Unthinkable

Unthinkable

by Nina Croft

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"Smoking hot heroes, driven heroines, and inventive stories – Nina Croft is on my one-click list!" - New York Times bestselling author Katee Robert

Betrayed by the government he worked for, Jake Callahan, leader of a group of powerful telepaths, will do anything to keep his people safe—and that means uncovering the secrets behind their past. His only hope lies with Christa Winters, the beautiful scientist daughter of Jake’s old boss. But Christa has secrets of her own…

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ISBN-13: 9781682812914
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: 09/05/2016
Series: Beyond Human , #1
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.76(d)

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Unthinkable

Beyond Human Book One


By Nina Croft, Candace Havens

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2016 Nina Croft
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-743-1


CHAPTER 1

Present Day ...


"We're not being followed."

At the words, Jake's hands tightened on the wheel. Maybe he was being unduly concerned, but he'd messed up before — big time — and people had died.

Never again.

He shifted his gaze from the rearview mirror to the man beside him.

Quinn glared at him. "For fuck's sake, relax. You're making us all twitchy," he said. "We'd have picked up a tail by now."

He was right. They'd driven non-stop all the way from Scotland, and Jake would swear they hadn't been followed. Now, they were travelling through London, but at four in the morning the roads were quiet, no vehicles behind them.

All the same, he couldn't shift the sense of unease.

They were close to the safe house, and he reached out with his mind for the others but came up with nothing. "No one's responding."

"It's the middle of the night." Quinn sounded exasperated. "They're asleep."

"There's always someone on watch." Or there was supposed to be. They'd gotten way too complacent.

"Maybe they dozed off. You're getting paranoid, boss."

"Hell, I passed paranoid a long time back."

"And cranky," Quinn added. "You know your problem?"

Jake sighed. "No, but I have a suspicion you're going to tell me."

"You need to get laid."

Rose snorted in the back. "Hey, boss, I can take one for the team, if it helps."

"Thanks, but no thanks." Rose was family, or as close as it came — he had no clue who his real family had been or where he'd come from. All the same, he felt as tense as a wire, ready to snap, and he knew from experience that sex would bring him down. "How about we hit the town tonight?" he said to Quinn.

"It's a date."

As he approached the safe house, he studied the road, looking for anything out of place, anything that didn't fit in. Scanning the area with his mind, he encountered a few people awake but nothing suspicious. Even so, he drove past the house without slowing. The building was in darkness. He only pulled over when he turned a corner and was out of sight.

After switching off the engine, he sat back, ran a hand over the two days' growth of beard on his chin, then through his hair, trying to pinpoint the source of his unease.

"You really think there's something wrong?" Quinn looked no better than he did, like he'd been on the road for two days solid.

"Yeah."

"Then I guess there's something wrong. How do you want to play this?"

"I'll go in the front. You go in the back. Rose stays with the vehicle." He twisted in his seat to look at her. "And be ready to leave fast if we need to."

After grabbing his jacket from the backseat, he climbed out, pulling it on over the shoulder holster. He drew the pistol and held it down at his side. They were all armed. He couldn't remember the last time he'd stepped outside without a weapon. The night was warm and — just shy of the longest day — dawn not far off. Quinn came to stand beside him, gun already in his hand.

Rose got out and slid into the driver's seat, laying her pistol beside her. A frown formed between her eyes. She was attempting to contact her twin brother, Dex, but Jake had already tried with no success. There was no one responding in the house, and the place had an empty feel. He searched the area around it, but all was quiet.

"Let's go."

He waited while Quinn headed off down the road, took a sharp left, and jumped the fence that would lead into the yard at the rear of the house. Jake walked back the way they had come, pausing before the metal double gate to the front of the property. The streetlights provided enough light to see that nothing moved on the other side of the fence. He pressed in the code to open the gates and slipped through onto the drive. The gravel crunched under his feet, loud in the silence of the night.

He pulled out his keys, but as he got closer he could see the door was slightly ajar. After pausing for a few seconds, he pushed it open gently with his fingertips, his other hand tightening around the pistol. He could sense Quinn entering at the back. "All clear?"

"Seems like it," Quinn replied in his head. "There's no one here, but it looks like there's been a fight of some sort."

Jake stepped into the dark hallway and through to the main living area where Quinn stood surveying the damage.

"Shit."

Quinn had lit a single lamp, which bathed the room in a yellow glow. Furniture was overturned. Glasses were smashed on the floor, and a dark patch stained the cream rug. The sharp metallic scent of blood tainted the air, and beneath that something chemical stung his nostrils.

"Over here." Quinn pointed to an object at his feet. "Gas grenade, and I'm guessing not more than a couple of hours ago. Probably took out some of them, obviously not all — someone fought back."

Jake's muscles tightened as fury and a sense of powerlessness washed over him. Once again he'd failed to keep his people safe. He should never have made the trip to Scotland, should have known it was a waste of time. The Rayleigh estate had been locked up tight, and no one knew the whereabouts of its owner.

Had Martin Rayleigh betrayed them?

He hoped not. Martin was the nearest thing he had to a father. Jake had grown up on the Rayleigh estate. Then at sixteen, he'd gone to live with the rest of the group in a compound close to London, and the Tribe had come into being. He reckoned that was when everything had started to go to shit.

"If we hadn't gone, chances are we would have been taken as well," Quinn said. "This was obviously a well-planned attack. At least this way we're still out here and we can get them back. We will get them back."

Jake nodded, forcing down the fury that threatened to engulf his mind. Breathing slowly, he relaxed his muscles one by one until he was calm. Something flickered at the edge of his consciousness.

He stalked across and turned off the lamp, leaving the room in the dim light that filtered through the windows. "We have company. There's someone out front." He concentrated for a second. "And out back. Rose?"

"Yes?"

"Be ready for that quick getaway." He turned back to Quinn. "They're SAS."

Quinn grinned. "Only the best for us, right?"

"Yeah." He concentrated on the minds surrounding them. Four in all. He focused on the leader. "Shit."

"What is it?"

"They had surveillance on the gate. They know it's me."

"So?"

"They'd prefer the rest of you alive, but dead is better than nothing. Me, they'd just like dead. Apparently we're dangerous terrorists." That was how their former government liaison, the colonel, was selling them. Bastard. He delved deeper. "Holy crap, we have to get out of here. Now!"

He grabbed Quinn by the arm, raised his pistol, and shot through the window. The glass shattered. "Jump."

Quinn leaped out. Jake followed, still in the air when the house exploded behind him with a roar, hurling him across to crash onto the grassy lawn at the side of the house. He rolled, lifted his head, and something slammed into him, knocking him back down. Peering around for Quinn, he found him sprawled on his back a few feet away.

He sensed a mind concentrating on him and rolled quickly for the cover of the wall as the grass erupted in little puffs. Goddamn bastards were shooting at him. Quinn scrambled toward him, jerking as a bullet took him in the arm and whirled him around. "Fuck. That hurt. Get us the hell out of here."

The heat from the burning house warmed his face, the smoke clogging his nostrils. Jake hugged the wall as he led the way around the back of the building, then he reached out again. "They've lost us. But there are two more snipers covering this side of the house. They'll spot us as soon as we make a move."

"Maybe it's time to see if Rose's new party trick works?"

"Maybe." Jake was reluctant to reveal their new powers — the colonel would be desperate to get them back if he found out what they could do. Or maybe he already knew. How had he even found the location of their supposedly "safe" house? Anyway, they didn't have a lot of options. "Rose?"

"Yes. Are you both okay?"

"We're fine."

"Hey," Quinn said. "Actually, I've been shot."

"He's fine," Jake said. "But there are two snipers blocking our exit. Can you take them out?"

"You mean ...?"

"Yes."

"Where are they?" Suppressed excitement bubbled in her mind. Rose had considered herself one of the weaker of their group until her new talent had shown up. "I still need to see them for it to work."

"One's in the first floor window of the house directly opposite. The other is on the move. Actually, he's heading your way. He hasn't seen you yet. Shit. He's spotted you. He's going to try and take you. You need to do this now, Rose."

She wasn't ready. While the Tribe had never been military, they were all military trained. But unlike him and Quinn, Rose had never actually seen any action. It was all theoretical, but she focused herself quickly.

Jake was deep in the man's mind when she sent out the psi bolt and the effect nearly knocked him off his feet. Balancing himself with a hand against the wall, he shook his head.

"I did it."

"So you did. One down. Can you see the other?"

"Not from here. I'll have to get out."

"Be quick. The rest aren't aware that one of their guys is down yet. But that can't last."

"Did it work?" Quinn asked.

"Yes. She's going after the second sniper. But she'd better be quick. They're coming for us." He'd lost his gun during the blast. So had Quinn. They were unarmed. If their attackers found them now it was over unless Rose came through. And she probably couldn't get there fast enough to prevent them putting a bullet in his brain.

"Rose?"

"Almost there. I can see him. He's farther away."

"He hasn't seen you yet." This time, Jake pulled out of the man's mind before the bolt hit him.

"Come on," he said to Quinn.

Quinn was pale, his shirt sleeve drenched in blood, but there was nothing they could do about the wound right now. Jake ran, crouching low to the ground, but had to straighten to get over the wall. "You first." Quinn didn't argue, just hoisted himself one-handed over the five-foot wall. Jake followed. He sensed the moment the soldier behind them spotted him, and he jerked to the side. A bullet hit the wall at his left, puffing up dust. Then he was over, hitting the ground hard and rolling on the pavement. He pushed himself to his feet and ran for the vehicle as a soldier scrambled over the wall behind them. Jake felt the man focus, the gun aim, then another psi bolt and the shooter crashed to the concrete.

Rose leaned against the car, exhaustion etched on her face.

"You did fucking great," Jake said.

She gave a weak smile. But they couldn't waste time. They needed to get out of there and fast.

Quinn and Rose climbed in the back as Jake opened the front door and got into the driver's seat. As he pulled away, he looked into the mirror behind him. Figures were emerging from the neighboring houses, but otherwise all was quiet.

"Are the others alive?" Rose asked, her voice strained.

He ran a hand through his hair. "I don't know. I think so. At least when they were taken. But I can't get any contact. They're unconscious or ..." He didn't finish the sentence, not wanting to say it out loud. To his reckoning there had been four of their people at the house last night. Dexter, Stefan, Teagan, and Connor. Sadie and Ryder were watching the colonel, their old government liaison. Finn, Chase, and Imogen were presumably still in Monte Carlo trying to make them some funds. But he couldn't reach them that far away — only Kaitlin was strong enough to do that.

"What about Kaitlin?" Quinn asked as if catching the whisper of his thoughts.

He shook his head. "Nothing."

It had been the death of Kaitlin's brother, Sam, that had precipitated their decision to break away from their government controllers three months ago. But Kaitlin had decided to go back. While she hated the colonel for his part in her brother's death, she still had faith that they could help create a better world. So she'd given herself up to the oversight committee who'd been appointed by the American government to investigate the Tribe.

Although the Tribe was originally funded by the Rayleigh Corporation, and then by the British government, over the last few years the Americans had thrown a shitload of money at them. At some point it was inevitable that they would want to see where that money was going, how it had been spent — whether it was worth it.

Kaitlin had believed the head of the committee, a Senator Gilpin, was an honorable man and that she could get him to listen to her, offer him a vision of a future with no more lies. Jake no longer believed in that vision. There were too many people for whom lying was a way of life. But short of tying her up, he hadn't been able to stop her. No one could stop Kaitlin when she set her mind on something. Seventeen going on seventy — she was the strongest of them all. Now he couldn't reach her.

He had to find a safe place for them to stay while he sorted out this fucking mess. Then he'd contact the colonel and find out exactly how the bastard wanted to play this.

Not that it really mattered. If one more of Jake's people came to harm through anything the colonel did, he was a dead man walking.

It was only a matter of time.


* * *

Colonel Harry Winters loved two things in life — power, and his daughter Christabel. The former had always been his driving force. The latter had come later in his life. He had never expected to feel that emotion. He'd certainly never loved Christa's mother, and if anyone had ever questioned him on the subject, he would have said categorically that he didn't believe in love. But somehow she had crept into his heart and lodged herself deep inside.

Maybe because in the whole world she was the only person who had ever loved him. And Christa gave her love, as she did everything else in life, unconditionally and whole-heartedly.

She watched him now from across the kitchen table, a small frown between her brows as she sipped her coffee. "Are you okay?" she asked.

"Of course. Why wouldn't I be?"

She screwed up her nose as she studied him. "You seem a little distracted, that's all. You haven't been yourself for the last few days. Actually, for the last few months."

She'd always been perceptive — he'd worried about it in the early years — but it had come to nothing. There were no signs of her origins anywhere. She certainly bore no resemblance to him. Still in her pajamas, with her hair a wild mass of honey-blond curls around her heart-shaped face, she gave off an almost palpable air of sweetness.

And no one had ever accused him of being sweet.

While she had her own self-contained apartment in the house, it had become a ritual for them to share an early morning coffee together. Christa worked hours almost as long as his. She was, in her way, even more driven than he was, and at only twenty-five, she was already at the top of her field. So this, at least, ensured they saw each other briefly most days.

"I'm fine," he said. "Just a little problem at the office."

"Well, if you want to talk ...?"

Never going to happen.

Christa loved him. He knew that. But whether that love would survive a more intimate knowledge of what he did — what he had to do — he was unsure. She was a genuinely good person. For Christ's sake, he'd seen her pry earthworms off the pavement and put them gently in the garden, and half her salary was donated to one cause or another. She hated injustice, cruelty, unkindness ... No, she definitely wouldn't approve of some of the harder decisions he had to make. So he ensured that she would never find out.

His cell phone rang, and he pulled it out of his pocket and looked at the screen. A relay from the office.


(Continues...)

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SimplySarahReviews More than 1 year ago
I was given an Advanced Review Copy, by the author, in return for a honest review. I really enjoyed this story so far, first part in the Beyond Human series. It has a descriptive plot and the characters are well developed. The whole paranormal Tribe concept was fresh and very interesting. Loved the romance too. Though I usually do not like cliff hangers, I am eagerly awaiting the next installment! Great paranormal romance. - Sarah
miki_Lecture More than 1 year ago
Fabulous surprise! I was more than tempted by the book description but the story is , so, so much better than that. There is a lot of violence and deaths but the suspense and tension is wonderfully instilled with a good touch of romance and some humour as well. Nina Croft managed to surprise me several time and left me wanting for more despite the cliffhanger ( and you know how i hate those) Really for me this seemed at first more of an paranormal romance suspense than urban fantasy with the investigation going one and it was a good one with still a lot to undercover, the characters are very interesting and it's hard not to feel for them. Jake feels so betrayed and guilty because those in who he believed lied to me and it resulted in the deaths of some dear to him. he wants to protects the other members and for that he thinks he is ready to do anything but deep down he is a good person and still has dreams.....even if he can be deadly Christa isn't naïve she is trusting, trying to see the positive all the time, she is a bit different from others but it never bothered her, she loves her job and focuses on it until a very handsome male appears and change her world. One thing i loved is that among the tribe, even females have powers and go for what they want. it's not only a bunch of alpha male, it's a great change. I also loved that they were discovering powers slowly and often very different ones and i can't wait to see what will the powers of those we still don't know. It's very well written and captivating with a lot of twists to keep you immersed and biting your nails in a light anguish for the characters life.
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful read! I had heard so much about this story that when it came up for review I requested it. Jake wants his people back but Christa father won’t give them. Slowly his tribe is dying as they are hunted down by the government he worked for. Jake makes plans to get his people back by kidnapping Christa. I totally loved their first meet it was just too cute and fun. Christa might look all shy and innocent but her thoughts sure are not. I had to laugh as these two meet for the first time the author really puts some thought into this read giving you a cute humorous read full of love, mystery and thrills. She really builds up the story setting up the next book in the series with wonderful characters you can’t wait to get to know more about. I really loved the connection Jake and Christa have they are really totally different due to the life they have lead. One a little on the wild side the other so pure and innocent. Jake loves sneaking into Christa mind he really finds peace there something he needs very much. Jake has done what they want but he knows the right and wrong which makes him take a turn putting him at the top of their enemy list. I really enjoyed getting to know these characters as well as a few that will be in future books. I found I was so invested in the read that I could not put it down and stayed up late to read as much as I could. The author knows how to hook her readers giving one compelling read that is highly entertaining. You are going to have to hold on to your seat to take the rollercoaster ride as the author throws twists and turns your way. It is a very exciting ride that will have you so invested you will wonder where the time has gone. I can’t wait to see where she takes this series. If you are looking for a exciting, thrilling read that will have you chuckling a time or two this is the story for you.
Musings_of_Madjy More than 1 year ago
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!
KnottyGirlReviews More than 1 year ago
I’m going to admit, Sci Fi is straight up not my thing. with a very few exceptions like star Wars, and a couple of Authors who write some smoking BDSM Sci Fi Erotica, I usually avoid most of the stuff. That being said, when the blurb for Unthinkable came across mine eyes, I was intrigued, enough so to take on reading it. I’m glad I did. It pretty much had me hooked from the start, and for Sci Fi, that’s not an easy feat. You have these members of a different genetic class, that are being persecuted, threatened with extinction, and their only way of fighting back is to kidnap the daughter of the man they think is behind it all. Christa is a geneticist, and she’s been doing work on longevity. (You just know it will have relevance to all of this down the line.) Jake, the uber-hot leader of the Tribe kidnaps her for leverage against her father. But things aren’t always as they seem. A group called the Conclave seems to be pushing the colonel’s buttons. And when Jake finds out that the colonel isn’t the only player in the “Erase the Tribe” game, it’s almost too late. He’s got feelings for Christa and now whomever is behind wanting them gone, wants Christa and her father gone too. It becomes a race for Jake and Christa to figure out just who wants the Tribe gone and why, along with anyone who has knowledge of them. The cliffhanger of an ending will keep you in suspense. This was definitely a book that had me hanging on my toes. All four of them. (Inside book joke :)) Ms. Croft writes a tale that will have your total attention, your heart racing, and your feelings all over the place. The Unthinkable is definitely one for the keeper pile, and I can’t wait for book two. I am now a total Nina Croft fan. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is the dramatic start to an enthralling science fiction adventure and romance set in contemporary times. It involves a group of paranormally talented people who have been brought up in foster care before being brought together to form a team, the Tribe. They used to think they were working for the good guys but the death of some of them has made them question their orders and escape from where they were being experimented on. That was three months ago and now their former bosses have ordered them to be captured and some of them captured it is up to their leader, Jake Callahan, to endeavour to ensure they can all be free. To do this he instigates the kidnapping of Christa Winters, the beloved daughter of the man who used to be their boss and the man currently holding and threatening the lives of Jake’s team mates. Christa is a science geek who has no idea what her Dad is involved with and who is instantly attracted to Jake - and the attraction is mutual! As more people are murdered, danger lurks from unknown sources and soon Jake is desperate to keep the Tribe and Christa safe . . . . This is an action packed adventure with well developed characters, a superb plot and that ending is one heck of a cliffhanger! Initially it seems a straightforward story but the author has cleverly interwoven a variety of threads together to create an intriguing story that had me reluctant to put it down, I wanted to know what happened next! Now I can’t wait to read the future books in this amazing series. I have no hesitation at all in highly recommending this to anyone who enjoys stories set in the present day but involving science fiction elements together with mystery, adventure and romance! I was gifted a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.25 stars-- UNTHINKABLE is the first installment in Nina Croft’s adult, sci-fi BEYOND HUMAN paranormal, romance series focusing on a group of supernatural humans known as the Tribe-descendants from a group of people discovered, over 100 years earlier, by an expedition to the Mountains of the Moon (Congo Free State of Africa). This is leader of the Tribe Jake Callahan, and genetic scientist Christa Winters’s story line. Told from several third person perspectives UNTHINKABLE focuses on discrimination and specieism aimed at the descendants of the Tribe- a race of tall, blue-eyed Caucasians believed to be the product of inbreeding who were transferred to Scotland, given a home and all but forgotten. Fast forward to present day where the survivors and descendants have found themselves the victims of government experiments and manipulation, and in the ensuing time have discovered that each has been blessed or cursed with supernatural powers and psychic abilities as part of their Tribe DNA. Jake Callahan is the current day leader of the Tribe, and a man who is slowly losing the people he loves. Enter Christa Winters, a genetic scientist, who is unaware of the Tribe’s existence but a woman who is closer to the Tribe than she could ever have imagined. UNTHINKABLE follows the life and death struggle of the members of Jake Callahan’s team of supernatural survivors. With the government and other factions of secret society trying to destroy what remains of the Tribe, our hero has a difficult time when the members of his ‘family’ slowly become victims of experiments and ‘ethnic’ cleansing. When Jake discovers that the man he once considered a father, Colonel Harry Winters, may be behind the Tribe’s slow descent into h*ll, Jake targets his daughter Christa in a game of betrayal and revenge. There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including several members of secret government organizations behind the experimentation and eradication of the Tribe. We are introduced to Jake’s team and the people he calls family, as well as a newcomer who may or may not be connected to his Tribe. The world building focuses on the history of the Tribe; their numbers, their powers and their psychic abilities, as well as their fight for freedom and battle to stay alive but there is plenty of information that has yet to be revealed leaving the reader wanting more. Not everyone will survive the attacks against the Tribe and our hero will struggle with the loss of life and the guilt he places squarely on his shoulders. UNTHINKABLE is a passionate and fascinating story line about survival, discrimination and fear of the unknown. The premise is inventive, captivating and clever; the characters are tragic, inspiring, courageous and confident; the romance is fated and fascinating-Jake’s ability to read minds makes for some unusual and uncomfortable moments both in and out of the bedroom ;) Nina Croft’s amazing ability to blend Sci-fi with the paranormal takes the reader on an adventure into the unknown.
missalicia2013 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC from netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.... I am completely confused by this book. I have read a lot of science fiction in my past so that might be my problem. The set up was lacking to me. It never really gave you enough information to carry the plot. I felt confused most of the read and had a hard time staying with the story. The best part of the read was the chemistry between two characters Jake and Christa but she dragged that on awhile it got somewhat predictable and annoying stale. Honestly I don't know how the book ends I tried for 4 days to finish it and a book of this size should only take me 1-2. I'm very upset to leave this review this way as I really like this author's books but I promised to be honest.
PennySparkles More than 1 year ago
I’ll start this review by saying: the next installment of this story better already be in editing stages because I need it now! OMG, this book was so good! The action, intrigue, suspense and paranormal elements, as well as the hot sexiness, were in just the right balance. Jake is the reluctant head of a team of telepaths self-named “The Tribe”. Until recently, they worked with the military, but when they found out things weren’t as they seemed with the group they not only worked with but lived with, they escaped. Now hunted by the people they once trusted, in an effort to even the playing field Jake decided to kidnap his former superior’s daughter as a bargaining chip. As a scientist, Christa has an unquenchable thirst for knowledge about anything and everything. When her hunky kidnapper tells her about her father’s activities, a whole new world of questions opens up for her. Soon everything they thought they knew is turned upside down. Finding the origins of the Tribe, and finding out who exactly is out to get them become their priority. Jake was a fantastic leader and as the oldest member and the de facto leader he felt responsible for each and every one of them. Innately a good guy, his military training could not override his code of right and wrong. Even though it complicates everything, his attraction to Christa is too strong to resist and he just can’t stop himself. Besides being incredibly hot and sexy, he was bossy, alpha, and a total protector. Christa was a hoot. I loved her and her quirky brain. She kept trying to play off her attraction to Jake as Stockholm’s’ Syndrome, though she eventually accepts there’s just something about him that calls to her. I really enjoyed how strong she was, although she wasn’t a trained fighter her emotional and mental fortitude made up for it. No matter what was dumped on her lap, she rallied and waded forth not giving herself the chance to break down in hysterics and believe me, she had more than enough reason to. I could really feel Jake and Christa’s connection and they quickly accepted the fact that they were meant to be. Both were set on protecting and taking care of the other, which made for some very funny conversations and a very exasperated Jake. Their time together as a couple was really hot and it just took the epic level of this story even higher for me. Now I need to know when the next book in the series is coming and if Jake and Christa are still the main couple. I have so many questions about the both of them, separately and as a couple. Even though the story ends in a definite HFN, my curiosity has been left at an all time high. Unthinkable was one of the most interesting and engaging books I’ve read of late and anyone with a drop of geek in their veins will most definitely love it. *I received a complimentary copy of this book*
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
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. Review: Alright, so I was totally fooled by where all the mystery behind the Tribe and their origins. That is all I will say about that. What seemed to start out as a simple kidnapping story turns into a very interesting tale with many twists and turns. The Tribe have been trained since their youth to use their extrasensory abilities to spy and work covertly for the government. When they decide to break from the people they work for and live a "normal" life they become the targets and members get ambushed and kidnapped. Trying to get the others back they kidnap Christa the daughter of their old handler/boss. Things get really interesting from there. There is a lot of mystery, cat and mouse and action, but I am not giving away more than that. I really loved the story line and the uniqueness of the story. The use of the extrasensory abilities added a great element to the story and made it even more interesting. Of course, there is a blooming romance in the middle of all this action and chaos. Jake is a caring and capable leader. Christa is just too fun for words and her inner dialogue had me laughing even in the middle of her being kidnapped. Together they make a great force in their quest to find the others. This is the first book in the series and I thought it was an awesome start. I will say that the story does not wrap up at the end, in fact it ends with a major revelation that you will have to wait for the next book to learn more about...which I hope we don't have to wait too soon for because I am Hooked! 4.5Stars *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
badkat17us More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by Nina and I absolutely loved it and can’t wait for the next one. This book has intrigue, romance, danger, and more. Jake Callahan is the leader of group called the Tribe. The members of the Tribe have special physic gifts and they are discovering new ones as they go. They used to work with the government and always considered themselves the good guys but things are changing. After learning things weren’t as they thought they were. He and his group are trying to figure the truth out and remain the good guys. Christa Winters is the daughter of the man the Tribe worked for with the government. She is a scientist and a total geek. She has no clue why Jake and his group want her. But as they both soon find out they are more connected than they either knew. Christa didn’t know about their abilities in the beginning. People all around them are dying and danger is around every corner. Someone is out the silence the Tribe and anyone who knows about them. Will they be able to figure things out before it’s too late? Jake feels like it’s his responsible to take care of everyone in the Tribe because he is the oldest. He has a lot of guilt over things that have happened to members of the Tribe. Christa is attracted to bad boys but is always to consumed with her research to really bother with men. While all the members of the Tribe can communicate psychically the abilities range in strength and some can do different things. This book takes the reader on an amazing journey. I didn’t want to put the book down once I started reading. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed a bit of paranormal and some mystery. I am chomping at the bit for the next book in this series. Fantastic job Nina Croft. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
WarpedSweet More than 1 year ago
I am not sure how I feel about this book. I did like it, but at the same time it really was kind of...meh. The storyline was cool; secret government experiments, humans with extra abilities, that plot twist at the end was actually really cool. I will admit that I didn't see it coming and it left me wanting to read, because I just gotta know why, how! But the beginning, the build up, they left me wishing it was more. The development between characters left me wanting more, the relationship between the two main characters,J ake and Christa, left me bored and wondering why everyone has to have an instant attraction and why couldn't there have been more things to happen. The kidnapping element was pretty cool, but rather weakly done I think. I mean, in all it wasn't a bad book. I still finished it, and it did get real interesting. I liked it. I wouldn't read it again, but I would read the next in the series. **I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review.**
n7kk7br00ks More than 1 year ago
The Tribe were a government funded operational resource. But now on the run, their genetic differences from basic humans could now be outed to the world in general. Their former boss wants to control them but he has an Achilles Heel, his daughter Christa. When Jake kidnaps Christa he is in for a bit of rude awakening cos she has no idea what her father has been upto. Add in a sizzling electricity between her and Jake and you can tell this is going to be a bumpy ride! With that hot romance action comes a side order of adventure and almost sibling-rivalry-esque behaviour and banter between the members of the tribe, there is enough happening to keep you interested and invested in what is happening with the main characters. I'm left with questions that I need answered tout suite!! I need the next book NOW!!!! I was gifted a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! This is the first paranormal book I've read by this author and I loved it! In it, Jake and his friends (the tribe), have escaped from government captivity and are fighting for their very survival as they try to understand why the government is attempting to terminate them. This has it all - a compelling story, characters you can care about and feel invested in, and a sexy romance. If you enjoy your romance with a bit of paranormal, you will love this book. The author is on my must read authors' list.
Linnyc More than 1 year ago
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. What can I say but this is the first book in another great series from Nina Croft. The chemistry between Jake & Christa is there & the wonderful dialogue especially when he's reading her mind is a delight. This builds as it goes & develops other characters who are for future books. The ending is such a cliff hanger & I had to double check there wasn't more as I wanted for it to go on. Jake is tall, dark, strong & sexy. Christa is not your typical female lead as she is also strong, clever & a leader in her field. The Tribe is explained historically & current day but there are plenty of gaps for the future books to build on. It is great on so many levels apart from the romance of Jake & Christa it has action, thriller, passion & just about everything you could want from a good book. Once you have read this, if you haven't read Nina before go through her other books & start reading.