Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Review: Obsession

Title: Obsession

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Date of Publication: May 31, 2013

Formats Available: E-book

Buy This Book: Amazon

Synopsis: 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 Review:

When I saw that Obsession was a spin-off novel set in the same world as Armentrout's Lux series I just knew that I had to read it. With plenty of steamy romance scenes, action, and an arrogant love interest this novel is the perfect one to read while waiting for Origin, the fourth book in the Lux series, to be released.

The most interesting part of this novel was being able to read from an Arum's point of view. Throughout the entire Lux series we only see one side of the conflict between the Luxen and Arum and I loved being able to look at the situation from an Arum's point of view. With Luxen painted as the bad guys I have a whole new appreciation for the Arum and I know that when I read the next book in the Lux series I won't look at them quite the same after this novel. Hunter was a great character and I really enjoyed reading about him; with a bad attitude, plenty of arrogance, and a sweet personality underneath it all he was the perfect hero for this novel.

Romance took the front and center of this novel. Even though there was another side plot involving the death of Serena's best friend and the Luxen who want Serena dead for knowing too much about them, the romance is really what this novel is about. Armentrout is a fantastic writer and she really does know how to write a mean romance scene but one of the biggest issues with novels focused almost purely on romance is that they tend to get a little slow at times. I was never really bored by this novel but there were a lot of moments where the plot slowed down and focused mostly on talking instead of doing. The few action scenes the novel had were wonderfully executed but don't pick up this novel expecting a lot of them, the focus is purely romantic.

The only thing that might throw some people off about this novel is that, even though it takes place in the same world as the Lux series and there's even a reference toward Daemon at the end, it is most definitely an adult novel. Especially with the romance based plot this novel is a far cry from the Lux series, but at the same time has a lot of the elements that made me love the Lux series in the first place.

Obsession is the perfect novel for adult fans of the Lux series that are waiting for the next book to come out, or even just fans of Armentrout in general. Although it isn't nearly as good as the books of the Lux series it's still a fun read and I really enjoyed it. Armentrout is an amazing writer and I'm definitely looking forward to reading more books by her!


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