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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?

©2013 Jennifer L. Armentrout (P)2015 Audible Inc.

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Holy Alien Hotness

After reading the YA series Lux, I had no idea the author was writing a more adult spin-off book set in the same timeline/world as Lux. I never cared for the Arum in that series but I did enjoy Hunter. And Holy Alien Hotness Ms. Armentrout gave him his own book. He was so cocky, ruthless and deadly but he had a soft side and it was smoking hot.
If you liked the Lux series, chances are you will like this one too. However, it’s a stand alone listen so you don’t have to read the Lux books to understand Obsession. My only complaint was with the narration, it should have been read by a male for the dual POV. I had a hard time distinguishing who was speaking at times (the narrator did a poor job with it). Otherwise, the story and writing were outstanding!

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OH MY..... MY, MY, MY YUM!

Who could have thought aliens could be this intense! Jennifer Armentrout has my vote with this book!

The basic of the book is Earth has more than just human inhabitants, the government knows this but the people don't! Serena (lead female) discovers the existence of these other races when she happens to watch her best friend murdered in an unnatural way. When she runs to the cops to report this, like any normal human would, she finds herself placed in the safety of one of these aliens. In comes in Hunter (lead hero), of the Arum race. The best words I have to describe him is cold, scary & sexy .

As the two are forced to stick by each other, a bond is formed. This is despite the fact that Hunter almost lost control of himself and 'ate' Serena not once but TWICE! There is a lot of story telling in this book, both Serena & Hunter piece together what is happening in the world as Hunter does what he does best and protects Serena and on the other hand Serena does what she can as a human and wiggles her way into Hunter's soul. She becomes his light when all he has ever known is darkness.

The book has very interesting characters... I will give away this wee bit of info: Hunter has brothers! who, well, I look forward to seeing how much trouble they can cause....

I like Alexandra's narration but I think they book would have been a lot more entertaining with a dual narration.

Overall I think this is book worth a credit, even better if there is a sale!

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Narration jeopardised the experience

I like Jennifer Armentrout so I had a very high expectation going into this story. Unfortunately as it turned out, I found the plot a bit flat, and the level of character development not as in-depth and sensitive as in some of her other works. It was still entertaining and I suspect that I would have enjoyed it a bit more just for the light hearted entertainment it provides if it wasn't for the narration.

The narration... ugh, where do I even start! The story is told from both the male's and the female's POVs but the voices are hardly distinguishable. So many time when it switched POV it took me a few seconds to figure out that was what just happened. Very confusing at times. But that's hardly the worst of it. The narrator's voice sounds quite harsh to listen to and the pauses between sentences were just way too long. It was like the narrator had to pause to get ready for the next sentence. Also the voice was so void of emotions, it just sounded really wooden at times. After some really great listening experiences recently with JLA's other books narrated by Justine Eyre and Sophie Eastlake, this was a real let down.

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Bad narration

What can I say? The story is great, but I was forced to find the print version because the narrator absolutely wrecked this book. She left huge pauses between sentences, sometimes even in the MIDDLE of sentences. Example: “Blah blah blah” FOUR SECOND PAUSE (yes I actually checked) “he said”. Seriously? Who could tolerate that? Even speeding up to 1.5x speed the narration jerks around in weird stops and starts. And it’s not just here and there. It is a consistent verbal gaffe that the narrator makes for nearly every sentence. It’s awful.

Add that to the poor separation between characters, unfortunate male voice and the fact that she reads both the male and female POV and the audiobook is just ruined. It is unlistenable.

However, as I mentioned earlier, it is a good story. It will appeal to “grown up” fans of Twilight, as it has that feel of the antihero who wants her but constantly has to fight his nature around her. It is, however, very steamy and not at all YA. I recommend you find the print version and skip the audio.

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4.5 Stars!

This could possibly be one of my favorite Jennifer L. Armentrout novels to date. I enjoyed every moment especially the characters that continued on from the Luxen series. I hope that she makes this a series as well, instead of a stand alone.

Hot, steamy, paranormal/alien love story, but she keeps the story line in tact with depth that you generally don't find in the type of book.

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Good

I thought the narrator did a very good job. The story was good...different ... Is there a part 2,,, I will keep this one and try more by this author

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Loved it!!!

I loved it. I can't get enough of Hunter and Daemon from the Lux Series! I have liked every book I've read by Jennifer Armentrout! I can't wait to get started on the next one.

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A beautifully written adult romance

After reading the lux series, multiple times, I would think to myself how if it indeed addressed more adult themed situations and dialogue, with just a little bit more intense romance it would be perfect. Well, this book is excellent. It has a wonderfully exciting beginning; the pacing is an action-packed, tear-jerking, swoon-inducing romantic ending that makes me want to reread opposition to buy a little more time with Hunter and Serena Cross.

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HORRIBLE NARRATION- beware !

I loved the book , since I’m a lux series fan , and I love ALL the books by Jennifer Armentrout.

HOWEVER: the narrator totally messed up the audible experience.
She doesn’t distinguish the different POV , you don’t know when Hunter is talking or when Serena is talking. It was just Awful.
Loved getting to Know the Arem and getting to know hunter since I’ve read about him in the lux and origin series , but the Narration sucked .

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Wow!

It's really nice to see the Lux/Arum conflict from the other side of the fence! I loved Hunter. And Lore. Serena was pretty awesome too, except when she basically wanted to commit suicide going back to the PO Box for evidence. It's not like they can arrest the Luxen!! Jail wouldn't hold them. What bloody point was there in proving their guilt?

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  • Mrs. C. A. O'neill
  • 07-02-21

Narration problems

Narrator was very poor when it came to males. Barely distinguishable from female. Very tricky especially at the beginning.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-16-21

irritating language

The beginning was interesting but once the male character was introduced it devolved into nothing but bad language which spoiled any enjoyment. I have interest in finishing the story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-21

Not good unfortunately

Sorry to say.. love JLA
First good of hers I really didn’t like. Finished it for the sake of it only.

Narrator can’t do male and female voices. Very distracting and can her her breathing or swallowing between character changes.

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  • sheri
  • 09-11-21

Narrator completely ruined the book

I couldn't tell male from female or which character was speaking, think story would have been decent but by far the wrong narrator,. I've listened to most of JL.Armentrouts' books, this is the first time ive been disappointed.

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  • Clairey
  • 05-30-22

My new favourite author

There are not many authors that you want to read their entire works. That you you have an obsession (pun intended!) with. I now have two. I love the way Jennifer writes and draws you into the story. I love that her worlds are so unique and relatable. I mean come on I should not be routing for these people. But I had an entire fan fare going on.

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  • Élojolie274
  • 04-16-22

nice story but poor performance

it would be better if there were 2 narrators instead of 1, or if the chapters/sections had a title (ex: Hunter or Serena) because it's pretty hard to follow the different POV with only 1 female narrator.
the story is great but hard to follow because of the 1 narrator thing
the sex scenes are pretty spicy and I wanted more 😉 loved this world and will download the lux series ASAP

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  • Lucy mason
  • 03-09-22

Narrators doesn’t change between male and female

The narrator doesn’t go between voices and I find it very hard to figure out who’s speaking :/ this narrator isn’t very good going between chapters I love her books but This narrator should only read single POV books

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  • Kirsty Stewart (Diamond)
  • 02-28-22

Would benefit from dual narration.

I couldn't fully get into the story. It's dual pov, but only has female narration. I think the main male character is meant to be a big badass growly alien, but the narrator just whispers his parts. I struggled to finish, at one point I increased speed to 2.3 just to get through it.

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  • Leaf Books
  • 02-14-22

Loved it!

I was dubious after reading the reviews but decided to give it a go. I nearly gave up after the first two chapters … I am so glad I didn’t.

The characters grow with such depth that you tell you are growing with them. The story is both slow and pacy, languid but exciting too. The narration is very good once you get into the flow.

I loved the characterisations, language and use of different styles of storytelling. I am going to find more by the sand author now and I’d love to know if this will have a sequel.

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  • Sarah
  • 02-13-22

Pass over

Not the best story. I finished the book and felt nothing. Narration not great which probably let the book down

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  • Taylor
  • 11-05-21

JLA needs to choose better narrators as they really can make or break it!

There were many rolling of the eyes moments with regards to Serenas decision making … surely no one can be that stupid!?!
In the second half of the book the narrators habit of pausing, swallowing and then slowly continuing on became very distracting. The voice was also so similarly for both male and female characters that often I’d be lost as to who was actually speaking.

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  • leah_zero
  • 05-28-22

Unsure about this one

I am a huge JLA fan but didn’t really enjoy this one. I was keen for the original story line but struggled to finish listening through to the end.
Found the narrator a challenge .. it took me a few chapters to work out which character was speaking at times as some were spoken very similarly. I usually enjoy a bit of steam in my stories but found myself tuning out during some of these .. not sure if this was due to the written word or narration.

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  • Nola
  • 05-22-22

Great story. Great characters.

Great story. Great characters.
The only flaw being that I sometimes found it hard to distinguish the characters as the narrator switched between them. I didn’t know which character was speaking and at the start I actually thought Hunter was female. Would have benefited with two narrators.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-20-22

5 star

This is the first Jennifer Armentrout book I have read and I absolutley love it. I'm going to read the Lux novels and hope to see Hunter and Selena in them. Had to listen at 1.15x speed as narrator is very slow reader and there were lots of long pauses.

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