wonder if whatever happened here in Obsession would be some relevance to what would happen in Origin, especially since Daemon made a teeny-tiny cameo near the ending. Will we be seeing two rivaling races suddenly join forces for the greater good? Or will this be an endless battle over a war that has raged for generations that should have died down along with their ancestors?

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