Aug 7, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout


By Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publication Date: May 31, 2013
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Series: An Arum Novel (#1)
Source: Bought

DeeJay's Rating
Pretty damn good.

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? (Goodreads)

Just when I was sure I despised the Arum, here comes JLA changing my mind. After reading this book, I'm totally seeing the Arum in a different light. Dare I say, I'm Team Arum now? Don't get me wrong, I'm still Team Daemon Black, but I'm just not sure I'm Team Lux anymore. Not after what went down in Obsession.

Hunter is about as big a smart ass, arrogant bastard as Daemon is. He just showed us his sweeter side a lot sooner. Where Daemon lacked and Hunter prevailed is that Hunter doesn't trust ANYONE, not even other Arum. He is suspicious of Daedalus (and he has perfectly good reasons not to), Arum (even his friends except for one) and for sure, the Lux. See, Hunter has a different opinion and knowledge of the war between the Arum and the Luxen kind, one that, now that I'm reading Origin, is sounding to be more like the truth. Not sure yet, but it could be.

It's funny how I always dislike female characters in books who ask too many questions, when I know in their situation, I would too. But I didn't dislike Serena. I just really liked Hunter. Like I said, he has this wisdom that Daemon doesn't have and when he speaks you find yourself believing him. I liked the romance between him and Serena. The sex scenes were HOT and I loved the banter. JLA always does the banter between her couples right. Serena didn't let Hunter just say whatever he wanted without throwing it right back at him, so because of that, she's cool with me.

There was some action, but not enough where it overpowered the romance. Hunter is one bad mutha and he and Daemon almost fight! Yes, Daemon makes an appearance in this book and during that scene I couldn't help but feel some sort of way. Truly, the two men hated each other for no reason other than that one of them is Arum, the other is a Luxen. That's it. Brings to light the reality of unfounded bias in the real world. Hating someone or a race of people because someone else told you to. It's so lame and people could do so much more good if they spent less time hating each other. It's kind of funny too, the infamous "Luc" kind of alludes to that concept in Obsession. If Hunter and Daemon put aside their differences and came together...

But anyway, great book to add to your collection. It's supposed to be a standalone but I highly suggest reading it before you read Origin. It will have you questioning everything you thought you knew from reading the Lux series and send you into the next book with your thoughts on major swirl mode. Good read.

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  1. I only read this because I heard Daemon appeared in it but I ended up loving Hunter so damn much!

    1. Hunter was really awesome. LIke I said, he changed my mind about the Arum :)


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