Her truth is more deadly than his revenge...
Lucas Grafton has spent the last ten years hunting the Conclave, a secret organization who took everything from him: his wife, his child, his very identity. Now he has a lead—an imminent terrorist attack on London—code-named Descartes.
Born with a genetic illness, Jenna Young has always known she was different. But the unexpected death of her father catapults her into a world of murder and terrorism she never expected. In order to stay alive, she must solve a twenty-five year old mystery—and her only ally a hard bitter man in search or retribution, her only clue the Descartes Highlands, an area on the near side of the moon.
Luke's need for revenge collides with Jenna's hunt for the past, and together they must stand against the Conclave. All the while uncovering the truth behind Jenna's illness, a truth that will make Jenna question her very humanity.
About the Author
Nina Croft grew up in northern England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia, which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of nine-to-five work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain. Nina's writing mixes romance with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.
Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia, which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of nine-to-five work. She's since then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary), and has settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.
Nina writes all types of romance, often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4.5 - You can't trust anyone. Stars! I am literally running out of nice things to say about Nina Croft and her books. She is an author that quite simply writes books I want to read, gives me stories that I get lost in, and characters I get involved with whilst learning about them through their adventures. The Descartes Legacy did exactly that, and I enjoyed the thrills and spills that Jenna and Luke went through together, and separately in order to discover the truth about Jenna unique abilities, her fathers past, and what he was involved with. Full of action, sexual tension and a few unexpected surprises, I was once again kept entertained by the author’s storytelling. ”Don’t sell yourself for me… I’m not worth it, and I won’t thank you for it.” ARC generously provided via Netgalley, it was a pleasure to provide the above honest review.
*Got a copy from publisher in exchange for an honest review.* The Descartes Legacy follows the story of Jenna and the mystery she finds herself involved in. With the death of her father, she finds herself in need of assistance. After the doctor she turns to for help ends up murdered, Jenna becomes a target. Luke is convinced that Jenna could hold the key in solving the mystery of just what exactly the plan codenamed Descartes is. Meanwhile the Conclave will stop at nothing to tie up loose ends and achieve their goals. At first I wasn't sure where the story would take us. The book alternates point of views between both Jenna and Luke, with a few bits of other character's p.o.v.s thrown into the mix. Neither of which truly know what is going on, though he does have a better idea. And the mystery they have to solve is a pretty big one, and that's before thing really turn deadly. There is so much tossed into the mystery that our heroes have to solve, and yet the author does a good job with it all. There were times early on I was questioning a few things...things that later turned out to be important when we finally know the truth about it all. Throughout the book you learn things about the characters. The more you learn the more you can understand their motivations and appreciate the web in which they all are connected. I cannot say much here without spoiling things, but the author creates a very interesting cast of characters that really made the story all that much better. As the pages flew by, I did not want to put this book down. I just had to know what happened and the hows and whys of things. A few things were predictable but that didn't detract from the story because the author added slight twists to make them more unique. If you like mystery/thrillers, then give this one a try.
This was an enjoyable read. I liked the intrigue right off the bat with Jenna's illness and the antagonist's recognition of her, telling us Jenna was deeply involved in whatever disaster threatened London. Luke is also a likeable, swoon worthy hero with flaws and ghosts of his own, which I love in a hero. I have to say I'm a big fan of British TV, books and the general attitudes and humor of the British, so I quite enjoyed the language and "voice" of the characters. The romance took a back seat to the mystery in my opinion, but it was still well rounded and still heartfelt. The plot moved along well, and although the most immediate threat was averted by the end, the main story arc seemed as though it will continue into another book. One I will most definitely read. I had a few brow raising moments, but not many, like one decision on Jenna's part to do something she knew would endanger the lives of others, but it didn't affect my enjoyment of the book. Overall, Ms. Croft helped me escape into another world for a while, and I would recommend this book to those who love a good mystery, lots of action, and a hard-won romance.
Oh geez. Once again, Entangled gets me. For a baby publisher like Entangled, they certainly get some of the best books. I’m so in love with this company. And their covers totally rock. Yet again, another cover I can love on. So to speak. Anyway, now on to the book. At first I wasn’t sure what to think or if I’d really get into this book. A doctor Jenna had visited the day before ends up murdered and somehow it connects back to her. She’s in a bad way because her own father (her life-long physician) had died a few weeks earlier and the special medication he’s been giving her to keep her mysterious illness at bay is about to run out (hence why she’d visited a new doctor, in hopes that he could replicate the formula). Luke shows up and is investigating the same murder, in pursuit of revenge for the death of his wife and child ten years earlier. Jenna turns out to be his only possible lead to the organization he’s been chasing, since they apparently want Jenna too. His initial plan quickly changes as he starts developing feelings for her. There are tons of exciting chase scenes and plenty of suspicion and doubt about the trustworthiness of the heroine and hero (toward each other). Ms. Croft has a perfect sense of timing, never spending too much, or rushing through, any given aspect of her story. I really felt like I got to know the main characters (including the villain) and their goals were realistic. I mean, who could blame Luke for wanting payback for his wife’s death, or Jenna wanting to live on. The only slightly weak spot was the slight predictability with regard to how the antagonist related to Jenna. I saw that connection coming well in advance of the revelation. Between that and a slight disappointment as to how the various threads wrapped up (it seemed a little too easy, the final disposition of the antagonist), I had to drop this from a 5-star rating to 4.5. The illness Jenna has provides another driving force to the plot, especially as Ms. Croft guides us into discovering the truth about Jenna and where Jenna comes from (in many ways, not just sperm/egg donor-wise). The inclusion of the Descartes Highlands on the moon, and how that related to the story was also fascinating and I feel could be a very real possibility, given how many secrets the government keeps from the general public. Anyway, great book and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves thrillers mixed with a hefty dash of romance. Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.