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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Review: Obsidian by Laurann Dohner

Format: epub (bought)
Release Date: August 29, 2012
Purchase Links: Kindle l Nook l Ellora's Cave

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.

Laurann Dohner doesn't disappoint with her New Species series. She knows how to write an erotic love story that not only satisfies but keeps readers coming back for more. As someone who is still very cautious about erotic romance (if you haven't already, you can read why in an earlier post), I feel safe reading Laurann Dohner's New Species. I trust that she won't write a scene that's going to leave a bad taste in my mouth. Her books are definitely erotic, there's no mistake about that but it's not just sex, sex and more sex on top of that (no pun intended). There's a story involved, there are tormented characters, each of her New Species characters are alternately fascinating and tormented at the same time.

I am totally in love with her New Species characters, they're tortured, strong, tough yet vulnerable, blunt, and yes, they can be very funny sometimes. I have my favorites and those I REALLY want to have their own stories ASAP, I hadn't given much thought to Obsidian though (formerly 880), but when it was released I had to have it. Let me say, it was a little... Different than the rest of the series.

What has made the series so popular and so addictive is still there. The hotter than hell alpha males, the rather unique, and in my opinion brave women who fall for them and of course, the steamy, erotic and generally explosive scenes between the two characters.

So what made Obsidian a little different than the other books in her series?

It's edgier, more raw. Readers get to see a New Species BEFORE he is taught how to co-exist in a free world. Obsidian is rough, rude, crude and at times can be borderline unlikable.

Obsidian
also begins to drift in a new direction, one that may or may not sit well with loyal fans of the series. Personally, I'm curious to see where Laurann Dohner is going to take the New Species series after Obsidian.

Can we talk about Obsidian himself? He is a glimpse into what I'm sure previous favorites like Justice, Fury, Slade and Tiger used to be before they had time to become somewhat civilized and more romantic. Readers are so used to New Species males being dominant but romantic that Obsidian's brash, crude and violent tendencies can be a shock and perhaps a turn off for them. I'll admit to the shock part but Laurann Dohner was definitely careful not to cross the line into the point of no return. Obsidian has some redeeming qualities, he is a New Species after all and not untrainable. That's a hint by the way.

Allison Baker is actually the character I had a bit of a problem with. She wasn't as strong as previous heroines and I wasn't too crazy about that. She was tough enough to kidnap Obsidian and risk her job and life to save him but when it came to standing her ground when Obsidian became too overbearing she meekly backed down. Definitely a turn off.

All in all I liked Obsidian, it wasn't the best New Species book but it was still a New Species book where it counted. It had appearances by some familiar faces and it was great to see Slade and Trisha again. Nice to know that the previous characters haven't been forgotten. I'm hoping that we'll get books for Brass, Moon, Harley and Darkness really soon because they're my favorites.


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