Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: August 14, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Being connected to Daemon Black sucks… Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems. Something worse than the Arum has come to town… The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we're linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible. Against all common sense, I'm falling for Daemon. Hard. But then everything changes… I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me? No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies… - Goodreads.com
Onyx started out pretty much where the first one left off, right after Daemon saved the day and caused Katy to be strangely connected to him. This creates quite a few opportunities for misunderstanding, and also some opportunities for some pretty hot scenes.
There were times that I felt that this one wasn't as good as the original, although I can't quite put my finger on why. I still loved all of the characters, of course. Katy is still brave, Daemon still hot, etc... Part of it might have been that Katy got on my nerves a little bit. Her steadfast refusal to see that Daemon's feelings for her were real irritated me a lot. She thinks it's just their new connection caused by the confrontation at the end of book one, but he is adamanet that this isn't true. After a while, you just start screaming at the book, "listen to him!" But she doesn't. I thought that was drawn out a little too much. Add to that the fact that she starts kind of seeing another guy, Blake, and isn't totally honest with Daemon about some things, and I just found myself getting pretty frustrated with her.
Another thing I missed was Dee. The Daemon, Katy and Dee dynamic was one of my favorite things about book one, and because Dee wasn't around quite as much in this book, I really missed her.
All that said though, I really loved some of the new elements in this book. The approaching danger, the new characters, the twist with regard to Katy herself. All of this was enough to suck me right back into the story, despite the frustrations mentioned above. And Jennifer's writing was just as amazing as it is in all her books. So I am definitely watching out for the original.
If you liked this book, read the first in the series: