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.
Go ahead. Check out the cover again. I’ll wait. Yep. That’s Seth. Looks cocky, right? But hawt. He’s has been a personal favorite of mine since he made his appearance in the first book of the Covenant series, Half Blood. I was so happy when Jennifer announced that she was giving him his own series.
To write this review I went back to read my thoughts on the Covenant series, because Seth was a formidable character that was never far from my attention. He did some really bad things, but he was also under someone else’s control. I could say more I don’t want to give too much away, if you haven’t read the series.
These were my thoughts on him after reading Deity (#3):
“Seth. Like Alex, I want to believe in him and trust him, because he is her other half. I can’t deny that he is seriously hot and dangerous. There is something off about him, and I can only hope that he will not hurt Alex more than he already has. He is the character that surprises me the most, so I can’t ignore him and his undeniable appeal.”
This book is told from two points of view, Seth and Josie. Being in Seth’s head wasn’t necessarily eye opening, because he has always been a darker character. I love that JLA takes the New Adult route, because nothing has ever been sugar coated with regards to him.
Now Josie didn’t ring all that original. She reminded me too much of Alex, the original heroine in the Covenant series, but they are distance relatives. Like the summary mentions, a year has passed since the epic ending of Sentinel. We meet Josie right before she founds out what is really going on with her mother and absentee father. Seth’s job is to protect her and get her to the closest Covenant school in South Dakota.
It is there that we get to spend some time with Deacon, Aiden’s younger brother and my all-time favorite secondary character from JLA. He always makes me smile. When things starts to go crazy, his response is to watch Supernatural episodes. LOL
I go back and forth on whether someone could read this book independently from the Covenant series. Seth thinks about Alex a lot and there are quite a few “inside jokes” that won’t make much sense. 80% into the book, Deacon of course does a wonderful job of summing up everything that went down, to Josie, so if things are still unclear before that point, there’s that.
Faces of Seth. He could go from sullen and serious, to teasing and downright annoying, to mischievous and playful, to seductive and dangerously deceptive in a matter of minutes. I’d never know anyone in my life like him, and I doubted many people, mortal or not-so-mortal, could claim to know how his head worked.
“The one grinning like he’s crazy is Deacon, and the other one is Luke.”
“We’re friends of his– of Seth’s,” Deacon threw in, and Seth did not look like they were friends.
“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 the 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.”
It took everything in me to move my hands up and off her, and she stayed still, her breath coming in quick, short pants. I forced my hands to the mattress on either side of her as I stood and leaned over her.
“You want to know something?” I asked, my lips so close to her cheek I could almost taste her skin. “Sucked today or not, nothing in the sky is shining brighter than you.”
And then I pushed up off the bed, and I left with her calling out my name like a church bell leading a sinner to the promise–to the illusion–of salvation.
I am so glad that Jen didn’t leave us with a cliffhanger ending this time, but if you haven’t read the Covenant series, I can promise you that you will want to by the end of The Return. In fact, check out the review post I did of the whole series here. At the end of 2013, the series and characters were all over my favorites lists too.
I give this book 5 “rock hard abs” stars, and put with all of the other JLA books that I love and created a special shelf for “books that own me” and “top shelf fantastic reads” on Goodreads.