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Malfunction (Dark Desires Origins Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B081LWWDTG
- Publisher : Entangled: Amara (January 20, 2020)
- Publication date : January 20, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 3852 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 322 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #138,365 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As the story opens, things are going to hell quickly. Ships are disappearing, people are dying in their Cryopods, and almost all of the ships are malfunctioning. Onboard Trakis One, Logan is awakened from cryo-sleep by Major Travis Payne claiming that Logan is needed to determine if malfunctions caused the deaths of people in cryo-sleep or something more nefarious. Similar murders have happened on other ships. So far, it appears as though at least 30 Chosen have died. When Katia arrives, Logan knows he's in trouble.
Similarly, Katia is awakened from cryo-sleep on Trakis Two by Rico, a vampire who is now captain of the ship, who she owes a bit of loyalty to because of what happened to her when she was 19. Rico's ship includes a collection of Unchosen Ones such as vampires, werewolves, demons, witches, warlocks, and one werecat, Katia. Rico informs Katia that someone has been killing the Chosen Ones, the name given to the people who won the lottery to leave Earth and find a new home. Katia who was the best at solving murder cases, is sent to Trakis One to investigate and solve the mystery of the cryo deaths.
As Katie and Logan try to figure out what is causing certain cryo pods to stop working, trapping the occupants inside with no oxygen and no escape, other forces are working to stop the investigation. In fact, there are several attacks on both Katia and Logan that give them both pause to reflect who could be so evil that they would not only kill innocents, but the detectives trying to solve the murders. As the number of ships dwindle, Katia and Logan are against time and an unseen enemy with an unknown agenda. (Note: I figured out the parties involved quite quickly which kind of ruined the story for me.)
At the same time, Logan gets more than he bargains for with Katia. She's his perfect match and the sex scenes are very steamy. Logan's relationship with Rico is humorous and you can't help but like Rico who is just trying to save his people by doing some things that aren't necessarily above board. I actually really liked Katia. She's feisty, and snarky, and doesn't take a crap from anyone, not even Rico. Logan is an empath who has tried hard to fit in, but figured out that fitting in isn't all that cracked up to be which is why he joined the military.
This series actually takes place 500 of years before the Dark Desires 6 book series which is why it is called Origins. Some of the same characters from that series like Vampire Ricardo Sanchez and Callum Meridian appear in this book. Rico, as I said, is Captain of the Trakis Two, while Callum is a hero pilot who was once engaged to marry the daughter of the Federation President. In this story, he's the captain of Trakis 7 where a large piece of the mystery is revealed thanks to not believing the BS he's been handed by those in charge. While Rico's appearance is almost a main character, Callum's appearance is pretty brief.
The author sets the stage with mysterious malfunctions that are causing death by asphyxiation, a strange crew that is definitely hiding something and two MCs that I was instantly curious (and rooting for) Katia and Logan. Back on Earth, Katia was a homicide detective and Logan is part of the new world military. Katia is a strong, capable heroine who calls it like it is and doesn’t pull her punches. Logan was the more vulnerable of the two and it totally worked for him. He was smart and compassionate but also had his rough edges just like his leading lady.
These two, along with the secondary characters had me pretty invested in the story.
Overall, I liked the story and I can definitely see this continuing especially with how things left off in the end. I’ll love to see Dylan, Adam and Callum again. I would recommend for the sci-fi fans who like space operas. The romance isn’t focal to the story, but rather a nice bonus in this suspense/mystery read.
* * * ARC provided for an honest review * * *
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
On another ship in the fleet Katia is awakened by her captain. She was a homicide detective on Earth and he needs her to keep this investigation away from his ship. Rico and Katia are not human, and neither are half of the 10,000 other passengers onboard their ship. As Katia and Logan try to figure out what is causing certain cryo pods to stop working, trapping the occupants inside with no oxygen, other forces are working to stop the investigation. Logan is starting to have suspicions about Rico's ship, no matter how Katia tries to divert him. And she is starting to have feelings for Logan and doesn't want to see him killed for learning things that have nothing to do with their case.
I was given an advanced copy of this book by the author. My review is voluntary.