by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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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.
The Return was amazing. Absolutely, brilliantly done amazing. It was more than I ever could have asked or wished for. Not only did I get to step back into a world that felt like home, but I got to be with so many characters that I loved. But somehow, that wasn’t even the best part. Because Seth and Josie made this book. Their interactions of banter, animosity, anger, laughter and sexiness were perfection. I fell hard for them and this story. But, if you haven’t read The Covenant Series yet (Daimon #0.5/Half-Blood #1), I highly recommend it before reading this series! While Jennifer does an astounding job of pulling in previous information to keep a new reader abreast, I’d still want my friends to meet those characters and watch the events unfold firsthand. Trust me, you’ll fall in love with that series too!
“Go away,” Seth said, his voice low.
Jesse blinked slowly, his lips forming a word that never came out, and then he pivoted around, stiffly walking off. What in the holy hell?
My mouth dropped open as my heart kicked in my chest. Jesse seriously had just turned and walked away, leaving me with Crazy Hot Guy! I spun back to Seth, and he was closer now, maybe a foot away.
He winked at me.
I am so over the moon excited that Seth got his own story! I loved Aiden, don’t get me wrong, but I always wanted so much more for Seth. My heart always ached for him because even though he could be a pompous ass or a manipulative little shit at times, there was always that part of him that constantly suffered. From not having a mother that wanted him, to then being manipulated and used by a Pure and the God Ares to help take over the world (uh yeah, huge screw up on his part), he somehow always seemed to get the raw end of a deal while trying to find acceptance, family and love. But after all of the horrible things he did, I still could never hate him. He was just Seth. Sexy, cocky, beautiful, infuriating, playful Seth. And the fact that I got to read almost half of this book in his head still has me going hamana-hamana. Lol. I love him completely, flaws and all.
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?”
We also get to hear the story from Josie’s point of view. Josie is a girl that Seth has been ordered to protect by Apollo. I had an easy time warming up to her. Probably my favorite things about Josie was that she was understanding and pragmatic. She owned up to her screw ups and realized what she did was wrong. She didn’t make the same mistakes again and again, thank goodness! When she was introduced to Seth’s world, she definitely fought it. Not only because there was this whole other world that she didn’t know about but because her mindset would have to change. Heck, I’d have a hard time coming to terms that it’s ok to kill certain people/creatures. But she got it, understood it and dealt with it even though she doesn’t have to like it. Wait! Scratch what I said earlier, because my favorite thing about Joise was the way that she viewed Seth. She saw him how I always did. That Seth was someone with the potential and heart to be a true friend because he was a good person. That he was someone that deserved to be trusted and cared for. I love that she got that about him!
As I tall as I was, I had a clear view into the tub. At that point, I should’ve looked away. Maybe apologized. That’s what a decent person would have done.
But I was not a decent person.
So I looked my fill.
The Return was such a page turner. It literally pained me to put this book down so I could get more than 4 hours of sleep at night. That’s because Jennifer Armentrout has this ability to make me become completely swept away with my emotions. I become lost in the story and the peril that she weaves throughout it. The characters she creates become an intricate part of me while I’m reading and I truly feel as though I become invested in them and their story! Sigh, I always find myself getting too attached to her characters, can you tell? But I wouldn’t have it any other way.
So for anyone who loves paranormal, mythology, or is looking for a story that will make you become lost in the pages, well then this is your book! And in case you didn’t know, Jennifer L. Armentrout is on my “I-will-buy-whatever-she-writes-list”! I can always count on laughing, swooning, being over the moon happy, then scared shit-less, and of course the sexiness is so insanely hot! If you can’t tell already, this is a definite must read!
PS YES, there are characters from The Covenant that are in this book. Want to see an example? Then read the quote below!! EEKS!!
“This is Josie,” Seth continued. “Please don’t be weird and scare her.”
“Be weird?” Deacon rolled those gray eyes. “Ha. Whatever, dude. All you need to know about me is that I’m like a dolphin in a sea of less-smart fish,” he announced, spreading his arms with a flourish.
Luke turned to him slowly as his eyebrows inched up his forehead. “What?”
He shrugged. “Just saying I have a lot in common with dolphins. They’re smart. I’m smart.”
Seth rubbed his hand down his face.
There was a beat of silence, and then Luke sighed and shook his head, lips twitching. “It’s a good thing I think you’re fine as hell.”
PPS There were SO many quotes I wanted to use BUT I couldn’t because it would give too much away. Quotes that made me sigh, quotes that made me cry and quotes that made me feel so much! Not fair….I just wanted to whine about that for a minute haha.
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The Return #1
The Power #2