An expedition into the Borneo rain forest is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for entomologist Garrett Cole. It’s this trip that could finally make her a star in her field. But when her team’s guide is found dead and headless on the banks of the river, Garrett’s dream trek suddenly becomes a nightmare. Lost in the heart of the jungle, she must fight to maintain her composure while leading a panicked team of scientists to safety.
When sexy and rugged Aidan arrives in the jungle looking as if he belongs, Garrett has no choice but to accept his help. But Aidan is more than she bargained for—a man of few words and fewer answers, as comfortable in the jungle as the mysterious native tribesmen. And as the days pass and passion flares between them, Garrett wonders if Aiden’s good intentions are just another of the jungle’s illusions.
In a land rife with predators and a killer still on the loose, can she trust the one man who claims to be their rescuer?
Review: Garrett is our leading lady. She’s an Entomologist who has lead a group into the Borneo jungle to look for a certain type of beetle. She is a tough as nails scientist on the outside and knows that this trip needs to be completed in order to impress her father. Unfortunately, the group’s guide is beheaded and Garrett is left with trying to find their way out of the jungle, without leaving the body behind. Easier said than done.
Aidan is jungle-raised and feels more comfortable in a loincloth, holding a spear, than he does in the city where he lives. He comes back to the jungle to relish in the quietness for vacation. While following a group of hunters, he happens upon Garrett and her confused group. Since he is a private investigator, he is intrigued by the mystery of the beheading as his tribe no longer follows the practice. His main goal – find out who the murderer is and lead these people out of his jungle. Unfortunately, he finds himself falling for Garrett and doesn’t want to lead them out too soon.
Both Garrett and Aidan are closed off and that makes it really difficult for the reader to want to get to know them. So when it comes to their quick romance, I almost felt like it was just put in there to appease a certain customer. I felt like the romance didn’t have any basis. Yes, they are attracted to each other but they barely had a normal conversation. Not until after they slept together, that is.
Also, most of the secondary characters get no time at all in the story so for me, they were a waste of reading space. That sounds harsh but I didn’t feel like I even knew who they were really were and when one of them dies, I barely even knew who it was.
Take the romance out though and the story is interesting. The suspense was great! Normally, you don’t know who did it until the end…Ryshia Kennie tells us at the beginning. Then you go through the entire book wondering…did he act alone? I absolutely surprised by the ending.
With an interesting locale and a great twist, you won’t go wrong with this book.