Review: Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Age Group: Adult
Source: Amazon
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Rating: 3 out of 5

Summary from GoodReads:

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?


3 out of 5

My Thoughts

So I’m a total Jennifer L. Armentrout (especially the Lux series) fangirl, which you probably know if you’ve followed my blog.  I’ve read and reviewed Obsidian, Onyx, Opal, Cursed and Wait for You by JLA (either writing under Jennifer L. Armentrout or J. Lynn) since I began  my blog a little over a year ago.  So of course I had to read Obsession immediately after it’s release.  This book is set in the Lux world by it’s an adult book.  And, as I’m sure you can figure out based on that cover, this is a total romance.

Anyway, I wasn’t really sure what to expect, because the hero (Hunter) is what I’ve come to think of as a baddie in the Lux world, an Arum.  I mean, I was pretty confident that JLA would be able to make me love him (hello, she made me love Daemon, and he was a total ass in Obsidian), but I wasn’t really sure how.  He’s nothing like Daemon (well, except once he’s given you his loyalty, he’d do anything for you).  He’s all about doing what makes his life easier.  It doesn’t even really seem like he cares about humans at all.  But of course, his attitude changes throughout the story.  Do I love Hunter like I do Daemon or Cam (from Wait for You)?  Not really.  I liked Hunter a lot, but he’s not quite as amazing, in my opinion.

The heroine (Serena) is you every day average human girl.  But she gets drawn into the Lux world against her will, and she deals with it fairly well.  Okay, well maybe she deals with it more easily that a real person, but that’s alright.  Otherwise, it might take Serena months to come to terms with the fact that there are ALIENS ON EARTH!!  I liked Serena.  I can’t say her personality was something different, but she’s what I like in an MC.  She’s nice, tough, not really a push over, does what she thinks is the right thing to do.  Nothing new, but she has a well-developed character, with many likable traits.

Let’s talk about the plot, now.  It’s the standard romantic suspense story.  A lot of the story is about Hunter and Serena falling for each other, and I liked seeing them realize their feelings.  Yeah, so this being a romance, there’s lots of sexy times going on here (that cover really does give you that idea, huh?).  As JLA has said, it isn’t for the younguns.

Probably one of my favorite things about this book, though, was learning more about the Arum and the Luxen, and why they hate each other.  There’s definitely more going on than you first learn in Obsidian, and I liked seeing the Arum side of things.  I also liked seeing that not all Arums are evil, and that not all Luxen are good.  And we did get a very brief glimpse of Daemon, and you guys, he’s totally tortured, and I can’t take it!  I’m even more nervous to read Origin when it is released.

Anyway, this was a nice “tide me over until Origin” book.  I liked it.  It isn’t my favorite JLA, and none of the characters made me swoon (I’m looking at you Cam and Daemon), but it was fun.  I have to say that I think JLA is better at writing YA than adult, but I still did enjoy this book.  If you’re a fan of the Lux series, I think you might like this.  But, then, if you are a JLA and Lux series fan, you’ve probably already read it 🙂

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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7 Responses to Review: Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

  1. Book Blather says:

    I loved ‘Wait For You’ so I’ve been waiting for more adult books from Jennifer and until I read your review I hadn’t realised this was one – the title is too similar to the rest of the Lux series. Great review!

    • Quinn says:

      I think Wait for You is better than Obsession. I definitely get you with all the titles that begin with “O” – it gets confusing.

  2. I still need to pick up the Lux series. I’ve heard great things about it. Judging from how many WoW posts I saw dedicated to this book, I’m sure a lot of people have already picked this one up. Great review!

    • Quinn says:

      The Lux series is a lot of fun. I definitely recommend them if you like YA paranormal romance. The characters are fun, especially Dee and Daemon.

  3. A tortured Dameon? I’m not sure I’ll be able to handle that!! I think I’ll read this one closer to the release date of Origin, just so i’m in the mindset for what may happen! Also – I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one who noticed that JLA’s YA books are a bit better than her adults. However, they’re all really good!!

    • Quinn says:

      Daemon is only in this a teensy bit, and his name isn’t actually mentioned, but fans of the Lux series will recognize him. But I am so stressed for him!!

  4. tonyalee says:

    I’ve been pretty curious about the Arum as well! Can’t wait to get my hands on this and Origin! Great review 🙂 (Daemon tortured? 😦 )

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