Dangerous Territory by Cari Z

Dangerous Territory by Cari Z
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Historical
Length: Short Story (69 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

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.

How far would you go to save your family’s ranch?

The world building was extremely well done. I was especially impressed with how the narrator explained the bigger picture of where these characters live and why their world is organized the way it is. There were so many different layers to it that this adventure could have easily been expanded into something full-length. While it worked perfectly well in the short story form, I’m hoping that the author will consider writing a sequel. I’d love to know what happens to Carter and Rani next.

I would have liked to see more attention paid to how the romance began. The circumstances the characters involved in it were dealing with at the time were difficult. While I definitely wanted these characters to end up together and was pleased with how the rest of their interactions went, I did have a few lingering questions about how it all began that could have easily been answered with the addition of one or two more brief scenes.

The pacing made my heart race. A big part of what made the most intense scenes so unforgettable later on was how much time the author spent building up to them. It was fascinating to see everything come together. As exciting as the beginning was, the plot only became even more interesting as it sprinted towards the conclusion.

I’d heartily recommend Dangerous Territory to fans of romance and science fiction alike. This is a skillful blend of both genres!

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