Review: The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout

the returnTitle: The Return

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Series: Titan #1

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Summary (from Goodreads)

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.

Review

It took me a little while to get in to this one, but once I’d got past the first few chapters, I was hooked. I think it was the use of ‘mad skillz’ and ‘Holy Hottie McHotters’ in the first couple of chapters that totally threw me out of the narrative.

The alternating first person narrative made this easy to read – both characters are engaging, snarky and their perspectives are littered with pop culture gags. They are very different perspectives as well, Seth all brooding and sharp tongued, while Josie is a little more naive and kindly. As a romantic pairing they fizzed with chemistry.

And unlike most romances, Armentrout keeps the ‘will-they-won’t-they’ thing going almost all the way to the end, which means this is erotica-lite, but with plenty of longing gazes and lusty thoughts about certain parts of the anatomy.

The story going on in the background was pretty interesting too. There was a chapter that was pretty much ‘this is what happened in the books before, and this is what you need to know to make sense of this one’ but that aside, it was separate enough from the Covenant series to stand alone and be enjoyable alone. And the stakes are really high, with Titans and Gods and their super-powered offspring running around. I must admit, I’m a sucker for anything Greek Mythology, so I was loving all that stuff.

Overall, this wasn’t quite good enough to make me want to go straight to Amazon and order Armentrout’s entire back catalogue, but it was certainly good enough to ensure I’ll be keeping my eye out for her next book, and maybe tracking down her past ones at the library.

Review: 3.5/5

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