5 x 5 – JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT & the Five Books That Inspired Her

December 10, 2012 Five by Five, General, Giveaways, Guest Post 46






I first discovered Jennifer’s LUX SERIES around the time I started this blog.  Some of my favorite fellow bloggers waxed poetic about the chemistry Jennifer created between Katy and Daemon, the series’ main protagonists.  These books got such blogger love that it made me stand up and take notice.  At the time, I didn’t read a lot of YA and I filed the books away as something to pick up one day.  After reading a lot of review books and needing a break, I downloaded OBSIDIAN to my Kindle on a whim and then promptly got obsessed with it.  I read the book in a day and a half and immediately read the next one, OYNX.  Once I devoured that one I read SHADOWS, the series prequel.  I read the Lux series wishing it had been around when I was a teen.  Daemon is the perfect alpha hero you love to hate – the exchanges between him and Katy are priceless.  She’s smart and can hold her own when it comes to the back and forth that fuels their relationship.  I loved that Armentrout created this young, smart heroine who is willing to wait for love before giving into lust; I love that she created an alpha hero you love to hate and hate to love – Daemon cracks me up at just what an ass he can be.  Armentrout has become one of my favorite writers because of this series.  Her writing is fun, smart, and, as an adult reading her YA work, she reminds me constantly of what it was like to be a teen…in a good way.  






1. Ritchie Cusick’s The Lifeguard

(and just about every other book of hers)

Ritchie Cusick is the reason why I wanted to be a writer. I loved reading her books as a teen — The Lifeguard, Trick or Treat, The Locker, Overdue, Silent Stalker — I could go on and on. Her books always had such wonderful plot twists and full of romance. The Lifeguard was the first one that I read and I remembered being so surprised by who the bad guy was.



2. The Secret Circle by LJ Smith

The old school Secret Circle; the original first three books. It was the first series that really engrossed me to the point that I had to read the next. My parents had gotten me the first two books for Christmas and I read it while they all watched Christmas movies. I was so in love that I had to get the third book the next day. It was the first book series that captured me.



3. JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood

It’s really simple. These are the only books that really made me laugh out loud. I think it’s so rare to find books like that.



4. Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler

Her writing–her beautiful, lyrical writing–makes me want to be a better writer. I’ll never have her style or way with words, but reading her work makes me want to be a better writer.


5. Historical Romance

Okay. This really has nothing to do with writing but I grew up reading them along with the YA of my time and they taught me to have really high expectations of sex. And that pirates were sexy. So were knights and Scottish men in kilts. And that petticoats seemed like a fun thing to wear. And unless you were in the noble class, your life sucked.




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About the Author

USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russel Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.


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46 Responses to “5 x 5 – JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT & the Five Books That Inspired Her”

  1. trader

    I never thought I would get into a YA, aliens, etc series, but I love, love love the Lux series and I am begging my reading buddies to read it too.

  2. Annie Slasher

    BDB – OK I have read this. Loved it. However, I borrowed this entire series. I loved it so much I want it to snuggle! LOL I love these posts Lee and thanks Jennifer for the giveaway!!

  3. Anna

    Dark Lover! I have heard so many great things about this series, but still, I haven’t read them.

  4. Filia Oktarina

    I will choose one from LUX Series. I think to have Opal. Thanks for giveaway 🙂

  5. fishgirl182

    i love the lux series. nice! i am so happy to see dark lover on here. i was totally just re-reading that last night.

    i would pick opal by jennifer because i haven’t read that one yet and the lifeguard, because i have never read any of her books.

    thanks for the giveaway, lee!

  6. Christen

    Can I choose a historical romance?

    …I wonder if Jen was disappointed by the real thing after all the build up of historical romances, LOL! 🙂

  7. Giulia A.

    I think I’d choose a historical romance. I like them so much!
    My first choice is not Dark Lover just cause I already have it (and the whole BDB series) 😛 I love J.R.!
    I’d really like to start reading the Lux series, so *finger crossed* 😀

  8. Sophia Rose

    I’ve already read most of JR Ward’s books so I’d have to go with #5 Historical Romance- love my men in kilts too.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  9. Sam

    Obsidian! I really want to read this series, but just haven’t gotten to it yet. So, if I win then I will be sure to read it right away!

  10. Isa

    Is it possible to choose any book from Black Dagger Brotherhood series? I’d love to read Lover at Last. Thank you for the giveaway. 🙂

  11. Erika

    Playing Hurt! I’d love to see what inspires Jennifer to be a better writer because she is great! Love all of her series! Thanks!

  12. Dovile

    I’d choose either Dark Lover or, if possible, volume 2 of Secret Circle (as I already have volume 1).

  13. miki

    i would pick one the black dagger hod series ( not sure which one though)

  14. Jenn

    The Secret Circle sounds really intriguing and I have heard many good things about it.

  15. jc

    It’s the Black Dagger Brotherhood for me., and I’ve been wanting to read Obsidian for so long.

    Thanks for the giveaway and Merry Christmas to everybody!

  16. Brooke Banks

    I’d pick The Secret Circle, it sounds like my kind of book.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  17. Jolene A

    Great books and Playing Hurt sounds like something I would love! Thanks for the great giveaway and chance to win, love love love Jennifer Armentrout!

  18. Rabiah

    I’ve always wanted to read Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler, so I’ll probably give that a go 🙂 Thanks for the amazing giveaway!