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Peek Inside Malfunction

It’s been five hundred years since we fled Earth on twenty-four ships, each carrying ten thousand humans sleeping peacefully...until people start dying in cryo. Is it malfunction or murder?

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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.

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781682815250
Series: Dark Desires Origin, Book 1
Release Date: Jan 20, 2020
Page Count: 350
Imprint: amara next
Genre: sci-fi
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits

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By Chris January 20, 2020

Interesting and amusing story. But at least there is Logan! Yumm
I don't often pick up a book in the urban fantasy genre. Often it just seems too far fetched to me. I have read Nina Croft before, so I thought I would give another one a whorl.

This book starts off with a bang and keeps ...more

By ♥ WishfulMiss ♥ January 22, 2020

3.5 Stars

I’m torn over how to review this book!

On the one hand I loved the futuristic space vibes. The idea that we had to leave a dying Earth behind and a lucky handful of people get to space travel to a new world is something I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of reading about. All the what-i ...more

By Marta January 21, 2020

This book is a prequel and I'm hoping that there will be a lot more because the original Dark Desires series was extremely interesting and well thought out. This particular story gives the origins of the humans that left a dying planet Earth and bravely set out to find a new world. Following a lotte ...more

By Brit January 20, 2020

500 years ago 24 ships were launched from Earth carrying the “Chosen Ones” deep into space in hopes of finding a new home as Earth was dying. Now after 5 centuries things are starting to go wrong. Only 10 ships remain and it seems somebody is killing the sleeping passengers. But who could possibly b ...more

By Margaret February 06, 2020

Review originally published at Vampire Book Club and based on a copy provided by the publisher.

Logan is a military investigator. His new partner Katia is a cat shifter. Her boss is a vampire. And they’re all investigating a series of suspicious deaths. Sounds like a typical urban fantasy set up, rig ...more

By BreeAnn January 20, 2020

What I Loved: I really loved the writing in this story. I just felt captivated by what was happening and I really wanted to get to the truth. Nina Croft did a great job of writing this one!

How I Felt: Right from the start, I was hooked on Malfunction. Waking up in a cryotank…finding it’s 500 years i ...more

By Sandy S January 19, 2020

4 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date January 20, 2020

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 ...more

By Miki January 16, 2020

This was first published on my blog " Lecture toute une Aventure"

I love it , i really love it!! to be honest i jumped on this without knowing what to expect because it was written by Nina Croft and i loved all i've read from her so far so i wanted more. It's what i would call a sci-fi paranorm ...more

By Hannah January 30, 2020


Dark Desires Origins #1, Damn Good Sci-fi Romance! Which I'm not surprised I love her Beyond Human series and with this being the prequel to the Dark Desires series I really need to get all of those and read them. I thoroughly enjoy Nina Croft's writing, her books are immersive they pull ...more

By Jypsy January 26, 2020

Thank you NetGalley and Entangled for an advanced copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

By: Nina Crist

*REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟.5
Malfunction is the prequel to the Dark Desires Series, but I didn't even know that, having never read Nina Croft. This story reminds me o ...more

By Joan January 27, 2020

I really enjoyed this book. I grew up reading sci-fi and this filled up a need I didn't know I had. Will have to look for the other books by this author. ...more

By Marlene January 31, 2020

Originally published at Reading Reality

Once upon a time there was a book called Break Out. It takes place in a far distant future – 3050 – in a galaxy far, far away. It’s kind of a heist story, and the first paranormal SFR I ever read. It’s SFR because, well, obviously, 3050 and humanity has managed ...more

By Nikki January 20, 2020

Who says you can have too many genres in one book? Not me!!! I loved I got lots of bang for my buck in this new series. SciFi, PNR, Action/Adventure with a healthy dollop of Romance!

Think of all the great SciFi shows and Moves in recent years and you'll probably find a nod to it here. It was irrever ...more

By Paula January 20, 2020

Malfunction is the backstory to the amazing Dark Desire series by Nina Croft. This is one of my all time favorite series by Ms. Croft so I was thrilled to see a return to characters I had appreciated in the first series. While Rico is not the main character he does make an appearance, an important o ...more

By Denise January 20, 2020

Very entertaining book. The human race has left Earth in search of a new place to live. Thousands of humans are in stasis waiting for a suitable planet to be found. 500 years have passed and one soldier has suddenly awakened. Are they there? Nope. It seems a string of "malfunctions" have occurred th ...more

By Jo (Mixed Book Bag) January 13, 2020

What fun. I love Rico, he is one of my all time favorite characters. This is Rico before the Dark Desires series. He is not the main character in Malfunction but he is already snarky. There is trouble in the fleet fleeing Earth. 500 years have passed and suddenly a series of deaths occur in the cryo ...more

By Kate January 25, 2020

This was my first read from Nina Croft. It is an origin story for her Dark Desires series, but you definitely do not need to read anything before it to understand what is going on. It was a little different than I expected- mainly because I was not prepared for the paranormal aspects- shifters, vamp ...more

By Karen January 25, 2020

Malfunction is the prequel to Nina Croft’s Dark Desires Origins series and sets the tone for an intriguing and entertaining series of captivating stories. For those who have read the original Dark Desires, you will be reintroduced to characters like Rico, but he is not our current hero. Luke and Kat ...more

By Bella March 13, 2020

This SF love story of the end of the earth and humankind is worth the time. Both Katia and Logan are woken up on their ship to find out the suspect or perhaps a serial killer that is on its march. They end up working together and besides that someone is trying to kill them they develop unexpected em ...more

By Regina April 27, 2020

Space the next frontier or is it? When a band of ships leave a dying earth seeking a new planet, people start dying and not of natural causes! Could it be a malfunction? Logan and Katia are awakened from cryogenic sleep to help figure that out! Katia has a secret of her own! Can Logan solve not 1 bu ...more

By Jennifer January 20, 2020

I enjoyed this book a lot has a bit of everything . It is set in the future when earth is evacuated and in space people are dying in the cryo-units . Logan is a detective that’s awake to help keep things running Katie is another detective that is awoken from Cryo to help solve the case .Really great ...more

By Carolyn January 21, 2020

I really enjoyed this book. It’s one of the first ones that I’ve read by this author and I am now looking for more of her works. There are so many genres in this one book that I’m not sure what you would really classify it has, but it was very enjoyable and keeps you in suspense. I can’t wait to rea ...more

By Vickii January 21, 2020

Once again Croft has woven a tale full of excitement and adventure. Not for the faint hearted, the characters come alive on paper and in your imagination. Great characters, innovative plot, and an intriguing story. ...more

By Karen January 17, 2020

I enjoyed this book. Katia is feisty and quirky and I loved her spunk. Logan is an interesting guy. Just when I thought I had him figured out he would surprise me once again. ...more

By Breane January 26, 2020

Received an arc from netgalley. Really enjoyed this if/paranormal/futuristic book! Totally recommend it! ...more

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Nina Croft

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Nina Croft

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 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. And if you’d like to have learn about new releases sign up for Nina’s newsletter here:

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