The Fog (Berry Springs #4) by Amanda McKinney
Released: December 4, 2018
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Amanda McKinney
Reviewed by Keyrsten
Former Marine turned ballistics expert, Wesley Cross is known around town for two things, his rugged good-looks and cocky attitude—until he finds his ex-girlfriend lying in a puddle of blood in his basement. The scene screams setup, but the discovery of a rare gem and a puzzling autopsy suggests the murder goes much deeper than that. Wesley will do whatever it takes to clear his name, including calling in a notoriously headstrong—and sexy—scientist.
While most little girls were playing dress up, Gwyneth Reece was digging in the dirt collecting bugs. Now one of the top forensic entomologists in the country, Gwen reluctantly accepts a job from a pushy cowboy and travels to the small, Southern town of Berry Springs. Heavy storms are brewing, and when she’s forced to check into the creepiest hotel she’s ever seen, she instantly regrets her decision to help out the former Marine.
Following up on a tip, Wesley heads to the Half Moon Hotel but quickly realizes his visit was not by chance. The killer lured him there, and suddenly everyone from the uptight bellman to the wealthy couple just passing through town become suspect. Bodies begin to disappear, and Wesley knows the killer will do anything to get to him…. including hurting the woman who’s kept his head spinning since he first laid eyes on her.
First things first, I will forever be hesitant to check into to a hotel during a storm. Big nope.
Gwyneth was such a strong female character. Holy lanta. She is a damn good scientist and works herself ragged to achieve everything she has set her mind too. She is wickedly smart both in the books and with her quick witted mouth. Gwyneth knows what she wants and goes for it ... at least in every aspect but her love life. She is in dire need of a vacation and a few stiff drinks, when and arrogant and overbearing Wesley barges in and demands she take his case. The last thing she ever expected was to develop feelings for the brute, but the heart wants what the heart wants and they need each other if they plan on making it through this case alive.
Wesley has been seen as the womanizer of town for as long as he can remember. In his defense, it's hard for him to get close to people and he's waiting for the right woman ... even if it takes quite a few of them to find her. He is honest to a fault and above all else has a good heart. His life was thrown in a tailspin when a dead body is found in his basement and he has a killer trying to frame him for the murder. He can't help but ask himself, why him? What did he do to deserve this? In a desperate attempt to clear his name and find the killer he enlists the help of the best entomologist around. The last thing he ever expected was for her to be the one woman he had been waiting for. In a sick twist of fate he's no longer trying to find a killer, but now is doing everything he can to keep him and the woman he is falling in love with alive.
The attraction and relationship that develops between Gwyneth and Wesley is heart warming, but it was also lacking a little depth for me. For me I feel like a lot of that had to do with the insta-love feel between them. I understand they were in dire situations, but to me it felt more like a relationship of circumstance rather than their want/need for one another. Though I do have to say I loved the way they challenged each other. Plus the steamy scenes were rather hot, you know when you can look past the creepy hotel aspect.
I have to say ... the ending I kind of saw coming. It could just be me, I mean I pride myself in trying to figure out the end game before it's revealed. I would have liked a little more mystery and twists, ones that I couldn't anticipate. That being said, the action of the story did keep me on my toes and pushing through page after page. Overall it was an interesting story line with a likable couple. It wasn't my exact cup of tea, but it was a manageable tea and who knows it could be right up your alley.
Rate: 3 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addict with slight wino tendencies.