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?
Yeah, yeah, yeah, back at it with the JLA books. But we all know my plan this year so let’s just move past that. Another thing we all know is that I’ve been looking EVERYWHERE for this book for the past year and never have I been able to find it. It was killing me. But I’ve finally found it, folks. And it was oh so worth the wait. There isn’t much in this world that I love more than the Lux series, or JLA in general, and having a spinoff of that series in NA was truly the best of both worlds for me. There was so much I loved about this book but there was like the slightest thing that bothered me and made me drop my rating down by the tiniest quarter star, but this book was still everything I’d hope for and more. My life is now complete.
- Not only was I glad to be back in this world, but I was actually really excited about seeing the Arum side of everything. If you’ve read the Lux series like I have, then you should know all about the history between the Luxen and the Arum. If not, long story short is that the Luxen feel like they’re superior to the Arum and the Arum typically hunt down the Luxen to feed on them and steal their light powers. These species do NOT like each other. And, as we also know, eventually they team up in the end of the Lux series to take down the big baddie and form a new relationship of sorts. We’ve only ever gotten the POV from a Luxen and therefore have always seen the Arum as being antagonists or just bad in general, so I was actually really interested in seeing how this would play out from an Arum protagonist. And JLA did not disappoint. I really loved not only getting to know Hunter but seeing how the Arum feel about this entire situation and while I never thought all Arum are bad, I definitely see them in a different light. One thing that Hunter pointed out a lot was the fact that this bad blood between Arum and Luxen was just something they were brought up on and they never knew any different. Learning how they were taught that they were the inferiors to Luxen and believing the only way to be better was to hunt and feed on them was really interesting and kind of put this entire war between the species into perspective. And later on, you also learn how there are a bunch of Arum who are tired of this war and don’t want to have anything to do with it. Hunter is one of those Arum and hearing about why he’s distanced himself from this war and his kind is actually really interesting. I also enjoyed seeing how there are more Arum who have the same mindset as Hunter, like Dex and Lore, and I feel like I have a much better understanding of the Arum and the entire relationship between the two alien species than I did before.
- I loved Serena so much. Looooooved her. Of all the JLA books I’ve read in my life thus far I’ve never hated a single one of her female characters and Serena is clearly no exception. I loved how much she cared about her friend and ensuring she got justice for murder, trying to do everything in her power to make it happen. But I really admired how she constantly gave it back to Hunter and never fell to his intimidating demeanour or let him boss her around. She fought him back and defended herself when necessary. I also love how she used to play softball and was like “I can turn anything into a weapon if I throw it hard enough.” I always admire JLA’s females for different reasons and I feel like Serena had a good balance of truly admirable qualities. She’s not the type to just sit back and let things happen to her or around her and she fights back.
- I thought it was really interesting how the Luxen were written as the villains or antagonists in this book because for majority of the Lux series, we were always siding with the Luxen and were constantly in the mindset that the Arum were the true villains. Obviously, once you read the last two books in that series you see how warped that idea is and I think this book is a good tie in to what JLA was going to do to finish out the Lux series. You start to see that the Luxen aren’t as good as you always thought they were and you also see how maybe the Arum don’t really deserve the hand they’ve been dealt. It’s a really good take on a difference in perspective, in my opinion. And I think it would’ve been better/smarter to read this book once I was done with Opal but we all know how hard it was to find this book in general so it’s not a big deal. But I appreciate how well this standalone meshes with its source material and I think it’s truly a perfect set up for the final fight in Opposition.
- I really admired Hunter’s development in this book. I already had a general idea about him, based on his involvement in Opposition, but I enjoyed watching that journey throughout this particular story. I actually didn’t know he was initially working for the DOD, I just assumed he was one of the Arums who didn’t want to be involved in the Luxen-Arum war, so it was interesting learning about his origins and to see how much he grew. And he’s the type of character who went from being like “I don’t care about anything because I don’t need to” to a character that would basically die for the one person they cared about more in this world. Those characters are more or less my kryptonite. I just really loved seeing how caring for Serena and having her influence showed him how to actually feel human really helped him and I appreciate how humanized he became. Like, just being with her taught him to control his darker side and control his hunger and show how he gets to decide who he his and what he does. He really became human, and that’s a big part of his development and I’m so proud of him.
- Ok, I’m not saying the romance was bad because it wasn’t, it was far from bad. I’m always down for these kinds of dynamics. Serena and Hunter had some enemy vibes going for them and had the whole “I’m only around you because I have to” which is always my jam, but in retrospect, I personally feel like the relationship became physical way earlier than I wanted it to. Yeah, yeah, yeah, this is NA and of course there’s gonna be a lot of steamy scenes, but it happened a little too quickly. I do like how Serena and Hunter had a lot of serious and in depth conversations and therefore there was a foundation when they both started to catch feelings, but I wish it happened a bit later than it did. But I can’t even be that mad because Hunter is seriously a hot piece of alien ass and I probably would’ve been just like Serena in that situation. Hot damn.
- JLA teased me with Daemon and she didn’t even identify him by name or give him any scenes or dialogue and I am upset. I love my boy Daemon and I wanted to see him. Like, come on. We got to see Luc and Paris but not Daemon??? Hashtag rude.
THE BOTTOM LINE
- I love JLA and I love this universe, and seeing one of my favourite series dipping its toes into NA is the best thing to ever happen to me. If you’re like me and you love paranormal fantasies, this book is perfect for you. Although you don’t have to read the Lux series before this one, you should do it anyways. Read the Lux series. It’s fantastic, just like this book.
BONUS: how this book made me feel in a GIF
ABOUT THE BOOK
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: May 31, 2013
Pages: 249 (eBook)
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