Saturday, November 23, 2013

Nicole Speaks: Obsession by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Release Date: May 31, 2013
from Entangled Covet
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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?"

Nicole Speaks:
I was so excited to hear about a book from the Arums point of view, but I was also extremely nervous about reading it. What if I liked the Arum more than the Luxen? What if it changed all of my feelings about Daemon and Hunter’s entire world? I was hesitant about starting, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist reading another JLA book, especially a spin-off from one of my favorite series! 

When I started reading this book I was immediately in love. I loved Hunter and his jack-assness. It was interesting to see how different the Arum were from the Luxen (despite the obvious things I had learned in Obsidian), yet how similar they were at the same time. Hunter and Daemon both have a little itty-bitty attitude problems when they first meet their future love-interests, but they both end up putting their whole lives on the line for the girls that are most important to them. 

One part that was amazing was when you got to see Daemon. Hunter trying to figure out how to keep Serena safe and not to kill her, so he visits Luc. At the same time, Daemon is visiting Luc because he is determined to get Katy back at all costs. Seeing these similar problems existing at the same time shows how the good Luxen and the good Arum aren’t as different as we thought. 

Hunter was just a great character in my opinion. He starts out being filled with hatred for almost every one he has ever met, but the more time he spends with Serena, the more “human” he becomes. At first he’s all cranky and demanding - and trust me I’m not saying that changes – but he becomes a lot more as he gains feelings for Serena. Hunter having feelings for her really causes a lot of damage for the bad Luxen that come in his path. It was exciting to see how much one person could change another person. 

While I did love Hunter, and Serena was great, my favorite part of this book was what it made me think about. I had always assumed Luxen were good, Arum were bad, but now I see that it’s not that simple. There are some very very bad and evil Luxen, and there are some good Arum too. I can’t wait to see what that’ll mean for the future Luxen books. 

I am so glad I read this book because Hunter was just amazing, and it really made me question a world that I thought I knew so much about. Now I can’t wait to read the next Luxen book and see what all this means and what’ll happen next!


  1. I have been nervous/excited to read this one too. Like you; I didn't want to question the Luxen but after the latest installment, I have already started to. So maybe I have the upper hand now!? LOL

    Glad you loved this one and great review!

  2. Loved this book. Jen def made me think twice about these two alien races. Great review Nicole!

  3. A book from an Arum's point-of-view is very interesting. I'm glad you loved it, Nicole!

  4. Lovely review, Nicole! I can tell you really loved Obsession and that makes me really anxious to start it. :) Hunter sounds like my kinda guy ;) and I'm looking forward to meeting both he and Serena.

  5. Great review Nicole. I had similar questions too.... it's not all black and white!!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  6. Oh, Nicole, how I heart you! "Jackassness" is a perfect description for Hunter, and I am so glad you loved this book and his crankiness. I thoroughly enjoyed this and after only a few pages got over feeling that I was 'cheating' on the Luxen! Wasn't it amazing how differently she made you see things? Like you, I can't wait to see the impact this has on future Luxen books. Great review, sweets!


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