Flora Reviews… Today, I’m sharing my thoughts about Captured by her Cougar by Felicity Heaton. The second book in her new paranormal romance series, Cougar Creek Mates.
Read: 15th August 2018
My Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
Publication Date: 18th August 2018.
I was given an unedited digital version of this book (eARC) for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence or affect this review. This is my candid opinion about the writing style and story.
So what’s this book about?
Captured by her Cougar is the second novella (approx 147 pages) in Ms Heaton’s new paranormal romance series, Cougar Creek Mates. The series features four, sexy cougar shifter brothers; Rath, Cobalt, Storm and Flint. Cougar Creek Mates is set in the same world as Ms Heaton’s London Vampires and Eternal Mates series. Both adult paranormal romance series that I can’t recommend enough!
The world inhabited by a multitude of supernatural beings, including; shifters of every animal imaginable, elves, demons, vampires, fallen angels and witches. Together with the human covert organisation, Archangel. Their mandate is to find, study and kill all non-human species that pose a danger to mankind. Although many employees and supporters of the organisation believe anyone who is different poses a threat!
I focus my reviews on how the story was told rather than the plot itself. I’m looking at the author’s writing style, how they paced their plots and how well they constructed their characters and setting. Therefore, my reviews don’t contain spoilers or reveal plot twists.
Here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story.
In the wake of an Archangel attack on Cougar Creek, Storm is seething with a need for revenge against the hunter organisation and the key to it might be the petite blonde mortal he’s locked in his cabin, one he’s determined to make sing for him. Only the beauty has a fiery temperament to match his own and the more time he spends with her, the more she stokes a fire inside him; one that fills him with a startling and undeniable need to make her sing in another way—in his arms.
Gabriella isn’t going to take her captivity lying down. She’s going to give the pig-headed brute holding her against her will hell until he finally believes she’s innocent. He might be a cougar shifter, but she isn’t afraid of him. Or at least she isn’t afraid of what he is. The way he affects her, the flames that lick through her whenever they’re close, terrifies her though, because the longer she’s around the towering sexy-as-sin shifter, the hotter that fire blazes, and it’s only a matter of time before it burns away all her restraint.
With the mating heat and the attack bringing cougars back to the creek, Gabriella is a complication Storm doesn’t need, but she’s one that he wants… because she might just be his one true mate.
You don’t need to read any of the books in the Eternal Mates series, London Vampires series or the previous Cougar Creek Mates book to enjoy Captured by her Cougar as Ms Heaton weaves any relevant information about the world and past adventures that the reader needs into this story. I can also confirm that the romance aspect of this tale is concluded to my satisfaction by the end of the book in Ms Heaton’s signature Happy Ever After style.
So, what did I like about it?
I am already a huge fan of Ms Heaton’s writing style; it’s the way she creates a very believable paranormal world and then fills it with complex, multifaceted characters and then inter-weaves their tales against a gripping adventure that draws me in and keeps me gripped. Captured by her Cougar is no exception.
This is a story fraught with emotions – passion, anger, fear, lust – and I love it! I enjoyed the fiery relationship aspect of this tale; both Gabi and Storm try to fight the growing attraction for various personal reasons, plus the banter between Storm and his brothers and the tensions caused by the incoming Cougar Creek inhabitants all made for entertaining reading.
I definitely enjoy a story more if the lead female character is intelligent, resilient and has plenty of gumption and I wasn’t disappointed here; oh my goodness, Gabriella was perfect, she was all of these and more.
As I think I’ve said before, one of the reasons why I love Ms Heaton’s books is how she makes the most explicit sex scenes very romantic (I think that it takes a very talented writer to accomplish this), the erotic liaisons in this novella are balanced with beautifully written imagery and poignant internal dialogue from Storm and Gabi; the tender insights into their inner fears and emotional confusion throughout this book was heart-warming to read.
Captured by her Cougar had me gripped. Torn between devouring the pages in double quick time and wanting to slow down to prolong the story. I loved it because it’s a heart-warming tale with titillating passion, that also managed to surprised me with unexpected twists. Had me holding my breath during some amazing fight scenes too. Plus, sniffing away a few tears but still chuckling out loud at times too.
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
OK, so here’s when I have to be completely honest.
Yes, I gave it 5 stars. However, I was a little miffed about never really finding out the details behind Storm’s aversion to human romances. It’s not a big enough niggle to lose a star over but I’m hoping that Ms Heaton weaves it somewhere within the next book.
So, basically what I’m saying is…
I really loved this paranormal romance novella. It’s got everything that I’m looking for in a great story. Action, romance, passion, humour and plenty of well written steamy sex scenes. Couldn’t stop reading this book!
There are scenes of explicit sexual content and graphic violence in this book. Therefore, I’d only recommend it to adults who aren’t offended by scenes of this sort.
I’d recommend Captured by her Cougar to adults who are fans of relationship and romance stories. Especially those with passion and just a little bit of bite.
So, has my review of CAPTURED BY HER COUGAR (COUGAR CREEK MATES #2) encouraged you to find out more? Click on any of the links below to check out the book or the series yourself. Keep reading to find out more about the author.
Cougar Creek Mates
A hot series featuring four sexy cougar shifter brothers set in the same world as the Eternal Mates series. Follow Rath, Cobalt, Storm and Flint as they fight to win the hearts of the women who have captured theirs.
If you haven’t read any of the Cougar Creek Mates books yet, it’s never too late to start your adventure. Read my thoughts on each one or buy them for yourself using the links below.
- Claimed by her Cougar (Cougar Creek Mates #1) (2018)
- Captured by her Cougar (Cougar Creek Mates #2) (2018)
- Courted by her Cougar (Cougar Creek Mates #3) (2018)
- Craved by her Cougar (Cougar Creek Mates #4) (2018)
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About The Author
Felicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons!
If you’re a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.
Which of her series are for you?
If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. Or if you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling London Vampires series. Seven sexy and sinful Greek god brothers can be your new addiction in the Guardians of Hades series. Or how about four hot alpha shifter brothers in her Cougar Creek Mates series? Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at her Eternal Mates series.
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