Series: Stand Alone
Author: J. Lynn
Category: Science Fiction/ Romance
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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?
*I received this book from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review*
Oh my sweet aliens everyone. Girls, hold on to your panties, this book was amazing. Well, Hunter was amazing! Everything I have read by Jennifer is simply brilliant and, of course, Obsession knocked my socks clean off! I have so much love for this book! I can say I am definitely an Arum fan now, don't get me wrong, still love my Luxen's Daemon, Dawson, and Dee but *sigh* Oh my Hunter!
“Never in my life had I been more frustrated. Go figure it wouldn't be with a human but a freaking alien. At least I now knew that the male species were asses no matter what planet they hailed from.”
Just when I thought Jennifer couldn’t take her books to another level, she proves me wrong. And I can say I’m so happy to be proven wrong. Obsession showed me that even a book about aliens can be hot, steamy, and a thrill to read. And the world she has created is so full of emotions, so full of the things that make a book worth reading as soon as you get it in your hands.
Let’s talk about the boys that Jennifer has created. Now, I have developed crushes on all of them. However, out of all the boys, Daemon has always stayed on top, though, now he has some serious competition. That’s right, there is someone out there that is giving Daemon a run for his money. Don’t get me wrong, love that boy like crazy, but now there is Hunter!
Hunter, cocky, arrogant Arum. That’s right, an Arum! An Arum that will change your perspective on how you perceive the world of aliens that Jennifer has created. I feel that Hunter even has a bigger ego than Daemon. But he grows and develops brilliantly throughout the book; I saw great development in his character. Even when he first showed up, I could feel he was different and, boy, did he knock my socks right off. Not only did his cocky, arrogant side pull me in but also his caring side, too. He’s a complex character.
Serena is also an amazing character. Just like the boys that Jennifer creates, she also gives us really amazing heroines. Some really kick ass chicks that I wish I could be. Serena, like Hunter, tops the heroine list by Jennifer. She’s a feisty girl, and despite the situation she literally gets thrown into, she is strong and doesn’t let Hunter push her around. She is a strong character and a character I admire.
What I loved so much about Hunter and Serena is the fire that’s between them. When those two are in the same room I could see the fire and the fireworks that surround them. And Jennifer put some pretty amazing and intense, steamy scenes! Though I do feel that the relationship developed a bit too fast, I did feel like they do go great together. They balance each other out. And Serena, in a way, helps Hunter find his meaning, his humanity.
"I was hungry for her, starving in a way a man needed a woman. A man-not an Arum."
Now, fans of the Luxen world will really be thrown once you enter the Arum world. I have always seen Arum only has bad guys, not one good Arum within them. I can now say that is not true at all. Within both races, Luxen and Arum, you will have a mix of good and bad. I also enjoyed that I got some more history about both races, but also more information on the DOD and Daedalus. I’m still a bit confused on all that, but a lot more things that were in Opal make more sense now. I’m also a bit nervous for the next Luxen book! Being able to see both sides, Arum and Lux, in a totally new light really brought more depth to the series. I do still love my good Luxen, but I am also supporting the good Arum! What a conundrum!
I felt the book moved at a decent pace, and the story built intensely! When things went down it was a great ride, but also a bit nail-biting. I loved, just loved, that the book switches POV from Serena and Hunter. It brought a lot more understand, to me, of how the characters think.
It’s the way that Jennifer writes, how she goes about telling her stories that really sucks me in. She’s a writing goddess!! But it's mainly that she makes her stories seem so real, like any moment I might run into an alien. Not sure if that'll be a good outcome or not... I'm not just a reader of her books, I live them!“Well, the good guys really weren't typical. They really weren't the good guys at all, but if I discovered anything, there was no such thing as white and black. There was a lot of gray in the middle."
Older fans of the Lux series must give Obsession a try, it made my eyeballs steamy and also showed me a whole new world of the Lux and Arum alike. Definitely changed how I see this world created by Jennifer.