I never thought the day would come where I would read an alien romance, and definitely love it. But thanks to Jennifer L. Armentrout, I fell for Daemon’s charm – like everybody else !
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.
Oh boy, this was a hell of a ride.
Let me say this first : I HATE URBAN FANTASY (even if LUX is more a sci-fi romance to me).
But here I am.
This book had a lot of Twilight vibes. Still, Katy was far from Bella, not your typical damsel in distress, but more of a total badass. I loved her for it : she was funny, smart, strong and her determination resonated with me. I fell for her constant arguing with Daemon (which either made me laugh to tears or melted my heart like ice cream on a sunny day) and the way she fought her growing desire for him, knowing the very guy she wanted the most was dangerous.
“I have a strange idea that I should test this out.”
“Test what?” My eyes dropped to his lips. I felt myself sway.
“I think you would like to know.” He moved closer, his hand sliding up my arm and resting carefully at the nape of my neck.
And what about Daemon, this sexy, sarcastic, total mysterious love interest ?
Unlike most readers, it wasn’t hate at first sight. I understood his motives after their first encounter : he needed to keep Katy far away from the only family he had left : his sister Dee. Humans are deadly to Luxens. No matter what Dee wanted, he didn’t care. He would’ve protected her, even if it meant being super duper mean to Katy – and, well, he was. But to his credit, he still helped her numerous times.
“Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.”
Which brings me to the best part of the book : the romance. It was breathtaking. There is a LOT of sexual tension between the two MC’s and I devoured every second of it. It was everything I adore : an amazing hate-to-love trope, steamy but slow and logical ! Love didn’t bloom in 20 pages. Nope. It took the whole book, and I admire Jennifer L. Armentrout for that. Her love stories are coherent, realistic, and most of all, they are sexy – which is always a big bonus for me.
The main intrigue was action packed. It was great, especially the alien part, which I thought was quite unique. I won’t tell you what they are, I don’t wanna spoil anything, but I fell for the way the author described their real appearances. It was beautiful, even a little poetic.
All in all, it was a really good read, thanks to the romance, the amazing hate-to-love trope, and Daemon (no need to add anything on that one). This book was addictive, I read it in 3 days. It’s fast paced, you won’t be able to put it down ! It was such a good start…
« You’re such an ass. Has anyone ever told you that? »
He flashed a genuinly amused smile. « Oh, Kitten, every single day of my blessed life. »
Until the second book fucked this up. Huh, huh.
I don’t understand why these kinds of series always do that. Katy from the second novel was so different, immature and I couldn’t stand her. All of her stupid mistakes cost a lot for Daemon and Dee. I just wanted to grip Katy’s shoulders and shake her to bring some sense back into her little brain. I saw a lot of reviews online saying Daemon was a control freak, but hell, he needed to be. If she listened to him – if he forced her to listen to him – none of this would’ve happened.
Yes, I hated her that much.
But don’t let this quick review of the second book stop you from reading LUX. The first one was a gem, and I’m pretty sure the third book will make up for it (or, at least, I hope so).
Have you read LUX ? Do you love urban fantasy ?