Review: Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Why I chose this book: 
I have been on a Jennifer Armentrout binge. No lie. I think I have read 7 books of hers in a row, and I plan on reading more. This one piqued my interest because not only is it NA (which I really need to begin reading more of), but it is also a companion novel to the Lux series, which I really enjoyed. 

Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC
Publish Date: May 31st, 2013
Format: Kindle ebook
Genre: New Adult, Science Fiction, Paranormal
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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? (Goodreads)
3 things you need to know about this book:

1. Different side of the Arum.
This book provides a completely different side to the story. An Arum is actually the main protagonist in the story, not a Luxen. This alone was enough to intrigue me. The Arum is definitely a different kind of character to write about in comparison to the Luxen; they’re darker, mysterious, and even more dangerous, but it’s not all bad. In this companion novel, not all Luxen are good, not all Arum are bad, and the DOD is still trying to control everything. 

2. Hunter and Serena
Sometimes I find that I have major issues with their relationship, especially when it comes to sex. Yes, Hunter is a darker character and is prone to darker urges, but that should not in anyway be an excuse for some of his behavior. Feeling her up in her sleep without her permission? Yeah, no. That’s not okay in my book. I don’t care how much lust he sees in her aura, that still shouldn’t be permissible. That’s like feeling up a drunk girl. However, I will say that the rest is consensual.

The romance is purely based on sex, and that bothers me a lot. Serena is always commenting on how hot he is and his 6-pack abs and blah blah blah (it seems like practically all of Armentrout’s books feature ripped male characters). There is a lot of objectification in this book, which bothers me. Hot sex is not the only thing that should matter in a relationship, and to say (only after a little less than a week) that they’ve fallen in love sounds just a bit off. Also, there were times that I felt like they were both objectifying the other in order to fulfill their sexual needs, especially at the beginning. They both just wanted to get off, so when ‘love’ entered the scene it felt a little misplaced, because it was suddenly like they began to care for each other, but it was still based on sex without knowing much about the other person.

3. Decent plot arc.
There’s enough to consider this a thriller novel, and I liked that part of it. It was exciting. There was always something going on and there were never any dull moments.

Final Thoughts:
If you’ve read Armentrout’s Lux series, this is definitely something that you might want to think about picking up. It shows a completely different side of the Arum which I found increasingly intriguing, since we honestly don’t know much about them. And the role reversal of Arum and Luxen was enough to make me want to pick up another one of a Lux companion novel. For people who have no desire to read the Lux series, or haven’t read them at all, I wouldn’t recommend this book. It’s a companion novel and can be read first, last or in-between books in the actual series, but I don’t think the reader would appreciate it as much.

I gave this book 2 stars on my Goodreads.


  1. I haven't actually read anything by Jennifer Armentrout. I thought she was YA? Is the Lux series YA? (Or maybe I'm just remembering my details, I wouldn't put it past me! My brain is like a sieve.) NA isn't really my thing. I've tried it a few times. But I prefer plot driven stories instead of sex driven ones. x)
    Thanks for stopping by @ Notebook Sisters!

    1. I like Armentrout's work. It's pretty good, but you can't expect any more than fluff reads. If you do, then you won't like it. Her Lux series is worth reading, but it's just a fluff paranormal, in my opinion. I will say though that I enjoy the series. This is just a companion piece, so you don't have to read it. I'm not huge into the NA genre either, but I've been trying to read more of it because I feel like that I need to be a more well-rounded reader. I've read some NA that is good and others that are just down right terrible. I'm hoping that as the genre grows older, the writing and plots will develop in character more than sex.

      PS I love your blog! You guys are my favorite, so thanks for stopping by our blog!

  2. I'm waiting to read this one until Lux #5 comes out in August and them I'm going to binge-read ALL of them. I'm sorry this didn't really work for you. I don't have really high expectations for it either b/c for whatever reason JLA's YA works much better for me than her NA.

    Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    1. Yeah, I agree. I like her YA much better. In my opinion, it's deeper in character rather than worrying about sex. Thanks for stopping by! :)


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