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Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted in Contemporary Romance/ Fantasy/ New Adult/ Reviews/ Romantic Suspense/ Speculative Fiction/ Urban Fantasy 31st May 2016
Obsession by Jennifer L. ArmentroutObsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published by Entangled: Embrace on May 31st 2013
Pages: 254
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three-stars

This is a stand alone novel that is an adult spin-off of the Lux Series You do not need to read a Lux book to read Obsession and vice versa.
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?

The bizarre, violent death of a friend sends Serena Cross reeling. What she first believes to be a hallucination or a trick of the mind is in fact, a confirmation that aliens – at least in the world that Jennifer L. Armentrout has constructed in the Lux series – do exist and have always been among mankind. Her reluctant, love-deprived protector is an arrogant, not-quite human smirky male, appropriately named Hunter, who simply does what his name actually suggests, except that he hunts, kills and feeds on another alien species that has for eons, threatened life in the galaxy. Hunter is in fact an Arum, a shadowy species slated to continue the tradition of blasting their enemies back into cosmic oblivion. In the bigger picture, Earth is merely another stop for them and now stands at the brink of being overrun by the evil beings known as the Luxen.

Touted as a standalone, ‘Obsession’ seemed like a sensible start to a wildly popular series that I wanted to jump into immediately without having to read the past few installments. I did find myself lost at times, hungry for the world-building and the mythology of the Luxens and the Arum, but somehow fell short of being satisfied each time Hunter made several piecemeal revelations. The idea of vampiric beings caught up in some epic battle with another race intent on galaxy-domination is an enthralling one and I lapped it all up even if it started to read very much like a cagey version of Men in Black, done slightly off-pitch with characters (both alien and human) who somehow fall within the ‘hot’ and ‘beautiful’ categories too easily.

In many ways, ‘Obsession’ falls both within and without the syfy-fantasy genre but not living up to its potential is perhaps the most disappointing takeaway I’ve had in a while. If I loved the set-up and the richness of the backdrop, I was equally let down by how it never seemed to reach its potential. The world-building never seemed incomplete and took a back seat to the overwhelming, uncontrollable lust that plagues both characters, overshadowing even the conflict at the end which faded off in a whimper than the almighty bang I thought it would be.

three-stars

Fall with Me by J. Lynn

Posted in Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ New Adult/ Reviews/ Young Adult 31st March 2015
Fall with Me by J. LynnFall with Me by J. Lynn, Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Wait for You #4
Published by Avon on March 31st 2015
Pages: 376
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five-stars

Roxy's loved Reece Anders since she was fifteen, so when the straitlaced cop finally surrendered to a steamy encounter years later, Roxy hoped he'd fall for her, too. He didn't. Or that's what she's always believed. But then Reece storms back into her life when the man who injured her childhood friend is out of prison and wanting to make amends—something Roxy cannot do.
The last thing she wants is to go there with Reece again, but he's determined to prove to her that he's exactly what she needs. Especially when a sick creep starts messing with her. But what's more dangerous to Roxy—a psycho after her or the past that refuses to let go and allow her to open up her heart again?


There was a one-night stand…that wasn’t really. But emotions tended to complicate things when the drunk guy thought a lot more happened than what really did. At least, that’s what Roxy thought and that complication lasted nearly a year when it could have been solved by a simple conversation. Until Reece comes back wanting to put things right.

To my surprise, I liked ‘Fall with Me’ a lot more than I thought I would…and I think Reece and Roxy have to claim the credit for it. There are several things I actively seek out each time I will myself to get lost in a narrative and those typically have to do with character consistency, plot complexity, stylish prose and well…a relatively happy end.

‘Fall with Me’ does indeed, tick a few boxes.

There were no TSTL moments, steadfast (male) devotion that’s all too rare and a feisty female who dealt with her issues with said male by her side. In fact, Reece is probably the first in a long time who actually wants to talk things out every time, calls Roxy out on her fears and I’m more than impressed by his decency. A man who doesn’t really run away…how rare is that even in fiction?

There is an element of suspense throughout, but I’m actually gratified that these two wisely sorted out their relationship midway through the book – and fairly maturely for an New Adult story – rather than at the end, before the suspense really kicked in.

five-stars
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