Review Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

OriginTitle: Origin
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #4
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?

My Review:
Holy alien babies, this book is explosive!
The lengths the DOD will go to are finally revealed in Origin, and it all starts to make sense. We learn more about Luc, and Blake’s true nature is out in the open. JLA, you’re right – Karma is a tool.
Daemon will burn the world down to get Katy back and don’t we just know it. Always thinking of others, always the protector, he goes charging into the thick of it to save Katy. Daring, brave, stupid, it’s complete Daemon as we’ve come to know and love him.
Archer reminds me a little of Leon/Apollo from the Covenent Series, but I adored him and look forward to seeing how his character develops.
Vegas, oh wow, Vegas tears the whole world apart in so many different ways. I’m not going to spoil it, but those scenes are insane.
I was heart-broken at the ending, and praying all wasn’t as it seemed.
I tore through this book in hours, unable to put it down. I know I’ve been fan-girling all over the place about Jennifer L. Armentrout, but I seriously love her writing style and I’m in awe of her creative genius. I hope some movie production company is optioning her work, as both the Covenent and Lux series would make epic movies and I’d die to see them on the big screen.
Superb. Highly Recommended.

Review: The Return (Titan #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The ReturnTitle: The Return
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Titan #1
Rating: 5 Stars
Genres: New Adult Paranormal
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Blurb:

The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

My Review:

Yesterday I helped reveal the cover for The Power, Book 2 in the Titan Series, so I felt it was fitting to post my review of The Return today.

I was on a countdown for this book and I often find where I’m anxiously anticipating something it doesn’t live up to my expectation. Thankfully, in the case of The Return, it did.

I loved how JLA wrapped up Sentinel for Alex & Aiden, but was heartsick for Seth, so this book was the perfect remedy.

Seth has undoubtedly been affected by the choices he has made over the course of the last couple of years. The burden weighs heavy on his shoulders. Enter Josie, daughter of Apollo, and things start to get interesting. She shares some physical and personality traits with Alex and Seth is floored at the start. However, as they get to know one another he begins to develop feelings for her, in a way he has never felt before. Seth continues to harbor horrific guilt over Alex, so much so that he often finds it difficult to even say her name. I really felt for the guy.

One of the reasons why I loved the Covenent series so much was Jennifer’s ability to seamlessly blend action, adventure, and romance. The Return was a little light on the action in the first half, and I would have liked a little more. That said, it didn’t dent my enjoyment.

I loved the fact that Deacon, Luke, Apollo and Marcus all feature in this book. It was so great to catch up with some of my favorite characters.

The writing, as usual, is sublime. 

An excellent read – for fans of the Covenent series, or as a standalone series. My only problem now is this: I NEED THE NEXT BOOK!!

Review Be With Me (Wait for Me #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Be with MeTitle: Be With Me
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout/ J Lynn
Series: Wait for Me #2
Rating: 3 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real.

Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone. Especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.

As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together, and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not…

My Review:
I really enjoyed Wait for You and Trust in Me, and even though I knew Be with Me wasn’t a story centered on Cam and Avery I was eager to read it. I’ve been fan-girling about JLA for the last few months, so it pains me to write this review because I was very frustrated with this book.

I’ll talk about what I liked first. The writing as ever is superb. I loved that we got to see Cam and Avery some more and those scenes lifted the story for me. We were introduced to Calla and I like her, which is good considering I know the next book is a story about her life. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like a series that didn’t center on the same main character all the time, but I have to admit that I’m loving that aspect of it now. Not only do we get to see other characters, we’re still kept connected with the original characters, so bonus points for that.

I liked Teresa/Tess as an MC, though I wanted to slap her on many occasions for being such a bloody doormat. Now I can understand it to a point given her past, but the amount of times Jase kicks her to the kerb,and she willingly takes him back was ridiculous.

Onto Jase. I quite liked the sound of him in Wait for You but I hated him in this book. He’s a total douche for the way he treats Tess, blowing hot and cold on a near daily basis! I get that he has issues, but that’s no excuse for the way he treats a girl that he professes to care about. Quite literally, he made me want to hurl. He also seemed so arrogant about his looks and his ability to attract women who he never even kisses – oh please, give me a break. Though to be honest it’s what they say about hookers, and if the shoe fits…..

The scene where they finally got together properly made my blood boil. I actually felt like throwing the book at the wall, but I persevered, the whole time thinking WTF? in my head. I don’t want to give too much away, but he’s dumped Tess again, she has a near-death experience and then he’s all up in her and she lets him!! Previously he is all like ” it has to be the right time to do it” and now he couldn’t care less about that. Uugghh.

I felt this plot was very weak. I predicted everything that happened, and I mean everything. So there were no surprises to add to the anticipation.

Overall I was disappointed with this book, but because I absolutely adore Jennifer I’m giving it three stars. I won’t be rereading this one.

Review Opal (Lux #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

OpalTitle: Opal
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #3
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it.

My Review:
The ante has really been upped in Opal, and the action is fast paced and super-intense. It’s great to finally see Daemon and Katy together, but all those interruptions when they try to hook up?!! Aahh, finger-nail biting stuff. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – JLA writes romantic suspense like no other, incredible,agonizing,edge-of-the-seat stuff.
We get to meet Dawson in Opal and he’s a changed man; broken and a shadow of his former self. He’s devastated that Bethany is still in the evil clutches of the DOD, and he wants to lead an immediate charge, but Daemon and Katy persuade him to stay his hand. Tad bit unbelievable, because you just know if the tables were reversed, and it was Katy who was lost to Daemon that hell on earth wouldn’t stop him from going after her. I would’ve liked to have understood Dawson a little more, but we really only catch glimpses of him.
Dee and Katy’s friendship is challenged beyond all limits in Opal and it’s heartbreaking, though completely believable.
Daemon is still a snarky,jerk at times but he’s so romantic and so protective of Katy, that you just can’t help loving him. I want me some Daemon Black please.
That cliff-hangar ending. OMG. I was just grateful that I’d waited till now to read this series so I could delve straight in. Otherwise I would literally have been tearing my hair out.
In summary, another gripping read from the writing powerhouse that is Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Review Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

OnyxTitle: Onyx
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #2
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that’s possible. Against all common sense, I’m falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

My Review:
Another fast-paced addictive read from JLA. I hadn’t totally connected with the characters in Obsidian, but got totally hooked in Onyx. Daemon is easier to like in this book, and you start to get a glimpse of his real personality. I completely distrusted Blake from the start, and was screaming at Katy to back away. I was disappointed in her, that she choose to believe him over Daemon, and though I understood her logic at the start, I felt it dragged on far too long. Katy felt the pull between them was only down to the connection, and that was reminiscent of Alex’s view that her attraction to Seth was all down to the Apollyon connection. (Covenent Series)
The suspense is really cranked up in Onyx, particularly in the second part of the book and I had a hard time putting it down.
JLA writes romantic suspense so well, and I was literally tearing my hair out at times, but in a good way.
A brilliant read, worth checking out.

P.S Does anyone else think that the guy on the front cover so does not do Daemon Black justice? DB in my head is way, way hotter. Don’t get me wrong, the model is fit, but doesn’t quite match up to the description of DB, in my opinion.

Review Trust in Me (Wait for You #1.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Trust in MeTitle: Trust in Me
Author: Jennifer Armentrout/ J Lynn
Series: Wait for You #1.5
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
From the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of WAIT FOR YOU, this is the story of Cam and Avery’s sizzling romance as you’ve never seen it before, told exclusively from Cam’s perspective…

Cameron Hamilton is used to getting what he wants, especially when it comes to women. But when Avery Morgansten comes crashing into his life – literally – he finally meets the one person who can resist his soulful baby blues. But Cam’s not ready to give up – he can’t get this feisty and intriguing girl out of his head.

Avery has secrets, secrets that keep her from admitting the feelings Cam knows she has for him. What will it take to help him break down her barriers and gain her trust? Or will he be shut out of Avery’s life, losing his first real shot at the kind of love that lasts forever?

My Review:
This is Wait For You from Cam’s perspective, and I loved it. He’s even more sweet and endearing, if that’s possible. It never felt boring, even though we’re reliving some of the same events. We also get a few new scenes which weren’t in Wait For You.

I didn’t like that Cam calls Avery ‘sweetheart’ publicly and I don’t like that he calls her ‘Shortcake’ in private, after Strawberry Shortcake. That’s just insulting, and again, doesn’t feel natural for Cam to say this in my opinion.

All in all I loved it though. Another fantastic read from writing powerhouse JLA.

Review: Hide your Heart (Far North #1) by Tracey Alvarez

Hide Your Heart TA

Title: Hide Your Heart
Author: Tracey Alvarez
Series: Far North
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Genres: Contemporary Adult Romance
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Blurb:
Love will bring them together. Distrust will tear them apart…

Alexandra Lauren Knight has reinvented herself in the safety of her rural New Zealand hometown to become Lauren Taylor. She’s cut all ties with her past as a former model whose ex-husband turned out to be ruthless in both the boardroom and the bedroom. While Alexandra allowed other’s expectations to propel her into the spotlight, Lauren prefers the safety of anonymity; restoring classic cars with her brother, and snuggling with her four-year-old son.

Nate Fraser, a burned-out photojournalist, plans to fix up the property next door to Lauren and sell it as a celebrity retreat. Always on the move, Nate is only comfortable with short-term assignments and even shorter-term relationships. But it’s not just his buyer’s tight deadline or that the restoration is far beyond his expertise which turns a short-term project into an ordeal. Nate’s plan of travelling the globe is in jeopardy—created by the intensity of his growing feelings for Lauren and her little boy.

As the sparks of passion ignite between them it reawakens Nate’s long forgotten dream of having a home and family. Lauren must find a way to trust Nate not only with her secrets, but with her heart—before her safe haven is exposed and she can no longer hide in the shadows.

My Review:

This is book one in Tracey’s new Far North series and as a massive fan of her Due South series I was really looking forward to getting stuck into this book.

Hide Your Heart tells the story of Lauren and Nate. Lauren is an ex-model hiding from a troubled, dark past. She will do everything to protect her young son Drew, including ignoring her growing attraction to hot newcomer Nate.

Nate is a photojournalist who has purchased the nearby house as an investment. Taking time out from his busy career, he plans on fixing up the house and selling it to a developer who intends to use it as a celebrity retreat.

Lauren, naturally, isn’t happy about his plans as she is desperately trying to shield herself and her son from that world. As their paths intertwine, she finds it harder and harder to deny her feelings for him. The attraction is mutual and Nate is also trying to avoid giving into his heart. Nate’s plan for the future is to travel the world taking photos and he has never entertained notions of tying himself down. Until Lauren.

As the story progresses both Lauren and Nate are on a journey of self-discovery. Learning to trust in themselves and each other is a challenge they embark on together.

This book is written in Tracey’s usual enthralling style and the words flow beautifully on the page. The setting is again a small rural community but it’s evocative and visual and I found myself wishing I lived there. Sigh  🙂 The characters are complex and well written and I was definitely rooting for Lauren the whole way through. Her son Drew is an adorable character and so desperately in need of a father-figure. I was hoping that Nate wouldn’t let him down.

The only slight issue I had with this book was I felt the pacing was a little slow in the first third. However, thereafter I was drawn in and it galloped along at a great pace.

If you are a fan of Tracey Alvarez’ Due South series, or you like well-written contemporary adult romance, then I highly recommend this book.

Review Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

ObsidianTitle: Obsidian
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #1
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

My Review:
I only recently discovered Jennifer L. Armentrout as an author, and I purchased the Lux series after I devoured the entire Covenent Series in less than a week (I seriously did nothing else all week but read, couldn’t drag myself back to normality at all).
While I definitely enjoyed reading Obsidian, and I’m dying to continue this series, I was a teeny bit disappointed. I didn’t connect as well with the characters as I had with Alex, Seth and Aiden from the Covenent Series.
However, it still contains all those amazing qualities that I have come to expect, and love, from JLA: compelling dialogue, addictive prose and swoon-worthy romance. It has all that in bucket-loads. And I’m totally down with the whole hot-alien thing.
I had a few issues though. Katy starts off being described as timid, but quickly turns quite sassy without really any explanation. Daemon was totally rocking an Edward Cullen type funk, you know – nasty and mean on the surface, but secretly yearning for Katy underneath it all, and just trying to protect her. Not a big deal for me as I love Edward Cullen, it’s more an observation. The biggest issue for me was that a lot of the stuff that came out of Daemon’s mouth was pure Seth, so much so, that I actually kept thinking of him as Seth which was jarring at times. Also, in the Covenent series a ‘demon’ is spelt ‘daimon’ and in the Lux series the character ‘Damon’ is spelt ‘Daemon’. For that reason, I kept reading demon in place of Damon and it bugged me. I know it’s minor (and it wasn’t an issue in the later books) but I wish she had just spelt it Damon.
Overall, my issues were quite minor, and this is still a very good book and I would suggest it as a recommended read.

Review Shadows (Lux #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

ShadowsTitle: Shadows
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #0.5
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane.

Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in.

Captivated. Lured. Loved.

Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence…and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself.

My Review:
At first I wasn’t that interested in reading about Dawson and Beth, mainly because I felt we really didn’t get to know them that well during the course of the series. However, Shadows was included in the print copy of Opposition that I bought so I wasn’t going to not read it.
I’m so glad I did because I loved it, and it really helped me to connect with Dawson and Beth and I adored hearing their back story. It was also interesting to witness Daemon’s response to their relationship, and it helped put his initial reaction to Katy into perspective.
A thoroughly enjoyable read in JLA’s usual addictive prose. I really dig all the bonus material Jennifer includes with her books, it brings the overall reading experience to a much higher level and has given me ideas for doing similar ‘add-ons’ with my own series.
Definitely worth a read.

Review Wait For You (Wait For You #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Wait For YouTitle: Wait for You
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout/ J Lynn
Series: Wait for You #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Some things are worth waiting for…

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing…

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet…

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for…

My Review:
Avery is desperate to escape her past, and her neglectful parents, so she enrolls in college in West Virgina. Sweet and innocent, she’s still struggling to deal with the events from five years ago that irrevocably changed her life forever.

She literally bumps head-first into Cam Hamilton on Day 1, and they both feel an instant attraction. Initially weary of him, due to his player reputation, she comes to enjoy his company and has to fend off his near-daily requests to take her out. Cam was so sweet in the way he did this, and the protective manner he displayed towards Avery.

It’s very obvious what happened to her, but we don’t hear the full story until the latter part of the book. We also find out that Cam is harboring his own secret, and he’s scared that Avery will take off running for the hills when she finds out.

The romance plays out like a lot of JLA romances – constant flirtations, near brushes, getting together and falling out etc, but ultimately they end up together and you can see how perfect they are for each other.

The themes are quite dark in this novel, it’s definitely not for young teens. I thought Jennifer handled the traumatic event that Avery experienced very delicately, and the emotions she experienced were very real. I could totally imagine how she would feel the way she felt, and her fear of intimacy was completely understandable. I loved how Cam was so patient, and so willing to wait for her until she was ready. Always willing to put her needs above his own. Her parents on the other hand, made me want to hurl.

As usual I raced through this :)And I loved it. I’ve always felt that Jennifer writes romance so well, now I can add sex to the list.

The only thing I didn’t like was how Cam called Avery sweetheart all the time. Now this is kinda signature Jennifer. Daemon called Kat Kitten, Seth called Alex Angel etc. To me ‘sweetheart’ is something a sleazy old bloke says, not a hot young stud-muffin. It just felt so unnatural for Cam to call her this. It’s my only gripe though, and it’s really minor.

Jennifer has been quoted as saying she writes books very quickly – I believe she wrote this in 20 days. I’m in awe of her talent. As a writer I wish I could deliver such quality so quickly. I’m holding out hope that she’ll master the art of writing a book a day so that I constantly have a JLA book in my hand. That would be the stuff dreams are made of!! (Laughing at my own cheesiness!)