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?
Titles in the Cougarville series include: Buck Naked – Cougar Bait –
Title: Buck Naked
Series: Cougarville #1
Author: Evangeline Anderson
Genre: Paranormal Romance – Shifter Romance
Published: April 4, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press – Swerve
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Since I am officially addicted to Shifter Romance, and have a separate blog (Shifter Haven) to prove that devotion, you had to think that Buck Naked would be on my reading list immediately. And you’d be correct. I was expecting to dive into a fun, sexy Shifter Romance to fuel my addiction. What I was not expecting was the absolute surprise at finding a situation that would be adding to the Shifter lore. I’ve seen similar lore before, remember I read tons of this sub-genre, but I’ve not seen it portrayed in this fashion or is such a delightful manner.
Sadie is funny, confused by what’s happening, and the perfect match for Mathis – even if he won’t acknowledge that. Mathis has made a vow, one that he’s going to have trouble with now that Sadie is on his radar. There was a time when Diana, Princess of Wales made a telling comment, “There were three people in this marriage.” Sound odd to put that quote here in a Paranormal Romance? No, not really – for there are three people in the romance between the main characters… Mathis’ deceased wife being the third. Her memory and the promises made to her play heavily in this new romance.
Buck Naked brings some new concepts to Shifter Romance. Sadie and Mathis make a compelling couple – if they can get past what’s happening to Sadie right now and Mathis’ past. Add in a bad guy, that I’m not totally convinced is so bad – some interesting townsfolk and that unique quality of Sadie’s and you have an entertaining, fun and sexy romance. The next story for this series is out in June, and I’m already looking forward to that.
If you love Shifter Romance, then I’d suggest you give Buck Naked a try and be prepared for some new ideas and a very enjoyable experience. I would definitely recommend this story – so get in on the beginning of an intriguing new series, Cougarville.
(And yes – in a few weeks this review will be cross-posted over to Shifter Haven because it belongs among friends. *grin*)
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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