As Blake investigates Henry's death, he feels a strong attraction to Karma. He admires her strength, knowing she struck out on her own after ending an abusive relationship to start over. The beast within him is attracted to her as well. As their attraction to one another grows, so does the danger to Karma. Blake has been told in no uncertain terms to keep her in the dark about the shape-shifter community, even if it means killing her. Blake comes to realize that nothing in the world could make him hurt Karma, and Karma's strength and bravery prove her worth while giving Blake the strength to defy his people and keep Karma safe.
IN THE MIST is a good adventure story with some nice suspense and romance. The characters seem tinged with a bit of destiny, and the reader sees each of them step up to the conflict swirling around them. I like the inner strength Karma displays, and found her to be a good heroine for the story. Blake is also a very interesting character. Although at first I didn't like him at all, as the story unfolded I understood his initial aloof manner. All of this plays into the gradual relationship that he and Karma ease into. The scenic descriptions of
and the orange groves are well done and communicate the setting vividly. The author keeps a lot of secrets and mysteries from the reader until the last moment, and I really enjoyed that sense of suspense, of not giving away everything at once. If you are in the mood for a short story packed with mystery and shape-shifters,
IN THE MIST will give your brain a fix.