"Oh Dear..Buck Naked" Is Definitely NOT Your Mother's Shifter Story

34507998Title:  Buck Naked
Series:  Cougarville #1
Review Format:  eARC
Length:  241 pages
Publisher:  Swerve
Rating:  4 Stars

Sadie Becker is not herself. A 40-year-old, divorced mother of two, Sadie wakes up one morning and realizes that she looks and feels like she did in her twenties. Suddenly she’s unable to walk around in her new town of Cougarville without men falling at her feet. Confused and alone, Sadie isn’t sure who to turn to…except answers to her problems might reside with her broodingly handsome reclusive neighbor, Mathis.
An alpha shifter, Mathis lost the love of his life, and he knows he’ll never find another mate. But his innocent new neighbor clearly doesn’t know the danger she’s in, and he's the only one who can save her.
But when the attraction pulls too strong, will Mathis’ animal nature be unleashed and claim Sadie for his own? Buck Naked is a sexy, emotional thrill-ride that will hook readers on this fantastic new series

My Thoughts
Just when you thought that all the shifters were out of the forests, come down from the snow capped mountains and tundra, and ready to trade oceanic homes for life on land.  Authoress Evangeline Anderson, turns the shifter-story in a fresh and very exciting direction with Buck Naked.  The first offering in her Cougarville series.

Meet Sadie Becker...
An ex-wife, mother of two grown children, and the new owner of a cabin left to her by her mother; in the town of Cougarville, North Carolina.  What Sadie doesn't know however, is far more intriguing.
Things like...
Why just after her 40th birthday her face and body are those of her 20 year old self?
Why all the men in Cougarville want her worse than a drowning man wants a life preserver.
Why the woman hate her.
Why everybody keeps calling her "JUVIE"?

It seems that Sadie's sudden appearance in Cougarville is proving especially challenging for her neighbor, Mathis Blackwell.
A hardship that should, and probably would be of little or no consequence to Sadie.  But for the fact that circumstance, and an undeniable urge to mate him, continues to drive the "alpha shifter" and Sadie ever closer.

The charming and enigmatic mayor of Cougarville, Liam Keller, has Sadie in his sights.  But unlike Mathis, who is more than willing to let nature take its course in regards to his relationship with Sadie.  Liam is willing to do anything he has to, to assure that Sadie and the rare breeding ability that she possesses will be his.

The question here is...
Who will Sadie choose?
Or...more to the point.
Is the choice hers to make at all?

Buck Naked is a shifter story very much out of the norm.  Populated with neolithic bucks and cougars.  This story gives a whole new strata of shifter potential to the reader.  Sadie's story is one that will appeal to readers of every age group.  A rarity in a genre for which a hallmark is its concentration on the lack of aging.  At least outwardly.

As for leading man Mathis.  The heartbreaking tragedy of his past, coupled with its lasting effect on his present and future with Sadie.  Serves readers the perfect amount of romantic drama to counter the more comedic aspects of this rather light read.

The only thing standing between this book and 5 star glory is a very pronounced disconnect between Sadie and her past.  Particularly when it applies to her shifter origins.  Most of the important discoveries that she makes in this key area of her life and the story line, are made in her present.  Leaving both Sadie and the reader very unsettled about the who's, why's, and wherefores of her predicament.

What Buck Naked does offer readers in spades however, is just the right amount of funny, sexy, romantic, super, and natural.  A new and very eye opening take on a new and very eye opening shifter-verse. 

About Evangeline
Evangeline AndersonEvangeline Anderson is a registered MRI tech who would rather be writing. And yes, she is nerdy enough to have a bumper sticker that says “I’d rather be writing.” Honk if you see her! She is thirty-something and lives in Florida with a husband, a son, and two cats. She had been writing erotic fiction for her own gratification for a number of years before it occurred to her to try and get paid for it. To her delight, she found that it was actually possible to get money for having a dirty mind and she has been writing paranormal and Sci-fi erotica steadily ever since.
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