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Review: Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsession (Arum #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Category Romance, Paranormal Romance, Aliens
Ebook $2.99 (370 pages, ENTANGLED COVET)
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?

Author Site: jenniferarmentrout.com

If you're a Covet reader, but aren't a LUX reader... (4 stars)

Sooo... I kind of wanted to be the black sheep of the bunch and read OBSESSION without having read any of the LUX series yet. It's one of those series I realllly want to read but haven't gotten to yet. Since it's a Young Adult series and this is an adult spin-off of sorts I really wanted to be the reader/reviewer who could help other Covet imprint addicts decide if they wanted to jump in now or if they'd be completely lost.

Good news Covet fans, OBSESSION does a great job of giving you the world building without mind-numbing info dumps, brand new to the world I had no problem picking up what I needed to understand who the Arum were and their Luxen enemies. While this really doesn't work for me as a category romance which makes the release of it as a Covet kinda shaky, it is a serious steal at the category price point. If you like paranormals but are getting a little bored with vamps and shifters this is definitely one to pick up.

Because this is an adult spin-off of a YA series, OBSESSION, is seriously sexy. Almost to the point of being gratuitous. Almost. I really wasn't able to buy into the pairing of Serena and Hunter as an emotionally bound couple but the sexual chemistry is scorching. If you dig Alpha and Gamma males in romance you will enjoy Hunter a lot. I will say, however, that I was really unhappy to see a misogynistic reference flying around his thoughts twice. If a real life dude used it I'd be annoyed so I really hate it when a fictional dude (they're supposed to be better than that darnit!) uses the V word in a derogatory manner. With how the story starts off the only thing I didn't dig about Serena was how quickly she seemed to move on from her friend's murder to getting freaky with Hunter. Otherwise, she's smart, determined, and very likable.

Overall, if you've enjoyed the more action-packed and steamy releases from Covet, over the goofy ones you will find OBSESSION a great read. I wouldn't go quite so far as to say that young adult readers of the LUX series shouldn't read it but just know there's a lot of sexy sex generally considered suitable for the 18 and up audience. I think this is actually an awesome place to get started reading these intertwined series for readers like myself who love a good 'romp and stomp' to fill a weekend. Highly recommended to adult LUX readers and Covet imprint fans who enjoy darker paranormal romances.

Notes: Purchased by me through Amazon.

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1 comment:

Patricia Eimer said...

Love the Lux series, can't wait to read this one.


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