Published by Macmillan on May 31st 2013
Genres: Coming of Age, Fantasy, Fiction, General, Paranormal, Romance
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Hunter: “You have a feisty little attitude, don’t you?”
Serena: “You’re about to get a feisty little foot up your ass.”
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?
That exchange basically sums up Hunter and Serena. In Jennifer Armentrout’s adult spin-off of her popular LUX Series, Obsession, Armentrout decides give fans a glimpse of the Luxen/Arum war from the Arum perspective. We first meet Arum badboy Hunter in the fourth Lux book, Origin, when Daemon visits Luc for help getting Katy back from the US Department of Defense. Now in his own novel, we learn how Hunter met his girlfriend Serena. Though a spin-off of the young adult series, Obsession is a very adult book, and you don’t need to read the parent series to understand and enjoy this novel.
“At least I now knew that the male species were asses no matter what planet they hailed from.”
Like Daemon, Hunter is sarcastic, passionate, and H-O-T hot, but being an Arum he’s not exactly user-friendly. Working as the DOD’s assassin against wayward Luxen, Hunter is surprised when he is forced to babysit a human woman after she is exposed to the fact that aliens exist and live among us when a Luxen murders her best friend. Hunter isn’t exactly overjoyed with being stuck with Serena, especially since he’s afraid he may eat her. While Daemon wanted to keep his distance from Katy out of fear of her getting hurt by the government, Hunter is afraid that he may be an even bigger threat than the people he’s supposed to protect her from. Of course, Hunter and Serena have instant chemistry, and it was interesting to see how they handled the situation. Especially when we get a glimpse of the Arum community Hunter lives in, and how the Arum interact with one another.
“Are you done acting like a psychotic, cracked-out Muppet baby?”
One of the other aspects of the story I loved was the verbal sparring between Hunter and Serena. Their interactions with each other were laced with sexual tension, but their snarky conversations were hilarious, and added a bit of humor to the story’s suspense. Their dialogue also added fuel to their passionate relationship, and made the intimate scenes even more explosive. However, the one thing that kind of put a damper on their relationship was how stalkery and rapey Hunter acted in one of the main scenes. I thought that issue would be addressed later in the books, but it was brushed over.
Overall, Obsession was incredibly hard to put down, and left me wanting more. Not sure if it is my reluctance to let these characters and their world go, but I hoped there would be a series based off Hunter and Serena. Unfortunately, that’s not to be the case, as this was meant to be a stand-alone novel. One can hope! The LUX cameos were a nice touch that felt organic to the story, and not created simply for fan service. The love scenes were extremely Rated-R, and possible higher in some instances, and made Hunter/Serena a nice mirror to Daemon/Katy. Especially considering how “well” Hunter and Daemon get along. If you’re looking to read more LUX, or simply want a bit of smut, Obsession hits it right on the money.