Tuesday, September 13, 2016

REVIEW: "Unthinkable" by Nina Croft (Sci-Fi Romance, Romantic Suspense)

by Nina Croft

Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance, Romantic Suspense
Publication Date:September 5th 2016

Series: Beyond Human, #1
Standalone: No, cliffhanger ending
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Description from Publisher:
Jake Callahan, leader of the Tribe, has always believed he’s one of the good guys. Now, hunted by the government he used to work for, he’s taking a crash course in being bad. What he desperately needs is a bargaining tool, and that’s unfortunate for Christa Winters, daughter of Jake’s former boss.

Christa is a scientist, a total geek, and a good girl with a secret hankering for bad boys. Which turns out to be embarrassingly inconvenient when she’s kidnapped by a stunningly gorgeous—but obviously bad-to-the-bone—man intent on using her against the father she loves. A man with a seemingly uncanny ability to know exactly when she’s thinking about kissing him—which is most of the time.

But people are dying, and it becomes clear that the stakes are much higher than Jake ever imagined. Someone is out to obliterate the Tribe and everyone associated with it, including Christa. Only by working together to uncover the secrets behind the past, can they ever hope to have a future.

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This was awesome!! The mysteries and everything about the Tribe were intriguing, and the way everything was presented and entwined was just an absolute pleasure to read. I am really excited for more of the series!!

In just the first few pages, you get sucked into this world of intrigue and suspense, and it just gets more immersive from there. There really is no one that you don't like at least a little, which I also thought made this story that much more interesting. Jake is part of a group of telepaths that has broken out of a government facility and winds up needing to kidnap the colonel's daughter, Christa. Christa is a seemingly innocent bystander to her father's questionable organization, who winds up getting some incredible surprises.

I thought that Christa was very relatable in her quirkiness and it was fun being in her head. There is a lot of humor in her pages, especially knowing that Jake can hear what she is thinking most of the time. And Jake is the perfect hero: confident, sexy, intelligent, and just an all-around good guy (despite some of the things he's done). We get inside the minds of a few different characters in this, though the focus is on the Jake and Christa. All of the relationships feel very genuine and natural and I feel like they are well-developed. We don't necessarily get to know the other members of the Tribe that well (yet), but there is a solid foundation set here, and you get a definite sense of camaraderie. The entire groups dynamic is a lot of fun and felt very appropriate for their ages (17-28), especially with Jake, the eldest, as their "boss."

Sometimes in a science fiction romance, the romance itself fades to the background and is missing a bit of that something special. Definitely not the case here! The attraction between Jake and Christa sizzles from the minute they see each other, and the tension between them is HOT. They also have several sweet moments that make sure the romance doesn't get lost in their physical chemistry. The romance and chemistry is, very appropriately, ramped up by what Jake keeps hearing and seeing in Christa's mind, which I absolutely loved!

The last thing I'll note here is the dialogue. I've recently read some books that had weak dialogue, so the fact that Nina Croft is obviously skilled in that department stood out that much more. It flows naturally, even when educating us on the history of the Tribe, or Christa's scientific findings.

As I'm sure you've guessed, this ends on a cliffhanger. It's the first book of the series and I hope that there are at least a couple more to follow!

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher for an honest, unbiased review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is my 100% own.

About Nina Croft
Growing up in the cold, wet, north of England, Nina Croft spent a lot of time dreaming of faraway sunnier places and ponies. When she discovered both, along with a whole load of other things, could be found between the covers of a book, her life changed forever.

Later, she headed south, picked up the perfect husband along the way, and together they volunteered to work in Africa. There they discovered a love of exotic places and a dislike of 9-5 work. Afterward they spent a number of years travelling (whenever possible) intermingled with working (whenever necessary.) Eventually they stumbled upon a remote area in the mountains of southern Spain and the small almond farm they now call home.

Nina spends her days reading, writing and riding her mare, Gencianna, under the blue Spanish skies—sunshine and ponies. She reckons this is proof that dreams really can come true if you want them enough.

Nina's writing mixes romance with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.
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