Monday, September 12, 2016

Review: Unthinkable (Beyond Human #1) by Nina Croft

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Title: Unthinkable
Author: Nina Croft
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: September 5, 2016
Genre: Adult, Sci-Fi, Romance

*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

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.

You know how everyone is always accusing Beauty and the Beast of being a tale of Stockholm Syndrome? Well, that's pretty much how Jake and Christa's relationship gets started, when he and the other members of the Tribe kidnap her to use as a bargaining chip in order to save their friends. Of course, with Jake being a sexy alpha male, it doesn't take long for Christa to begin lusting after him.


I mean, she actually has thoughts about him naked while she's being kidnapped. Christa even mentions several times that it's all a product of Stockholm syndrome. At times I wasn't sure if she was just incredibly brave or incredibly dumb. I gest though, mostly; Christa has the ability to read people's emotions, so she sort of knew that he wasn't going to kill her. Eventually, they are able to get to know each other better without the roles of kidnapper and hostage and it gets a lot less uncomfortable

Sometimes I forgot that this was book one of a new series because there was so much allusion to events that happened to the Tribe in the recent past. I thought maybe I had entered this world in book two or three, but no, this is how it started. I really hope that at some point the author will publish a prequel that goes over the series of events that led them to their current fight. I think it would help us get to know the characters even better, plus it sounded like there was a lot of action that we missed out on. At the end of Unthinkable it was kind of clear where the storyline might lead for book two, but I wonder if it will continue to center around Jake and Christa, or if it will focus on one of the other members of the Tribe. If it goes by traditional series romance standards, then I'm guessing we will get to know the other members better, while still progressing with overall storyline of discovering the origins of the tribe. 

Besides the part where he kept her against her will, I enjoyed the dynamic between Jake and Christa. They both learned from each other and felt an intense bond, which may have been explained toward the end of the book. And I get it; Jake was desperate to save his friends, who were like family to him, and Christa was the daughter of his enemy. It's hard to say how far you would go for your family until you are put in a situation like that. Conveniently, Jake also had the ability to read Christa's mind, so he never did anything to her that she didn't consent her mind anyway. Just to be clear, they didn't have sex until after she was no longer being used as their hostage. On that note, I did enjoy the sex scenes. They were extremely steamy and not at all overdone.

I really enjoyed Unthinkable and the characters I was introduced to. I know I didn't touch on the secondary characters at all; I enjoyed them a lot but the focus was very much on Jake and Christa. If you're looking for a new sci-fi romance to dive into, I definitely recommend this one. It does end on an open note, because obviously there will be more books in the future, but it's not exactly a cliffhanger. You'll have a little bit of a wait for book two; according to the author's website, Unspeakable is coming April 2017. Happy reading...and waiting!

If you would like to learn more about the author, Nina Croft, please visit her website and connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

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