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First Five: The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

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First, I’m going to share some thoughts on this author. I have loved Jennifer Armentrout for a long, long time. I have some of her first, published editions on my shelf. Her characters are always memorable. She has a way of bringing them to life that just draws the reader ass deep. Jennifer also does a great job at shedding light on the physical aspects of a relationship. Basically, what I’m saying is that while this author isn’t newly discovered, she is forever loved. The Return is the first in a series.

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.

Sentence #1: The mansion was as silent as I wished the inside of my head could be.

Sentence #2: No noise–not even a ragged inhale of breath or a whispered word.

Sentence #3: Truly blissful.

Sentence #4: The scenery was a whole different story.

Sentence #5: From my vantage point at the top of the grand staircase, the opulent, open-floor design of the first level looked like a truck had backed up to the bronze double doors and dumped a load of SpaghettiOs all over the floor.

Thoughts: Pros: I LOVE that at this point you don’t know who is speaking. Male? Female? Is this truly the beginning or a bystander POV? Jennifer manages to pack so much into so few words and that makes everything, including two word sentences, impactful. The fifth sentence really pulls you in. The colors. Comparisons. Spacial awareness. It all fits perfectly and it makes it impossible for the reader NOT to go on.

Thoughts: Cons: While I love being unaware of who is speaking, I also hate it. You should know upfront, that these books are multiple POVs. Usually. I DESPISE this, but Jennifer really makes it work for this story. Without the multiple POVs, The Return wouldn’t work nearly as well. Now, I’m going to share this little snippet from Chapter two, because it really starts things off.

Chapter two snippets: His gaze flew back to mine and for a long moment he didn’t speak. A sense of hyperawareness rushed over my skin, forming tiny little bumps. Tension poured into the air like kegs of it had been tapped open above us. My pulse picked up as I drew in a shallow breath. A muscle spasmed along his jaw and his lips parted as he said, “What in the fuck are you?” 

This is so good. Now. Word of warning! This is not a .99 cent read. This series is in the 3.99 range, but it is so worthwhile. In fact, anything by Jennifer L. Armentrout is. So, get your “Pollyanna” on!  Also, books 2 and 3 are available.

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