Cougar's Mate

Cougar's Mate

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by Terry Spear
     
 

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Shannon Rafferty learns that hanging out with the bad boys could be a dangerous business, but hooking up with a cop is even worse. Now she�s on the run, trying to avoid being murdered by his cougar shifter brothers and uncle. If that isn�t bad enough, a deputy sheriff hunts her down while she�s running as a cougar and trying to survive in the Colorado wilderness. He…  See more details below

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Shannon Rafferty learns that hanging out with the bad boys could be a dangerous business, but hooking up with a cop is even worse. Now she�s on the run, trying to avoid being murdered by his cougar shifter brothers and uncle. If that isn�t bad enough, a deputy sheriff hunts her down while she�s running as a cougar and trying to survive in the Colorado wilderness. He vows to protect her no matter what she�s done. With three dead boyfriends to her name, she�s sure she will be the death of Chase Buchanan before either of them can prevent it. No matter how much she knows she has to run again, he soon holds her heart hostage. But will that be enough to keep them both alive?
Chase Buchanan�as wilderness cabin resort owner, former US Army Special Forces, and part time deputy of the small town of Yuma, Colorado that boasts a love of cougars�is tasked to track down a cougar reported to be hunting human prey. Chase soon learns she�s a shifter, not a full-time cougar, and she�s on the run. When he takes her in, he vows to protect her. After losing his wife and baby to the human kind of predator years earlier, he�s not letting Shannon�s hunters kill her, too. But how is he going to hold onto the wild-cat woman, who is unpredictable at every turn, without losing his heart to her, and then losing her as well?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940149188499
Publisher:
Terry Spear
Publication date:
02/28/2014
Series:
Heart of the Cougar , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
55,340
File size:
199 KB

Meet the Author


Bestselling and award-winning author Terry Spear has written over fifty paranormal romance novels and five medieval Highland historical romances. Her first werewolf romance, Heart of the Wolf, was named a 2008 Publishers Weekly�s Best Book of the Year, and her subsequent titles have garnered high praise and hit the USA Today bestseller list. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry lives in Crawford, Texas, where she is working on her next werewolf romance, continuing her new series about shapeshifting jaguars, and having fun with her young adult novels. For more information, please visit www.terryspear.com, or follow her on Twitter, @TerrySpear. She is also on Facebook at And on Wordpress at:
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Cougar's Mate 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
LindaTownsend 10 months ago
A paranormal romance that made me laugh, held me riveted in the suspenseful moments and swooning at the steamy passages! "I haven't done anything wrong. "Get off me!" "You're kidding, right? You've injured a sheriff, broken in and entered a house, stole a car - mine - stole Hal Haverton's clothes, broken a glass, and littered." COUGAR'S MATE by Terry Spear was a thoroughly enjoyable paranormal romance! It grabbed me from the very beginning and held my attention to the very end. I actually read the first half of this book and listened to the last half. Both editions were very good and I am happy to report that I had absolutely no issues switching between the two. If I had to choose between the two, I preferred the audio, but only because the narrator's interpretation added another layer of pleasure to the story. This was the story of two cougar-shifters, Chase Buchanan and Shannon Rafferty. It mostly took place in the small town of Yuma, Colorado. Chase was a former Special Ops military. Now he's an assistant deputy sheriff in Yuma, home to a close-knit pack of cougar shifters. Chase settled in Yuma to be close to the buddies he'd served with in Special Ops, but he's mostly been a social loner, despite the efforts of some of the females in their community. When a lone cougar is spotted in the wilderness near Yuma shortly before hunting season begins, Chase is put on the cougar's trail. She gives him a merry chase until he shoots her with a tranquilizer dart - only to surprisingly find that she was also a shifter - and a beautiful one at that. He feels really bad for having shot her and finds himself attracted to her. He's determined to discover her story and save her; but, she's quite the escape artist and doesn't want saving. In reality, he also needs saving... Shannon is on the run after being framed for the murder of her boyfriend by rogue cops. She knows that they will never bring her in alive, so her only hope is to stay hidden and ahead of them. She was near the end of her rope after running as a cougar for so long - but certainly not planning to be apprehended by a group of cougar-shifters who claim to have her back. Unfortunately, she's not made the best choices in men in the past and she can't afford to trust anyone with her safety now - especially not the law, who would only turn her in. COUGAR'S MATE was narrated by Laura Jennings. This was the first book I've ever listened to that Laura had narrated and I was quite impressed with her performance. She has a pleasant, clear voice and differentiated between the characters with aplomb. Her delivery was natural and her pacing was right on. Based upon her voicing of this read, I would not hesitate to pick up another book that Laura has narrated. Terry is one of my very favorite authors. I've loved everything I've read that she's written from her paranormals to her fantasies to her Highland romances and more. Her books are always excellently written with an addictive solid plot and likeable, genuine characters. This one alternately made me laugh, held me riveted to the suspenseful moments and swooning at the steamy passages. I can't wait to return to Yuma and catch up with this series! I highly recommend COUGAR'S MATE to anyone who enjoys paranormal romances. My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there! 4 Wine Glasses!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great start to new series
spendingtoomuch More than 1 year ago
first in series. have enjoyed twist and turns in book. Well written, great storyline,funny .already have next in series. 
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Bestselling Author Terry Spear takes readers on a new adventure with the first book in a new shifter series, Heart of the Cougar. This time cougar's that take center stage, as Spear builds her new series around another powerful, intelligent animal. Cougar's Mate introduces readers to the town of Yuma, Colorado, ran by cougar shifters and open to helping heroine Shannon Rafferty who is on the run from those who want her dead. Deputy Chase Buchanan doesn't know what he's getting himself into, but he knows he has to protect this woman, this she-cat who has stolen his heart.   What I liked: Shannon Rafferty is one of those women that just doesn't know how to pick'em. She has had three boyfriends that were not Mr. Right and all three have ended up dead. Now she's on the run from the brothers of boyfriend number three which ended up murdered before her eyes. She's a cougar shifter and ends up living as a cougar in order to protect herself. She certainly hasn't had an easy life and she doesn't know who she can trust. As a heroine I think Shannon had her moments. At first she needs a lot of help to survive, but eventually she comes into her own and shows her fierce cougar spirit.  Chase is an interesting hero. He is ex military and has a strong and courageous heart. He wants to be a loner, but he can't quite pull it off. He is drawn to the people of his small shifter community and when he meets Shannon in a very precarious situation, his protective instincts kick in hard. He was great hero for a lot of reasons. But I think the most interesting part of his character was the way his past shaped him into the man and cougar shifter he is. He is not immune to tragedy, and he knows where Shannon is coming from. I liked that about him and Spear just seemed to know how to make these two characters relate. As with any good Spear book, the world building is central to the story. I loved Yuma from the first description. It reminded me of Silver Town from Spear's Heart of the Wolf series, in that it was run by shifters, but that's where the similarities end. It wasn't a pattern that Spear carried over or reused. This town was unique and had secondary characters that were multi-dimensional. Spear showed depth and understanding in creating a community that was united and protective. A town that looked after it's own. I loved that community spirit and strong connections between the characters and I'm looking forward to where Spear will take readers with them. What I didn't like: Sometimes I think readers put too much credence in books that are published by the big houses and don't take the time to look closer at books that are self published. Terry Spear did a remarkable job with this book, from the cover art to the exceptional writing and the promotional aspects. It's time for a change in attitude about self-publication and books like this one will be the cornerstone that will rival any titles from the name houses. Bottom Line: This is an exceptional paranormal romance. Terry Spear never disappoints. She creates characters that readers can relate to, whether they are paranormal or not. Her world building is a real strength in her writing, as is her easy style and humor. If you are looking for an engaging love story that just happens to involve cougar shifters, this one is one to read.
LindaJ52 More than 1 year ago
Cougar's Mate is book 1 in a new series by a much loved author. I follow all of her previous series and love them all.
tigerlilly_liz More than 1 year ago
~ 5 Cougar Stars ~  Cover is awesome and sexy! Very attractive and inviting. I love it when I find a book I can not put down even though I know I need to; because it’s so late. Cougar’s Mate is one of thous amazing book’s that you just can't put down until you have finished. What an astonishing beginning to a wonderful new series by Terry Spear. She has created a fascinating world full of fun characters, adventure, suspense and passion. I can’t tell you enough how much I enjoy Ms. Spear's writing style and the easy flow, the character development and the plot. I am such a fan of Terry Spear and was blown away by her new series Heart of the Cougar.  Now onto Cougar’s Mate : So many things happen once you open the first page. Ms. Spear throws us into Shannon’s life. She is a strong woman determined to survive. She has made some bad decisions in the boyfriend department as well as had a difficult life growing up which has lead to her not trusting easily and wanting to just be loved, but it always seams to be out of her reach. I enjoyed her strong and feisty personality as well her character development and growth throughout the book. Chase (fan myself) is a very sexy man with a sad past that will make anyone cry. He try’s to be a loner running his wilderness inn, but all his friends won’t let him. He works as a part time deputy which ends up getting him into an interesting situation. When Shannon and Chase meet for the first time it’s not in a normal way, no that would be to easy. (If you want to know what happens you’ll just have to read and find out.) Oh course all his friends keep bring up how a feisty she-cat got the better of him.  I really loved the Cougar run town of Yuma. We usually don’t see a lot of cat shifter run towns. I found this to be refreshing. It was also sweet to see how they helped each other out and how very open and welcoming they where to Shannon. The chemistry between Shannon and Chase is off the charts. It grows throughout the book and it’s not until half way through that they finally hit the sheets. I like a story with a great plot and time for the romance to come together; before we are off to the bedroom. I also loved all the secondary characters that are introduced in this book. I am looking forward to their stories and learning more about them. We get suspense, adventure, passion and so much more that Cougar’s Mate will keep you on the edge of your seat.  Note: We get a sneak peek of book 2 Call of the Cougar at the end of Cougar’s Mate, so more is coming. YA! Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary copy of the book from Author Terry Spear in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
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837372_55693 More than 1 year ago
Well Terry Spear had done it again!!! She has brought out a new and very exciting series in" Heart of the Cougar" The first book being "Cougar's Mate" and I have to say that she took me on a journey of into the world of Cougar shifter's that kept me on the edge of my seat practically through the entire book. It was what I would call a chase to the very end of the book. Her characters were strong, passionate, loving, and very supporting with what can only be called a stranger that wondered into there town, and into there lives. It was a very strong adventure all the way!!! I loved it!!! I am so looking forward to more books to come in the new series!!! Great job Terry, you have once again brought us a great story!!! Happy reading and writing* Teresa
BonnieG2 More than 1 year ago
This book opens with a great scene and keeps the momentum going throughout the book. You’ll get sucked in right away and won’t be able to put it down until the last page is turned. Shannon is a cougar shifter and is running for her life. I love how she defends herself when she feels threatened. She also has a soft side and shows concern for other people even if it puts her in danger. Chase is one sizzling hot alpha cougar and decides he’s going to take care of Shannon, whether she wants him to or not. He’s also an on-call deputy who protects his town. What I loved about the story was the cougar community. Everyone is worried about Shannon even though she’s new in town. They go out of their way to make her feel welcome and show their concern about her. I also loved when Shannon went “cougar” on the bad guys. I can’t think of anything I didn’t love about this story. I highly recommend this book if you love shifters, cats, and like to stay up all night reading. This story has humor, suspense, and hot romance.
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!! ***Author gifted me a copy for an honest review The cover is awesome and sexy :) It is what attracted me to the excerpt up on Wattpad & of course that it is Terry Spear. I have read most of the Heart of the Wolf series by Terry and loved them all.  I have the ones I haven’t read yet sitting on my coffee table as well as the Jaguar shifter books too.  As always there is never enough time for reading :) Okay I fell in love with this story from the moment I read Chapter 1 on Wattpad.  I had to find out if this was a book, so I left a comment asking :)  She told me it was a book and would be out soon.  I was so excited because I love shifter books & Terry Spear, so together ***insert a girly scream here, I was extremely happy! In Terry’s books, you never have to wait to be sucked into the story.  She had me at the first chapter.  I read the book straight through with tiny breaks for necessities.   First impressions of Shannon, she is the type of girl who just wants to be loved but is always found by the wrong men.  I love that she is not a pushover because I don’t want to read a story about a fainting daisy that always need rescuing and won’t try to rescue herself.  I love my heroine’s strong and feisty and that is Shannon even when she is skittish. Chase is a sexy man with a past that makes you cry.  It makes you want to save him :)  He would be a loner, but his friends won’t let him.  I love this!!  I love seeing people rally together and support each other when needed.  I wish it happened more in life especially with kids.   All of this makes me love the shifter town of Yuma, and I hope this is a series because I want to read more about all of the secondary characters who I have already started loving. I highly recommend this book to my shifter loving friends & those who already love Terry Spear!!  Can’t wait to read more!!!