Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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.
I really enjoyed this creative take on a traditional cowboy story. The setting is AU and seems very much like the Old West of the US. The exception being that instead of Native American tribes there are shifter tribes. This was a novella but it packs a lot of story in it. I thought the author did a very good job of setting the atmosphere of the story and I felt like I was right there with Carter and Rani as they tried to get the cattle through the canyon. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see if they made it and what obstacles would be thrown at them along the way. In addition to the action packed story of moving the cattle there was also a touching romance between the two men. The bulk of the story is the two men alone together and their characterization drives the story. Everything about this book worked for me and I’m finding that I’m becoming a big fan of this author’s work.
Cover art by Natasha Snow: I loved this cover. I thought it was beautiful and it does a great job of showcasing the feel of the book.
Expected publication: January 13th 2016 by Less Than Three Press