Review: Cougar Heat (Cougar Surrender #1) by Marisa Chenery

November 26, 2013 Review 0

Review: Cougar Heat (Cougar Surrender #1) by Marisa Chenery

Book one in the Cougar Surrender series.

After four years of banishment from his cougar shifter family group, Taylor finds himself called home to take his rightful place. On the trip to Anchorage, he runs into some unexpected trouble—trouble with long legs and a body to die for. Suddenly the long drive doesn’t seem so bad.

Abandoned at a truck stop diner by her now ex-friend, Aspen seeks the help of an unwitting hottie when a trucker makes unwanted advances. Good thing the hunk is willing to act as her boyfriend. And to plant a panty-melting kiss on her lips to drive the point home. As things heat between them, she’s determined to see how far they can take it.

Having taken on the responsibility of heir apparent, Taylor settles into his family group. Though dating a human is frowned upon, Taylor refuses to lose Aspen. The pleasure he finds in her arms isn’t something he’s willing to turn his back on.

Title: Cougar Heat
Author: Maris Chenery
Series: Cougar Surrender
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: To Love a Cougar , A Cougar's Desire, Fated to a Cougar
Published by Ellora's Cave
Source: Publisher
Published: July 31 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 55
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: two-half-flames

After four years of banishment, Taylor is being called back home by his dying father to take his rightful place at the head of their pride.  Despite his reluctance he agrees to go home at the urging of his brother and cousins.  On the drive he meets Aspen who has just been abandoned my her ‘friend’ at a truck stop.  One thing lead to another and he offers to driver her home since they are both going to Anchorage.

I really liked Taylor and Aspen together.  Their relationship developed extremely fast but I felt like the hours they spent driving would have bonded them quickly so I didn’t have a problem with it.  I didn’t feel like I got to know either character all that well.  We don’t know what Aspen does for a living or what company Taylor’s family owns that he will be taking over.  Details like that were left out as the novella focused mainly on the relationships within the story.

This is a spin off series of the Werewolf Sentinels series that I have read and reviewed.  We first meet Taylor in that series and learn a little about him and a lot about the werewolf society.  If this series follows that formula then each book will explain a bit more about their rules and will slowly open the world to the reader instead of pushing a lot of information on you at one time.  I personally enjoy it more when its slowly developed as it makes each new book interesting and opens the world bit by bit.  One thing that may be confusing to a reader that hasn’t read the WS series is the many mentions about the werewolves.  Taylor often refers to how the cougars are different from the wolves and while I appreciated it since I have read the other books, some readers may wonder why that is mentioned since we don’t meet any wolves in this book.

Since this is the first book in the series I did feel that much of the novella was spent world building, introducing the characters, setting up conflicts ect.  While I did enjoy these parts the story is so short that I feel a little cheated in my time with Taylor and Aspen as a couple.  I would have liked a little more page time devoted just to them because the scenes with them were great.

While we do get a happily ever after for Taylor and Aspen we have quite a few threads left up in the air.  What is going to happen to Taylor’s father? Can they cure him? Now that Taylor put his foot down with his dad, will he mad that Aspen is his son’s mate? What will Nikki do now? How will the cougars react to a human mate?  It was mentioned that cougars have longer life spans than humans and Taylor is only twenty-nine so will he outlive Aspen by over a hundred years? Will she live longer now that she has his necklace? I need answers and I hope some of these are addressed in the next book in the series, To Love a Cougar.

Lyrical Press

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