Flora Reviews… Today, I’m sharing my thoughts about Craved by her Cougar by Felicity Heaton. The final book in her adult paranormal romance series, Cougar Creek Mates.
Read: 29th – 30th September 2018
My Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
Publication Date: 29th September 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?
Craved by her Cougar is the final novella (approx 126 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.
For the last twenty years, Cobalt has burned with a need of one female, a beautiful raven-haired cougar who captured his heart the moment he set eyes on her. His position as pride protector has been a blessing at past mating gatherings, keeping females away, but this time it feels like the worst of curses, because the female who has bewitched him so thoroughly is taking part for the first time and all he can do is watch as males battle for her.
As much as she hates the way her mother controls everything in her life, Ember is thankful for it as she constantly turns away suitors, unaware of the pain she’s sparing Ember from with every male she rejects. Every male who isn’t the gorgeous blond with darkness in his eyes and an easy smile she burns for with an intensity that scares her, awakens feelings in her that have her verging on doing something reckless. Damaged goods he might be, dangerous and unpredictable, but with every contest over her that pulls her closer to her doom, she grows more determined to follow her heart, no matter the consequences.
With every fight over the right to Ember, the tethers on Cobalt’s feelings twist and threaten to snap, a torment he cannot bear and one that has him willing to risk it all, because a single kiss would make even the harshest punishment worth it. He would die for one moment with her… his fated mate.
You don’t need to read any books in the related series or the previous Cougar Creek Mates books to enjoy this one. 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. Ms Heaton’s signature Happy Ever After style at it’s best.
So, what did I like about it?
My regular followers will already know that Ms Heaton is one of my go-to authors for paranormal romance. I love her writing style. The way she creates a very believable paranormal world and then fills it with complex, multifaceted characters. THEN inter-weaves their tales against a gripping adventure that draws me in and keeps me gripped.
As with all the brothers featured in this amazing series, Cobalt is certainly a complex and potentially volatile cougar shifter. He also has a great capacity for love and loyalty which I certainly crave in my leading males. I liked that we finally got a chance to experience the cougars’ spring gathering from a female shifter’s point of view. The emotions, urges and uncontrollable instincts plaguing them for these four weeks. Ember’s been on the peripheral throughout this series from the beginning. Although I liked the glimpses we got of her personality, Ember definitely lived up to my expectations of a leading female character. She’s intelligent, resilient and has plenty of gumption. She also displayed a nice sense of humour, I swear, I fell in love with her more and actually chuckled out loud when she stated “ice cream and chocolate really were the best, and fruit could go fuck itself”.
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 romantic. The erotic liaisons in this novella are balanced with beautifully written imagery and poignant internal dialogue from the minds of Cobalt and Ember. The tender insights into their inner fears and emotional confusion throughout this book was heart-warming to read. Perceived unrequited love, unfounded insecurities, feelings of low self-worth and social etiquette on both sides of our romance. While both feeling the draw of being soul mates/ fated ones and the sexual desires that come with that mystical bond.
I would just like to say that I think Ms Heaton also writes amazing fight scenes. Great prose that dumps you right in the middle of the action and a pace and tension that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I found myself actually holding my breath reading this story.
I loved that Craved by her Cougar managed to elicit so many emotions from me; tears, frustration, tension, whooping joy, titillation and heart-warming HEA moments. In short it was the purrr-fect way to end this paranormal shifter romance series. Although, I hope we get to see these amazing characters cameo in future Eternal Mates books. *hint*hint* Ms Heaton.
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
OK, so here’s when I have to be completely honest.
I gave it 5 stars. However, I’ve been a little miffed about the Neanderthal attitudes of the cougar males in this series. They grate against my modern sensibilities. However, I’ve come to understand that it’s all part of the animal aspect of this paranormal shifter pride. I decided that it’s not a big enough niggle to lose a star over. Our leading males prove that it take more than that to win the hearts of their fated mates. Thankfully, those Neanderthal types in the pride seem to get their just deserts in the end.
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 enough titillation to keep me blushing on the bus. I devoured it!
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 Craved 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 CRAVED BY HER COUGAR (COUGAR CREEK MATES #4) 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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