Title: Cougar Bait
Series: (Cougarville #2)
Author: Evangeline Anderson
Review Format: eARC
Expected Date Of Publication: June 6th, 2017
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Samantha Becker is a busy and talented trauma surgeon with no time for nonsense. Her sister may have a special Shifter Gene, but Sammie is fairly certain she doesn’t have it, and she’s happy with her life the way it is. She doesn’t need the complicated Shifter lifestyle, and she certainly doesn’t need Liam Keller: Alpha cougar, Mayor of Cougarville and undercover billionaire. She hates him, but Liam is unable to get the curvy surgeon out of his head.
But the Shifter world isn’t ready to let Sammie go. She’s being stalked by someone who’s desperate for Shifter hormones, and Liam takes it upon himself to protect Sammie from harm. Things begin heating up between Sammie and Liam, but will they have to succumb to their inner animals in order to save Sammie’s life?
Cougar Bait is fun, sexy and will take readers on an emotional thrill ride.
Wondering where all the shifter sexiness began?
Take a peek at this EXCERPT from Book #1.
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Sadie looked at him critically from his huge size to his shaggy black hair and neatly trimmed black beard. He had olive skin and large well-made hands with very clean nails. Sadie liked that—she always noticed a man’s hands. For a moment she had a flash of what it would be like to have those hands caressing her body, roaming all over her naked flesh until she moaned for more.
Wait a minute—where did that thought come from?
She had no idea but suddenly there were more like it crowding her brain. It was as though one appetite had been satiated, and now another was growing. But that was ridiculous, wasn’t it? Stop it, Sadie, she scolded herself. He’s too young for you—way too young.
“Well?” Mathis asked and she realized she’d been studying him too long while thinking forbidden, lascivious thoughts.
“Oh, um…” She cleared her throat, feeling her cheeks get hot. “If it wasn’t for your green eyes, I’d say you look Italian. Or maybe half Italian and half giant.” She smiled at him to let him know she was joking and was surprised when he grinned back.
“Yeah, well, I can’t help that I’m not as itty-bitty as you.”
“What?” She gave him an incredulous look. “I am not itty-bitty, I assure you.”
“You are as far as I’m concerned.” His voice dropped to a soft growl and he leaned forward, looking at her across the table. “When I was holding you on the couch I was thinking you felt as light as a feather. Especially when you held on to my shirt and didn’t want me to let you go.”
“I… I don’t remember that. I just remember thinking that something smelled really good and I wanted … wanted to be close to it. To you, I guess.”
Sadie felt herself blushing again as she met his eyes. Why hadn’t she noticed how attractive he was earlier? Maybe because he was always scowling. And now the way he was looking at her, so intently …
She dropped her gaze, feeling unaccountably nervous. This was ridiculous—she was ten years older than him. They had a name for women who went after younger men, didn’t they? Right—cougar. She hadn’t moved to Cougarville to turn into some kind of a cougar.
Mathis seemed to sense her nervous confusion because he cleared his throat and got up to clear their plates.
“How about dessert?” His deep voice was slightly hoarse and there was a definite bulge in the denim of his jeans, but at least he was trying to act normal, which was more than Sadie could say for herself.
“Dessert sounds wonderful,” she made herself say, trying to get back to the cordial tone they’d had before things had suddenly turned weird.
“Great.” He got a glass casserole pan out of the refrigerator and scooped the contents out into two blue bowls, which he brought to the table.
Sadie looked at the dessert, which seemed to have three layers—blueberries in sauce at the bottom, a white middle layer, and crumbled cookies on the top. She took a bite and her eyes rolled up in delight.
“Oh my God, this is sinfully good! Is that middle layer cream cheese?” she asked, going in for another bite.
Mathis smiled. “Yeah, mixed with powdered sugar and whipped topping. The bottom is just homemade blueberry pie filling. We had a bumper crop this year so I picked extra.”
“You’re amazing.” Sadie looked at him in wonder. “I mean, you look like a lumberjack but you cook like freaking Gordon Ramsay.”
He grinned. “Nah—that guy’s an asshole all the time. I’m just an asshole until you get to know me.”
“Well, I’m glad I did—get to know you I mean.” Sadie smiled at him. “I thought after the way you looked at me this morning when I saw you through my window you’d hate me forever. I mean…” She trailed off, feeling mortified. Why had she brought up that morning and the fact that he’d seen her naked? They’d been doing so well and she had to go and ruin it.
“About that…” Mathis cleared his throat. “I thought… I mean, I had a wrong idea about you. And I want you to know I wasn’t, uh, spying on you. I was just getting firewood at the wrong time, I guess.”
“Oh…” Sadie felt a rush of relief. “I know that—I could tell by the look on your face you were surprised. And I want you to know I didn’t mean to, uh, flash you.”
“I believe you,” he said simply. “Not that I minded being flashed.”
“Um …” Sadie felt like her face was on fire. “Thank you but I’m not… I mean…”
“You’re beautiful,” he said, his deep voice hoarse. When she looked up, she saw his eyes were half lidded with desire and he was giving her that same intense look he had been when she’d woken up in his lap.
Samantha Becker may be all aces when it comes to saving lives. But this talented trauma surgeon can't seem to make heads or tails of her magnetic attraction to the enigmatic and handsome were-cougar, Liam Keller.
For his part, Liam Keller would like nothing more to make the sexy surgeon his. But she is more than determined that saving lives have a far more important place in her future; than settling down to create them ever could.
So, for now at least. Liam must content himself less with his desire to claim his dream doctor. Concentrating instead on keeping his promise to "guard her with his life". As part of the "life debt" that he incurred when she saved his.
What neither of the two could possibly know is just how soon he would have to pay that debt.
A debt that could cost the billionaire shifter both his life and his heart.
Authoress, Evangeline Anderson, really steps up her storytelling in a big way. In this, her second offering of the Cougarville series. Having gotten over the obstacles of having to in essence, craft what amounts to two worlds in her first book. Due to having to design both a past and a present for characters in Buck Naked (Cougarville #1). Ms. Anderson is now free to concentrate fully on crafting a truly unique paranormal romance...story wise.
The action and the drama here are much more intense. With the male/female leads working in a far more alpha to alpha way.
Everything about this book is a test of wills. With the control over whether their was progression on any front landing squaring in Samantha's "uber controlling" court.
It seems that the only thing that Samantha doesn't control in this book is the seemingly endless stream of impossible and life threatening near misses that plague her to no end in this read.
It is in fact, this relentless succession of "last minute saves" which both serve to add dramatic tension, and drive readers to distraction.
Not to worry though...
The push and pull that drives this book's plot is well worth any smattering of a bother that the "will they or won't they" that the plot may cause.
This book is a wonderful break from what has become the norm of shifter mythos . In every sense of the term. A true storytelling and romantic dream...just waiting to be unearthed.
Reviewer's Note: Cougar Bait is the second book in a closely related companion series. Characters and plots introduced in book #1, are expanded upon in this second tale. As such, it is highly recommended that this book be read in its intended series order.
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