Rating: 4.75 stars
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Carter Bly’s life has gone downhill fast. After the death of his father, his no good brother-in-law is doing whatever he can to take over the ranch. Carter’s only chance at being independent is to take his share of the cattle and get them to auction before his brother-in-law can get there. But the only way to do that is to drive the herd through Mason Canyon, and that’s dangerous beyond belief. Not only is it shifter territory, and the shifters have no love for humans, but it’s infested by deadly snakes. Carter has to trust in the truce with the shifter tribe, and trust his guide Rani to get him and his cattle through.
At first, Rani is standoffish and cold. Carter can’t even have a conversation with the man. But when he finally gets Rani to start to open up, the men become friends. When Carter gets a life threatening injury, he has to rely on Rani even more. As Rani cares for Carter’s needs, the affection between them grows to so much more. But Carter has never had anything to call his own, and he’s scared to accept what Rani is offering: being his mate. Can Carter’s life really be turning around, and things going in his favor for once?
Guys this was a quick, lovely read that I enjoyed immensely. I wanted more when it was over, not because the story was lacking in anyway, but because I didn’t want to let this world and these characters go. My only small quibble, and I’m going to mention it here to get it out of the way, is that it wasn’t quite clear at the beginning that this was an alternate world historical, and I had some trouble at first finding my sense of place. But once that was cleared up, I was sucked in and couldn’t put it down.
I’m a fan of this author, there’s no doubt about that, and this story exemplifies why. The story telling was concise and lyrical, with wonderfully drawn words that pulled me in and wouldn’t let me go. Carter is down on his luck, his life had gone sideways, and I felt his despair, desperation, and desire right along with him. I also loved that this guy was having a truly rough time, and he was downtrodden, but he still had his backbone and still stood up for himself. His character was wonderfully layered and I was right there with him every step of the journey.
Rani was equally well-drawn, and I think I adored him just as much. When he first meet him, he seems standoffish, cold, and unyielding. But as he opens up we get to learn more, and we see all the things that make up who he is. His changes felt organic and real, and true to his character and the story. It was really lovely, and I wouldn’t call it growth so much as him becoming comfortable with Carter and sharing himself.
Yeah, this story just did it for me. I loved the characters. I thought the story had a good pace, and with a bit of heart pounding tension, tempered by sweet moments of two men falling in love. Yes I wanted more, but because I didn’t want to leave these guys, not because the story was lacking. It was really well done, and if you’re looking for a quick read with a slightly different twist on shifters, then I can definitely recommend Dangerous Territory.