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.
Book 1 in the new adult paranormal TITAN series, spin-off to the best selling COVENANT series.
It’s no secret that I am a serious addict when it comes to Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books. I mean seriously, no one can compare to her. I admire and respect her from a reader’s stand point and also an author’s, because there truly is something to be said about clean, crisp writing. And Jen is the master of it.
The Return was no exception.
What did I love about this book? EVERYTHING. I know that sounds like an exaggeration, but it’s not. Every detail in this book had me enraptured. Not a single page was left without a purpose, and I was totally hooked throughout the story.
The book in question picks up a year after the end of the Covenant series. But don’t worry. You don’t have to read all of the Covenant books to understand this spin-off. Those events are explained in a pretty little package at some point in the book so that you get the gist of all that happened to make Seth the way he is. Speaking of Seth…
Wowza. In the dictionary under this word, you will see a picture of Seth, our leading man in The Return. I seriously missed Seth from the Covenant series. Since his introduction there, he’s been one of my favorite characters. Snarky, sexy, raw, and overall just ridiculous in how perfect he is, I was a Seth girl from day one. This book only increased my addiction to him. And though a moment ago I said he was flawless in a physical sense, I can’t say the same for, ahem, other things.
Seth is scarred. And broken. And well, lets admit it, a huge beautiful mess. Reading from his point of view in this brand new series really had me seeing a whole other side of him. But I love him more for his flaws, for his self-loathing and overall dislike for himself. I know that sounds demented, but hearing him berate his own self for his past actions just showed what a truly selfless person he is, and the fact that yes, he DOES have morals, much to his disagreement. Ugh, I just wanted to hug the idiot when he did put himself down. But aside from all that I love about his personality, I also loved his interactions with Josie and their easy playfulness with each other. He always brings humor to rather dark situations, and I love that about him. But that’s enough of me talking about Seth. Don’t want to ruin all of his yummy details for you, lol.
That brings me to Josie. Ah, poor Josie. The girl was just trying to finish up college and then she has to have her world obliterated by none other than Seth. Who, lets admit, is not the best at delivering harsh news. He’s not a sugar coater, that’s for freaking sure. But man…Josie was a champ. She’s the type of heroine that I love. Sassy, yet sweet. Vulnerable, but had a voice and she used it when it was important. She wasn’t ‘in your face’, nor too docile. She was the perfect mix of the two that made you feel like any girl reading the story could relate to her in some way. Josie – to me – is going to be a universally received character.
In other words, I loved her. She was fantastic. I also loved her interactions with Seth. He was (oddly) very gentle with her, which freaked a lot of people out in the book who knew him before. If you’ve read about Seth in the Covenant series, then you know this guy can be described as anything BUT gentle. I think that’s why I loved this story so much, though. The two MC’s were so perfect for each other that simply being together brought out their best qualities. Josie gave Seth a softer, more patient side, and I think Seth made Josie feel like there are things in this world worth fighting for. That it’s okay to have the confidence to take a stand.
He made her brave.
She made him human.
AH! I’m getting the feels just talking about these two. But anyways… This book was perfection and the most brilliant start to this (sure to be freaking AMAZING) series. The writing was flawless, the pace flowed beautifully, and the story was intricate enough to keep your attention, but not overdone to where you felt confused or bored. If you pick this book up, I can guarantee you will not be disappointed. It has a little something for everyone.
The Return (Titan #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout = 5 unbelievable stars