Review: Malfunction by Nina Croft



Author: Nina Croft
Series: Dark Desires: Orgins #1 / Dark Desires #7
Pages: 400


Investigator, Sergeant Logan Farrell, has never been convinced the human race deserves saving. But it looks like he’s got the job anyway.

It’s been five hundred years since we fled the remnants of a dying Earth in search of a new home. Twenty-four ships, each carrying ten thousand Chosen Ones. All sleeping peacefully…until people start dying in cryo.

Malfunction or murder? Hopefully, the former—a serial killer in the fleet would be drastic for morale. But Logan is determined to find the truth. Unfortunately, he’s got a new partner—and he works best alone.

Katia Mendoza, hot-shot homicide detective, has been woken from cryo to assist with the investigation. But is she really interested in solving the case, or does she have her own agenda?

Before he can answer that question, though, they become targets themselves.

Nothing like a few near misses with death to bring a couple together, and Logan finds himself falling for the alluring detective. But he doesn’t know that Katia is hiding a secret.

It’s not only humans who fled the dying Earth.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

When I found this book in NetGalley I giggled like a little kid in front of a sweet store (well, or like an adult… never lose your sweet tooth!!). Why? Because this is a Paranormal Romance set inside a spaceship in the distant future. Shifters and vampires in space!! IN SPACE!!! What else can I ask for? Maybe some misterious murders? Check! Perhaps a dreadful situation for the rest of the human race? Check! Amazing characters? Uhmmm… Never ending action? Well, no so fast… Explosive ending? Yeah, but not what you are thinking… This book was aiming to my nerdy heart, but it misses miserably…

I must confess that this is my first book of the Dark Desires saga. I know this book happens way before the rest of the books, so it can be read without the need to pick the previous ones. At least that is the theory. I have the feeling I would have enjoyed more some characters if I knew them better, but I guess I will never know for sure. Overall, the cast of this book is pretty generous in size, but rather mediocre in interest. Most of them will be stored in the bad cupboard and some of them in the “maybe I’ll check them later” one. Actually, just one of them would make that second category: Adam, the werewolf. He doesn’t have a lot of time in the story, but the little there is he seems like a charismatic and fun guy. The main couple is really annoying. Katia is too grumpy and she only does three things: eat, drink and have sex. Logan was slightly better, but those three activities are also his main rutine. It really pissed me off the fact they are constantly drinking alcohol. Not a good example for the little sample of humankind there is left…

The mystery could have been the redeeming factor, but it is horribly developed. No rhyme no reason. The investigators doesn’t expend much time investigating (too focused on drinking  I guess…) and all the clues are practically thrown to their faces. Those same investigators have zero qualms about ending the life of another person. Taking into account there are not many humans left, I would have expected a less drastic approach to their problems…


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