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Unthinkable by Nina Croft

Posted in Fantasy/ Magic/Paranormal/ Reviews/ Speculative Fiction/ Urban Fantasy 15th September 2016
Unthinkable by Nina CroftUnthinkable by Nina Croft
Series: Beyond Human #1
on September 5th 2016
Pages: 242
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three-stars

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.

The premise of ‘Unthinkable’ is exciting: steeped in history and myth, with a touch of the paranormal, superhuman capabilities and military conspiracies…all of which I’ve sort of come to associate with authors like Christine Feehan’s Ghostwalkers and Rebecca Zanetti’s Sin Brothers series to begin with. I love getting thrown straight into the action, smack in the middle of a thick, juicy plot where there’s a history to plumb and an uncertain future to ride through. And that was what the first few chapters did for me.

But it went downhill quickly from there. The constant emphasis on needing getting laid, very obvious Stockholm Syndrome and getting into each other’s pants became an unwelcome distraction; it made me think of randy teenagers looking for their next hookup instead of men and women with special powers and military-grade training looking to negotiate their way out of a high-stakes situation that is supposed to be tense and suspenseful. Where I’d expected a difficult, push-pull negotiation process with hardline torture and raw emotions, many of the scenes between Jake and Christa were overshadowed by thoughts of them needing to kiss or sex each other up, resulting in a strangely juvenile setup that felt out of place with the given context…and more like Twilight than Homeland or the X-files.

Thankfully the story picked up once again, only to be given an odd Dr. Whovian twist before it ends.

‘Unthinkable’ well, is a mix of quite a few things—urban fantasy, erotica, paranormal— but neither of those are fully realised at this point in time. The entire arc has only just begun and the obvious cliffhanger and strange revelations would probably all make sense by the time the series ends. At the moment however, I’m left floundering, bewildered and somewhat confused.

three-stars

His Fantasy Girl by Nina Croft

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Netgalley/ Reviews 28th September 2015
His Fantasy Girl by Nina CroftHis Fantasy Girl by Nina Croft
Series: Things to do Before You Die #1
Published by Entangled: Brazen on October 19th 2015
Pages: 239
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two-stars

There's nothing like a near death experience to make a guy reassess his life. And that's exactly what nightclub owner Logan McCabe decides to do, starting with looking up the girl he spent one wild night with eleven years ago, right before his life turned to crap. He spent a year fantasizing about her. Now he's ready to see how reality matches up.
Abigail Parker is a perfectionist. She's only strayed from the straight and narrow once in her life, on her eighteenth birthday. It was supposed to be one wild night with a totally unsuitable man before she settled into her sensible future. Instead it changed her life forever.
Logan might still be the sexiest man Abigail has ever seen, but a dirty-talking, tattooed, ex-con is the last thing she needs in her perfect life. He claims she's his fantasy girl, but what he doesn't know is she's also the mother of his ten-year old daughter...

Suddenly wanting a chance with his one-night stand 11 years ago – with only memories of hot sex driving him – after a shipwreck that supposedly made him reevaluate his priorities, Logan McCabe decides to look up a woman with whom he has had no contact ever since that day to replay his fantasies about her in technicolour. It’s as far as the plan goes.

That, in itself, made very little sense to me (there’s the assumption that nothing has changed in the intervening years and of course, sexual chemistry would be as hot as always) and the straight plunge into sex the moment he finds Abigail Parker made me wonder if this was one of those “plots” in porn videos that existed just so that characters could hurry onto the bedroom action. The story gets a little more grounded when Logan discovers that he is in fact, saddled with a daughter.

But for lust to turn to love when him and Abby have nothing in common…? Then again, if this is erotica, then the believability of the narrative really isn’t the point here, even if there’s really nothing wrong with the writing itself.

two-stars
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