Desert Hunter

Galactic Gladiators Series

Short Story in Embrace the Passion:

Pets in Space 3 Anthology

By Anna Hackett

October 2018

Science Fiction Romance

Mersi Kassar knew she had been lucky and enjoyed her life. She had escaped after being sold by her own family. Luckily, she had been found and had made a good life working in the caravan that had found her. Good, but not great. She had made friends in the caravan and liked the work, but she loved her friend Bren Hahn, and he didn't reciprocate.

Bren was a protector, it was his job and what had led to the decisions he made. Including pushing Mersi away from him. He might want her, but it was himself he was protecting her from. After they rescue a canine in the desert, it soon becomes obvious that it is trying to guide them to help someone. Bren and Mersi set off to find them, and just maybe finally find a way to each other.

Desert Hunter was a fun romance with interesting characters. The caravan life was fascinating, and it was obvious to everyone that Mersi and Bren had feelings for one another. Both were heroic and committed to helping others, but it was their persistent care for one another that was most touching. I have not read others in this series, and although it was obviously part of a series, the story did stand on its own.

Kathy Andrico -