by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published On: May 31st, 2013
*DISCLOSURE: ARC was provided in exchange for a fair and honest review
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 have always been a fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux Series, but it never came close to my love for her Covenant series...until now.
Within a chapter or two, I could tell that this story was a game changer.
I tweeted this at the very beginning and my sentiments held true to the very end.
In creating this novel and exploring this world from the eyes of an Arum, the creatures previously established as the cold hearted enemies in the Lux Series, Armentrout has successfully broadened the scope of her stories with a more evolved maturity and depth to the already established pantheon.
Armentrout introduces the concepts of something that, even in today’s real life society, people miss in times of war: There are two sides to every tale. That sometimes the enemy has their reasons. That is not to say that either is right or wrong, but that they both are fighting, ultimately, for beliefs that differ from each other. Is one way better than the other? Things are always more complex than that.
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.
Then there are the characters themselves. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.....Jennifer L. Armentrout can pretty much make anything sexy, but she really outdid herself with Hunter. As an Arum who can suck the life source out of you, and one who feels this particular urge when...let’s say...”excited”, one could seriously doubt how one would pull off making him desirable. Those fears are baseless. Hunter is gorgeous, sexy, conflicted, bossy, and an all around bad-ass. He’s also used to fending for himself, and not for others. Which is why Serena poses a problem for him....a problem that gradually turns his world upside down.
The stir of energy around her was a deep violet, which meant she really was about to go off the deep end. Totally understandable—there was a dead alien on her floor. But when I’d grabbed and pulled her close, there was something else swirling in her energy fields. Thin slivers of red broke through the violet; the hallmark of arousal. It wasn’t a lot. Serena wasn’t going to drop her panties and jump me, but it was there. And that made me very curious.
My kind did like to covet pretty, little things.
Serena is just as strong of a character but in different ways. She doesn't allow herself to be bullied and she has a strong moral compass even in the face of things and people trying to break her down. I love Serena. She’s snarky and a bit crass. She’s smart and caring. Most importantly, she sees something in Hunter that calls to her, yet she doesn’t give in blindly. Armentrout not only excels in writing sexy males, but equally importantly in writing truly admirable female leads.
Even with all the crazy stuff happening recently, beneath the sorrow and the anger, I was still a red-blooded, twenty-three-year old woman sitting in front of a man, who may not be a hundred percent human but had to have caused a panty-dropping crisis across the universe. Maybe not a personality to brag about, but he oozed that kind of dark sex appeal that made good girls do bad, bad things. Over and over again.
THIS. THIS is the book that you want to buy....if you haven't already.
About the Author:
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
all the best, dear readers!