Series: Arum #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction
Published by Entangled Publishing on May 31, 2013
Reviewed by: Kate
Graphic sex, attempted rape
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?
There is no other way to say it- I inhaled this book. OBSESSION hit all my romance novel buttons, with the uber-alpha male, feisty female counterpart and loads of moments so sexy that I blushed. OBSESSION was one of those books where my inner feminist feels like she should be objecting to something, but then she gets a bit distracted by all the action and romance. In the end Serena brings Hunter to his knees anyways, so what if he’s a little bossy on the way?
OBSESSION starts out a little slow, but once it picks up, you better hold on tight, because it is quite the ride. We’ve got two alien races battling it out, plus the human government mixed in trying to police them, and that is even before Hunter and Serena meet. Once that happens there are practically fireworks! I love some of their interactions, especially when Serena stands up to Hunter just because she feels she shouldn’t let him boss her around. You can tell it is not a familiar feeling for Hunter to not get what he wants, which makes it that much more amusing.
If I hadn’t know that Jennifer Armentrout wrote this as a spin off from a series of young adult books (Lux series), I would never have guessed. This book definitely screams adult. Intimate moments between Hunter and Serena were super hot and very frequent (that is, when they weren’t at each other’s throats). Hunter had the problem of being a little over the top at some points, but he is an alien, so I suppose I can forgive him. It helped me be even more sympathetic when he had his vulnerable moments, opening himself up to Serena. And Serena is a perfect match, scared sometimes by who Hunter is and what he does, but willing to accept him as is.
With its fresh take on paranormal, captivating characters, and action filled plot, OBSESSION is a perfect summer romance read. Suggestion: load it on your Kindle before your next beach day, lie back, relax, and enjoy!