Cari Z.

Risky Behavior by L.A. Witt & Cari Z

Risky BehaviorRating: 4.25 stars
Publication day:
 May 1, 2017
309 pages  
 Riptide Publishing

It’s day one of Darren Corliss’s career as a detective, and not only has he been assigned a notoriously difficult partner, but the guy might also be a pill-popping dirty cop. Internal Affairs needs proof, and Darren gets to be their eyes and ears whether he wants to or not.

Detective Andreas Ruffner doesn’t play by the rules, and he doesn’t play well with others. With bodies piling up and a list of suspects who are way above his pay grade, the last thing he needs is a wet-behind-the-ears kid for a partner. Or babysitter. Not even if that partner is easy on the eyes.

As Darren gains Andreas’s hard-won trust, they both realize there’s more than just mutual suspicion simmering beneath the surface. But their investigation is heating up as quickly as their relationship, and Darren has no choice but to go along with Andreas’s unorthodox—and borderline unethical—methods. As IA puts the squeeze on Darren to give up the man he’s falling for, he has to wonder—is Andreas the only cop left in this town who isn’t dirty?

My View: Risky Behavior is a police procedural thriller with a dosage of romance. Everything unfolds slowly until the very end, including Darren’s and Andreas’s relationship.  You have to pay attention to all the clues, and even so, you’d get surprised.

I enjoyed how all the characters–good & bad–are interrelated, not only with the investigation but with the main characters itself.  The pacing keeps the reader entertain, curious, and Andreas’s vulnerability is a nice reward. Darren is a more traditional character and it meshes well with his new, older partner.

I’m glad we get both POVs and extra opinions from other main players. There are a lot of conversations during the downtimes, but it was well-balanced with the rest of the action. Overall, this is a good romantic suspense with a strong HFN. Definitely, I’m looking forward to the next installment.

What I liked the most: How Darren got under Andreas’s skin.

I wanted more/less: More time with Darren and Andreas getting to know each other.

Who should read it: Fans of law enforcement stories.

ARC provided by Riptide Publishing, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. 

Dangerous Territory by Cari Z.

Dangerous TerritoryRate: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Western Romance, Shifters
Publication day: January 13, 2016
Length:  877 locations (.mobi file)
Publisher: Less Than Three Press

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.

My View: I absolutely loved this story– it was a pleasant surprise. Since the very beginning, the reader was pulled toward Carter and his situation. With every detail, we get to feel and stand in his shoes; almost as if experiencing the events through him. His solace and despair were very vivid, as well as his developing relationship with Rani.

Both MCs were interesting and multi-dimensional. Each had a unique personality that evolved through the story. They complemented each other and their journey together, even when short, was perfectly paced to engage the reader into their travels.

All the characters and events had a real purpose, and none were simple placeholders. From the start, we get the sense of a real western setting. The author did a great job combining the lexicon and atmosphere of the Ol’ West. As you read, you can almost hear the twang in the characters’ voices and the difference between the humans and the shifters.

The snakes, the canyon, and the Big Top arrival felt real. The characters were not the only ones in the journey; the readers experience everything with them– from the terrain to the high waters, and Carter’s recovery.

And, the characters relationship just added to an exquisite story. Even removing the romance aspect, Dangerous Territory was a great western read. Their scenes together and how they developed until their mating made the reader want more of their HEA.

What I liked the most: How their relationship transformed and the prospect of their HEA.

I wanted more of: Their future. I wanted to see them together as an everyday couple.

Cover: The cover for this story is beautiful and all encompassing. Everything in it is also part of the story.

Who should read it: Ol’ Western fans.

 ARC received via NetGalley, courtesy of Less Than Three Press, for an honest review.