Review: Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted July 11, 2013 in Review / 3 Comments

By Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published May 31st, 2013
Entangled Covet
370 pages
Paranormal Romance | Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchase




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About the Book: 

This is a stand alone novel that is an adult spin-off
of the Lux Series


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?


Confession time.. I haven’t started the Lux series yet.  I know, I know!!!  You can just stop yelling at me right now!  I own book one, I just haven’t gotten to it yet.  I’m horribly distracted by bright, shiny new books.  All my TBR is carefully out of my immediate line of sight in the basement.  It’s not a pretty picture (the pile) so the hubs makes me keep my shelves in the basement.  So I just don’t get to my older TBR books.  I need to figure out a system to correct that little injustice.  The reading challenges just aren’t cutting it.  But I digress, I’m supposed to be writing a review in here somewhere.

Since I’ve been on a new adult binge of late and saw that Ms. Armentrout spun off a new adult book from her Lux series AND it was only $2.99, I immediately plucked up this book.  I am so entirely glad I did.  Not only did I get a tiny taste of the Lux world, I got an introduction to Ms. Armentrout’s writing with some hot romance as the main dish and urban fantasy as the side (sorry, I’m very hungry right now due to the diet I just started – crankiness may ensue later).  And even though I haven’t read any of the other books in the Lux world, I had no problems following along with the wonderful world Ms. Armentrout has built.

Story / Tempo / World Building

I’m not going to re-cap or set up the story because the synopsis pretty much says everything you need to know.  I prefer to sometimes not read the synopsis or not know exactly what is going to happen in the story.  In the case of Obsession, I completely forgot the what the book was about before I started reading it.  I think that actually added to my enjoyment of the book as I let the story unfold in front of me.

Here’s my usual blurb about pacing of the book (because how many ways can you say the same thing?): There was not a lull to be found in the story.  If you read enough paranormal romance (PNR), you can pretty much figure out the structure of any PNR story.  This story stays pretty close to SOP with a surprise here and there to shake things up.  All I’ll say is that our boy is truly an alien bad boy 🙂

Now, knowing that I had no prior knowledge of the Lux world, you would think I had a tough time keeping up with the “world”, right?   I actually was never confused!  I understood all I needed to for the story at hand.  Ms. Armentrout did a fabulous job of NOT throwing the entire Lux world out there in this one short book.  Instead, she was really good at only giving the reader the snippets they needed to get the full meaning and enjoyment out of this story.  I knew going in that there would just be some items in the story that wouldn’t have the full effect on me unless I had previously read the entire series.  Knowing what I do know about the world, I can tell that fans of the series will LOVE this spinoff story.


Fans will love to see familiar characters from the series pop up in the story along side Hunter and Serena.  Nice thing is that they aren’t thrown in the story just for show, they actually add to the story.  Okay, maybe one is just for the fans but it actually illustrates where Obsession falls chronologically.

Serena wasn’t an all-time favorite heroine for me.  There were times when I just couldn’t get in her mind and relate.  But isn’t that why we read books?  Because characters are not us – they’re completely different people with different thoughts and different reasons for doing the things they do.  I was just “meh” about Serena.

But ohhhhhh, Hunter..  Obvious bad boy name aside, he is one of my favorite alpha-type males in fiction!  I love a domineering male (TMI?) and add to that the alien-ness of his personality and I was all ga-ga over him.  I’ve read enough PNR to be picky about my “heroes”.  I can say I truly enjoyed reading Hunter’s POV.

Just know going into this book that this one isn’t for the YA crowd.  It is definitely for the adult reader.  Because we all know how many of us “adults” actually read YA, right?  And this was definitely a fabulous series to take and kick it up a notch… BAM!  There’s your hot lovin’!!!

By the way, I love any author who’s from an area I know and love.  Ms. Armentrout is from West “by God” Virginia – I’ve always called it that (I used to rock climb in New River Gorge) and she call it that on her website, too.  Ooooo, I feel a bonding moment there…


Jennifer Armentrout

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russel Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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