Dangerous Territory, by Cari Z
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: January 13, 2016
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
With his father barely in the ground and his sister married to a scheming bastard, Carter is on the verge of losing the family ranch. His only chance at holding onto his inheritance is to get his cattle to market before his brother-in-law. That means braving Mason Canyon, which on top of being snake-infested and easily flooded, is also shifter territory. Most clans would just as soon shoot humans as look at them.
His only hope of making it is to trust the shifter who’s agreed to help him, and pray that Rani won’t double-cross him. If Carter doesn’t go he loses everything, and if he doesn’t make it there his family is as good as dead.
A historical western with shifters, written by the immensely talented Cari Z? If the gorgeous cover isn’t enough to draw you in, then hopefully those words will. This novella is a lot of fun, and features some really fascinating worldbuilding that I couldn’t get enough of.
Cari did an excellent job with writing the characters. Carter is down on his luck, about to lose everything he holds dear, and his desperation is driving him to take a dangerous route through Mason Canyon. His guide, Rani, doesn’t seem likely to make things easier; the shifter is stubborn, haughty, and from a completely different background than Carter.
I really want a dozen books in this series. I want to see more about Rani and Carter as their relationship builds! They’re a formidable team, and both men are as strong as they are flawed… but they manage to balance each other.
The shifter mythology here was also very intriguing, and I think Cari did a great job with the imagery and emotions. A really enjoyable short story, and one I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a historical shifter romance.