Review: Obsidian (New Species, Book 8) by Laurann Dohner

Review: Obsidian (New Species, Book 8) by Laurann DohnerSeries: New Species #8
on August 28th, 2012
Pages: 200 pages
The books can be read as stand-alone stories, but it is advisable to read them in order to get the most enjoyment from the 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 her and no one will stand in his way of taking a new mate as well
two-half-stars

After enjoying the last 3 books in this series, I was sorely disappointed in this story. I didn’t enjoy this book at all. I don’t recall a single bright spot. I was truly disturbed by the “End justifies the means” attitude of the Doctor Allison, as she kidnapped 880, a new species male who was in and out of a coma.
Allison was motivated by her own physical attraction as well as her own past hurt due to loss of a mate, and she violated her Hippocratic oath as well as United States Laws when she took him against New Species directive. It tainted their relationship and I am unsure of whether their “love” is true or born out of his attachment/familiarity with her scent and touch while he was drugged up and sick. She could have been redeemed if she spent time in prison and lost her license or something. The author didn’t make their relationship okay in lieu of the atrocious ethical violations committed here. Like I said, I was very disappointed in this installment.

I am looking forward to a New Species finding love with a New Species, which I understand will occur in the next book.

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