BOO!ks for October: The Descartes Legacy by Nina CroftThe Descartes Legacy by Nina Croft
Published by Edge, Entangled, Entangled Edge on September 30, 2013
Pages: 250
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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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.

The Descartes Legacy is a Blockbuster movie waiting to happen.

Okay, this book might not be spooky in the BOO! sense, but it’s definitely creepy and suspenseful, thus making it fit for a BOO!ks for October rec.

Lucas Grafton– Tall, dark, and handsome. A man on a mission. Our male MC.

Jenna Young– Tall, blonde, and beautiful. A woman with a purpose. Our female MC.

The Conclave– Exclusive terrorist organization

 

I really enjoyed the evolution of Nina’s main characters, and found myself crushing hard on the brave, tortured, vigilante-esque Luke. Luke is introduced during an intense stake-out at the beginning of the book. I love when a book keeps me on my toes, and I wasn’t sure if Luke was going to be a like-able character.  He turned out to be more than like-able. His character is hot and heroic, without compromising his sensitive side.

Jenna, who becomes Luke’s love-interest, is a deceptively cool character. Upon first impressions, I didn’t like Jenna. She’s one of those women who is annoyingly attractive, and just ”sleeps” with men as opposed to having relationships with them because of a hang-up she’s nursing. But when Jenna and Luke are drawn together by mysterious events involving The Conclave, her character starts to shift. She let’s down some of her walls, and becomes this cool, fascinating woman.

The life-threatening events that Luke and Jenna find themselves in works as a vacuum, and their relationship progresses rather quickly, but it’s believable and satisfying under the circumstances. I really enjoyed the arc of Jenna and Luke’s characters throughout this story.

Reading this book was like watching a movie. The action sequences were nail-bitting, and the story development in between was good enough to hook even the most anti- action film/book type of person. I think this book easily speaks to both genders.

I thought The Descartes Legacy was going to be your stock, run-of-the-mill action/thriller, but there was a Science Fiction twist to the story that left me on the edge of my seat. It had the same kind of effect that The Sixth Sense had on me. I reveled in the feeling of being surprised, and thought to myself, “Damn. That was sooo good!”.  I’ll let the book-blurb for The Descartes Legacy speak for itself, and not go into anymore detail about the plot.

The Descartes Legacy was intense. The overall pacing and feel to the story reminded me of a Dan Brown novel ( The Da Vinici Code, Angels and Demons, Inferno). Yes. I did. I just compared Nina Croft‘s writing to the great Dan Brown. ( I love Dan Brown’s books, if it wasn’t already obvious). This book is a page turner, and clever plot devices keep it surprising and intriguing as it swiftly moves along.  There are a few scenes in this book that are explosive in ”more ways than one”, and properly place it on the Entangled Edge roster. Go read The Descartes Legacy. Luke Grafton is waiting for you like a Puma.

 But for some reason, the stranger who stood in the doorway didn’t make her think ”police.” He was tall, at least six three, with a lean body beneath black pants and a black shirt open at the throat. His face was pale, his hair short and black.

When he saw she’d noticed him, he stepped into the room and came toward her, moving with the grace of an athlete, each step controlled, giving Jenna the impression of  leashed power.

 

 

 

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review: Unchained by J. LynnUnchained by J. Lynn, Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Nephilim Rising #1
Published by Entangled Edge on September 17th, 2013
Pages: 400
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon, Purchased by Reviewer
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Between the pissed off creatures that want demon-hunter Lily Marks dead and the fallen angel who just...wants her, Lily is about ready to trade in forever for a comfy job in a cubicle farm.

The fact that she and Julian are civil to one another is enough to have her thrown out of the Sanctuary, but she can't shake her not-so-angelic stalker or how he brings her dangerously close to ecstasy.

Her forbidden relationship with Julian provides the perfect fuel for suspicion when a traitor is discovered to be working within the Sanctuary. Lily quickly finds herself hunted by well, everyone.

Her only hope is to discover the real traitor before she loses everything--and she'll need Julian's help. That is, if Julian is really there to help her...and not destroy her.

Yeah, being a Nephilim isn't everything it's cracked up to be.

This book started out slow for me. It took a while for me to warm up to Lily, but eventually I got there. Like other female characters of JLA’s, Lily was full of some good snark and I think that is what finally got me. Lily is one kick-ass girl who hardly ever gets into a situation that she can’t get herself out of. Though, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a guardian angel looking out for (stalking) her. Enter Julian, an absolutely swoon-worthy fallen angel who just can’t seem to stay away from Lily. JLA sure knows how to write them swoony hot boys and Julian is no different. That man is one HOT angel. The things he says to Lily, oh boy, and the chemistry between the two of them is absolutely sinful.
I read in another review that the reviewer found his stalking “a little creepy.” Hey guys, He didn’t watch her sleep at night, at least not to our knowledge. Hah.

A 30 something cop and undetected Nephilim, Michael, is discovered by Lily in the book. No one understands why he went undetected, but it makes you wonder if he plays an important part in the bigger picture.

This book had some absolutely smoldering smexy times in it, which is to be expected in a J. Lynn book. I had to fan myself a few times. Like I said before, the chemistry between Julian and Lily was sinful, and when she finally gave into Julian, the sexy times were even more…WOW. I can’t even think of a good word to explain how hot they were. 🙂

After Lily finally won me over, I really started to enjoy this book. I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book with Lily and Julian, as well as learn more about where Michael came from and why.

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About J. Lynn

Jennifer L. Armentrout is the USA TODAY Bestselling author of the adult romance Gamble Brothers’ series, the young adult Lux Series and award winning Covenant Series. She pretty much writes everything—contemporary, paranormal, and fantasy. All of her books have one thing in common no matter the name or genre: kissing… and stuff. When she’s not busy writing, which is never, she’s usually hanging out with dog Loki, watching reruns of The Walking Dead, or procrastinating on the Internet.

About Jennifer L. Armentrout

Jennifer L. Armentrout is the USA TODAY Bestselling author of the adult romance Gamble Brothers’ series, the young adult Lux Series and award winning Covenant Series. She pretty much writes everything—contemporary, paranormal, and fantasy. All of her books have one thing in common no matter the name or genre: kissing… and stuff. When she’s not busy writing, which is never, she’s usually hanging out with dog Loki, watching reruns of The Walking Dead, or procrastinating on the Internet.