Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Review: Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsession (Arum, #1)Obsession

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: -
Pages: 370
Publisher: Entangled
Genre: Adult Contemporary

Synopsis (Goodreads)

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?

Review: 5 out of 5 stars

This book is Adult Contemporary Romance - Please be advised that it is not YA friendly, not even in a New Adult category.

Obsession takes place in the same world as the Lux series; this is the adult version and was great to see the story from the Luxen ‘evil’ counter-parts, the Arum.

Selena Cross, a high-school guidance counsellor thought her best friend Mel was going crazy when she told her she had witnessed the senators sons turn into glowing light bulbs; it didn't sound like a believable story until she saw it with her own eyes and watched on as her friend was blown up right in front of her; the drama and danger which came to follow became her worst nightmare as she was hunted for any information she could possibly know about what her friend had seen and told her.

Hunter, working for the Department of Defense is an Arum – a race bred to kill and has certainly changed my opinion of what I have always believed of them from reading the Lux series. He is certainly not a ‘nice’ man; he is a snarky, arrogant, smexy alpha who is protective despite what he is. I loved the interactions between him and Selena, she didn’t seem to have a filter and he found her feisty temper quite humorous so the banter between them had me giggling on numerous occasions.

The plot was fast-paced and seeing Selena and Hunter trying to work through the Luxen, Human and Arum politics & the information about Project Eagle, Daedalus and the powerful Senator was interesting and action-packed – it was nice to get a different perspective and to see things from an Arums POV.

The secondary characters were each interesting to read about, I liked the appearances of a few of the Lux series characters such as Luc and a certain green-eyed alien. I am also quite curious about Hunter’s brothers, they are so different but so intriguing.

I absolutely loved everything about this book! JLA never fails to disappoint with her wonderfully, detailed writing, true to life characters that you can't help but adore and a sweet yet complicated romance.

My fingers are crossed there will be more books written in the world of the Arum – I need more.

Jennifer L. ArmentroutAbout the author # 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.

Jennifer would love to hear from you. If you have questions about any of her books, would like to set up an interview, book signing, etc, please use the email address below. Please check out each book/series individual page for more information about each title and the FAQ section.
For rights information on any of her titles, please contact Kevan Lyon from Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

To contact Jennifer directly, please email: jenniferlarmentrout@live.com


  1. I'm excited to read this book because it actually deals with the Arum. I wonder if I'll grow attached to these characters as much as I grew attached to Katy and Daemon. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it and your review definitely raised my expectations! Fab review, Sharon! :)

    1. Thanks Nick <3 To be honest, I went in not expecting to like Hunter at all because he was the 'bad guy' but I ended up loving everything about him - especially his confidence and snark; they are like adult versions of Katy and Damon.

      I hope you enjoy it as much as I did :)

  2. Great review! I still need to read this one myself! Looking forward to it and seeing this green-eyed alien make a brief walk on! Have heard nothing but good things on this one!

    1. Thanks Jessica! it was great, I wish there was more of that green-eyed alien ;)

  3. I think its great she wrote one w/ more about the Arum. I'm glad you loved it! I tend to have issues with her characters until I get to know them so I'm concerned about the no filter. It can be a good thing but it can get annoying too.

    1. I agree! TBH I despised the Arum in the Lux series but after reading this my opinion has certainly changed.

      I tend to love JLA's characters - I hope you enjoy Hunter & Serena, they did remind me of her other series couples.

  4. OMG, now I really want to read this like now. Awesome review.

    1. Thanks Ellen! it was awesome :) I can't wait to see what you think.

  5. Somehow, knowing this is from JLA, it doesn't surprise me you rated it so highly, Sharon. We know she's totally awesome. Of course I'm going to HAVE to get this one, although I'm a book behind on the Luxe series. Ooops. I love how you described Hunter - definitely makes me want to read SOON!

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

    1. I adore JLA so much! her characters are all amazing. I hope you like this one Molli x

  6. I like JLA, and am excited to read this. Wonderful review and the characters sound good!

    1. I can't wait to see what you think of this one Kimba! the characters were fabulous, I love JLA's snarky heroines and bad boy heroes.


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