Obsession by Jennifer Armentrout:
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?
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About the Author
USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in West Virginia. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. She shares her home with her husband, his K-9 partner named Diesel and her hyper Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent her time writing short stories. Therefore explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes Young Adult Contemporary, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal and Romance. She writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J.Lynn
She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press) the Lux Series (Entangled Teen) and the upcoming YA Don't Look Back (Fall 2013) and untitled YA (Fall 2014) from Disney/Hyperion, among many other titles.
Jennifer L. Armentrout is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, iBooks, and international bestselling author of the Lux series and other books for teens and adults. She is a #1 bestseller in Germany and Italy, and a top seller in markets around the world.
In total, her young adult novels have sold over a million copies since 2011 in the US. Her YA novels have been finalists for the Goodreads Choice Awards and nominated for the YALSA Teen Top Ten. In 2017, The Problem with Forever (Harlequin Teen) won the RITA Award for best young adult novel.
Armentrout lives in West Virginia with her husband and dogs.
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An Arum Novel
By Jennifer L. Armentrout, Liz Pelletier, Karen Grove
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2013 Jennifer L. Armentrout
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In the dim, almost but-not-quite seedy bar lights, I stared openmouthed at my best friend in what had to be the most unattractive manner. Mel was rocking the crazy pants tonight.
It was the only reasonable explanation.
That or Mel's drink was a hell of a lot stronger than mine.
We'd been peanut butter and jelly since I shared my chocolate cupcakes with her in the first grade. A rattlesnake and a bunny had more in common than we did. Mel was the crazy one, always into something, while I was mostly comfortable reading a book or watching a movie. Throughout our lives, no one could figure out how we were so close, but when friendships begin with cupcakes — chocolate, at that — no truer bond develops.
I took a huge gulp of my rum and coke, wincing at the burn. "Mel, this sounds —"
"Insane? I know. I feel insane. I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't seen it with my own two eyes, and these blue peepers have twenty-twenty vision thanks to Lasik." Mel jabbed at her eyes with two fingers. Both had chipped nail polish, which was so unlike her glamour-loving nature. "But I know what I saw, Serena, and I'm telling you Phillip isn't human."
There. She said it again. Not human. I peeked at Mel's half-full glass. Had she been drinking before we met up? Or toking on the crack pipe? If the frantic voice mail I'd received from Mel while I'd been at the school and the subsequent conversation was any indication, maybe meth was involved. Mel liked to party, but she stayed away from the harder stuff. Hopefully. I was beginning to wonder.
I leaned forward, stretching the fit of my suit jacket as I folded my arms on the round table. Damn, I wished I'd had time to run home and change. I needed more comfortable clothes for this stuff. Nothing made crazy easier to accept than lounge pants and flip-flops. "Mel, most guys aren't human."
Mel's eyes narrowed. "Yeah, well most guys don't turn into a freaking light bulb! But Vanderson's sons did. Both of them!"
A couple glanced over at us curiously. Wanting to crawl under the table, I grabbed Mel's hand and squeezed gently. "A light bulb?" I kept my voice down even though it was pointless. Mel was always a loud talker. And it was election season, so Senator Vanderson's name being dropped was bound to get attention.
"Yes. He lit up like a freaking glow stick or — or you remember those toys that you squeeze and they light up?"
"A Glo Worm?"
"That!" Mel pulled her hand free and thrust it through her chin-length, raven-colored hair. "He was like a Glo Worm but only brighter."
Oh dear. She was definitely rocking the crazy pants. "Were you guys drinking or possibly smoking something —"
Mel's hand smacked the table, rattling our glasses. "There is nothing in this world that I could drink or smoke that would make me see that."
"Okay." I held up my hands in surrender. "I just don't understand this, Mel. Don't bitch-slap the table. It's not its fault."
She let out a long breath. "I'm just so — so freaked out. He saw me. His brother saw me. I know they know I saw them."
I didn't know what to say. I recognized how freaked out Mel truly was. Granted, Mel got excited over things like grasshoppers in the house, branches that looked like snakes in the yard, and ... butterflies flying around, but I'd never seen her like this. This was different.
Something had really scared her.
"I knew Phillip was bad news," I said, tucking a strand of wavy hair behind my ear. "Being the senator's son had to have messed with him. He's probably —"
"He's probably one of them, too — the senator!"
Oh my God, if Mel kept yelling that, we were never going to be able to show our faces around here again. I wished they'd turn the music up louder and maybe turn the lights off, too. Fast Times bar wasn't too packed on a Monday night, so conversation had a tendency to travel.
Mel took a healthy swallow of her drink. "I was at his apartment, not back in Grandview, when it happened."
Grandview was where the Richie Rich of Boulder lived, an exclusive, gated community at the foothills of the Flatirons that the senator and other important people kept residency in. The gate was like a ridiculous twenty feet high. Absurd. Did they think Russia was going to invade them?
"When he did the light-bulb thing?" I asked, fiddling with my straw.
Mel nodded. "We were hanging out in his living room, having drinks. Nothing serious. And then we went back to the bedroom, had sex — it was great, as usual. Phillip has stamina like no other guy in this world does."
My brows rose.
"Then his brother showed up — Elijah."
"While you two were having sex?"
"As hot as that would be considering they're twins, no, not while Phillip and I were having sex." She plucked at the button on her blouse. "Anyway, they got into some kind of argument outside on the balcony. The two of them are always bickering and, you know me, I'm perpetually nosy, right?"
I smiled. "Yes."
"So I went to the door and listened. They were talking about something called Project Eagle and Daedalus —"
"Daedalus? Isn't that some Greek thing?"
"That doesn't matter, Serena. Listen to me. They were arguing about this. Elijah was pissed because their father was going to ruin things with the Daedalus and that this Eagle thing was a bad idea, but Phillip didn't care or whatever. He told Elijah to mind his own business and to let it go. That it wasn't their place."
"Okay." I wondered how this turned into Phillip becoming a light bulb.
"But Elijah was really upset, saying it was all going to blow up in their faces and that this Eagle thing was wrong and dangerous. He said something about Pennsylvania and where the kids were kept and if the Daedalus ever discovered what they planned, it would all be over. And at this point, I'm like, wow, what's going on?" Mel's blue eyes were wide and dilated. "Elijah said something too low for me to hear and it must've really upset Phillip, because he pushed his brother and then his brother pushed him back. Two grown men fighting like that? I thought one of them was going to push the other over the railing. But then ... then it happened."
"The light-bulb thing?"
"Yes." She pressed her palm to her forehead, squeezing her eyes shut. Her normally tanned skin was pale. "At first, it was like he faded out. His clothes, body, everything just faded out like he'd vanished. And then he was there, but he wasn't human, Serena. He was encased in light. Head to toe, Serena."
"Okay," I said slowly. "What did you do?"
"I flipped out like any normal person would do! I got the hell out there, but ..." She cursed, lowering her hand to the table. "I dropped the damn bottle of beer. They heard me. I looked back and they were at the balcony door, both of them glowing ..." Mel trailed off, lower lip trembling. "They know I saw them. I mean, obviously, since I ran out of the building like it was on fire. I don't know what to do. I haven't even gone home. I've been driving around waiting for you to get off, which took forever, by the way. I wrote it all down while I was in my car just in case...."
"Just in case what?"
"I don't know. I just felt like I needed to write it down before I forgot things, and I know I already have. Shit." She groaned as she bounced on her seat. "I was trying to waste time and I ended up leaving it in my post office box when I checked my mail, because I was so out of it."
I sat back on the bar stool, still having no idea what to say. Mel was obviously worked up, so something had to have happened. Probably not what she thought, but something, and I felt for her.
"I'm too afraid to go home. Phillip knows where I live." Mel finished off her drink.
"When did this happen? This morning?" I asked, frowning.
Then it hit me. "Have you gone to work?"
"What? No! How could I go to work after that?" Mel shuddered. "And besides, Phillip knows to find me there, too."
My chest tightened. Dear God, what if something was really wrong with Mel? Not just an overactive imagination, but something more serious? My training kicked in, spewing out possible aliments like I was doing a mental grocery list: psychotic break with reality, schizophrenia, anxiety attack with hallucinations, or a brain tumor? The possibilities were endless. "Mel ..."
"Don't 'Mel' me." Her voice wobbled. "I know I sound crazy, and if I were in your shoes, I'd be thinking the same thing, but I know what I saw. Phillip isn't human. Neither is his brother. I don't know what he is — maybe a government experiment or, hell, an alien. I don't know."
An alien. Okay. It was time to definitely get out of the bar. "How about you come home with me?"
Hope sparked in her eyes. "Really? You're cool with that? I know you probably think I'm bat-shit crazy and all."
I waved her off. "Honey, what are best friends for? This is a crisis situation and I know how to help. I have ice cream and leftover lasagna. We can stuff our faces and try to figure this out."
"I haven't eaten all day. I've been too nervous." Mel smiled, but it was weak. "You're the best, Serena. I really mean it."
"I know." I gave her a cheeky grin. "Stay here and I'll take care of the tab."
When Mel nodded and started digging around in her purse, I grabbed my own and hopped off the stool. Squeezing between the tables, I ignored the WTF looks I was getting from those around us.
I quickly took care of the balance — a thing I was accustomed to. Mel had expensive tastes and rarely stayed at one job long enough to make a decent salary. Made no sense to me, because Mel was smart and had the education, but she just didn't apply herself. Mel was only twenty-three, the same age as me, so I figured there was more than enough time for Mel to settle down a little, stay away from crazy rich guys, and use the degree in education she'd worked so hard for.
I reclaimed Mel by threading my arm through hers. "You ready?"
Mel nodded but didn't say anything as we headed out into the dry evening air of early May. We passed a group of men coming in, their jackets off, ties loosened. One of them, a tall blond, whistled under his breath, doing a "Hey girl, hey" that fell on deaf ears. And if everything else wasn't an indication of how wigged out Mel was, her ignoring a man looking in her direction sure was.
Concerned about her, I steered her toward the parking garage. If Mel didn't change her tune by the time she was stuffed with lasagna and ice cream, I was going to have to convince her to talk to someone — anyone other than me. Our friendship wouldn't allow for an unbiased diagnosis and I had never really diagnosed anyone before. Being the high school guidance counselor sort of limited the kinds of disorders I was exposed to on a daily basis.
It was cooler and darker in the parking garage. Most of the entire back row, where I had to park, was completely in the shadows. Luckily Mel was parked in the first row, near the exit.
We stopped by Mel's red Audi. As she dug out her car keys, she turned to me. "You think I'm crazy, don't you?"
"No! Of course not," I answered immediately.
Doubt crossed Mel's face. "Really, because you have that look — like you're compiling a list of mental disorders I'm suffering from."
"I am so not doing that." I flashed a quick grin. "I did that earlier."
Mel laughed and then quickly hugged me. "Thank you. I mean it. I really don't want to be alone right now."
I squeezed her back. "It's all right. Like I've said, we'll figure this out together."
Letting go, Mel opened her car door. "I'll wait for you."
Sending her a reassuring smile, I hurried through the maze of cars as fast as my noisy heels allowed me, anxious to be out of there. I always hated parking garages. There was nothing creepier.
Well, talk of glowing senator's sons was pretty creepy, too.
My chest tightened. Mel had never looked more ... vulnerable than she did this evening. I didn't know how I could truly help, but no matter what was going on in Mel's head, I was going to be there for her. Just like Mel had been there for me when my mom had been killed in a botched robbery attempt my freshman year of college. Without Mel, I would've had no one, having never been close to my absentee father. We'd supported each other countless times over, from the small stuff to the major crises.
This time would be no different.
Stopping at the front of my gently used Honda, I fished out my keys. The strap of my purse slipped, jerking my arm, and the keys hit the dirty pavement.
"Great," I muttered, dipping down as far as my pencil skirt would allow. Snatching my keys off the ground, I stood. Movement out of the corner of my eyes drew my attention. My head swiveled toward it. The parking garage wasn't huge, so I could make out the form of Mel's head through the back window of her car.
Thinking that's what had caught my attention, I started to turn back, but then a tall male walked out from behind one of the beams near the wide doors lining the opening of the garage. His purposeful strides carried him into a beam of light.
Holy hot guy ...
I was struck by how good-looking the man was: tall and with sandy-blond hair, he looked like he stepped off the pages of a fashion magazine. The jeans appeared tailored, cut to fit his long legs. Where I stood in shadows, I wasn't worried about being caught checking out the fine specimen of a man. There was no way he could see me, so I looked ... and I may've drooled a little.
Or a lot.
I was admiring how the jeans framed his perfect ass when he passed the overhead light and — what in the hell? — vanished. He just vanished! Like he just blinked out of the space or was sucked up into a black hole. He was there one second and gone the next.
Alarmed, I took a step forward. A chill snaked down my spine. Was this a dream? Or was Mel's hallucination contagious, because this was really like what she had said in the bar, but —
But then I saw him behind Mel's car, off to the right. There was absolutely no way he could've gotten there without me seeing him. Impossible, but there he was, head cocked to the side.
A certain, bone-deep dread settled like stones in my stomach, weighting me to the cement beneath my feet. The keys dangled useless in my hands. Suddenly, I was back in the bar and Mel's words were replaying over and over in my head.
He's not human. He's not human.
Shocked and absolutely stupefied, I watched the man raise his arm. At the same time, the driver's door opened and Mel's head popped out, as if the man had called out to her, but I hadn't heard him over the pounding of my heart. I opened my mouth to yell out to Mel, but the air filled with electricity, raising the tiny hairs all over my body. Overhead lights flickered and then in a rapid succession, they blew one after another, showering sparks like raindrops. Each mini explosion was like a gunshot, silencing my shriek as I jumped back, knocking into the hood of my car.
Darkness descended, but it only lasted a second. An unnatural, intense whitish-blue light lit up the front part of the parking garage and — oh God — it was coming from the man. Like lightning, it came from within him, radiating from his shoulder and spreading down his arm, twisting and crackling until it reached his palm.
Mel screamed in the same instant I yelled for her.
The pulse of light shot from his hand, arcing like lightning. It struck the back of her car. My heart stopped. The keys fell from my hands.
Whitish-blue light swallowed Mel's car. For a second, the air stilled and everything went silent. Heat rolled back in violent waves and the light flared, blinding for a second before the explosion rocked through the parking garage.CHAPTER 2
The call came in seconds before I was to board the private jet bound for the backwoods of West Virginia. I almost ignored it, because when the goddamn cell rang, it was always a load of shit I didn't want to deal with.
But "didn't want" and "had to" were never in agreement.
Yanking the damn thing out of the duffel bag, I didn't look at the caller ID before I answered. Not like it could be a lot of people. "What?"
There was a pause on the other end, and I could picture the stick-up-his-ass officer displaying his pissy face. "That's a very impolite way to answer the phone," Officer Zombro said.
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5 stars - A sexy Arum with a bad attitude and very talented hands will have you flipping those pages at top speed! I must start with Hunter. He will be compared to Daemon but he isn't Daemon. His attitude is much worse than Daemon's. A hired killer of Luxen for the DOD, Hunter makes no excuses for what he does. So when the DOD put him on babysitting duty, he's pissed off. You really don't want to piss Hunter off. When he's mad, he is one powerful Arum. But here's the deal, Serena doesn't put up with his attitude despite the fact that he can or may kill her. She mouths off to him and he loves it. She's feisty. Might just be the only weapon he can't defeat. Hunter really appeals to me. He has the all male "I can kick your ass" attitude down and in his case is very true. He does what he wants but the death of his sister has caused him to adjust what he wants. Now he may have found someone else that changes what he wants. Oh and this guy knows sexy. There is so much sexy in this book. As good a fighter as he is, he's a better lover and damn that's saying something. Serena is a strong, feisty women in a small package. I love how she stands up to him, despite her total inability to take him on in ANY way. Doesn't stop her. That appeals to me and him. They're cute together. Her stomping her foot (not really but you get the idea) and him laughing at her useless efforts. While there is nothing funny about the death and insanity that Serena's life has taken, I found myself laughing at these two together. Jennifer's use of humor to develop her characters into real people is just one of the reasons she is my favorite author. The story starts off quickly and never slows down. I was very impressed with how well this story stood on it's own without any need to know anything from the Lux series. I was also so impressed with how much of what I had believed about the Luxen world was turned on it's head in this book. The Arum are bad, right? Yeah, they are killers of the Lux but maybe not for the reason I thought. There certainly are two sides to every story and damn if this isn't a brilliant addition to the puzzle. I think this book is supposed to hold me over until August when Origin comes out but it only made me WANT that book more. Little hints were left that have me desperate to get more of the story. I love this alien world and all it's complexity. Overall, I loved it. Couldn't get enough of it. Wanted more. I'm wondering if there will be more of this adult Arum/Lux world. I hope so. I would so be down for that. If you've read the Lux series, then this is a must read NOW. If you prefer the adult paranormal world, then this is a must read NOW. If you love hot guys that turn their attitude into protectiveness, then this is a must read NOW. Yeah, I think you're getting the point. Read it NOW.
This book was outstanding! I feel like a lot of times authors try to rush a story, and you don't get it. I often wonder how authors can make stories with such an un-realistic bond between a female and male. With this book it make sense. I actually got the attraction between Serena and Hunter. It was not rushed. I thought it was the perfect story of A bad boy SLOWLY turning good. I mean what kind of girl does not want to read about a reformed bad boy!
Let start with saying that this made me see everything differently! First, Hunter! It's like Daemon and Aiden smashed into the the body of an Arum. He's a total bad boy but has that sweet layer in him. And what he feels for Serena is similar to Daemon and Kate. He's protective but still sweet at times and it has to be that dang alien DNA making him so hot! Of course we can't forget Serena! Like Kate she doesn't really take bull crap. She loves Hunter from the very first look even though he is a d-head half the time. You can see them circling each other through the book till BAM they come together instantly. And of course this novel wouldn't be the same if Luc and Paris and a little of Daemon wasn't spinkled in! And of course that evil plan everybody is talking about is just too shocking! I don't know who the bad guys are anymore. We humans are stuck in the middle of two powerful yet arrogant group of aliens and all we can do is sit and wait because the gov't has decided to keep everything locked up! Thank you DOD! This book definetly gives you a different view of the Arum and keeps you on the edge the whole time! Love the book Jennifer! Keep up the good work!
For those who are unsure and because I have been asked numerous times about it, this is NOT a YA book. It IS set within the same "world" as the Lux series BUT these characters are adults who think and act like adults - just so you know. I am a sucker for background stories and this was like a mini history lesson for the Lux series. Not only do I view the Luxen differently now, but I neverevereverever expected to like the tall, dark and shadowy Hunter. He has a potty mouth like nobody's business but he cracked me up! (He would have to curb that if he came to visit, but still.) He thinks he has this job in the bag but Hunter gets more than he bargained for with Serena. She's strong, loyal, feisty and has an aim that would give the best MLB pitcher arm envy. Unsure of who can really be trusted, Hunter and Serena have no choice but to depend on each other. The longer they're together though the more dangerous the situation becomes and the harder their attraction is to deny. (insert super steamy parts) Hunter will be forced to choose between keeping his kind off the radar, protecting his heart and Serena safe, that's if he can keep from killing her himself.
I normally don't go for the alien romance but this book was enthralling. If your not sure give it a chance and I'm sure you will be happy with the purchase. I know I lost plenty of sleep trying to finish this one wanting to see what would happen next.
Holy moley was this ever a phenomenal story. Can't wait for another.
~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog OBSESSION is a book packed with action and emotion. Armentrout blurs the line between good and bad and sometimes, not knowing is part of the thrill. ~ Under the Covers Jennifer L. Armentrout takes us to the other side of her masterful creations. OBSESSION is the first adult book that focuses on the Arum. If you’ve read the Lux series by Armentrout, then you’re already familiar with the alien dynamics. This time though, we see the “bad guys” point of view and it’s just a bit more mature. There is sex and swearing – all the good things that we love in an adult novel. Now if you haven’t read the Lux series yet (which is a YA series), I still think this book can be read without it. However, having read the others books, I do feel that you get a richer picture of the world and the characters that way. If you’re an adult looking to try it, then I say go for it. The Lux series is quite sexy compared to other YA books I’ve read. And if you’re a teen looking to try OBSESSION, just be warned that there is explicit sex and bad words that you probably already know anyways. Onto the story now! Serena Cross’s friend has seen the unbelievable so she crosses it from her mind until she witnesses the death of her friend just minutes after. It’s all a shock to her, but her grief is consumed by the knowledge that something else is out there that isn’t quite human. Hunter is a ruthless killer and unfortunately for him, the Department of Defense wants him to take care of Serena until they can figure out this whole mess. Hunter is baffled by these instructions because he doesn’t know how to care for anything other than himself. He takes lives, not protects them. However, on their first meeting, there is a certain kind of chemistry between them that surprises him. Hunter reacts the only way he knows how – by being a jerk to her. This here reminds me a lot of Daemon and Katy’s initial dynamics so if you enjoyed that, then you will love this. Hunter is a man’s man. Not the cuddly kind, but in the presence of Serena you begin to see how his protective instincts soon reveal a gooey core. There is great action in this book! Armentrout has a very vivid imagination and the action scenes fit her writing very well. With perfect pacing and an incredible amount of unique abilities, her characters are X-men on crack. There was one thing that bothered me though about this book. I was expecting the writing to be different purely because of the adult nature of the book. It’s far more sexier and uses curse words. I get that and I don’t mind it at all, but I was hoping that the inner dialogue, especially from Serena’s POV, would feel more mature. She is in her early twenties and sometimes, I thought her mind was that of a younger teen. It works fabulously with her YA and NA novels, however, I wanted a little more maturity in terms of thought process from this heroine. An Adult book isn’t simply an adult book because of the presence of explicit sex and curse words. The workings of the mind are different and their values are different. I wanted more exploration of that in this book. All in all, OBSESSION is a book packed with action and emotion. Armentrout blurs the line between good and bad and sometimes, not knowing is part of the thrill. *ARC provided by publisher
If you love the Lux series but like me you are an adult and kinda wanted more well her you go. And holy hell JLA has out done herself. I think this my favorite book ever written by her. I loved this book, words will not give this book justice. I love Jennifer's YA series and so I wasn't sure what to expect here but man oh man she did an amazing job. Watch out Daemon because I think I am more in love with Hunter! Hunter is just hot. He is that sexy alpha male. He is a bad ass. He isn't sweet and cuddly. He is an arrogant bad ass and I love him. He has a lot of Daemon like qualities but we get to see him naked. ;) He is also an Arum and what we know of most Arum they are evil. Which most still are but we see there are a few good guys.Serena was awesome. She is feisty and even though she needs Hunter to protect her she isn't a damsel in distress granted she does make a few dumb decisions. But she doesn't let Hunter boss her around (unless its in the bedroom) and she excepts Hunter and all his darkness. Not only is this book sexy its a great story. Serena accidentally got caught up in alien politics (no the book doesn't call it that, its just me) Hunter is there to do his job and protect her. We see more of behind the scenes of the DOD and see that Arum and Lux are not always the good or bad guys. But we all know my favorite part was the sexual chemistry and watching these two get it on! We do get to see a some characters from the Lux series. Maybe not a whole lot of the one we are all dying to see but we do see him. We get a feeling for what is going to happen in Origin too. I think you could read this book without having read the Lux series but I think people who have read that series will definitely love this so much! Like I said before I can't even explain my love for this book, its just so freaking amazing! I never thought I would love books with aliens in it but Jennifer's aliens are just too damn sexy not to love, and Hunter is brings sexy to a whole new level. I hope we see more of him soon.
Loved Hunter can't wait to see more books with him he is one sexy character! another awesome book from the mind of a very talented author
Had potential. The intelligence that could have gone into delving deeper into the non-sexual aspects of the story would have gone so much farther than the same old soft porn.
Love it! This is even better than the Lux books. Please write Lore's book next!!
Absolutely worth reading. And if you haven't read the luxen series, you really should.
Another fantastic book from JLA! The Lux series is one of my favorites, so I was so excited to hear she was writing an adult book from the Arum side of things. And oh, man was this good!! Holy freaking hotness!! Hunter is the bad boy to the core, but he's still oh, so good!! And of course Serena has an awesome amount of snark that we know the author writes so well!! This was all sorts of awesome. It had my adrenaline pumping, laughing out loud, fanning myself, and swooning hard! The best part? Dual POV's!! I will start with Serena. She is snark times twenty. She doesn't take crap from anyone, and the more you tell her to do something, the more she will fight it. Piss her off, she will throw things at you. Really though, she has just been taken away from her life and is now being protected by an alien. He infuriates her, and gets her all hot and bothered. She is very impulsive, doesn't listen well, and is stubborn as hell, but I totally loved her. She is also fierce and totally loyal to doing the right thing, even if it means putting herself at risk to do it. Hunter is fan-freaking-tastic. Oh, my yum!!! Okay, so he's an ass, really he is, but he is a sexy, hot ass who is every bit as alluring as he is aggravating. He is seriously sex on a stick. He knows what he wants and he goes for it. Okay, so besides his deliciousness, he is badass. When things get complicated, he will go against everything to protect Serena. He finds that he is starting to care for her and when she is at risk he goes into super scary Arum mode!! He is a bit off putting at first, but since we get his POV too, we learn that he's not as much of a jerk as he comes off as... most of the time. Besides the sexiness of this book, my favorite thing was the familiar characters from the Lux series. We don't get a whole lot of them, but it was nice how it ties in. Also there are little bits that give some insight into where the Lux series is possibly headed. It makes me super nervous and really excited at the same time. We learn a little more about the government and how they tie into things, and more about the history of the Luxen and Arums from the Arum side of things. Through the Lux series the Arum have always seemed liked the bad guys, but I think I may be having a change of heart. Not to say I don't like the Luxen, but things are definitely not good/bad for me anymore. I think it's all about the individuals. This was super awesome. It was such a fun and sexy book. You don't need to have read the Lux series to enjoy this as it's just set in the same world, and adult. If you like books that bring on the steam, the laughs, the frustration, and adventure, this is definitely one to read! This was everything I was expecting and more. I want more of the adult part of this world!!
This book has everything. It's sexy and steamy,with a great storyline and a nice bit of humor thrown in for good measure! There is nothing Sexier than an alien who's hot,charming and sarcastic! For me, this was the perfect novel.
Started out kind of slow and I hoped it would get better, and it did. By the end, I was very into it but not good enough to give it more than 3 stars overall. When a man, who glowed with bright light and shot electricity from his hands, murders Serena Cross’s best friend Mel in a parking garage she doesn’t know what to believe anymore. When the same man shows up at her apartment and tries to kill her, a man who claims to be with the Department of Defense turns into smoke, and then something dark and even more unusual, saving her life but then seemingly sucks part of her life away. When she wakes up, she’s far from home and discovers it’s not a dream but that aliens are indeed real—very real. Hunter is an Arum. Arum are a race of beings bred to kill Luxen, an alien species that nearly wiped out the Arum. Now both species are living among humans on Earth, only the humans don’t know it and if they find out, those in charge exterminate them. Now Hunter has been asked to babysit a human female until it can be determined exactly what she knows. His only problem is that she is unlike any human female he’s ever met before and he’s not sure what to do about the situation, or her. If he doesn’t protect her, she will die but it’s very possible that if she stays with him, he may kill her—and he doesn’t want her dead. He wants something he never thought capable of an Arum. He wants her. OBSESSION by Jennifer L. Armentrout is a good story…not a great one…but I liked it. There were times I felt it stagnate a bit but then it would pick up with deadly action and so kept me hooked. I liked Hunter, he was hard with a soft center that he was only just beginning to recognize, but there were times I just couldn’t understand why he had such thoughts about killing her when he seemed to have so much control the rest of the time. Serena did get on my nerves a bit, but I appreciated her desire to find out the truth in regards to her best friend’s death even though her nearly immediate attraction to a very bizarre alien was a bit unrealistic. I can understand her attraction to the human Hunter but the alien one…yikes, he sounded anything but attractive even if still muscular. Overall, it was an interesting read and since I’m all for aliens, government cover-ups, and science fiction, I will say that it was worth the visit. I’m still up in the air about reading the Lux series but I know that eventually, I will read my copy of OBSIDIAN—because I have it and I don’t like to let books go unloved and because I am curious about the Luxen side of the story now. Whereas, OBSESSION by Jennifer L. Armentrout isn’t the most intriguing or even the best-written story, I will say that if you’re into alien/government cover-up stories, it’s a good read so try it out. It might surprise you more than me. OBSESSION is promoted as a standalone, and it does work but perhaps it would have been received better had I read the Lux series first. ***purchased for my own personal reading but sharing an honest and unscripted review.
This book was amazing! I can't wait for the next one
I didn't have a problem with the story. I knew what I signed up for when I bought the book.
Love this book, sexy, frustratingly good. Wouldn't say no to a book 2
unless you like sex on every other page you "WILL NOT" enjoy this book. I found it boring and it had no real depth or plot. I did not read all of the book. Jennifer L. Armentrout also wrote 'Stay with Me'. Much the same sexual description. It did have somewhat of a plot. I doubt I will continue to read her books.
This is Hunter and Serena’s tale. An Arum and a human, can you imagine? This is also definitely an adult installment in the Lux universe. You meet Hunter in the main series briefly and later on in Opposition where he plays a more pivotal role. You also see him with Serena and how much he cares for her and this is their story. Serena’s friend witnesses a pair of Luxen arguing and discovers they’re not human. She confides in Serena and is later murdered before her eyes. The DOD steps in and orders Hunter to guard her and figure out if she knows anything more. When the DOD turns on her, Hunter has to make a choice. This novel was nicely done! Of course, while it was nice to see that the villains aren’t all evil people-eating monsters, I wasn’t thrilled about reading this installment at first. However, the heat between Hunter and Serena nearly melt the pages of the book and you get a nice taste of how the other side see things. It made for a nice change of pace, the humanizing of the Arum. JLArmentrout did an amazing job with the adult interactions – she’s definitely not a one-trick pony. Although I loved how feisty Serena was and how very, very dangerous Hunter was to her. This is the only book in the Lux universe however that I can remember one slight flaw – to me anyway. I felt the whole ‘lust-to-love’ moment went a little fast. One minute all he can think of is getting in her pants and is a bit possessive, next it’s all wham, she’s no longer in danger of being eaten. Other than that, though, I loved this installment! I’ll give it a 4.5 stars!