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Obsidian | [Laurann Dohner]

Obsidian

Dr. Allison Baker is obsessed with saving the comatose New Species male. She has tried everything and there’s only one option left. Alli will break every rule and put her life in danger by tempting 880 to wake, using only her feminine scent and touch. She just has to kidnap him and crawl into bed with him to make it work. 880 wakes in a different world with a small female who’s been sleeping beside him, caressing him, and wrapping her sweet body around his, teasing his senses. He lies silent and still, listening and evaluating each arousing touch, fighting his body’s reaction.
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Audible Editor Reviews

In Book 8 of Laurann Dohner's steamy, popular New Species series, Dr. Allison Baker passionately tends to 880, a wounded New Species: part animal, part man, and in a coma. Knowing that her tempting female scent will lure him into consciousness, she begins sleeping beside him - and after 880 wakes, choosing the powerful and dark name Obsidian, he decides to claim Alli as his. A sensual, versatile performance from Vanessa Chambers helps bring Dohner's characters to life in this sexy example of erotic sci-fi.

Publisher's Summary

Book 8 in the New Species series.

Dr. Allison Baker is obsessed with saving the comatose New Species male. She has tried everything and there’s only one option left. Alli will break every rule and put her life in danger by tempting 880 to wake, using only her feminine scent and touch. She just has to kidnap him and crawl into bed with him to make it work.

880 wakes in a different world with a small female who’s been sleeping beside him, caressing him, and wrapping her sweet body around his, teasing his senses. He lies silent and still, listening and evaluating each arousing touch, fighting his body’s reaction. Hatred flares when he discovers she’s human, but Mercile stole everything from him so he decides it’s fair to take her in return.

But things quickly change and he wants her at his side and in his bed. 880 has chosen a new name – Obsidian - the personification of dark and dangerous. He’ll fight them all to keep Alli. No one will stand in his way.

©2012 Laurann Dohner (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 11-13-13
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 11-13-13 Member Since 2012

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "So hard... on the fence!"

    I really did like this book... Really!

    My one and only issue is with Ali (Dr. Alison Baker). She was extremely wishy washy the entire book. It literally drove me crazy. Apparently she had a connection with Obsidian because she literally stole him from the NSO... but as soon as he wakes up and she gets to see him again, she gets all "I love you, but I can't be with you".

    But what really takes to cake... is how she is supposed to be a doctor, and she has the hugest language barrier with him... She gets pissed b/c he is too blunt... Well he has been locked up in a cage for, IDK... his entire life... so yeah... social etiquette will go right out the window for Obsidian... how does she not get that... Seriously...

    The story is pretty much the same format, NS finding their mate with a human... but Ali is just... eh! She reminds me of Trisha... just irritating...

    Story is still worth a listen; especially you have invested in the other 7 books... Just be warned... Ali is going to be irritating.

    Good Credit, Buy or Sale... Either one...you will be happy... but seriously... think about Ali before you use that credit. I prefer to use my credits on something more expensive and that will leave me feeling satisfied...

    Narration was awesome... as usually for this series and narrator...

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    BluBumbleB 11-19-13
    BluBumbleB 11-19-13 Member Since 2012

    Audible OBSESSED!

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    "Newly Freed & Unhinged"

    I'm a total sucker for this series, but, this one was not on the level of some of the others. That said, this one was still good for me, because I'm like a SuperFan for Species! All of the stories have more or less the same concept, and Dohner has come up with some interesting nuances for each story making each one unique. There are two main characteristics of these stories that really tickle my fancy---the sex scenes are super steamy and seem just a bit taboo because of that animalistic vibe the new species have going for them, not sure what that says about me, but, I digress---I also, really get a kick out of communication exchanges the humans and new species have between themselves as they learn about each other. It's probably Dohner's way of poking a little fun at some of society's silly obsessions and/or customs, but, I love the way she writes it---it's really one of the funniest characteristics of this series. Obsidian's story highlights the struggle of a newly freed species and how things go a little crazy as he's falling in love. I found myself laughing at various moments throughout this story and as usual, totally falling in love with the hot alpha male and his perfectly matched mate. I'm such a fan of these books and can't wait for more!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cherie Norfolk, VA, United States 11-13-13
    Cherie Norfolk, VA, United States 11-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good not great"

    This wasnt one of my favorites....It was good but was missing the action of the other books in the series.....its still more than worth a listen

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie Indianapolis, In 08-15-14
    Melanie Indianapolis, In 08-15-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm a lover of books, both read and audible.

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    "OBSIDIAN-DARKNESS THAT HOLDS BEAUTY"

    Of all the New Species books, this would have to be my least favorite, so far. That is not to say that I didn’t enjoy listening to the book because I did. I just thought the heroine was annoying. Why is it that people that have a lot of book sense don’t really have any common sense. Let me explain.

    Dr. Allison Baker (Allie) risks everything (her life, her career, her job) to save a new species that is currently in a coma. She kidnaps Obsidian aka 880 and takes him to a rental house to try to coerce him to awaken using her scent. Obsidian has been in a coma since injuring himself trying to save his mate, when she was killed in front of him by some technicians. He has never known freedom and doesn’t understand that he and his people are free, do you see Allie’s first mistake. Allie then agrees to stay in his room with him, even though he has been somewhat hostile towards her to help him "adjust to freedom", do you see her second mistake. In the end they both get their HEA, but some of Allie decisions just left me confused about this character.

    On the other hand, I love Obsidian. He is the perfect prototype of a new species man. He is gorgeous, fierce, and protective and loves hard. He knows he shouldn’t want Allie because she is human but doggoneit, he is determined to have her even if it means learning to accept that not all humans are evil.

    This book also lacked some of the action that was previous of the other books. But the storyline is still interesting and it’s also interesting when you learn about Obsidian full background. I think his background was bittersweet, even if he did have a mate. As always, the romance scenes are steamy, hot and drool worthy. It helps keep my work time interesting.

    Overall, I think you should read the book, if not for anything just to learn about Obsidian and his life and to catch up on the rest of the New Species characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelli 05-02-14
    Kelli 05-02-14

    I love losing myself in books of any kind

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    "Mary Kay Letourneau meets....Nightingale Syndrome"
    What disappointed you about Obsidian?

    So I may be a little too harsh but, I can help thinking Dr. Allison has mental issues and was a litte too desparate. I did not feel the emotional connection between her and Obsidian. In fact I found myself thinking she was a manipulative stocker..weak, needy and irrational.


    What was most disappointing about Laurann Dohner’s story?

    There was something just off. The heronine professed wanting what was best for her "mate" but she was really irrational him learning to fit in with the other species.

    A species right out of the lab is almost child-like, learning how to living in a world of humans. She wanted Obsidian to be dependant on her and did not think about his state of mind. She is a Dr who falls in love with a comatos patient.Rather than acting the adult and using her medical knowledge to aid her or maybe calling Tricia (her boss) about his health, she steals him and trys to heal him by letting her scent him? This was after she wanted to make a female species first be the a guinea pig.....

    The whole story reminded me of school room teacher trying to convience her adolesent student to love her..... Just inappropriate


    Did Vanessa Chambers do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, while here voices can be harsh she does a prretty good job


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Obsidian?

    The story flow seemed to be in conflict on one hand Dr. Allison wants Obsidian to be self sufficient in the next she wants him to need her and trust only her.

    At one point in the story she is begging on her knees with her arm wrapped around Obsidians legs. REALLY


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 12-14-14
    Laura 12-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow! What an awesome book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book to a friend because it was a performance worth sharing.


    Which character – as performed by Vanessa Chambers – was your favorite?

    Obsidian was my favorite. His aggressive words and attitude were strongly expressed by Vanessa Chambers. I am looking for more books read by her.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me want to buy the rest of the New Species books. And, I did. This is a great series. I will reread these books again and again.


    Any additional comments?

    What a nice combination of romance and erotica. Very hot and steamy. Looking for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Smalley 10-21-14
    S. Smalley 10-21-14 Member Since 2014

    A secretary by trade of good peasant stock, I listen and learn. Most of my experience is through books.

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    "My favourite because I love character development"
    What did you like best about Obsidian? What did you like least?

    I hated that in "Tiger", Dr. Allison Baker warns Zandy Gordon that Tiger can get her pregnant but then in the next book, "Obsidian," Dr. Allison Baker believes that Obsidian can'
    t get her pregnant... DUMB!!! I loved that she was sweet and believable to those of us who are too romantic at heart, and that she was naïve and an idiot. I HATED the "Moon" voice. Rusty nails or nails down a blackboard is all I wish to say on that subject. I liked the development of the characters versus heavy action in this book, because that is what I love. Still my favourite of the NSO series (as of Oct. 2014, anyway,). Good, inexpensive, b-list novel.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Character development.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Inconsistency and poor vocal development of most characters. I understand that Vanessa Chambers wants to differentiate her characters and reading, but Fury was read with a believable HERO and most of the other readings in this series just AREN'T. They are often irritating, especially if you are aware that she could do much better.


    Was Obsidian worth the listening time?

    For what I wanted, a light sci-fi romance operetta out of my busy life, yes. It's no triumph but it's no bust, either.


    Any additional comments?

    Obsidian is my favourite story of the NSO, but FURY is my favourite reading of this series.

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    Pamela L Sanders 10-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome"
    What made the experience of listening to Obsidian the most enjoyable?

    This is a most exciting, sexy listen!


    What does Vanessa Chambers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Vanessa's ability to portray the voices so realistically made this listen come fully to life. I could 'see and feel' everything she described.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I absolutely wanted to listen all in one sitting and I did just that.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lila shafer 08-17-14
    lila shafer 08-17-14

    bed bound, love to lesson to books it is easer to do - I live in KENT, WA

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    "i love it"
    What made the experience of listening to Obsidian the most enjoyable?

    if it is as good as the others are than I now I will love it.


    What other book might you compare Obsidian to and why?

    tiger I love the way your story line is great


    What about Vanessa Chambers’s performance did you like?

    it is great


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MiiSarah Missouri 02-25-14
    MiiSarah Missouri 02-25-14 Member Since 2013

    MiiSarah

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    "Another great addition to the series"
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    The narrator is the reason that I have purchased every audio book in this series. The story is good but the narrator Vanessa Chambers makes this book a thousand times better!!! A narrator can totally kill a book and this is an example where the narrator just makes this book AMAZING!!! Great Job

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "New species 1-9"

    I love this Author ( Laurann Dohner The narrator Vanessa Chambers is very good and brought the characters alive. I love this set and I agree their best read in order. The only book I did not read was wrath but to be fair it was the synopsis that put me off so I did not download this book, I loved Justice ,Tiger and Shadow the most. I like that the women are
    as equally feisty & know what they want in and out of the bed great escapism.

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