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Obsidian (New Species) MP3 CD – Unabridged, June 28, 2016
Book 8 in the New Species series.
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.
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I'm a full time wife, mother, and author. I've been lucky enough to have spent over two decades with the love of my life and look forward to many, many more years with Mr. Laurann. I'm addicted to iced coffee, the occasional candy bar (or two), and trying to get at least five hours of sleep at night.
I love to write all kinds of stories. I think the best part about writing is the fact that real life is always uncertain, always tossing things at us that we have no control over, but when your write you can make sure there's always a happy ending. I love that about being an author. My favorite part is when I sit down at my computer desk, put on my headphones to listen to loud music to block out everything around me, so I can create worlds in front of me.
- Publisher : Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (June 28, 2016)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1522675558
- ISBN-13 : 978-1522675556
- Item Weight : 3.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 0.63 x 5.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,908,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I am totally cheating in writing this review. I started reading the first book in the series, Fury, as a free download on Amazon and, though it looked intriguing, it sat for a while since I always have a huge list of books to read. I'm not sure what made me read it... I think I saw a rave review from one of my friends on Goodreads. Anyway, I started it, and I could not put it down. I found myself reading it everywhere... at stoplights, the dinner table, even in the bathroom! (I know... TMI.) Luckily, I have the Kindle app for my phone... Hee hee!
To prove how awesome I think this series is, I come to the cheating part... I'm writing this review AFTER I've finished all 8 available books in the series. I was fortunate enough to get a very generous Amazon gift card from my hubby for my birthday in September. Good thing, cuz I spent it all on the 'New Species' books. One right after the other... just... bang! bang! bang! The 9th one comes out on October 30th. Good thing the hubby gave me another gift card for Sweetest Day. Hee hee!! Does he love me, or what?
I've even joined the Laurann Dohner group on Goodreads and am contemplating emailing her with some ideas I have for future books. (I hope she doesn't mind.) :o)
The premise of the series, is that a major medical group, Mercile, was experimenting on human babies by injecting them with animal DNA. Their purpose was to develop drugs that would make humans stronger and heal faster. Of course, greed got in the way, and they started to experiment with the 'subjects' for military purposes and other money-making reasons. After all the torture these poor people suffered, proof of these experiments was finally smuggled out and exposed to the public. The public was horrified, especially after finding out that the government had funded a lot of their research, and the facilities were raided, setting the test subjects free. After their release, the government gave them a newly-built military base to live on so they would be sheltered from humans, who they now hate, associating them with pain and captivity.
Calling themselves, New Species, the released victims nominate a leader and began to build lives for themselves. There's a lot of material for story plots; hate groups, prejudice, physical differences, rebellion, betrayal, plus, there is an extensive list of characters, each with their own, unique persona and charm. Some are wilder, as their animal DNA is more prominent, and some are naturally easier-going with more human qualities. The majority are males, but there are a small percentage of females. So far, all of the books center around New Species males pairing with human females, but I'm hopeful for the opposite, as well as a New Species pair. :o)
I admit, I was a little daunted at first. I mean, falling in love with a guy mixed with dog DNA? I don't care how hot the guy is, that is just... Ewwwwww!!! But the stories are just so damn original and good, that it drew me right in. In my mind, I replaced 'dog' with 'wolf' and suddenly, 'canine DNA' didn't seem so gross. LOL!! Why is that? Werewolves are smokin', right?
Now, all the heroes aren't mixed with canine DNA. Some are mixed with feline DNA, such as lions, panthers, leopards, tigers... you get the idea. These guys are seriously fine. If you like your books to have dominant male leads, these are definitely for you. There's even a small populace mixed with primate DNA.
Obviously, if you've made it this far in my review, you've realized that I whole-heartedly recommend these books. I really don't think you'd be disappointed. They're original and engulfing, and the characters are intriguing and very likable. The best part? The sexy times are bone-meltingly hot... just sayin'.
Best wishes for happy reading!
So I loved Alli and Obsidian as a couple. Alli was a very strong-willed character and she felt attached enough to Obsidian to risk everything for him to live. I think she is the perfect mixture of courage and meekness, knowing when one or the other is appropriate. I've read many novels that go downhill because of how annoying the heroine is and I thoroughly enjoyed her character. I also loved Obsidian because this is the first time that we really got to see a New Species who both experiences freedom and finds a mate at the same time. Obsidian is a bit more feral than the others because he did not even know other New Species existed and he deals with trying to accept these feelings for Alli and trying to navigate this new world he has awakened to. He is of course very aggressive and domineering over Alli but she takes it all in stride, listening sometimes and others putting her foot down which made me respect her. Of course the loves scenes are great, that's one thing Ms. Dohner always does very well, but I acutally felt that there was a lot of substance to their relationship, they actually talked and didn't have a lot of stupid misunderstandings that could have been avoided if someone would've just said something, I hate that. Of course with his possessiveness comes his confrontational personality with any male who looks at Alli and causes some big problems for them as both of their positions in Homeland are tenuous, Obsidian because he is still adjusting and Alli because she committed a crime. Don't want to give too much away on that end but I will say that this was a lot of the conflict in the book which thankfully didn't have any brutal near-rape scenes like some of the previous books.
The book had a lot of recurring characters and some new ones, my favorite was Moon who had a big part in this novel and I really liked his character from Slade (Book 2)so I hope he will be getting his own novel as well. Breeze was another recurring character who I enjoyed. The only thing that bothered me a bit was Justice and Tiger's characters, normally I love them but I was actually a little annoyed with them and how they wanted to punish Alli for kidnapping Obsidian, yeah she shouldn't have done it but they also should've listened to the advice of the doctor. I don't know, I just thought they seemed a bit more hardened in these books and you'd think since they had mates they'd be more lenient because they could see what was happening between Alli and Obsidian. They just seemed to me a little harsh. Still love them though. Overall this was a really good book and very worth the wait, I'm only sad I finished it so fast! I would definitely recommend this book!
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Obsidian is the 8th book in the New Species series and centers around New Species 880 who becomes Obsidian, we met him in book 7 where he was rescued from a lab where he was being held with his mate who was killed he went crazy and attacked the cage to get to the guards and has been unconscious since. Dr. Allison Baker is incharge of his care and during this time has become obessesed with him and his recovery. She longs to see him get better but is afraid that if he stays unconscious for much longer then he will die.Ali thinks that he's not waking up because he does not have the will to live after watching his mate be killed. She comes up with an idea to get him addicted to another female scent when she goes to Tiger with the idea he says no, in case he wakes up feral and kills the female or another species. But Ali believes she is right so she kidnaps him .
Alli and Obsidian was a sweet couple. Ali lets Obsidian go all caveman on her as she understands he has just woken from his coma to find he is free and remembers his mate dying and all the bad things that happend at the lab. Obsidian didn't know other New Species existed as he and his mate were kept separate he is very aggressive and domineering over Ali which causes problems for them both and their positions on Homeland, this causes Ali to leave for a few months to make Obsidian calm down and learn to live with the other New Species.
I did enjoy this and will 100% be downloading the next book, I just think the series needs a new angle to keep it going for years to come.
POSSIBLE TEENY TINY SPOILERS-up to just over halfway/three quarter-ish into the book we see how obsidian came out of his coma, couldn't manage to fit in, the problems with the two being lovers and about the predicament doctor allison has been put in through her actions.this was all great stuff and quite emotive in places. the couple are then split up and then WHAM the reunion/ending.there were very few details as to what went on in their three month separation,but no where near enough.there was a total lack of resolution between the problems the couple faced and their happily-ever-after, which left me feeling as though the book was missing chapters!
i was so disappointed.this could have been a really great installment,possibly one of the best, if the author hadn't missed so much out.i like to see how the characters i have spent time reading about overcome their struggles,not just merely to be told in a few short sentences that everything has been worked out and they can now have their HEA.
the only reason i gave this book got a 3 star rating instead of lower is because of how great it was to start with.i liked the characters and learning more about the internal workings the new species had going on. it was moving in places,had hot sex and characters you just had to route for.its such a shame it got spoiled!i think fans of this series will still have to give it a go though,like i did.
i still intend to read the next book, but the recent disappointments in some of these books will perhaps have me waiting until i can get a cheaper copy, rather than darting out and paying top price as soon as i can get my hands on a copy.
1. Fury (2011)
2. Slade (2011)
3. Valiant (2011)
4. Justice (2011)
5. Brawn (2011)
6. Wrath (2012)
7. Tiger (2012)
8. Obsidian (2012)
9. Shadow (2012)
10. Moon (2013)
Allison steal Obsidian in the hopes of waking him from his coma and this stage of them in hiding does not last long as they are found quickly and the NSO is not happy with Allison and treat her unfairly as well as Obsidian, i believe this book covers a more darker side of the new species and how they are having to adjust, especially how they have that nasty shrink around who cause Allison and Obsidian's seperation, we see that there freedom does come with a price of being soemthing they are not forcing them to protend to be human. As such my only issue with this book is the ending, Allison and Obsidian are forced into a separation and in essence what happen with Obsidian and his mate happens all over again with Allison, if he was good his mate is returned to him if he is bad then she is taken away and yet this idea that the NSO leaders are doing the same things as their captures used to do is not looked into, this issue is not look at and that nasty shrink is still there. I feel all these unanswered questions and issue leave the ending a bit flat and a lot of hopes off realisation are pined on the next book.
This is a good story but it took its time to warm on me but I really enjoyed some of it, including Obsidian, the name chosen by 880 learning to deal with a very different life from before while coping with his previous mates death.
The story focuses on Dr Allison and Obsidian, a new species male who lost his mate in the previous book and fell into a com. Dr Allison is determined to wake him and feels the best way might be to get him used to the scent of another female. However her plans are shot down by JUstice and the other new species in favor of her safety, so she takes matters into her own hands.
Sadly the excitement in this story is short lived and the remaining 200 or so pages are fairly straight forward and void of any real action. SO far, for me at least, this is the weakest book in the series and the one I'm least likely to re-read in future.
Hopefully the next will be back to the usual standard.