In Fatal Intent, Garrett Cole leads a scientific team deep into the Borneo rain forest looking for new insect life. But when her local guide turns up dead and headless, will she be able to get them all out alive? Aidan was raised by a local tribe, making the blonde haired white man an enigma. He lives in the city working as a PI, but periodically he comes home to the jungle to find serenity in the life he used to know. When he comes across Garrett and her team, lost in the jungle and obviously in trouble, he can’t turn away. But investigating the murder may give him answers he doesn’t want to know, answers that lead too close to his home and family. And his attraction to the team’s leader may prove as dangerous as the jungle around them.
Ryshia Kennie’s book shows itself to be an enjoyable, suspenseful read. The answer of who killed the guide is given to readers pretty quickly, but the intricacies of everyone involved and the why runs through the rest of the story. It is well-developed, straight-forward, and doesn’t leave any unanswered threads.
The characters involved are diverse and interesting, however my only real complaint is that they supporting cast wasn’t as fleshed out as I would have liked. Personally, I like detailed descriptions and though we are given that for Aiden & Garrett, plus vague physical descriptions of some of the people, I had a hard time picturing everyone. Some may prefer to come up with their own ideas on what the people are like, but I want to have a little more provided by the author. And while we are given a look at the personality of some of Garrett’s team, I didn’t feel like I knew enough about the rest to get too attached to them. Since the group is in danger for a decent part of the book, without that connection, I didn’t feel any fear for them. That said, what was given was well-written and the jungle came alive in my mind.
Fatal Intent is a good choice for those whole like a light suspense with a little romance thrown in.