Quinn Sutherland, second in command of the Tribe, a group of powerful telepaths, has always been certain of who and what he is—one of the good guys. All he wants is to keep his friends safe—no easy feat when everyone in the world is after them. While on a rescue mission, he meets a mysterious FBI agent, who appears to know a lot about them, and seems to want the same thing he does. But her assignment could literally mean the death of him…
When Melody Lyons is inducted into the Federation’s elite Bureau of Time Management, it’s the pinnacle of her ambitions. Only when she’s sent back to the twenty-first century to eliminate a group of rogue time travelers, she never guesses she’ll fall for a man who died two thousand years ago… Quinn awakens emotions she hadn’t known existed, and for the first time, her loyalties are tested.
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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 9-5 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 writes all types of romance often mixed 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.
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"Nobody gets hurt," Quinn said as he climbed out of the back of the black van and stepped onto the tarmac at the rear of the Massachusetts Correctional Institution.
Rose jumped down beside him. "I'll do my best, boss, honest."
Did he detect a hint of sarcasm? Probably. "And absolutely nobody dies."
"Geez, you're fussy. I've been practicing, all right? Hopefully, the worst anyone will get is a bad headache."
He supposed that would have to do. "Just remember, we're supposed to be the good guys here."
She snorted. He was quite aware Rose considered him naive. He wasn't. That didn't mean he was ready to sign up to join the dark side just yet.
"Have you ever considered," she said, pulling on a leather jacket over her black T-shirt, "that good and bad, right and wrong, are just a matter of where and when you're born?"
"No." He believed some people were inherently good, and he'd always strived to be one of them. But he'd done some terrible things in his time working for the government. Things he'd justified by telling himself that there was a plan, a greater good behind them.
Well, that had turned out to be a load of fucking bollocks.
They'd had the "greater good" lie thrust in their faces for too long. So, a year ago, the Tribe had parted company with their government controllers. But Quinn had always believed it was temporary, that they'd find a way to protect themselves and a way back in.
Rose rested a hand on his arm. "Hey, we're doing the right thing. We have to get Martin out."
"I know." Martin was a good man, and the closest thing Quinn had had to a father figure, growing up. He'd disappeared four years ago and had presumably been held without trial all that time. That wasn't right.
"Calm down." Rose squeezed his arm. "Things will work out."
He hoped so. Quinn had spent more than a year searching for Martin. Now that he'd found him, he was getting him out — failure was not an option. He'd just prefer it to happen without any collateral damage.
The plan was simple. Well, actually there wasn't one — they were going to play it by ear. He would have preferred something a little more structured, but Rose had turned up last night, with her arms dealer boyfriend, Dave Madsen, in tow, and the bad news that the Tribe wasn't the only group after Martin. So, they'd had to move fast.
They'd parked as far away from the entrance to the prison as they could get to avoid the surveillance cameras. According to their tech expert, Stefan, who had accessed the systems remotely from London, there were none in this area.
It was early summer, but the sun was warm, and sweat trickled down his spine. He rolled his shoulders and tried to get comfortable in the unaccustomed formal clothes. He was wearing a dark gray suit and white shirt as befitted the lawyer he was pretending to be. He tightened the tie, then smoothed down the jacket.
"You should have let me give you a haircut," Rose said, studying him.
"I had one six months ago." It reached almost his shoulders again, but he'd pulled it back into a neat ponytail. "Okay, let's do this."
He moved around to the side of the vehicle as the window at the driver's side slid open, and Dave poked his head out. "You two ready to go?"
"Yeah," he said. "We'll give you a call when we're five minutes out. Once you get the okay, bring the van to the front."
"And if we're not there in thirty minutes, get the hell out of here. Contact Jake and ..."
Actually, he didn't know what Jake would do. Jake was their leader, in command of the Tribe. He was also Martin's foster son. Quinn had known him almost all his life; he was his friend, and the nearest thing Quinn had to a brother. But they hadn't seen each other in nearly a year, and Jake's priorities had changed drastically in that time. He had a wife and new allegiances.
Jake and the rest of the group had been the one solid thing in Quinn's life. He hadn't realized how truly huge that closeness was until he'd been out on his own. He missed them. But at the same time, he hadn't been able to bring himself to go back. He suspected he was sulking — Jake had new friends now. His lips twitched at the thought. He'd share it with Jake as soon as he got the hell out of here. Which, if all went well, would be tomorrow.
"Jake will come and get us," Rose finished for him. "Because that's what he does. Things haven't changed that much. You'd know that if you'd popped home now and again."
"Home is wherever your family is. That's us, in case you'd forgotten. And right now, most of us are in Uganda — so that's home. Shall we go?"
He nodded to Dave and followed her across the parking lot. Like all the Tribe, Rose was tall with blue eyes and black hair, strikingly beautiful and hard to forget.
They entered the prison, straight into a security check. Quinn walked through the scanner and a guard patted him down, then nodded him through into the reception area. A second guard sat behind the counter that ran along the back wall, a slightly overweight woman, her dark blond hair tied up with a clip and a bored expression on her face. There was a third guard behind the glass door leading into the main prison. Exactly as they were expecting.
"So far, so good," Rose said inside his head, and he gave a slow nod.
He approached the counter, pulling his fake ID from his jacket pocket. "I'm here to see Martin Rayleigh. I'm his lawyer."
As the guard tapped the keyboard, Quinn dipped into her mind — he was in no way the strongest of the group, but he had no problem pulling out top-level information. He got the number of Martin's cell. Then something else.
"What is it?" Rose asked.
"Martin's not in his cell. He's being interviewed by the fucking FBI."
"Might be better for us. We'll be away from the other prisoners. Fewer witnesses."
"I'm afraid you're going to have to wait," the guard said. "There's someone with your client right now."
He didn't want to wait. He hated prisons, and this place, in particular, was giving him the creeps. He considered his options. Rose wasn't the only one who'd been practicing. He slipped into the guard's mind again.
"We need to see Martin Rayleigh right now," he said, accompanying the words with subtle tendrils of coercion.
A small frown drew the guard's brows together, and then she gave a slow shake of her head. "I'll get someone to take you right away."
As the woman spoke into her phone, Quinn glanced over to the other guard at the door, but the man hadn't noticed anything amiss.
"Very impressive," Rose said.
"I'm not just a pretty face."
The glass door opened, and the guard stood up. "This way, please."
They were led along a corridor with gray walls and strip lighting. In the distance, he could hear the muted sounds of too many people crammed in together. A faint hint of despair permeated the air. He pushed into the guard's mind, suggested they hurry, and their pace picked up. "When we get to the cell," he told Rose, "take out the guard, and the FBI agent. Then we walk out of here."
"Ballsy. I like it."
"If we meet anyone on the way, just knock them out."
"I'll try, boss."
They hadn't seen anyone since they'd come in, and with luck they wouldn't see anyone on the way back. But it was better to be ready. This was going to go smoothly and cleanly, and they'd be on their way home in no time.
* * *
Special Agent Melody Lyons stripped off her jacket and tossed it on the back of the plastic upright chair. She rolled up the sleeves on her gray knit pullover shirt and scrubbed a hand through her hair. This was the first breakthrough she'd gotten, and she couldn't afford to screw up.
When the Bureau's systems had picked up a code red alert, it was obvious, from the timing and location of the anomaly, that this job was ultra sensitive, with the potential for cataclysmic consequences if they made a wrong move.
So, she had to get it right. That meant finding the source of the anomaly and resolving the issue with as little attention as possible.
She glanced across at the prisoner. While she still wasn't sure exactly how he fit in, she knew there was a link somewhere. All she had to do was dig it out. She had approximately twelve hours until her next debrief, and if she wanted to be the one sent back to complete the assignment, she needed to find something to report.
Martin Rayleigh looked like a man who hadn't seen sunlight in a long time. His skin was pale, with shadows like bruises under his hazel eyes, and his dark hair was streaked with gray. He was fifty-eight and looked every one of his years, and more. She didn't know how long he'd been incarcerated — his records were sketchy — but she was guessing a good few years from the look of him. He'd only just surfaced under his own name with his last transfer to this facility. Before that, he'd been kept under a number of aliases.
He returned her gaze and raised an eyebrow. "Are you going to tell me what this is about, Agent ...?"
"Lyons." She pulled out the chair and sat down opposite him, studying him, trying to see inside his head. Unfortunately, she couldn't. Where to start? She'd wanted to meet the man before she decided on her strategy. While she might not be able to read minds, she'd always had a certain empathy, an ability to read people. And this man was ... good. That was the only word that came to mind, only it was of no help whatsoever. But despite what he had clearly been through, his gaze was serene, his body relaxed. He wore an orange prison suit, the sleeves rolled up, his hands cuffed to a metal bar on the table in front of him. Beneath the silver cuffs, she could see the signs of old restraints. The scars circling his wrists were healed now, but they would probably be with him for life.
Her original breakthrough, the reason she was in this prison in the first place, had been finding the files on an oversight committee, headed by a Senator Gilpin, set up to look into a mysterious government agency referred to as the Tribe. They were telepaths, in a place and time when telepaths shouldn't have existed. But she still had no idea what had caused the code red. So her next jump, she'd come back a year later — hoping to find out more. Instead, she'd discovered that the oversight committee was dead, all nine of them, and all from natural causes over a very short period of time. Hardly likely. And she'd found no further references to the Tribe. It was as though the records had been wiped clean. The only thing she did find was an earlier record of someone, a Martin Rayleigh, requesting a review into the Tribe five years earlier — a request that was denied at that time, but which meant he had to be connected somehow. And right now, that made him her only lead.
"Would you like a cup of coffee?" She hadn't intended to say that, but he looked so ... defeated, as though he'd been through this many times, and expected the worst.
His eyes widened at the words and a slow smile curved his lips, changing his face totally. He peered behind her as if expecting to see someone else. "You're on your own, so you can hardly be going for the good cop, bad cop routine." His voice held a hint of an accent. A soft lilt.
If he thought the offer of a cup of coffee made her a good guy, there wasn't a lot of competition. She went to the door, opened it a crack, and spoke to the guard. "Could you get us two cups of coffee, please."
She closed the door and returned to the table, sat down and studied him for a moment longer. How to begin? She cleared her throat. "My name is Melody Lyons. Special Agent Lyons. I'm with the Federal Bureau of Investigation." She twisted in the seat and pulled her nice shiny badge out of her jacket pocket and waved it at him. He didn't take his eyes from hers. Clearly, the badge didn't impress him.
"Of course you are."
He didn't believe her.
She could feel a frown drawing her brows together. Did he somehow know? Had she given herself away? Of course not. There was nothing to give away. The badge was real.
He shrugged. "Maybe you are, and maybe you aren't. I've come to realize it really doesn't matter. Ultimately, you're all working for the same people, whether you know it or not. Now, why are you here?"
A knock sounded on the door and a guard entered carrying a tray. He placed it on the table between them. "Ma'am." Giving a nod, he left the room.
Rayleigh leaned across the table, his hands clumsy in the cuffs, and wrapped his palms around the mug. If he leaned forward, he had just enough chain to bring the mug to his mouth. He drank, and she let him while she considered what he'd said.
She hadn't been able to find out why he'd been arrested in the first place. There was no record of his crime. She took a sip of her own coffee. Ugh. It was disgusting. She pushed the mug away from her. "I'm investigating the murder of a Senator Gilpin."
He glanced up, put his empty coffee mug down, and sat back in his chair. "I didn't know the senator."
"He was killed nine months ago in a gas explosion at his home. It was made to appear an accident, but we have reason to believe it was murder."
"Who was he?"
"How long have you been incarcerated, Mr. Rayleigh?"
"You don't know?" He sounded skeptical.
She pushed her own coffee mug toward him, and he nodded. "Thank you."
"The records of your original arrest have been hidden or destroyed. I presume you've been kept under various aliases. We only located you when you were transferred to this facility under your own name."
He'd popped up on her files just at the point she'd been about to give up and admit defeat.
"And why were you trying to locate me?"
"I suspect there is some connection between you and an oversight committee set up to look into funding of a covert government operations group based in the United Kingdom. Senator Gilpin was the head of that committee."
"And he's dead?"
"Along with the other eight members of the committee. All accidents, and all around the same time."
"I've been imprisoned for over four years. How can I possibly help you with something that happened nine months ago?"
Four years? That explained his appearance. But how did that fit in with her investigation? As he'd pointed out, he could hardly have been involved with the oversight committee. But there was a definite connection — she just had to figure out what it was. Time to try a different tack. "Have you ever heard of a group referred to as the Tribe?"
Something flickered in his eyes. He glanced at the camera in the corner of the room. She'd have to get the tapes before she left; she wanted no record of this conversation. She was here to clean things up, not raise more questions. "No," he said.
"I believe you're lying, Mr. Rayleigh."
He slammed the mug down so hard, dirty gray coffee splashed over the steel table top. "And I don't give a fuck."
Hearing the bad language from someone who had seemed so polite brought her up short. She was onto something here, but at the same time, she had no clue how to get the information from him. Her eyes strayed to the marks on his wrists.
"What now?" he asked. "You torture me? Because I have to warn you — it's been tried before."
"No, we don't torture people, Mr. Rayleigh."
He shook his head. "Are you for real?"
She pursed her lips. "Nine people are dead, Mr. Rayleigh, and it's my job to find out why."
"I told you. I have no clue. I haven't had contact with the outside world in over four years. So, if you want to prove your good intent, let me call my lawyer."
"I'll look into that. In the meantime —"
"In the meantime, I'm not saying anything."
"Mr. Rayleigh, I —"
Something crashed outside the door. She jumped to her feet, reaching for her gun, then realized it wasn't there — she'd handed it in at the security check.
She stood between the door and Rayleigh. Was this an assassination attempt? How the hell could she protect him?
"Get down," she shouted over her shoulder.
Rayleigh glanced from her to the door but stayed where he was. Of course, he was chained to the table. His expression was fatalistic, as though he'd expected his imminent death. Maybe even welcomed it.
The door was pushed open slowly from the outside. Mel stepped to the side, so she couldn't be seen. A man entered, and she whirled around and kicked out, taking him by surprise. He was much taller than her and twice as wide at the shoulder, but the blow flung him back out of the room and onto his back.
She tried to slam the door, but his legs were in the way. She could run, but she didn't want to leave Rayleigh.
In a flash, it occurred to her that maybe she was going to die here.
She wanted answers first.(Continues…)
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A great intense futuristic love story between Quinn a member of the Tribe and a special agent from the future Mel. I liked the story it was great full of action and suspense, I liked that it was not predictable and had a few twists. I loved the characters main and all the rest. I loved that story had also fun side. Mel and Quinn had a crazy good attraction between them and in a short time, they started to really care for each other. All the time traveling back forward future crazy and I can't wait to read about Kane and Katlin it seems that will be another great story. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion. 4-stars — OMG!! I mean, I totally knew this wasn’t going to be the last book in the series, and I know they always end with a lot of questions, but wow…it’s going to be seriously hard waiting for the next book, and I have NO IDEA what’s going to happen! This book went in a lot of different directions from the previous ones! It’s funny how the series started off feeling more urban fantasy, and has progressively been getting more sci-fi, particularly in this book. I mean, we’re dealing with a time traveller in this one! And time travel becomes a very central theme instead of just a side plot. And we get glimpses into 2000 years into the future, so we even see aliens!! I can’t say much more than that, but I really loved the things we discovered in those last few pages. It truly has me intrigued to find out more. As with the previous books, the action/suspense parts of this novel were fantastic. Quinn and Mel truly go on a wild ride in this one. And I thought the sci-fi aspects were done quite well as well! Time travel is kind of a mind-beep, and it can be so easy to get caught with inconsistencies and paradoxes, but quite a few of them were explored…and I don’t think I ended up confused at the end, which is always a bonus. I connected with both Quinn and Mel and their romance better than Sadie and Ethan in the previous book, but not as much as with Jake and Christa in the first. There was still just a little something missing to really suck me into the characters. Characters tend to be the biggest draw into stories for me, and so I notice it when I want something more. In non-contemporary books I at least have plot and world building to make up the difference, but I still want those characters. I think for both of them on the surface I got a lot of background on both of them, and what was driving them, but I didn’t *feel* it. But maybe that was just me. And as for the two of them together, again, I *definitely* felt the lust and attraction, but I had a harder time understanding the love so quickly. I understand that under extreme circumstances emotions can build faster, but I still didn’t quite buy it. Again, I did moreso than with Sadie and Ethan, but still wanted a bit more. As always, it was awesome to see other members of the Tribe and have them along on different parts of the journey. In this case Rose and Kaitlin were the main secondary characters… I wouldn’t have minded seeing more of the others, but I’m guessing I’ll get that in the next book. So yeah. Super duper intrigued by where this is all going, and it’s going to be hell waiting to find out what’s next. I can honestly say I didn’t see some of the answers coming, but they totally satisfied me.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Morgen Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog Uncontrollable is book three in the Beyond Human series by Nina Croft. This is a paranormal read full of mystery seamlessly entwined with a love story. It’s about finding the truth and doing what’s right no matter how hard that may be. Melody Lyons is an agent of the Federal Bureau of Time Management in the year 4012. The timeline is fragile, any anomaly could be catastrophic. Her father is the Captain of Operations, but she has worked hard to succeed on her own merit. She is clever, strong, independent, and has amazing self control. Quinn Sutherland is part of a covert group of telepaths that work for the British government, called the tribe. They were raised believing that they were helping the good guys bring about a world with no lies. However, he eventually learns that he put his trust in people who used him to gain more power. Now they’re on a mission to make things right. By the 41st century love is all but forgotten, and relationships are based on genetic compatibility instead of an emotional connection. Survival took precedence over feelings, and relationships became more akin to a business arrangement. He only ever spent one night with a woman. He didn’t believe he could ever find love because of his work. Mel goes on an assignment back to 2018 to find possible sources of an anomaly. While searching for any potential links she crosses paths with Quinn and his group. As soon as they gaze upon each other a connection is made. Each have a mission of great importance to accomplish, neither want a distraction. The more time they spend together the more they realize that their objectives might be connected, and the harder it becomes to deny themselves release. The action never stops, they’re being followed and attacked by unknown assailants. In a world where the government has telepaths secretly do their dirty work and time police blend casually into their surroundings, who can you trust? The story is told in third person giving a well rounded view of each scene. It allows the reader to see things that would otherwise be missed if they were only in one characters POV at time. It was a great decision and something I really enjoyed. The mystery had me at the edge of my seat. The twists were unexpected. The paranormal aspect was realistically done and added a little extra fun to the story. The angst was strong and everything I wanted. What truly drew me in was that even though they weren’t used to the intimacy, they both dove in head first, it warmed my heart. The passion coursing through her body ignited flames at his touch. They gave in to desire and sparks flew. Each touch was new and exciting something neither had felt before. My favorite part was that the author smoothly embedded background information throughout the story line, so that if this was where you started the series you didn’t feel lost and if you had read it was a refresher. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good mix of paranormal, mystery, and romance!
The third book in the Beyond Human series is quite interesting with thrills, romance and some very intriguing elements. Quinn and Melody are solid convincing characters that readers can relate to which makes it easy to become caught up in their story. The romance has an unusual obstacle to be overcome which keeps this relationship on pins and needles throughout the story no matter how strong this couple’s sizzling attraction is and since the stronger the attraction gets the harder Quinn and Melody try to keep emotions tucked in tight and keep their objectives in sight at all times. This keeps the sparks flying as well as keeping emotional turmoil flowing from the pages and ensures that readers want to know every last detail of this couples’ romantic journey to their happily ever after. Thrills and interesting elements keep readers turning the pages of this steady to fast paced and smooth flowing plot. First, Melody is from the future so that gives readers a word of possibilities for readers to imagine and adds to the adrenaline pumping atmosphere of the story and then there is the all the exciting events that keeps readers on the hanging on the edge of their seat, prison breaks, shoot outs, astonishing secrets revealed and a trip through time and space with some surprises along the way as well. Unfortunately, this series should be read in sequential order in order to get maximum understanding of the events taking place as readers may feel as if they have dropped into the middle (this would be me as I missed the first two), also while this couple gets their happy for now, the story ends on a cliffhanger so readers have to wait impatiently to find out what happens next.
This is the third book in the Beyond Human series & I personally think they just get better & better. Quinn has been in the previous books but we now meet Melody who comes from 4012 as a time jumper for the BTM posing as a current day FBI agent. Not confusing at all if you follow this fast paced series. This book can be read as a stand alone but you will get so much more if you read the first two. The relationship between Quinn & Melody is electric building throughout this book but given the time difference where can it go? In addition to the interaction between these two is the twists & turns of the mysteries of The Tribe. It is so much more than a romance with well written & gripping events. Great ending with the promise of more in this excellent series. I also like that this is a continuous series so the original Tribe & other key characters are still here & growing with the series. I was lucky enough to be given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Third in the Beyond Human Series. Nina Croft has created a time travel world that leave the Earth 95% destroyed in the year 2020. Melody Lyons is an agent with the Federation’s elite Bureau of Time Management in the year 4012 stationed on a space ship. Melody is a time jumper with an agency who is tasked with traveling back two thousand years to find out how the 2020 disaster was caused. A great adventure is told that lead Melody to experience things that are no longer done in her time. She finds the taste of food, a group of Psychic mind reading people, and Love in the arms of Quinn who is one of them. Read in one sitting. I have not read the prior ones in this series but still did not feel lost and still experienced amazing characters. "A copy of this book was provided by Entangled Publishing, LLC via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
4.5 stars--UNCONTROLLABLE is the third instalment in Nina Croft’s paranormal, sci-fi, post apocalyptic romance series focusing on a class of supernatural humans known as the Tribe-descendants from a group of people discovered, over 150 years earlier, by an expedition to the Mountains of the Moon (Congo Free State of Africa). This is Tribe member Quinn Sutherland, and Special Agent Melody Lyons’ story line. UNCONTROLLABLE can be read as a stand alone but I recommend reading the series in order for backstory, history and cohesion. There is a continuing premise throughout. There is a prequel short story-NO MORE LIES-that introduces the premise behind the series concept. On that note, NO MORE LIES can be found in the multi-authored anthology THE TELEPATH CHRONICLES originally released in 2014. Told from dual third person perspectives (Melody and Quinn) UNCONTROLLABLE follows Special Agent Melody Lyons as she embarks on a two-thousand year journey into the past wherein she will meet the man with whom she will fall in love. Melody is a member of the Federation’s elite Time Control Unit, a special faction that governs time-travel, searching for the source of anomalies in space, an anomaly that has led our heroine to the year 2017, and the hunt for a man linked to the original Tribe. What Melody never expected was to find her future in the guise of Tribe member Quinn Sutherland, a man who battles between head and heart with his attraction to a woman he knows nothing about. What ensues is the building relationship between Quinn and Melody, and the potential fall-out as the past, present and future collides in an attempt to thwart or engage the Cataclysm that destroyed 95 percent of the Earth’s population in the year 2020. Melody Lyons holds the secrets to Earth’s demise but sworn to not interfere in Earth’s history, our heroine struggles as she endeavors to uncover the truth about what happened and why. Quinn Sutherland knows that Melody is hiding a secret but something is blocking his ability to read her mind. Unable to resist due to his attraction to our story line heroine, Quinn will find himself two thousands years in the future caught between an interstellar war between species of unknown origins. The relationship between Quinn and Melody is one of immediate attraction but Melody knows she doesn’t belong in the twenty-first century. From a time where physical and emotional comfort have but all been forgotten, Melody finds herself wanting and needing the pleasure and luxury of physical contact. Quinn isn’t about to question his attraction to a woman who could destroy them all but something about Melody tugs at his heart. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate, without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. UCONTROLLABLE is a fast paced, action-packed, intriguing and intelligent time-travel story line of discrimination, specieism, betrayal and lies. The future has collided with the past ensuring total annihilation of the present- a butterfly ripple of epic proportions. Worlds at war are battling for power and control affecting everything in their path. The premise is thought-provoking, intense and imaginative; the romance is stirring; the characters are spirited and lively. Nina Croft’s BEYOND HUMAN is a dramatic, intimate and captivating series that will have you thinking twice about interfering in the space-time continuum.
"Uncontrollable" was an interesting sci-fi/romance that follows Melody (from the year 4012) and Quinn (from the present). Melody is an agent for the Federal Bureau of Time Management, established after time travel was invented and subsequently outlawed. They scan for anomalies in time and go back to set them right so that history can carry on as it should have. They have recently developed the capability to scan back in time up to a couple thousand years and detected an anomaly around the time of the Cataclysm, which destroyed 95% of Earth's population (though no one knows exactly what happened as the records have been lost to time, they know it occurs in 2020). Melody (Mel) is following the clues when they lead her to Martin- just as he is being broken free from jail by Quinn and other telepaths. Although they know when people are wearing a device that prevents them from entering others' minds (it's highly visible if you know where to look), they are unable to see the device on Mel but unable to read her mind. They just have to trust her and her badge when she says she is part of the FBI and on their side. Quinn finds himself more than ready to trust her because he is also instantly attracted to her (a pretty heavy dose of insta-love here). As they follow down the clues and must constantly evade being killed or captured, Mel and Quinn also find time for a little romance. Despite the insta-love, their relationship really grows over time, and things seem to happen relatively slowly (despite all the action sequences!). This fast-paced book really drew me in and kept me engaged with the interesting sci-fi elements. I didn't realize this is the third in a series, but you do feel a little thrust into the information, if like me you start with this book- however, things are explained throughout, and I felt like I had enough knowledge about the world and the characters midway through the book. Overall, this was a really fascinating book and I enjoyed following Quinn and Mel's story. This was more of an action/sci-fi story with some insta-love and romance, but I enjoyed it anyway. I definitely want to read more from this series! I do wish the romance had been a little less instant and had a slower grow/burn, but by halfway, I felt that they were also getting to know each other better. I will also say that everything is not resolved by the end of the book, and it was a little bit of a cliffhanger- I would love to have the next book now! I highly recommend to people who like action/thriller with a hint of romance. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
LOVED this book! This is the third book in the series and it might be the best one yet. While prior books have mentioned a time machine, this one jumps right into the concept and how time can fold over itself an ripples can create unimaginable horrors. Quinn and his group rescue Martin from the prison he was being held in, however, an FBI agent, Melody, is interviewing him. She's detected an anomaly that she needs to investigate, and Martin is key to that investigation, however, she's not really an FBI agent. This is an engrossing novel that has a complex plot filled with depth and more twists and turns that can be imagined. While technically a stand alone novel, you really need to read the first two books to appreciate it. Additionally, it ends on a bit of a tease or cliffhanger, depending on your perspective. The significant plot elements are resolved, however, the ending sets it up for the next book in the series. Regardless, this is well worth the read. I am not generally a sy-fy fan, but I love this series. Fans of romance and/or sy-fy will want to put this at the top of their TBR list. The author is on my must read authors' list.